Your Chromecast might be strangling your Wi-Fi network, but there’s a fix

Update: According to Google, the bug has been identified and a fix will be rolling out to Android phones via a Play Store update. The bug in question lies within the Cast software on Android phones, which have been reported to send large packets of data that can lead to a slow-down in Wi-Fi performance.

Update: According to Google, the bug has been identified and a fix will be rolling out to Android phones via a Play Store update. The bug in question lies within the Cast software on Android phones, which have been reported to send large packets of data that can lead to a slow-down in Wi-Fi performance.

Until the update lands, Google suggests rebooting your phone and ensuring that your router’s firmware is current.

Original article follows below.

If you’ve been experiencing Wi-Fi dropouts and slow speeds on your home network recently, certain Google devices might be to blame according to several users in the Google Home Help Forum, as reported by Android Police.

One anonymous user in the forum started a thread after noticing that their Wi-Fi network had started dropping out with alarming frequency upon returning home with an Android device. As an experiment, the user disconnected their Google Cast-enabled devices from the network, including an Android handset, multiple Chromecasts and Google Home Mini units. The result? A stable network that has had no dropouts or issues since.

After doing some research online, the user noticed several other posts from people with similar issues, all from around the same period (December 2017). The issue was reported on the forums of several router manufacturers, leading one representative from router-maker TP-Link to return with an explanation.

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“From what we have gathered so far, the issue appears to be related to some recent releases of Android OS and Google Apps,” said the representative, further explaining that the “issue stems from these devices’ “Cast” feature, which sends MDNS multicast discovery packets in order to keep a live connection with Google products such as Google Home.”

Normally, this would occur at 20-second intervals, however, TP-Link’s engineers discovered that “the devices will sometimes broadcast a large amount of these packets at a very high speed in a short amount of time,” sometimes exceeding “more than 100,000 packets”. In other words, devices like Chromecast and Google Home are basically DDoSing your router with more requests than it can handle.

Thankfully, the issue is now a known one, with some router manufacturers already offering instructions on how to roll back to earlier versions of their firmware that protect against the problem. Linksys, on the other hand, has already incorporated “a new WLAN driver that will help mitigate an issue that was discovered where Android devices coming in and out of sleep mode would crash the Wireless Network.”

If you’re still having issues, we suggest disconnecting your Google devices from your Wi-Fi network to see if that fixes the problem. If not, the issue may lie elsewhere.

How to install custom firmware on your router

Hampton Inn & Suites and Homewood Suites by Hilton to open in Teaneck in Spring 2018

Guests staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Teaneck/Glenpointe will enjoy such amenities as a year-round swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness room and business center, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary daily hot breakfast that includes morning comfort classics like eggs, oatmeal, waffles, and fresh coffee.

Guests staying at Hampton Inn & Suites Teaneck/Glenpointe will enjoy such amenities as a year-round swimming pool, a 24-hour fitness room and business center, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary daily hot breakfast that includes morning comfort classics like eggs, oatmeal, waffles, and fresh coffee. Homewood Suites by Hilton Teaneck/Glenpointe will offer all-suite accommodations, featuring fully equipped kitchens and separate living and sleeping areas. Guests will also receive complimentary daily full-hot breakfast, evening social Monday-Thursday, Wi-Fi and a grocery shopping service*.

The dual-build hotel is ideal for business travelers with its proximity to local corporate offices of major companies in the Bergen County and Northern New Jersey area. It is also a great choice for leisure travelers who want to visit area attractions including MetLife Stadium, the Meadowlands Complex and the future American Dream development just 10 minutes away — as well as New York City’s Times Square and Midtown Manhattan nearby. These two brands under one roof eliminate the hassle and prices of New York City, while providing guests easy access to the Big Apple.

“We are excited to create a bright new dual-hotel for travelers to Teaneck. Whether our guests stay for fun or business, or a night or a few months, we are developing this property to accommodate their needs. With complimentary internet access, a daily hot breakfast buffet, a dual modern lobby, and access to all that Northern New Jersey has to offer, we will provide the perfect mix of amenities that make for a comfortable stay,” said Mitchell Heymann, Director of Sales and Marketing for the development.

The dual-build hotel will also participate in Hilton’s award-winning guest-loyalty program, Hilton Honors, where members who book directly through Hilton channels gain access to benefits including an exclusive discount, free Wi-Fi and the option to redeem their points for free nights or to make purchases at Amazon.com with Amazon Shop with Points.

Model rooms are available for tour now by calling 201-928-2696.

*Guest pays for groceries. Other restrictions apply.

White Lodging Services Corporation, established in 1985, is one of the leading ownership, development, and management companies in America. An innovative trendsetter, the organization’s portfolio includes convention, urban lifestyle, and suburban select service hotels. White Lodging operates nearly 100 premium hotels, 30 restaurants and 30 brands — including Marriott International, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt Global, and InterContinental Hotel Group — around the country. Success knows no boundaries at White Lodging, where associates and leadership have consistently earned superior guest satisfaction scores, top market share and industry-leading profit margins while recruiting the best, brightest, and most passionate professionals in every discipline for three decades. For more information about White Lodging, visit www.whitelodging.com, or connect on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

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Global Commercial Vehicle Telematics Industry

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Commercial Vehicle Telematics in US$ Million.

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The Global market is analyzed by the following Segments: By Type – Aftermarket Telematics, and OEM Telematics; and by End-Use Sector: Insurance, Transport & Logistics, and Others.

NEW YORK, Jan. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Commercial Vehicle Telematics in US$ Million.

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The Global market is analyzed by the following Segments: By Type – Aftermarket Telematics, and OEM Telematics; and by End-Use Sector: Insurance, Transport & Logistics, and Others. The U.S. and European markets are analysed by the following Segments: Telematics Services, and Telematics Solutions. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World.

Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs.

The report profiles 75 companies including many key and niche players such as:
– Airbiquity, Inc.
– AirIQ, Inc.
– Agero Inc.
– BOX Telematics Ltd.
– BSM Technologies, Inc.
– CalAmp

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COMMERCIAL VEHICLE TELEMATICS MCP-1212 A GLOBAL STRATEGIC BUSINESS REPORT CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations
Disclaimers
Data Interpretation & Reporting Level
Quantitative Techniques & Analytics
Product Definitions and Scope of Study

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
Telematics Shapes the Future of Automobiles in the 21st Century by Ushering in a New Era of Intelligence
Commercial Vehicle Telematics: Market Overview
Market Outlook
A Peek Into Key Trends Providing the Stepping Stone for Growth of Telematics in the CV Market
Growing Production of CVs
Table 1: Healthy Growth in CV Production Expands the Addressable Market Opportunity for Transport Telematics: World Production of CVs (In 000 Units) by Geographic Region/ Country for the Years 2017 & 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Automobile Electronification
Table 2: Explosion of Auto Electronics Provides the Launchpad for the Deployment of Telematics in the CV Sector: Automotive Electronics as a Percentage of Vehicle Production Cost for the Years 2010, 2020 & 2030 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Growing ITS Investments
Table 3: Growing Investments in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to Catalyze the Deployment of Telematics in the CV Sector for Intelligent Traffic Control: Breakdown of the Global ITS Market (in US$ Million) by Geographic Region for the Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
The Rise of Connected Vehicles
Table 4: Connected Vehicle Telematics to Benefit from the Projected Jump in Connected Cars: Global Percentage Share Breakdown of Connected Cars and Non-Connected Cars for the Years 2015, 2018 & 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Mandatory Telematics Regulations in the CV Industry
Developments in Connectivity Technologies like Cellular Networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Satellite Commutations
Other Major Market Trends & Drivers
Cost Pressures in the Logistics Industry Spurs Market Opportunities for CV Telematics in Fleet Management
Table 5: Greater Focus on Urban Freight Mobility to Benefit Demand for Telematics Against the Backdrop of Rising Spending in Logistics: World Spending on Logistics (in US$ Trillion) for the Years 2015 & 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Innovation in Telematics Services to Boost Revenue Potential of the Market
One-stop Telematics Solutions of the Future
Unique Platforms for Different Fleet Sizes
A Glance at Other Major Technology Trends
Growing Investments in Public Transportation to Benefit Growth of CV Telematics
Table 6: Strong Economic Case for Public Transport Fuels Investments in Road Infrastructure & Spurs Opportunities for Telematics in Real-Time Public Transport Information Management: Projected Global Spending on Infrastructure (In US$ Trillion) by Category for the Year 2030 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Aftermarket Telematics Emerges Over the Horizon to Compete With OEM Embedded Telematics
Table 7: Strong Growth Projected for Plug-in Telematics for Aftermarket Service as Measured by the Number of OBD-II Aftermarket Service Subscribers (In Million) Worldwide (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Big Data on Wheels: Automotive Telematics to Derive New Value From Emerging Big Data Technologies
Telematics: The New Fuel Source for Big Data
Table 8: Rising Automobile Density & Parallel Increase in Vehicle Generated Data Brings Focus on Big Data for Value Enhancement of Vehicle Telematics: Breakdown of Motor Vehicles Per 1000 People in Select Countries for the Year 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Need to Reduce Vehicle Insurance Costs & Risks Drives Interest in Telematics Usage-Based Insurance
UBI Pricing Scheme
Advantages & Challenges
Table 9: Unique Value Proposition of UBI Products for the Insurer and Insured Fuels Adoption of Telematics in Auto Insurance: Breakdown of Number of Telematics Insurance Policies in North America and Europe for the Years 2015, 2018 & 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Effect of Telematics on the Insurance Industry
Developments in Mobile Telemedicine, Emergency Care & First Responder Networks Drive Demand for Telematics
Table 10: Growing Focus on Rapid Ambulance Response Drives Interest in Transport Telematics as the Foundation for Successful Provision of Emergency Services: Breakdown of Global Revenues from Ambulance Services (In US$ Million) by Geographic Region for the Years 2016 & 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Spurt in Infrastructure Development in Emerging Markets Drives Demand for Off-Highway Vehicle Telematics
Table 11: With Over 44% Projected Share of the World Construction Spending, Asia Ranks as an Important Market for Construction Vehicle Telematics: Percentage Breakdown of Construction Spending by Region (2015 & 2020P) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Strong Growth in Car Sharing, Car Rental & Carpooling Services Expands the Business Case for Transport Telematics
Table 12: Robust Growth in Car Rental Services Feeds Opportunities for Telematics for Automated & Optimized Two-Way Data Communication, GPS Tracking & Virtual Odometer Monitoring: Global Revenue Breakdown of Car Rental Business (In US$ Million) by Segment for the Years 2016 & 2020 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Developing Regions to Drive Future Market Growth
Challenges to Growth: A Review
Concerns Over Driver Distraction
Hacking Emerges Into a Potent Threat to Privacy & Data Security

2. PRODUCT AND SEGMENT OVERVIEW
Products and Service Array
Satellite Radio
Telematics Communications Unit (TCU)
Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)
Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI)
Stolen Vehicle Tracking and Shutdown
In-cab Computing and Communication Systems
Electronic Reporting
Driver Performance Monitoring Systems
Remote Diagnostics
Market Segments
CV Telematics Hardware Market
CV Telematics Services Market
Telematics Service Providers
General Motors (OnStar)
ATX Technologies
RESPONSE Services Center
Applications of Vehicle Telematics
Tracking a Vehicle/Fleet Management
Trailer and Container Tracking
Wireless Safety Communication
Safety Systems/Intelligent Vehicle Technology
Auto Insurance
Carsharing
Mobile Data

3. MAJOR PLATFORMS AND TECHNOLOGIES IN VOGUE
Availability of Enabling Technology
Road Tested for Most Vehicles
Data Tracking
Early Detection System
Cost-Effective Alternatives
Translating Raw Data into Worthwhile Information
Telematics Hardware Assembly
Hands Free Interfaces and Impact on Telematics
Telematics Scope Widens
What is Hands Free Interface All About?
Future of Hands Free Interfaces

4. TELEMATICS DEFINITION AND SCOPE
What is Telematics?
List of Select Telematics Launched by Key Automakers
A Brief Introduction
Demand Analysis – Why Telematics?
Safer Transportation Services
Safeguarding the Transport of Hazardous Materials
Door-to-Door Diligence
Pick Up
On-Board Computer
Delivery
Benefits for Long-Haul Transport
Automated Vehicle Location and Mapping Technologies
Areas of Fleet Management Telematics Application
What’s the Attraction for Automakers?
What Else Can Telematics Offer?
Telematics Offers
Leading to
Telematics Strategy Issues
Recurring Revenue Streams
Product/Service Differentiation
Expanding the Locus of Computing
Embedded, Real-Time Control Systems
Grid Computing
Integration with 802.11a (Wi-Fi) Networks
Regional Disparities Impact Strategic Decisions and Content
Major Market Peculiarities
Telematics Strategy
A Business Model that Actually Works
What Makes it Tick – The Modus Operandi
Telematics Logistics
Bringing Logistics Productivity on Par with Telematics
Inventory Carrying Costs
Transportation Costs
Looking for ‘Right’ Formula in the TM Value Chain Structure
‘Value Web’ vis-à -vis Value Chain
Seeking Economic Solutions that Work for All
Automotive Standards – A Must in the Competitive Scenario
Regional Automotive Standards
Should the Customer Pay for Telematics Control Units and the Infrastructure?

5. PRODUCT INNOVATIONS/INTRODUCTIONS
CalAmp Unveils AssetOutlookâ„¢ Telematics
Goodyear Develops Goodyear Proactive Solutions
Omnitracs Rolls Out Omnitracs Integrated Telematics
Omnitracs Introduces Intelligent Vehicle Gateway
Exeros-Technologies Unveils combined Telematics & Video Platform
Matrix Telematics to Launch Upgrade for Matrix IncidentCam
Masternaut Unveils New Telematics Module
FTA Unveils Live Drive Pro Telematics Product
XL Hybrids Unveils XL Link Telematics
Octo Telematics Introduces InPulse Telematics Solution
Eicher Launches Advanced Telematics Solution
Ctrack Introduces Vehicle Sharing Telematics Solutions
Detroit Connect Launches New Telematics Platform
Geotab Launches Commercial Telematics Solution
Ford Telematics Introduces Fleet Management Solution
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Introduces New Smart Telematics Service
Tata Motors Unveils New Telematics Service

6. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY
Isotrak Acquires VeriLocation
Octo Telematics Enters into a Partnership with Agero
Bell Group UK Upgrades Fleet Tracking Capabilities with Ctrack
United General Insurance Company Partners with Ctrack
Michelin to Acquire NexTraq
Dassault Systèmes to Take Over 3DPLM Software
Geometric Transfers Business to HCL Tech
ABAX Acquires Accessor Sverige AB and Ctrack Sverige AB
RAC Takes Over Nebula Systems
GTCR to Acquire Lytx
Micronet Enertec to Acquire Novatel Wireless’ Telematics Business
CalAmp Acquires LoJack
TomTom Takes Over Finder S.A.
Novatel Acquires DigiCore
BSM Acquires Webtech Wireless
Faria Beede Instruments Acquires FW Telematics
CCC Information Services Takes Over DriveFactor
Investcorp Takes Over Arvento

7. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS
Airbiquity, Inc. (USA)
AirIQ, Inc. (Canada)
Agero, Inc. (USA)
BOX Telematics Ltd. (UK)
BSM Technologies, Inc. (Canada)
CalAmp (USA)
Ctrack (UK)
Davis Instruments (USA)
Fleetmatics Group PLC (Ireland)
Geotab, Inc. (Canada)
Intelligent Telematics (Ireland)
Omnitracs, LLC (USA)
OnStar Corporation (USA)
Orbcomm, Inc. (USA)
QUALCOMM, Inc. (USA)
Telit Wireless Solutions (UK)
Transport Management Solutions Ltd. (UK)
Trimble Transport & Logistics (Belgium)
Zonar Systems (USA)

8. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE
Table 13: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Geographic Region/Country – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 14: World 7-Year Perspective for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Geographic Region/Country – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific (excluding Japan), Latin America and Rest of World Markets for Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 15: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Type – Aftermarket Telematics and OEM Telematics Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 16: World 7-Year Perspective for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Type – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Aftermarket Telematics and OEM Telematics Markets for Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 17: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by End-Use Sector – Insurance, Transport & Logistics and Others Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 18: World 7-Year Perspective for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by End-Use Sector – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Insurance, Transport & Logistics and Others Markets for Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

III. MARKET

1. THE UNITED STATES
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Market Overview
Telematics Service Providers in the US
US Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market: Major Services by Application Type – Productivity Applications, Managerial Applications, Remote Diagnostics Applications, Safety and Security Applications, Cargo Associated Applications, and Information Applications
Remote Vehicle Activation – Commanding High Consumer Interest
Future Portable Navigation Devices to Gain Real Time Connectivity
U.S. Aftermarket Expected to Succeed Where OEMs Failed
Product Launches
Strategic Corporate Developments
Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 19: US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Segment – Services and Solutions Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 20: US 7-Year Perspective for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Services and Solutions Markets for Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

2. CANADA
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Strategic Corporate Development
Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 21: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

3. JAPAN
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Telematics Market Scenario
Rapidly Evolving Market
Telematics Equipment Market
Market Trends & Issues
Navigation Features – The Primary Choice
What Makes the Japanese Car Navigation Systems So Irresistible?
OEM Telematics Trends
Will Japan Lead the Telematics Revolution?
B.Market Analytics
Table 22: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4. EUROPE
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Industry Overview
Market Drivers
Table 23: Installed Base of Active Fleet Management (In Million Units) in Europe (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Telematics Gains Rapid Credibility Among European OEMs
Hands Free Interfaces and the Impact of Telematics
Multifunction and Multimedia Systems
Unique Services, Unique Content Portfolios
Market Trends & Issues
Surge in Demand for Telematics Fitted Commercial Vehicles
Commercial Vehicle Telematics Services to Rake in Larger Revenue Share
B.Market Analytics
Table 24: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Geographic Region/Country – France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 25: European 7-Year Perspective for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Geographic Region/Country – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia, and Rest of Europe Markets for Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 26: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Segment – Services and Solutions Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 27: European 7-Year Perspective for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Segment – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Services and Solutions Markets for Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4a. FRANCE
A.Market Analysis
Strategic Corporate Development
B.Market Analytics
Table 28: French Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4b. GERMANY
Market Analysis
Table 29: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4c. ITALY
Market Analysis
Table 30: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4d. THE UNITED KINGDOM
A.Market Analysis
Black Box Telematics Insurance Rise in Demand
Major Telematics Firms
Astra Telematics
Intelligent Telematics
CDL
RDM Group
Tracker
Product Launches
Strategic Corporate Developments
Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 31: The UK Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4e. SPAIN
Market Analysis
Table 32: Spanish Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4f. RUSSIA
Market Analysis
Table 33: Russian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4g. REST OF EUROPE
A.Market Analysis
Strategic Corporate Developments
Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 34: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5. ASIA-PACIFIC
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Asia-Pacific: The Fastest Growing Market
B.Market Analytics
Table 35: Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Geographic Region/Country – Australia, China, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 36: Asia-Pacific 7-Year Perspective for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Geographic Region/Country – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Australia, China, India, and Rest of Asia-Pacific Markets for Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5a. AUSTRALIA
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Market Overview
Intelligent Access Program
Competition in the Trucking Industry Boosts Telematics Market
B.Market Analytics
Table 37: Australian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5b. CHINA
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
A Potential Market for Commercial Vehicle Telematics
B.Market Analytics
Table 38: Chinese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5c. INDIA
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Infrastructural Development Undertakings Boost Indian Telematics Market
Telematics Scenario In India
Demand for Telematics for Vehicle Fleets Tracking & Monitoring
Telematics: Enabler of Autonomous Taxis
Product Launches
Strategic Corporate Developments
B.Market Analytics
Table 39: Indian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5d. REST OF ASIA-PACIFIC
Market Analysis
Table 40: Rest of Asia-Pacific Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6. LATIN AMERICA
Market Analysis
Table 41: Latin American Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Geographic Region/Country – Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 42: Latin American 7-Year Perspective for Commercial Vehicle Telematics by Geographic Region/Country – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Brazil, Mexico, and Rest of Latin America Markets for Years 2017 and 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6a. BRAZIL
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Market Overview
B.Market Analytics
Table 43: Brazilian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6b. MEXICO
Market Analysis
Table 44: Mexican Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6c. REST OF LATIN AMERICA
Market Analysis
Table 45: Rest of Latin America Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

7. REST OF WORLD
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
South Arica
Rise in Demand for Telematics Services in Commercial Vehicles
Strategic Corporate Developments
B.Market Analytics
Table 46: Rest of World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Commercial Vehicle Telematics Market Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2015 through 2022 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Total Companies Profiled: 75 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries – 81) The United States (33) Canada (5) Japan (3) Europe (32) – France (1) – Germany (6) – The United Kingdom (18) – Italy (1) – Rest of Europe (6) Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (6) Middle East (1) Africa (1)
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Global Ambulance Services Industry

The US market is further analyzed by the following Segments: Emergency Services, and Non-Emergency Services. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia, and Rest of World.

The US market is further analyzed by the following Segments: Emergency Services, and Non-Emergency Services. The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia, and Rest of World.

Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2016 through 2024. Also, a five-year historic analysis is provided for these markets. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based on public domain information including company URLs.

The report profiles 156 companies including many key and niche players such as:
– Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc.
– Air Methods Corporation
– AirMed International LLC
– Envision Healthcare
– Falck A/S
– London Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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AMBULANCE SERVICES MCP-6103 A GLOBAL STRATEGIC BUSINESS REPORT CONTENTS

I. INTRODUCTION, METHODOLOGY & PRODUCT DEFINITIONS

Study Reliability and Reporting Limitations
Disclaimers
Data Interpretation & Reporting Level
Quantitative Techniques & Analytics
Product Definitions and Scope of Study
Ambulance Services
Emergency Services
Non-Emergency Services

II. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
A Prelude
Ambulances: The Oldest, the Most Luxurious, and Few Others
Key Factors that Determine Performance Levels of Ambulance Services
Outlook

2. MARKET TRENDS, ISSUES AND DRIVERS
Aging Population and their Susceptibility to Illnesses: A Strong Growth Driver
Table 1: Ten Largest Populated Countries Worldwide (2016): Total Population (in Thousands) by Age Group for China, India, USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, Nigeria, Bangladesh, Russia and Mexico (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 2: Global Population Statistics for the 65+ Age Group (2016) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 3: Life Expectancy for Select Countries in Number of Years: 2016 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Positive Outlook for the Healthcare Industry Bodes Well for Ambulance Services
Table 4: Healthcare Spending as % of GDP by Region (2016E) ( includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Rising CVD, Cancer and Injury Incidences Benefit Market Growth
Table 5: Economic Burden of Cardiovascular Diseases between 2011 and 2025: Breakdown of Lost Output Value by Income Group (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 6: Global Annual Medical Cost of CVD in US$ Billion (2010-2030) (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 7: Fatalities by Heart Conditions – Estimated Percentage Breakdown for Cardiovascular Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Stroke, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 8: Fatalities in Low Income Countries by Health Disorder (2015 & 2030): Projected Percentage Breakdown of Number of Deaths for CVD; Cancer; Injury; HIV, TB & Malaria; Malnutrition; and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 9: Fatalities in Mid Income Countries by Health Disorder (2015 & 2030): Projected Percentage Breakdown of Number of Deaths for CVD; Cancer; Injury; HIV, TB & Malaria; Malnutrition; and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 10: Fatalities in High Income Countries by Health Disorder (2015 & 2030): Projected Percentage Breakdown of Number of Deaths for CVD, Cancer, Injury, and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Equipment Advancements and Service Innovations: Spearheading Growth
VHF, UHF, GPS and Wi-Fi Networks: Integral Part of Modern Ambulance Vehicles
Various Innovative Features Boost Safety & Functionality of Ambulances
Mobile Apps Facilitate Timely Response and Emergency Care
Ambulance Drones: The Future of Emergency Patient Care?
Focus of Innovations Encompasses Emergency Service Personnel Too
Software Advancements Reduces Response Time
Impregnation of Video Calling into EMS Service – A Growing Concept Worldwide
Dispatch Software Enable Faster Ambulance Response
Ambulance Services Network Vital for Abating Increasing Road Fatalities
Road Crash Statistics Worldwide – In a Nutshell
A Quick Glance at Road Crash Stats in the US
Telemedicine: A Powerful Tool for Emergency Ambulance Services
Air Ambulance Services Fly High
Medical Tourism Industry Boosts Demand for Helicopter Ambulance Services
Focus on Reducing Carbon Emissions Promote Research on Green Ambulance
Non-Traditional Patients Offer Growth Opportunity for Ambulance Services
Key Challenges Facing the Ambulance Services Market
High Risk Exposure Leads to High Accountability
Dependence on EMS Providers
Reimbursement Issues
Dependence over Existing Agreements

3. AMBULANCE SERVICES – AN INSIGHT
Ambulance Services: Definition
Origin and History
Classification of Ambulance Services by Service Type
Emergency Ambulance Services
Advanced Life Support (ALS)
Basic Life Support (BLS)
Differences between Basic Life Support (BLS) Ambulance Services and Advanced Life Support (ALS) Ambulance Services
Non-Emergency Ambulance Services
Air Ambulance Service (AAS)
Major Challenges
Water Ambulance
Service Providers
Classification of Ambulances by Function
Emergency Ambulance
Patient Transport Ambulance
Response Unit (RU)
Charity Ambulance (CA)
Military Application
Classification of Ambulances by Vehicle Type
Ambulance Construction and Design
Ambulance Equipment
Intermediate Technology
Marking and Appearance
Passive Visual Warnings
Active Visual Warnings
Audible Warnings
Operational Cost
Crew Members of an Ambulance

4. SERVICE LAUNCHES
Credihealth Introduces 24-Hour Online Ambulance Booking Service in Gurugram
Etihaad Introduces Emergency Medical Service for Employees
Aitheras Aviation Introduces Evacuation Services
GNRC Hospitals to Introduce Air Ambulance Service
Ziqitza Introduces Private Ambulance Service in Dubai

5. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY
Century Ambulance Acquires St. Vincent Ambulance Service
Labrador-Grenfell Health Ends Service Deal with Labrador Ambulance Services
AMGH and AMR to form New Medical Transportation Company
Cataldo to Acquire Lyons Ambulance Service of Danvers
Baptist Memorial Hospitals Ink Agreement with Priority Ambulance to Offer Ambulance Services
Acadian Ambulance Commences Ambulance Services in Lufkin
Acadian Ambulance Introduces Air Ambulance Services in Texas
American Securities Takes Over Air Methods
AirMed International Takes Over Air Medical
Acadian Ambulance Service Acquires Ameristat Ambulance
Priority Ambulance to Take Over Medshore Ambulance Service
Acadian Ambulance Takes Over Bay Star EMS
Air Methods Acquires Tri-State Care Flight
European Air Ambulance Inks Agreement with ER24 Global
Envision Healthcare Takes Over Rural/Metro
Reach Air Expands Operations to Cardova
St. John Ambulance Deploys New Customer Interaction Centre
VocaLink Partners London’s Air Ambulance
INAER Spain Secures Contract Air Ambulance Contract
China Purchases Airbus Helicopters’ Twin-Engine EC135
Frontier Services Acquires Phoenix Aviation
Avincis Takes Over Scandinavian Air Ambulance
Orwigsburg Ambulance Merges with Pottsville Area EMS

6. FOCUS ON SELECT PLAYERS
Acadian Ambulance Service, Inc. (USA)
Air Methods Corporation (USA)
AirMed International LLC (USA)
Envision Healthcare (USA)
American Medical Response (USA)
Rural/Metro Corporation (USA)
Falck A/S (Denmark)
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (UK)

7. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE
Table 11: World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services by Geographic Region/Country – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 12: World Historic Review for Ambulance Services by Geographic Region/Country – US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia and Rest of World Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 13: World 14-Year Perspective for Ambulance Services by Geographic Region/Country – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Australia and Rest of World Markets for Years 2011, 2017 & 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

III. MARKET

1. THE UNITED STATES
A.Market Analysis
Current & Future Analysis
Market Overview
Competitive Landscape
Table 14: Leading Players in the US Ambulance Services Market (2017E): Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Envision Healthcare, Air Methods and Others (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Mergers and Acquisitions
Outsourcing – A Growing Trend in the US Ambulance Services
Medicare Coverage for Ambulance Services in the US
Impact of Obamacare on Emergency Medical Services and Ambulance Services
The Changed Role of Ambulance Services under Affordable Care Act
Future of EMS Remains Uncertain, Need for Revamp to Survive amid Changing Political and Operational Environment
An Expanding Outpatient Care Segment: A Solution to Shooting Healthcare Costs and Rising Incidences of Chronic Diseases
Rising Road Crashes Involving Ambulances Prompt Safety Initiatives
Aging Population: An Important Growth Driver
Table 15: North American Elderly Population by Age Group: 1975-2050 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Emergency Medical Services Industry: A Macro Perspective
Provision of EMS
Private EMS
Private-Public Partnership
Emergency Services
Non-Emergency Services
Competition for Contracts
Operations with Advanced Fleet and Systems
Standards and Regulations Governing Ambulance Services
Challenges in Rural Markets
Air Ambulance Service: A Crucial Life-Saver
Growing Demand for Air Ambulance Services and the SOAR Program
The Grave Picture of Air Ambulance Service Reimbursement in the US
Service Launch
Strategic Corporate Developments
Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 16: The US Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services by Type – Emergency Services and Non-Emergency Services Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 17: The US Historic Review for Ambulance Services by Type – Emergency Services and Non-Emergency Services Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 18: The US 14-Year Perspective for Ambulance Services by Type – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for Emergency Services and Non-Emergency Services Markets for Years 2011, 2017 & 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

2. CANADA
A.Market Analysis
Current & Future Analysis
Strategic Corporate Development
Stars Air Ambulance – A Key Player
B.Market Analytics
Table 19: Canadian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 20: Canadian Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

3. JAPAN
A.Market Analysis
Current & Future Analysis
Market Snapshots
Growth in Number of Private Service Providers
Facility Shuttle Services
B.Market Analytics
Table 21: Japanese Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 22: Japanese Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4. EUROPE
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Rapid Health Care Response Drives Ambulance Services Market
An Insight into Ambulance Services across Europe
Privatization: A Potential Threat to Government Run Ambulance Services
Technologically Advanced Ambulance Services: A Key to Success for Healthcare Players
Growing Use of Technology
B.Market Analytics
Table 23: European Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services by Geographic Region/Country – France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 24: European Historic Review for Ambulance Services by Geographic Region/ Country – France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets Independently Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 25: European 14-Year Perspective for Ambulance Services by Geographic Region/Country – Percentage Breakdown of Revenues for France, Germany, Italy, UK, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe Markets for Years 2011, 2017 & 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4a. FRANCE
A.Market Analysis
Current & Future Analysis
Overview
B.Market Analytics
Table 26: French Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 27: French Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4b. GERMANY
A.Market Analysis
Current & Future Analysis
Overview
B.Market Analytics
Table 28: German Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 29: German Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4c. ITALY
Market Analysis
Table 30: Italian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 31: Italian Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4d. THE UNITED KINGDOM
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Emergency Ambulance Services in the UK: An Overview
Solar Powered Ambulances Reduce Carbon Emissions
Shortage of Ambulance Services to Promote Investment?
Growing Role of Private Sector
Increasing Prominence of Voluntary Ambulance Service Providers
Air Ambulance Market on the Rise
Strategic Corporate Development
Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 32: The UK Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 33: The UK Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4e. SPAIN
A.Market Analysis
Outlook
Strategic Corporate Development
B.Market Analytics
Table 34: Spanish Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 35: Spanish Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4f. RUSSIA
Market Analysis
Table 36: Russian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 37: Russian Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

4g. REST OF EUROPE
A.Market Analysis
Current & Future Analysis
Focus on Select Regional Markets
Austria
Bulgaria
Lithuania
Norway
Poland
The Netherlands
Ireland
Irish National Ambulance Service Treads on Innovative Services Path
Strategic Corporate Development
Falck A/S (Denmark) – Leading Company Worldwide
B.Market Analytics
Table 38: Rest of Europe Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 39: Rest of Europe Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

5. AUSTRALIA
A.Market Analysis
Current & Future Analysis
Market Overview
Cost Cutting Woes
Key Players
B.Market Analytics
Table 40: Australian Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 41: Australian Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

6. REST OF WORLD
A.Market Analysis
Current & Future Analysis
Focus on Select Regional Markets
India
EMS in India – Ridden with Issues
Air Ambulance Services Report Sharp Growth
Innovative Approaches Emerge to Expand Reach of Ambulances
Infusion of Modern Technologies
Better Emergency Medical Services: Need of the Hour
Hospitals Outsource Ambulance Management
An Important Need to Integrate Telemedicine with Ambulance Services in India
Challenges Faced by the Indian Ambulance Services Market
New Zealand
Singapore
South Africa
Service Launches
Strategic Corporate Developments
B.Market Analytics
Table 42: Rest of World Recent Past, Current & Future Analysis for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2016 through 2024 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)
Table 43: Rest of World Historic Review for Ambulance Services Analyzed with Annual Revenue Figures in US$ Million for Years 2011 through 2015 (includes corresponding Graph/Chart)

IV. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

Total Companies Profiled: 156 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries – 163) The United States (94) Canada (4) Europe (46) – Germany (13) – The United Kingdom (27) – Rest of Europe (6) Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (17) Middle East (1) Africa (1)
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How to setup Belkin’s Wemo Bridge for HomeKit – CNET

Belkin’s Wemo Bridge has been a long time coming. The company first promised HomeKit support for its line of home automation accessories, via this device, back in May. After that long delay, we’re just now getting our hands on it.

Belkin’s Wemo Bridge has been a long time coming. The company first promised HomeKit support for its line of home automation accessories, via this device, back in May. After that long delay, we’re just now getting our hands on it.

The Wemo Bridge is currently on backorder but should start shipping again in early February, according to Belkin’s website.

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Once you receive the bridge, setup takes just a couple minutes of your time. You’ll need an open Ethernet port on your Wi-Fi router and a power outlet.

After unboxing the bridge, connect the included cables to the bridge and your router. Make sure the back of the bridge is still accessible, at least until you’ve completed setup.

With everything plugged in and the indicator light flashing on the bridge, open the Home app on your iPhone or iPad. Next, tap on the “+” sign in the top right corner followed by Add Accessory. Point the camera on your iOS device at the code on the back of the bridge. Select Wemo Bridge on the following screen, then rename it and assign it to a room (both optional).

The following screen will show any Wemo devices currently in use on your Wi-Fi network. You can then claim each accessory, name it and assign it to a room as you see fit.

You should now be able to use the Home app or Siri to control your Wemo devices.

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Here’s why your next wireless speaker will listen to your every word – CNET

There will come a day, and probably pretty soon, where pretty much every standalone speaker will have a voice-operated assistant inside of it. In the same way way that most TVs today have integrated “smarts” in the form of streaming apps for video, “smart speakers” will simply be the default, offering streaming audio apps and music at your voice’s beck and call.

There will come a day, and probably pretty soon, where pretty much every standalone speaker will have a voice-operated assistant inside of it. In the same way way that most TVs today have integrated “smarts” in the form of streaming apps for video, “smart speakers” will simply be the default, offering streaming audio apps and music at your voice’s beck and call.

At CES 2018 there were a raft of new models were announced with either Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa or a mixture of both. From the JBL Link View to the Polk Command Bar to Klipsch’s The One, most audio brands had at least one speaker on display. And the list is only going to grow, and move far beyond traditional audio brands.

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As the audio reviewer at CNET, I am particularly focused on sound quality for music, so I’m psyched to see these speaker makers offer better-sounding alternatives to the Echo and Google Home speakers, let alone the terrible-for-music Echo Dot and Google Home Mini. My current favorite, the Sonos One, is a great example of the standalone smart speaker done right, and competition from other audio companies, or even sound-first smart speakers like the Google Home Max — is definitely a good thing.

Even for people who crave good audio, the convenience of being able to ask for a song or artist by name is powerful. It’s enough, for example, to force just about every speaker maker to follow Sonos’ lead, and sign on with one of the two major digital assistants. But what does having Alexa and Google inside everything really mean?


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Cheap, convenient and capable

Much like Smart TV, a big reason voice assistants will be so widespread is that they aren’t prohibitively expensive to add. We spoke to one manufacturer recently who told us that it costs around 10 dollars to add a “smart” microphone to each speaker.

As the technology improves and price comes down, having an assistant onboard shouldn’t pass much extra cost on to the consumer. Even now, the Sonos One smart speaker is the same price as the “dumb” Play:1 it replaces. Secondly, smart speakers have a clear benefit to us as consumers. Want to know what the time is? Or find your telephone? It’s just an “Alexa” away.

If you want to see where we see the future of wireless speakers heading, look at the humble headphone. The microphone in a set of portable headphones has become so ubiquitous that most people simply forget about them. You buy a portable headphone and the mic is built right into the cable.

The same thing is likely going to happen with portable and tabletop speakers — they’ll all get microphones eventually. It’s not just table speakers that will get mics either — for example, the Polk Command Bar brings a fully formed Echo Dot to a sound bar.

For clarification here, we’re specifically talking about bringing voice assistants to Wi-Fi-connected speakers — the kind that let you stream Spotify Connect, for example — and see this feature as an evolution of the hands-free microphone now available in most Bluetooth speakers. But there’s no reason Bluetooth speakers themselves can’t get assistants and microphones too, provided they’re high-end enough to justify the (falling) cost.

While smart toilets are also a thing for some reason, smart speakers are far more useful because of where they sit at the intersection of music replay and voice control. These devices bring the user experience back to the fore, something that has suffered since wireless speakers started ditching user interfaces for smartphone control.

Voice control brings the fun back, because now instead of having to fish out — if not go looking for(!) — your smartphone, then unlock it, scroll to the app, wait for it to load, search for the content and press Play, you can simply say “Hey Google, play X,” and moments later it’s on. And if you have a bunch of Chromecast built-in devices or Google Homes, you can control speakers all around the house without ever taking out your phone.

Smart speakers are so much more than on-demand jukeboxes though. They control your lights, help organize your calendar, dictate recipes while you cook or help you load up the latest season of “Black Mirror.” They’re a lot more “fun” than a simple remote control, and not only that but they’re also more featured and getting better all the time.

But what about privacy?

There is an obvious and significant difference between the mics in headsets or Bluetooth speakers and those in voice assistants. The fact that they are always listening is what has privacy advocates concerned.

To use a microphone in your handset, you need to activate a button, software or otherwise to get it to start listening for commands. The equivalent “button press” that activates a smart speaker is a spoken “wake word,” namely “Alexa” or “OK Google.” OK, so maybe this isn’t the kind of feature you necessarily want for your kid’s room, but how easily can hackers or third parties just record everything you say? How secure are they?

The companies involved will tell you they’re very secure, and more so than a PC or smartphone. One of the essential differences between a phone and smart speaker is that the smart speaker is locked down. There’s one input (a microphone) and it’s overseen by a single company that controls all of the development for each new software “skill” or hardware implementation.

Even though there was an Amazon Echo surveillance hack in August 2017, for example, it needed actual physical access to the device. That’s because the switch that turns the microphone on and off is analog — it can’t be altered through software, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos confirmed.

When the Google Home Mini was first introduced, there was a bug in the touch controls that meant the microphone could remain on, essentially recording everything you said. But Google has since patched the problem, and if you’re worried about it, you can see everything the mic has heard you say within the Google Home app.

The risks of surveillance aren’t limited to smart speakers, of course, and some researchers say that any microphone in your house — and most households now have dozens — could potentially be used to spy on you. From your cellphone, to your computer, to your kid’s teddy bear and finally to your smart TV, each built-in mic could be vulnerable if not suitably protected.

Unless you want to cosset yourself in cotton balls and live in a forest, I think you should vote for the security of your home with your wallet: if you can’t trust a manufacturer to maintain your device’s security, don’t buy it. You can help ensure you’re protected by periodically checking your connected devices are running the latest firmware.

Time to get smart, speakers

Devices such as the Sonos One have shown us that a smart speaker can cost the same and still perform as well as or even better than the model it replaces. The added capabilities of the product over the speaker’s “dumb” predecessor arguably make up for the potential loss in privacy. The fact that more and more speakers will soon let you choose which assistant you want to use will also mean you aren’t tied down to either Google, Amazon or whatever else comes down the pike (paging Bixby).

There’s only one thing we can suggest to manufacturers when designing these things: make the microphone off switch a physical toggle, which could help make privacy-sensitive folks a little more comfortable.

If companies can get the privacy implementations right, it’s likely that soon we’ll see “smart speakers” as just “speakers” in the same way that smart TVs are just “TVs”. It’s well-considered products like the Sonos One and the Google Home Max with their combinations of convenience, performance and intercompatibility that will usher in a new era of at-home listening.

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The coolest PC components to look forward to in 2018

If 2018 is going to be anything like 2017, this year is going to be packed with new PC components. But, aside from Ryzen 2 and Nvidia Volta, there are plenty of smaller parts that are going to make computing in 2018 even better.

If 2018 is going to be anything like 2017, this year is going to be packed with new PC components. But, aside from Ryzen 2 and Nvidia Volta, there are plenty of smaller parts that are going to make computing in 2018 even better.

From new motherboards to RGB fans, we’ve rounded up a little bit of everything for PC builders to look forward to this year – first seen at CES 2018.

HyperX Fury RGB SSD

RGB lighting has already made its way to motherboards, memory, graphics cards and fans. So, the next logical step was obviously, storage. While it might seem excessive – and, oh boy, is it – it’ll also make all those dual-sided tempered glass PC cases look even more vibrant. These solid-state storage drives will also be plenty quick with rated 550 MB/s reads and 520 MB/s writes.

Expected: Fall 2018

Phanteks Eclipse P350X

The Phanteks Eclipse 350X was one of the most interesting and affordable cases we saw at CES so far. Though its smaller than most ATX chassis, it supports up to an E-ATX motherboard and plenty of room for liquid-cooling. It also features built-in lighting, both on the front facia and a side-mounted strip, and a tempered glass window. Best of all, it only costs $69 (about £49, AU$90), making it extremely affordable.

Expected: in a few months.

ASRock X399 Taichi Micro-ATX

If you’ve been hoping to build a smaller Ryzen Threadripper system, your prayers have been answered with ASRock introducing the world’s first Micro-ATX X399 motherboard. It’s impressive given that Threadripper’s gigantic TR4 socket takes up a good chunk of the printed circuit board (PCB) area. This motherboard is also fully equipped to support quad-channel memory, three M.2 slots and three PCI-e 3.0 x16 slots with full x16 speed.

Expected: to be announced

Cooler Master MasterLiquid ML240 Smart

Cooler Master by far had the most colorful all-in-one liquid-cooler at CES 2018. It not only features the light up logo and fans we’re used to, but also lighting around the perimeter of the radiator and pump. You’ll also be able to keep track of your CPU temperatures through the cooler’s built-in SMART temperature detection and RGB lighting system. This feature isn’t exactly unique to the MasterLiquid ML240 Smart, but those tired of rainbows will find the functionality useful.

Expected: to be announced

Aorus X470 Gaming 7 Wi-Fi

Ryzen 2 is on its way, and this will be one of the first X470 motherboards designed for it. Not only was it the first X470 chipset motherboard at CES, it’s shaping up to be a mighty upgrade over the original Ryzen mobos. Gigabyte expects we’ll be able to hit 4,000-plus MHz memory overclocks. And, with the 400-series boards upgrading their PCI-E connections to 3.0, that will allow M.2 drives connected to the chipset to run at maximum speed.

Expected: April 2018

Corsair Obsidian 500D

Another year, another great set of cases from Corsair. That said, we’ve got our hearts set on the new Corsair Obsidian 500D. Featuring a combination of curved tempered glass and jet black aluminum, this full tower case is the perfect showcase chassis. What’s more, the SE-variant (pictured on the left) comes with Corsair’s Light-Loop fans and CommanderPro hub for the ultimate RGB-lit builds.

Expected: to be announced

EVGA Supernova 2200 P2

This monster of a power supply delivers enough juice to run seven Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti graphics cards at the same time. No normal PC gamer is going to ever need 2,200 watts of energy capacity, but that’s why those in the Bitcoin mining business will likely salivate over this absurd PSU.

Expected: to be announced

NZXT N7 Z370

NZXT thus far has been best known for its PC cases, CPU coolers, fans and lighting – so its entry into motherboards was quite a shock at CES 2018. That said, we’re glad to have seen the company’s new N7 Z370 motherboard. It’s one of the most minimalistic motherboards we’ve seen and with swappable panels to customize the look for your PC beyond RGB lighting. Looks aside, this motherboard comes equipped with three M.2 slots and NZXT’s HUE+ lighting and GRID+ v3 fan hubs built right into the PCB.

Expected: available now

Toshiba RC100 NVMe SSD

NVMe SSDs are still notoriously expensive, but Toshiba is looking to change that with its upcoming RC100 SSDs. Toshiba claims it’s new M.2 drives will offer 1,620/1,130 MB/s sequential read/write speeds at an affordable price. Pricing and availability has yet to be announced, but the drives will come in 120, 240 and 480GB capacities.

Expected: Spring 2018

Global Commercial Vehicle Telematics Strategic Market 2018-2022 By Type (Aftermarket Telematics & OEM Telematics) & End-Use Sector (Insurance, Transport & Logistics & Others)

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022.

The report provides separate comprehensive analytics for the US, Canada, Japan, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Rest of World. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2015 through 2022. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Commercial Vehicle Telematics in US$ Million.

The Global market is analyzed by the following Segments:

By Type

Aftermarket Telematics OEM Telematics

End-Use Sector

Insurance Transport & Logistics Others

The U.S. and European markets are analysed by the following Segments:

Telematics Services Telematics Solutions

Focus on Select Players

Airbiquity, Inc. (USA) AirIQ, Inc. (Canada) Agero, Inc. (USA) BOX Telematics Ltd. (UK) BSM Technologies, Inc. (Canada) CalAmp (USA) Ctrack (UK) Davis Instruments (USA) Fleetmatics Group PLC (Ireland) Geotab, Inc. (Canada) Intelligent Telematics (Ireland) Omnitracs, LLC (USA) OnStar Corporation (USA) Orbcomm, Inc. (USA) QUALCOMM, Inc. (USA) Telit Wireless Solutions (UK) Transport Management Solutions Ltd. (UK) Trimble Transport & Logistics (Belgium) Zonar Systems (USA)

Key Topics Covered:

1. INDUSTRY OVERVIEW
Telematics Shapes the Future of Automobiles in the 21st Century by Ushering in a New Era of Intelligence
Commercial Vehicle Telematics: Market Overview
Market Outlook
A Peek Into Key Trends Providing the Stepping Stone for Growth of Telematics in the CV Market
Growing Production of CVs
Automobile Electronification
Growing ITS Investments
The Rise of Connected Vehicles
Mandatory Telematics Regulations in the CV Industry
Developments in Connectivity Technologies like Cellular Networks, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth & Satellite Commutations
Other Major Market Trends & Drivers
Cost Pressures in the Logistics Industry Spurs Market Opportunities for CV Telematics in Fleet Management
Innovation in Telematics Services to Boost Revenue Potential of the Market
One-stop Telematics Solutions of the Future
Unique Platforms for Different Fleet Sizes
A Glance at Other Major Technology Trends
Growing Investments in Public Transportation to Benefit Growth of CV Telematics
Aftermarket Telematics Emerges Over the Horizon to Compete With OEM Embedded Telematics
Big Data on Wheels: Automotive Telematics to Derive New Value From Emerging Big Data Technologies
Telematics: The New Fuel Source for Big Data
Need to Reduce Vehicle Insurance Costs & Risks Drives Interest in Telematics Usage-Based Insurance
UBI Pricing Scheme
Advantages & Challenges
Effect of Telematics on the Insurance Industry
Developments in Mobile Telemedicine, Emergency Care & First Responder Networks Drive Demand for Telematics
Spurt in Infrastructure Development in Emerging Markets Drives Demand for Off-Highway Vehicle Telematics
Strong Growth in Car Sharing, Car Rental & Carpooling Services Expands the Business Case for Transport Telematics
Developing Regions to Drive Future Market Growth
Challenges to Growth: A Review
Concerns Over Driver Distraction
Hacking Emerges Into a Potent Threat to Privacy & Data Security

2. PRODUCT AND SEGMENT OVERVIEW
Products and Service Array
Satellite Radio
Telematics Communications Unit (TCU)
Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL)
Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI)
Stolen Vehicle Tracking and Shutdown
In-cab Computing and Communication Systems
Electronic Reporting
Driver Performance Monitoring Systems
Remote Diagnostics
Market Segments
CV Telematics Hardware Market
CV Telematics Services Market
Telematics Service Providers
General Motors (OnStar)
ATX Technologies
RESPONSE Services Center
Applications of Vehicle Telematics
Tracking a Vehicle/Fleet Management
Trailer and Container Tracking
Wireless Safety Communication
Safety Systems/Intelligent Vehicle Technology
Auto Insurance
Carsharing
Mobile Data

3. MAJOR PLATFORMS AND TECHNOLOGIES IN VOGUE
Availability of Enabling Technology
Road Tested for Most Vehicles
Data Tracking
Early Detection System
Cost-Effective Alternatives
Translating Raw Data into Worthwhile Information
Telematics Hardware Assembly
Hands Free Interfaces and Impact on Telematics
Telematics Scope Widens
What is Hands Free Interface All About?
Future of Hands Free Interfaces

4. TELEMATICS DEFINITION AND SCOPE
What is Telematics?
List of Select Telematics Launched by Key Automakers
A Brief Introduction
Demand Analysis
Why Telematics?
Safer Transportation Services
Safeguarding the Transport of Hazardous Materials
Door-to-Door Diligence
Pick Up
On-Board Computer
Delivery
Benefits for Long-Haul Transport
Automated Vehicle Location and Mapping Technologies
Areas of Fleet Management Telematics Application
What’s the Attraction for Automakers?
What Else Can Telematics Offer?
Telematics Offers
Leading to
Telematics Strategy Issues
Recurring Revenue Streams
Product/Service Differentiation
Expanding the Locus of Computing
Embedded, Real-Time Control Systems
Grid Computing
Integration with 802.11a (Wi-Fi) Networks
Regional Disparities Impact Strategic Decisions and Content
Major Market Peculiarities
Telematics Strategy
A Business Model that Actually Works
What Makes it Tick
The Modus Operandi
Telematics Logistics
Bringing Logistics Productivity on Par with Telematics
Inventory Carrying Costs
Transportation Costs
Looking for Right’ Formula in the TM Value Chain Structure
Value Web’ vis–vis Value Chain
Seeking Economic Solutions that Work for All
Automotive Standards
A Must in the Competitive Scenario
Regional Automotive Standards
Should the Customer Pay for Telematics Control Units and the Infrastructure?

5. PRODUCT INNOVATIONS/INTRODUCTIONS
CalAmp Unveils AssetOutlook Telematics
Goodyear Develops Goodyear Proactive Solutions
Omnitracs Rolls Out Omnitracs Integrated Telematics
Omnitracs Introduces Intelligent Vehicle Gateway
Exeros-Technologies Unveils combined Telematics & Video Platform
Matrix Telematics to Launch Upgrade for Matrix IncidentCam
Masternaut Unveils New Telematics Module
FTA Unveils Live Drive Pro Telematics Product
XL Hybrids Unveils XL Link Telematics
Octo Telematics Introduces InPulse Telematics Solution
Eicher Launches Advanced Telematics Solution
Ctrack Introduces Vehicle Sharing Telematics Solutions
Detroit Connect Launches New Telematics Platform
Geotab Launches Commercial Telematics Solution
Ford Telematics Introduces Fleet Management Solution
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Introduces New Smart Telematics Service
Tata Motors Unveils New Telematics Service

6. RECENT INDUSTRY ACTIVITY
Isotrak Acquires VeriLocation
Octo Telematics Enters into a Partnership with Agero
Bell Group UK Upgrades Fleet Tracking Capabilities with Ctrack
United General Insurance Company Partners with Ctrack
Michelin to Acquire NexTraq
Dassault Systmes to Take Over 3DPLM Software
Geometric Transfers Business to HCL Tech
ABAX Acquires Accessor Sverige AB and Ctrack Sverige AB
RAC Takes Over Nebula Systems
GTCR to Acquire Lytx
Micronet Enertec to Acquire Novatel Wireless’ Telematics Business
CalAmp Acquires LoJack
TomTom Takes Over Finder S.A.
Novatel Acquires DigiCore
BSM Acquires Webtech Wireless
Faria Beede Instruments Acquires FW Telematics
CCC Information Services Takes Over DriveFactor
Investcorp Takes Over Arvento

7. FOCUS ON SELECT GLOBAL PLAYERS

8. GLOBAL MARKET PERSPECTIVE

Total Companies Profiled: 75 (including Divisions/Subsidiaries 81)

The United States (33) Canada (5) Japan (3) Europe (32) France (1) Germany (6) The United Kingdom (18) Italy (1) Rest of Europe (6)Asia-Pacific (Excluding Japan) (6) Middle East (1) Africa (1)

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7 ways blockchain will change the legal industry forever

Blockchain technology has received quite a bit of attention over the last year, with the potential to be a transformative force across multiple diverse industries. At the heart of this is the blockchain itself which offers a technique to create and maintain an immutable – but also transparent – distributed and shared ledger to be able to store information in.

Blockchain technology has received quite a bit of attention over the last year, with the potential to be a transformative force across multiple diverse industries. At the heart of this is the blockchain itself which offers a technique to create and maintain an immutable – but also transparent – distributed and shared ledger to be able to store information in.

When we think of high-tech industries, the legal sector is hardly one that comes to mind. After all, lawyers are often buried in the proverbial mountain of paperwork and the classic film about the legal profession is ‘The Paper Chase’, which ends with papers being blown all over the campus quad.

However, the blockchain has the ability to disrupt the practice of law, and drag it into the current century – there’s already a Global Legal Blockchain Consortium which seeks to standardize and promote its adoption. Here are seven ways in which the blockchain will make a big impact on the legal world.

Check out how Microsoft is making a blockchain that’s fit for business

1. Smart contracts

Legal contracts are still written, with physical signatures required on original documents, which requires significant time to accomplish, all for a binding legal agreement. The blockchain holds the promise to change this into a digital process in what’s being dubbed ‘smart contracts’. These smart contracts could potentially be created and executed directly between the relevant parties, with less lawyer involvement.

OpenLaw endeavors to use the blockchain to decrease “the cost and friction of creating, securing, and generating binding legal agreements.” It also plans to provide the tools for storage of these agreements, without the requirements for intermediaries. With the potential to cut lawyers out of the process altogether, this is a disruptive use of the technology indeed.

2. Intellectual property

The law has struggled when it comes to protecting intellectual property in the digital age, including images, audio, and video files, as well as designs and symbols. Artists and musicians attempt to protect their work, but too often it gets used without their permission, and royalties do not get paid from audio streaming services that struggle with profitability. Companies such as NKOR promise to have a platform for registering intellectual property and ‘anchoring’ it to the blockchain.

3. Blockchain law

The law continuously adapts to changing societal needs. A decade ago, the legal sector had to address digital media rights issues, and some lawyers soon focused on this segment of the law. Now, with blockchain technology having the potential to be used across many sectors, the law will need to adapt again, and there is already a need to have lawyers specializing in blockchain law – the new cutting-edge for digital law.

At the most recent annual meeting of the International Legal Technology Association (ILTACON), the buzz around artificial intelligence was reportedly eclipsed by the blockchain, with a whole panel devoted to its application in the law.

4. Property rights

Property rights encompasses how property is bought, sold and rented. Go down to your local government property office, and it is easy to see how this arena is stuck in the last century, with piles of ledgers, paper deeds, and property cards all tracking property ownership. And even when an office makes the transition to go digital, it’s still essentially just scans of all the paperwork, with a database to keep it organized.

This area is also a problem in the developing world which has less infrastructure to protect individual property rights, and disputes are commonplace. For example, with some of India’s land records going back to literally colonial times, given these older, ambiguous records, it is hardly surprising that the majority of the country’s court cases are due to property disputes.

The blockchain, with its inherent security and digital ledger function, promises to be an effective, secure and immutable method to store the data essential for property rights, including land ownership, and the details of when it changed hands.

India has already hosted an international conference in 2017 entitled ‘Blockchain for Property Governance: A Conference on Distributed Ledgers for Secure Property Rights’, addressing the issue of digital property rights.

5. Chain of custody

The chain of custody is an important legal concept which documents what happens to evidence in a criminal case. It is typically a paper trail that gets created for each piece of evidence, and must be fully maintained until this evidence gets presented in court.

The challenge is that if the chain of custody is not completely preserved, no matter how relevant the piece of evidence is to the trial, the defense attorney will file a motion to have the evidence suppressed, which can severely weaken the prosecution’s case.

While chain of custody is a difficult enough issue when it comes to physical evidence, it can be even trickier when dealing with digital evidence, such as a file found on a hard drive, or a device connected on a Wi-Fi network log.

The blockchain is ideally suited for application in the chain of custody, particularly for the more challenging digital files. Here, blockchain tech can be applied to not only track the custody of documents, but also to store the documents themselves. Via the digital ledger, there is a permanent record of the chain of custody, with the evidence digitally preserved, so no evidence ever gets thrown out. This also eliminates the need for testimony about the preservation of the chain of custody, another timesaver.

6. Financial transactions

Lawyers will need to have an increasing awareness of Bitcoin and other blockchain-powered cryptocurrencies, as they get used in more and more financial transactions. The anonymous nature of these cryptocurrencies has already encouraged their use among criminals for less visibility.

As these crypto-assets become more mainstream, and we daresay they get used for actual currency transactions, lawyers will need familiarity with them in wide-ranging scenarios such as divorce proceedings, wills and international transactions.

7. Notary public

Currently, notary publics (or general notaries) are used to confirm and verify signatures on legal documents, such as deeds and contracts. Using blockchain technology, these documents can be preserved digitally as part of a digital ledger.

Blocknotary is a company that seeks to apply blockchain technology to legal documents, and offers “timestamps and fingerprints for media files”, thereby eliminating the need for the rubber stamp of today’s notary public.

Bitcoin vs distributed ledger vs Ethereum vs blockchain

The best cheap motherboard prices in January 2018

For years, motherboards have been a barrier between gamers and power users looking to build their own PCs. And, for years, the reality has been far less complicated than the common perception.

For years, motherboards have been a barrier between gamers and power users looking to build their own PCs. And, for years, the reality has been far less complicated than the common perception.

The truth is, it isn’t that tough to comprehend the differences between motherboard brands, chipsets and functionality. Better yet, as the best motherboard deals would suggest, they aren’t nearly as pricey as you might expect, given their stately jurisdiction.

We’ve gathered the best motherboard deals on the market and integrating them into an ever-changing list that spans five divergent categories. So whether you’re a gamer or a number-cruncher – or even a video production aficionado – you’ll find something on this list that suits your urgent needs. What’s more, you won’t even have to shell out a fortune once you’ve done so.

You don’t have to dig deep into your pockets for the best motherboard deals regardless of your processor type or RAM. So no matter if it’s an AMD Ryzen or Intel Coffee Lake CPU that’s captivated your attention, you can count on spotting a motherboard that fits your criteria among the following entries. We’ve accounted for port selection and case size as well so that, for the sake of convenience, you can skip the research and find the motherboard of your dreams below.

The best motherboard deal this week in the US
The best motherboard deal this week in the UK

Best ATX motherboard deal

So you’re ready to get your mid-size desktop off the ground and start rolling with a motherboard that’s built to last? As its name suggests, the Asus Prime Z270-A doesn’t support the latest Z370 processors (i.e. the Intel Core i7-8700K), but it was one of the top mobo picks for Intel’s last-generation CPUs, and it has all of the ports you’ll need to get through the day, including Thunderbolt 3.

Because it boasts support for Asus Aura Sync, you’ll never have to worry about your motherboard going out of fashion. More importantly, however, you’ll be the proud owner of a motherboard specializing in 5-way optimization with auto-tuning and FanXpert 4, for the perfect 6th- and 7th-generation Intel Core overclocking experience.

Best Micro ATX motherboard deal

The Gigabyte GA-8250M-DS3H is a tiny motherboard, which occupies but a fraction the size 0f a full ATX part but it packs nearly as many features . It also has.

Sporting the LGA 1151 socket for 6th- and 7th-generation Intel Core processors, plus six full-size USB ports as well as DVI-D and HDMI-out around the back. This motherboard was one of the first to support Intel Optane memory, the technology designed to make hard drives as fast as SSDs.

Best Mini-ITX motherboard deal

When you want to go even smaller, this MSI H270I motherboard is choice Though there are plenty of cheaper Mini-ITX motherboards to choose from, this one comes with a Wi-Fi adapter, making wireless internet from your desktop a complication of the past.

Adhering to the standards of Intel’s H270 chipset, the MSI H270I Gaming Pro AC brings support for both 6th- and 7th-generation Intel Core processors, from Celeron all the way up to i7. That said, we’re most proud of the ports here. Like the above Gigabyte micro ATX motherboard, the MSI H270I mini-ITX is stacked with an M.2 slot and six USB ports with no USB-C in sight. However, that’s still pretty impressive when you think about just how compact this mobo really is.

Best gaming motherboard deal

It’s hard not to wince reading the words “MSI Arsenal Z270 Gaming Plus,” but nevertheless, this motherboard is adequately suited for Intel Skylake and Kaby Lake processors. This is an ATX mobo ready for two-way AMD Crossfire or Nvidia SLI, which is really something for this unbeatable low price.

The MSI Arsenal Z270 Gaming Plus promises studio-class audio for a gaming experience that’ll make you feel like you are truly one step away from death at all times. If that doesn’t compel you, we don’t know what will.

Best mining motherboard deal

The cryptocurrency craze has been going on for quite some time now, and it doesn’t appear to be coming to a close any time soon. Now that one Bitcoin is worth nearly $15,000, you’re going to need a top-notch motherboard to start chipping into that enigmatic world of blockchains. Of the top performing motherboards relative to cryptocurrency mining, the ASRock H81 Pro has adopted somewhat of a cult following for its lofty commitment to a six-GPU setup.

Since mining for cryptocurrencies such as Ethereum is so GPU-intensive, it’s no coincidence that the best mining motherboard deal pushes the limits of how many graphics cards your rig can hold. Gamers beware, this is hardly an exceptional motherboard for playing PUBG at stable frame rates, but it’s one of the better priced motherboard that’s as dedicated to crypto mining as the ASRock H81 Pro is.