by Joel Hruska, Extreme Tech
The Consumer Electronics Show (now dubbed CES) has always been an event where companies large and small debut new products and demonstrate cutting-edge R&D. At its best, the show serves as a jumping-off point for the technologies, products, and services we’ll see throughout the year. At its worst, it functions as a dumping ground for bad ideas and garbage products. At the show this week, Griffin Technology debuted a smart toaster as part of their new Griffin Home initiative. Continue reading The Internet of Things has officially hit peak stupid, courtesy of this smart toaster
by Donal Power, readwrite
Data-related opportunities await Internet of Things (IoT) entrepreneurs in smart city water programs as top-down utilities allow smaller players to play.
Ecopreneurist recounted some of the more interesting ideas to emerge from a recent MIT conference on smart city water issues. Continue reading Smart city startups plumb the waterworks for IoT data
by Abhimanyu Ghoshal, TheNextWeb
Google has launched Android Things, an IoT platform that lets you build connected devices while leveraging Android APIs and the company’s cloud-based services for delivering updates and enabling voice commands.
The company says it’s combining Brillo, its previous Android-based IoT OS, with tools like Android Studio, the Android SDK, Google Play Services, and Google Cloud Platform, to make it easier for developers to build smart devices. Continue reading Google launches Android Things, a new OS for IoT gadgets
by Lily Hay Newman, WIRED
When the BOTNET named Mirai first appeared in September, it announced its existence with dramatic flair. After flooding a prominent security journalist’s website with traffic from zombie Internet of Things devices, it managed to make much of the internet unavailable for millions of people by overwhelming Dyn, a company that provides a significant portion of the US internet’s backbone. Since then, the number attacks have only increased. What’s increasingly clear is that Mirai is a powerfully disruptive force. What’s increasingly not? How to stop it. Continue reading The Botnet That Broke the Internet Isn’t Going Away
by NPR Staff, NPR: Minnesota Public Radio
More and more of the things we use every day are being connected to the Internet.
The term for these Internet-enabled devices — like connected cars and home appliances — is the Internet of things. They promise to make life more convenient, but these devices are also vulnerable to hacking. Continue reading Despite Its Promise, The Internet Of Things Remains Vulnerable
by Francesco Azzola, Surviving with Android
What is IoT? This is a big question! Of course, IoT is the next technological revolution that promises to change the way we live and the way we work. So what is IoT? According to the most important IoT experts/influencer, Internet of things will be a pervasive technology. It will span its effects across different sectors:
- Smart cities
Continue reading What is (IoT) Internet of Things?
by Jeremy Wagstaff and J.R. Wu, Reuters
Recent cyber attacks harnessing everyday devices such as cameras, video recorders, printers, routers and speakers are a wake-up call to the hidden dangers of the Internet of Things.
The problem for the device makers, though, is that few are well equipped to tackle the unfamiliar task of foiling hackers.
For a sense of that challenge, take AV Tech Corp, a once proud giant among CCTV camera makers whose 1990s building in a Taipei suburb hints at the gap it must overcome between hardware factories of a decade ago and those of today. Continue reading After cyber attacks, Internet of Things wrestles with making smart devices safer
by Matt Hamblen, Network World
Look for low-power, long-range gear to be certified in 2018
A new low-power, long-range version of WiFi that bolsters Internet of Things (IoT) connections will be dubbed WiFi HaLow, the WiFi Alliance revealed today in advance of CES.
WiFi HaLow (pronounced HAY-Low) is based on the pending IEEE 802.11ah specification. It will be used in coming years for everything from smart homes and wearables to smart cities and connected cars where thousands of battery-operated sensors can be connected to a single WiFi Access Point (AP). Continue reading WiFi for the Internet of Things gets a name: ‘WiFi HaLow’