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Mobile chip maker Qualcomm has inked a definitive agreement to purchase NXP Semiconductors in a deal valued at around $47 billion. The board of directors of both companies gave unanimous approval for the acquisition, which will see Qualcomm buy all of NXP's stock at $110 per share, an 11.5 percent premium over NXP's closing price on Wednesday. Should the deal receive regulatory approval, Qualcomm will be in position to become a major player in the fast growing connected car market. NXP is a leading chip maker in the automotive industry with mixed-signal semiconductor solutions for in-vehicle infotainment, networking, and safety systems. The company's products are found in 14 of the top 15 infotainment... Read more...
With Intel finding itself inside most of the world's consumer PCs and enterprise servers, it's begun making a massive push on making sure its chips wind up in all other devices - those that most of us regular folk don't think about. We're talking "edge devices" and "fog computing" hardware. "Edge devices" are those that connect all of our devices, so they can include routers, switches, and so forth. "Fog computing", by contrast, acts as decentralized resource management. An example of fog computing can be seen in Windows 10, which has the ability to serve updates to other PCs in a household or business. It's "fog" because it hovers around the given area, rather than "cloud", which would require... Read more...
The IoT movement is well under way, for better or worse. On the plus side, we now have access to a wide range of internet-connected devices ranging from smartwatches to webcams to thermostats to even refrigerators. On the downside, these devices can be compromised, leading to massively powerful botnets that have the ability to take cripple websites with DDoS attacks. ARM is well aware of these dangers as we wade deeper into IoT waters, so it has announced new family of Cortex-M processors that will help secure future connected devices. ARM is making a big push to offer more security-related features at the hardware level, and is extending its TrustZone solutions for IoT. “Confidentiality of data... Read more...
So here we go again, another "massive and sustained Internet attack" made possible by a large collection of hacked Internet of Things (IoT) devices, things such as CCTV video cameras, digital video records, all sorts of smart home gadgets with a connection to the Internet, KrebsOnSecurity has determined. This is not the first time it has happened and it won't be the last. The recent attack, an apparent retaliation by WikiLeak supporters after the Obama administration allegedly used its influence to push the Ecuadorian government to cut off Internet access to whistleblower Julian Assange, focused its artillery of hacked IoT devices on DNS provider Dyn. It was another large scale DDoS attack,... Read more...
We've talked a lot about IoT devices here at HotHardware, but over the past year, it's become increasingly clear that we have to be careful with how we roll out new devices. Companies are leading us on to believe that in the future, the world will simply be blanketed with IoT devices everywhere. We see that as a potentially major security risk. Our simple IoT devices could become part of a DDoS network, and we'd not even know it. Bear in mind that it was a mammoth cluster of IoT devices that helped bring an unprecedented deluge of traffic towards Brian Krebs' website last month. And, as if we needed that kind of attack to persist, the source code for the software that took down Krebs' website... Read more...
Earlier this morning, we reported on the troubling news that the source code for the Mirai IoT DDoS botnet is now out in the open. If you recall, Miari is the botnet that was able to flood KrebsOnSecurity with 620 gigabits per second of traffic using a horde of zombie IoT devices (the attack was so devastating that Akamai cancelled its pro bono hosting arrangement with Brian Krebs). However, with Mirai source code now out for anyone to take advantage of, we may be seeing even more wide-scale DDoS attacks taking place in the future. And while KrebsOnSecurity might not exactly be a site that you have frequented in the past, Miari has the potential to cripple some big name properties. As Hans Gruber... Read more...
If you thought that the massive DDoS attack earlier this month on Brian Krebs’ security blog was record-breaking, take a look at what just happened to France-based hosting provider OVH. OVH was the victim of a wide-scale DDoS attack that was carried via network of over 152,000 IoT devices. According to OVH founder and CTO Octave Klaba, the DDoS attack reached nearly 1 Tbps at its peak. Of those IoT devices participating in the DDoS attack, they were primarily comprised of CCTV cameras and DVRs. Many of these types devices' network settings are improperly configured, which leaves them ripe for the picking for hackers that would love to use them to carry our destructive attacks. Klaba originally... Read more...
The web is becoming the wild, wild west all over again it seems. You could argue the Internet's always been a potentially dangerous place, but with the proliferation of smart devices becoming increasingly commonplace, cybercriminals now have more points of entry into home networks than ever before. Smart home automation gadgets collectively comprise much of what's referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT), and just like your PC, they can be silently hijacked and enlisted into a botnet, a malicious network of systems under the control of a foreign party. Individually, all these smart lighting, media streamers, Nest thermostats, and other IoT gadgets don't pose a major threat, just as a... Read more...
You can pretty much buy anything out of a vending machine nowadays, but it's not too often that one gives away its products for free. If you're interested in such a machine, you'd better hope that you'll be in Chicago either today or tomorrow, as Nest plans to drop a vending machine at two different locations that give 500 people a free Nest thermostat. The vending machine should look a lot like what it does in the picture below; essentially, extremely hard to miss, thanks to its bright blue front. We're not sure about certain details, such as how machines would limit one unit per person, or what's required to get one out of the machine to begin with. One thing we do know, though, is that the... Read more...
There are two things that Samsung really wants: to be one of the first to deploy a city-wide IoT infrastructure, as well as make sure that IoT infrastructure is on its home turf, in South Korea. That will soon be happening, and it's sure to be one of the first of what will become many such roll-outs over time. For its first deployment, Samsung is going to be using a LoRaWAN-based network (Long-range Wide Area Network), which will utilize a 900MHz band. The first city to be affected by this will be Daegu, South Korea's fourth-largest city. While many reading this probably thought the first city would be Seoul (which has a population five-fold that of Daegu), it's likely Samsung's goal to start... Read more...
When you think of your home, your belongings and your family, it likely automatically invokes various feelings of love, happiness, care, etc. And because of this, it is no surprise that people throughout time have looked for new and inventive ways to ensure the safety of their home via different monitoring and security tactics, and as technology has evolved, so too have the number of technologically oriented products for home monitoring and security. That having been said, home security cameras are currently among the most popular home security products available to consumers today. Ideal for anyone who is looking to keep an eye on their home for whatever reason, (whether it be security from... Read more...
While smart home innovation is still in its infancy, the number of products being introduced to the market on a monthly basis is increasing significantly. Devices that give you the ability to control your lighting, thermostat, or even your crock pot from your mobile device are making lives easier and increasing overall efficiency. Meanwhile, users are adapting quickly. In the United States, household penetration of smart home technology is at 5.82% in 2016, with penetration expected to hit 18.62% in 2020. If you’re not part of this 5.82%, you could be on the fence - and we totally get it. With such innovation, you might be wondering what connected technology can actually do for your home - and... Read more...
When we hear about IoT, or Internet of Things, it often relates to products like smart clothing, accessories or even home automation. But IoT can also play a major role in the enterprise space, as Microsoft has just confirmed with its acquisition of an Italian company called Solair. In its blog post, Microsoft notes that Solair is well-established in the IoT space, having established itself involved in manufacturing, retail, food, and transportation. One of the things that no doubt stood out to Microsoft most about Solair is the company's appreciation for its Azure cloud platform, as all of its products revolve around it. Solair CEO Tom Davis Microsoft provides a couple of examples of where Solair... Read more...
One week ago, Intel took the drastic step of laying off 12,000 employees, representing 11 percent of the company’s workforce by mid-2017. While we are always saddened to hear about such wide-scale layoffs in the tech industry, the writing has been on the wall as PC sales have been on a downward trajectory for years. At the time, CEO Brian Krzanich hinted at his plans to transform Intel “from a PC company to a company that powers the cloud and billions of smart, connected computing devices… As we drive this transformation, there is an extraordinary opportunity ahead. We will emerge as a more productive company with broader reach, and sharper execution.” Today, Krzanich is outlining his strategy... Read more...
Intel out of the blue announced high-level executive departures from two of its most high-profile business divisions. The first executive that is parting ways with Intel is Kirk Skaugen, who has been with the company for nearly 25 years. Skaugen most recently was in charge of the Client Computing Group (CCG). His previous roles at Intel included leading the PC and Data Center Group and the PC Client Group before it was renamed to CCG. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and Client and Internet of Things (IoT) Businesses and Systems Architecture Group President Dr. Venkata “Murthy” Renduchintala commended Skaugen for his decades of service, the “innovation he’s brought” to Intel, and his “customer [focused]... Read more...
The “Internet of Things” is not simply a catchy phrase to describe the impending influx of network-attached products. Of course, there are a myriad of network-attached products on the horizon, which cover everything from light-bulbs to doorbells, but one of the main tenets of the IoT is that all of these devices seamlessly work together. That may not be the case initially, but the overarching idea is that everything from home appliances, to computers, smartphones and automobiles – among many other things -- interact seamlessly and offer a good user experience.With that in mind, many industry leaders have banded together to form the Open Connectivity Foundation, or OFC. And the OCF just got some... Read more...
Nest Labs hoped to spark an Internet of Things (IoT) revolution with the introduction of the Nest Learning Thermostat. After all, many homeowners had never encountered a thermostat that was so adept at maintaining heat/cooling levels using a bevy of sensors and software magic while shutting off when you left the room and turning back on when you returned. Nest’s achievements with its thermostat (and later, the Nest Protect) were enough to attract the attention of Google, which bought the company for $3.2 billion in 2014. While no one expects that a Nest thermostat should be locked down as securely as say, a smartphone, you would at least assume that it wouldn’t leak out personal information of... Read more...
It's been a pretty big year for the Internet of Things (IoT) movement and it's posed to grow even bigger in 2016. With that in mind, Samsung has decided to make its entire 2016 lineup of smart TVs IoT ready with support for SmartThings, an open platform that allows users to connect and control smart devices. All of Samsung's upcoming smart TVs will feature IoT hub technology, allowing the TVs to act as the sort of control center for the entire smart home. It's not a just a matter of mashing technologies together and hoping for cohesiveness, either -- Samsung developed its own IoT hub technology in collaboration with SmartThings for its 2016 smart TV roll out. The upcoming TVs will be able to... Read more...
Samsung completely revamped its SmartThings line of smart home products today, from its SmartThings Hub to the sensors. It even gave the app an overhaul to improve navigation. Samsung is positioning it as an easy way to start monitoring important events in your home, like water leaks, intruders, and the arrival of guests. As a Samsung spokesperson put it in a post today: “In fact, we started SmartThings out of a desire to know the answer to a basic but deeply personal question: is everything OK in my home.”The SmartThings Hub is the key to the network of SmartThings sensors. It connects to your home network to send you data when you’re outside the home, but the new version has some features to... Read more...
A new IoT device from LG promises to make your plain-old washing machine a “smart” one by connecting it to your home wireless network. The new SmartThinQ Sensor won’t give your appliances the same functionality that new, connected appliances have, but it has some compelling features nonetheless. The LG SmartThinQ highlights the difference between true smart appliances and appliances that are “smart aware.” With smart appliances, the connection goes both ways: your thermostat sends setting and temperature info to your phone’s app and you can use the same app to change the thermostat’s settings. A smart aware appliance, on the other hand may not offer as much control. It sends data to you, but... Read more...
If you've recently purchased a new vehicle, have you've actually taken advantage of all of its provided technology features? According to a survey conducted by J.D. Power, most don't. Most don't even take advantage of half of them. It can't be assumed that consumers are going to take advantage of all the features a given product has available, but when it comes to vehicles, these extra features add real cost. It's estimated that because of these untouched features, consumers are wasting billions of dollars, and likewise, car vendors are wasting billions installing them in the first place. BMW's latest 7 series is a great example of a feature-packed auto Via J.D. Power's 2015 Driver Interactive... Read more...
A mere two weeks following the release of Windows 10 for desktops and notebooks comes a slimmed-down version for IoT (Internet of Things) devices. What makes the release of this edition a little interesting is the fact that it's targeted at ARM-based devices, but despite that, owners of Windows RT-based devices are not being treated to their own version. That could be for a good reason, though, as the IoT version of Windows 10 is likely to be even more pared-down than Windows RT, and given the target is the Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Intel's MinnowBoard, that's probably all the proof we need. One of the best things about Windows 10 IoT is that it's absolutely free to download from Microsoft's... Read more...
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