Items tagged with IoT

Microsoft is getting into the smart devices business. The company’s BUILD conference is happening this week in San Francisco, and it appears that someone at Microsoft made a new “Windows on Devices” website live before they were supposed to, because it was only up for a few hours (and somehow The Verge spotted it) before it was taken down early this morning. The link now just leads to an error page. When it was up, the site reportedly said that the company was "bringing Windows to a whole new class of small devices”, giving the examples of a smart coffee mug, a talking bear, and robots--which kind of sounds like an April Fools prank. Harumph. On the other hand, a Windows... Read more...
LG is developing smart lighting solutions. Its first release to that effect is an LED smart light bulb, and it actually sounds like a somewhat compelling product instead of some eyeroll-inducing googah for the geek elite. The bulbs come packing Bluetooth and WiFi technology and works with devices running Android 4.3 and higher as well iOS 6.0 and newer. There are several simple but attractive features such as the ability to switch to soft lighting, generally adjust the light’s brightness, and having the light slowly come on and gently wake you in the morning instead of relying on a loud alarm clock. There’s also a party mode wherein the light bulb will flash in time to the music,... Read more...
Now we’re talking: Cisco is putting up hundreds of thousands of dollars in an effort to deliver the security solutions necessary to protect the growing wave of connected devices in the Internet of Things. IoT security is a huge deal, both because of the potential disasters that could befall individuals, businesses, and cities with unprotected smart devices and also because to date there are essentially no security measures in place for connected devices that aren’t computers, smartphones, or tablets. (Case in point is the now nearly legendary refrigerator hack. A refrigerator! Hacked!) LG LFX31995ST smart fridge (Note: There's no evidence that an LG fridge specifically was hacked)... Read more...
Freescale Semiconductor announced its smallest-yet MCU, and it’s destined for the many objects in the growing Internet of Things (IoT) trend. The Kinetis KL03 MCU is a 32-bit chip based on ARM, and it promises lower power requirements in smaller devices than existing solutions. “When size is no longer a barrier to incorporating microcontrollers into edge node devices, we can start to redefine what’s possible for the Internet of Things,” said Rajeev Kumar, Freescale’s director of worldwide marketing and business development in a press release. The Kinetis KL03 MCU includes a 48MHz ARM Cortex-MO+ core with 1.71-3.6V operation, 32KB flash memory, 2KB RAM, and 8K ROM... Read more...
Belkin has an intriguing suite of WeMo-branded smart devices for home automation, including light switches, motion detectors, integration with appliances, and more, but security firm IOActive recently discovered multiple vulnerabilities in WeMo--vulnerabilities that Belkin says it has now patched. Belkin’s statement on the subject reads in part: Belkin has corrected the list of five potential vulnerabilities affecting the WeMo line of home automation solutions that was published in a CERT advisory on February 18. Belkin was in contact with the security researchers prior to the publication of the advisory, and, as of February 18, had already issued fixes for each of the noted potential vulnerabilities... Read more...
Google’s quest to purchase Nest, maker of smart, connected thermostats and smoke detectors, is complete. The search giant’s $3.2 acquisition has been approved, per a Google regulatory filing. The move brings Nest and all of its human resources, most notably former Apple senior VP Tony Fadell, under the Google umbrella, and it portends much more than just really cool thermostats. Google will use Nest to pursue connected devices, and it could lead to huge growth of new connected devices--which we now call the Internet of Things (IoT). Google has already demonstrated an interest in smart devices with its self-driving car program, and moving into our homes in a more integrated (intrusive?)... Read more...
We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating as we enter the era of the Internet of Things (IoT): Anything that’s Internet-connected can be hacked. We’ve seen it recently with TRENDnet IP cameras and warned about it with Nest (even as Google snapped it up in a $3.2 billion acquisition this week). And now, a security company says that a global attack campaign has been launched from household smart appliances. Proofpoint says that some 100,000 connected routers, multimedia centers, smart TVs, and “at least one refrigerator” sent out 750,000 malicious emails. The attacks occurred between December 23rd, 2013 and January 6, 2014, with thrice-daily bursts of 100,000 spam... Read more...
The Tibetan riots are undoubtedly not the kind of publicity China wants prior to the Olympics.  In attempt to stem the flow of information, China has blocked access to some sites.China has blocked access to Google News and YouTube in an apparent attempt to stop the spread of video footage related the rioting going on in several cities in Tibet, including the capital Lhasa. Demonstrations in the city started on March 10, a day commemorating the anniversary of a 1959 uprising against Chinese rule after which the spiritual leader of the country, the Dalai Lama, fled to India.China has said the Dalai Lama is to blame for rioting in the country, and puts the civilian death toll at 13, while adding... Read more...
We recently got the chance to evaluate a new, super-fast DDR2 memory kit and wanted to share some of the finer details with you here.  If you're a regular reader of HotHardware and follow the PC hardware scene, you know that companies like Corsair and OCZ are constantly pushing the performance envelope and offer memory kits that'll operate well beyond the "officially" supported specifications of every chipset currently on the market.  Up to this point the fastest memory we had ever tested was Corsair's Dominator TWIN2X2048-10000C5DF. This Corsair kit is rated for operation at 1250MHz with 5-5-5-18 timings at 2.4v, which is extremely fast by today's standards. Patriot Memory,... Read more...
Hey folks! Valve has released version 3 of their Steam service today. Yes, version 3. Those of you who were previously using the "-clientbeta betaui" tags with Steam already know what to expect. Along with a new interface, hopefully this version will be void of many of the problems with the previous version(quirky offline mode support, and occasional problems downloading games to name a few). The friends network still isn't working, so don't get rid of X-Fire just yet. Just restart Steam to receive the update. MobiBLU DAH-1500i: World's Smallest MP3 Player Review @ CoolTechZone.com "The same old features and audio quality are the norm these days. In fact, if you have an MP3 player... Read more...
Well folks, as you probably guessed, the news today is pretty much made up of GeForce 7800 GTX reviews. If you direct your eyes to the post below, Jeff has compiled a list of them. Enjoy! Patriot PC2-5600 XBLK Dual Channel Memory Kit review @ Xtreme Resources "The move to the DDR2 memory subsystem seems to be picking up momentum lately as there are numerous memory manufactures offering higher speed grade modules compared to several months ago. Intel is the first to utlize DDR2 and AMD continues to stay with DDR and may move up to DDR2 in the future. Today, we will examine and test the PC2-5600 modules from Patriot on the nVidia C19 platform with Patriot's XBLK PC2-5600 1GB dual channel kit... Read more...
Terratec Aureon Vs. AudioTrak Prodigy Two 7.1 24-Bit/192kHz Cards Under $150 by Jeff Bouton September 18, 2003 For a long time, when you thought of a sound card there were two basic choices; there were cards from Creative Labs and then there was everyone else.  However, over recent years, there has been an increasing number of challengers, both new and old, looking to take a piece of Creative's pie.  Recently, we've seen some compelling choices arrive from M-Audio, AudioTrak and Terratec.  Each offers a moderately priced, yet powerful audio card based around VIA's ICEnsemble Envy 24HT audio processor, which provides 5.1, 6.1 and 7.1 surround sound functionality.  The processor... Read more...
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