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Adam Afriyie MP: Smart meters are NOT so smart

Wouldn’t it be great if you knew how much your gas and electricity were costing you minute by minute by looking at a smartphone app, visiting a website or glancing at a wall display? You’d be in a much stronger position to reduce your energy bills and switch suppliers if you could. Thankfully, this data will soon be accessible …
Adam Afriyie MP, 29 Jul 2014
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Blinking good: LG launches smart light bulb for Android/iOS

LG has launched the Smart Lamp, a hi-tech light bulb which can be controlled by smartphone that looks to have the potential to both secure an office and liven up the Christmas party held within its walls. The Smart Lamp is a 60W LED light bulb which can communicate with iOS 6.0 and above or Android 4.3 and above smartphones by …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Mar 2014
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SP Ausnet picks Ericsson for 3G smart meter rollout

Ericsson has put up its hand and declared itself the winner of the contract to provide Australian electricity distributor SP Ausnet with 108,000 smart meters in the State of Victoria. Victoria has mandated smart meters, arguing that they are more accurate than their predecessors and offer better information to cosnumers. There' …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Nov 2013
Nest Protect

Google's too-smart-for-own-good Nest Protect alarm is back on sale

Google's Nest smart smoke alarm is back on sale at a lower price after being withdrawn from store shelves for nearly a month because of a safety issue. "We're very pleased that Nest Protect is once again available to customers," Nest marketing chief Doug Sweeny said in a blog post. "And now, the price is $99 to make it …
Neil McAllister, 18 Jun 2014

Taiwan Mobile unveils Granny-tracker smart bracelet

State-of-the-art smartwatches and wearables are garnering many of the headlines at the Mobile World Congress this week, but in Taiwan a local operator has a different idea – a smart bracelet designed specifically for the elderly. The wearable device is fitted with NFC technology so that the user can swipe it over an NFC-enabled …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Feb 2014

Samsung peddles tyred Smart Bike concept

Samsung has started peddling a smart bicycle prototype. The self-propelled two-wheeler includes a battery, rear-facing camera, WiFi and Bluetooth routers of some sort and “laser projectors”. The latter devices let the bike shine bright red lines on the road, the better to warn motorists of riders' presence. The lasers will …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jun 2014
Fujitsu wearable glove smart device

Fujitsu testing NFC smart glove and HUD combo

Fujitsu has leapt aboard the wearable technology bandwagon with an NFC-enabled smart glove fitted with gesture recognition, which could boost the productivity of field workers without getting their mobiles dirty. The unnamed glove device is designed to work best with a head-mounted display (HMD). As such, a user could tap an …
Phil Muncaster, 19 Feb 2014
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Bulgarian bloke blabs LG's smart watch plan

Korea's other giant electronics manufacturer, LG, has let slip that it too plans a smart watch, if Bulgarian outlet Dnenvnik Is to be trusted. Dnenvnik this week carried an interview with Dimitar Vulev, manager for mobile communications products at LG's Bulgarian outpost. The interview meanders towards the topic of smart …
Simon Sharwood, 22 Aug 2013
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Hey, does your Smart TV have a mic? Enjoy your surveillance, bro

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden told lawyers he met during his sojourn in Hong Kong to put their cell phones in his fridge to thwart any eavesdroppers. But new research suggests he should have been worried about nearby TVs, too. Smart tellies with built-in microphones and storage can be turned into bugging devices by malware …
John Leyden, 10 May 2014
CSR10X0 Starter Development Kit

Bluetooth Smart dev board hits US, UK for sub-$100

Bluetooth chip maker CSR has what it hopes will be an attractive Christmas gift option for hardware hackers and makers: a low-cost development board for Bluetooth Smart applications based on µEnergy silicon. CSR is launching the product, the CSR10X0 Starter Development Kit today. The board comes with a full SDK for developing …
Tony Smith, 17 Dec 2013
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China's Qihoo unveils kids' smart watch for nosy parents

Controversial Chinese web and AV firm Qihoo 360 has entered the smart watch market with a new device aimed at paranoid parents who want to track their children’s whereabouts. The wrist-mounted gadget has been designed to “help parents protect their children from human trafficking and other tragic accidents”, Qihoo founder Zhou …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Oct 2013
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Netlist sues Diablo and SMART Storage after whistleblower reveals alleged IP theft

Hi-performance memory biz Netlist says it has a whistleblower's letter from inside Diablo Technologies claiming that Diablo stole Netlist's most valuable proprietary technology, HyperCloud, developed over six years at a cost of $65m. NetList is a maker of memory virtualisation firmware and ASIC tech that lets servers handle more …
Chris Mellor, 16 Dec 2013

Apple's 'Smart Dock' patent filing makes Siri your new roommate

Apple has filed a patent for a "Smart Dock" that essentially extends the range and expands the capabilities of its iOS Siri voice recognition, request, and command feature, giving the somewhat dim young thing a greater role in your home life. The US Patent and Trademark Office application, entitled "Smart Dock for Activating a …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Dec 2013

Telefonica and Arqiva set to mop up BILLIONS in smart meter cash

Companies who win upcoming government contracts to install smart utility meters across the UK are set to pocket over £2bn in public money. The money will come from the Department of Energy and Climate Change and will be spent over the next 15 years, at which point the UK is expected to have 20 million smart meters in operation. …
Bill Ray, 15 Aug 2013
MoPi

Boffin dreams up smart battery gizmo for Raspberry Pi fiddlers

Raspberry Pi-packing makers who are devising mobile projects or seeking to set up stationary Pi-based devices that operate beyond the reach of the mains will get a big jolt of help next May if a new doohickey wins sufficient backing on crowd-funding site Kickstarter. MoPi is a T-shaped board that drops onto the tiny computer’s …
Tony Smith, 05 Feb 2014
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'Smart ring' revealed by upstart Chinese mobe-maker

Glasses and smartwatches dominate talk about wearable technology, but there's a new piece of binary bling to consider: a smart ring from new Chinese mobe-maker Geak. The little-known company yesterday introduced the Android-powered Mars and Eye smartphones alongside the Geak Watch and Geak Ring. The wearable devices serve as …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Jun 2013
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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

LG smart TVs silently log owners' viewing habits to the South Korean company's servers and use them to serve targeted ads, one researcher has claimed. According to Yorkshire, UK–based hacker "DoctorBeet," the internet-enabled sets try to phone home to LG every time a viewer changes the channel, giving the chaebol the ability to …
Neil McAllister, 20 Nov 2013
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Glasgow subway's new smart tickets aren't, moan passengers

Glasgow's new smart tickets, for use on the city's underground network, aren't smart enough to count the journeys made, forcing the operator to withdraw carnet tickets at the end of June. Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) has named the new system Bramble, eschewing its traditional seafood nomenclature. Bramble, which …
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013
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Half of UK smart TV owners don't know what the 'smart' bit is for

More bad news for TV makers and smart-telly fans: only a third of Brits planning to buy a smart TV are doing so to make use of its internet connectivity. It gets worse: only half (53 per cent) of smart-telly owners know what the 'smart' but is actually for. Still, some who don't have manager to connect their smart sets to the …
Tony Smith, 30 Apr 2012
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Sony to pop 'top Viacom channels' in PlayStations, smart tellies, mobes

Sony is linking arms with US media goliath Viacom to show top channels on PlayStation games consoles and smart TVs, it is claimed. An insider whispered to the Wall Street Journal that Sony had reached a preliminary agreement with Viacom to stream its cable channels alongside on-demand content on the Japanese giant's new internet …
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Reg readers wot won it: Five flee reality armed with smart strap-ons

Thanks to all Reg readers who took part in our competition to win a Durovis Dive, which turns a smartphone into a virtual reality headset. The winners, who answered a series of VR-related questions correctly and were drawn at random from a metaphorical hat, are: Spencer Allingham from Woking; Andrew Baxter from Yeovil; Phil …
Simon Rockman, 06 May 2014
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SMART brings out 2.5-in, 2 terabyte block-o-Flash to rival sTec

SMART Storage has joined sTec in bringing out a 2TB capacity enterprise SSD using 19nm NAND. But SMART's goes faster, it says. It's an extension of its 2.5in Optimus SSD line, called the Optimus Echo. Unlike the Optimus Ultra and Ultra Plus SSDs which use Toshiba 24nm MLD (2-bit) NAND the Echo uses smaller cells built using 19nm …
Chris Mellor, 02 May 2013
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Bluetooth Smart to tap IPv6-powered Internet of Things after 4.1 upgrade

The brains behind Bluetooth have published a new version of the wireless peripheral specification which will, they claim, enhance the standard’s support for the very low-power gizmos that make up the Internet of Things. Bluetooth’s suitability for wearable kit, from smartwatches to health monitors and fitness gauges, will be …
Tony Smith, 05 Dec 2013
TERADIMM Latency vs PCIe flash

SMART Storage: Super DIMM sum adds up to tasty flash soup

Devilishly fast flash data access is on its way, courtesy of SMART Storage interfacing a DIMM-like flash product to a host's memory bus using Diablo Technologies' MCS TeraDIMM technology SMART's ULLtraDIMM product has what it says is ultra low latency compared to existing SSDs and PCIe flash cards. It inherits all of the MCS …
Chris Mellor, 08 Aug 2013
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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

Smart meters won't be fully rolled out in the UK until 2020, one year later than planned. And replacing a smart meter with a dumb one won't be allowed under a new set of rules, which are intended to speed up lagging deployments. Smart meters, described the other week as "crap computers in a crap box" by an electronic security …
Bill Ray, 13 May 2013
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Apple plans extended iPad display through 'Smart Covers'

Apple envisions iPad cases with flexible displays that expand functionality into the tablet's protective sleeve, recently publicised patent applications reveal. Apple patent application for Smart Covers The suggested Smart Cover, which draws power and data from a connector on one side of the slate, could be used to display a …
Caleb Cox, 03 Aug 2012
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EC sends antitrust complaint to smart chip cartel suspects

With settlement talks stalled, the European Commission has launched a formal investigation into whether suppliers of cryptographic chips conspired to fix prices across Europe. The commission announced today that it had sent out a warning to several smart card chip suppliers that it was investigating allegations that they had …
Bill Ray, 22 Apr 2013

SMART Storage, Diablo brew a wee DRAM of MYSTERY tonic

SMART Storage and Diablo Technologies have promised to glue SMART's flash drives and Diablo's memory-channel storage (MCS) electronics into a combined product. Diablo's website says MCS is "where the memory and flash subsystem are fused together". Well, what does that actually mean? It goes on to say: "MCS will ... allow …
Chris Mellor, 29 Apr 2013

Vietnamese city drinks the smart city kool aid

The Vietnamese city of Danang today took a major step towards becoming the smartest and most technologically advanced city in the nation, with the launch of a comprehensive Information Technology and Communication Infrastructure System. The system includes a Metropolitan Area Network (MAN), city-wide Wi-Fi access capable of …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Aug 2013
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James Bond inspires US bill to require smart guns for all

American gun manufacturers will have to fit smart technology to their products if a new bill from US Representative John Tierney (D-MA) comes into force. The Personalized Handgun Safety Act of 2013 would give gun manufacturers two years to fit all guns with technology that would allow only the owner (or an authorized user) to …
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2013

Cognitive Networks to bring creepy awareness to LG's smart TVs

A few weeks back, Cognitive Networks claimed it was about to cut deals with companies that shipped what amounted to 45 per cent of the smart TVs in the US. We have since been trying to work out market share combinations to identify those it had signed with. It made the task slightly easier this week by finally unveiling the …
Faultline, 02 Sep 2013

Smart meter hack framework goes open-source

Security outfit SecureState’s smart meter hacking framework, Termineter, has gone live over at Google Code. The software is described as having a structure like Metasploit, with a similar interface and ability to be extended with external modules. Termineter isn’t up to the full doomsday-scenario “remote attack” that troubles …
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Time has already run out for smart watches

It's been a big year for smart watches. First, rumours that Apple glanced at its wrist and imagined what an iWatch might look like hit the web. This week at CES Toshiba showed off a smart watch, as did a clutch of aspiring watchmakers like Cookoo, Martian and I'm Watch. Then the long-awaited Pebble watch with ePaper for a face …
Simon Sharwood, 11 Jan 2013
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World smart TV sales surge

Smart TVs - tellies with internet connectivity - accounted for almost 20 per cent of the televisions that manufacturers shipped in Q1. Almost 30 per cent of them went into Western Europe, but the world's biggest IPTV fans are clearly the Japanese: 46 per cent of the TVs that shipped there were smart devices. Yet Japanese …
Tony Smith, 12 Jun 2012
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Samsung: Smart TV security hole is so minor we'll fix it immediately

Samsung has downplayed the significance of a data-leaking security bug in its Smart TVs, but promised to close the hole by January. Earlier this month Malta-based startup ReVuln said it had discovered a vulnerability that allows hackers to remotely copy data off USB drives connected to a Samsung TV LED 3D and other Smart TVs, …
John Leyden, 19 Dec 2012
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Famous thesps tread boards on smart TVs

Keen on live theatre but unable to afford West End prices? Digital Theatre has the answer. It has recorded a number of productions and made them available online. Now they're coming to Samsung Smart TVs too. DT's app goes live today, will be made available worldwide and runs on any Samsung Smart TV released after May 2010, …
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2012
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Pollster predicts mega UK smart TV sales

Brits are rather keen on internet-connected tellies, with more than half of households owning a TV that has already been hooked up to the interweb, a survey carried out by pollster YouGov has discovered. But this apparent interest in buying seems out of joint with the reality of high street sales. YouGov regularly questions …
Tony Smith, 15 Nov 2012

Samsung: We're doing smart watches too

It's Cupertino's turn to capture a flag planted by Samsung: while Apple has been content to allow leaks to fuel rumours about its “smart watch” plans, its Korean nemesis/rival/copycat has gone public with its project. In a discussion that will probably warm the hearts of patent lawyers worldwide, Samsung's Lee Young Hee, …
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IQ test: 'Artificial intelligence system as smart as a four year-old'

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have applied an IQ test to MIT's ConceptNet 4 artificial intelligence system, and determined it's about as smart as a somewhat-challenged four-year-old child. The team used the Weschsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence Test on the system and found it performed …
Iain Thomson, 16 Jul 2013
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Panasonic slaps Freetime EPG on 2014 smart tellies

Freetime's neat, easy-to-navigate electronic programme guide (EPG) has never been a feature of standalone TVs, but at a joint event in London this week, its new partner Panasonic announced it will feature on 90 per cent of the panel maker’s 2014 TV range. If you're based in the UK and the name Freetime rings a bell, it's …
Bob Dormon, 14 Mar 2014
Panasonic My Home Screen

Smart TVs riddled with DUMB security holes

It's been known for some time that “smart TVs” are dumb about security, but a German researcher has demonstrated that the stupidity goes so far as to enable remote snooping or even a takeover of the in-set computer. Nruns researcher Martin Herfurt has taken work begun at the Darmstadt University of Technology to demonstrate a …
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Smart metering will disrupt weather forecasts, warns Met Office

The Met Office has warned that Ofcom's planned deregulation of radio spectrum for Home Area Networking kit risks disrupting radar-based weather forecasts. The airwave regulator's recent public consultation into opening up new spectrum garnered overwhelming industry support for releasing the proposed bandwidths into the public …
Bill Ray, 16 Apr 2013
Philips 2012 Smart TV UI

Philips puts Smart TV centre stage for 2012

Philips has introduced an updated UI for its smart TVs and promised to support IPTV across a broader array of tellies this year. The Dutch firm's new UI will present the usual array of IPTV and catch-up services alongside a thumbnail window of the channel a TV's tuner is set to - much as many an EPG screen does. Philips 2012 …
Reg Hard, 27 Feb 2012
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MAC TO THE FUTURE: 30 years of hindsight and smart-arsery

Christian schoolchildren who pay attention during Religious Education classes will at some point independently wonder why there are more Commandments than Deadly Sins. Keep your Commandments – why are there only seven naughty things to do in one’s life? Even by the age of 12, most youngsters could invent plenty more juicy sins …
Alistair Dabbs, 31 Jan 2014
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LG, Samsung, Sony: Smutty Smart TV apps turn us off

The adult entertainment industry is having a hard time convincing a number of TV manufacturers to cut it some slack. LG, Samsung and Sony, to name a few, have all steered clear of implementing filthy Smart TV apps and wish to keep their respective hands clean for now. It's not all bad news though, the less prudish of the panel- …
Caleb Cox, 25 Jul 2012
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Samsung's smart TVs 'wide open' to exploits

Samsung's Smart TV has a vulnerability which allows remote attackers to swipe data, according to security researchers. Malta-based security start-up ReVuln claims to have discovered a zero-day vulnerability affecting Smart TV, in particularly a Samsung TV LED 3D. Smart TV can be used to browse the internet, use social networks …
John Leyden, 12 Dec 2012

SMART's new SSD wrings extra juice from MLC flash

SMART has introduced a solid state drive that can do 50 full drive writes a day for five years using consumer-grade MLC flash; that's 89,000 P/E cycles and a 50X jump up from the raw NAND rate. The new product is the Optimus Ultra Plus: a 2.5-inch, 6Gbit/s SAS SSD that has the same performance numbers – 500MB/sec dual-port read …
Chris Mellor, 09 Jul 2012
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FBI frets about dumb security in smart meters

The FBI is seeing increasing hacks on electricity smart meters, with most attacks designed to let consumers get power without paying for it. Krebs on Security claims to have an FBI intelligence bulletin that outlines the agency’s growing concern at smart meter hacks – and which along the way highlights the cavalier attitude …

UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

On 23 June, the village of Alfriston in the South Downs hosted Get Wired, an event celebrating old-fashioned wired analogue power meters – or, more accurately, opposing their replacement by new wireless "smart" meters. Organiser Stop Smart Meters UK is worried about radiation, privacy, safety, higher bills and people losing …
SA Mathieson, 19 Jul 2013
Intel and Micron's 20nm, 128Gb NAND chip

SMART, Micron 960GBs: Safe pair of NANDs or more cloud guff?

SMART Storage Systems and chip maker Micron have each launched new solid-state drives at this week's Las Vegas CES event. Micron, which operates the Crucial and Lexar memory brands, has focussed on what it calls adaptive thermal throttling, which cuts the drive's workload and power consumption if it gets hotter than 65°C. …
Chris Mellor, 10 Jan 2013