Articles about home automation

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Google leaves STUPID vuln on Nest devices

Google's Nest thermostat, poster-child for its Internet of Things ambitions and data collector of your home habits, gives root access to anyone with a USB drive and a quarter-minute to spare. That's the conclusion that Yier Jin, Grant Hernandez and Daniel Buentello have come to, and told the world in their presentation to …

What's the point of the Internet of Things?

Sysadmin blog Smart-homes are not designed for the young, fit 20-something. Instead, smart-homes have been absorbed into the Internet of Things (IoT), a broader form of connectivity worship that seemingly aims to unify fridge and washing machine, automobile and heart monitor. The purpose of all of this technology isn't readily apparent …
Trevor Pott, 5 Aug 2014
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White Hats splat Black Hat chats: Talks on home alarm flaws and Russian spy tools axed

Two further talks have been pulled from this year's Black Hat USA program. A presentation on weaknesses in home security alarms systems, and another about Russian espionage software, have been yanked from the annual hacking conference, which opens today in Las Vegas, Nevada. The move follows the cancellation of a presentation …
John Leyden, 5 Aug 2014
Internet of Things

It's WAR: Internet of Stuff firms butt heads over talking-fridge tech standards

Intel’s Internet of Stuff standards-seeking group is planning to have a first code drop of middleware ready for developers in the third quarter this year, the firm told The Register. Smart home Gary Martz, Chipzilla's wireless product line manager, said that between members like Intel, Broadcom, Samsung, Dell and Atmel, the …
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Google's Nest flings HALF an INSTAGRAM at Dropcam buyout

Google's home automation push has a new view of the world after its Nest subsidiary wrote a half-Instagram ($555m) cheque for camera-maker Dropcam. Dropcam's cameras use Wi-Fi to beam video out of your home or office and into the cloud, from where it can either be beamed back to a variety of devices for you to watch it in real …
Simon Sharwood, 23 Jun 2014

iOS 8 to PROBE your GUTS and your HOME

WWDC Apple's iOS 8, introduced on Monday and due to reach the masses this fall, has a raft of upgrades, but perhaps two of the most interesting items announced at the company's developers shindig are APIs that involve monitoring your vital signs and controlling your home. The HealthKit API and the Health app – united to keep an …
Rik Myslewski, 3 Jun 2014

Reg man builds smart home rig, gains SUPREME CONTROL of DOMAIN – Pics

Feature Reg reader Ben Lamb was so impressed with how his recent Lightwave RF installation turned out, he put pinkie to keyboard to share his experiences with us. In his own words, here's how he got on. Until recently, home automation solutions were a kludge. Unless you were starting from scratch you'd have to place devices in-line …
Ben Lamb, 22 Apr 2014

Nasty holes found in Belkin's home automation kit

Insecure firmware handling, poor communications practises and API vulnerabilities are among a range of vulnerabilities security company IOActive has identified in Belkin's WeMo home automation systems. In its advisory, here, IOActive says it's discovered that the systems leak a hard-coded key and password that Belkin uses to …

British Gas robo home remote gets itself into hot water

Energy has been in the news again lately, but not in the way that suppliers would favour. On Tuesday, opposition leader Ed Miliband promised to freeze energy prices for 20 months if Labour made it into power. It’s a message British Gas was keen to forget as it announced its renewed commitment to the connected home in London …
Bob Dormon, 26 Sep 2013
The Register breaking news

REVEALED: Simple 'open sesame' to unlock your HOME by radiowave

Black Hat 2013 A pair of security researchers probing the Z-Wave home-automation standard managed to unlock doors and disable sensors controlled by the technology. Behrang Fouladi and Sahand Ghanoun took a long hard look at Z-Wave for their presentation at last week's Black Hat hacking conference in Las Vegas. The wireless standard dominates …
Bill Ray, 13 Aug 2013

Comcast expands public Wi-Fi net using customers' modems

Comcast, the US's largest broadband provider, has announced plans to expand its public Wi-Fi network by turning millions of customers' cable modems into open wireless hotspots, as well as providing new wireless home automation capabilities. As Comcast explained in a blog post on Monday, the newest version of its Xfinity …
Neil McAllister, 10 Jun 2013
The Register breaking news

Android 4.2.2 slides up skirt slightly, reveals a slip of fishnet

Obsessives crawling through the minutia of Android's latest changes have spotted evidence that Google's vapourware home-automation system might yet live, and mesh networking too. The evidence is in an Android 4.2.2 diff of a system configuration file, which specifically mentions both mesh networking and Android@Home (as …
Bill Ray, 20 Feb 2013
Nest Labs' Nest

The Hardware Hacker's Guide to Home Automation

Gizmo Week Reg Hardware Gizmo Week logo small The home of the future is a staple of both speculative fiction and comedy. Back in the 1970s, Frank Spencer caused havoc in an automated home during an episode of Some Mothers Do 'Ave Em. For some of us, the enduring image of home automation is either Michael Crawford chaos, worthy but …
Nigel Whitfield, 11 Apr 2012
The Register breaking news

ZigBee searches for a new home

The ZigBee Alliance has published a guide to using the standard in telecommunications, based around fitting a ZigBee node inside a SIM chip. ZigBee Telecom Services is one of a handful of new additions to the standard, including healthcare and smart metering, but the guide (pdf) is entirely based on the idea of fitting a …
Bill Ray, 31 Mar 2010
The Register breaking news

RFID remotes have line-of-sight in their sights

Taiwanese electronics specialist Favite has been demonstrating its latest remote control module using RFID technology to remove the need for batteries - at least for those prepared to bathe their living room in a two-watt energy field. Using a passive RFID tag to communicate with a TV might seem strange, but at 433MHz the …
Bill Ray, 17 Oct 2008

Home radio networks: One standard to rule them all?

Radio technologies are sneaking into our homes - from wireless doorbells to Wi-Fi media streams - but as with any new market there's a plethora of standards vying for a slice of the home-automation pie. Before we can consider the various wireless technologies on offer it's necessary to understand the problems they are setting …
Bill Ray, 4 Aug 2008

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