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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

Updated One more reason to avoid cloud-reliant Internet of Things – as if you didn't have enough already. Owners of Logitech's universal remote controller have been told the product will stop working after March next year. Harmony Link is one of a range of home hub products offered by Logitech. Link owners have been offered a discount …
Andrew Orlowski, 08 Nov 2017
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Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?

AEV Bill "Pointy-headed technocrats" behind autonomous vehicles tech are worried that a proposed new law won't protect the public from huge financial claims if a mass hack of a driverless car fleet occurs. Expert submissions to the committee of MPs considering the Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill are full of concerns on a range of …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Nov 2017
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'Qualcomm, we will buy you... for... one HUNDRED... BILLION DOLLARS' – Broadcom

Broadcom is channeling Dr Evil of Austin Powers fame, and considering blowing more than $100bn to buy Qualcomm, it was claimed on Friday. Apparently, Broadcom is planning to offer within the next few days about $70 a share in cash and stocks to acquire California-based Qualy. Right now, Qualcomm's shares stand at $62.71 apiece …
Chris Williams, 04 Nov 2017
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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

The so-called smart doorbell maker Ring has just suffered an outage on the one day of the year that its internet-reliant products get the heaviest treatment. Reg reader Aidan Padden alerted us to Tuesday night's downtime in the UK – which came at the height of Halloween door-knocking by trick-or-treaters – although it appears …
Iain Thomson, 01 Nov 2017
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You're designing an internet fridge. Should you go for fat HTML or a Qt-pie for your UI?

The Qt Company would like to remind developers that JavaScript and HTML suck, at least in the world of embedded devices. The 23-year-old outfit, based in Espoo, Finland, happens to make an alternative: the eponymous Qt application framework, which provides an way to build interfaces using C++ and some other languages. So the …
Thomas Claburn, 27 Oct 2017
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Knock, knock? Oh, no one there? No problem, Amazon will let itself in via your IoT smart lock

To keep thieves from stealing packages, Amazon wants to open your front door so it can drop off stuff inside. The e-commerce and cloud behemoth on Wednesday introduced Amazon Key, a service that allows Prime members in certain cities to surveil and remotely open their homes. Amazon envisions Key as a way for customers to …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Oct 2017
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IoT pushes Arm over the Edge: Mbed Cloud offers to grab gadget gateways

TechCon Kicking off its TechCon engineering conference today in Silicon Valley, Arm announced a couple of things: Internet-of-Things gateway wrangling code, and some security measures to potentially prevent secrets leaking electrically from chips. First, the Brit processor designer's gadget-controlling Mbed Cloud is getting a suite of …
Chris Williams, 24 Oct 2017
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Arm isn't saying IoT firmware sucks but it's writing a free secure BIOS for device makers

TechCon Arm hopes to release open-source code early next year that will help secure Internet-of-Things devices – by encrypting their communications and installing over-the-air security fixes. The firmware will be a reference implementation of what processor core designer Arm calls its Platform Security Architecture, details of which …
Chris Williams, 23 Oct 2017
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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

Miscreants are right now assembling a massive army of hacked Internet of Things devices – and at a far faster rate than the powerful Mirai botnet swelled its ranks last year. This new cyber-militia of compromised gadgets, dubbed IoT_reaper or Reaper by experts at Qihoo 360 Netlab, can be instructed by its masters to attack …
John Leyden, 20 Oct 2017
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Lucky Canada. Google chooses Toronto as site of posthuman urban lab

Alphabet's Sidewalk Labs venture has chosen Toronto as its urban laboratory – one in which humans may ultimately be optional. Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff has fantasised how convenient a city would be without people. Google won't take over the entire city – at least not just yet. It's opted to redevelop 12 acres of the the city …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Oct 2017

Hitachi's IoT gang punts never-off data protection platform

Vantara, Hitachi's new Internet of Things + analytics business, has sped up its operational and disaster recovery chops, claiming to elevate IT with always-on data availability. Hitachi's publicists have clearly been attending the always-on buzzword availability website and there's a distinct echo of Veeam's marketing pitch in …
Chris Mellor, 18 Oct 2017
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Have you heard the one about IoT network tech that uses SIM cards?

Another Internet of Things upstart has nudged its way into the limelight – and Thingstream reckons its "MVNO for IoT" connectivity offering will compete against established players Sigfox and LoRaWAN. Thingstream's product is built on the USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) messaging protocol. As Neil Hamilton, the …
Gareth Corfield, 17 Oct 2017
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Dell makes $1bn bet that IoT at the edge can kill cloud computing takeover

Analysis Dell is going full tilt into the Internet of Things market, setting up a new division and promising to invest $1bn in IoT R&D over three years to build the business. At a New York announcement event, Dell said it foresaw an Internet of "intelligent" Things – devices from phones to cars to oil rigs to robots to heart monitors …
Chris Mellor, 11 Oct 2017
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Hey, IoT vendors. When a paediatric nurse tells you to fix security, you definitely screwed up

VB2017 A children's nurse told delegates at the Virus Bulletin conference in Madrid on Thursday to get a grip on Internet of Things security. Jelena Milosevic, who developed an interest in cybersecurity over the last three years, told attendees that the healthcare sector needs to work with infosec experts and manufacturers to sort …
John Leyden, 05 Oct 2017
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Smart burglar alarms: Look who just tossed their hat into the ring ... It's, er, Ring

The smart home battleground has moved to security systems, with smart doorbell biz Ring announcing this week a new product just days before Nest dove into the same market. The Ring Protect is very similar to Nest's Secure system launched last month in that it aims to be a simpler, friendlier version of traditional beige boxes …
Kieren McCarthy, 02 Oct 2017
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Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

Blue pants maker Levi's plans to begin selling its first cloth-ware with Google inside on Wednesday – and the tech should survive up to 10 washes. The $350 Levi's Commuter Trucker Jacket with Jacquard by Google has been designed to function as device controller through the incorporation of Project Jacquard, Google's connected …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Sep 2017
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Sigfox doesn't do IP and is therefore secure, says UK IoT network operator

UK-based Sigfox network operator WND-UK has opened up a little on why it thinks Sigfox is significantly better, in security terms, than other competing Internet of Things connectivity standards. Managing director Neil Forse – who rather grandly announced earlier this year that WND would put more Sigfox connectivity around the …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Sep 2017
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You've been baffled by its smart thermostat. Now strap in for Nest's IoT doorbell, alarm gear

First fondle Nest unveiled a new outdoor camera, doorbell and security system this morning in San Francisco. We were at the launch event and afterwards wandered over to a demo area, where we got to try them out first hand and flood willing Nest employees with questions. Here's what we learned. The doorbell needs a wired connection This …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Sep 2017
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Say Hello to my little friend: Nest blasts IoT world with doorbell, home security gear

Smart home poster child Nest on Wednesday launched two new products: a video doorbell and a security system. The hardware maker hopes the Hello (doorbell) and the Secure (security system) will put to rest criticism of the biz that it only produces iterations of its smart thermostat and camera. The bigger goal, however, is …
Kieren McCarthy, 20 Sep 2017
Where the TPCx-IoT benchmark does its business

IoT gateways get a benchmark from the TPC

The Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC) has decided the world needs a benchmark for the Internet of Things, or at least for the gateways that will do initial processing of data that things generate. The new “TPCx-IoT Benchmark” has set records before it's been used in anger: committee chair and Cisco's CTO for …
Simon Sharwood, 15 Sep 2017

Vodafone's IoT boss packs bag, Sprints off to America

Vodafone’s Internet of Things boss Ivo Rook has moved to US telco Sprint, against the background of Voda’s well-publicised slowness to get its commercial IoT networks up and running. Having spent the last seven years at Vodafone, latterly as chief exec of Vodafone’s IoT division, Rook will cross the pond to become senior veep …
Gareth Corfield, 12 Sep 2017
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Smart cities? Tell it like it is, they're surveillance cities

Opinion A smart city is, inherently, a surveillance city, and citizens' privacy could potentially be the cost of the efficiency gains. Could it be worth the trade-off? A mass of sensors and systems monitor a city's infrastructure, operations and activities and aim to help it run more efficiently. For example, the city could use less …
Chris Mellor, 07 Sep 2017
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Nest cracks out cheaper spin of its thermostat

Nest has launched a low-cost version of its famous smart thermostat aimed at the mid-market and priced at $169. The Nest E has a slightly different look and feel, but retains all the engineering and software work that has made the thermostat the poster child for smart homes. At $80 cheaper than the original thermostat, the …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Aug 2017
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How the CIA, Comcast can snoop on your sleep patterns, sex toy usage

Smart home devices supply much more personal information than you might imagine – even when the data is encrypted – it appears. In a study [PDF] of seven popular products, the team from Princeton University in the US decided to dig into how much they could figure out about a person's daily habits just by analyzing the internet …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Aug 2017
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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

Mazda and Toyota are working together on a Linux-based connected car navigation and entertainment system, according to reports. Toyota's Entune in-car infotainment platform is a one-stop shop for all your in-car functions: hands-free phonecalls over Bluetooth, music streaming, satnav and so on. You can even bellow at Apple’s …
Gareth Corfield, 29 Aug 2017
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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

The Transport Research Laboratory will be starting trials of semi-autonomous "platooning" technology, using lorries on UK roads. Live trials are expected to take place on Britain's "major roads" by the end of 2018, according to a government statement. These will make up the final stage of the project, with the first two being …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Aug 2017
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Sonos will deny updates to those who snub rewritten privacy terms

Sonos, the maker of networked speakers, plans to revise its privacy policy next week, and customers who decline to accept the changes will no longer be able to download future software updates. Craig Shelburne, chief legal officer for the company, shared Sonos' plan in a blog post on Tuesday, characterizing the change as an …
Thomas Claburn, 22 Aug 2017
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Taken a while but finally here's the first proper smart-home gizmo

Comment It's been three years since we, here at El Reg, first started taking the introduction of a new generation of "smart home" devices seriously – and that was mostly focusing on the security implications. As well as stunningly poor security there is a plethora of competing standards. Back in 2014: X10, ZigBee, LightwaveRF, Z-Wave …
Kieren McCarthy, 15 Aug 2017
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Toyota, Intel, Ericsson team to get cars talking to the cloud

Toyota, Intel, Ericsson, with friends, have formed a new “Automotive Edge Computing Consortium” to “develop an ecosystem for connected cars to support emerging services such as intelligent driving, the creation of maps with real-time data and driving assistance based on cloud computing.” Nippon Telegraph and Telephone …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Aug 2017
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Firmware update blunder bricks hundreds of home 'smart' locks

Hardware biz Lockstate has managed to brick hundreds of internet-connected so-called smart locks on people's front doors with a bad firmware update. The upshot is you can't use the builtin keypad on the devices to unlock the door. Lockstate's smart locks are popular among Airbnb hosts as it allows them to give guests an entry …
Iain Thomson, 11 Aug 2017
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Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

Analysis Apple has made a huge reversal in its HomeKit smart-home technology, in an effort to keep up with Amazon and Google. The iPhone giant has insisted for years that any third parties wishing to create HomeKit-compatible products have to include a special Apple-specified MFi coprocessor (such as this one) in order to authenticate …
Kieren McCarthy, 04 Aug 2017
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Grab a fork! Unravelling the Internet of Things' standards spaghetti

The great thing about standards is that there are always so many to choose from. We've seen the standards forest grow countless times before. The Internet of Things is a vast digital petri dish for them, and they just keep growing. Recently we've acquired another initiative to pull together vendors working in IoT. It's called …
Danny Bradbury, 02 Aug 2017
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No vulns. No hardwired passwords. Patchable. Congress dreams of IoT: Impossible Online Tech

After years of warnings about the parlous state of Internet of Sh!t security, the US Senate has finally introduced legislation on the matter. The Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act would require that IoT devices purchased by the American government must not have any known security vulnerabilities, must have the …
Iain Thomson, 01 Aug 2017
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Intel loves the maker community so much it just axed its Arduino, Curie hardware. Ouch

Intel's flirtation with the maker community appears to have fizzled out, although the chip giant insists its passion remains. After announcing plans to axe its Edison, Galileo, and Joule compute modules later this year, Chipzilla has said it will stop making its Arduino 101 board and its much-hyped Curie module, too. The …
Thomas Claburn, 25 Jul 2017
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IBM's X-Force to slip digits into IoT networks and connected cars

IBM says its X-Force Red security pen-testing brand is now offering connected car and IoT sweeps. Predictably enough, the new penetration-testing services "will be delivered alongside the Watson IoT platform", which is just cloud-based configuration and device management for Internet of Things networks, allied to everyone's …
Gareth Corfield, 25 Jul 2017
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'Millions of IoT gizmos' wide open to hijackers after devs drop gSOAP

Security researchers investigating internet-connected video cameras have uncovered a bug that could conceivably leave millions of devices open to easy pwnage. The team from embedded security specialists Senrio was looking into the code running an M3004-V network camera from Axis Communication. They found a serious hole in the …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2017

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