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EU, China may demand concessions for Qualcomm's $39bn Dutch chip plant slurp

Analysis The $39bn acquisition of Dutch chip company NXP is central to Qualcomm's strategy to expand its Internet of Things and connected car activities, getting to scale more quickly than it could through in-house developments alone, even with its renowned engineering teams. But it may face obstacles in the European Union, according to …
Wireless Watch, 07 Jun 2017
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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

Nest has restated its position as the poster-child of the smart home with a new indoor camera, the NestCam IQ. This is the third camera Nest has put on the market since its purchase of Dropcam in 2014, but it is the first to move the design forward with significant improvements in both hardware and software. The new camera …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 May 2017
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Apple has finally found someone to support HomeKit

It's been a year since Apple officially launched its internet-of-things smart-home service – an event that we noted at the time was somewhat undermined by the fact that there were virtually no products that worked with it. Twelve months later and two weeks out from its annual conference, Apple has finally snagged its first big …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 May 2017
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Are telcos' customers expecting too much of IoT connectivity techs?

Some customers are expecting more than can be realistically delivered with licensed spectrum Internet of Things connectivity technologies, a major European telco has warned. Suggesting that customers' expectations about what can be achieved with the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) technology must be managed, Deutsche …
Gareth Corfield, 24 May 2017
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IoT standards? We've got 'em. And if you don't like those, we got more

Cities are tired of being the "guinea pigs" caught in the middle of the Internet of Things' ongoing standards bunfight, London's LPWA conference was told this morning. "They want to see something that actually works. So far, they haven't seen much," shrugged Silver Spring Networks' Itai Dadon during a panel discussion about …
Gareth Corfield, 23 May 2017
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Three-quarters of IoT projects are failing, says Cisco

As many as three-quarters of IoT projects are a flop, according to Cisco. But rather than having fewer crappy connected devices, Switchzilla reckons what's needed is a better IoT architecture. If only someone could help... Some 60 per cent of IoT projects stall at the proof of concept stage, with just 26 per cent going on to …
Kat Hall, 23 May 2017
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New York Attorney General settles with Bluetooth lock maker over insecurity claims

Computer-controlled locks are some of the more popular Internet of Things devices making it into the home, and in the first settlement of its kind, the New York Attorney General has reached an agreement with a manufacturer to make them more secure against hackers. At last year's DEF CON hacking conference, two researchers …
Iain Thomson, 22 May 2017
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O2 will be carrying out UK IoT connectivity trials later this year

Exclusive British telco O2 is the first to publicly confirm that it will be trialling 3GPP-compliant Internet of Things connectivity tech in the UK later this year. Although the telco would not be drawn on specifics, it told The Register it would be trialling "3GPP cellular IoT [Internet of Things] technology" this year. This is a …
Gareth Corfield, 22 May 2017
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You'll get a kick out of this: Qualcomm patents the 'Internet of Shoes'

Chip-and-lawsuit designer Qualcomm has drawn up a patent on blueprints for an internet-connected shoe. The semiconductor firm has filed an application with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for something it simply calls "Internet of Shoes." The abstract of the application describes it as: A connected shoe apparatus …
Shaun Nichols, 19 May 2017
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Flying robots are great... until they meet flying humans, anyway

The skies of the future could be divided into “manned” and “drone” segments as regulators struggle to work out how commercial drones should interact with traditional human-piloted aircraft. That was the most startling line from yesterday’s Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic seminar, held at the Royal Aeronautical Society’s HQ in …
Gareth Corfield, 17 May 2017
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Microsoft emits code for DIY Linux IoT hubs. Repeat, Linux IoT hubs (that talk to Azure, duh)

Build Microsoft has wheeled out open-source software that wrangles Internet of Things devices and beams data to and from Azure. It's a stack of code that runs on hubs and gateways that sit between small IoT gizmos and backend services hosted in Redmond's cloud. It basically lures engineers and techies into Azure. Announced during …
Gareth Corfield, 11 May 2017
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The radio environment is noisy – so use the noise as a carrier for signals

Instead of Internet of Things devices generating their own radio waves, many proposals envisage sensors piggybacking their communications on other signals, in what's known as “backscatter communications”. A proposal from Disney Research, unveiled for last week's IEEE Infocom 2017 conference in Atlanta, suggests instead of …
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A sensible Internet of Things investment house? Breed Reply looks like it

Internet of Things startup investment firm Breed Reply is a curious creature, pouring cash into IoT companies that aren’t punting laughably silly technology. “We are people with an industrial background,” chief exec Emanuele Angelidis told us. The firm, founded in 2015, has 17 upstarts on its books at the moment. Amongst …
Gareth Corfield, 28 Apr 2017

Cloudflare's incredible solution for IoT security: Use our services

Traffic bouncer Cloudflare has outlined what it claims is the solution to the perennial internet-of-things security problem: pay it. The company points out what most security experts have been saying for some time: IoT devices are a security disaster, they are going to grow exponentially, and when people can't even be relied …
Kieren McCarthy, 27 Apr 2017

Microsoft offers preview to eye AI IoT analytics for edgelords of new net

Microsoft's commitment to Azure has tickled it to the market's movement towards edge analytics provoked by the wave of IoT devices, and has launched a new analytics service so the twain shall never part. Azure Stream Analytics (ASA) on edge devices is a new feature enabling customers to deploy analytical intelligence closer to …
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Tesla hit by class action sueball over autopilot software updates

A class-action lawsuit has been launched against Tesla on the basis that updates to its cars' autopilots are "vapourware." The three sample claimants say that they all paid for a variety of extra features and updates to their Tesla Model S cars, including updates to version 2 of the Enhanced Autopilot, AP2.0, at $5,000 each. …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Apr 2017
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Boffins fabricate the 'most complex bendy microprocessor yet'

A team of engineers from the Vienna University of Technology in Austria has created what they claim is the most complex flat and flexible microprocessor to date – using a molybdenum disulfide semiconductor. In other words, it's a demonstration of a potentially viable alternative to silicon. The keyword here is alternative, as …
Katyanna Quach, 13 Apr 2017

Utility company picks NB-IoT, actively spurns rival techs' USPs

A utility company has opted for Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) connectivity technology for its IoT deployment, crapping all over competing connectivity techs in the process. "We looked at proprietary technologies in the early days because NB-IoT didn't exist. We came to the realisation that we wanted to stick to our …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Apr 2017
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Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area

Around a hundred Londoners will travel in Blighty’s first public driverless cars over the next few weeks, it was announced this morning. The trials, which will take place over a largely pedestrianised area around London’s O2 Arena in Greenwich, are being run by the UK’s privatised Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and …
Gareth Corfield, 05 Apr 2017
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Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear

An Internet of Things maker has just had first-hand experience of the Streisand effect – after remotely killing a customer's Wi-Fi garage door for being rude. Garadget builds and sells a so-called smart door opener that can be operated remotely from a smartphone app. Once installed, Garadget's $99 gizmo wirelessly connects to …
Iain Thomson, 04 Apr 2017
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BMW chief: Big auto will stay in the driving seat with autonomous cars

One of BMW's board members threw down the driving glove at the tech industry yesterday, saying that while established car makers were transforming themselves into tech companies, tech companies would struggle to turn themselves into auto manufacturers. Dr Ian Robertson, a member of BMW's board of management and a former …
Joe Fay, 31 Mar 2017
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Forget robot overlords, humankind will get finished off by IoT

Something for the Weekend, Sir? Car horns symphonise accompanied by a chorus of yelling cyclists as I shimmy on foot through oncoming traffic. Strictly, I come dancing on to the tarmac, cavorting between the lanes, prancing out of the way of motorbikes and generally tripping the traffic light fantastic. Moments earlier, I had been cutting capers along the …
Alistair Dabbs, 31 Mar 2017
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Mobile network Three inks Cisco Jasper deal, eyes the IoT market

Mobile operator Three has announced a deal with Cisco Jasper, the switchzilla's newly acquired IoT arm. Three's mobile services division Hue will use Jasper's software as a foundation for enterprise customers wanting to offer IoT services of their own. From mid-2017 customers will be able to combine Cisco Jasper's Control …
Kat Hall, 28 Mar 2017
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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

Analysis Ikea has just announced the entry of smart home technology into the mainstream with a new range of lights that can be activated by motion or smartphone app. The Trådfri lineup is quite extensive – four lightbulbs, three light panels, five cabinet lights, and four sensors/gateways – and is so far only available in the company's …
Kieren McCarthy, 28 Mar 2017
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How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

Detroit and Silicon Valley aren't just 2,000 miles apart – they're on different planets, culturally speaking. One is the home of America's automotive industry, a heavily regulated, ultra-conservative sector focusing on high-volume, low-margin sales. The other houses companies that deal in high-margin information and digital …
Danny Bradbury, 27 Mar 2017
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Vodafone's NB-IoT launch dates for Ireland and Netherlands slip

Vodafone has admitted that the commercial launch of its Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) network in Ireland and the Netherlands has been delayed by a whole season. As spotted by industry news website Light Reading, Voda’s rollout of NB-IoT in the two countries has been pushed back until “summer” in spite of enthusiastic …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Mar 2017
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Cambridge wheels out latest smart city platform, ready for devs

Brainbox greenhouse Cambridge has rolled out the latest stage of its smart city network, the Intelligent City Platform, which talks to the city’s existing LoRaWAN Internet of Things network. The platform centralises data gathered from sensors already deployed around the English city, ready for later analysis. It is operated in …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Mar 2017
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Metasploit upgraded to sniff out IoT weakspots in corporate networks

Rapid7 has upgraded its popular Metasploit pen-testing tool to help IT security teams and consultants probe for IoT-related weaknesses in corporate environments. Metasploit's hardware bridge for radio frequency testing – the RFTransceiver – will grant teams greater visibility of foreign IoT devices. "The importance of RF …
John Leyden, 22 Mar 2017
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Fix crap Internet of Things security, booms Internet daddy Cerf

Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet, has weighed in on Internet of Things security, warning that a Mirai botnet-style incident could happen again unless vendors start taking responsibility for their goods. “The biggest worry I have is that people building [IoT] devices will grab a piece of open source software or …
Gareth Corfield, 21 Mar 2017
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Zombie webcams? Pah! It's the really BIG 'Things' that scare me

I have a new name for the abundance of widgets springing up around the world: the Internet of Little Things. I’m playing with an IoLT starter kit in my office right now, and it lets me do things like sense when doors open or close, turn sockets on and off and fiddle with the mood lighting. I can spend a couple of hundred quid …
Dave Cartwright, 15 Mar 2017
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US regulator looks at Internet of Things regulation, looks away

The US Federal Trade Commission is holding off regulating the Internet of Things industry until there is an event which “harms consumers right now”, according to its acting head. Maureen Ohlhausen, the American regulator’s acting head, told a gathering of cyber security professionals that she was not inclined to impose …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Mar 2017
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Video intercom firm Doorbird wants $80 for device password resets

Video doorbell company Doorbird charges its customers $80 for a remote admin password reset, an outraged customer has said. Robin Hunt told The Register: “I bought a DoorBird IoT intercom. Then my mobile phone broke, which had the admin password on it, so I mailed them and asked what to do.” The company responded by sending …
Gareth Corfield, 08 Mar 2017
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Aah, all is well in the world. So peaceful, so– wait, where's the 2FA on IoT apps? Oh my gawd

Smart home poster child Nest has stolen a march on the rest of the smart-home industry by adding two-factor authentication to its systems. From Tuesday, owners of Nest products can tie a mobile phone to their account and so require that anyone trying to access their data has to enter a six-digital code sent by text to that …
Kieren McCarthy, 07 Mar 2017
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A mooving tail of cows, calves and the Internet of Things

Internet of Things devices mounted on cows’ tails are responsible for 150,000 safe births of calves, if the developer and Vodafone are to be believed. Moocall, developers of a calving sensor which is linked to Vodafone’s M2M Internet of Things network, says that “more than 110,000 calves and around 50,000 cows die every year …
Gareth Corfield, 07 Mar 2017
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If we must have an IoT bog roll holder, can we at least make it secure?

MWC Greater accountability is needed in the rush to connect absolutely everything to the net – including toilet roll holders and pregnancy tests – Europol's CyberCrime Centre advisor and Intel Security CTO Raj Samani has said. "It is an internet of vulnerable things," he told The Register at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. "Go …
Kat Hall, 03 Mar 2017
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Cisco Jasper IoT bod: Smart home? Nah. Farm pest control – that's a cool use case

Interview Macario Namie, head of IoT strategy at Cisco Jasper, has been working in the connected device space "before it was known as IoT” and was with Jasper for nine years before it was acquired by the networking borg in 2016 for $1.4bn (£1.1bn). The outfit began as a machine-to-machine wireless comms specialist, Jasper Wireless, …
Kat Hall, 28 Feb 2017

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