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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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Segway hoverboard hijack hack could make hipsters eat pavement

The latest two-wheel transporter toy from Segway was disturbingly easy to hack, with miscreants requiring just seconds to take control of a vehicle, we're told. Researchers at hacking house IOActive probed the Chinese Segway miniPro, and said they found the wireless link between the machine and its accompanying mobile app was …
Iain Thomson, 19 Jul 2017
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We'll hit THAT 95% Sigfox coverage target using telly aerials, says WND-UK

WND‑UK – the “who they?” firm that boasted it will deliver more Sigfox Internet of Things network coverage than there is 4G coverage across the UK mainland – says it will achieve this by putting IoT aerials on people’s homes. Neal Forse, managing director of WND‑UK, spoke to El Reg at length earlier this month to explain …
Gareth Corfield, 19 Jul 2017
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2017: The FBI alerts parents to dangers of Internet of Sh*t toys

The FBI issued a warning Monday advising parents to carefully check internet-connected toys for possible privacy and security concerns. In this startling alert, the Feds gave America's families the grim news: many toys sporting cloud-backed features such as speech recognition or online content hosting "could put the privacy …
Shaun Nichols, 17 Jul 2017
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Juicero does to its staff what your hands can do to its overpriced juice sacks

Internet-tethered juicer maker Juicero is axing 25 per cent of its staff as the startup tries to shake off its status as a Silicon Valley punchline. Employees were told this morning that the San Francisco startup would not only shed staff, but also try to cut the price of its internet-connected juice-extractor in order to go …
Shaun Nichols, 14 Jul 2017

YASA* looks at turning commercial buildings into Internet things

A vendor collective pushing Internet of Things standardisation for commercial buildings has published its first set of specifications, and wonder-of-wonders the specs include security. In evidence that the world's fast running out of tortured names that don't sound stupid in English or funny/obscene in other languages, the …
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Better mobe coverage needed for connected cars, says firm flogging networking gear

One of the biggest barriers to widespread deployment of connected cars is poor mobile network coverage, according to Nokia's chief car connectivity chap. Uwe Pützchler, head of car V2X (vehicle to everything) at Nokia, reportedly said that the car industry "is not as happy as they should be" thanks to coverage notspots across …
Gareth Corfield, 11 Jul 2017
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Zero accidents, all of your data – what The Reg learnt at Bosch's autonomous car bash

Pictures Autonomous cars, what's not to like? According to their proponents, they will herald an accident, traffic and generally hassle-free age of transportation. So much so, in fact, that Bosch – the world's largest supplier of automotive parts – has decided to "evolve into a provider of services for road users". The company used …
Rebecca Hill, 07 Jul 2017
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IoT coverage for 95% of UK by 2019? We can't even do 4G, Sigfox

French Internet of Things connectivity firm Sigfox says it is partnering with a hitherto unheard-of firm, WND-UK, to cover "95 per cent" of Blighty by 2019. WND is a very recent expansion into the UK, having set up shop earlier this year. Sigfox is a French-headquartered firm which has had an active commercial presence in the …
Gareth Corfield, 23 Jun 2017
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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

Mikko Hypponen, chief research officer at Finnish security company F-Secure, spoke to The Reg at the launch of Sense, a consumer firewall device that aims to "secure your connected things". Hypponen says IoT is unavoidable. "If it uses electricity, it will become a computer. If it uses electricity, it will be online. In future …
Tim Anderson, 21 Jun 2017
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The Internet of Flying Thing: Reg man returns with explicit shots

Pics How do you tell the world you’re building smart(er) aircraft tech? If you’re Honeywell, you put a bunch of journalists in the front of your converted testbed airliner and take them for a flight 20,000 feet over eastern England, that’s how. Honeywell is partnering with Inmarsat to offer faster in-flight Wi-Fi speeds to airline …
Gareth Corfield, 20 Jun 2017
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Intel: Joule's burned, Edison switched off, and Galileo – Galileo is no more

Intel has discontinued three of its offerings for the Internet of Things and embedded device markets. The chipmaker said in a series of low-key product updates that it would be killing off the Edison [PDF], Galileo [PDF] and Joule [PDF] compute modules and boards over the second half of the year. The notices mark an ignoble …
Shaun Nichols, 20 Jun 2017
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BMW climbs into IBM Watson's cloudy connected charabanc

IBM's partnership with German carmaker BMW has resulted in a contract to supply cloud-based data management services. The deal, as reported by The Wall Street Journal, is a victory for IBM Watson, the American tech firm's Internet of Things (IoT) product line. Connected cars is one of the areas where IBM, along with the world …
Gareth Corfield, 14 Jun 2017
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Infosec guru Schneier: Govts will intervene to regulate Internet of Sh!t

Governments are poised to intervene over the security of IoT devices, as the industry has so far failed to self-regulate, infosec guru Bruce Schneier has said. In his keynote speech at Infosecurity Europe 2017, Schneier told delegates that the correct way to think about IoT is as if we are building a world-sized distributed …
Kat Hall, 08 Jun 2017
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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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