AT CES 2014, Qualcomm is showing off the benefits of AllJoyn, their open source, open platform connectivity software. Qualcomm notes AllJoyn is their idea of the “Internet of things, not the Internet of thing". They make a strong argument for AllJoyn, too. Rather than listen, we got to see it in action for ourselves.
Symantec researcher Kaoru Hayashi has posted a report to the effect that a sizable portion of the "Internet of Things" is now vulnerable to a worm called Linux.Darlloz. The worm attacks CPUs running on devices like routers, set-top boxes, security cameras and industrial control systems, as well as PCs. The worm relies on a pre-May 2012 vulnerability still present in many devices running Linux.
If the kitchen is the heart of the home, then "node zero" is the heart of the smart home, but in today's plug-and-play world of lifestyle automation that doesn't have to mean a cabinet full of rack-mounted hardware and professional installation. Startup Revolv aims to be the hub of the new generation, a central point at which automation favorites like Sonos, Philips' hue, and more can gather for more intelligent control. With no single leader in the smart home space, however, and numerous competing wireless standards in play, that's a lot to ask from the teardrop-shaped gadget: so, is it home sweet home or fit only for the mad-house? Read on for the SlashGear review.
Apple has patented a home automation technology that can turn your lights on when you enter your home, fire up your home entertainment system when you're on your way, adjust HVAC settings depending on your activities in remote locations, and untold other applications, Apple Insider has revealed. The system would combine geo-fencing with activity detection, so that not only your location but also your specific activities inform the automated tasks. The patent was awarded today.
Smartphones and tablets aren't the only wireless devices talking on today's networks, and Verizon isn't leaving it to chance that the internet of things speak via its 4G coverage rather than on rival operators. The carrier has relaunched its Verizon Innovation Center in San Francisco, a hub for not only promoting its LTE technology but engaging with third-party companies wanting help getting gadgets online, tested, validated, and brought to market. We took a tour behind the scenes to find out what Verizon is offering above and beyond the latest iPhone or Galaxy.
Ofcom, the U.K. counterpart to the U.S.'s FCC, has commenced the largest exploration of "white space" frequencies the world has ever seen. Google, Microsoft, Spectrum Bridge, and upwards of 17 other private and public organizations over the next six months will test a wide variety of white space applications, including rural broadband delivery, HDTV broadcasting, automobile traffic management, early flood assessments, utility monitoring, and the "Internet of things" (a.k.a. machine-to-machine or M2M). The experiments will blaze a trail for future white space applications in "smart cities", environmental management, medical telemetry, and personal electronics like smartphones, tablets and gaming systems.
Hisense is a Chinese company that makes all sorts of electronics products. The company has announced what it claims to be the world's first Internet connected smart air conditioner for home users. The air-conditioner was announced in connection with Chinese social networking site Weibo.
AT&T has announced the launch of its second Foundry today, this one being located a bit north of Dallas in Plano, Texas. Calling it an innovation center, the company plans to work on the development of "products and services that improve your life," namely the Internet of Things -- connected devices and machine-to-machine technologies.
The Federal Trade Commission has made its first ever action against a maker of connected everyday devices, TRENDnet, for what it says is lax security despite promises stating otherwise. TRENDnet makes a variety of wireless webcams, connected home security cameras, and other such devices that connect to the Internet, devices that the FTC states left consumers' personal feeds open to public eyes.
Samsung has patched a smart TV bug that allowed hackers to remotely activate the integrated webcam and spy on viewers in their living rooms, as well as redirect the onboard browser to a compromised webpage. The security flaw, spotted by researchers at iSEC Partners, has been fixed with a firmware update pushed to affected sets, Samsung told CNN Money, but renews questions about the inherent safety of home appliances and the so-called "internet of things" as ubiquitous connectivity becomes commonplace.