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CIA loves Internet of things… for spying on you

CIA loves Internet of things… for spying on you

CIA director David Petraeus (seen here playing Wii golf) is really excited about the idea behind the Internet of things. The thing is most excited about isn't his refrigerator being able to order milk, but the effect that connected appliances and devices will have on "clandestine tradecraft." In other words, he's excited about being able to use these devices to spy on people.

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Printable smart tags could link carrots to the internet of things

Printable smart tags could link carrots to the internet of things

Printable plastic labels could actively monitor food freshness, track vaccine efficacy and eventually warn you when your brakes need replacing, packing low-power intelligence into disposable computers. The culmination of several decades of R&D by ThinFilm Electronics, with some help from Xerox PARC's printed transistors, the multilayer tags combine a year's worth of battery power, sensors and a small display, and will initially be used to show a temperature record of perishable food and medications.

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TI spurs Internet of Things with easy-embed WiFi chip

TI spurs Internet of Things with easy-embed WiFi chip

The "Internet of Things" drive, where every electronic device can communicate with each other in a mesh of digital linkery, continues to gather pace, with Texas Instruments unveiling a low-cost embedded WiFi chipset targeting everyday gadgets. The TI SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3000 is described as a "self-contained 802.11 network processor" that minimizes the effort involved at making consumer, home and office devices internet-aware.

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UK backs internet of Things Project

UK backs internet of Things Project

The government in the UK is putting some money behind the Internet of Things project that seeks to help accelerate the connection of things and processes to the internet. Ten firms in the UK were each given £50,000 out of the Technology Strategy Board kitty for working on the project. The money granted is intended to be used to create apps and services needed for the project.

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BBC WiFi Dalek demos Internet of Things TV potential

BBC WiFi Dalek demos Internet of Things TV potential

The BBC has developed a WiFi-enabled toy Dalek that can mimic the on-screen actions of the Doctor Who arch-villain, though fans hoping for a living room invasion will be disappointed. The "synchronised Dalek" project, the BBC's R&D team reveals, is a proof-of-concept intended to demonstrate the Universal Control system, a way of getting internet-connected devices to perform specific functions in time with TV shows on-screen.

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Twine offers easy entry to “internet of things”

Twine offers easy entry to “internet of things”

Google isn't the only company working on the "internet of things," with a Kickstarter project called Twine looking to release compact WiFi-enabled sensors that can get web-dumb devices online. A 2.5-inch square block packing WiFi along with temperature and vibration sensors, Twine uses a simple web app called Spool to piece together routines like sending out an SMS when a certain temperature is passed, or tweeting when your dryer has finished spinning.

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Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

This week the system known as Google Stars - also known as Google Collections - has been revealed in enough detail that we’re able to move forward with some thoughts. Though not entirely public, Google has let loose a few details in code on what Google Stars might be, and how it might be integrated with several services in play already. Google addict Florian Kiersch has done the lion’s share of investigation into this system - we’ve had a chat with him this afternoon about his findings.

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Withings unveils world’s first Internet connected baby and toddler scale

Withings unveils world’s first Internet connected baby and toddler scale

One of the many things that new parents can become obsessed with is their baby's weight. Parents want to be sure that the baby is getting enough nutrition and growing as the little one is supposed to. Sften they end up standing on their own scale holding the baby and doing math to try to figure out if their little one is gaining weight, as they should. This fascination with being sure your child grows appropriately is understandable and encouraged by many pediatricians.

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Tado smart thermostat adds HomeKit, SmartThings, hue & more

Tado smart thermostat adds HomeKit, SmartThings, hue & more

Smart thermostat Tado is reinventing itself as a smart home hub, adding Apple HomeKit support among other things, and taking on Nest and Honeywell's new Lyric in the process. Finishing its Kickstarter campaign today with $54k more than it hoped for, Tado started out as a way to easily control aftermarket AC units, but has already evolved into something that can connect with lighting, A/V equipment, and the cloud.

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