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BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

BeON smart bulbs learn light patterns to scare away invaders

It's a common tactic: if you're going to be away from home overnight, you leave a lamp on. This will hopefully make opportunistic thieves think twice before breaking in, leaving doubt about whether someone is home. This is an old trick, though, one that has since been augmented with light timers to simulate something a bit more real. That is the basis upon which BeON, a new smart light bulb system, is designed -- and, unlike lamps and timers, BeON bulbs include a few extra features that'll cover all the bases.

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Samsung clarifies Find My Mobile vulnerability

Samsung clarifies Find My Mobile vulnerability

Samsung has broken its silence regarding a reported security exploit that exists in its Find My Mobile service. That security hole could have potentially let hackers remotely lock, unlock, and ring a targeted device from Samsung's web service. Scary as that may sound, the OEM insists that not only would the hackers be limited to only those three actions, it would require a specific set of circumstances for the exploit to be used, which hopefully leaves majority of users unaffected and out of harm's way.

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Facebook details big uptick in government data requests

Facebook details big uptick in government data requests

Facebook has released its third report on government data requests, and in it we see a substantial uptick in requests during the first half of this year in comparison to the last six months of 2013. According to the report, government requests for both content restriction and for user data jumped 24-percent, with content restriction due to local laws rising by 19-percent. The report includes data about national security requests, as well, though they're again restricted to only a general range rather than a precise number.

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Cocoon smart monitor listens for shock waves to detect intruders

Cocoon smart monitor listens for shock waves to detect intruders

Another connected home security device has surfaced, this one designed to be both simplistic and highly sensitive to when a problem arrives. It achieves this sensitivity using what the makers call SUBSOUND technology, which is said to allow the device to detect motion in a different room, no other sensors needed. This is joined, as you'd expect, by a smartphone app that lets you peek through the Cocoon's integrated camera. If someone is poking around who isn't welcomed, there's an alarm that can be triggered, as well.

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Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

Judge rules fingerprint-locked phones are fair game during investigations

There are many ways to protect your smartphone: password, pin, pattern, and more recently, a fingerprint. While legally you can't be compelled as part of an investigation to reveal any of the first three, a judge has ruled that you can be forced to relinquish your fingerprint to investigators seeking access to your device. The reason, says the judge, is that the fingerprint isn't knowledge like a password, but is instead a physical object of sorts, like a key or a DNA sample.

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Oops: Apple Pay arch-rival CurrentC has already lost users’ info

Oops: Apple Pay arch-rival CurrentC has already lost users’ info

Apple Pay rival CurrentC is already spilling customer data, despite the mobile payments system only being available in a limited pilot program, according to an email sent out to partners. According to the message, which began hitting inboxes earlier today, the big-retailer backed venture to replace credit cards has seen email addresses of some of its early users acquired by unnamed hackers. However, CurrentC insists that it's only been those contact details and not payment information that has been taken.

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iSmartAlarm’s new camera, smart outlet bring full home automation

iSmartAlarm’s new camera, smart outlet bring full home automation

The do-it-yourself home security race is pretty well-heeled, with companies like iSmartAlarm or Skylink staking claim with their respective hardware. Then there’s the smart home market, which typically offers no security, or at least very little of it. Home cameras are also involved, but they, too, fail to tie the connected home together, by and large (Nest/Dropcam are making inroads, there). The aforementioned iSmartAlarm is bringing two new devices to market that aim to tie your home up in a nice, neat little package.

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Samsung Find My Mobile reported to be vulnerable to attack

Samsung Find My Mobile reported to be vulnerable to attack

One of the biggest objections that detractors of the kill switch have against the theft deterrent measure is that the feature could be used for good or for ill, depending on who holds the power. Those fears might have just materialized with the discovery that Samsung's Find My Mobile feature, which lets users remotely lock or unlock their devices in case of loss or theft, can easily be broken into, giving hackers the power to remotely control access to a victim's Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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Joke WiFi network delays international flight 4 hours

Joke WiFi network delays international flight 4 hours

Air travel is already a pain in the backside most times. You have to arrive early, maybe even check a bag or two, and possibly even grab a boarding pass (seriously, though, use the airline app). then there’s the TSA line, which can be — interesting. Your plane might be delayed, depending on where/when you’re travelling. The last thing you need is some wise-guy stalling the flight because they named their WiFi network “Al-Quida Free Terror Nettwork”. But that’s what happened in Los Angeles yesterday morning.

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Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight doubles as digital ears

If you haven't yet found a connected device that suits your tastes, there's another contender on the market -- one that is available now, not at some point in the future after a funding project ends. It's called the Leeo Smart Alert Nightlight, and as its name suggests, the device is a mash-up of a couple different tools into one: it's one part nightlight, and one part connected alert system. When used alongside its mobile app, Leeo lets home owners know when one of their "dumb" alarms go off.

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