Internet of Things

Philips Hue E14 candle adds color and white to smart bulbs

Philips Hue E14 candle adds color and white to smart bulbs

Another day, another Philips Hue bulb, and the number of lamps, lights, and fixtures you can give a connected upgrade continues to increase. Philips has added an E14 candle bulb to the Hue line-up, its range of ZigBee-linked, app-controlled LEDs. According to the company, it's one of the most requested sizes from existing Hue users.

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Neato’s robot vacuums now obey Google Home’s voice orders

Neato’s robot vacuums now obey Google Home’s voice orders

The number of ways you can automate your home just by barking at it continues to grow, with Neato adding Google Home support to its connected robot vacuum range. Available as a new talent for the smart speaker today, the integration allows you to trigger a clean entirely hands-free. The functionality joins Neato's existing Amazon Alexa support.

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Bosch teams with NVIDIA to make AI self-driving car computers

Bosch teams with NVIDIA to make AI self-driving car computers

This week the folks at Bosch have revealed their plan to work with NVIDIA to create artificial intelligence self-driving systems for mass market cars. They made this announcement during Bosch Connected World in Berlin, where Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner showed the system to the public. "Automated driving makes roads safer, and artificial intelligence is the key to making that happen," said Denner. "We are making cars smart."

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D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw

D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD Review: HomeKit’s first camera is raw

Apple's HomeKit makes a simple promise: take the disparate parts of the connected home, and bring them together under one straightforward umbrella. Still, the stringent requirements around things like security and ease of setup has meant partner devices have been slower to trickle down to the market than for rival platforms: this D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD has the title of first HomeKit-compatible security camera available. $200 gets you a very wide angle lens and freedom from subscription fees, but there are still signs that neither HomeKit nor D-Link's camera are quite where the competition has reached.

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WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

WikiLeaks’ Vault7 CIA dump prompts Apple reaction and more

Apple, Microsoft, and others in the tech industry have responded to Wikileaks' claims of CIA hacking abilities, pushing back on fears of federal agents turning smartphones and TVs into spies. The leak-focussed group, which has prompted controversy in recent months for the role it played in the US presidential election, released a cache of data earlier this week that it claimed proved the US Central Intelligence Agency could routinely eavesdrop through many of the connected devices people have in their homes or pockets. Dubbed "Vault7", the nearly 9,000-strong document drop has prompted chaos among many, uncertain whether their devices are in fact working against them.

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Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Cheaper Nest thermostat tipped plus Nest alarm system

Competition in the smart home is only getting fiercer, and Nest is reportedly readying a cheaper and more flexible range of connected gadgets to drive up adoption in the face of mounting rivals. The Alphabet-owned company is best known for the Nest Learning Thermostat, an iPhone-inspired HVAC controller that promises to track how the home is used and cut energy costs without an impact on comfort. It arguably kickstarted a new generation of smart thermostats, but since then cheaper, more capable alternatives have hit the market.

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Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest two-factor authentication boosts IoT security

Nest is adding two-factor authentication to its smart home products, aiming to prevent third-parties or hackers getting remote access to your cameras or smart thermostat. The new feature follows increasing concern over the security of the so-called Internet of Things, a topic only likely to become more prevalent as connected devices proliferate. Nest will make two-factor authentication optional, though it's probably something you should turn on.

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AT&T and GE’s Current partnership brings IoT devices to ‘smart’ cities

AT&T and GE’s Current partnership brings IoT devices to ‘smart’ cities

AT&T has announced a partnership with GE’s Current that will, in time, help transform existing cities into so-called ‘smart cities.’ This will be done by rolling out Internet of Things devices within the regions, with one relevant technology being smart street lights that keep tabs on air quality, issue alerts for emergency weather conditions, and even listen for gunshots and alert the appropriate authorities when any are detected.

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Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios

Qualcomm’s big IoT plan includes Android Things OS and tiny radios

Qualcomm is pushing hard into the Internet of Things, embracing Google's Android Things OS as well as unveiling a pair of tiny, radio-packed chipsets for connected gadgets. Announced ahead of Mobile World Congress 2017 next week, the new tech is all about making smart home kit and other connected devices more power-efficient, smaller, and smarter. For device-makers, it'll mean speedier time-to-market, too.

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Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers [Updated]

Vizio settles huge TV privacy case after spying on viewers [Updated]

Vizio will pay $2.2m in penalties to settle a huge privacy lawsuit, that alleged its smart TVs tracked millions of viewers and then sold that personal data without permission. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), in a joint-complaint filed with the New Jersey Attorney General, Vizio automatically tracked what owners of its connected TV sets were watching, despite not warning viewers that the monitoring was taking place. That information was then sold to advertisers and others for a profit.

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Mozilla axes its Firefox-powered connected devices dreams

Mozilla axes its Firefox-powered connected devices dreams

Mozilla just can’t seem to catch a break when it comes to bringing Firefox outside of the confines of a traditional web browser. After killing its plans for a Firefox OS smartphone, it shifted its eyes towards the more nascent Internet of Things market. Now it is also giving up on that IoT thrust as well. The nonprofit organization has just told its workforce that it will be scrapping its IoT team, laying off as much as 50 people in the process.

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August Home, Wink work together to secure your smart home

August Home, Wink work together to secure your smart home

The irony about smart home products and the so called Internet of Things is that they aren’t really that smart about talking with one another. Each have their own loyalties and speak different languages that may or may not be understood by the smart devices inside your home. For cases like these, you’ll need a translator, a.k.a. a smart hub to be the go-between for these sometimes disparate devices. One such hub is Wink and, as of today, it has learned one new language. August Home, one of the increasingly popular names in the smart home security market, is partnering with Wink to make it easier to keep your now smarter home also more secure.

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