05. July 2017 · Comments Off on The pros and cons of smart light bulbs · Categories: News · Tags:

Home automation, “the internet of things” or IoT, has been a popular subject for the past couple of years. Unfortunately, that subject isn’t always good — some things have proven infinitely hackable, making it a bit on the worrisome side. One of the first items to make the mainstream was light bulbs, and we’ve played around with a few and here is what we have found.

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08. June 2016 · Comments Off on Consumers blow cold on smart home technology – Pars Herald · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

Consumers find smart home technology a big turn-off and companies are struggling to put across the benefits of the internet of things, according to a new report.Just over seven out of 10 consumers are unwilling to pay for smart devices in the next five years, says a survey by accountancy firm PwC.Although many who have made the investment are pleased with their purchase, few are bothering to outlay the cash to upgrade to smart technology such as intelligent heating, plugs, appliances, lighting or automated devices.The survey also revealed consumers are keener to find out more about smart technology when they can see a cost benefit, such as energy savings or free supply and installation.PwC also looked at the smart devices selling best.

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25. March 2016 · Comments Off on Industrial Internet of things examples: IoT in heavy industry · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

For some time now, we’ve been hearing a lot of noise about the internet of things (IoT) in the  consumer space – smart thermostats and such.But another area it’s making a difference is in the heavy industries, allowing businesses to optimise the work of the big machinery and infrastructure they count upon.This is the industrial internet of things, or the IIoT, where big machinery is connected and talking to one another, and back to centralised systems.And analyst house Gartner believes IoT will move toward mainstream adoption in 2016 for many more industries.

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29. January 2016 · Comments Off on Ding-Dong — Your Easily Hacked ‘Smart’ Doorbell Just Gave Up Your WiFi Credentials · Categories: News · Tags: , , ,

Have we mentioned lately that when it comes to the so-called “internet of things,” security is an afterthought? Whether it’s your automobile, your refrigerator or your tea kettle, so-called “smart” internet of things devices are consistently and alarmingly showing that they’re anything but. If these devices aren’t busy giving intruders access to your networks and passwords, they’re often making life more difficult than so-called dumb devices. Last week, for example, the popular Nest smart thermostat simply

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25. January 2016 · Comments Off on Families warned to ‘be afraid’ as security flaws lurk in IoT smart home devices · Categories: News · Tags: , , , ,

University researchers have proved that work is still needed to secure internet of things smart home devices after they found unpatched vulnerabilities in gadgets, including Google’s Nest thermostat, that were leaking data.Speaking at the PrivacyCon 2016 in Washington DC, researchers from Princeton University’s Centre for Information Technology Policy (CITP) revealed that some smart home devices leak user information, including user activity and behaviour, as well as the type of device being used.

Source: Families warned to ‘be afraid’ as security flaws lurk in IoT smart home devices – Computer Business Review