security
The US Wants to Force ‘Smart’ Device Makers to Secure Their Shit

The swarm of internet-connected security cameras, kitchen appliances, wearables, and other gadgets that make up the Internet of Things are notoriously insecure. Two US senators want to fix that—at least for tech acquired by the federal government—and are introducing bipartisan legislation intended to force manufacturers to include basic security features in their products. Read More >>

internet of things
Oh Shit, Will.i.am Could Soon Be in Charge of Your Smart Home

Will.i.am has had a hard time breaking into the tech market. In his latest entrepreneurial venture, he’s jumping into the smart home game. What could go wrong? Read More >>

internet of things
Roomba’s Next Big Step Is Selling Maps of Your Home to the Highest Bidder

The Roomba is generally regarded as a cute little robot friend that no one but dogs would consider to be a potential menace. But for the last couple of years, the robovacs have been quietly mapping homes to maximise efficiency. Now, the device’s makers plan to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the friendly robot into a creeping, creepy little spy. Read More >>

amazon
Surprise Echo Owners, You’re Now Part of Amazon’s Random Social Network

Since the Echo’s release in 2014, millions of people have given in to Amazon’s nonstop advertising and welcomed Alexa into their homes. Amazon’s original sell for the always-on, voice-activated device was that users could “ask Echo for information, music, news, sports scores, and weather from across the room and get results or answers instantly.” But in the last couple of months, it has evolved into something else: the hub for Amazon’s new social network. Read More >>

internet of things
Bluetooth Mesh Is Going To Be A Big Deal: Here are 6 Reasons Why You Should Care

Bluetooth is about to become a hell of a lot more useful. Today the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (“SIG”), the industry body that defines the standard, has announced the standards for mesh network. This might sound like a dull technical update - but it could transform technology and the world around us. Here’s all you need to know. Read More >>

computers
Intel’s Has Cancelled Three Raspberry Pi Competitors

Intel's three development kits Edison, Joule and Galileo have been cancelled. The Intel boards were launched in 2013 with Galileo, a joint venture with Arduino, designed to take advantage of the rapidly expanding Internet of Things hype. A fourth product, called MinnowBoard will launch later this year and will offer much of the same appeal as Raspberry Pi. Read More >>

privacy
How to Secure Your Home From Corporate Snoopers

Looks like corporate Big Brother might be watching your every move. Back in February US electronics company Vizio was forced to pay millions for secretly snooping on customers, but the TV tech giant isn’t the first corporation to go 1984 in peoples' homes. Amazon and Google have microphones in every room thanks to the Echo and Home, and Samsung and Microsoft can use cameras to watch you. Can you kit out your house with TVs, talking speakers and security cameras without getting spied on by the corporate entities behind them? Read More >>

hackers
This Hacker Is My New Hero

The hacker’s name is Janit0r. You’ve probably never heard of him, but perhaps you’ve heard of his work. Janit0r is reportedly the one behind a particularly gnarly but undeniably fascinating form of malware called BrickerBot. BrickerBot, as the name implies, will brick internet of things (IoT) devices that fail a simple security test. This is surely illegal, but I love it. Read More >>

wtf
15 Idiotic Internet of Things Devices Nobody Asked For

Humans contain multitudes. We have a demonstrated ability to work hard, sweat and toil for our daily bread, and, as a society, achieve magnificent feats of science and technology. We’ve literally reached the stars! Read More >>

privacy
Smart Sex Toy Maker Agrees to Pay Customers £8.2K Each For Violating Privacy

Smart sex toys have a single core idea: take one of the most personal and private parts of a someone’s life and hook it up to a network designed for blasting information out for all the world to see. Back in August, it came to light that one wired-up Canadian dildo maker had violated its user’s privacy and now it has to pay up, big time. Read More >>

security
Nest Adds a Security Feature It Should Have Had All Along

Nest has finally added support for two-factor authentication to help give its user accounts greater security. On the surface, this is a good idea—and plenty of people have said as much—but it also begs a very obvious question: What the hell took them so long? Read More >>

rant
I Can’t be The Only Person That Doesn’t Give a Toss About the Internet of Things

This year's Mobile World Congress is drawing to a close, and there are a few obvious themes that have emerged over the past few days. Smartphone makers are going nuts for camera improvements, and the big companies are doing their best to hype up the future of 5G and the all the wonderful things it can do for the internet of things (IoT). Read More >>

internet of things
Great, Soon You’ll Have to Mow the Bloody Smart-Carpet

A carpet that connects to your Wi-Fi so it knows the time of year and temperature and can adjust the length of its fibres accordingly is but one idea dreamed up by a group of forward-thinking, beige-sky carpeting engineers, men and women tasked with the idea of thinking about ways in which floor coverings might one day be gadgetised. Read More >>

internet of things
Flic Buttons Want You To Get Physical Again, Like You Used To

Back in the old days, gadgets used to be covered in little lumps of plastic which, when you press down on them, caused the gadget to react in some predictable way. Buttons, they were called - and as our phones have morphed into thin sheets of glass, you could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that we don’t need to bother with them any more. But sometimes - you can’t beat a little bit of tactile feedback. Read More >>

internet
The Internet of Things is Still Hackable as Hell

This warning is as true now as it’s ever been: beware of cheap internet-connected gadgets. Read More >>