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 >>

wtf
Alexa Combined With Big Mouth Billy Bass is the Most Unnerving Hack

Christmas shopping will begin sooner than anyone wants it to and there is no better gift to get your DIY dad than a Big Mouth Billy Bass hooked up to Amazon’s personal assistant, Alexa — especially if you hate him. Read More >>

insecurity of things
Chinese Company Recalls Cameras Used in Last Week’s Huge Cyberattack

Xiongmai, the Chinese company whose webcams were at least partially responsible for Friday’s massive DDoS attack, is recalling some of its products in the US. Read More >>

gadgets
Now You Too Can Starve Your Pet With the Internet of Things

When an automated feeder goes offline, you'll wish you knew your neighbours a little better. Petnet makes "smart" feeders for your pets which, when connected to the internet, can be scheduled to intermittently dish out treats and grub for your feline and canine pals. If you're away on a short break, for instance, there's no need to inter your pet in a kennel or plead for a mate to come and check in on your mutt. Read More >>

security
Smart Light Bulb Security Flaw Could Let Hackers Run Riot

Though we in tech-savvy circles have been talking about the Internet of Things for years now, connected device ecosystems are still a relatively young area, with security standards not universally acknowledged or even set. The Osram Lightify Smart Light Bulb system (seen as an affordable alternative to Philips Hue) is one such range that could potentially fall foul of a hack attack – it's been singled out as being particularly vulnerable to hackers. Read More >>

security
Why the FBI Versus Apple Could Make 1984 a Reality

Amicus briefs in support of Apple in its court battle with the FBI are rolling in, and the Stanford Law School Center for Internet and Technology’s contribution is a horror story of impending dystopia, with eerie parallels to George Orwell's 1984. Read More >>

gadgets
Master Lock Bluetooth Padlock Means You’ll Never Need to Remember a Combination Ever Again

True story – the only time I ever used a padlock on my school locker, I had to ask the caretaker to take the door off its hinges because I'd forgotten the combination. Thankfully there was nothing incriminating inside other than some smelly clothes, but the shame was real. Read More >>