technology
There’s a New Resource List for Domestic Abuse Victims Targeted Through the Internet of Things

Last month, the New York Times published a report detailing ways in which domestic abusers have weaponised smart home technology, exploiting devices such as internet-connected doorbells, speakers, and thermostats to harass their partners. This month, a research team at University College London published a resource list for victims of domestic abuse, specifically through the exploitation of the internet of things. Read More >>

security
Smart Home Security Camera Sends Footage to Wrong Person, Is Maybe Not So Smart After All

Internet-connected devices are known for having their fair share of security issues — especially when it comes to cameras. But here’s a new one: the BBC reported this week that a smart home security camera started sending video clips to the wrong person. Read More >>

giz asks
Is the VR Universe in Ready Player One Possible?

In 2018, nearly everything is in place for a descent into a Ready Player One-style dystopia. The way things are going, we should be destitute and beaten down by climate change long before the 2040s. All we’re missing, for now, is the technology. People are already more than happy to spend huge percentages of their lives hooked up to alternate realities (social media, MMO games, binged television) but these are all rudimentary compared to Ready Player One’s immersive, hyper-lifelike OASIS VR universe. Those looking to escape the grim, cash-squeezed drudgery of day-to-day life through fully-immersive VR will have to wait, for now, until someone invents a way to get 75% of the country’s population on the same platform. Read More >>

privacy
Your Smart Home Is Spying on You. Here’s How to Spy Back.

After Gizmodo’s investigation into the data smart homes expose about our lives, many of you asked how you could monitor the digital emissions from your own homes. Well, you’re in luck. Read More >>

rant
Less Internet, Please

Remember when surfing the web was a treat? A delicacy, almost. You’d fire up the whatever-kilobaud modem and start the pay-per-minute meter running and read about politics or whatever. A fun time. That’s no longer the case, and I’m honestly rotting from overexposure to the online. Read More >>

science
The History of Wireless Everything

Halfway between Brooklyn and Montauk, a steel cupola propped up on wooden legs once looked out over the Long Island Sound and beyond the horizon. Built in the first years of the 20th century, Wardenclyffe Tower served as the centrepiece of a real-life mad scientist’s laboratory. Lever pulling, lightning bolts, maniacal laughter—this is where that sort of thing was supposed to happen. And it almost did. Read More >>

gadgets
Vodafone Enters the World of IoT with ‘V by Vodafone’

Everyone wants to get into the Internet of Things now, despite the crippling security flaws that continue to plague the sector, and Vodafone is apparently no exception. It's launching a new IoT platform called V by Vodafone, and with it comes four new connected devices. Read More >>

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 >>