amazon
Amazon Discontinues Dash Buttons

We're kind of surprised they lasted 2.5 years (and even longer in the US), but Amazon has pulled the plug on Dash Buttons. Read More >>

google
A Google Engineer Discovered a Vulnerability Letting Him Take Control of Keycard-Controlled Doors

A Google engineer discovered a vulnerability in the third-party system controlling access to doors across its campus in Sunnyvale, California, and took the opportunity to prove that he could bypass any RFID keycard-operated lock in the facility, Forbes reported on Monday. Read More >>

nest
Nest Devices Went Offline Early This Morning, Disabling Some Key Features

If you own a Nest product, we’ve got bad news: Last night, as you performed your evening ablutions and got ready for bed, Nest devices went offline, disabling some integral features in certain devices. But hey, if you’re a Nest user, this probably isn’t the first time you’ve had to deal with something like this. Read More >>

google
Android Things Gets Official 1.0 Release. Wait, What the Heck Is Android Things?

Android Things was first shown off back at Google I/O 2016, and now, two years later, Google’s nebulous internet of things platform is finally getting an official release ahead of the 2018 edition of Google’s annual developer conference. Read More >>

security
Researchers Have Found Security Holes in Yet Another Smart Toy

In the past I've criticised the IoT industry for not having up-to-scratch security, and that people should know what they're getting into. The problem is that companies have taken similar tech, with similarly shoddy security, and stuffed it into toys meant for kids. There have been a few cases of this popping up this year, and another one has reared its ugly head. Read More >>

samsung
Samsung Says That Bixby Speaker is Still Happening

Everyone and their dog is trying to muscle in on the smart speaker game these days. Amazon pioneered the gadgets, but Google, Apple, and Microsoft all want in. The only company to seemingly put an end to such plans was Samsung, but it's now gone and backtracked by confirming there's still a Bixby-powered speaker in the works. Read More >>

tv
EE TV’s Set Top Box Now Has (Some) Alexa Voice Controls

"Voice controls are the future!" declares science fiction, as it stands on a table in triumph. "You'll be able to control all your devices with your voice, without the inconvenience of a remote control!" That's the dream anyway. Read More >>

microsoft
Microsoft’s Latest Workplace Tech Demos Creep Me Out

If you’re an employee under the heel of a giant corporation you should probably be terrified by the vision of the future of connected gadgets that Microsoft just revealed at its Build developer conference here in Seattle. 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 >>

gadgets
This Silly Button From Logitech Made My Smart Home Fun Again

I have issues with smart home technology. The promise of a Jetsons-style, automated living environment has never been closer, but the experience basically sucks right now. After spending a few weeks with a programmable button by Logitech, however, I feel suddenly hopeful. Read More >>

energy
Rogue Smart Meters Give Customers 3,000,000 Per Cent Bill Increases

People putting the heating on even though it's spring had a nasty shock over the weekend, after a group of smart energy meters issued by supplier SSE went mad -- and gave subscribers gas bills in the tens of thousands of pounds. Read More >>

animals
IoT Mouse Traps as a Service Calls a Proper Man to do the Dirty Work

You can now get rid of mice from your home or business by doing nothing more than looking at your phone and waiting for a real man to come and sort it out, thanks to a new internet-connected mouse annihilation system that's available in the UK. Read More >>

home appliances
Sharp Sees a Fridge-Freezer as the Smart Centrepiece of Your Home

Smartphones, smart TVs, smart light bulbs, smart bloody everything. Smart home technology is so hot right now, with this year’s IFA bash absolutely full of the stuff. Even wigs will be connected to the internet. Probably. Hopefully. Read More >>

computers
$5 IoT Computer Promises Wi-Fi, Apps and Linux in a Postage Stamp

A newcomer in the smallest-ever computer war has arrived in the tiny form factor of the Omega 2 -- a computer the makers want to sell for $5 to coders, IoT enthusiasts, the entire third world and men not against the idea of maybe doing a bit of soldering. Read More >>

google
Fuchsia is Google’s Mysterious New Operating System

Google has done what it no doubt set out to do and got tongues wagging about something called Fuchsia, a new operating system that, unlike Android and Chrome OS, doesn't use the Linux kernel. Instead it’s built on Magenta. Read More >>