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Google Home starts catching up to the Amazon Echo

Google Home starts catching up to the Amazon Echo Good news, Google Home owners: the smart home hub can now talk to more gear.The new gear will be managed by the Home Control system, which keeps all of the IoT devices on one hub through Google Assistant.

Microsoft's Creators Update will include a new Windows Defender Security Center

Microsoft's Creators Update will include a new Windows Defender Security Center It’s designed to simplify and unify all the various security settings of Windows in the same place.In that sense, it’s somewhat analogous to the Action Center that Microsoft debuted back in Windows XP SP2.

Hackers cause hotel to ditch keycards for old-school keys and locks

Hackers cause hotel to ditch keycards for old-school keys and locks Once a ransom is paid, the hackers then deliver an electronic "decryption key" which can be used to restore the device to normal.Unless the hotel paid a ransom in Bitcoin totaling close to $1,800 dollars, it wouldn't be able to access its reservation system, cash desk system or issue electronic keycards.

Mozilla gives up on Firefox OS, its mobile-turned IoT operating system

Mozilla gives up on Firefox OS, its mobile-turned IoT operating system Released in 2013, Firefox OS was supposed to pick up where webOS left off, with a mobile operating system built on open web standards like HTML5.As part of a company refocus on the Firefox web browser, Mozilla recently laid off 50 members who worked on Firefox OS development and projects unrelated to the browser, according to CNET.

A university was attacked by its lightbulbs, vending machines and lamp posts

A university was attacked by its lightbulbs, vending machines and lamp posts Over 5,000 connected devices, including light bulbs and vending machines, were hacked to slow internet service at a university to a crawl.Poorly secured internet of things (IoT) devices have become gold mines for hackers looking to launch DDoS attacks to take websites and services offline.

Just what no one needed: 'world's first smart condom' unveiled

Just what no one needed: 'world's first smart condom' unveiled Con “smart condom” is the odds-on heavyweight contender for terrible idea of the week.It is not smart, and it is not a condom, and those are only two of the many facepalm-inducing problems with this product.

FTC head wants the Internet of Things to regulate itself

FTC head wants the Internet of Things to regulate itself The acting head of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), Maureen Ohlhausen, has said that she believes the Internet of Things industry should largely be left to regulate itself, rather than being subjected to external oversight.She also defended the use of data analytics to target consumers with different offers and pricing.

Pressto’s Button piggybacks free cellular data to revolutionize the Internet of Things

Pressto’s Button piggybacks free cellular data to revolutionize the Internet of Things io, and uses the little-known Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) protocol to send short, 182-character messages to the Pressto server, across cellular networks.They originate with the sending device (in this case the Pressto button) and terminate at the destination (in this case, the Pressto servers).

Kiwi Govt & digital sector align to drive NZ's digital transformation

Kiwi Govt & digital sector align to drive NZ's digital transformation The New Zealand Government has officially launched a digital sector alliance to explore the economic and social benefits of the Internet of Things (IoT).Communications Minister Simon Bridges says the Alliance would help harness the potential of IoT.

Oops, that vibrator with a camera is super easy to hack

Oops, that vibrator with a camera is super easy to hack Then you might want to throw that IoT sex toy away.Security experts have figured it is woefully easy to hack your way into Svakom's Siime Eye, an internet-connected vibrator.

Shoddy Security On This Wifi Vibrator Could Make Your Privates Very Public

Shoddy Security On This Wifi Vibrator Could Make Your Privates Very Public It’s the Svakom Siime Eye, and the name ought to give you some idea about its advanced functionality.The Siime Eye is a Wifi-enabled vibrator, purpose-built for giving interested onlookers a truly up-close look at the user’s private parts.

Maker of smart garage door opener bricks customer's device in retaliation for negative review

Maker of smart garage door opener bricks customer's device in retaliation for negative review Case in point, one man who owns a Garadget smart garage door struck a nerve with his negative Amazon review a few days ago.The creator of Garadget overreacted a teeny bit and deactivated the customer’s door in response.

Guy leaves bad review about smart garage opener, gets unexpected response from company

Guy leaves bad review about smart garage opener, gets unexpected response from company Or at least that's exactly what apparently happened to a customer of Garadget, a smart, connected garage door opener.He also complained on Garadget's forums, calling the product a "piece of shit.

Mirai, the infamous IoT botnet, now forces 'smart' appliances to mine Bitcoin

Mirai, the infamous IoT botnet, now forces 'smart' appliances to mine Bitcoin Earlier this year, I declared the Internet of Things had officially hit peak stupid, courtesy of a new smart toaster being shown at CES.A smart toaster that’s been hacked to mine Bitcoin.

New ‘BrickerBot’ malware attack kills unsecured internet of things devices

New ‘BrickerBot’ malware attack kills unsecured internet of things devices The security of IoT devices is, therefore, paramount if these increasingly ubiquitous devices are going to bring more benefit than cost.Now, a new piece of malware, dubbed BrickerBot, is in the wild and targeting IoT device running the open-source Linux operating system, as Readwrite reports.

Investors backing Juicero and its $400, DRM-laden juicer surprised to discover they were fleeced

Investors backing Juicero and its $400, DRM-laden juicer surprised to discover they were fleeced Americans already like juice — so why not sell them a $400, Internet-connected, DRMed juicer that only accepted ridiculously overpriced “juice packs?That paragraph should tell you everything you need to know about whether Silicon Valley’s claims to meritocracy are valid.

Hajime is a ‘white worm’ that infects and secures vulnerable IoT devices

Hajime is a ‘white worm’ that infects and secures vulnerable IoT devices The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a source of some serious security concerns recently, with millions of IoT devices being vulnerable to attack and compromise.Now, there’s another piece of code that’s targeting IoT devices, and it’s growing.

Juicero CEO Offers Full Refunds on $400 DRMed Bagjuice Squeezer

Juicero CEO Offers Full Refunds on $400 DRMed Bagjuice Squeezer Investors in the company recently discovered that the $400, Wi-Fi enabled, DRM-encased Juicestrocity Juicero machine isn’t actually necessary for squeezing juice out of the $5-$8 single-serving juice packs the company sells.It’s about fighting obesity with an extremely expensive product marketed to people who likely already have personal trainers and tennis schedules.

Meet Hajime, the IoT Botnet Built to Vaccinate Your Devices Against Mirai

Meet Hajime, the IoT Botnet Built to Vaccinate Your Devices Against Mirai We don’t know whether they predate more complex forms of life, like bacteria, or descended from them.In the same fashion there’s coevolution in computer systems, with software springing up just to deal with problems in one program, or add functionality to another, like lateral gene transfer.

Vigilante Hacker is Trying to Save Us From Ourselves

Vigilante Hacker is Trying to Save Us From Ourselves Hackers have already taken control of millions of these devices and used them as pawns in their own cyber attacks.In a statement sent to niche site, Bleeping Computer, Janit0r lamented the state of cyber security.