Feit Electric swoops in to save LIFX

Feit Electric has swooped in to quite literally keep the lights on at LIFX.

Buddy Technologies, the parent company of smart lighting firm LIFX, went into administration earlier this year.

Good samaritans quickly got to work writing guides for LIFX customers on how to locally control their lights if the firm’s servers are switched off. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like they’ll be needed.

Global lighting firm Feit Electric has acquired the LIFX brand and...

Amazon is acquiring iRobot for $1.7B

Amazon has announced that it’s acquiring iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion.

iRobot is most well known for its robot vacuums but has also been expanding into other product categories, including air purifiers and handheld vacuums.

Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices, said:

“We know that saving time matters, and chores take precious time that can be better spent doing something that customers love.

Over many years, the iRobot team has proven its ability...

Verizon: IoT/mobile cyberattacks leading to downtime increase 22%

Verizon’s latest Mobile Security Index (MSI) highlights continuing growth in IoT/mobile cyberattacks leading to downtime.

According to the research, cyberattacks in the last year involving a mobile/IoT device – that resulted in data or system downtime – increased 22 percent year-on-year.

23 percent of surveyed enterprises had suffered a compromise. Of those, 74 percent said the impact was “major” and over a third (34%) said that it had lasting...

Uber begins testing bus and train bookings in the UK

Uber has begun testing a feature that allows UK citizens to book rail and bus transport.

By allowing users to book alternative transport types at the same time as their traditional car rides, Uber hopes to become a one-stop shop for journeys.

"We’re excited to launch our new travel offering this summer, allowing a seamless door-to-door travel experience across the UK," said Andrew Brem, GM of Uber UK, in a statement.

For the feature, Uber has teamed up with...

China to hit mobility giant Didi with a $1B fine

Chinese authorities are set to hit mobility giant Didi with a $1 billion fine, a move that could end a torrid period for the firm.

Didi has been in the spotlight of the Chinese government after the company raised $4 billion from selling its stocks in New York.

Beijing launched a data security probe into Didi in the days after its New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) listing; claiming that it was “illegally collecting user data”. However, both the country’s regulators and...

Spoke will use T IoT to protect vulnerable road users

Mobility platform Spoke has announced that it will use T IoT from T-Mobile and Deutsche Telekom to protect vulnerable road users (VRUs) like cyclists.

Spoke aims to protect VRUs by connecting vehicles like bicycles to the IoT and providing greater awareness of their presence to motorists using cellular vehicle-to-everything (C-V2X) technology.

Mishka Dehghan, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Product, and Solutions Engineering at T-Mobile Business Group,...

IDC expects Meta to lose its VR dominance

IDC predicts Meta will lose its dominant marketshare in the VR market in the coming years.

The VR industry is growing rapidly. During Q1 2022, global VR headset shipments increased 241.6 percent compared to the same period last year.

Meta continues to dominate the market amid the success of its Quest 2 headset. According to IDC, Meta has now captured 90 percent of the market.

According to IDC, the biggest rival to Meta currently is ByteDance’s Pico; despite...

NHS trials delivering chemotherapy drugs using drones

NHS England is trialling the use of drones to rapidly deliver chemotherapy drugs. 

The announcement, made on the 74th birthday of the NHS, will see drones pick up lifesaving drugs and enable same-day delivery to patients.

“As the NHS turns 74, it is clear that the pace of change and improvement across the health service is only accelerating as our fantastic staff seek to make the most of life-changing advances to improve patients’ lives as we promised in the NHS...

Vodafone’s IoT tech ensures 1.5M strawberries make it to Wimbledon

Vodafone is deploying IoT technology to ensure 1.5 million strawberries make it to Wimbledon, the world’s oldest tennis tournament.

Wimbledon simply wouldn’t be the same without strawberries and cream. Hughe Lowe Farms has supplied Wimbledon’s strawberries for almost 30 years and will remain the tournament’s exclusive supplier this year.

Vodafone has partnered with Hughe Lowe Farms to ensure the strawberries reach their destination, The All England Lawn Tennis...

Smart locks installed by over 12M US households

The rapid proliferation of smart locks in the US means they've now been installed by over 12 million households.

Parks Associates released a whitepaper today highlighting the adoption of smart locks in the US alongside the reasons why they’re so desirable.

“The majority of residential door locks installed in the US are mechanical, but an increasing number of exterior locks are being replaced with smart door locks,” said Jennifer Kent, Vice President, Research,...