SoundHound enhances voice assistant with Perplexity’s search tech

SoundHound has signed a partnership with conversational AI-powered search engine Perplexity to deliver next-gen voice capabilities for IoT devices. The collaboration aims to enhance SoundHound's voice assistant, SoundHound Chat AI, with advanced online large language model (LLM) capabilities that Perplexity specialises in.

SoundHound Chat AI will be equipped to provide not only more accurate and up-to-date responses to web-based inquiries, but also more complex answers that go...

Matter 1.3 supports new appliances and energy reporting

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) has announced Matter version 1.3, a significant update that brings support for major household appliances and new energy and water management capabilities to the smart home standard.

"This latest release marks an important step forward, enabling devices that can be more helpful to users in the kitchen and laundry room, enhance entertainment and smart home interaction on screens, and make the smart home more efficient and safer with new...

Global agencies warn of increased cyberattacks against OT devices

Global federal agencies are sounding the alarm over an increase in cyberattacks by pro-Russia hacktivist groups targeting operational technology (OT) devices across critical infrastructure in North America and Europe.

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), FBI, NSA, EPA, DOE, USDA, FDA, Multi-State ISAC, Canadian Centre for Cyber Security, and UK's National Cyber Security Centre have observed these threat actors compromising small-scale industrial control...

UK introduces first IoT security laws

The UK has become the first country to legally mandate cybersecurity standards for IoT devices. The new laws, which came into force today, aim to shield consumers from cyber threats and boost the nation's resilience against rising cyber-crime.

Under the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) regime, manufacturers will be legally required to build security protections into any product with internet connectivity. Easily guessable default passwords like "admin"...

Tesla unveils more details about driverless ride-hailing service

During a first-quarter earnings presentation on Tuesday, Tesla provided glimpses of what riders could expect from their future app designed to summon driverless cars through an intuitive interface reminiscent of popular ridesharing platforms like Uber and Lyft.

The upcoming ride-hailing service will allow users the ability to conveniently call for a Tesla vehicle, adjust the temperature inside the car, track its location in real-time, and customise their...

Millions of smart meters in Britain not working correctly

The UK's Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (Desnez) has revealed that 4.31 million smart meters have not been operating in smart mode.

At the end of 2023, 3.98 million were found to be faulty, with the trade association for the energy industry, Energy UK, subsequently instructing suppliers to replace broken meters.

There are almost 35 million smart meters in Great Britain and the majority are operating as intended according to Smart Energy GB, a not-for-profit...

Samsung launches 3D Map View for SmartThings

Samsung has launched its 3D Map View feature for SmartThings, which allows users to see a virtual 3D map of their home and easily control connected devices like lights, thermostats, and appliances.

The 3D Map View, first unveiled at CES 2024, is now available in all countries where SmartThings is accessible. It addresses the challenge of managing the growing number of smart home devices by consolidating them into an interactive 3D rendering of the user's floor...

Flying taxis and delivery drones set for UK skies by 2030

The UK could see flying taxis transporting passengers, drones delivering goods, and unmanned aircraft aiding emergency services by the end of this decade, according to an ambitious new government plan announced today.

The Future of Flight action plan, unveiled by the Department for Transport, lays out a roadmap for novel electric aircraft and drones to overhaul transportation in British skies. Studies estimate the drone industry alone could boost the UK economy by £45 billion by...

European smart gas meters penetration hit 45% in 2023

According to a new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight, the installed base of smart gas meters in Europe reached 55.9 million units in 2023.

Equivalent to a penetration rate of 45 percent, this represents significant growth in the adoption of smart gas metering technology across the continent.

The report forecasts that the installed base will continue expanding at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8 percent between 2023 and 2028, reaching 77.6 million...

Self-driving shuttle arrives in Sunderland

The debut of the self-driving Sunderland Advanced Mobility Shuttle (SAMS) aims to revolutionise urban mobility in the city.

SAMS, which arrived in Sunderland recently, promises to redefine how residents and visitors navigate the city streets. This autonomous shuttle, set to hit the roads this spring, represents a milestone in Sunderland's journey towards embracing self-driving technology.

Sunderland's Mayor, Councillor Dorothy Trueman, said: “We are thrilled to welcome...