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...

Simplifying IoT for asset management

The Industrial Internet of Things is turning our planet into a data-generator.  From mines and energy platforms, forests and fields, construction sites and equipment in motion, IoT assets are capturing data that lets us be more productive, efficient, frugal, safe and environmentally aware. 

IoT in SpaceA lot of that data flows through satellites.  Why?  Because some of the greatest opportunities for added value lie in places far from any other connectivity:...

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...

Telit acquires Thales’ cellular IoT products to establish Telit Cinterion

Telit is acquiring Thale’s portfolio of cellular IoT products to establish a combined firm called Telit Cinterion.

Paolo Dal Pino, CEO of Telit, said: “Innovation, scale and efficient IoT solutions are key for success. This transaction with Thales is arguably the most impactful one for Telit competitiveness.

“While it will boost our ability to address customer needs more precisely from a richer portfolio, it will also enable us to deliver all-new offerings derived...

Scottish IoT project aims to keep rural roads pothole-free

The landscape on the Isle of Skye.

A consortium of research partners in Scotland could help solve the perennial problems facing the UK’s transport infrastructure, with the development of an internet of things (IoT) sensor network that provides real-time monitoring of rural road conditions.

DigiFlec, a start-up based in Dunfermline, is working with CENSIS – Scotland’s innovation centre for sensors, imaging systems, and IoT technologies – and Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) as part of the Scottish...

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...

Berg Insight: Global cellular IoT connections grew 22% in 2021

Berg Insight says that global cellular IoT connections grew an impressive 22 percent in 2021.

According to the company’s analysts, global cellular IoT connections reached 2.1 billion last year.

No particular region stood out for growth. The major regional markets of China, Western Europe, and North America grew similarly during the year as the world recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, China continues to lead the way for cellular IoT...

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,...