Hide and Seek: The first IoT botnet to survive device resets is caught

A botnet has been discovered by security researchers which is the first to survive resets of compromised devices.

Researchers from Bitdefender published their findings today. The malware strain, which they’ve dubbed 'Hide and Seek' (HNS) for self-explanatory reasons, copies itself to the /etc/init.d/ folder.

This folder contains the daemon scripts for Linux-based systems which are often used for...

By Ryan Daws, 09 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

Google Assistant has tripled device support in four months

Google has been hard at work increasing the number of devices supported by its Assistant as it fights to control the smart home.

Competing for the smart home is clearly near the top of Google’s priorities as those interactions move away from smartphones. Once a consumer is invested in an ecosystem, it’s difficult to get them to switch.

Google’s main competitor is Amazon with their Alexa ecosystem. Amazon, quite likely as a result of its retail presence, has sold a lot more of its Echo line...

By Ryan Daws, 03 May 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

How Thames Water is pushing through smart metering for a win-win scenario

Thames Water provides 2,600 million litres of tap water to nine million customers every single day. But it won't last - and the operator is turning to the Internet of Things (IoT) and smart metering for the answer.

"Put simply, London is running dry," Stephanie Baker, progressive metering programme manager at Thames, told delegates at the IoT Tech Expo yesterday.

Baker cited the harrowing case of Cape Town as an example of how serious some situations could be. Thames predicts that, at the...

By James Bourne, 20 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Smart Homes.

Qualcomm’s Vision Intelligence Platform adds smarts to its new IoT chipsets

Chip manufacturing giant Qualcomm has launched its Vision Intelligence Platform alongside its first two dedicated chipsets for IoT devices.

The new 10nm chipsets, QCS605 and QCS603, can be used for devices such as drones, robotic vacuum cleaners, 360-cameras, and more. Both contain Qualcomm’s latest development in camera and artificial intelligence.

Driving the...

By Ryan Daws, 12 April 2018, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Google Assistant rolls out ‘routines’ and plans deeper integration with hardware — and even telcos

Google Assistant is rolling out its ‘routines’ feature and plans to embed itself deeper into devices — even integrating directly with telcos.

First announced back in October, the routines feature allows several commands to be linked together from a single phrase. For example, saying “Hey Google, I’m home” may switch on your lights, play some music, set a comfortable temperature, and get the kettle boiling.

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Google assimilates Nest once more

Saying goodbye must have been too hard for Google as the company is bringing Nest back under its roof.

Nest was co-founded by former Apple engineers in 2010. Google bought the young startup, whose innovative thermostat became one of the first successful smart home devices, for $3.2 billion (£2.3bn) back in 2014.

Following a major restructuring — when...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Mozilla updates its Project Things open source IoT gateway

Mozilla has issued an update to its Project Things open source decentralised IoT gateway first announced back in July.

The main part of Project Things is the Linux-based ‘Things Gateway’ software which enables a Raspberry Pi to be set up as a home automation gateway. In the latest version (0.3) of the software — a new rules engine, improved voice support, and a tutorial has been added to help newbies get started.

Other major new features include:

  • Microphone support for issuing voice...

By Ryan Daws, 07 February 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Google Assistant learns to drive (properly) in expansion to more screens

Google Assistant’s expansion into the car and devices with dedicated screens will soon allow consumers to interact with the AI in more ways than ever.

While the Google Assistant was technically available in Android Auto prior to today’s announcement, it was limited to its older ‘Google Now’ form. The full rollout will feature more powerful features such as home control and deeper access to third-party services.

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2018, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

How Amazon, Google and others are investing in AI and digital assistants for smart homes

A large number of tech incumbents including Amazon, Google, Apple, Samsung and Microsoft are making quick investment moves in artificial intelligence (AI) and digital assistants for smart homes having realised the potential these technologies can play in the smart home market, according to a new report from Navigant Research.

The report, titled “Digital Assistants and AI in the Home”, evaluates the major drivers in the smart home market, barriers and technological trends related to AI as well as...

By IoT News, 18 December 2017, 0 comments. Categories: AI, IoT, Smart Homes.

Smart home platform revenue to touch $39.5 billion in 2026, projects Navigant Research

A new Navigant Research report has projected that smart home platform revenue globally will reach $39.5 billion in 2026 from the present worth of only $4.2 billion.

At the time when consumers are getting more and more conscious about smart home technologies, the report analyses the global smart home platform with focus on residential IoT hardware, software, services, and smart home platforms. It also discusses the issues associated with the smart home market including value propositions, market channels, and...

By IoT News, 28 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.