IoT botnet Mirai becomes more contagious

Mirai, the IoT botnet which caused record-breaking DDoS attacks last year, has become even more contagious due to a Windows variant.

Spotted by Kaspersky Labs, their security experts are in the process of analysing the first Windows-based spreader of the malware which is believed to have attacked 500 systems in the past couple of months. From the initial analysis, Kaspersky believes the new bot was developed by someone with a higher degree of skill than Mirai’s initial creators.

Opening up Mirai to...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

ARM acquires Mistbase and NextG-Com in NB-IoT investment

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Following the approval of the NarrowBand-IoT (NB-IoT) standard last summer, ARM has announced the acquisition of two leading companies in the field.

NB-IoT offers low power and wide area connectivity designed to connect multitudes of devices at scale over a long range. The approval of the standard was a landmark moment for the IoT industry and ARM is looking to...

By Ryan Daws, 21 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Baidu seeks AI leadership with Raven Tech

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Chinese web giant Baidu is pushing further into the AI market with the acquisition of Raven Tech, a startup behind the ‘Flow’ digital assistant.

As most emerging digital assistants, Flow was touted as “the next Siri” but with improved localisation for the Chinese market. The app never broke the top 700 ranking in the App Store in China after facing stiff competition from...

By Ryan Daws, 16 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Exec warns of further security risks as IoT usage rises

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The expected growth in the IoT market will increase security risks and make organisations and people more vulnerable to hackers, according to Dave Worrall, the CTO of Secure Cloudlink.

Worrall feels that passwords should not be used as a means for authentication as they are outdated and will not be able to cope with the rise of IoT. According to a recent research, the IoT market is expected to increase from $598.2 billion in 2015 to $724.2 billion by 2023. With the rise of IoT come...

By IoT News, 26 January 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

US ready to adopt voice control technology, survey argues

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A survey from Coldwell Banker Real Estate and Vivint Smart Home has found that Americans are ready to adopt voice control technology, while many are already using the feature.

The survey revealed that 72% of Americans who have smart home products, controlled connected gadgets, such as a smartphone, table, computer, or by a separate automatic system within the home itself remotely. Among this same group, 81% of parents who have smart home products desire to control them via voice...

By IoT News, 23 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Augury listens in to detect if your thing is going to break

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Putting the obvious innuendos aside, new startup Augury wants to use audio to detect if your thing is going to break and offer suggestions on how to prevent it.  

When a creak, bang, whine, or any other concerning sound makes itself apparent when machines are used that wasn't...

By Ryan Daws, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

IDC: Spend on the IoT will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020

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According to a forecast by IDC, worldwide spending on the IoT will reach $1.29 trillion by 2020 based on an expected compound annual growth rate of 15.6 percent. This year alone, global spend is forecast to reach $737 billion as organisations make IoT hardware, software, connectivity, and service investments. 

This growth will be fuelled by the uptake of IoT-based technology...

By Ryan Daws, 09 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Google is expanding Assistant to new devices – including Android TV

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In front of the TV is where many families spend the most time, and it's often the biggest screen, so it's not much of a surprise Google wants to put its virtual assistant there.

Cortana and Google Now have all been available on the TV for some time, but in their current limited forms with little functions outside the device which contains them. Siri goes a little further due to HomeKit support for controlling some devices such as your Hue...

By Ryan Daws, 05 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.