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.

Ford pumps $1bn into ex-Google, Uber engineers’ AI startup

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Ford has announced plans to invest $1 billion over the next five years into an AI startup co-founded by engineers who held positions in Google and Uber's respective self-driving vehicle teams. 

The engineers who co-founded Argo AI would make an enviable addition to any company looking for their slice of the emerging connected car market. Brian Salesky, CEO of Argo AI, was director of hardware for...

By Ryan Daws, 13 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Auto Compensation: UK wants victims of self-driving car accidents to be quickly compensated

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The UK is planning ahead of how insurance will be handled in the self-driving era with a framework that ensures accident victims are quickly compensated.

Among the biggest questions surrounding the roll-out of self-driving cars is that of insurance and how it will function when there’s no-one in control of the vehicle. This has gained extra attention over the past year as more self-driving tests were conducted,...

By Ryan Daws, 09 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

Uber poaches a NASA aircraft engineer to fulfil our flying car dreams

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2020 was portrayed in sci-fi flicks as being a futuristic year of hoverboards and flying cars, but as it approaches, it’s becoming evident the most realistic expectation we can hope for is driverless cars. 

Ride-sharing giant Uber isn’t ready to give up on the dream of flying cars, however, and has just announced the company’s recruitment of NASA Engineer Mark Moore to become the director of...

By Ryan Daws, 06 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Cities.

Google and Intel partner on Android Things development board

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Google has partnered with chipset giant Intel to bring Android Things to its Joule 570x development kit. 

Announced last year, Android Things is a lightweight version of the OS designed for IoT deployments. Intel has long been a partner of Google’s for Chromebooks, while Qualcomm has dominated mobile chipsets for Android devices followed by MediaTek and Samsung.

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By Ryan Daws, 31 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT.

Volvo envisions its Cortana-powered future

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Microsoft has ambitions to put their Cortana in the car and signed a partnership with Volvo in December last year to integrate the virtual assistant with their vehicles. A new video released by Volvo demonstrates how Cortana will help people to be more productive while travelling.

In the video, a businessman in a driverless car interacts with Cortana through a small earpiece. A meeting is conducted over Skype for Business, and his coffee is paid for using...

By Ryan Daws, 26 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

IoT Tech Expo: Building sustainable transport solutions

Anyone who travels in a major city will be aware the increasing number of vehicles on the road is unsustainable from both a practical and environmental point of view. Jeremy Dalton, CTO of TravelSpirit, provided some insight on how we can build sustainable transport solutions for smart cities during a session at the IoT Tech Expo. 

The length of the average commute is on the rise. While other factors also contribute, the increasing amounts...

By Ryan Daws, 25 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Study reveals 80 percent of IoT apps left unsecured

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A study conducted by the Ponemon Institute has revealed 80 percent of IoT apps have security vulnerabilities that are putting consumers and organisations at risk. 

While the scale of vulnerabilities is concerning, more so is the apparent lack of care about securing apps from the start. 55 percent of the 593 IT security practitioners surveyed claim there is "a lack of quality assurance and testing procedures for IoT...

By Ryan Daws, 20 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Krebs Security believes it's found Mirai's creator

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Mirai wrecked havoc over the past year as it hijacked thousands of unsecured IoT devices to carry out DDoS attacks on a scale unlike ever before. One record-breaking Mirai attack was on KrebsOnSecurity's website, and now the site's leading security researcher believes he's found the botnet's creator. 

Brian Krebs was determined to find Mirai's creator after his site was...

By Ryan Daws, 19 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

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.

HARMAN launches Ignite to manage in-car apps and their IoT communications

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HARMAN has launched their Ignite platform which aims to provide an end-to-end solution for managing in-car applications while also enabling vehicles to communicate with the wider IoT.

Automakers, dealers, and service providers will be able to deploy new cloud applications and services using HARMAN's experience in both vehicle and cloud technologies. "The HARMAN Ignite platform is a perfect...

By Ryan Daws, 04 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Rakos wants to be the next devastating IoT botnet

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You've likely heard of or even been affected by Mirai, the botnet of IoT devices responsible for a record-breaking DDoS attack which disrupted large services including Twitter, Spotify, and PlayStation Network back in October. A new malware named Rakos could be about to steal Mirai's crown, or at least pose another large...

By Ryan Daws, 21 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Cortana wants to be on all your devices in IoT push

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Microsoft's virtual assistant may not get the coverage of Siri, Google, or Alexa, but yet it's the widest available. Cortana has a presence across mobile platforms such as Android and iOS, is built into Windows 10, and can even be accessed while gaming on the Xbox. 

The presence of Cortana is set to be vastly expanded with the upcoming 'Creators Update' for Windows 10. Any...

By Ryan Daws, 13 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Bluetooth 5 wants to be the perfect standard for the IoT

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Bluetooth has reached its fifth major release and the SIG (Special Interest Group) has the usual impressive figures to flaunt. The latest version doubles the speed and has four times the range of its predecessor, which makes it perfect for many IoT use cases. 

Although it was first revealed in June, the SIG announced the spec is...

By Ryan Daws, 08 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Standards.

Akamai: IoT botnet set a record in a year when DDoS attacks increased 71 percent

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Content distribution network Akamai has released its latest "State of the Internet" report which covers Q3 of this year and highlights the rise in DDoS attacks, including a record-setting IoT botnet. 

Mirai, a botnet which harnesses unsecured IoT devices, brought down security website Krebs on Security with 623 Gbps of data...

By Ryan Daws, 18 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Security.

Editorial: The 99 percent are being empowered by the IoT without even realising

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One slogan often used by 'Occupy' activists is "We are the 99%" in reference to an increasing disproportion of income and wealth since the 1970s among the top 1% of income earners. The recent Dyn hack shows how IoT devices are providing a means for hacktivists to cause disruption and push for change on a scale that was more difficult to achieve in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.