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.

Microsoft's head of IoT jumps ship to Amazon

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Amazon is becoming somewhat of a leader in the IoT space with its cloud powering ever more impressive usage and their 'Echo' products a hit with consumers and developers alike. The head of Microsoft's IoT division in Australia, Lee Hickin, has switched allegiance to Amazon after over a decade with the company. 

In...

By Ryan Daws, 11 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

Samsung acquires Viv AI platform co-founded by Siri creators

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Hot on the footsteps of Google's announcement of a much-improved 'Assistant' of its own, Samsung has announced the acquisition of Viv Labs, the AI platform co-founded by the creators of Siri. 

“At Viv, we’re building the simplest way for anyone to talk to devices and services everywhere. We see a future that is decidedly beyond...

By Ryan Daws, 06 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Smart Homes.

Tech giants including Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, Google, and IBM form Partnership on AI

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The world's biggest advancements often come from talented individuals putting their minds together with a common goal. Today's giants of tech started with humble beginnings – such as in a garage or dorm room – but are now brimming with talent looking for the next big thing. 

A collective of the world's biggest technology pioneers has joined forces in a historic partnership...

By Ryan Daws, 29 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities, Smart Homes, Standards.

Why IoT creates a generational leap in efficiency for companies like Siemens

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Here at Teradata Partners 2016 in Atlanta, we’ve heard a lot about how the IoT could be used to make businesses more efficient, but today we’ve heard of how it’s already causing a generational leap in efficiency for some companies.

Richard Hackathorn, president of Bolder Technology, and Daniel Graham, director of technical marketing at Teradata, guided us through proceedings in a session entitled ‘Why should executives care about IoT?’

“This is a market...

By Ryan Daws, 15 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT.

How through IoT and analytics data mining becomes efficient mining

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We all know the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving a revolution, but the way its data is helping to make the mining industry more efficient is going far beyond expectations. Don Warden, head of business intelligence at Freeport-McMoRan, provided his valuable insights on the matter at the Teradata Partners event in Atlanta.

For industries like mining, the data provided by connected sensors and devices can be used to improve operational efficiency when used in conjunction with the right...

By Ryan Daws, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise, IoT.

Netatmo announces Valves for smart radiator control

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Netatmo has announced the latest product in their smart heating range called 'Valves' to control radiators on a room-by-room basis for more granular management of temperature. 

The announcement of a smart radiator valves is a lot sexier than it sounds – not just because they're crafted by pioneering French designer Philippe Starck – but also because they bring Netatmo's exciting...

By Ryan Daws, 02 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

It's a bird... It's a plane... It's a Domino's Pizza drone!

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Ever fancied your pizza flown to you? Domino's Pizza could be the first thing you have flown to your house by drone after the firm partnered with Flirtey to launch the first commercial drone delivery service in the world before the end of the year. 

With the amount of buzz surrounding Amazon's delivery drones, most of us expected Bezo's giant to be...

By Ryan Daws, 25 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Digital assistants will battle for your ears — as the sales of smart audio products triple

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According to a new study by Juniper Research, the sales of smart audio hardware will more than triple over the next four years and provide a new arena for digital assistants to battle for your attention. 

Among the competitors are ear-based wearables such as the Bragi Dash and HERE Active Listening, as well as smart home speakers including the popular Amazon Echo and upcoming Google...

By Ryan Daws, 23 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes, Wearables.

Review: Ring Doorbell is 'caller ID for the front door'

Ring was founded in 2012 by Jamie Siminoff after pitching the idea to his wife about reinventing the doorbell for the modern world to improve both convenience and security. Rightly she loved the idea, and called it "like caller ID for the front door.” 

Others supported the vision set forth by Siminoff and the company raised $28 million of investment last year, including from Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Now we're here...

By Ryan Daws, 05 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Lizard Squad's IoT botnet launches 400Gbps DDoS attack

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Lizard Squad, a hacking group which gained notoriety for attacks on console gaming networks, has launched a massive DDoS attack using its LizardStresser botnet. 

The LizardStressor botnet is responsible for a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack on banks, telcos and government agencies in Brazil and three large US...

By Ryan Daws, 30 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

Netatmo launches Tags for Welcome Cam, integrates Dropbox to offer free video backup

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Netatmo has announced their Welcome security camera is set to receive two big upgrades in the form of 'Welcome Tags' and the ability to connect your Dropbox account for automatic cloud storage of video. We caught up with two Netatmo representatives who explained the significance of these announcements.   

When it comes to smart home security cameras, the Netatmo Welcome holds 

By Ryan Daws, 21 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.