Review: Alexa makes the Logi ZeroTouch worth a second look

A recent update for the Logi ZeroTouch added support for Alexa, and we think it's made the car hands-free kit worth a second look.

When the ZeroTouch was first released it was a fairly standard product without a standout feature to warrant its high price tag. Two models of the mount are on the market – the air vent version has an RRP of $59.99 (£49.99) while the dash model is $79.99 (£59.99).

An update earlier this month added Amazon’s digital assistant Alexa to ZeroTouch and in...

By Ryan Daws, 24 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Opinion: Tesla’s insurance bundles offer a glimpse at the future of driverless car purchases

Tesla has begun to bundle insurance and maintenance costs with their vehicles, offering a potential glimpse at the future of purchasing cars in the driverless era.

Insurance will need to evolve with the rise of autonomous vehicle technology and current government plans lean towards manufacturers being responsible if accidents occur when the occupier hands over control to an onboard computer. This will increase potential costs for manufacturers, and we all know costs get passed on to customers.

Some owners have...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2017, 1 comment. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT.

Amazon refuses to hand over data from IoT speaker Echo in murder case

Amazon is refusing to hand over voice recordings from its Echo speaker to prosecutors hoping to use the IoT data as evidence against the suspect in a murder case.

Many IoT devices collect sensor data about the environment around them and even the smallest details could be used to build a picture of present or past events. As more IoT devices enter consumer homes, that data can be used to understand what led to events such as the tragic murder of Victor Collins.

Mr. Collins was found dead in a friend’s...

By Ryan Daws, 23 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, IoT, Security, Smart Homes.

France joins the Dutch in training eagles to counter drones

Following increased terrorist use of drones, France is employing a similar tactic as the Dutch police in training eagles to snatch them from the sky.

VICE released an interview yesterday with Nick Waters from open source investigation house Bellingcat, in which the former military analyst spoke of a database containing 113 images of Islamic State drone attacks during the first 20 days of...

By Ryan Daws, 22 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

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.

The Weather Company partners with IBM to distribute alerts over mesh networks

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The Weather Company is partnering with IBM’s researchers to deliver emergency alerts to citizens without access to a mobile or WiFi network. Today’s weather apps can provide alerts of severe weather conditions, but current iterations are dependent on constant internet connectivity.

By utilising a mesh network, one device with access to connectivity is able to receive the latest information...

By Ryan Daws, 17 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

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.