Microsoft aims to secure low-cost IoT devices with Project Sopris

Microsoft hopes its Project Sopris initiative will help to secure low-cost IoT devices which have proven to have inherent weaknesses.

Sopris is the name Microsoft has given to an initiative which targets microcontrollers as they represent “a class of device particularly ill-prepared for the security challenges of internet connectivity.”

Tens of billions of devices use microcontrollers and each poses a potential threat to security and privacy. We’ve already seen hacks affecting...

By Ryan Daws, 06 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Development, IoT, Security, Smart Cities, Smart Homes.

Darktrace’s AI is designed to prevent the next Snowden – and it’s already caught its first victim

Darktrace Antigena is an AI which aims to automate the fight against hacking from both external and internal threats, and it’s already caught its first victim.

As Google’s ongoing lawsuit against former employee Anthony Levandowski shows, protecting corporate secrets from leaking could prevent a big headache. By detecting odd behaviour, Darktrace believes its...

By Ryan Daws, 05 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise, IoT, Security.

Details emerge from Google lawsuit against former employee suspected of taking self-driving secrets to Uber

New details have emerged in Google’s lawsuit against former employee Anthony Levandowski who the company accuses of stealing trade secrets about self-driving cars and supplying them to competitors.

Levandowski collaborated with competing self-driving car projects while in his role at Google before allegedly stealing trade secrets about the company’s proprietary technology and supplying them to Uber, according to a court filing.

The filing claims the plot to steal trade secrets dates back to 2012,...

By Ryan Daws, 04 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars.

Telensa moves IoT manufacturing to UK after review of world facilities – a vote of confidence as Brexit is triggered

Telensa is moving its manufacturing of IoT products to the UK from Asia after a ‘strategic review’ of world facilities – offering a vote of confidence on the day the country notifies the EU of its decision to leave the bloc.

Operations will move to the Sony UK Technology Centre in Pencoed, Wales. Telensa currently has a global footprint of over one million devices across the world, including wireless controls for one in ten of the UK’s street lights. Last year, the company raised over...

By Ryan Daws, 29 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Cities.

Google Home will take on Amazon for control of UK smart homes

Google Home will launch in the UK on April 6th and go head-to-head against the popular Amazon Echo for control of IoT technology in smart homes.

The launch of Home in the UK provides a big opportunity for Google and represents just the second major market the device has launched in outside the US. Google Home will face strong competition from Amazon Echo – a competitor which has been available since September last year and garnered a loyal following.

Google has announced some new partners targeted at...

By Ryan Daws, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Smart Homes.

Uber halts its self-driving car trials in Arizona following a crash

Uber will be halting trials of its self-driving cars in Arizona following a collision between one of its vehicles and another road user.

While the accident could have stoked fears about how reliable self-driving technology is, the incident may work in favour of Uber. Local police concluded the company’s vehicle was not at fault and the other car failed to yield which caused Uber’s Volvo SUV to flip – as seen in this spectacular photo.

By Ryan Daws, 27 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

WikiLeaks: CIA’s extensive hacking tools provide almost unfettered access to smartphones, PCs, and even TVs

Just as the world comes to some amount of terms with the extent of the NSA’s surveillance capabilities, WikiLeaks has released a trove of information on the CIA’s advanced hacking tools which provide almost unfettered access to smartphones, PCs, and even TVs.

As part of a series on CIA documents entitled ‘Vault 7’, WikiLeaks has released the first complete part called ‘Year Zero’ which is comprised of 8,761 documents and files obtained from an isolated, high-security...

By Ryan Daws, 07 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT, Security.

MWC17: Honda uses tech from Cisco Jasper and Bright Box for connected car services

Automotive giant Honda is partnering with Cisco Jasper and Bright Box to deliver a personalised connected car experience for its customers.

“At Honda, we are committed to optimising safety, security and convenience for drivers with innovative connected services,” says Sandra Hughes, Head of Marketing and Product Management at Honda Motor Europe. “The IoT services that Bright Box and Cisco Jasper enable us to deliver help ensure that Honda drivers receive the best possible driving...

By Ryan Daws, 28 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: IoT.

MWC17: Autonomous motorsports will make self-driving cars safer

Here at Mobile World Congress, we've heard about the latest advancements in autonomous racing vehicles and why it will make self-driving cars safer for the rest of us.

Motorsports has always been about pushing the boundaries of vehicles to make them faster, stronger, lighter, and safer. Many of the innovations which happen in this competitive space make their way into road cars used by those of us without the nerve or skill to be professional racing drivers.

Innovations which pass from Formula 1 to your...

By Ryan Daws, 27 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Connected Cars, IoT, Smart Cities.

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.