Amazon is acquiring iRobot for $1.7B

Amazon has announced that it’s acquiring iRobot for approximately $1.7 billion.

iRobot is most well known for its robot vacuums but has also been expanding into other product categories, including air purifiers and handheld vacuums.

Dave Limp, SVP of Amazon Devices, said:

“We know that saving time matters, and chores take precious time that can be better spent doing something that customers love.

Over many years, the iRobot team has proven its ability...

UK plans laws to protect IoT devices following pandemic sales surge

The UK government plans to introduce laws designed to help protect IoT devices following a pandemic-induced surge in sales.

With more people spending time at home for both work and play, many have invested in smart devices to become more productive and make their lives easier. In fact, figures (PDF) commissioned by the government suggest that almost half (49%) of UK residents have purchased an IoT device since the start of the pandemic.

Dr Ian Levy, Technical Director of...

The EU is set to approve Google’s acquisition of Fitbit this week

While most eyes are on the close-to-collapse Brexit negotiations, another notable European decision is finally expected this week.

Google’s proposed $2.1 billion takeover of Fitbit naturally caught the attention of the European Union—which continues to tighten its screws on “big tech” over privacy concerns.

According to Bloomberg’s sources, the EU will grant conditional approval for Google’s historic takeover this week.

We don’t know what...

Network Rail puts its vast web of lifts and escalators online

Network Rail is making information about close to 1,500 lifts and 300 escalators available online in real-time.

The company, which owns and manages the majority of the UK’s railway network, is hoping the open data will help to improve the experience for passengers.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s technical and engineering director, said:

“Putting passengers first is at the heart of everything we do and with our greater use of technology and remote...