Smart home IoT standard Matter officially launches

Matter has officially launched with the arrival of the 1.0 release of the smart home IoT standard.

The Connectivity Standards Alliance (CSA) is responsible for creating, evolving, and managing the Matter standard. Today, the CSA and its members released the Matter 1.0 standard and certification program.

“What started as a mission to unravel the complexities of connectivity has resulted in Matter, a single, global IP-based protocol that will fundamentally change the...

Feit Electric swoops in to save LIFX

Feit Electric has swooped in to quite literally keep the lights on at LIFX.

Buddy Technologies, the parent company of smart lighting firm LIFX, went into administration earlier this year.

Good samaritans quickly got to work writing guides for LIFX customers on how to locally control their lights if the firm’s servers are switched off. Fortunately, it doesn’t look like they’ll be needed.

Global lighting firm Feit Electric has acquired the LIFX brand and...

IKEA announces Matter-ready smart home hub

IKEA is ramping up its smart home ambitions with the launch of a Matter-ready hub.

Many IoT standards have come and gone over the years. Most of these standards have promised interoperability to break down barriers but consumers have still ended up being left with numerous hubs to support their various products.

Matter promises to change that. The royalty-free standard was launched and introduced by Amazon, Apple, Google, Comcast, and the Zigbee Alliance. With that kind...

IDC predicts a return to chip supply normality by mid-2022

A research note from IDC suggests the ongoing chip shortage will normalise by the middle of next year.

Semiconductors are in short supply primarily due to pandemic-related supply chain issues, trade sanctions, and strong demand.

IoT devices continue to proliferate rapidly, connected vehicles are increasingly desirable, 5G-capable smartphones are in-demand, and stock of those newfangled games consoles are flying out before they even reach shelves. Combined with the global...

Kaspersky: Attacks on IoT devices double in a year

Research from the cybersecurity gurus at Kaspersky has found that attacks targeting IoT devices have doubled over the past year.

The rapid proliferation of IoT devices, combined with often poor security, makes them an increasingly attractive target for hackers. Analysts at McKinsey estimate that 127 new devices are connected every second.

Dan Demeter, Security Expert at Kaspersky, said:

“Since IoT devices, from smartwatches to smart home accessories, have...

GE Appliances signs multi-year smart home deal with Google Cloud

GE Appliances has signed a multi-year partnership deal with Google Cloud to build the next generation of smart home technologies.

The partners will combine their expertise – GE Appliances in hardware and Google Cloud in data, artificial intelligence, analytics, and machine learning – to deliver new smart home technologies and improved experiences.

Viren Shah, CDO of GE Appliances, said:

"As the fastest-growing appliance manufacturing company in the United...

Research finds that 24% of Brits aren’t securing their IoT devices

Research has found that a concerningly large number of Brits aren’t taking any actions to secure their IoT devices.

According to research from NordVPN, Brits are taking the least action to secure their devices of the seven countries surveyed.

Approximately 95 percent of Brits now have at least one IoT device in their household, more than any other of the surveyed countries. It’s a statistic that shows the potential scale of the problem, yet 24 percent aren’t taking...

Google’s IoT-focused Fuchsia OS is launching on Nest Hub

Google’s new IoT-focused Fuchsia OS is beginning to roll out on Nest Hub following years of speculation about the operating system.

Fuchsia OS has been known to be in development for quite some time and Google even launched a developer site for it in 2019.

At I/O that year, Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Chrome and Android at Google, described Fuchsia as one of Google’s experiments around new concepts for operating systems.

Mountain View has remained vague...

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...

DCC’s smart meter network passes 10 million milestone

The Data Communications Company (DCC) says it has now connected over 10 million smart meters in the UK.

DCC was granted a licence to build and manage its network in 2013 by the Department for Energy and Climate Change, now part of the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

Angus Flett, CEO of DCC, said: 

“This milestone shows that the whole sector has progressed hugely over the last year in digitising Britain’s energy system....