The "Internet of Things" and Security: How to Do it Right
The Internet of Things could get out of control pretty fast.
We’re still pretty far from self-aware homes trying to procreate, but as
Gigaom Research analyst Craig Foster noted in his recent report on IoT
security, the dangers are already very real.
Take a look at the maritime industry. Earlier this yea, hackers tilted and
shut down an oil rig, and many tanker crews disable their own electronic
tracking and guidance systems to avoid interception by tech-savvy pirates.
Yes, ships carrying more than 100 million gallons of oil are running blind.
If the energy security and environmental concerns of that example doesn’t
bother you, consider this: Any finalist in the Qualcomm Tricorder XPrize
Competition — all consumer-grade devices — will be able to diagnose a
long list of conditions, at a minimum.
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ARM Introduces New Platform for The Internet of Things
It’s the year 2014, and we’ve yet to have our flying cars and commuter
jet packs. But we do have a glimpse of the future with the advent of the
“internet of things.” It’s essentially the idea of connecting everyday
objects — be it thermostats or kitchen appliances — to the web, in an
effort to make our lives easier.
As wonderful as that sounds though, development of new IoT technologies can
be slow, due in part to the multiple different protocols in existence today
and how tiresome it is to create an ecosystem from scratch.
Apple Releases iOS 8.0.1 Update, Pulls it Following New Issues
Apple pulled the iOS 8.0.1 update from availability, a fix is likely
For now, it appears to only affect iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users.
An Apple spokesperson provided us with the following statement: “We have
received reports of an issue with the iOS 8.0.1 update.
We are actively investigating these reports and will provide information as
quickly as we can. In the meantime we have pulled back the iOS 8.0.1
If you’re a victim of the buggy update, restoring your iPhone via iTunes
appears to revert ... (more)
Summertime presents an opportunity for students to allow their full
creativity to flourish. These five mobile apps dabble in everything artistic
from drawing to video editing to playing music. Let your kids unleash their
inner artist via these wonderfully creative apps before they go back to
school. Chances are, they will have a positive impact on their studies!
Cute CUT Pro – Full Featured Video Editor (iPhone $5.99)
Cute CUT Pro combines the power of a full-featured video editing suite with
the ease and portability of an iPhone app. The app is relatively easy-to-use
once you lo... (more)
Pebble Cuts Smartwatch Prices, Adds Sleep Monitoring and More Health Tracking
You can now pick up a Pebble smartwatch for up to $50 less than you could
The company announced a price cut for both of its cross-platform watches on
Tuesday: The original Pebble now costs $99 — down from $149 — while the
Pebble Steel is priced at $199, a $30 drop.
Both are also gaining some new health-tracking features thanks to third-party
apps as well.
The Pebble could already tap into smartphone apps that count steps or track
movement, but a software update is bringing “full activity trac... (more)