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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The Internet of Things is Inspiring a New World of Partnerships
When it comes to the smart home, big names like Nest and Dropcam have gotten
most of the attention due to their product success and lucrative acquisition
But as impressive as these products have been, there are a multitude of other
unknown products ranging from door locks to basic thermostats that require
connectivity and back end cloud services.
Stepping into this market niche are a wave of Internet of Things (IoT)
platform providers that work with manufacturers to provide both hardware
(modules with a pro... (more)
‘Cyborg Unplug’ Scans Your Area for Connected Google Glass
Earlier this summer, Berlin-based artist and coder Julian Oliver released
Glasshole.sh, a simple and free piece of software designed to detect Google
Glass and boot it from any local Wi-Fi network.
That DIY idea, says Oliver, was so popular among Glass’s critics that
he’s now offering his cyborg-foiling hack to the masses in a much more
polished form: an easy-to-use commercial product selling for less than $100.
Later this month, Oliver says he’ll start taking pre-orders for Cyborg
Unplug, a gadget no bigger than a laptop... (more)
5 Reasons Small Businesses Should Create a Mobile Website Instead of a Mobile
By Itai Sadan
Every day, we’re introduced to new mobile apps. We get to see the ones
highlighted in the app store and hear about the cool new app our friends talk
about on social media.
Take a guess as to the number of mobile apps that were downloaded globally in
2013. Try 102 billion, according to research by Gartner. Long story short:
the app market is crowded.
Mobile apps are designed to run on a specific mobile device – download and
installation required. With mobile websites, there’s no downlo... (more)
Jawbone’s Apps Will Soon Support Everyone Else’s Hardware
For the past few months, I’ve done something which is dorky even by my own
dorky standards: I’ve often gone out in public with two wearable devices on
One has been a smartwatch of some sort. (At the moment, it’s Motorola’s
The other has usually been Jawbone’s Up 24 fitness band.
Here’s why: Overall, the Up app, which works only with Jawbone’s
hardware, is the richest, cleverest one I’ve found for counting steps,
monitoring sleep, and logging information about what I eat.
But the slinky little Up band ... (more)