• Botnet Attack Uses Connected Home Webcams
    One of the biggest ever web attacks - in which more than one terabit of data was fired at a website to knock it offline - has been reported. Web hosting company OVH said it had been attacked by a botnet (zombie army) of hacked devices such as webcams. The previous largest attack was thought to be one on security expert Brian Krebs' website which hit 620Gbps (gigabits per second). That was also thought to be mounted via a botnet of compromised smart devices.
  • Johnie Walker Taps Into Amazon Alexa
    Scotch whisky marketer Johnnie Walker’s new digital mentorship program employs an on-the-go educational spin, enabling consumers to learn about the brand’s history via an Amazon Alexa skill and receive cocktail recommendations from a Facebook Messenger bot. The alcohol company is allowing fans to receive whisky education from the comfort of their homes with its latest initiative, which seeks to bring Johnnie Walker’s history, products and heritage to life with a slew of mobile-first activations.
  • Expert Sees Need For Content Delivered Into Autonomous Vehicles
    In the age of connected and autonomous vehicles, an AM-FM radio just won’t cut it. An idle driver sitting in a car that drives itself will be looking for things to read, watch or listen to. The autonomous vehicle content delivery industry could be worth up to $5 billion, said Elliot Garbus, general manager of the transportation solutions division at Intel, at an event hosted by SAE International in suburban Detroit earlier this week.
  • Governments Seeks More IoT Security
    All players involved in the issue of security and the internet of things need to accelerate the work they're doing, according to an official with the Department of Homeland Security. Speaking to attendees of the Security of Things Forum 2016 here Sept. 22, Robert Silvers, assistant secretary for cyber policy for DHS, said improving security in the fast-growing internet of things (IoT) is going to be a long-term issue, but that along the way there will continue to be issues in the near term that have to be addressed immediately. Procrastinating on dealing with those short-term challenges will only make the …
  • IoT Deployments On The Rise
    According to the International Data Corporation’s (IDC) latest global IoT decision maker survey, almost a third of respondents have launched IoT solutions, with a further 43% considering deployment in the next 12 months. The analyst firm’s yearly study helps gain insights from enterprise IT and business decision makers about their understanding of the Internet of Things (IoT) as well as their early deployments or plans for deployment of these solutions. According to IDC, 31.4% of organisations polled have launched IoT solutions, with an additional 43% are considering deploying in the next twelve months. The survey also found 55% of the …
  • SAP To Invest $2 Billion In Connected Devices
    The global market for connected sensors and smart devices will be worth an estimated 250 billion euros ($279 billion) by decade’s end, according to German software maker SAP SE, which is why it’s spending 2 billion euros through 2021 to stay ahead of the curve. SAP said Wednesday it would invest the amount over the next five years as it develops tools to tackle big data analysis for industrial customers under a new software and consulting brand called SAP IoT. Walldorf, Germany-based SAP intends to connect factories, ships, trucks, wind farms and other industrial equipment to data processing and analysis software …
  • Mystery Apple Device With NFC, Bluetooth Passes Through FCC
    Following the launch of iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2 this month, a mysterious wireless Apple device has passed through the FCC that doesn’t seem to line up with any known Apple products (viaConsomac). Referred to in the filings as simply a wireless device with model number A1844, what we do know is that the product includes Bluetooth and NFC functionality. It’s also a low-powered device rated to draw between 100mA and 700mA and between 5.5V and 13.2V. Compare that with the current Apple TV rated at 12V at 0.917A or the iPhone 5 V at 2.4A
  • Siri Opens Smart Lock Letting Neighbor Into House
    Apple’s HomeKit security has been foiled by a recently discovered security hole: it listens to Siri if you ask it to open the front door. A 31-year-old Missouri man by the name of Marcus (he asked Forbes not to use his last name) last week posted the tale on Reddit. As he told Forbes, a month ago, Marcus decided to set up his place as a smart home, all based on the Apple HomeKit smart-home gadget ecosystem.
  • Home Depot Experimenting With Beacons
    A Home Depot executive at the MMA SM2 Innovation Summit 2016 revealed that mobile and tablet usage make up 50 percent of the retailer’s online traffic, a significant number that has prompted it to explore other mobile commerce initiatives, including beacons and chatbots. During the session, “Introducing Mobile Prodigies: Defining the Future of Location-Powered Mobile Marketing,” the executive said that the home improvements brand has seen a 30 percent year-over-year growth in mobile, which has inspired it to innovate with other Internet of Things-related technologies in a bid to drive more sales. Despite having a customer base primarily consisting of …
  • Rolling Robots To Be Test Marketed In D.C
    The first autonomous robots to deliver packages straight to your front door won’t be flying — they’ll be rolling around on six wheels. Starship Technologies, an Estonia-based startup created by two Skype co-founders, Janus Friis and Ahti Heinla, is slated to begin testing its autonomous delivery robot to bring groceries and restaurant takeout to Washington, D.C., homes and businesses this fall. It’s the first U.S. municipality to approve ground-based robots to roll around on city sidewalks.
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