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Taking the internet of things with you – This is Samsung’s Connect Tag

We’ve heard a lot about the internet of things (IoT) over the past few years but the devices keep launching, changing, and now, getting smaller. Samsung’s Connect Tag is just the latest device to join a legion of smart toasters and fridges, but this time Samsung wants you to take it along with you. Or you could clip it to something that you lose quite often, like your keys, a backpack,...[Read More]

The internet of things is sending us back to the Middle Ages

Internet-enabled, or internet of things, devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were abl...[Read More]

A day in the life of a smart-city commuter – and why it’s not so far from reality

The alarm on your smart phone went off 10 minutes earlier than usual this morning. Parts of the city are closed off in preparation for a popular end of summer event, so congestion is expected to be worse than usual. You’ll need to catch an earlier bus to make it to work on time. The alarm time is tailored to your morning routine, which is monitored every day by your smart watch. It takes into acco...[Read More]

Your smart home is trying to reprogram you

A father finds out his daughter is pregnant after algorithms identify tell-tale patterns in the family’s store card data. Police charge suspects in two separate murder cases based on evidence taken from a Fitbit tracker and a smart water meter. A man sues Uber for revealing his affair to his wife. Stories such as these have been appearing in ever greater numbers recently, as the technologies invol...[Read More]

Can you ever be sure your connected kit is really secure?

Assuming you’re a regular reader of this or other technology news sites your kneejerk reaction to this headline should be “nope”. That’s a good instinct. Because just as new hardware tends to outpace the legislation that governs it, the people and companies behind that hardware tend to prioritise features, functions and time to market over security. With the pace of innovation and the potential pe...[Read More]

How to make an Internet of Intelligent Things work for Africa

Late in 2016 Senegal’s Banque Regionale De Marches announced the launch of the eCFA Franc; a cryptocurrency for the countries of the West African Monetary Union – Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Benin, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Togo and Guinea-Bissau. This and similar innovations mark the coming of age of a new generation of applications – an Internet of Intelligent Things – that could provide a new infr...[Read More]

Talk to me: voice control is taking off, but it’s not taking over yet

If unexpected packages start showing up at your door, you might want to have a word with one of your smart devices. Earlier this month, a six-year-old in Dallas asked her family’s Amazon Echo smart speaker for a dollhouse. And Alexa, Amazon’s Siri-like artificial assistant, promptly ordered one to their house. A San Diego TV news show picked up the story, and inadvertently repeated it when one of ...[Read More]

Why connecting all the world’s robots will drive 2017’s top technology trends

If you want to make predictions for the future, you need to find the trajectory of events in the past. So to work out what shape digital technology will likely take this year, we should look back to the major developments of 2016. And the past year’s developments point to a 2017 shaped by the next phase of virtual and augmented reality, the emergence of an internet for artificial intelligence and ...[Read More]

What if intelligent machines could learn from each other?

Take a look around and you’ll see evidence of the widespread adoption of wearable sensors for health and fitness, such as the Fitbit, Garmin or other devices. What many people many not know is that we are also using sensors to monitor the structural integrity of bridges and buildings, as well as tracking the movements of insects and other animals. With the rapid growth of the Internet of Things (I...[Read More]

Samsung is betting big on the Internet of Things

The smart home is coming to everyone, if Samsung has anything at all to say about it. They’ve been probing the Internet of Things for some time now and they’ve just announced that they’re getting in deeper with the future technology. To the tune of a new $1.2 billion investment. The investment, in IoT research and development, will be spread out over four years and will remain fo...[Read More]

Is someone watching you online? The security risks of the Internet of Things

The range and number of “things” connected to the internet is truly astounding, including security cameras, ovens, alarm systems, baby monitors and cars. They’re are all going online, so they can be remotely monitored and controlled over the internet. Internet of Things (IoT) devices typically incorporate sensors, switches and logging capabilities that collect and transmit data across the internet...[Read More]

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