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Internet of Things

Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it

By | Amazon, Apple, computer security, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Government, Hardware, Internet of Things, law enforcement, national security, privacy, Security, smart home devices, television, transparency report

A decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that nearly every household item could be hooked up to the internet. These days, it’s near impossible to avoid a non-smart home gadget, and they’re vacuuming up a ton of new data that we’d never normally think about. Thermostats know the temperature of your house, and smart cameras […]

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Banksy’s rigged art frame was supposed to shred the whole thing

By | arts, Banksy, Canvas, connected objects, designer, Europe, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, London, sotheby's

In the connected future will anyone truly own any thing? Banksy’s artworld shocker performance piece, earlier this month, when a canvas of his went under the hammer at Sothebys in London, suggests not. Immediately the Girl with Balloon canvas sold — for a cool ~$1.1M (£860,000) — it proceeded to self-destruct, via a shredder built into […]

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Google’s smart home sell looks cluttered and incoherent

By | Amazon, Artificial Intelligence, ChromeOS, Facebook, Gadgets, Google, Google Hardware Event 2018, Hardware, Home Automation, Internet of Things, Made by Google, PIXEL, pixel 3, smart home, smart speaker, smartphone, smartphones, Speaker, tablet computer, Technology

If any aliens or technology ingenues were trying to understand what on earth a ‘smart home’ is yesterday, via Google’s latest own-brand hardware launch event, they’d have come away with a pretty confused and incoherent picture. The company’s presenters attempted to sketch a vision of gadget-enabled domestic bliss but the effect was rather closer to […]

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The Das Keyboard 5Q adds IoT to your I/O keys

By | apple inc, apple keyboard, computing, das keyboard, Gadgets, IFTTT, Internet of Things, Nest Labs, TC, zapier

Just when you thought you were safe from IoT on your keyboard, Das Keyboard has come out with the 5Q, a smart keyboard that can send you notifications and change colors based on the app you’re using. These kinds of keyboards aren’t particularly new — you can find gaming keyboards that light up all the colors […]

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Taking a spin with Garmin’s vivosmart 4 activity tracker, out today

By | activity tracker, bezel, electronics, fitbit, Gadgets, Garmin, Health, Internet of Things, sleep, TC, tracker, ubiquitous computing, watch

Garmin continues to go head-to-head with Fitbit with the launch of its latest offering — the vivosmart 4 activity tracker. This sleek new wristband not only tracks steps, activities and gives you the weather but also comes with a blood oxygen sensor and will tell you how much energy you have saved up for your […]

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Court rules warrants are needed for cops to access smart electrical meter data

By | Gadgets, Government, Internet of Things, privacy, smart home, smart meters, utilities

You can tell a lot about what’s going on in a home from how much electricity it’s using — especially when that information is collected every few minutes and recorded centrally. It’s revealing enough that a federal judge has ruled that people with smart meters have a reasonable expectation of privacy and as such law enforcement will require a warrant to acquire that data.

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The UDOO BOLT is a powerful computer on a tiny board

By | amd, arduino, computing, electronics, Gadgets, HDMI, Intel, Internet of Things, linux, mac mini, RAM, Raspberry Pi, TC, udoo

When we last met UDOO, the team was building a powerful Raspberry Pi-based DIY board with a bunch of impressive features, including more ports and a better processor. Now the team behind the first units has released the UDOO BOLT, a DIY board that can run “AAA games” thanks to a built-in AMD Ryzen Embedded […]

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LifeDoor crowdfunds the production version of its fire-thwarting door-closer

By | Crowdfunding, Gadgets, Hardware, Internet of Things, IoT, lifedoor, Safety, smart home

At CES in January I was pleasantly surprised by the LifeDoor, a smart home gadget that’s actually worth having. These little boxes automatically close doors when smoke detectors go off, inhibiting the spread of fire and smoke. The company is heading to KickStarter to fund the production version of the device, which has several improvements over the prototype I saw.

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Arm chips with Nvidia AI could change the Internet of Things

By | ARM, ARM Holdings, Artificial Intelligence, computing, Gadgets, Intel, Internet of Things, IoT, IP Group, machine learning, microwave, mobile devices, neural networks, nvidia, TC, Technology, tegra, trillium, vp

Nvidia and Arm today announced a partnership that’s aimed at making it easier for chip makers to incorporate deep learning capabilities into next-generation consumer gadgets, mobile devices and Internet of Things objects. Mostly, thanks to this partnership, artificial intelligence could be coming to doorbell cams or smart speakers soon. Arm intends to integrate Nvidia’s open-source […]

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