Engineering

Device tracks house appliances through vibration, AI

To boost efficiency in typical households—where people forget to take wet clothes out of washing machines, retrieve hot food from microwaves and turn off dripping faucets—Cornell University researchers have developed ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Android 11 update offers tweaks and enhancements

They say good things come in small packages. This week's launch of the final release of Android 11 brings no big new attractions but rather several modest-size ones that should please most users.

Consumer & Gadgets

Samsung's home helper shaped like ball and rolled to CES

Samsung at CES showed its ball-shaped rolling robot that follows you around, beeps and performs tasks as your personal assistant. The company posted a video showing just how Ballie would help out in your home.

Security

Tencent Blade Team pair talk about smart speaker hack

Security researchers turned themselves into hackers this month to demo the way a smart speaker could be turned into a spy. The researchers took their story to DefCon 2018. They said they achieved remote eavesdropping. Both ...

Security

Off-the-shelf smart devices found easy to hack

Off-the-shelf devices that include baby monitors, home security cameras, doorbells, and thermostats were easily co-opted by cyber researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). As part of their ongoing research ...

Security

Researchers examine eavesdropping on smart-home traffic metadata

(Tech Xplore)—Uh-oh. Those smart-home devices can reveal personal information about your home activities and encryption does not resolve the risk either. A study indicates that ISPs can infer activities by analyzing Internet ...

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