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A step toward personalized, automated smart homes

Developing automated systems that track occupants and self-adapt to their preferences is a major next step for the future of smart homes. When you walk into a room, for instance, a system could set a thermometer to your preferred ...

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 ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Lighthouse: Home monitor is one smart sentry

A smart home device that serves as a security camera delivers service that goes beyond house sentry. What if you find a home device that not only acts as sentry but does double duty as private investigator/concierge/babysitter?

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 ...

Consumer & Gadgets

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 ...

Consumer & Gadgets

Silk Labs makes Sense with monitoring, automation actions

Electronic devices in our homes are becoming smart but technology leaves a lot to be desired. Steven Shankland in CNET looked ahead to what might be a day in the life of a smart home: "Once it [our electronic world] matures, ...

Telecom

Wi-Fi HaLow has low power, long range advantages

The Wi-Fi Alliance has announced the Wi-Fi HaLow designation for products incorporating IEEE 802.11ah technology. All in all, said tech watchers, this is a new low-power and long-range version which carries key advantages.

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