Juniper Research: Active smart home devices will exceed 13B by 2025

A report from Juniper Research suggests the number of active smart home devices will exceed 13 billion by 2025.

For comparison, the analysts expect 7.4 billion devices will be active by the end of 2020. The rapid proliferation of smart home devices over the next five years is expected to be propelled by entertainment-related tech in particular.

Juniper expects smart entertainment devices alone will generate over $230 billion of revenue in 2025.

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Vodafone’s IoT recall system can auto-disable faulty products

Vodafone has unveiled a smart new recall system which leverages the IoT to ensure customers are kept informed and safe.

The current prototype system allows manufacturers to instantly notify customers of recalls using Vodafone’s network.

A small electronic device module – around the size of a SIM card – is installed in an appliance to link it to Vodafone’s network.

Consumers are given the peace-of-mind that, if any fault is discovered affecting their...

IBM X-Force discovers Mozi botnet accounts for 90% of IoT traffic

Security experts from IBM X-Force have discovered that the Mozi botnet now accounts for 90 percent of traffic from IoT devices.

Mozi evolved from the source codes of infamous malware families such as Mirai, IoT Reaper, and Gafgyt. The botnet is capable of DDoS attacks, data exfiltration, and command or payload execution.

IoT devices with weak security, predominately unpatched routers and DVRs, are sought by Mozi to add to its ranks. Mozi has compromised popular routers...

Japan wants to establish global standards for human-assisting robots

Japan has opened a consultation with the International Standards Organisation (ISO) in a bid to establish standards for human-assisting robots.

Part of the reason for Japan's huge investments into robotics is the country's ageing population. Robots designed to help the elderly are becoming increasingly commonplace.

Japan has already created a national standard for robot-to-human interactions across a large number of settings including medical, commercial, and...

Google invests $450m in ADT to boost IoT security devices

Google has announced a $450 million investment in security firm ADT to increase the adoption of IoT security devices.

Often when you hear IoT and security in the same sentence, it's because another device has been hacked. However, secure devices can actually improve the safety of premises (don't be too shocked.)

ADT is one of the most recognisable security brands in the world. You'll almost certainly have seen one of the company's somewhat iconic yellow alarms on the...

Siri whistleblower goes public following inaction against Apple

A whistleblower who revealed Apple contractors were listening in on Siri recordings has gone public following a lack of action against the company.

Thomas le Bonniec, a former Apple contractor at the firm's Cork office in Ireland, believes that the company should be held legally responsible for breaching users' privacy.

Le Bonniec was employed by Apple to transcribe recordings in both English and French but left the company over ethical concerns.

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Smart speaker usage increases substantially due to COVID-19 quarantines

Global quarantines due to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased the use of smart speakers substantially.

According to a study released by Edison Research and NPR, three-quarters of US adults over 18 report a change in their media habits due to the pandemic.

“With tens of millions of Americans no longer commuting, smart speakers are becoming even more important as a conduit for news and information,” said Edison Research SVP Tom Webster. “This increased usage and...

Amazon’s Ring causes further concerns over third-party data-sharing

Amazon’s smart doorbell company Ring has found itself at the centre of yet another user privacy scandal.

A report published by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) claims that Ring's Android app is sending an excessive amount of personally identifiable data to third parties. 

EFF's report suggests that the app sends personal data to four trackers including Facebook's Graph API, analytics firms Mixpanel and AppsFlyer, and "deep linking"...

Consumer Reports warns IoT camera makers to improve their security

Consumer Reports has sent a letter to 25 manufacturers of IoT cameras with a call to improve their security.

“In response to multiple reports of hacks and unauthorized access of smart cameras and doorbells, Consumer Reports writes to urge your company to raise the standard of security for your connected camera, doorbell, or security system,” wrote the company.

“We request clarification on the steps you are taking to prevent hacks and unauthorized access to...

Apple, Amazon, Google, and Zigbee Alliance explore new smart home standard

Apple, Amazon, Google and the Zigbee Alliance have formed a new working group focused around ‘Project Connected Home over IP’, exploring the development and promotion of a new, royalty-free connectivity standard to boost compatibility among smart home products.

The protocol has been designed with security as a fundamental principle.

The aim of...