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Flaws in telepresence robots allow hackers access to pictures, video feeds

Flaws in telepresence robots allow hackers access to pictures, video feeds

Vendor has patched two of five reported bugs. Three patches are in the works Telepresence robots from Vecna Technologies can be hacked using a suite of five vulnerabilities. The flaws can be combined to allow an attacker full control over a robot, giving an intruder the capability to alter firmware, steal chat logs, pictures, or even access live video streams. Vecna has already patched two of the five vulnerabilities and is in the process of addressing the other three.
Crypto Quantique unveils its ‘quantum driven secure chip’ for IoT devices

Crypto Quantique unveils its ‘quantum driven secure chip’ for IoT devices

With Gartner estimating that there will be 150 billion connected devices by 2030 — many of them mission critical, such as powering major national infrastructure — the risk and realization that these devices aren’t secured properly is leading some cybersecurity experts to predict that there is a large-scale disaster waiting to happen. And the problem is only getting worse. By some estimates, on average there are 127 new devices connected to the internet every second.
Yale smart lock, alarm app debacle causes chaos across UK homes

Yale smart lock, alarm app debacle causes chaos across UK homes

A system failure which caused the Yale smart security app to crash reportedly resulted in customers unable to enter or leave their homes due to alarm failures. On Wednesday, Yale told customers across the United Kingdom on Twitter that "unplanned network maintenance" might cause some customers to "experience connection issues." While Yale promised that the work would be complete within 24 hours to resolve the issue, this was later followed by a message which indicated the fix would take longer than expected.
Try IoT before you buy IoT: Google, B8ta let you ‘test drive’ smart home tech

Try IoT before you buy IoT: Google, B8ta let you ‘test drive’ smart home tech

Have you ever wanted to try out a product beyond getting a brief demo in a store? The startup B8ta believes all customers should be able to do that, and it has partnered with Google to make it possible. Smart home technology becomes more complicated as the devices add more features, so customers can be less willing to pull the trigger on a purchase if they aren’t completely sure it meets their needs.
Walmart planning 'net-connected trolley'

Walmart planning 'net-connected trolley'

US retail giant Walmart has applied for a patent for a smart shopping trolley that can track a shopper's heart rate, temperature, grip, and walking speed. Such a system would provide valuable information about how shoppers respond to different stores, it said.
Amazon’s Alexa companion app is getting a much-needed redesign

Amazon’s Alexa companion app is getting a much-needed redesign

The Alexa app, which acts as a piece of setup and companion software for Amazon’s Echo devices, just got a major visual redesign. The new app has a much-improved user interface with easier control over Alexa-enabled smart home devices.
Google Assistant now lets you compare rideshare prices and wait times

Google Assistant now lets you compare rideshare prices and wait times

Google is making it a little easier to book a rideshare through Google Assistant. The company has announced a number of new features for Assistant that should help users look at rideshare pricing quickly and easily, though the actual booking of the service still needs to take place in the app itself.
Research finds the sound of chirping birds can be used to hack Alexa

Research finds the sound of chirping birds can be used to hack Alexa

That innocent-sounding bird singing out its morning song may not be so innocent after all. According to scientists at Ruhr-Universitaet in Bochum, Germany, manipulated audio waves from the sounds of birds chirping could be used to launch an attack against voice assistants.
Nielsen: US smart speaker adoption grew to 24% in Q2 2018, 4 in 10 own more than one

Nielsen: US smart speaker adoption grew to 24% in Q2 2018, 4 in 10 own more than one

In the second quarter, the adoption of smart speakers — like Amazon Echo and Google Home devices — grew to 24 percent in the U.S., up from 22 percent the prior quarter, according to new data from Nielsen, released this week. The measurement firm took a look at how consumers were using their speakers, when, as well as how many were buying multiple devices.


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