A 'Smart' Light Bulb Turns Out to be Ridiculous

· John Martellaro · Link

Gizmodo writes:

…if you really want a reminder of just how dumb everything is in 2019, check out this video from GE, which recently went viral on Twitter. GE even had the audacity to call it a “smart” light bulb.

A video from GE demonstrates some really bad design decisions. Really bad.

How IoT Devices Can Bite You Even From the Trashcan

· John Martellaro · Link

Smart Bulb

TechCrunch writes: “But it’s not just while they’re plugged in that these slapdash [IoT] gadgets are a security risk — even from the garbage can, they can still compromise your network.” Scavengers taking a discarded one apart can discover all kinds of secrets about your network. OMG. Trash talk. (Image credit: TechCrunch.)

AI, Chatting With Lightbulbs and iPad Miracles

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

Philips Hue Signe light strip floor lamp

Modern technology, like AI, can look dorky and error prone in its early stages. We make fun of it. Then it matures before our eyes. Chatted with a lightbulb lately?

TMO Background Mode Interview with Ecovacs Head of Marketing Christopher Caen

· John Martellaro · Background Mode Podcast

Christopher Caen on Background Mode

Christopher Caen is the Head of Marketing at Ecovacs Robotics, a company well know for its robotic vacuum cleaners and window cleaners. Christopher has a balanced academic background, being both accomplished in English as well as computer science. His first job was as an summer intern at Atari where he worked in marketing, something that immediately appealed to him. Later, at Paramount, he co-founded the Paramount Technology Group which developed interactive programming and games. Christopher’s career-long expertise in marketing took him to Sun Microsystems, Cisco, Informix and NEC. We talked a lot about internet of things (IoT), modern security practices, and how modern IoT products create a business model that requires a new understanding of and relationship to the customer. If you’re interested in robotics and IoT, this is a must listen.

Here's What We Wanted to Bring Home from CES 2017

· Jeff Gamet · News

CES 2017 staff favorites

Every year we head out to CES on Las Vegas to see what’s in store for the electronics world. We see some products that are pretty cool, and some that shouldn’t ever see the light of day, and we see some we want to take home with us right now. Read on to see what we wanted to sneak into our suitcases and add to our personal tech collections.

Apple’s HomeKit Security vs. ioT Botnets – There’s Only So Much Apple Can Do

· Dave Hamilton · Analysis

Botnets vs. Privacy and HomeKit

The recent botnet attacks have called into question the security of all our various internet of Things (ioT) devices, and rightfully so. One of the regular chimes I hear in our Apple-centric universe is, “HomeKit is secure, it must be the answer.” Unfortunately, HomeKit is only built to secure HomeKit, not everything. More must be done.

Dyn DDoS Attack Shows IoT's Inherent Security Weakness

· Jeff Gamet · Analysis

server racks with open padlock for DDoS attack

Parts of the internet ground to a halt on Friday, October 21, when a group of hackers targeted Dyn with a distributed Denial of Service attack. The attack temporarily broke the path to many websites, including Twitter, and blocking similar attacks in the future will be a monumental task because the hackers used the internet-connected devices already in our homes.