Source: „Over the last month there has been an unfathomable amount of content published about the massive privacy intrusion that isFacebook Messenger. With the ability to intrude into the lives of its users in ways that the NSA would never think to, it isn’t a surprise that the new download brought such strong opinions; many of which served as recommendations to not download the application. The good news about the widespread dialogue on messenger is that it brought to light the issues that surround privacy of data. Further implicating what some of us
Source: „BlackBerry once relied on security and simplicity as key differentiators for winning over enterprise smartphone users.
But over the past five years, the company found itself trying to compete in a smartphone market that placed greater value on other features – namely a sexier user interface (touch instead of keyboard) and a broader app ecosystem.
Now BlackBerry has made a string of security acquisitions in order to return to one of its key value propositions
The IT and auto manufacturing industries are converging, meaning auto OEMs can no longer limit themselves as manufacturers of 'wheels and steel' only. In a recent C-level discussion amongst telematics execs from Ford, General Motors and Kia,
The Internet of Things represents a key enabler for realization of smart cities as it enables interaction between the smart things and an effective integration of the real world information and knowledge into the digital world. The smart (mobile) things instrumented with sensing and interaction capabilities or identification technologies will provide the means to capture information about the real world in much more detail than ever before as well as the means to influence the real world entities and other actors of a smart city eco-system in real time.
"To make this happen, however, requires moving from a mindset that wants to make the environment smart and proactive to one that enables people," Source: A motivation behind much UbiComp research has been to make our lives convenient, comfortable and informed, following in the footsteps of Weiser’s calm computing vision. Three themes that have dominated are context awareness, ambient intelligence and monitoring/tracking.
Source: „If you push long and hard enough for something that is logical and needed, a time may come when it finally happens! At which point – pretty often – you may have no idea whether your efforts made a difference. Perhaps other, influential people saw the same facts and drew similar, logical conclusions! Here is my own latest example:
“Qualcomm and other wireless companies have been working on a new cellular standard—a set of technical procedures that ensures devices can “talk” to one another—
Source: „Out of the box electrical components are helping you eliminate the complicated and time consuming steps involved in creating interactive products and maybe learn something in the process.
Legos. Erector Sets. Lincoln Logs. Tinker Toys. These are building blocks for fabricating something that may have previously existed only in the mind. As the folks at Meccano (owners of the “Erector” trademark) like to say, “If you can’t have it, build it.”
The new term to describe this ‘total connectivity’ is Internet of Things. As a citizen you will hardly notice it, as it will be mediated through apps on smart phones, build in regulations in cars and building requirements, policies on e-health and open data programs from local Councils. The world seems more connected every day. The gradualness of the process masks the granularity of the convergence of data coming from your body (e-health), your home (smart meter), your car (connected car) and ‘smart’ city services.
Source: „Tanisha Barua talked to social activist Dr. George T. Haokip who raises a protest against government proposal to acquire 3000 acres of land at Haolenphai in Chandel district of Manipur. Kuki people are protesting the proposal to construct Smart City in their area. In this regard, a memorandum was submitted to home ministry by Kuki People Forum. Q) Why protest Smart City? Don't you think it is a development project? A) See, there should not be 'abusive' development.
Source: „Tiger Direct is a company with its roots in Do-It-Yourself technology. While the company started as “Tiger Software” in 1989 as a publisher of titles for both Windows and Mac computers, after several mergers and acquisitions, it evolved into a seller of build-it-yourself computers in early nineties. In those days it sent massive catalogues containing every piece and part a DIY geek might use to build a computer and associated peripherals. It launched its commercial web site, Tigerdirect.com in 1996, selling the same DIY
Source: ”The Middle East is abuzz with excitement about ‘Smart Cities’ and rightfully so! Economic, social and technological factors have converged to make the region ready for widespread Smart City developments. Masdar City in Abu Dhabi and the recent announcement of strategic plans to transform Dubai into a Smart City by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; six greenfield economic cities in Saudi Arabia; and Lusail’s Smart and Sustainable City are all examples.
As the Middle East ushers in this new era of advancement, much has been predicted and promised about the integration of ICT in every aspect
Source: „A security researcher looked at the networked device in his home and wondered if hackers could break in. The answer, as it turned out, was yes, and he is just beginning his investigation. "Before I started my research, I was pretty sure that my home was pretty secure," David Jacoby, a security researcher at Kaspersky Lab, wrote on the SecureList blog on Thursday. Jacoby noted that he didn't really have a lot of high-tech equipment in the first place. His post, while long, is worth a read. The thing is, you don't need fancy gadgets or high-tech equipment to have a networked home. A typical home has around five devices connected
Source: „If you listen closely, you’ll hear it. All the electronic devices in your home are tuning up to talk to each other.
The Internet of Things isn’t as far off as you might think, and it just got a little closer as Dow Electronics, one of the largest privately held companies in Tampa Bay, partnered with Nest, a home automation company that designs and manufactures sensor-driven, Wi-Fi-enabled and self-learning programmable thermostats, as well as smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors.
Nest products can be managed with mobile devices.”