Smart Home news stories - Page 3
Consumers 'creeped out' by IoT devices as distrust reigns supreme
According to the study, 53% of respondents don’t trust connected devices to respect people’s privacy and handle information in a respectful way. What’s more, 75% are worried that their data could be used by other organisations without their permission.
Philips Hue smart lighting to brighten up the bathroom
Kiwis now have the opportunity to add a touch of ambience to their bathrooms, as Signify introduces a new range of Philips Hue smart products especially designed for all bathroom settings.
Kiwis are being outsmarted by their own smart homes
New Zealanders are putting too much trust in smart devices and not necessarily applying some of their own ‘smarts’ to the process.
From robots to ruins: Anki goes bust
You may have seen the quickly little robots called Vector and Cozmo - well, their creators are now out of a job.
Spark launches eSIM compatibility - but there's a catch
Spark only supports a select number of devices sold through its stores.
Security alert: More than 2 million IoT devices are now junk
More than two million security cameras, baby monitors, and smart doorbells are affected by security vulnerabilities that could allow cybercriminals to hack devices and spy on homes.
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Tech firm creates first 3D-printed IoT device
It was printed, assembled, and tested in less than one day – much faster than traditional non-3D printed devices where the process can take up to two weeks.
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Mozilla launches home IoT platform designed for Raspberry Pi
Mozilla’s internet of things (IoT) team has finally matured its IoT development platform, with the help of plenty of interest from the developer and maker communities.
Eight ways to empower children to use the internet safely
Kids are great at consuming content online – but they’re not aware of risks like viruses, cyberbullying, unwanted contact by strangers, data privacy and inappropriate content.
Hands-on review: The Edifier S3000 Pro bookshelf speakers
Edifier’s new flagship S3000 Pro Active 2.0 Wireless Monitor bookshelf speakers are a high-end choice for people who love their music.
Almost half of storage devices for sale contain personal info, study finds
If you’re thinking of selling a device with any type of storage, you may want to triple check that you’ve wiped all of your personal information off it before you send it away.
Beyond lock and key: Securing the smarthome
It’s important to understand how smarthome technologies work and what they’re fully capable of.
Belkin WeMo Insight smart plugs vulnerable to attack
Cybersecurity firm McAfee is suggesting that the Belkin WeMo Insight smart plug could be vulnerable to malware attacks – and Belkin has taken a very long time to fix the problem.
Hands-on review: Trend Micro’s Home Network Security protects IoT devices easily
These access points may seem trivial, but any device connected to the internet now has the potential to be hacked.
Windows Vista: The 'safest' Microsoft OS? Avast thinks so
If you have Windows 7, 8, or 10 on your home computer, you have a 20% chance of encountering cyber threats of any kind – or at least that’s according to research from Avast’s Global PC Risk Report 2019.
Hands-on review: Stick Up Cam Battery
This is a battery-powered indoor/outdoor HD camera with two-way talk, night vision, and versatile mounting options.
AI helps Amazon Alexa ignore its own name
One of the frustrating things about calling a smart home assistant Alexa - a name that's also common amongst many humans - is that sometimes, technology is too nosy for its own good.
Are WiFi networks putting you at risk?
WiFi names can often be simple, quirky, or downright bizarre – but did you know those names are all it takes for somebody to find out exactly where you live?
Amazon puts a 'Ring' on smart home surveillance
Ring’s slick products and marketing have certainly helped it to become synonymous with security systems like video doorbells, security cameras, floodlights, and smart home security automation.
Hands-on review: Playing music with Sphero’s Specdrums
Sphero has released this year a new device calling it the ‘Specdrums’. Sphero as a company wanted to branch outside of making Star Wars droids and this gadget is what the company came up with.
Google Assistant's clever ways to help smart homes go green
Pairing ENERGY STAR-certified smart bulbs with Google Assistant can help you control the lights with just your voice, or set lighting schedules to use electricity only when you need it.
The world loves smart speakers - and China leads the way
People across the world love their smart speakers – and we have AI assistants like Amazon Alexa to thank for the revolution.
Hands-on review: The Fitbit Versa Lite
At first glance, the Versa and the Versa Lite look exactly the same. For someone who is not a Versa user, the two can be easily mistaken.
This Iron Man drone wants you to fly like a superhero
Iron Man must be one of the most popular superheroes of 2019 – because this year he has been transformed into a robot, and now he’s styled as his very own drone.