Internet of Things

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Consumers are wary of smart homes that know too much

Nearly two-thirds of consumers are worried about home IoT devices listening in on their conversations, according to a Gartner survey released Monday.

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Consumer Reports to grade tech products on security, privacy

Consumer Reports, a major source for gadget reviews in the U.S., plans to start rating tech products on data security and privacy.

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IoT and 5G drive computing to the edge

By 2020, Intel predicts that an average user will use 1.5GB of traffic a day, and daily video traffic will reach 1PB. More data will be generated by autonomous vehicles, mobile devices and internet of things devices.

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These IoT devices shown at MWC mean business

Along with all the hype about phones and 5G networks, Mobile World Congress 2017 was also a showcase for the internet of things, including IoT gear for enterprise and government use.

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Mobile World Congress 2017 offered a touch of tech optimism

This year's Mobile World Congress 2017 in Barcelona offered all the usual delights, but this year was a little different, almost odd, when compared with previous visits.

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Dell Boomi bringing startup mentality to hybrid cloud market

In this installment of the IDG CEO Interview Series, CEO Chris McNabb talks about why Dell Technologies kept Dell Boomi in the fold and how the company operates as a startup within the Dell ecosystem.

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Robots are just as plagued by security vulnerabilities as IoT devices

A security analysis of robots used in homes, businesses and industrial installations has revealed many of the same basic security weaknesses that are commonly found in IoT devices, raising questions about the implications for human...

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Here’s a new way to prevent cyberattacks on home devices

Homeowners worried about cybersecurity attacks on IP-connected devices like lights, baby monitors, home security systems and cameras, will soon be able to take advantage of a $200 network monitoring device called Dojo.

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Enterprises enter the 5G spotlight at MWC

Enterprise uses of 5G are a focus at this week's Mobile World Congress, a shift from flashy promises of mobile broadband speeds a year ago. The key enterprise benefits worth exploring, vendors say, are high reliability, low latency...

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Smart teddy bears involved in a contentious data breach

If you own a stuffed animal from CloudPets, then you may have been hacked. The company’s toys -- which can receive and send voice messages from children and parents -- have been involved in a serious data breach involving more than...

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This tiny chip could revolutionize smartphone and IOT security

Engineers at South Korea's SK Telecom have developed a tiny chip that could help secure communications on a myriad of portable electronics and IOT devices.

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NTT DoCoMo demos VR control of robots over 5G

At this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Japan's NTT DoCoMo is demonstrating remote control of robots via a wireless virtual reality system over a next-generation 5G wireless link.

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Smart cities at the center of Mobile World Congress

The city of San Diego has a project to equip 3,200 streetlights with LED lighting and sensors, expected to bring a $2.4 million reduction in energy usage annually.

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5G is coming, but don't get carried away, T-Mobile USA's CTO says

T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray prescribed a dose of reality for the 5G mania overtaking Mobile World Congress this week, telling Ericsson’s kickoff press briefing Monday morning he’s still in the LTE business.

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U.N. steps in to end marketing war over what 5G means

With mobile operators' marketing departments already throwing around claims about their 5G services, the United Nations is weighing in with its definition of what qualifies a network as next-generation.

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Telefonica-Sigfox pact is a big deal for diverse IoT networks

The global partnership announced Wednesday between Telefonica and IoT specialist Sigfox could ensure the latter’s long-term success while accelerating the overall growth of LPWANs (low-power, wide-area networks).

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Wirelessly enabling IoT/EoT: And the winner is … ?

There is a battle going on to create and deploy wireless connectivity for IoT/EoT, with multiple competing technologies and company alignments. So who wins the race to conquer IoT/EoT wide-area networking?

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Don’t wait for 5G: LTE could be your key to IoT

One of the many whiz-bang features promised in 5G is a new way of connecting millions of small, low-powered IoT devices. But there's no need to wait: Two forms of LTE tuned for IoT are ready to roll.

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LTE speeds outpace home internet with new Qualcomm and Intel modems

With every new generation of smartphone, LTE connections get faster. That's because the devices have faster modems that can transfer data at unprecedented download speeds.

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ARM buys Mistbase and NextG-Com to extend its reach in IoT

Chip designer ARM has a new strategy for the internet of things: offer complete solutions "from application software to antenna."

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