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Internet of Things Standards Groups Merge

IoT standards groups merge

The AllSeen Alliance and rival group Open Connectivity Foundation have announced a merger to speed up the adoption of connected devices. But key players Apple, Amazon and Google still remain out on their own.

The problem with three hyper-competitive holdouts is that none of them seem particularly interested in having their devices work well with the others’ ecosystem. The stated goal of the new OCF, on the other hand, is to ensure that most of the billions of devices out there can and will talk to each other when appropriate.

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ARTIK Cloud App Connects Samsung Smart Watches to the Internet of Things

Artik Cloud Connects Samsung Smart Watches to IoT

Samsung have recently released an ARTIK Cloud app on the Google Play app store which will connect Samsung smart watches, like the Gear S2, to the IoT. The possibilities are huge…

the app will let you connect your device to the ARTIK cloud which also hosts a number of connected devices compatible with the Internet of Things ecosystem. These include Samsung’s SmartThings appliances like Smappee Home Energy Monitor, SmartThings Moisture Sensor and a Samsung Wireless Audio speaker

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The 5 biggest markets the IoT is poised to disrupt

IoT Battlegrounds Infographic

Consulting firm Bain & Company recently published a new report that focuses on “the major emerging battlegrounds” in the IoT that enterprises need to be aware of. Mike Wheatley at SiliconANGLE takes a look at these battlegrounds;

  • Consumer IoT
  • The Industrial Internet
  • Networking
  • Real-time Analytics
  • Self-driving Cars & Robots

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Serious security problems in Samsung’s SmartThings say Researchers

Samsung Smart Things

Researchers at the University of Michigan have identified a number of security vulnerabilities in Samsung’s SmartThings platform that allowed them to remotely unlock doors, set off smoke alarms, and perform other malicious actions through the use of overprivileged apps. The discovery casts doubt over what functions in the home we should be allowing our smart home platforms control over. Ashley Carman at the Verge reveals all.

but most pressing are the privileges given to apps, many of which they don’t need to function. A smart lock might only need the ability to lock itself remotely, for instance, but the SmartThings API bundles that command with the unlock command, which an attacker can leverage to carry out a physical attack

Samsung were quick to respond on their smart things blog.

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The best connected devices and more

Jim Hill at T3 offers a nice little introduction to the Internet of Things and tells us about some of the best gear available right now.

What began in 1982 with an internet connected Coca-Cola machine that could order its own refills, now includes dishwashers, cars, robots, traffic lights, and anything else that might benefit from collecting and acting on shared data. Experts predict that, by 2020, 50 billion such devices will have joined the IoT. But to fit this feature onto six pages, we’ll focus on the smart home and wearables, because that’s where the IoT is having its most immediate and beneficial impact.

Read the full article on T3