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Calling time on insecure connected toys

Calling time on insecure connected toys
In a statement released today, independent consumer body Which? has called for all insecure connected toys to be removed from sale immediately. Which? has expressed its frustration with toy manufacturers that have failed to address vulnerabilities highlighted by researchers, in internet or Bluetooth connected products and believe that enough is enough. 
14th November 2017

A global review of smart cities

A global review of smart cities
The Smart City Expo World Congress, currently underway in Barcelona, has seen Future Cities Catapult release its first global review of smart city strategies. The report (which can be downloaded in full below) looks at 21 smart city strategies from around the world including New York, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Manchester.
14th November 2017

Save the date for Wayra UK's Demo Day

Save the date for Wayra UK's Demo Day
Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future_ is hosting a Wayra UK Demo Day 2017, on Wednesday 15th November. The event is the highlight of the year for Wayra, when its start-ups pitch their businesses to investors, entrepreneurs and the media. The winners of places on the company's 2018 programmes will also be announced.
3rd November 2017


Supporting B2B and Industrial IoT startups at Startupbootcamp IoT

Supporting B2B and Industrial IoT startups at Startupbootcamp IoT
Raph Crouan, CEO and Founder of Startupbootcamp IoT discusses how in the past 18 months there has been a clear rise in the number of startups working in the Industrial and B2B IoT space. Crouan believes that various reasons for this can be outlined, but here he just mentions two…
25th October 2017

Consumers are afraid of data-filled IoT

Consumers are afraid of data-filled IoT
Dimitrios Spiliopoulos shares his thoughts on IoT and how it is centred around data, which scares many consumers...  "In the past few months I have attended many events, conferences and panels regarding Internet of Things (IoT) subjects, but I have also been discussing the topic with people who are not involved in IoT as professionals.
19th October 2017

Could the Government’s cyber priorities leave us vulnerable?

 Could the Government’s cyber priorities leave us vulnerable?
A cyber hack is a cyber hack you might say. However, the fact is that although the Government has made all the right noises in its National Cyber Security Strategy 2016-2021, the different consequences of a cyber attack have made the powers that be more fearful of some than others. But are they right to do so?
12th October 2017

Three quarters of Brits fear the smart home revolution

Three quarters of Brits fear the smart home revolution
Despite the likely cost savings, MoneySuperMarket has revealed that the UK has deep concerns about the impending smart home revolution. Research found that 76% of Brits admitting to being ‘fearful’ of the smart homes concept, with unapproved data collection cited as the greatest worry. Other concerns include the technology being hacked by criminals (51%), being made unusable by a virus (43%) and recording you without your knowledge (42%).
29th September 2017

The top 10 cyber security risks

The top 10 cyber security risks
Cyber security is never far from the news – from utility hacks in Eastern Europe to automotive security breaches in the US, the profligacy of connected devices in our modern world mean the hacking barbarians are well and truly at our gates, and the means by which they force entry is ever-evolving and increasingly sophisticated. Electronic Specifier’s Joe Bush takes a look at the main cyber security risks.
12th September 2017

Going cone-tactless for summer

Going cone-tactless for summer
In response to 40% of people saying they are put off by long queues at ice cream vans, Barclaycard has announced it is piloting ‘Contactless Cones’ – a refreshing solution to reduce the time it takes to get a sweet treat. The self-serve ice cream van pilot will dramatically reduce the average wait time of almost eight minutes by introducing contactless technology to a typically cash-only service.
30th August 2017

One in ten company bosses lack cyber attack training

One in ten company bosses lack cyber attack training
  According to The Cyber Governance Health Check, an annual survey carried out by the UK government, more than two thirds (68%) of companies say their directors have no training in responding to cyber attacks. Of 105 businesses in the FTSE 350 surveyed, one in ten revealed they have no plan to cope with hacking.
22nd August 2017

Launch of Android 8.0: Android Oreo

Launch of Android 8.0: Android Oreo
After yesterday's announcement of Android Oreo, you can now dowload it if you have one of the following compatible devices: Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, Nexus Player, Pixel C, Pixel or Pixel XL. If you have already installed Developer Preview 4, an update to Android Oreo will be suggested to you, otherwise you will have to install Oreo yourself. In order to do this you should back up any data on your devices and then download the factory images.
22nd August 2017

Recycled TV signals power the British countryside

Recycled TV signals power the British countryside
We have heard a lot about the digital switchover recently, but now it turns out it has come in use in more ways than one. The TV broadcast frequencies that were leftover from the switchover are going to plug the broadband gap in a part of rural Monmouthshire. This pilot scheme will see TV white space used to send a high-speed broadband signal from a standard mast.
9th August 2017

Never lose your car keys ever again!

Never lose your car keys ever again!
Expected to break $3.5bn by 2019, the personal tracking market is experiencing significant growth. From health and fitness monitors to pet trackers, wearables are very much the ‘in’ thing. Santa Barbara-based TrackR is a startup which leverages technology to revolutionise how consumers keep track of their everyday items such as their keys and phone.
2nd August 2017

How to train your hacker

How to train your hacker
Last month in Bristol the first weekend camp for teenage hackers took place. The National Crime Agency (NCA) set up the course to 'redirect' hackers from a life of crime. The pupils were encouraged to use their talents for good through cyber skills workshops and advice about careers in computer security. According to Ethan Thomas, an operations officer in the NCA's Prevent team, which engages with young cyber-offenders, the attendees chosen were known to police because they had been caught carrying out one or more computer crimes.
2nd August 2017

Let's cut costs in half with new wireless lighting

Let's cut costs in half with new wireless lighting
There are as much as 20% of building operations costs that could be saved simply by turning the light off when it is not needed, or at least reducing the time that lights are left on when no-one is there. Lighting accounts for around 40% of building operation costs, and this can be a huge financial drain for companies.
1st August 2017

10 facts about chip enabled credit cards

10 facts about chip enabled credit cards
Change is almost always a good thing, even if it be a tad uncomfortable at first. The same can be said about the new chip enabled credit cards in the US. It might take a bit of effort from the customers as well as merchants, but switching to the new credit cards is secure, reliable and will help curb credit card fraud to a very large extent. Tech blogger Ann Neal explains. 
28th July 2017

How do you make sure that you are IoT ready?

How do you make sure that you are IoT ready?
When it comes to the IoT, there are huge challenges involved in moving beyond proof of concept projects into real commercial, large scale IoT deployments. 
25th July 2017

Tracking and IoT system touches down for vehicle fleet owners

Tracking and IoT system touches down for vehicle fleet owners
Originally for general aviation customers, back in June the Rock Seven was launched, and now it is bringing its innovative RockAIR tracking system back down to earth by officially making it available for land-based applications. The move is a result of high levels of interest in RockAIR’s low-cost, dual mode communication and feature packed approach to tracking and safety, already received from land vehicle fleet owners and operators in government, charity and commercial organisations.
20th July 2017

Worldwide ransomware attack - money or destruction?

Worldwide ransomware attack - money or destruction?
Many organisations this week in Europe and the US have been hit by the ransomware attack now known as ‘Petya’.  The spiteful software has spread through large firms and PCs with data being locked up and help for a ransom. Kaspersky Labs has reported that as many as 60% of the systems infected by the Petya ransomware were located within Ukraine, far more than anywhere else. 
3rd July 2017

Putting cyber security under the spotlight

Putting cyber security under the spotlight
At an event taking place at Leeds Beckett University on 6th July, the hot topic of cyber security is to be explored. Speakers will include Dr Z. Cliffe Schreuders, Director of the Cybercrime and Security Innovation (CSI) Centre at Leeds Beckett, Dan Taylor, Head of Cyber Security at NHS Digital, and Stuart Hyde QPM, Regional Ambassador for Cyber Security Information Sharing Partnership (CISP). The Cyber Security Networking event will take place at Broadcasting Place on Thursday 6th July from 8.30-11am.
3rd July 2017


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