The Internet of Things has a child privacy problem

The Internet of Things has a child privacy problem

Copyright -The Washington Post/Worldcrunch- Karen Turner

“In sum: Alexa is kinda my new best friend,” writes Rebecca Hanover, an author and blogger on Mommyproof. As a mother of young children, it’s not hard to see why: Hanover details the joys of virtual assistant Amazon Echo, which functions as a kind of combined kitchen helper, child entertainer and DJ. “Is it weird that Alexa feels like my trusty little friend during that six pm witching hour, gently guiding me through dinnertime?” Continue reading

Hackers Now Use QR Codes To Ensnare Users

Hackers Now Use QR Codes To Ensnare Users

Copyright – Les Echos – Fabien Rech

Hackers have started sending fraudulent emails using QR code technology, masquerading as a national communications provider to get client usernames and passwords.

It is a first in the history of hacking. Vade Retro, a company that specializes in mailbox protection, recently announced it had detected the first use of fraudulent emails using QR codes — two-dimensional barcodes used to store digital information that can be deciphered by a smartphone. Continue reading

The Coming Security Storm Over The Digital Cloud

Copyright – Les Echos – Fabien Rech

Would you give your house keys to a complete stranger when you are on vacation? Probably not. Human instincts opt for a safer solution.

The question of security is the major constraint preventing more widespread adoption of cloud computing technology. A study by Crowd Research Partners revealed that nine out of 10 professionals worry about safety and security. Data breaches remain the biggest concern for businesses that deploy private cloud servers, software cloud servers (Software as a Service, SaaS), or infrastructure cloud products (Infrastructure as a Service, IaaS). Continue reading

Why scientists want robots to learn to feel pain

Why scientists want robots to learn to feel pain

Copyright – The Washington Post/Worldcrunch – Karen Turner

Robots are one step closer to being able to experience an essential human feeling: pain.

Researchers in Germany are currently creating a “nervous system” that would mimic a pain response in robots, allowing them to quickly react and avoid harmful situations. Continue reading

The Revolution of the Internet of Things is gaining momentum

IIoT

Copyright – Les Echos / Worldcrunch – Pamela Kanter

The 4.0 Industry, also known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), is more than just a fad. Within the next 15 years, this sector could contribute up to $10.6 trillion to the economy. In Canada, no one thinks about IIoT as a future thing: They speak about it in the present. One province in particular, Ontario, has already taken the lead in this sector. Continue reading