I did have the occasional hiccup with WeMo – not sure if it was a weak WiFi signal or maybe even the Internet was down, but during a week-long test, I only had one evening where I couldn’t turn off the FakeTV and Christmas tree lights for some reason. A quick Google search turned up some users complaining about weak WiFi signals causing issues with the WeMo devices, but 6 out of 7 days my WeMo devices worked great. The WeMo website mentions putting coffee makers, curling irons, and other devices on a WeMo so you’ll always be able to tell if a device is turned on or off. My wife is always asking me in the car whether she turned off her curling iron so one of those WeMo switches has already been permanently earmarked for that task – all I have to do is open the app, look to see if the Curling Iron light is green (on) or not (turned off). If it’s one, I can remotely turn it off and give her peace of mind. (Just so you know – each device has an On/Off button on the device so it can manually be turned on as well. If someone turns it on manually, the app will show it as turned on!)
It’s a bold idea and, with the online gaming market beginning to grow, billions of dollars in future revenue are at stake.
Andreessen: Yeah, I’m not sure at the time people were ready for it. I don’t think it was an accident that it took, you know, 13 or 14 years after we introduced the browser for people to say, “I want my identity to be a standard part of this.”
But while Wall Street’s most powerful investment banks are loath to sit out the most anticipated initial offering in years, Google’s offbeat approach to selling shares could also be a threat to business on Wall Street.
I loved the premise of advice coming from doctor moms. When our third child was born we took him to our pediatrician to discuss his endless fussing. We got very different advice with that visit (“I feel your pain!”) than we had four years earlier, when we’d brought in our second child with the same problem (“Just relax…you’re making him stressed.”). The difference? In that small window of time our pediatrician had married and had two little ones of his own. Suddenly all his advice had changed. There’s something very comforting about knowing the person giving the advice has actually been in the trenches themselves.
Now wearing a large black coat and a carrying a duffel bag that’s stuffed with a scanner made from laser-cut plywood, Reetz goes to conferences to show how anyone can create a machine to scan all the books they own.
All the furor over Facebook and Amazon has diverted public attention from Comcast and Charter, just when the cable industry’s risk of regulation has been substantially eliminated through the helpfulness of FCC chairman Ajit Pai. Both companies are peacefully coining profits.
Crestron devices do have special engineering backdoor accounts which are password-protected. But the company ships its devices with the algorithm that is used to generate the passwords in the first place. That information can be used by non-privileged users to reverse engineer the password itself, a vulnerability simultaneously identified by both Lawshae and Jackson Thuraisamy, a vulnerability researcher at Security Compass.
Looking forward, the most important step is ensuring that new IoT products are strongly secured before they reach consumers. This is particularly important for IoT devices, even more so than smartphones and laptops, because IoT products can function for years and consumers often don’t have a reason to replace them. The European Union is considering laws to force compliance with security standards, and multiple industry and government groups have released standards for voluntary compliance in the United States. Incentivizing companies to adopt these best practices is a challenge, but even when every new IoT device contains baseline security protections, the millions of substandard IoT products already in existence will still be a problem.
Cultural issues also contribute to the problem. Many spammers in Asia say they do not understand why spam is a problem.
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“If the publisher didn’t publish the website address on the books, there would be very little traffic to the site,” she said. “So it is much better that we happen to get along. They don’t tell me what to do, and they seem pleased with the results.”
Work has been underway for about 25 years to switch the kilogram from being defined by a physical model to corresponding instead to a constant. A paper to be released Monday proposes redefining the unit via fixing the values of one of two well-known universal constants. The choices offered up are Avogadro’s constant or Planck’s constant; the former measures the amount of carbon-12 atoms in 0.012 kg of that element, while the latter is used to explain the sizes of quanta, which are tiny electromagnetic energy packets.
“We’re witnessing a glimpse of the future, when retailers and their customers will be defined less by geographic location and more by how they connect with each other,” said Alan Gershenhorn, chief commercial officer at UPS in a statement. “The challenge is to best provide shoppers with the choice, control, and convenience they desire.”
The $180 pack, revealed on the Toys R Us website this week, will include a limited-edition silver-and-black Nintendo DS system, the game, and the required Guitar Grip controller.
“In an effort to distance themselves from the incorrect metrics, Facebook is deprecating [the old metrics] and introducing ‘new’ metrics in September. Essentially, they’re coming up with new names for what they were meant to measure in the first place,” the memo said.
“That seems to be the common denominator,” said Nielsen, who for the study observed American and Australian teenagers using dozens of websites across a variety of genres. They want to be “doing something as opposed to just sitting and reading, which tends to be more boring and something they say they do enough of already in school.”