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Smart devices are becoming more and more ubiquitous. Whether you're the owner of a smart lightbulb, smart outlet, security camera, or all of the above, managing your devices can get tricky, especially if you're amassing a collection.

If you're using a Google voice assistant, though, they're making it easy to add new smart toys to your existing home setup: one simple command that can get your voice assistant up to speed and keep your connected devices aware of one another. All you have to do is say: "Hey Google, sync my devices."

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Internet-enabled devices are so common, and so vulnerable, that hackers recently broke into a casino through its fish tank. The tank had internet-connected sensors measuring its temperature and cleanliness. The hackers got into the fish tank’s sensors and then to the computer used to control them, and from there to other parts of the casino’s network. The intruders were able to copy 10 gigabytes of data to somewhere in Finland.

By gazing into this fish tank, we can see the problem with “internet of things” devices: We don’t really control them. And it’s not always clear who does – though often software designers and advertisers are involved.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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The Roomba 900 Series offers a Clean Map Report, which maps your home as it vacuums, improving its movement and telling you how well it cleaned. But to get that map, according to customer service reps, you have to share it with Roomba's creator iRobot. And that gives iRobot permission to give -- or sell -- your map. Which is exactly what iRobot CEO Colin Angle plans to do, as he told Reuters this week.

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Last week's DDoS attack on Dyn that shut down portions of the internet was fuelled by bots created from hacked connected devices, like internet-connected cameras and DVRs, but can also theoretically include connected routers and printers. While there isn't exactly a fix for this problem, IoT Scanner is a tool that can at least tell you if a device in your house is creating a vulnerability.

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I’m 35 years old. Every morning I wake up and ask myself, ‘when will it happen?’

What’s the tipping point? When does it begin?

When do I start wearing the same clothes for the rest of my life? What’s the high watermark? When does the tide roll back? What is the element of my personality that will make my children despise me? When will technology stop feeling exciting and vibrant? When will technology begin to confuse and anger me?

I may have already hit that point.

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Just about anything can be an internet-of-things (IoT) device these days; even household appliances are able to connect to the internet. Vendors and their developers create mobile apps to communicate with and control IoT devices that interact with us on an intimate level. But often these apps provide the perfect gateway for attackers to intercept user data. We have some advice on how to create a secure IoT mobile app.

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The range and number of "things" connected to the internet is truly astounding, including security cameras, ovens, alarm systems, baby monitors and cars. They're are all going online, so they can be remotely monitored and controlled over the internet. But many have security or privacy holes. Here's what to look for to keep yourself safe online.

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The emergence of internet of things (IoT) has altered the requirements for identity and access management (IAM) in businesses. With a vast amount of electronic devices communicating directly with each other, IAM in an IoT world is no longer just about defining a relationship between a human and a machine. All IoT entities, be it people, application, services or devices require an identity. Here are some tips from Gartner on implementing a successful IAM strategy for IoT within organisations.

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Remember back in the early 2000s when every man and his dog was starting a dot-com business? We all know how that went down. The advent of Internet of Things (IoT) has got a lot of people excited as well and we're now seeing a torrent of products that are connected to the internet. Some of them are actually useful, others are utterly pointless. Here are five of the worst.