IoT Analytics Now Generally Available

Today, I’m pleased to announce that, as of April 24th 2018, the AWS IoT Analytics service is generally available. Customers can use IoT Analytics to clean, process, encrich, store, and analyze their connected device data at scale. AWS IoT Analytics is now available in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), US East (Ohio), and EU (Ireland). In November of last year, my colleague Tara Walker wrote an excellent post that walks through some of the features of the AWS IoT Analytics service and Ben Kehoe (an AWS Community Hero and Research Scientist at iRobot) spoke at AWS Re:Invent about replacing iRobot’s existing “rube goldberg machine” for forwarding data into an elasticsearch cluster with AWS IoT Analytics.
Iterating on customer feedback received during the service preview the AWS IoT Analytics team has added a number of new features including the ability to ingest data from external souces using the BatchPutMessage


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Maersk, IBM create world’s first blockchain-based, electronic shipping platform

Maersk and IBM today announced a joint venture to deploy a blockchain-based  electronic shipping system that will digitize supply chains and track international cargo in real time.The new platform could save the global shipping industry billions of dollars a year by replacing the current EDI- and paper-based system, which can leave containers in receiving yards for weeks, according to the companies.[ Related: The top 5 problems with blockchain ]Blockchain will enable a single view via a virtual dashboard of all goods and shipping information for all parties involved, from manufacturers and shippers to port authorities and government agencies.To read this article in full, please click here


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Ikea’s smart light bulbs will work with Amazon Alexa, Apple Siri and Google Assistant

 Ikea’s smart light bulbs will answer to voice commands starting this summer. The company announced in a Swedish-language press release that its smart lighting product line, called Trådfri, will work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple Siri and HomeKit. Read More


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Raspberry Pi’s new Compute Module 3 goes on sale

The new Raspberry Pi single-board computer is smaller and cheaper than the last, but its makers aren’t expecting the same rush of buyers that previous models have seen.The Raspberry Pi Compute Module 3 will be more of a “slow burn,” than last year’s Raspberry Pi 3, its creator Eben Upton predicted.That’s because it’s designed not for school and home use but for industrial applications. To make use of it, buyers will first need to design a product with a slot on the circuit board to accommodate it and that, he said, will take time.The Compute Module 3 has the same four-core, 64-bit Broadcom BCM2837 processor and 1GB of RAM as the credit-card-sized Raspberry Pi 3, but is less than half the size and missing the Ethernet, USB, SD Card and display sockets of its larger cousin. It also has no Wi-Fi.To read this article in full or to leave a


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Conexant and Amazon bring Alexa to Raspberry Pi with ‘AudioSmart 2-mic Development Kit’

Amazon’s Echo devices are incredible. I’ll admit that I was a skeptic at first, but once I got my own, I was hooked. Not only can the Alexa voice assistant provide me with important data like weather, news, and traffic, but it can play music too. Most importantly, it serves as a brilliant IoT control unit. My house has several WiFi connected power outlets, and I can verbally tell Alexa to turn off my lamps. It can even control my television! Much of Amazon’s success with Echo and Alexa is thanks to third-party developers and hardware. Today, Conexant and Amazon announce the AudioSmart 2-mic… [Continue Reading]


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Testing for vulnerable IoT devices

Brian Krebs has lately been writing a lot about DVRs and cameras made by XiongMai Technologies. He reports that they are terribly insecure and many have been hacked and herded into botnets where they participate in Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks such as the one that brought down his site.Poor security is standard practice with IoT, but these devices are especially bad. Even if their web interface is used to change the default password, the devices have hard coded Telnet and SSH passwords that can not be changed. Part of yesterdays DDoS attack against DYN came from the Mirai botnet, composed of assorted hacked devices that were using default passwords.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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IBM’s IoT blockchain service gets ready to roll

A massive DDOS attack and weaknesses in critical systems have put security concerns front and center in the internet of things. IBM thinks a technology best known from the world of bitcoin could lock down at least one use of IoT.
The company is using blockchain technology to ensure that everything’s in order with IoT transactions. Just as a public blockchain makes bitcoin transactions traceable and verifiable, the private, cloud-based system that IBM will operate for enterprises will verify non-monetary interactions between some devices.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Stealthy, sneaky rootkit targets Linux systems on ARM and x86

Security researchers have identified a new family of Linux rootkits that, despite running from user mode, can be hard to detect and remove.
Called Umbreon, after a Pokémon character that hides in the darkness, the rootkit has been in development since early 2015 and is now being sold on the underground markets. It targets Linux-based systems on the x86, x86-64 and ARM architectures, including many embedded devices such as routers.
According to malware researchers from antivirus firm Trend Micro, Umbreon is a so-called ring 3 rootkit, meaning that it runs from user mode and doesn’t need kernel privileges. Despite this apparent limitation, it is quite capable of hiding itself and persisting on the system.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here


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Omega2 is a $5 Raspberry Pi rival, with built-in Wi-Fi and storage

The Raspberry Pi is a fantastic low-cost computer, available in a choice of versions. The Raspberry Pi Zero is the cheapest of the bunch, priced at just $5, plus all the extra bits and pieces you need to get it up and running. Omega2 is an identically priced Linux computer designed for building connected hardware applications, but unlike the Zero it has integrated Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n) and on-board flash storage. No need to add a Wi-Fi dongle or SD card. The developers describe it as combining the “tiny form factor and power-efficiency of the Arduino, with the power and flexibilities… [Continue Reading]


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