Tech News Roundup

Tech News Roundup

Here are the headlines that caught our eye this week to help you stay in-the-know on the latest and greatest news from the technology sector.

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How Hardware-as-a-Service will save IoT

via TechCrunch
“But soon, thanks to a concept called Hardware–as–a–Service (HaaS), we’ll have fewer of these regrets, because we’ll own fewer of these Things. Thanks to HaaS, the way individuals and businesses consume hardware products is changing.”Read More
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A security developer wrote such a scathing Amazon review that the product disappeared

via The Verge
“But the real story here isn’t about the plug or even the rest of the gadgets Garrett has written up; it’s that it’s insanely easy to manufacture an internet-connected device, yet is immensely difficult to build a secure one. If Google, Facebook, and Yahoo all operate their own bug bounty programs, and white hat hackers continue to find bugs in their platforms, how is a small company supposed to adequately handle cybersecurity?”Read More
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The Secret Power Of Amazon's Dash Buttons: Not Sales, But Data

via Wired
“But to analyze Dash Button sales is to miss the bigger picture. These buttons probably aren’t meant to drive significant revenue for Amazon. The true goal, in all likelihood, is to generate data.”Read More
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Your smartwatch is also recording your PIN

via Engadget
“In the paper, a team of researchers from the Binghamton University and the Stevens Institute of Technology describe a deceptively straightforward method that can reportedly guess your password with about 80 percent accuracy on the first attempt. Although the paper doesn’t name specific devices that are vulnerable, it does note that many record your hand’s movements with enough detail to precisely identify keypresses.”Read More
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Smartphone-Enabled Kitchen Gear Can (Probably?) Make You a Better Chef

via Wired
“The idea of the smart—or connected—home, that is linking appliances to the Internet in order to make life better or easier by, say, allowing you to make sure your garage door is shut even if you’re at the office, or keeps your plants watered, is a good first step. The latest thing on the menu in the connected home kitchen is something called ‘guided cooking.’”Read More