How Creeps Will Use the Internet to Break into Your Home

Your refrigerator is sending spam. Your front door is running buggy firmware that tells you the deadbolt is locked (when it's not). And the kid next door is pirating music over your wifi network, thanks to a backdoor in your thermostat app. All the internet-enabled things that make your home "smart" are also turning… » 2/23/15 11:17am 2/23/15 11:17am

Turn Your Valuables Into a Mesh Network So You Never Lose Them

Losing things is a pain, partly because you spend so much time looking for them. A new technology called Pixie is trying to solve that problem, and even make tracking down your misplaced valuables kinda fun, by turning them into a connected network you can search with an augmented reality interface. » 2/03/15 9:00am 2/03/15 9:00am

How Your Connected Devices Could Get You Fired or Ruin Your Credit

There's probably something you do right now you wouldn't really want everyone to know about. Maybe you're letting a Fitbit gather dust while you eat Doritos and watch The Good Wife (understandable). Maybe you're in the habit of driving around at 3 AM when you can't sleep. Whatever you do, if you're doing it while… » 1/27/15 12:40pm 1/27/15 12:40pm

How to Keep Your Internet-Connected Home Safe and Secure

From smart thermostats like the Nest to always-on security cameras, every year we add more appliances and gadgets to our homes that connect to the internet. Some offer great features like remote monitoring, others use data to help you optimize your home and save money. Even so, anything connected to the internet is… » 1/05/15 1:46pm 1/05/15 1:46pm

Next Version of Bluetooth Will Directly Connect to the Internet

Bluetooth is kind of like Wi-Fi's smart but misunderstood cousin. The word "Bluetooth" conjures images of finance bros yelling into those obnoxious little earpieces more than what the technology actually does, which is connect devices together over short distances. Well, Bluetooth's upcoming 4.2 spec may prove too… » 12/03/14 9:44am 12/03/14 9:44am

How to Lock Down Your Internet-Enabled Houseful of Gadgets

Our houses are quickly filling with an internet of things—smart TVs, DVRs, thermostats, and more all online, all the time. But to a hacker, each of these devices is a digital door or window into your home (network). Here's what you need to do to keep your devices locked against outside intrusions. » 11/08/14 12:00pm 11/08/14 12:00pm

Why Cybersecurity Threats Are About to Get Much, Much Worse

Let me state the obvious just to get it out of the way: our nation's cybersecurity sucks and everybody knows it. The president knows it. The Pentagon knows it. And, worst of all, the hackers know it, too. That's why I'm so alarmed by a new Pew Internet survey that says we'll likely get hit with a deadly cyberattack by… » 10/30/14 3:34pm 10/30/14 3:34pm

Logitech Finally Made a Harmony Remote for Your Whole House

It seems like everybody is racing to build the platform that will transform all of our homes into smart homes. But the blunt truth is that nobody's really in the lead, and a few contenders are still on the sideline. Logitech, however, is gunning for the victory with its new Harmony Living Home system. » 9/17/14 9:00am 9/17/14 9:00am

These Tiny Stickers Want To Connect Your Belongings To the Internet

Raise your hand if you're a little bit sick of hearing about the Internet of Things and how it's going to change everybody's lives, like, tomorrow. It's been a slow and frustrating process to watch so many products make big promises and so few live up to them. Estimote's latest promise, however, has me intrigued. » 8/21/14 6:53pm 8/21/14 6:53pm

Internet-Connected Appliances Are a Hacker's Dream Come True

The web-connected appliances on the "internet of things" promise to make life way more convenient for you and me. But according to a security study by Hewlett-Packard, the most popular smart devices are about as secure as an unlocked screen door. Think twice before you share your street address with your TV. » 8/02/14 11:00am 8/02/14 11:00am

LittleBits Now Lets You Build Your Own DIY Smart Home

We've known and loved littleBits for some time, and now, they just got a lot more useful with the introduction of cloudBit. CloudBit is a module, a.k.a. bit, that brings internet connectivity to anything. With the rest of the littleBit library, you can now effectively create your own internet of things, no fancy… » 7/23/14 10:00am 7/23/14 10:00am

Nest and Friends Are Giving the Internet of Things a Fresh Start

A consortium of companies just announced a new wireless networking protocol for the home called Thread. It's designed to help build low-power, wireless mesh networks so that devices can seamlessly connect to form a true internet of things. In a way, Thread promises to create little mini internet for your home. » 7/15/14 12:42pm 7/15/14 12:42pm

Quirky Wants To Win the Smart Home Wars With This $50 Hub

Smart homes sound awesome. The idea sounded awesome 15 years ago, when Microsoft teased some of their ideas in a concept video, and it sounded awesome when Apple announced HomeKit last month. But do you know anybody that actually lives in a smart home and reaps all that awesomeness? Probably not. And Quirky wants to… » 7/02/14 4:52pm 7/02/14 4:52pm

These Printed Circuits Could Connect Any Object For Just a Few Cents

When we think about the connected world, we think about hardware—from Twine to Nest—that connects our household appliances to the web for a pretty penny. But according to Quartz, one firm is pioneering an alternative that's cheap, easy to make, and embeddable in nearly any product. » 7/01/14 6:30pm 7/01/14 6:30pm