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Security for the IoT – Is There a Role for Standards?

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by Alan Grau, President and co-founder of Icon Labs

Alan Grau

From the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to Embedded World in Germany, the IoT is moving beyond market hype and early deployments to broader deployments. For better or for worse, the IoT is here to stay.

Companies are launching IoT products, services and platforms at an astonishing rate.  Secure vulnerabilities are being introduced at an equally brisk pace.

In July of 2014, HP Labs did a study of 10 popular IoT devices and found that the security was shockingly bad. The researchers studied 10 devices, looking at the end-to-end security capabilities of these devices including privacy protection, authorization, encryption, user interface protection, and code security.

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IDC: VR Hardware to "Skyrocket" in 2016

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According to IDC global shipments of virtual reality (VR) are set to reach 9.6 million units, with the likes of Samsung, Sony, HTC and Oculus launching key products bringing revenues worth around $2.3 billion.

VR HeadsetVR will be the driver of "nearly all" hardware volumes in 2016, but augmented reality (AR) hardware is forecast to grow over the next few years, leading to shipments growing to over 110m units by 2020.

IDC divides the AR and VR headset market in 3 categories-- screenless viewers (smartphone-powered headsets), tethered Head Mounted Displays (HMDs, headsets driven by a PC or games consoles) and standalone HMDs (headsets backing all required processing).

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An 8MP Camera for the Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi Foundation announces an update of the camera board accessory for the popular micro-PC-- one available in visible-light and infrared options featuring an 8MP Sony IMX219 sensor.

Raspberry Pi CameraThe original Pi camera board launched in 2013 and packed a 5MP OmniVision OV5647 sensor. Stocks of the sensor are "almost completely depleted," bringing about a need for an upgraded version. As such, the new camera accessory has a fixed-focus sensor capable of shooting 3280 x 2434 resolution still photos and 1080p video at 30fps.

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Nokia Gets Into Health With Withings Buy

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Nokia steps back into the consumer electronics business after the 2013 sale of its mobile business to Microsoft as it acquires French health and wearables company Withings for €170 million in cash.

Withings The deal is described as the start of a "new chapter" for Nokia, since it involves the creation of a digital health business within the company headed by Withings CEO Cédric Hutchings.

"With this acquisition, Nokia is strengthening its position in the Internet of Things in a way that leverages the power of our trusted brand, fits with our company purpose of expanding the human possibilities of the connected world, and puts us at the heart of a very large addressable market where we can make a meaningful difference in peoples' lives," Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri says.

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Emtec Presents Weya Wireless Storage

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Emtec announces WEYA (WherEver You Are)-- a lineup of portable wireless multimedia storage devices consisting of the GoPhoto, GoMusic and GoMovie products, all complete with rechargeable batteries and companion apps.

Emtec WeyaDesigned to allow file access while on the go, WEYA devices create an own wifi network for the easy file backups without need for an internet connection. In addition users can also access and organise files, as well as stream audio or video, through free apps.

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