Important applications of Internet of Things

The Internet of Things brings many pieces of technology together, and you can find a few of those applications below. This list of give will do a lot for you, and you will find out that these things are much easier to use once you have them connected with the Internet of Things.

Smart Homes

The smart homes that people are using with automation programs are connected with the Internet of Things, and you will find out pretty fast that you can do anything you want inside the home when you do this. You will be able to use the smart home technology to turn on and off the lights or check on your appliances. You can open and close the garage door, or you can use the technology you to check usage in the house.


Connected Cars

You can set up connected cars to make sure that you will have the best results, and you will know what the car is doing when you are driving. You also have to make sure that you have taken some steps to make sure that you know what to do with your car when your ead this information. You will get a lot form the car because you know when to get it serviced, and you will find out that you can get a lot of things done to make sure that you have the cars set up right and serviced at the right time.

Smart Retail

The smart retail accounts that people have connected and they can set up the accounts that you use to buy your products. You connect to a credit card for that company, or you can use the smart retail account to make purchases from he company when you are not even in the store. You also have to see if you can do some things that will make your life better, and you need to know for sure that you will have the right discount. Smart retail will send you ads, and you can use those ads to get the right discounts.

Wearables

Wearables are exciting because they always get much better. You can use a wearable that will help you listen to music while you are running, but that is only the beginning of what you are doing. You also have to make sure that you will have an easy time to use the wearable. You can get glasses that will give you information while you run, or you can use the VR headset to play a game that you found online. All these things will be conencted using the same technology.

You can go so far as the Braille watch that you wear if you are blind, and it will connect with the Internet of Things to give you information that you need. You will get every chance to check the Internet for information, and you can get it to read things to you when you are searching. The best thing that you can do is to make sure that you have picked something that will match when you need when you make your purchase.

Connected Health Products

Connected health is a big deal that you will be able to do to make sure that yo u have the best health care. You will find out how easy it is to get your health information to your doctor or to a medical center. You can be checked over by a medical professional if they are watching you or trying to check on you. You can be sent home for observation, and you do not have to be in the hospital for that. The Internet of Things brings all that together to make sure you are happy and healthy.

The best thing that you can do is to try to get more connected and use as much IoT solutions provider as you can. You have so many options when you want to use better technology, and you need to see if you can get the right results when you are trying to make a change to the way that you are living your life and managing all the things that are a part of your daily routine.

Rocket Internet Prepares for Profit From Startups by Year-End

Rocket Internet said three of its leading startups were on track to make a profit by the end of the year as the German e-commerce investor reported lower quarterly losses.

Founded in Berlin in 2007, Rocket has built up and invested in dozens of businesses from fashion e-commerce to food delivery, including brands such as Delivery Hero and Global Fashion Group.

Rocket’s Chief Executive Oliver Samwer did not name the startups during a media call on Wednesday following results from the group’s leading holdings. Rocket said it remained well funded with EUR 1.5 billion ($1.68 billion) of cash.

And Samwer declined to comment on possible flotations after Reuters reported that online food takeaway firm Delivery Hero is set to float before the summer break, while meal kit company HelloFresh could follow in the autumn.

Rocket’s share price has tumbled in the last year as losses mounted and it was forced to slash valuations for key startups.

Rocket Internet Prepares for Profit From Startups by Year-EndHowever, the stock has recovered some ground in recent weeks on hopes for imminent listings as well as news that Emaar Malls will buy a 51 percent stake in its Middle East fashion site Namshi. The shares were down 4 percent at 0821 GMT.

Aggregate revenue rose 28 percent to EUR 617 million ($689.44 million) in the first quarter, while the adjusted loss before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation was EUR 100 million, down from 120 million a year ago.

HelloFresh saw sales growth slow to 45 percent from the 96 percent rate it recorded in 2016, while its adjusted EBITDA loss rose slightly to 29.6 million euros from 27.3 million.

Meanwhile, Rocket’s furniture websites, Westwing and Home24, both narrowed losses, with adjusted EBITDA losses of 3.6 million and 7.4 million, respectively.

The Jumia e-commerce business in Africa saw sales continue to fall due to currencies tumbling in Nigeria and Egypt, but its gross merchandise value – which measures the value of goods traded on its sites – rose by a third in constant currencies.

Airtel Internet TV Set Top Box Supports TV Channels, Netflix, YouTube, Games, and More

Airtel Internet TV, a hybrid set top box, has been launched by the telecom and DTH major in a bid to bring services such as Netflix, YouTube, and games to the TV screen without the need for a smart TV. The new Airtel set top box also supports 4K content and downloadable apps, along with TV channels.

The company claims that it is the first hybrid ‘DTH set top box powered by Android TV’ to launch in the country. Notably, the announcement comes a month after Netflix announced is partnership with DTH providers in India, and the new Airtel Internet TV set top box will come with Netflix preloaded.

Airtel Internet TV price and introductory offer
Airtel Internet TV set top box is priced at Rs. 4,999, and comes with three months of Digital TV subscription. It will be available exclusively on Amazon India starting Wednesday April 12, and will be made available in offline stores soon after. There is also a limited period introductory offer that allows customers to get the Airtel Internet TV set top box along with a one-year Digital TV subscription for Rs. 7,999.

Airtel Internet TV features
The Airtel Android TV box offers more than 500 satellite TV channels, and comes preloaded with Netflix, YouTube, Google Play Games, and Airtel Movies. Furthermore, users get full access to Google Play Store to enable downloading apps and games on TV.

There’s also built-in Chromecast support for mirroring content from the phone/tablet screen, and a Bluetooth-based remote that supports Google voice search – which means that you can just talk commands into your remote to browse content on the TV.
Airtel Internet TV Set Top Box Supports TV Channels, Netflix, YouTube, Games, and MoreThe Airtel Internet TV set top box is 4K content ready, and also enables live TV shows to be paused, recorded or even rewind. Users will need to insert a USB pen drive to record content, and can use an SD card to save downloaded apps. Users can even use the smartphone as a controller while playing games on Internet TV by downloading the GamePad App. There’s an in-built Wi-Fi feature that connects with your home network or even your mobile hotspot if required. Users will also be connect Bluetooth headsets, keyboards, and controllers.

Sunil Taldar, CEO & Director – DTH, Bharti Airtel said in a statement, “Growing broadband penetration is driving the popularity of online content, particularly in urban homes, and with Airtel ‘Internet TV’ we are bringing world-class content from the web and much more to the TV screen. This latest innovation has been designed keeping in mind the needs of Indian homes and it bridges the gap between online and offline worlds to enable an end to end entertainment experience with the convenience of a single device. We will continue to add exciting content platforms to Airtel ‘Internet TV’ and invite customers to experience this innovative offering.”

Airtel Internet TV installation
The Airtel Internet TV set top box requires a broadband or a 4G hotspot connection with a minimum recommended speed of 4Mbps for smooth functioning. Airtel notes that a Digital TV dish antenna will also be installed on purchase of Internet TV – perhaps for those days when your broadband connection suffers.

Also, Airtel has launched few offers for its Broadband customers as well, and they can register under MYHOME on MyAirtel app to get up to 25GB additional data every month with no extra cost – this is meant for those users with broadband Internet plans with rentals above Rs. 999. Those with rentals below 999 will get 10GB additional data a month.

Airtel notes that after a free preview period, all SD channels will be available at Rs. 500 per month. HD channels can be taken through HD MyPack or Customers can get all HD and SD channels at Rs. 700 per month.

Google, Dutch Institute Crack SHA-1 Internet Security Standard

Google, Dutch Institute Crack SHA-1 Internet Security StandardA collaboration between Google’s research unit and a Dutch institute on Thursday cracked a widely used cryptographic technology that has been one of the key building blocks of Internet security.

The algorithm, known as Secure Hash Algorithm 1 or SHA-1, is currently used to verify the integrity of digital files and signatures that secure credit card transactions as well as Git open-source software repositories.

Researchers were able to demonstrate a “collision attack” using two different PDF files with the same SHA-1 fingerprint, but with different visible content, according to a paper published by Amsterdam-based Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica.
“Moving forward, it’s more urgent than ever for security practitioners to migrate to safer cryptographic hashes such as SHA-256 and SHA-3,” according to a post by the collaborators on Google’s security blog.

“For the tech community, our findings emphasise the necessity of sunsetting SHA-1 usage. Google has advocated the deprecation of SHA-1 for many years, particularly when it comes to signing TLS certificates. As early as 2014, the Chrome team announced that they would gradually phase out using SHA-1. We hope our practical attack on SHA-1 will cement that the protocol should no longer be considered secure,” the blog post added.

Verizon’s New FiOS Internet Service Takes on Google Fiber, Starts at $70 per Month

Verizon's New FiOS Internet Service Takes on Google Fiber, Starts at $70 per MonthVerizon has launched a faster version of its FiOS Internet service that can reach download speeds of up to 940Mbps per second, the company said Monday.

By taking the leap into “gigabit” service, Verizon is becoming the latest company to compete with Comcast, Google Fiber and others at that speed tier.

The product, known as FiOS Gigabit Connection, is available now in eight US markets on the east coast, including New York; New Jersey; Philadelphia; Richmond; Hampton Roads, Va.; Boston; Providence, R.I.; and Washington, D.C. It costs $70 a month as a stand-alone product or $80 if purchased as part of a triple-play bundle, according to the company.

Those prices are comparable to that of Google Fiber, which has attracted much attention in recent years for bringing ultrafast connections to places such as Austin and Kansas City. At a gigabit per second, Internet users can download an entire HD movie in a matter of seconds. On average, Americans receive a download speed of just 17Mbps, according to the Internet analysis firm Akamai – a fraction of what a gigabit connection represents.
But providing gigabit service comes with steep costs for Internet providers. In October, Google Fiber said it would no longer be rolling out to new cities, as part of a shift to focus on wireless Internet access. And years ago, Verizon also said it would stop expanding its FiOS footprint. The city of New York has sued Verizon over allegations that the company failed to fulfill its build-out commitments.

But last year, Verizon announced it would be building new FiOS facilities in Boston. And now, it appears to be opening up faster lanes for Internet users on the Eastern Seaboard. As many as 8 million households are eligible to sign up for the gigabit service, the company said – a figure that represents about 57 percent of its total home Internet customer base.

The news comes days after a bruising earnings report showing Verizon – for the first time – lost more subscribers in its cellphone business than it gained.

China Shuts Some Live Streaming Sites, Punishes Companies

China Shuts Some Live Streaming Sites, Punishes CompaniesChinese authorities have punished dozens of companies involved in live online broadcasting and shut down numerous hosting platforms for showing content that was pornographic, related to gambling or involved content considered superstitious and harmful to minors.

Almost half of China’s 730 million Internet users use live video streaming sites and apps, according to authorities. The live broadcasting market was worth CNY 21 billion ($3 billion or roughly Rs. 19,733 crores) in 2016, an increase of 180 percent from the year before, according to market research company iResearch.

In its latest crackdown on the industry, the Ministry of Culture said Wednesday that it had shut down 10 hosting platforms and given administrative punishments, including fines, to 48 companies. It also said it had ordered closed more than 30,000 studios producing content. Most individuals’ studios consist of their bedroom or living room, but there are some businesses set up to provide multiple broadcast spaces.

The ministry said it had also given out punishments including unspecified fines and the confiscation of “illegal earnings” in relation to more than 30,000 broadcasts. A total of 547 people have had broadcasting contracts terminated.
It said a well-known platform, Huajiao, was punished for broadcasting a live show earlier this month in which the host falsely claimed she was in Beijing’s Forbidden City after closing time. The show was actually made in a studio.

Live broadcasting websites and mobile apps have offered money-making opportunities to students and others who chat, play games, dance or offer other entertainment online. The audience at home can pay them via virtual gifts, and the hosting platforms take a cut.

Authorities have in the past handed down penalties to platforms, saying they have been found broadcasting pornographic and other objectionable content. They are increasingly bringing out rules for the industry, including requiring platforms to obtain government licenses and hosts to register with their real names.

Internet Archive Wants to Backup Its Data in Canada Fearing Donald Trump’s Administration

Internet Archive Wants to Backup Its Data in Canada Fearing Donald Trump's AdministrationDonald Trump rattled a lot of feathers after being elected President of the United States. The election not only shocked the general public but shook up the tech world as well. Fear of a Trump administration adopting new policies toward encryption, surveillance, manufacturing, and Internet regulation already has tech giants unnerved. While it is still not clear what Trump’s administration has planned for the technology exactly, some are unwilling to wait.

The San Francisco-based Internet Archive, which is a digital library that is home to billions of archived webpages, has announced that it plans to move its data to Canada – a popular destination post the US election. The Internet Archive’s move comes fearing the risks that the Trump administration poses on its archive.

The concern was voiced by founder Brewster Kahle, who in a blog post urged users to make donations to help backup its data in Canada, which would otherwise “cost millions”.

“On November 9th in America, we woke up to a new administration promising radical change. For us, it means keeping our cultural materials safe, private and perpetually accessible. It means preparing for a Web that may face greater restrictions. It means serving patrons in a world in which government surveillance is not going away; indeed it looks like it will increase.”

Kahle’s concern reflects a popular belief among the tech industry presently. Trump has been critical of the recent announced merger of AT&T and Time Warner, which he has threatened to block. Earlier this year, Trump took on Apple, voting against the encryption of the iPhone in the San Bernardino case.

Indeed there is a lot of uncertainty over the future of privacy and encryption, and for a digital library as huge as the Internet Archive, the concern seems valid to say the least. Interestingly, Canada many people were ready to move to Canada immediately after the results, which led to the Candian Immigration website to crash.

Deutsche Telekom Internet Outage Said to Be Due to Failed Botnet Attempt

Deutsche Telekom Internet Outage Said to Be Due to Failed Botnet AttemptHundreds of thousands of Deutsche Telekom customers in Germany were hit on Sunday by network outages and a company executive blamed the disruptions on a failed hacking attempt to hijack consumer router devices for a wider Internet attack.

Deutsche Telekom said on Monday as many as 900,000, or about 4.5 percent of its 20 million fixed-line customers, suffered Internet outages starting on Sunday and continuing into Monday, when the number of affected users began to decline sharply.

Deutsche Telekom’s head of IT Security Thomas Thchersich told the newspaper Der Tagesspiegel that the outages appeared to be tied to a botched attempt to turn a sizeable number of customers’ routers into a part of the Mirai botnet.

“In the framework of the attack, it was attempted to turn the routers into a part of a botnet,” Tschersich told the Berlin newspaper, referring to the network devices customers use to connect to the Internet for phone, data and TV services.

Mirai is malicious software designed to turn network devices into remotely controlled “bots” that can be used to mount large-scale network attacks. Last month, hackers used it to unleash an attack using common devices like webcams and digital recorders to cut access to some of the world’s best known websites.

Telekom resells routers from more than a dozen mostly Asian suppliers under the brand Speedport. It offered firmware updates on Monday to three models, all of which are made by Taiwan’s Arcadyan Technology.

The German network operator will be reviewing their cooperation with Arcadyan following the outage, Tschersich told Tagesspiegel.

Arcadyan did not reply to an emailed request for comment.
The network monitoring site Allestoerungen.de (Breakdown)reported tens of thousands of complaints across Germany ranging from Berlin, Hamburg and Duesseldorf in the north to Frankfurt, Stuttgart and Munich in the south.

The site showed outages began to surge at 1400 GMT (7:30pm IST) on Sunday and peaked around 1600 GMT, then picked up again on Monday.

Telekom said on Monday its security measures appeared to be taking effect and the number of customers affected had declined to around 400,000 by 1200 GMT on Monday.

German security officials said the outages looked like the work of hackers, several government sources told Reuters.

The company suggested that users having connection problems unplug their router, wait 30 seconds and then restart their device. But if problems continued, the network operator advised them to disconnect their equipment from the network.