Smart Houses & Appliances

Why your smart TV could be listening to you – or worse

The Independent

That's the warning of a whole range of experts who warn that the connected home – the idea that appliances and gadgets throughout the home – might be turned on their users. The technology is intended to make life easier for the people who use it, but like many new developments comes with terrifying warnings for their users. That's because the same things required to use the smart home – internet connections, microphones and cameras – also make them perfect targets for hackers. And because they occupy such an intimate place in people's homes, once they're spying on you they can learn some of the most intimate data there is. Those problems primarily hit cheap devices, many of which are made with little interest in how private they are.

How to use AI Machine Learning in B2B Marketplace – Becoming Human


Machine Learning has certainly come a long way. The confluence of factors such as the evolution of data growth, advancements in computational algorithm and faster machine processing helped create an ideal environment for Deep Neural network and AI to finally gain adoption in the main stream. Now we have a mother load of data thanks to increasing amount of social sharing and rise of digital devices, Internet of Things (IOT) etc etc. Just look at the data we have accumulated over the last decade since the creation of Online streaming, Social Media, Mobile and Internet of Things (IOTs). We are creating about 1.7MB of new information per human being on the planet.

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Just to let you know, if you buy something featured here, Mashable might earn an affiliate commission. They're helpful, kinda adorable, and the exact right amount of intelligence we want our devices to have. Plus, you can give it a fun name. SEE ALSO: Here's how to get one of those Star Wars vacuums if you don't want to shell out $800 up front Roomba was one of the first to the Smart Home trend. Before Amazon got Alexa into every room of your house, you could still get a robot to do your chores.

These are the best smart home gadgets of 2017


In just a few short years, we've seen an incredible proliferation of devices that want to quantify, connect, and regulate your home. While the potential is huge, the actual results vary widely. Some products, like the Amazon Echo and Philips Hue light bulbs, are nailing the fundamentals, while others struggle with basic functionality. We tested 75 smart home products over hundreds of hours. In the end, we found eight stellar examples of how to do smart home right.

Use Machine Learning to boost IoT efficacy says Forrester


Use Machine Learning to boost IoT efficacy says Forrester. A new report from Forrester, "Put Data to Work in the Industrial Internet of Things" advises CIOs to leverage machine learning to turn the tsunami of data obtained in Internet of Things (IoT) deployments into actionable insights. Successful companies in the industrial sector that are doing this are not only predicting problems and opportunities before they occur but are also developing new revenue streams during their digital transformation. Large volumes of data are required to train and then exploit machine learning algorithms, and fortunately, that data is now easily accessible, especially as IoT gains traction in industries. Machine learning is becoming a powerful tool in efforts to win, serve, and retain customers.

The best smart home and kitchen gadgets to give as gifts


For the smart home and kitchen gadget section of our holiday gift guide, we skipped past the WiFi-enabled toaster ovens and what-have-you, and narrowed our list down to the stuff that's actually useful. For starters, yes, we agree that the Instant Pot -- a darling in food and tech circles -- is worth the hype. With this one gadget, you get a pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, yogurt maker, cake maker, egg maker, with modes for sautéing, steaming, warming and sterilizing. The cook in your life might also enjoy the Tasty One Top, a much-buzzed-about induction cooktop, which tracks the time and temperature, and automatically adjusts as necessary. Outside the kitchen, Philip's Hue lighting kit now works with Alexa-, HomeKit- and Google Assistant-integrated gadgets.

Google Home and Amazon Echo hit by big bad Bluetooth flaws


Video: Google's tech to woo Bluetooth device makers Google and Amazon have rolled out patches for their respective smart home speakers, Home and Echo, to plug the widespread Bluetooth flaws known as BlueBorne. BlueBorne, a set of eight Bluetooth flaws, was already known to affect billions of phones and computers running iOS, Android, Windows, and Linux. The flaws were discovered by security vendor Armis, which now warns that the flaws in Home and Echo could be used as an entry point to attacking other devices with malware. An attacker would need to be in Bluetooth range but can use the flaws to attack any device with Bluetooth enabled without pairing with it. According to Armis, Amazon has provided an update to around 15 million Echo devices and Google has patched five million Google Home devices.

China's biggest search engine unveils a smart speaker, the first of its AI products to come


Google Home and the Amazon Echo have new competition. Baidu, which runs China's most popular search engine, has produced the Raven H, a voice-activated speaker that runs on an artificial intelligence platform. The Raven H is the first product in Baidu's upcoming AI plan, following its acquisition in earlier this year of Beijing-based smart home startup, Raven. 'Humans & machines have been interacting w/ one another for years, but raven H aims to create a world in which this interaction is seamless.' If anything, the new speaker's design looks like none of the competition, and appears to be able to flip up to face the user, when activated.

Amazon's Echo with a screen hits the UK for £200


It's taken a while, but Amazon's Echo Show is finally ready for British customers. The boxy device, which comes with a 7-inch display and Alexa smarts, was announced way back in May. Pre-orders for the UK opened on September 28, and today, at last, the first units are shipping out. It's an expensive bundle, but one that makes sense given the Echo Show can be used for voice and video calls. The idea, presumably, is that you'll buy one for yourself and a relative so you can chat freely over the festive period.

Chinese tech giant unveils a smart home speaker to compete with Amazon


Chinese internet search giant Baidu on Thursday introduced a speaker and two robots as part of its Raven series in a serious push into the highly competitive smart home market. The products, introduced at the Baidu World conference in Beijing, are powered by the company's DuerOS conversational artificial intelligence technology. That system is similar to virtual assistants like Amazon's Alexa, the Google Assistant and Microsoft's Cortana. The smart speaker is called Raven H and will be available for purchase in December for about 1,699 yuan ($256). Design-wise, the speaker looks like a stack of thin, colored square blocks and it comes with a touch-sensitive light-emitting diode (LED) display controller.