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The Top Five Reasons IoT Devices will Malfunction in 2020


According to Juniper Research, the number of IoT (Internet of Things) connected devices will number 38.5 billion in 2020, up from 13.4 billion in 2015: a rise of over 285 percent. Consumer IoT, especially as it relates to the smart home, has received significant attention, especially because of the prevalence of online gaming, video streaming, home audio and home video security systems. With the new year on the horizon and smart home devices set to remain among the top purchases in 2020, this article focuses on the top reasons that devices are expected to malfunction over the next 12 months. IoT is rapidly becoming a transformative force, delivering the digital lifestyle to billions of people. Integrating an amazing array of smart devices with internet connectivity, the IoT market already includes more than 25 billion devices in use.

Now Signal on iOS can securely transfer your data to a new device


It's now finally possible to transfer your Signal data from one iPhone to another. The encrypted messaging service has launched a new tool that can securely transfer information in case it's time to upgrade or change your device. All you need for the transfer are your old and new iOS devices -- unfortunately, that means you won't be able to salvage your data from a bricked phone or tablet. To start the process, you have to install Signal on the new device, verify your phone number and tap the prompt asking if you'd like to transfer your account and message history. A migration prompt will then pop up on your old device, which you'll need to confirm.

Back up your files with ease using this portable device


As of July 24, get one for only $59.95 -- a 14% discount. With the AnyBackup device, which was successfully funded on Kickstarter and Indiegogo at over eight times the initial goal, you can back up your phone, computer, or tablet onto an external drive with ease. The stick automatically reads, backs up, transfers, and stores documents, contacts, photos, videos, and other critical data from your phone, in addition to third-party platforms like popular social media channels. Plus, it's compatible with any USB flash drive, portable hard drive, or microSD card of up to 2TB. Essentially, it works as a middleman, facilitating data transfer quickly and easily to your device.

Streamline your company's IT with Jamf Now


A year of unprecedented change and tumult has left most Americans blindsided and scrambling to make ends meet. Whether you lost your job during the pandemic or were lucky enough to hold onto your current position, you've doubtlessly experienced a year like no other. If you're like most people, however, you've also been working from home for the better part of the past year -- a welcome respite for most who enjoy being able to join Zoom meetings in pajamas, take frequent trips to the fridge and work on their laptop from the comfort of their own sofa. The good news is that even when things hopefully return to some semblance of normalcy in the coming months, it's unlikely that most businesses will resume business as "usual" and require employees to come into the office from nine to five. Companies spanning every industry and size have realized just how much overhead there is for large office spaces when the reality is that it's incredibly easy for most employees to work productively at home.

The best fitness devices for students


If you want to avoid the Freshman 15 (or the every-year-of-college 15, in many cases), tracking your workouts and walks around campus is a good place to start. There are plenty of devices out there that can accomplish just that, as well as help motivate you to exercise and get yourself moving when you've been studying for too long. Find all that and much more in our complete 2018 back-to-school guide. Check out our complete 2018 back-to-school guide and find all of our student-friendly buying advice right here! Engadget is the original home for technology news and reviews.