Hubitat makes a strong case for the cloud-less smart home hub

On the most recent IoT Podcast, we talked about the Hubitat Elevation: A new smart home hub that doesn’t connect to the cloud. Instead, Hubitat keeps all of the device rules, automations and data locally. With all of the recent news about data privacy issues, social media manipulation and the like, I’ve been wondering if we really need cloud-based hubs.

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IoT news of the week for May 4, 2018

Sierra Wireless is behind thousands of connected air compressors: The internet of things is filled with fairly esoteric things that have introduced me to entire new worlds of equipment. I’ve written about connected centrifuges, connected steam traps, and now, connected air compressors. In this case, the machines are made by Atlas Copco. According to Jason Krause of Sierra Wireless, Atlas Copco has been

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How to protect privacy in a world awash in data

This chart explains the types of data and how they can be combined to create some sort of economic value for a business. Source: ACM Communications This week’s big news had to do with a heat map published back in November by a fitness tracking application called Strava. A 20-year-old in Australian noticed that the running data from U.S. military personnel indicated

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IoT news of the week for Feb. 2, 2017

Will the new FTC be less into privacy? The new members of the Federal Trade Commission are more experienced with antitrust than with privacy enforcement, which is making attorneys who monitor the agency concerned that those members will be less focused on enforcing privacy regulations. This is somewhat dismaying, considering that the FTC back in 2013 saw the deluge of freely available

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How to review and permanently delete voice recordings from a Google Home or Amazon Echo

Digital assistants are great, except when they aren’t. This week, for example, a software glitch recorded everything people said when doing their reviews of the new Google Home Mini. Yes, everything they said all day and all night was stored on Google’s servers, which is not how these devices are supposed to work. The only voice recordings saved in the

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The Senate’s IoT security bill won’t do much, but here’s what could make an impact

A Senate bill would do nothing about consumer devices like connected teddy bears. Let’s talk about toys. Technically, we’re going to talk about toys as a smarter path to thinking about regulating IoT device security, but I promise there will be teddy bears. This week four Senators introduced a bipartisan bill to regulate the security of connected devices sold to

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