There is no question the Internet of Things (IoT) will continue to have a high-profile in the years to come, but there is concern that a single platform will hold back progress. Companies are building next-generation IoT ecosystems, but there won't be a standard product offering through 2018, according to the Gartner research group.
Since a standardized IoT offering won't be available, future efforts will remain customized platforms - and that could hurt IoT adoption by consumers. Analysts believe connected devices will still become increasingly popular, but integration into mobile devices - which is popular today - could become cluttered with numerous infrastructures that cause confusion.
"Many standards and ecosystems for the IoT are still in development and some of the vendors and ecosystems may fail during the working lifetime of current IoT projects," said Alfonso Velosa, research director at Gartner. "CIOs will need to ensure their prime system integrator has a strategy to future-proof their project."
Companies are under cyberattack, and a single distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack could cost companies from $52,000 up to $444,000 depending on how large the company is. Enduring downtime due to a DDoS cyberattack also hurts the company's public relations image, with disclosures made to customers and federal regulatory bodies.
Following a DDoS attack, 61 percent of victims lost access to critical business information, while 38 percent were unable to conduct day-to-day business operations. As cybercriminals are becoming more organized - and finding new strategies to launch cyberattacks - volumetric attacks tend to be increasing, outnumbering application-layer attacks.
"A successful DDoS attack can damage business-critical services, leading to serious consequences for the company," said Eugene Vigovsky, head of the Kaspersky DDoS protection at Kaspersky Lab. "For example, the recent attacks on Scandinavian banks caused a few days of disruption to online services and also interrupted the processing of bank card transactions, a frequent problem in cases like this."
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a new statement verifying the Super Bowl is a "no drone zone," and anyone caught flying a drone near the stadium faces potential criminal charges. There is a mix between security and safety concerns and copyright regarding filming sporting events, so drone operators should avoid the potential headache.
"The FAA bars unauthorized aircraft - including drones - from flying over or near NFL regular- and post-season football games," according to a statement from the FAA. "The same restriction applies to NCAA college games in stadiums seating 30,000 or more fans, Major League Baseball games and many NASCAR events."
The FAA is struggling to create private and commercial drone flight laws, as the number of unmanned aircraft continues to rise in the United States. However, the FAA is straightforward when it comes to the Super Bowl and other major sporting events: "If you want to see video of the Big Game, watch it on TV. Leave your drone at home."
Let's take a look way back to 2012, when Curse gaming picked up a lease of this beautiful $2 million mansion located within Beverly Hills - set to broadcast the lives and training schedules of their five League of Legends players to viewers around the world through to the now-closed streaming service Own3d.tv.
8,000 square feet in size, this house contained a live live-in production team, supplied computers, a pool and spa and every single home-comfort one could hope for.
Curse founder and CEO Hubert Thieblot stated at the time that "ESports in the western world are gaining in popularity at record breaking speeds and competitive gamers have become young celebrities that live an exhilarating lifestyle," adding that "fans crave more from these new celebrities and want insight into their daily lives. Other gaming houses have portrayed pro gamers as uninteresting and lifeless individuals living in cramped quarters bound to their PCs. Curse plans to change that perception and show the fun side of training in the competitive scene."
This is just one example of numerous gaming houses located around the world, however it's certainly one of the most impressive.
The former iBUYPOWER CS:GO professional player and current banned member of the match-fixing and betting ring scandal Joshua 'steel' Nissan has issued a public statement and apology on his public Facebook page.
In this statement he highlighted his disappointment in his actions, the good times while competing in various CS:GO tournaments and some of his plans for the future. He's currently planning to stream his public matchmaking game-play through Twitch.TV, alongside commenting that "I am still a host of knowledge about Counter-Strike. I will try to make all of this information available to everyone for free. It's the least I can do."
Many enraged members of the public have decided to boycott all of Nissan's content, further naming him as "Steal".
Despite the recent match-fixing and betting ring scandals surrounding the former and friends-of iBUYPOWER (IBP) CS:GO squad teammates - the large North American computer company has announced they are looking toward another CS:GO pick-up.
IBP and their CS:GO team split on January the 5th before the accusations were confirmed. As as we're now rolling into February 2015, they've stated that another team is on their mind - commenting that their previous players actions "are not in keeping with the philosophy of the iBUYPOWER brand."
They further stated that "IBP is committed to supporting gaming at the highest levels, and expects each member of our staff and teams to perform to the best of their ability and conduct themselves with integrity at all times," adding "recently, IBP learned that certain members of the IBP CS:GO team failed to meet that expectation. The actions of these individuals come as a shock to us."
According to rumors, the newest Samsung flagship mobile product will be running an almost-completely stock Android operating system, free of the plethora of bloatware that's currently included with their smartphone models.
Gizmodo has compiled some rumors, stating that the Galaxy S6 is looking to run a minimalistic version of TouchWiz, currently described as Samsung specific software that is an add-on to Android offerings.
Sammobile has also let loose that not only will TouchWiz be put on a diet, but Samsung are set to make their specialty programs like "S Voice" and "S Translator" a complete optional-install process - meaning that if you don't want your phone being clogged up like things that you're likely to never to use, you don't have to!
3D Robotics (3DR) has launched the DroneEDU program designed to provide free and discounted drone hardware, classroom support and partnerships to students, teachers and schools interested in drone research.
The program is available to grade schools to post-graduate study, with the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University already making use of the DroneEDU program.
"UAV technology can have an incredible impact in scientific study, with real-world applications in solving both historical mysteries and modern global challenges," said Brandon Basso, VP of software engineering at 3DR. "To realize that potential, we want to put UAVs in the hands of the next generation of innovators."
Shared on his Twitter page today, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has explained how the Tesla Model S P85D isn't just for clear-sky driving - showing it tackle snow conditions effectively through an in-cabin viewing experience.
With the assistance of Michelin XICE Xi3 snow tyres, this Tesla happily rolls past a four-wheel-drive SUV stuck in extremely chilly weather on what is claimed to be a 14-degree incline.
This capability is claimed to be thanks to the dual electric motors' capability to provide instantaneous and constant torque straight from 0 RPM - as shown through this demonstration. This means acceleration can be controlled precisely and the on-board computers will detect any wheel-spin, quickly regulating the issue.
Not only can the Tesla P85D travel from 0 to 60 mph on 3.4 seconds, it can also apparently tackle snow conditions quite well.
Iowa isn't the only state interested in utilizing a digital driver's license for state drivers, as Delaware also wants to roll out digital license technology. Recently, the Delaware House of Representatives passed a resolution for the DMV to consider adopting the technology, which has drawn security and privacy concerns.
The MorphoTrust vendor is developing a pilot program that could be used by multiple states, giving smartphone owners the opportunity of using a secure app to show their license. The digital license would not replace physical plastic hard copies - and would join the ability for drivers to already show an electronic proof of insurance.
"We anticipated this shift a couple years ago, and are pleased that this process has reached a stage today where we are talking with many of the 42 states that we supply with physical licenses about piloting the concept," said Jenny Openshaw, VP of MorphoTrust, in an interview with SecurityDocumentWorld. "Of course, Iowa is the state that is furthest down that road."