Nest: a self learning thermostat is connected to the Internet. August: a Bluetooth enabled door lock lets you enter your home when it recognizes your smartphone. While Internet of Things invaeds our home, the best way to keep us safe is simply through keeping some of these devices OFF the internet.
Where Simson L. Garfinkel explains that any software implementation is inherently unsecure. For instance Heartbleed, the bug within SSL, terrorized the Internet community earlier this year. The main issue was related with the C language Heartbleed was written into. The flow was in a ‘goto’ statement.The ‘many eyes’ theory states that if code is open source, many people review it and therefore it is secured against ill written code (including security issues). Even this theory is not enough because Heartbleed was open source. Instead Garfinkel advocates using C# and Java and automated testing.
What is your opinion?
The article explains that 93% of accidents are caused by human error. When safety belts were installed, the number of fatalities on the road decreased by 50%. Two scholars have studied the potential impact of sself driving cars and they estimate that another 50% of casualties could be avoided thanks to these robots.
The world changes…..even Mediatek comes to open source.
The Florida-based makers of the lightest electric skateboard weights just 9.9 pounds. The Marbel is robust enough to power you up steep hills. The Marbel can travel up to 10 miles on a single charge. The company’s Kickstarter campaign has already raised $217,023 of its initial $90,000 goal.
Smartphone market continues to grow according to IDC and Android keeps the lion share.
When asked about example of great Internet of Things products, I always take a little while to think before naming one because there are many we love. Among those we love, here is a new product being launched by a great Californian start up. See for yourselves.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular for hobbyist, civilian applications or military ones. More and more drones are using Linux variants for their OS. Some are still using RTOS such as VxWorks while others are using combinations of Nuttx (open source version of RTOS) and Linux depending on the real time requirements. Several drones are using Ubuntu with Robot OS extension. They are based on open platforms such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino or BeagleBone Black. Examples of projects are Bebop Drone, Spiri, Gumstix AeroCore MAV, Airware, Draganflyer X8, Paparazzi.
“Linux and collaborative development are the optimal ways to provide higher value and address increased system complexity,” said Hisao Munakata, Executive Manager of Automotive Information System Business Division, Renesas Electronics Corporation.
Renesas increases its involvement with the Linux foundation to become a gold member. The company has been a member since 2011.
Linux is becoming an increasingly important part in the automotive industry where IHS expects its sales to spur to 53.7 million units by 2020. It is particularly present in the infortainment system.
An interview of Linux Torvald in the Huffington Post. Where one can learn that Linus is married to a 6 time martial art champion. He does not care about companies or corporations who have grown around Linux except to be grateful for them to do it.
He loves technology (of course ! :-)). He thinks technology does not change life but rather makes ubiquitous products and services which were availaible to only a few.