The industry group backing the Internet of Things (IoT) networking protocol Thread has enlisted product certification outfit UL to perform interoperability and security testing for products integrating the Thread protocol.
The alliance with UL marks the latest milestone for Thread Group , which was formed in July and counts heavy hitters such as Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC), Freescale Semiconductor Inc. and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)-owned Nest Labs among its founders. The group’s membership now numbers more than 50 entities, spanning service providers, silicon developers and product companies. (See Thread Protocol for IoT Proceeds to First Beta and Thread Group Spins New IoT Networking Protocol.)
Thread is an open protocol derived from characteristics of IEEE 802.15.4, IETF IPv6, and 6LoWPAN (an acronym of IPv6 over low-power wireless personal area networks). Thread’s developers see their creation as distinct from the other IoT protocol efforts that are attracting the attention of many IoT industry hopefuls because it’s based on existing protocols and focuses solely on developing a home networking standard for IoT devices, leaving the application layer for later.
The internet of things includes toys.
Balls. Dolls. Race cars. So dull.
How can good old-fashioned toys like these compete for children’s attention when the kids seem umbilically connected to their iPads?
How about software-upgradable balls, dolls and race cars?
Established toy makers and entrepreneurs from outside the toy industry are creating a new generation of connected toys. Just as software updates pulse new life into years-old smartphones and tablets, so too for kids’ playthings. Equipped with Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, the toys can be customized, personalized and improved through the Internet to make them just as dynamic as tablets.
“The world of imagination coupled with your phone is the new reality for toys,” said Adam Wilson, chief software architect at connected-toy maker Sphero. “Playing with plastic is just not enough today.”
For more than a decade, photographers using traditional cameras have been able to get higher image quality by “shooting raw.” The new Android 5.0 brings that ability to mobile-phone photographers, with software support now arriving.
Raw photos come from a camera’s image sensor before the camera processes them into the JPEG format, a format that’s convenient when sharing photos with friends. Although raw photos involve a lot more work because the processing must be done by hand, photo enthusiasts like the flexibility raw provides.
Digital SLRs, mirrorless cameras and high-end compact cameras all come with raw capabilities, as the camera industry caters to photo enthusiasts willing to pay for image quality. But raw photo support is almost nonexistent in the mobile phone world. The exceptions so far have been some designs from Nokia — now Microsoft’s phone division — including the Lumia 1520 and 1020.
North Korean officials said Sunday that they appreciated the work of those who hacked the computer systems at Sony Pictures but don’t know who the culprits are, and accused the U.S. government of being “deeply involved” in the making of the film, “The Interview.”
Through its state-run news agency, the Korean Central News Agency or KCNA, the officials said they wouldn’t stop with Sony but that their target was “all the citadels” of the U.S.
They didn’t specify what they meant by citadels, but added: “The army and people of the DPRK are fully ready to stand in confrontation with the U.S. in all war spaces including cyber warfare space to blow up those citadels.”
Lashing rains, high winds and thunderstorms look set to mess up holiday travel plans for millions of Americans this week as the country heads for a mostly wet — not white — Christmas. A large developing north-south cold front threatens to deliver rain and gusty winds along the Gulf Coast and snow in the Upper Midwest on Tuesday. The storm is then expected to move northeastward, battering the East Coast with wet and windy weather on Wednesday — right at the prime pre-holiday travel time.
“It’s going to be a rainmaker, for sure. There’s the threat of locally heavy rain and this system could be windy enough to disrupt travel at airports in the east,” said Roy Lucksinger, lead meteorologist at the Weather Channel.”
The developing storm already was causing disruption in Southern California, with locally gusting winds bringing down trees and power lines overnight. A high-wind warning was in effect through Monday morning with gusts of up to 75 mph, NBC Los Angeles reported. “The Gulf states are going to see the worst of that severe weather on Tuesday,” Lucksinger said.
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PEGIDA is the group that Chancellor Merkel calls “Neo Nazis in Pinstripes”.
Disenchanted German citizens and right-wing extremists are joining forces to form a protest movement to fight what they see as the Islamization of the West. Is this the end of the long-praised tolerance of postwar Germany?
Felix Menzel is sitting in his study in an elegant villa in Dresden’s Striesen neighborhood on a dark afternoon in early December. He’s thinking about Europe. A portrait of Ernst Jünger, a favorite author of many German archconservatives is hung on the wall.
Menzel, 29, is a polite, unimposing man wearing corduroys and rimless glasses. He takes pains to come across as intellectual, and avoids virulent rhetoric like “Foreigners out!” He prefers to talk about “Europe’s Western soul,” which, as he believes, includes Christianity and the legacy of antiquity, but not Islam. “I see serious threats coming our way from outside Europe. I feel especially pessimistic about the overpopulation of Africa and Asia,” says Menzel, looking serious. “And I believe that what is unfolding in Iraq and Syria at the moment is a clear harbinger of the first global civil war.”
Menzel, a media scholar, has been running the Blaue Narzisse (Blue Narcissus), a conservative right-wing magazine for high school and university students, for the last 10 years. His small magazine had attracted little interest until now. But that is about to change, at least if Menzel has his way. “The uprising of the masses that we have long yearned for is slowly getting underway,” he writes on his magazine’s website. “And this movement is moving toward the right.”
A half-built mosque in the northwestern German town of Dormagen has been spray painted with swastikas and racist slogans. The act of vandalism comes as anti-Islamic demonstrations continue to grow across Germany.
The perpetrators are reported to have entered the building site late Saturday/early Sunday morning. As well as the symbol associated to Nazis, the vandals also wrote slurs such as “off with you to the concentration camp!”
The attack on the mosque has coincided with the rise of the controversial “anti-Islamization” PEGIDA movement in Germany. The group has been holding demonstrations in cities throughout the country for the past 10 weeks.