Smart lightbulbs could be exporting your personal data to China

first_img 5 Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: 3:16 7 ways smart home devices can help you sleep better Tags Comments Smart lightbulb at CES 2019. David Becker / Getty Images Today, you can operate almost everything in your house from your phone. But, like most technology, nothing is perfect. While smart lightbulbs themselves aren’t dangerous, the apps and platforms that control them might be. Last month, Dark Cubed, an American cybersecurity company, released its State of IoT Security report and detailed potential security threats in smart home devices. Dark Cubed said it purchased several in-home smart devices that can be found at Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy or other stores and tested their security. While the company said that it wasn’t surprising that most of the apps weren’t secure, the IoT (Internet of Things) lightbulbs were even worse. According to Dark Cubed, simply dimming your smart lightbulb could be enabling real-time location sharing. “What was surprising was the fact that some of these devices, such as the IoT lightbulb, were so insecure that it is beyond what could be considered a mistake,” Dark Cubed reported. “We found that the extent to which the manufacturers and infrastructure associated with these devices communicate with, or is related to, China is shocking and has significant national security implications.”The company also noted that while most IoT devices are manufactured in China, some of the tested devices and their companion apps were secure and didn’t share data.”Unfortunately, consumers have no ability to differentiate between the safe and the dangerous devices given the lack of focus on security by retailers,” Dark Cubed said in its report. Mobile Securitylast_img read more

WATCH Metro Employee Saves People From Burning Car

first_img Share Metro’s board honored rail technician Leang “Terry” Ear for his quick action after a car crash on the East End light rail line.At its December meeting, Metro’s board honored an employee who saved two people from a burning car.Early on the morning of November 20, Leang “Terry” Ear was working an overnight shift as a technician on the East End light rail line. He was flagged down by a passerby after a vehicle carrying two people hit a safety barrier and caught fire. Ear and the passerby rushed into action and pulled the driver and passenger to safety. Both people survived the crash.The entire incident was captured on security video.last_img read more

BJP wont get more than 160 seats

first_imgBelpahari, Dantan, Keshiari (West Midnapore/Jhargram): Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi “the biggest disaster” on Sunday, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said BJP will get around 150-160 seats in the Lok Sabha polls and it will be Bengal, along with other friendly states, which will form the new government at the Centre.Banerjee on Sunday addressed three election meetings at Keshiari, Dantan and Belpahari. The areas fall under Midnapore and Jhargram Lok Sabha constituencies, where election will be held on May 12. She urged people to throw Modi out of power to save the country. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn Keshiari, Banerjee said: “BJP will not get more than 150 to 160 seats in the Lok Sabha polls. They will not get a seat in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Bengal. From 73 seats their margin will come down to 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh and they will not be able to get seats in Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh. Bengal, along with our friends in Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, will form a secular and pro-development government in Delhi.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee reiterated that BJP is spending money to buy votes. “They are spending Rs 1,000 to attend rallies and Rs 5,000 to buy votes. They are also giving two-wheelers to people.” Manas Bhuniya and Birbaha Soren are contesting from the Midnapore and Jhargram seats. Banerjee has changed both the candidates who had won in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Actor Sandhya Roy was elected from the Midnapore seat, while Uma Soren had won from Jhargram. Bhuniya will face BJP state president Dilip Ghosh in Midnapore. Besides addressing the election rallies, Banerjee also took part in road shows and urged people to cast their votes in favour of Trinamool candidates.last_img read more

John Batter Video and music metadata specialists G

first_imgJohn BatterVideo and music metadata specialists Gracenote has appointed John Batter, the former CEO of movie and TV streaming service M-GO, as its new CEO. Batter will take up the role on September 2, leading Gracenote’s day-to-day operations, setting its strategic direction and driving growth for the firm’s core metadata and technology businesses.He will report to Peter Liguori, president and CEO of Tribune Media – Gracenote’s parent company – and joins as Tribune Media aims to expand its metadata business to meet growing international demand from TV and music customers.“As we look to develop and grow our metadata business, we decided to bring in a CEO with strong operational experience to lead this effort globally. John’s strong digital experience in on-demand streaming services and video games combined with his studio experience make him a terrific fit to lead Gracenote into the future,” said Liguori.Tribune acquired Gracenote in 2014 and combined it with Tribune Media Services (TMS), a provider of EPG and TV data for North America, Latin America and Europe that has expanded into India, the Middle East and Asia with the acquisition of What’s-ON.Batter was most recently CEO of M-GO, a streaming service created as a joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Technicolor.Prior to M-GO, Batter was president of production at DreamWorks Animation, where he led the company’s worldwide production, post-production, technology and studio finance divisions. Earlier in his career, Batter held leadership roles at videogame firm Electronic Arts.In July Samsung announced it was closing its Samsung Video and Media Hub at the end of the month, transitioning users over to the M-GO movie and TV rental service.last_img read more

Amazon Prime Video is to bring original reality se

first_imgAmazon Prime Video is to bring original reality series Hear Me. Love Me to its platform, based on the concept of blind dating.Shilpa Shetty KundraThe format takes a single female looking for love and sets her up on three dates. She’s not allowed to see what her dates look like, and will combine “modern day technology with the rules of old world romance” to find her perfect match.The contestant will not leave her room the entire time and simply watch the daily lives of her potential dates via a camera, which they carry. Her date’s face is never shown.Hear Me. Love Me. is hosted by actor Shilpa Shetty Kundra (pictured) and produced by FremantleMedia India.Vijay Subramaniam, director of content at Amazon Prime Video India, said: “This show is fun and fresh and we believe it will appeal to our current and future Prime members. It is based on the premise of choosing a date, but with a big twist and in a never before seen format in India. I think Shilpa is a great fit for this show and the audience will love the role she plays in this Prime Original.  We’re excited to add Hear Me. Love Me. to the slate of innovative shows we’re making for our Prime members.”The show is the latest investment in Indian content by Amazon, which has brought in Indian originals such as Inside Edge and Their.last_img read more

Musicians and scientists to research mind and music at Rice University conference

first_imgShareCONTACT: Jessica StarkPHONE: 713-348-6777EMAIL: stark@rice.eduMusicians and scientists to research mind and music at Rice University conferenceCross-disciplinary seminars offer new understanding of music’s role in human cognitionDistinguished neuroscientists and musicians from around the world will gather at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music June 13-17 to collaboratively explore music’s role in human cognition and behavior and present the latest research findings from this emerging field of study.  Through a series of in-depth morning seminars, the scientific researchers will be introduced to music theory and history while the musicians learn concurrently about brain morphology, music perception and experimental design. More thanjust a research symposium, “Exploring the Mind Through Music” will offer free public lectures each afternoon and evening. “For the first time in a setting like this, music fellows will train with scientists and science fellows will study with musicians, learning in greater depth about each other’s disciplines, methods and current perspectives,” said Anthony Brandt, conference organizer and associate professor of composition and theory at Rice. “We hope to spur new research collaborations and get neuroscientists and musicians more actively talking to one another and to the public.”  Having grown since its 2009 inauguration, the conference will include 15 scientific and 15 musical fellows who were selected from more than 125 applicants. During the conference, the fellows will reside on campus in the university’s residential colleges and eat together in the serveries. The fellows will take seminars with star faculty from Rice and the Texas Medical Center on topics such as music comprehension, the basics of human cognition and the mind-body connection.  The evening lectures will be given by world-renowned experts, including David Huron, head of the Ohio State University Cognitive and Systematic Musicology Laboratory; Robert Zatorre, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University; Aniruddh Patel, an evolutionary biologist at the Neurosciences Institute; and Fred Lerdahl, a composer and music theorist at Columbia University. Huron and Zatorre will offer a talk on music and emotion, and Patel and Lerdahl will discuss music and language. “The goal of art and the goal of brain science are really not so different: to access, explore and understand what’s going on inside of ourselves,” Brandt said. “Brain science is beginning to show that human thinking is fundamentally creative. Working in tandem, art and science can help us to deepen our understanding of who we really are.”  “Exploring the Mind Through Music” is presented by the Shepherd School of Music, the Humanities Research Center and Methodist Hospital’s Center for Performing Arts and Medicine, with support from Rice University’s Faculty Initiative Fund.  For more information, visit www.rice.edu/mindandmusic/. To interview Brandt or any of the conference participants, contact Jessica Stark, assistant director of media relations, at stark@rice.edu or 713-348-6777. AddThislast_img read more