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13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Smart City Market | Decrease in Prices of Connected Devices to Boost the Market Growth

The smart city market size is poised to grow by USD 2118.14 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 23% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Smart City Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

IoT systems have revolutionized the connected network ecosystem over the last few years. Smart city infrastructure is based on an efficient and connected network system. The reduction in costs of IoT sensors and associated systems, and in the cost of broadband services has led to the implementation of smart cities across the world. Furthermore, the decline in hardware costs, installation costs, and tariff rates of network operators have triggered a surge in M2M security systems adoption in applications such as smart homes, connected cars, connected health, and precision agriculture. As the prices for connected devices continue to decrease in the coming years, the smart city market will witness significant growth.

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Report Highlights:

  • The major smart city market growth came from the smart governance and education segment. Smart governance and education consist of technologies that enhance the administration of education through various tools such as online tutoring, e-learning, and data management systems. These technologies help convert the traditional educational systems based on books and classroom training into an automated viral learning environment using laptops

13
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Apple unveils $99 HomePod Mini smart speaker launching next month

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During Apple’s “Hi, Speed.” iPhone 12 event on Tuesday, the company announced a follow up smart speaker, the HomePod Mini. The smaller speaker is more affordable, with a $99 price tag, and smaller than the original HomePod. It goes on sale Nov. 6 and will start shipping Nov. 16. 

Apple still leverages Siri, along with several new software updates and improvements, including the ability to play music from third-party services like Spotify, instead of being limited to Apple Music as has been the case since its launch in 2018. 

The smaller speaker has the same mesh covering on the outside as the original HomePod, albeit smaller, but it’s more of a spherical shape than the column-like shape of the bigger HomePod. The top screen on the Mini is used to indicate when Siri is listening to your voice commands and accepts touch controls for controlling volume and music playback.

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The HomePod Mini has smart home controls, built-in assistant, and amazing sound while keeping security and privacy in mind.

The HomePod Mini provides 360-degree sound and is powered by the Apple S5 processor. It uses computational audio to adjust the audio that comes out of the speaker as it’s coming out, tuning it for ideal sound quality in real-time. 

The HomePod Mini has an Ultra Wide Band chip inside it, the same kind of chip that made its debut in the iPhone 11 but hasn’t been fully used yet. The UWB chip in the HomePod Mini will be

12
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Smart Doorbell Market| Increasing Demand for Smart Locks to Boost the Market Growth

The smart doorbell market size is poised to grow by USD 1.19 billion during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of over 25% throughout the forecast period, according to the latest report by Technavio. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment. The report also provides the market impact and new opportunities created due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Download a Free Sample of REPORT with COVID-19 Crisis and Recovery Analysis.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Smart Doorbell Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

The demand for smart locks is on the rise because of the benefits such as flexibility and high security, easy installation, remote locking and unlocking, and instant alerts to homeowners. The rise in cases of burglary in recent years has contributed to the demand for smart locks. Most of the customers prefer to install smart locks along with smart doorbells. This is one of the key factors driving the growth of the smart doorbells market. The entry of new players in the market has also resulted in new product launches with different applications at a much lower cost. The preference of buyers has induced vendors to offer smart locks with highly compatible smart doorbells, which will further contribute to market growth.

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  • North America was the largest smart doorbell market in 2019, and the region will offer several growth opportunities to market vendors during the forecast period. The US and Canada are the key markets for smart doorbells in North America. Market growth in this region will be faster than the growth

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

Exclusive: Google faces new antitrust case in India over abuse in smart TVs market

By Aditi Shah and Aditya Kalra



a screen shot of a man: FILE PHOTO: Man stands in front of a screen during a Google event in New Delhi


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FILE PHOTO: Man stands in front of a screen during a Google event in New Delhi


NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google is facing a new antitrust case in India in which the U.S. tech giant is alleged to have abused its Android operating system’s position in the smart television market, a source and two lawyers involved in the case told Reuters.

The case is Google’s fourth major antitrust challenge in India, one of its key markets where it is currently facing public criticism from local startups for enforcing certain policies and company charges they contend hurt their growth.

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It also comes as Google faces new antitrust challenges in the United States, and a potential antitrust probe in China that is set to look into how it allegedly uses its dominance of its Android mobile operating system to stifle competition. Google has denied any wrongdoing.

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has since June been looking into allegations that Google engages in anti-competitive practices by creating barriers for firms wanting to use or develop modified versions of Android for smart TVs, such as Amazon Fire TV’s operating system, according to the source, who has direct knowledge of the case.

The case has been filed by two Indian antitrust lawyers, Kshitiz Arya and Purushottam Anand. They both confirmed the case filing against Google for alleged abuse in the smart television market, but declined to comment further.

The source said the CCI had directed Google to submit its written responses to the allegations and that the company has sought more time.

A Google spokesman declined comment, since the case with the antitrust body was pending. Amazon and the CCI did not respond to requests for comment.

Unlike Indian court cases,

07
Oct
2020
Posted in technology

‘Smart’ Male Chastity Device Vulnerable To Locking By Hackers: Researchers

A security flaw in an internet-connected male chastity device could allow hackers to remotely lock it — leaving users trapped, researchers have warned.

The Cellmate, produced by Chinese firm Qiui, is a cover that clamps on the base of the male genitals with a hardened steel ring, and does not have a physical key or manual override.

The locking mechanism is controlled with a smartphone app via Bluetooth — marketed as both an anti-cheating and a submission sex play device — but security researchers have found multiple flaws that leave it vulnerable to hacking.

“We discovered that remote attackers could prevent the Bluetooth lock from being opened, permanently locking the user in the device. There is no physical unlock,” British security firm Pen Test Partners said Tuesday.

“An angle grinder or other suitable heavy tool would be required to cut the wearer free.”

The firm also found other security flaws in the Cellmate — listed for $189 on Qiui’s website — that could expose sensitive user information such as names, phone numbers, birthdays and location data.

“It wouldn’t take an attacker more than a couple of days to exfiltrate the entire user database and use it for blackmail or phishing,” PTP’s Alex Lomas wrote in their report on the device.

A security flaw in an internet-connected male chastity device could allow hackers to remotely lock it, researchers have warned A security flaw in an internet-connected male chastity device could allow hackers to remotely lock it, researchers have warned Photo: AFP / Fred TANNEAU

“A number of countries have oppressive laws that may expose users of these types of devices to unwarranted interest from law enforcement and bigots.”

Qiui did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment.

PTP said it reached out to Qiui in April this year, identifying the flaws.

Qiui fixed most of the issues by updating the software, but left the older version active and its