Internet of Things Security Reaches Tipping Point

It all began more than four years ago with HD Moore's groundbreaking research in embedded device security — VoIP, DSL, SCADA, printers, videoconferencing, and switching equipment — found exposed on the public Internet and sporting diagnostics backdoors put in place by developers. The holes could allow an attacker access to read and write memory and…

Mobile Benchmarks Need Work

It's ironic that the issues that deserve the most industry cooperation tend to be the most contentious ones. Few issues have been more contentious than performance benchmarking. Slowly, we're moving in the right direction, but more work is needed. Benchmarks are widely used for evaluating anything electronic. To get the best scores, silicon and system…

Broadcom Cuts 2,500 jobs

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Broadcom will lay off about 2,500 employees as part of a decision on June 2 to exit the cellular baseband business for which it could not find a buyer. The news came in a call with financial analysts in which the company essentially reported neither profits nor revenue growth for its…

Android Wear Buzzes Sans Babak

Two posts set Google+ a-twitter about Android Wear this week. Babak Parviz, a pioneer and public face for Project Glass, left Google for Amazon. (You made need to register at Google+ to see this link.) Separately, in a less high-profile Google+ posting of a video of an Android Wear watch, developers piled on a discussion…

IoT Household Wares: Who’s Talking to Whom?

MADISON, Wis. — At the risk of sounding a bit curmudgeonly, I have to confess one thing. While there’s certainly something positive to be said about the Internet of Things (IoT), I can’t help feeling suspicious, weary, and a bit turned off by the whole idea. Aside from big-number projections (e.g., Cisco predicts 50 billion…

How Augmented Would You Like Your Reality?

Do you recall the original Terminator movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger portraying a cyborg sent from the future to kill someone in our time? On a number of occasions during the movie, we saw the world through the cyborg's eyes, with additional information being overlaid on the scene he was observing. This was an early depiction…

Nordic Semiconductor BLE Wireless Chips Expand Digi-Key’s IoT Solution Lineup

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — Global electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation, the industry leader in electronic component selection, availability and delivery, announced a global distribution agreement with Nordic Semiconductor, a leading provider of ARM-based Bluetooth Low Energy solutions. Nordic Semiconductor is a fabless semiconductor company specializing in ultra-low power (ULP) short-range wireless communication in the…