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The consumer IoT market has become massive in just a few short years. There are now likely billions of live devices, with developers offering consumers everything from home assistants to smart security cameras to smart refrigerators.

However, there’s a big challenge ahead for the industry. Despite advances in IoT security and design, these devices are still quite vulnerable — which could expose people and their home networks to attacks from hackers and other cybercriminals. A lack of consumer knowledge about cybersecurity is making this problem even worse.

Here’s the current state of IoT security, and why these vulnerabilities pose such a major threat to the industry. …

This overview highlights why people should not overlook DevOps methods when planning their IoT automation projects

DevOps is a set of practices that marries aspects of IT operations and software development. Embracing DevOps initiatives can lead to several advantages, including higher-quality output and faster feature development. It could also improve Internet of Things (IoT) projects.

People may not initially think of DevOps as an option for IoT automation projects. However, there are several reasons they should remain open to the possibility.

It Gives a Competitive Advantage

People who purchase or consider buying IoT products want assurance that the seller will continue releasing new features, security updates and other improvements. The DevOps method of working makes those kinds of ongoing enhancements easier to achieve, thereby helping position the brand as a market leader. …

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The brilliance of the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected technologies is now realized, and adoption of the technology has exploded. It is now used in many industries, from retail to medical, to facilitate operations and vastly improve worker, customer and vendor experiences.

It begs the question, what’s the next phase? Where will IoT and similar technologies make an impact next?

The answer — and it’s become more prevalent in the current climate — is disaster recovery and response. The IoT can predict potential emergencies, monitor active ones and alert the necessary populations, all in real-time. Most importantly, it can enhance the performance and response times after a major event has occurred. …

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The classroom can sometimes be a poor learning environment for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) who sometimes find that communication with others is uncomfortable or difficult.

These kids may be overwhelmed by face-to-face interaction and struggle to learn from teachers and social workers. As a result, they can fall behind in classroom topics like math and science, even with therapeutic intervention.

Researchers and education experts are looking to new tools that may be a better fit for children with autism. Educational robots — which are becoming more common in classrooms — have shown promise in teaching STEM topics.

Researchers Experiment With Robot Teachers

A few different companies and research groups have experimented with educational robots for students with ASD. Like other teaching tools, these bots are designed to teach children STEM concepts, like basic physics, as well as soft skills, like emotional calming strategies. …

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Anyone who owns enough IoT products can testify about the lack of standardization in the industry. Not all IoT devices are compatible with each other or with traditional electronic infrastructure. The recent news of the Zigbee Alliance and DiiA’s collaboration may indicate a shift in the other direction, though.

The Zigbee Alliance is a membership between hundreds of companies working to establish universal standards for the IoT. The DiiA, or Digital Illumination Interface Alliance, is a similar group for lighting companies. On April 22, the organizations announced a joint venture to develop a standard for IoT lighting.

This collaboration joins two different sides of lighting technology. On one side, there’s the Zigbee Alliance, which specializes in developing wireless networks for the IoT. On the other is the DiiA, the frontrunners in digital lighting control technology in a traditionally wired field. …

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Health care systems aren’t the only establishments struggling under the weight of COVID-19. As the outbreak continues, the global economy keeps declining, affecting even decentralized systems like cryptocurrency. The economic relationship between cryptocurrency and COVID-19 may be more significant than some people realize.

It’s evident how the coronavirus pandemic has adversely affected traditional economic structures across the globe. Despite these clear financial repercussions, it’s more challenging to predict the fate of crypto, given its decentralized nature. While nothing is certain as of yet, COVID-19 could be a point of struggle even for cryptocurrency.

COVID-19’s Effect on the Economy

To say this outbreak has hindered the global economy would be the understatement of the year. As employees and consumers stay indoors to prevent spreading the virus, many businesses have had to scale back. It also doesn’t help that the virus originated in China, a key player in international trade and manufacturing. …

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Chatbots are now a necessity for many businesses across the world. They optimize interactions with customers and can process requests or inquiries through simple conversations. If you’re looking for online resources to help you learn about chatbot development, you’re not alone. This area has been picking up momentum alongside coding.

While some chatbots require coding, others do not. This is an important distinction as some online resources offer information regarding both. But no matter which method you choose, these resources are easy ways to become fluent in the language of chatbots for adults and students alike.

Adult Learning

Adult learning and student learning can differ. Anyone can use the following resources. However, adults that gear chatbots toward business or personal use may find these especially helpful. …

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The COVID-19 outbreak may turn out to be technology’s time to shine. It isn’t the first outbreak that the world’s experienced, but the available tech to help fight it is new. Governments and companies around the world are starting to use the IoT in the anti-coronavirus fight.

You might’ve heard about the IoT’s potential in medical fields before the outbreak. IoT companies were already developing tech to help public health, so now it’s time to see it in action. Read on to find out about five IoT projects trying to help contain and fight COVID-19.

1. Detecting Symptoms with Raspberry Pi

Last year, researchers at the University of Massachusets tested an IoT device that can track flu symptoms. The Raspberry Pi-based sensor, called FluSense, can detect possible flu patients in crowds. You’ve probably heard people compare COVID-19 to the flu, so you probably know where this is going. …

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March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate all the brave females who weren’t afraid to challenge the status quo and fight for their rights. It’s a time to honor those who helped shape the world and reflect on how far they have come and all they have yet to accomplish.

So gather your family and friends and head to one of the following museums, parks or historical sites to discover a new appreciation for all the ways women have contributed to society.

1. Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park

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This museum honors the countless women who volunteered their time by working in factories during World War II. The memorial also shares important facts about how the real Rosie and women like her helped spur gender equality through their heroic war efforts. …

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One of the most significant technological changes over the past decade was the widespread adoption of IoT devices across industries.

Through the next decade, experts believe that we will see significant changes to the IoT market as IoT devices become even more widely adopted, and industries find new ways to adapt the technology to fit specific industry needs.

Here are 6 of the IoT developments that we’re likely to see in the coming decade.

1. Further Industrial Adoption of IoT

While we’re unlikely to see fully-automated “lights-out” factories any time soon, industrial IoT devices are likely to become much more widely used in the next decade.

Industrial applications like predictive maintenance, cobots, and remote access will all further the adoption of IIoT devices. …



tech and productivity writer. bylines: @venturebeat, @makeuseof, @motherboard, @theweek, @technobuffalo, @inc and others.

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