‘Silex’ Malware Renders Internet-of-Things Devices Useless. Here’s How to Prevent It

A new malware known as Silex is bringing smart devices to their knees. The Silex malware, according to ZDNet, ruins smart devices by gaining access to and destroying a device’s storage, eliminating its firewall and removing its network configuration. From here, the device stops working. Silex was reportedly created by a 14-year-old hacker who goes […]

HomePod Is Still Too Expensive—and It’s Crushing Apple’s Smart Home Push

Apple’s first smart home device is now more affordable. But that doesn’t make it any more successful. In February, market researcher Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP) said Amazon’s Echo products and Google’s Home devices had 94% market share in the U.S. smart speaker market. At 6% market share, Apple was far behind. In a statement […]

August’s New Privacy-Minded Doorbell Tolls for Amazon and Google

Having secured the top spot on smart lock sales in the U.S., August Home is going after some outsized competition in the video doorbell market: Google‘s Nest and Amazon‘s Ring. Priced at $230, the August View smart doorbell features two-way audio, adjustable motion sensors that can be set to capture either all passersby or just […]

Apple Acquires Lighthouse AI’s Patent Portfolio in Possible Home Security Push

Apple has quietly acquired a failed home security startup’s patent portfolio, according to a new report. The tech giant bought three Lighthouse AI patents and three patent applications related to capturing video and monitoring environments for security purposes, patent-tracking magazine IAM is reporting. Apple apparently bought the patents and patent applications sometime in late-2018, but […]