Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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Tech News Flash: Wednesday -- October 7, 2015

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Philips Smart Hub Embraces Siri, HomeKit
DDoS Attacks Create Smokescreens for Larceny
Canonical Plays With Internet of Toys Idea
Microsoft Throws the Book at Apple

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Today's Story Highlights

Philips Smart Hub Embraces Siri, HomeKit
Philips on Monday unveiled Hue Bridge 2.0., which integrates the
company's smart home products and iOS's HomeKit, giving users the
ability to dictate to smart things from a Siri-enabled smartphone.
Replacing its round predecessor, the square Hue Bridge 2.0 is compatible
with Philips' legacy smart lights and controls. The hub will support new
smart products from Philips for the foreseeable future.

DDoS Attacks Create Smokescreens for Larceny
DDoS attacks have evolved from protest tool to criminal weapon. More
than one in three DDoS attacks are used to plant malware or a virus on
company systems, and 40 percent of them result in data theft, according
to NeuStar's semiannual DDoS attack and protection report. "Until two
years ago, DDoS attacks were really seen as just a disruption and
annoyance tool," said NeuStar's Joe Loveless.

Canonical Plays With Internet of Toys Idea
Canonical last week announced plans to launch the Internet of Toys, an
open source initiative calling on toy makers, hackers, Internet of
Things fans and innovators to build the next generation of Web-accessing
toys. Participants will build the next generation of toys around open
source tools such as Cylon JS, Gobot, Snappy Ubuntu Core, Snapcraft, ROS
and Erle-Spider.

Microsoft Throws the Book at Apple
Microsoft on Tuesday held an event in New York City where it unveiled a
laptop, a tablet, three Lumia smartphones and a fitness band -- all
running Windows 10 -- along with a slew of other products. It also
announced new apps for Windows 10, including Box, Facebook, Instagram,
Flipagram, Candy Crush Soda Saga and Uber. All of the apps will be
available on the new devices.

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