KW 33: Free Now also offers car sharing, Better use of smart living concept, Smart homes are all the rage


Free Now also offers car sharing: Free Now, formerly Mytaxi, is adding car sharing to its services. Taxis, rental cars with drivers, e-scooters and car sharing services can now be booked and paid for via the mobility platform of the BMW-Daimler joint venture. The offers will initially start in Berlin and Hamburg.

Smart fan: With the Djive fan combination device, the smart fan can be controlled with just one app – conveniently from the couch or bed. Optimal on hot days. In addition, the devices can also be operated using voice control such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home.

Better use of smart living concept: Johannes Hauck is Director of New Business & Regulatory Environment at the Hager Group and deputy head of the steering committee of the Smart Living business initiative and believes that the right framework for implementing digital solutions, especially in the building sector, is still missing. When it comes to achieving the German climate protection goals, digitization has a special position and can significantly reduce energy consumption.

Google Smart Speakers can perceive security-relevant noises: The Google Smart Speaker offers help throughout the house and obviously also protection – several users reported that the Google Assistant notified them via text message of various incidents in the house. One user received push notifications after something had burned in the kitchen and the fire alarm went off. Some users have also been informed about broken dishes.

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Smart homes are all the rage: While the smart home fell by the wayside in the past, the idea is slowly gaining momentum. Incandescent lamps are controlled via WiFi, YouTube and Netflix or Amazon are streamed on televisions and even the radio has been taught how to stream. More and more devices are networked at home. From thermostats that help regulate the temperature to smart door locks, households are becoming more digital. Sebastian Klös from Bitkom explains that in the past there were problems with the networkability and the interaction of numerous different systems, but now the communication of many devices has improved significantly.

Amazon closes serious security gaps in Alexa: Security researchers from California have discovered several security gaps in the Alexa voice assistance system from Amazon and the associated networked speakers that would have made hacker attacks possible. Amazon responded quickly to the disclosure to address these vulnerabilities on certain Amazon and Alexa subdomains.

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Vulnerability in Thermomix clone: A team of researchers at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences has discovered security vulnerabilities in the Thermomix clone “Ambiano” or “Quigg”, which is sold at Hofer and Aldi. The W-LAN connection is easy to take over and the risk of the device being remote-controlled is very high, explains the research team. There is even the possibility that the device could be destroyed remotely. A connection can be established via the unprotected WLAN and the device can overheat.

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