Juice jacking refers to a type of cyberattack in which they commandeer a charging port that doubles as a data connection. Essentially, cybercriminals hijack your power supply (hence "juice" jacking) channel and use it for their own nefarious deeds. If you’re someone who typically whips out a USB charging cable at these public ports when your device battery is approaching 0%, you may want to reconsider. In the three and a half days of this year’s DefCon, at least 360 attendees plugged their smartphones into the charging kiosk ... Researchers at Rice University have come up with custom circuits that make internet-of-things (IoT) devices up to 14,000 times more secure ... World Economic Forum report forecasts that emissions from last-mile deliveries will rise by more than 30 per cent in 10 years – up to 25 million tonnes per year ... Amazon announced a goal to go completely emissions-free on half of all shipments by 2030. Etsy declared that it would offset 100 per cent of its carbon emissions generated by shipping. IKEA has pledged 100 per cent electric deliveries by 2025 ... According to JLL, by creating an interactive, dynamic environment that responds to occupants’ needs seamlessly and in real-time, smart building technology helps businesses to bridge that gap between the built environment and the occupant experience ... According to the research conducted by McKinsey, automation can displace between 400 million and 800 million people from the global workforce by 2030 ... By 2025,  Frost and Sullivan, a market research company, has predicted that there will be at least 26 fully-fledged major smart cities around the world ... In LogisticsIQ’s latest study, "Next-Gen Supply Chain Market – Global Forecast to 2030", this market is likely to reach $75 billion by 2030, up from $32 billion in 2019 ... In the period until 2025, the economic effect of the introduction of IoT technologies is estimated at between $2.7 trillion and $6.2 trillion annually.
Highlights of this week
Security Boulevard
by Casey Crane
Never thought you’d have to worry about cyberattacks from just plugging in your phone at a charging station? Here’s what to know about it and how to protect your devices from this USB charger hack
Popular Mechanics
by Courtney Linder
Without you knowing it, hackers can hang outside your home—all thanks to what's known as a side-channel attack. These attacks detect some of the invisible radiation coming from your Internet-of-Things (IoT) devices, like your Alexa voice assistant, smart TV, or even your home security system, just by picking up on electromagnetic field radiation.
ZD Net
by Jason Perlow
I see a lot of potential in smart home automation, though I came to appreciate the importance of making some strategic choices before embarking on any home automation project, like interoperability between vendors can become problematic -- notably if the vendors do not employ a shared protocol standard or similar technology.
by Angelica Krystle Donati
As we become more and more engaged with spaces and their users, both through sensors and digital applications, we capture data. This increasingly big data, in turn, can “feed” the algorithms that power the AI and ML that allow us to fine tune the real estate-as-a-service offering to the segment of one.
by Rohail Saleem
As the transition to an automated global economy continues, many remain fearful of the rise of neo-serfdom – a new, exorbitantly wealthy ruling class that derives much of its wealth from unbridled automation. In such a scenario, global wealth will be concentrated in an extremely small number of hands while the overwhelming proportion of the global populace toils in misery.
arch daily
by Christele Harrouk
While some still think that as our cities get more intelligent, they will resemble sci-fi futuristic movies, the reality is that the quality of life in these cities will drastically improve.
Robotics Business Review
by LogisticsIQ
The lure of low-cost data storage and cloud computing has enabled organizations to capture and process large volumes of data in a short period of time, finding valuable business insights and achieving end-to-end digitization of the supply chain.
Embedded Computing Design
Mobile application development and the Internet of Things has been at its peak for the past several years. Smart systems are increasingly affecting our lives, and, nowadays, mobile devices are the link between technology and people.
Outlook India
The Central government, under the Shyama Prasad Mukherji Rurban Mission, is encouraging formation of cluster villages so as to enable them to get facilities available in urban areas.
Smart Cities World
by News Team
A new report by eDelivery explores how retailers and carriers are looking for new ways to reduce carbon emissions and meet customer expectations of sustainability.
Cybersec Asia
by Editors
Unauthorised or anomalous robotic behavior can wreak worse problems than humans can, claim researchers. A new report by CyberArk discusses how to securely drive innovation through robotic process automation (RPA).
For many years we've been promised that the marriage of technology and the city, the 'smart city,' would revolutionize urban life. But for a long time the term has essentially been a buzzword attached to different concepts over three distinct generations, accompanied by generous measures of hype and, lately, some serious questions about who's in the driver's seat.
government technology
When I started in technology 30-plus years ago, I never would have imagined we'd have the smart devices we enjoy today. There are so many types of gadgets that improve our quality of life, from smart lighting to smart refrigerators, and even smart hairbrushes for healthier hair. I have to admit, there are times when I just sit back, a little awed, and wonder how in the world did this all get started?
ZD Net
by Cho Mu-Hyun
Those with drones that have a maximum takeoff weight of over 2 kilograms will be required to register them as they do for automobiles.
CE Pro
by Nick English
Sticking with a single wireless protocol and avoiding integrated security will stifle your smart door lock sales and and hurt your profits.
The National Interest
by Charlie Gao
Earlier this month, Jane's reported that Russia's primary tank plant, Uralvagonzavod (UVZ), announced that it was working on unmanned variants of the T-72B3. The move comes as part of what appears to be a large push for unmanned vehicles in Russian service.
Express Computer
by Sudipta Dev
Delhi headquartered startup Pepfuels has introduced India's first location based fuel delivery system through its patented IoT – RFID based device to help industries, the farm sector, hotels and malls, save on fuel cost, time and prevent pilferage
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