VPNFilter Botnet has Hacked 500,000 Routers

VPNFilter Botnet has Hacked 500,000 Routers
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A few weeks ago, the United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) issued an alert about state-supported Russian hackers carrying out attacks against a large number of home routers in the U.S.

This is a big deal, so pay attention. When your router is compromised, a hacker can inflict damage, not just on the router itself, but on every connected device running on your network. Continue readingVPNFilter Botnet has Hacked 500,000 Routers

On Memorial Day, Pause and Reflect

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This Memorial Day let’s remember to pause at 3:00 pm to remember the brave men and women who died serving this country.

Memorial Day 2018 | KitchAnn Style

The Remembrance Poppy

In early May 1915, a Canadian doctor and poet, Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, who recently lost a friend and a fellow lieutenant in the war witnessed the sight of bright red poppies flourishing in an unlikely place. The vision inspired him to write a poem called “In Flanders Fields,” which became famous. The poem has been part of memorial ceremonies across the world ever since.

A portion of the poem reads:

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place, and in the sky,
The larks, still bravely singing, fly,
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the dead; short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.”

His poem moved the heart of Moina Michael, an American professor, who wrote her own poem in 1918 titled “We shall keep the faith.” Known as the “Poppy lady,” Michael campaigned to make the poppy the internationally-recognized symbol of remembrance and welfare for war veterans. She did this to raise funds for veterans returning from WWI, and succeeded.

Memorial Day is one of a few days each year in which the attention of the country turns to our veterans. As such, it is an opportunity for us to reflect on what communities can do to make a lasting tribute in honor of both the lives of those who have died, as well as the ideals for which they died.

 

 

Amazon is Developing a Home Robot

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According to Bloomberg reports, Amazon’s looking to build a home robot. Its hardware division, Lab126, is apparently working on some sort of domestic droid, code-named “Vesta” after the Roman goddess of the hearth, home and family. It seems the project has been a long time coming but recently Amazon ramped up hiring engineers  with robotic skills. The household robot could be trialed in employees’ homes later this year and sold to consumers as soon as 2019.

It’s not really a surprise that robots will be coming to the home. Despite the growth of smart appliances, consumers have been slow to adopt due to the price, length of a lifecycle and question of value.

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According to Natalia Andrievskaya, global director for major appliances at GfK, the market has shifted from a push to a pull in recent years, however, “consumers are unclear how to identify the value of [smart] product features, many of which seem aspirational rather than useful.”

So this makes the idea of a friendly robot rolling around your home a lot more plausible. Hotels and resorts have been implementing robots and AI for a while now.  Many believe the hotel industry will lead the way in human-robot interaction and future robot design.

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Savioke’s Relay robots makes secure deliveries during peak hours and locates Wi-Fi  and LTE signal problems.

Starting this fall Pepper the robot will start a trial as a care-giving robot. truthfully, there aren’t enough workers to meet the demands of the skyrocketing number of elderly people needing care and companionship around the world.

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Japanese families have already adopted Pepper into the family

Amazon may be one of the first prominent tech companies to seriously embark on the quest for a domestic robot, but the tech giant already has competition.

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Kuri the Home Robot received good reviews from the 2018 CES show.  With funding from Bosch’s Startup Platform, Mayfield Robotics has been able to offer a robot for $899 that offers pet-like companionship.

For the future, designers will be challenged to create spaces that are compatible to robot movements. Not only will the robot need to navigate the home, it will also need to successfully maneuver around piles of laundry, school backpacks and sleeping pets.

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LG Styler

Storage will be another design consideration designers will have to face. Where will these robots recharge? Will they be stored next to other machines such as this LG Styler or the Japanese robot that folds laundry?

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Another obstacle I see will be the future need for electronic doors triggered by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or motion sensors. Homes are not currently wired for electronic doors and adding battery packs may be too cumbersome an obstacle for many homeowners to overcome just to make a small area robot accessible.  But, for the early adopters who can drop $20,000 on a Pepper, what’s a little remodeling?

I really kind of adore the pet-like characteristics of robots – I mean who doesn’t want a BB-8 or an Aibo robotic dog? Like most American’s I am leery about privacy issues and having one company gain so  much data on my preferences and habits.  Where do you weigh in?

Happy Mother’s Day!

Wishing you a happy Mother's Day from Kitchen Studio of Naples
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Mothers resonate strength and dignity. In my case, my source of strength doesn’t just end with my mom. Women in my life— my grandmothers, my aunts, my sisters, scout leaders, business partners…the list goes on. They’ve all had an incredible impact on the way I carry myself today.

Mom, I love very much and  miss you across the miles. I wish I could be closer to give you my biggest Mother’s Day hug.

Wishing you a happy Mother's Day!
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