Sometimes being an early adopter can be a risky proposition. Especially when the hardware relies on a company controlled cloud service. Just like the company Chumby (a company that built a touchscreen android powered IoT connected Alarm clock), Emberlight is also shutting down. Claiming pressure from competitors and copycats they are ceasing operations and shutting down their cloud servers. This will effectively disable Emberlight cloud connected sockets. May be time to start looking into that next upgrade.

https://qz.com/1132657/an-internet-of-things-flop-means-some-connected-lights-wont-work-anymore/

Secret chips installed in your repaired device could be the next new frontier for thieves after your private information. And what’s worse is you will probably pay them to do it!

Researchers have been able to prove that not only would it be fairly easy for a “bad actor” to install a stealth chip into your device but it could be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to distinguish the chips apart.

The TL;DR is below. #security #mobile #hacking #hardware

https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/08/a-repair-shop-could-completely-hack-your-phone-and-you-wouldnt-know-it/