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‘Internet of Things’ hits speed bump
May 24th, 2014 by Warren Swil

Connecting billions

of appliances will come

with hidden costs

The web-connected Nest smoke detector was recalled this week because of a defect.

The race towards a future where billions of mundane appliances like milk cartons and alarm clocks are connected to the web recently got a wake up call from an authoritative new study.
Many experts responding to a Pew Research Center survey pointed to unforeseen problems raised by the looming Internet of Things, though the tone is overwhelmingly upbeat.
Among them: loss of privacy and gadgets no one knows how to fix.
As if to underline the problems, the iconic internet-connected Nest home smoke detector was recalled on Wednesday because of a defect. The manufacturer was bought by Google earlier this year.


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