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Smart meter tracks when the kettle’s on to check grandpa’s OK
Did I forget teatime? My smart meter knows Simon Dack/Alamy Stock PhotoBy Matt ReynoldsIs your electricity meter keeping an eye on you? An energy monitoring system tracks older people by building a profile...
Top 5 best network monitoring tools of 2017
Networks underpin the IT infrastructure of the modern business, linking up devices from PCs through to tablets and phones, servers and other crucial hardware. This allows for effective communication and...
Top 5 best website monitoring services for businesses
There are a plethora of monitoring solutions out there which give firms the tools and resources they need to track their online assets, particularly websites, which are now mandatory for any business...
Weaveworks Releases Weave Cloud SaaS Platform for Container Control
After months of availability in the beta test cycle, the commercial edition of the Weave Cloud Software-as-a-Service platform is now generally available. Weaveworks announced the general availability...
SolarWinds Updates Server, Application Monitoring Platform
Features include the ability to remediate server issues remotely with built-in troubleshooting tools, as well as integration with the Orion platform. Information technology management software specialist...
Smart buoy for measuring water pollutants
All over the world, lakes, rivers, and coastal waters are threatened by high nutrient inputs. Nitrate or phosphates from waste-waters or fertilizers causes eutrophication. The consequence: Algae, in particular...
ScienceLogic Buys AppFirst to Expand IT Monitoring
The acquisition will help the company serve its cloud born customers better with the ability to consume monitoring that aligns with their business. Hybrid IT monitoring specialist ScienceLogic has acquired...
Riverbed to Extend App Monitoring to End-User Devices
Company officials say Riverbed will buy Aternity and fold its device-monitoring products into Riverbed's SteelCentral management platform. Riverbed Technology, whose SteelCentral platform already monitors...
Effective monitoring to evaluate ecological restoration in the Gulf of Mexico
To improve and ensure the efficacy of restoration efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following Deepwater Horizon -- the largest oil spill in US history -- a new report recommends a set of best practices for...
What we need to fix our slow internet
A senior cabinet minister admits delays and cost blowouts during the government's rollout to the NBN. Do we need a broadband monitoring network? INTERNET speeds have become a big issue in the election...
Wearable biosensors can monitor hospital patients via their smartphones
More powerful biosensors such as VitalConnect's VitalPatch should improve hospital care and extend monitoring to the home, but medical-grade monitoring may soon become to available to consumers. Philips'...
Apple’s next iOS update might warn you if your employer is monitoring your iPhone
Have you ever wondered if your boss is monitoring what you do on your company-issued smartphone?According to recent reports, the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system – iOS 9.3 – alerts users...
Isro orbiter to scan India's air for pollutants
The Space Applications Centre (SAC) of Isro and Space Flight Laboratory (SFL) of University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies are collaborating on developing the `Next Generation Earth Monitoring...
Simplifying supersonic nozzle pressure monitoring
A bit of serendipity while carrying out a routine calibration led a researcher to discover a new method to measure the pressure of supersonic nozzles. This is a significant breakthrough — with wide-ranging...
Rook drone lets users fly around their homes from anywhere in the world
Anyone who has piloted a drone knows that wide open spaces are your friend, so the idea of an indoor drone might seem like a questionable idea. But there is method in the madness for the team at Eighty...
Customizable Smart-Kart offers kids a speedy ride and gives parents smartphone monitoring
Ever since Toyota began exploring the world of serious automotive toys with its Camatte concepts, we've been waiting and hoping for it – or someone – to build a customizable, drivable kid's car for the...
Rocana One: IT Monitoring and Analytics Looks To Cut Costs, Increase Scale
Companies moving to hybrid IT often face a challenge to bridge legacy infrastructure with new virtualization and cloud technologies. Rocana One brings together IT monitoring and big data technologies...
UC Berkeley profs lambast new “black box” network monitoring hardware
Ethan LigonBERKELEY, CALIF.—Days after a group of concerned professors raised alarm bells over a new network monitoring system installed at the University of California, Berkeley and the other nine campuses...
TaylorSense monitors the health of acoustic guitars
Taylor has developed a new health monitoring system for its guitars. Similar to fitness trackers like the Tickr X or Garmin's Vivosmart, TaylorSense keeps track of an instrument's well-being and sends...
Soluble brain implants could reduce surgery risks
A team of materials scientists and neurosurgeons have developed a new class of electronic biomedical sensor implants that can monitor the brain after surgery and then dissolve away harmlessly over time.The...
From the lab: A mobile sensor to monitor pollution
Comments Updated: January 17, 2016 6:30 am We already have a national air quality monitoring programme for the last several years. S M Shiva Nagendra, IIT Madras; uwe schlink of Helmholtz Centre for Environmental...
Wireless monitoring of newborns
An Italian SME has developed a wearable monitoring system for babies as they go through the sensitive period of the first two to four hours of life. The technology, whose market potential has been assessed...
Cisco tries to bolster cloud credentials with new monitoring tool
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - When Cisco introduces its latest product on Wednesday, a tool for monitoring how employees use third-party software, it aims to bolster its offerings in the “cloud,” meaning Internet-delivered...
Brain monitoring takes a leap out of the lab
Bioengineers and cognitive scientists have developed the first portable, 64-channel wearable brain activity monitoring system that's comparable to state-of-the-art equipment found in research laborato...
Sleep Number's smart bed tracks your activity by day to make for a better rest by night
If the ever-expanding array of sleep tracking straps, spheres and mattress covers has you in need of a lie down, then Sleep Number might have your back. Through its newly announced smart bed with adjustable...
Remote Monitoring of Patients Rises in 2015
Three of the fastest growing market segments in the next five years will be glucose monitoring, air flow monitoring and connected pharmaceuticals. The number of remotely monitored patients grew by 51...
BAE Systems identifies three key security strategies
Combine system monitoring for holistic view of threats The third key strategy advocated by BAE Systems is to combine the monitoring of operational and information technology, because attackers will exploit...
South Korea considers opt out for child monitoring app
South Korea is deciding whether it will allow parents to opt out of installing a monitoring app on their children's smartphones following criticism the system encourages a surveillance culture and has...
New Relic Acquires Cloud Infrastructure Monitoring Service Opsmatic
The application monitoring service New Relic today announced better than expected quarterly earnings, but in addition, it also today disclosed that it has acquired the cloud infrastructure monitoring...
Getting Started with Web Application Monitoring
This article was sponsored by Monitis. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make SitePoint possible. For better or for worse, our jobs as developers don't end with that last line of code, the final...
SmartBear AlertSite Pro
Website monitoring services such as SmartBear AlertSite Pro, which begins at $99 per month, all provide the same core service for businesses: keeping track of the health, performance, and user satisfaction...
Dynatrace UEM is a powerful website monitoring service for businesses that's still finding its place between enterprises and small to midsize businesses (SMBs). Coming technology integration from Keynote...
Apple's App Yanking Switches On Data Monitoring Red Light
Apple last week revealed that it had removed from its App Store several apps with root certificates that could allow data monitoring. The monitoring could compromise SSL and TLS protocols, the company...
Logitech Adds Portability to Home Monitoring
Logitech on Wednesday announced a new monitoring system that links users to live feeds of their homes via an app. Called "Logi Circle," it picks up Nest's Dropcam model and expands it with mobility. On...
Riverbed's AppInternals v10 Helps Enterprises Maximize App Performance
REVIEW: Riverbed's SteelCentral AppInternals v10 is aimed squarely at enterprises seeking to monitor their applications and guarantee acceptable performance. Application availability and performance are...
S Korea child monitoring app 'flawed'
A child monitoring phone app funded by the South Korean government has major security flaws, a new report says. The popular Smart Sheriff app has vulnerabilities that could leak children's personal details...
Qualcomm Life Partners With Davita Healthcare, P2Link on Chronic Care
P2Link is a provider of health monitoring solutions, enabling payors and providers to reduce costs, while Davita offers integrated health management. Tech giant Qualcomm's health care-oriented subsidiary,...
All 38 major Google IO announcements ranked
Google IO is the company’s chance to express its bragging rights, and it did that at the start of its keynote by telling one and all that Android is now up to 2 billion active users.What’s more, seven...
Android at the Wheel: Google Aims for One Vehicle Ecosystem
Google showcased the next phase of its automotive strategy at its I/O conference earlier this week, and announced partnerships with Volvo and Audi, which unveiled concept vehicles running its new automotive...
Fuchsia OS isn't replacing Android yet, Google says
Last August we got wind of a brand new operating system in development at Google, codenamed Fuchsia. At this year's Google I/O event in Mountain View, Android's Dave Burke shed a little bit more light...
Android in the car: This is Google's phone-free vision for connected driving
When you sit inside the bright orange Audi Q8 concept car, you're greeted with a minimalist interior with no knobs or physical buttons. Screens, instead, dominate the aesthetic, with the main dash acting...
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