Samsung SmartThings Stories May 7

Samsung SmartThings is getting an expansion. As a part of the ongoing Samsung/Microsoft partnership, an official SmartThings app has just arrived on Windows 10.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories April 21

Early this year, Samsung teased a new program that would give old Galaxy smartphones a new life by repurposing them for smart home functions. This week, the first of those functions is rolling out with Samsung SmartThings using older phones as sensors.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories March 3

The Shield TV is one of the most powerful and flexible options for running media to your TV, but it’s capable of much more. For a long time, the Shield TV has been able to act as a SmartThings hub, but now that functionality is being pulled.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories January 18

After announcing that a partnership with Google would bring Nest devices to SmartThings this year, Samsung is about to integrate with one of Google’s platforms. Alongside the reveal of the Galaxy S21 series, Samsung has revealed that SmartThings is coming to Android Auto.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories January 14

The Nest brand has built up a considerable collection of smart home hardware, and starting next year, that hardware is getting a new feature. All Google Nest devices will soon be supported in the Samsung SmartThings app.

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Samsung SmartThings Stories May 2, 2016

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Update: Samsung has issued a statement to us, which just expands on its earlier response. You can read it below the video.

Computer science researchers from the University of Michigan have shown how malicious apps could take control of Internet of Things devices in Samsung’s SmartThings platform – including the ability of an attacker to unlock a front door to gain physical access to a home.

The main weakness identified is that way that the SmartThings platform grants apps more privileges than needed to perform their stated functions, reports The Verge.

The researchers demonstrated this finding with a proof of concept app promising to monitor battery life on various devices. If the user agreed to let the malicious — but seemingly innocuous — app access their smart lock, the researchers could then not only monitor its battery, but perform the lock’s other functions, including unlocking the door. The researchers found 42 percent of 499 analyzed SmartApps are currently over-privileged in a similar way … 

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