Amazon has released three new APIs that expand the capabilities of doorbells, cameras, and other smart devices on users' front porches. The APIs help Alexa respond to doorbell presses, motion detection, and enable two way communication between someone at the front door and Alexa interactions.
While it seems like hardly a month can go by without hearing about an attack on some IoT device - everything from NannyCams-Gone-Wild to rogue cable modem/routers - the state of IoT security doesn't seem to be improving. And why? Because, many thing-makers are just too laissez-faire about security.
As announced earlier this year, Google officially retired the Hangouts API. As Hangouts is repositioned for enterprise use, the need for some of the social, consumer focused video features of the API are no longer a priority. Accordingly, the end of the API was first announced and now realized.