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James Schaefer

James Schaefer
James is working on product development and management at Leverege, an IoT software platform company, and is a 2016 Venture for America fellow. His writing focuses on development and security.

Meet Cloud FireStore, Firebase’s More Scalable Older Brother

Since its founding, Firebase has had a profound impact on the database community, and we've used it ourselves here at Leverege. Firebase allows for the automatic synchronization of data across any...
iot security

Preventing IoT Hacking – Takeaways from 3 IoT Security White Papers

IoT security is often perceived as a hotbed of failures. However, extensive progress is being made in the field and a multitude of companies are working to solve the common problems...
Ring Door Bell

Huge Vulnerability Discovered in the Ring Doorbell

Last October, a botnet comprised of ~100,000 Internet of Things (IoT) devices, driven by a virus called Mirai, launched a DDOS attack against Dyn DNS. This attack disrupted service to several...

Smart Devices – What Makes Them “Smart”?

Lately, smart devices have been synonymous with anything that’s network enabled. Whether that be lights (Phillips Hue), thermostats (Nest), or even toothbrushes (Prophix). But it’s more than just the abilities enabled...

The Internet of Things isn’t about “Things”

Let’s face it, IoT devices are a mess. When developing new connected products, the current trend seems to be, “let’s make an internet-connected device.” The results have been mixed. While there...

Chatbots Suck

Many believe that the app bubble is bursting or about to burst. In some cases, the evidence shown for this is financial. The WSJ cites a stagnation in app start-up funding....