(Bloomberg Gadfly) -- Toasters and Fridges on the Attack.

That's the apocalyptic headline we could be reading one day, given the seemingly unassailable trend toward connecting mundane items to the internet. Don't think it's too far-fetched, either. More than $970 billion is expected to be spent on Internet of Things devices next year, according to data from Bloomberg Intelligence and IDC. It's no mistake that "things" is the chosen noun to describe every and any gadget that can be connected to a network. Few other words encompass the vastness, and "stuff" just isn't elegant.

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