Saturday, December 16, 2017

Why Microsoft keeps Windows 10 Mobile alive

Windows 10 Creators Update is now out for Windows Mobile smartphones.

That may seem like a continued vote of support by Microsoft for its failed mobile platform, until you realize that only a baker’s dozen of Windows Mobile devices can install the upgrade, down significantly from the previous Windows 10 update. Why bother updating Windows Mobile? Microsoft said more than a year ago it was putting the platform in deep freeze, after killing its own Lumia devices.

And Microsoft has turned its mobile attentions to Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android, increasingly (though haltingly) bringing its core apps to those successful rivals.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

Infosec eggheads rig USB desk lamp to leak passwords via Bluetooth

Malicious gadgets can snoop on keypresses, other data, through ports, it is claimed Malicious USB gadgets can secretly spy on data flowing in and out of devices plugged into adjacent USB ports, security researchers in Australia have warned.…

Apple Restores Two-Factor Authentication to iCloud

More than three weeks after it was publicly shamed for leaky security, Apple has finally tightened security by enforcing two-factor authentication for iCloud access. In the wake of the iCloud celebrity picture hacking attack (at the beginning of September), the security of Apple's cloud service has been under scrutiny. Apple itself claimed that the attack was not the result of a breach of its iCloud system. Rather, Apple said the attack was targeted against usernames, which in Apple's world is the AppleID system. One of the ways that Apple and other vendors often recommend to users to protect their credentials is through the use of two-factor authentication. With two-factor authentication, a second password (or factor) is required in order to log into a site or service. Apple first announced support for two-factor authentication in March 2013. Apple's two-factor authentication system leverages Short Message Service (SMS) as an optional delivery method to send users the second password. While Apple has had two-factor authentication support for more than a year, it hasn't always applied the technology to all its log-in systems. At the time of the celebrity hacking incident, the Web log-in for iCloud (at apparently did not require the use of two-factor authentication. That means that if an attacker somehow was able to trick users into giving out AppleID passwords, the attacker could have had access to the user's iCloud files, even if the user had two-factor support enabled. Apple has not made an official statement about two-factor support for iCloud, though its publicly accessible support site provides some direction on the issue. An archived snapshot of Apple's support page for two-factor authentication that was taken on Sept. 16 indicates that two-step authentication is used to sign in to My Apple ID to manage an account; make an iTunes, App Store or iBooks Store purchase from a new device; or get Apple ID-related support from the company. The same page on Sept. 17 now includes an additional item: sign in to iCloud on a new device or at The simple truth of security is that you can have the best technology in the world, but if you don't actually turn it on, it won't work. Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Spectral Edge launches Ultra HD solution for color-blind viewers at M-Enabling...

Speaks alongside Comcast, Amazon and Yahoo at prestigious accessibility eventCambridge, UK and Washington DC, USA, June 8th, 2017 – Spectral Edge ( today announced that it will unveil and demonstrate the new 4k Ultra HD version of its Eyeteq content accessibility technology at next weekrsquo;s M-Enabling Summit in Washington DC (June 12-14th 2017).

This enables Pay TV operators to better meet the needs of those that suffer with color-blindness, and consequently differentiate themselves from rivals.As... Source: RealWire

Perv Utopia: Light on MacBook webcams can be bypassed

Sneaky software allows the hardware interlock to be turned off.

Barclays unveils blood-reading authentication technology for corporate banking clients

Barclays has revealed what it says is the future of fraud prevention in corporate banking with the Barclays Biometric Reader, a Hitachi-developed tool that uses "vein authentication technology" to ensure secure customer authentication for corporate tr...

Samsung smart clothing from wellness belts to solar-charging bags (pictures) –...

Samsung's sister company, Samsung C&T, showed off its WELT smart belt; the Sol Bag, which charges a phone in four hours using solar power; and smart clothing, like a suit. Read Less

‘Cloak and dagger’ vuln rolls critical hit against latest Android versions

Malicious combination of legitimate permissions A distinct class of Android vulnerability has been unearthed by computer scientists at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.…

Part of Pluto is essentially a giant icy lava lamp —...

Dwarf planet Pluto and fictional superspy Austin Powers have something in common. They're both into lava lamp action. NASA just released a fascinating new image of Pluto as seen by the New Horizons spacecraft. It covers a close-up look at a section o...

“TrustyCon” security counter-convention planned for RSA refusniks

Security experts boycotting RSA’s conference can hit TrustyCon—same day, one block away.    

Patent that cost Microsoft millions gets invalidated

US Patent and Trademark OfficeOne of the oldest and most profitable patent trolls, Uniloc, has been shot down.
Its US Patent No. 5,490,216, which claims to own the concept of "product activation" in software, had all claims ruled invalid by the Patent Trademark and Appeals Board (PTAB). The process through which PTAB eliminated the patent is called an "inter partes review," or IPR.

The IPR process, created by the America Invents Act, is an increasingly popular and effective way for defendants to challenge patents outside federal courts. The PTAB case against Uniloc's patent was filed by Sega of America, Ubisoft, Cambium Learning Group, and Perfect World Entertainment. The board found that every claim in Uniloc's patent was anticipated or rendered obvious by an earlier patent. "The PTAB decision is inconsistent with two prior rulings by the Federal Circuit and with the opinions of seven patent examiners who previously upheld the validity of the '216 patent in multiple reexaminations," Uniloc president Sean Burdick told the Kansas City Business Journal, which reported the decision earlier this week. "Ultimately the PTAB gave undue credibility to a lone expert opinion that was authored by petitioners' counsel.

Congratulations to [opposing law firm] Erise IP for pulling wool over the eyes of the Patent Office." Burdick didn't say if he plans to appeal the decision, which Uniloc is allowed to do. Uniloc has sued about 75 companies with the '216 patent, according to the KC Business Journal. Of those, it says one-third settled out of court. It was Uniloc's lawsuit against Microsoft that provided the company with its original headlines. Uniloc said that Microsoft's system of checking software licenses—in other words, type in a key number and have your software validated—violated the patent.

That case led to a $388 million jury verdict against Microsoft. The nation's top patent appeals court upheld Uniloc's win, but it said that damages should be re-calculated. Microsoft settled for an undisclosed sum after that. The massive win against Microsoft led to Uniloc embracing the pure enforcement model sometimes called "patent trolling," acquiring more and more patents solely for litigation purposes.

The dozens of lawsuits based on the '216 patent don't include cases that involve other patents, like US Patent No. 6,857,067 on a "system and method for preventing unauthorized access to electronic data." That was used to sue Minecraft maker Mojang and Electronic Arts in 2012. The '216 patent, which has been called an anti-piracy or "software activation" patent, expired in 2013 but was still used in lawsuits through 2014.

Even after a patent expires, a patent owner can sue for up to six years of back damages.

Medelinked Platform Now Features Symptom Checker in Medelinked Mobile Health App...

Forms part of a clear multi-stage integrated and connected digital pathway for patients and medical professionals to engageOxfordshire, 14 April 2016 – Medelinked, the online health platform that empowers healthcare engagement and management, now features the Medelinked Symptom Checker integrated as part of the Medelinked mobile health app for Android and iOS.

The Medelinked Symptom Checker is also now offered via a single aggregated Open API as part of the Medelinked Partner Development Programme for integration in third party products and services. Medelinked Symptom Checker on Android First step on the complete Primary Care PathwayMedelinked Symptom Checker is the first step on the complete Primary Care Pathway enabled by the Medelinked App.

Based on the medical symptoms entered into the Medelinked Symptom Checker it tells the patient what possible diseases they may have.
It then directs them to more medical information, lists the appropriate doctor to contact for further clarification and enables the patient to use features such as Medelinked Snapshot and Medelinked Timeline to ensure the doctor is fully informed of the patient’s health state before any face-to-face or virtual consultation. Medelinked also enables patients to communicate securely efficiently and effectively with healthcare professionals by via email, voice, text, video and instant messaging at any stage in the Pathway.

This gives them real time interaction for faster and more effective consultations, recommendations and review as well as preventing unnecessary appointments that could be dealt with remotely. Partner Development ProgrammeThe Medelinked Partner Development Program is based on the Medelinked Health Cloud that provides the infrastructure, including aggregated Open APIs and SDKs, for Medelinked partner, provider and pharma organisations to quickly build and deploy digital and mHealth apps and services. The Program is designed to accelerate the global development and adoption of medical, wellness and fitness apps, devices and sensors by healthcare consumers and service.
It allows developers to take advantage of Medelinked’s decade of experience in the mHealth marketplace and the ever-expanding Medelinked ecosystem of already connected wearables, healthcare and commercial applications. Enhancing Medelinked’s capabilitiesMedelinked Symptom Checker enhances the capabilities of Medelinked, where individuals are able to create a health profile online that is secure and connect and share their health record with their network of trusted health partners and providers (including doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, trainers, insurers and clinical researchers). Examples of the type of health information that can be sent to and received from a Medelinked account include medical reports, consultation notes, blood results, x-rays, scans etc. Health records may be displayed by Medelinked Health Snapshot, which can be displayed on a PC, Apple Mac or any iOS or Android tablet or smartphone, enables both doctor and patient to use the Medelinked Partner Health Portal to be partners in health management. Medelinked Health Snapshot supplies an easy and quick to read and interpret single common graphical view crucial to supporting current health state information numbers such as: blood glucose and cholesterol levels; calorie intake; weight; waist size; exercise levels and blood pressure as well as featuring contacts details and space for the patient to describe their symptoms and wellness. Rapid overview of patient or client history and real time interactionMedelinked Personal Health Timeline allows doctors and healthcare professionals to get a rapid overview of their patient or client’s history - including medical reports, records, messages, x-rays and DICOM scans.

All are presented in a simple, clear, linear and familiar social timeline manner increasing the time doctors and healthcare professional have to focus on their patients and clients. As part of connecting, communicating and collaborating securely in real time with all of their patients and clients that have a Medelinked health account doctors and health professionals can also receive documents and health partner share requests from existing Medelinked patient and client members, enabling them to connect into their network. A clear multi-stage integrated and connected digital pathwayAccording to Medelinked CEO, Ian Gallifant: ”With the integration of Medelinked Health Checker and release of the Medelinked Health Checker aggregated open API the digital health revolution has taken another step forward.

There is now a clear multi-stage integrated and connected digital pathway not only for people to take control of their health but for patients and medical professionals to engage in the most efficient and effective way from initial diagnosis through to treatment, so improving quality of care delivery and outcomes.” About MedelinkedLeveraging mobile technology and the cloud, Medelinked technology aims to increase health care effectiveness. Medelinked Health Cloud and API is the leading platform already powering some of the best mHealth applications allowing developers to create a series of new applications that deliver real health benefits to the end user and healthcare professionals. Using Medelinked individuals are able to create a health profile online that is secure and connect and share their health record with their network of trusted health partners and providers (including doctors, dentists, physiotherapists, trainers, insurers, clinical researchers). Managing all health data in one place helps individuals securely track, monitor and improve their health state, ensuring their latest health data is accessed and enabling the provision of best possible care, keeping individuals in control of their own health. Based in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, Medelinked was founded in 2005 and named as one of the Global Digital Health 100 for 2015. For more information, please visit Further InformationMedelinkedIan Gallifant07879 Jonathan Simnett07976