Nevatis Software CEO calls for a European quality seal: Franz Wallner, CEO of Nevatis Software, has pointed out several problem areas with regard to smart security solutions. He sees issues in particular with providers in the consumer sector who rely on cloud platforms. Here, images from surveillance cameras are vulnerable as soon as they arrive on the network. Wallner sees the introduction of a voluntary European quality seal with high standards as an option to make smart security systems more practicable.
New EU rules also affect voice assistants from Google, Amazon and Apple: The EU Commission has expressed concerns about smart home gadgets and voice assistants. These products can now be found in numerous households and thus create a certain degree of market control for manufacturers. That is why the EU wants to work on regulation plans in the coming months. For example, the “Law for Digital Markets” is supposed to prohibit all those providers from their business practices that control access to individual markets. For this purpose, a “black list” was drawn up with almost 20 business practices, which were inspired by the concluded and ongoing competition proceedings against the internet companies Google and Facebook.
WLAN sockets control devices and measure power consumption: WLAN sockets are small smart plugs. They allow users to control devices such as the coffee machine, fairy lights or air conditioning. The radio-controlled sockets work like an adapter that is attached between a conventional socket and the end device. The power supply can be controlled. A radio receiver is integrated in the connector housing, which is connected to WLAN either directly or via a base station. Depending on the model, the adapter can be operated via app, voice command or remote control.
Google’s first foldable Pixel phone: Google may have shied away from a Pixel Watch, but a Pixel Fold still very much seems to be on the way — following a leak last August that revealed the company was planning to release its first folding Pixel phone in late 2021, Korean industry site TheElec is now reporting that Samsung will begin production of folding OLED panels this October for Google, Vivo and Xiaomi’s upcoming folding phones, all of which will reportedly be revealed late this year.
Pandemic lockdown leads to more sales of certain digital, networked devices: In North America, smart sports and fitness devices, game consoles, e-book readers, smartwatches, VR headsets and alarm systems have been selling significantly better since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the result of a study by network software provider Cujo AI. However, other networked devices can hardly record any Covid-related growth. These include tablets and smart TVs, as these products were already widespread before. The study also showed that PCs are being replaced by smartphones as traditional internet devices.
Alternatives to the Luca app: In order to avoid paper lists with the contact details of guests in restaurants, cafés and other shops, digital solutions should now enable contact tracing. One of them is Germany’s Luca app. While the makers advertised high security standards and double encryption of the data, experts are concerned. Data protection experts, the Chaos Computer Club and the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) openly criticize the app’s weaknesses. Alternatives to Luca are shown in the article.
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U-turn: Samsung is planning first OLED televisions giga.de
Android: Google wants to enable removal of the advertising ID heise.de
WLAN vulnerability: Fritzbox 3490 receives Fritz-OS update t3n.de
Streaming: Sonos launches paid HD radio station in Germany wuv.de
Apple: Agenda for 2021 focuses on networking, collaboration and more data protection faz.net
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Vodafone wants to increase the bandwidth of four million German connections. For many customers, this step leads to a doubling of their bandwidth.
German government funds IT security research with 350 million euros: A new research program that was approved by the German cabinet is intended to promote short-term technologies to protect privacy. The collection of personal data should also be minimized. In the medium term, research projects are also to be funded through which the Internet of Things can be made more secure in private households, in production and in sensitive infrastructures. The program also promotes long-term research on quantum communication.
Insulin production can be controlled via Apple Watch: Glow Control, which stands for “Green Light Operated Watch”, represents the control center of a genetically manipulated substance production. Scientists succeeded in having designer cells produce insulin at the push of a button. In order to do so, they used the green light from Apple’s smartwatches. If they switched this off again in the health app, production also stopped immediately. The green LED of smartwatches is actually used to record the heart rate of the wearer via photoplethysmography. Martin Fussenenger’s team came up with the idea of using this light to control gene and cell behavior. However, since no naturally occurring molecular system in human cells reacts to green light, they created the insulin-producing cell via stem cell manipulation. The researchers were able to prove that diabetes can be treated using artificial human cells and a smartwatch.
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„The cause is not mountains, complexity or excessive expansion costs, but unsuitable strategies, wrong priorities, a neglect of the common good and rural areas in general.“
German Left party politician Anke Domscheit-Berg on the importance of fast internet in rural areas.
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People are often meaner to AI and robots than to other people: People are increasingly relying on robots and artificial intelligence. However, the willingness of the machines to help is not necessarily reciprocated with affection. According to a study by the Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich and the University of London, people often take advantage of intelligent machines without remorse and usually treat them worse than they would, for example, treat their fellow human beings. Although they have a similar level of trust in the AI systems as other people, they use the good-naturedness of artificial intelligence more quickly to their own advantage.