The Vibrating Fork Might not be the Solution in Helping You Lose Weight

Weight loss can help prevent and control diseases. Whether you are trying to lose 5 pounds or more than 50, the same principles decide how much weight you should lose and how fast your weight loss should occur. Body weight is determined by the amount of energy that we take in as food and the […]
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Kensington Unveils VeriMark Fingerprint Key

Kensington®, announced today the general availability of the Kensington VeriMark™ Fingerprint Key, engineered to provide simple, best-in-class biometric authentication for incomparable protection against cyber-thieves. The key protects against unauthorized access on compromised devices and is the world?EU?s first fingerprint security key to support both Windows Hello and Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) universal second factor authentication (U2F). Kensington has published a related article on its website today, titled Biometric Authentication: Two Factor and Multi Factor Authentication for Individuals, Businesses, and Windows Hello Users.

A stolen laptop is not only expensive to replace, but can lead to a data breach that exposes private/confidential data — leaving a company vulnerable to litigation, compliance violations and damage to the company?EU?s reputation. Global cyber attacks are projected to cost companies $2.1 trillion annually by 2019. In today?EU?s world, hacking tactics are highly effective, and usernames and passwords no longer provide enough protection.

Biometric authentication has become the de facto standard for high performance security, enabling users to secure their laptops with fingerprint sensing. Second factor authentication, or U2F, delivers an even higher level of security with an open authentication standard that enables internet users to securely access any number of online services, with one single device, instantly and with no drivers, or client software needed.

The first of its kind anywhere in the world, the Kensington VeriMark Fingerprint Key combines superior biometric performance and 360-degree readability with anti-spoofing technology and fingerprint activated collaboration capabilities. Designed to meet Windows Hello security requirements, the key allows users without a fingerprint sensor in their computers to enjoy the benefits of faster, more secure login that Windows Hello affords. And businesses whose employee computers do not have biometric authentication capabilities, can easily deploy the fingerprint key without having to replace an entire fleet of laptops.

?EU?With Windows Hello, businesses now…
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Microsoft Unveils Surface Laptop and Windows 10 S for Education

Eyeing an education market that’s been dominated by Apple and Google, Microsoft yesterday announced a new Surface Laptop aimed at college students and a new operating system, Windows 10 S, that runs only apps from the Windows Store.

By running only verified Microsoft apps, Windows 10 S is designed to provide a safe, secure and fast-loading experience for classroom settings, according to Terry Myerson, executive vice president of the Windows and Devices Group.

While its $999-and-up Surface Laptop targets college students, Microsoft has also partnered with other manufacturers, such as Acer, Asus, Dell, Fujitsu, HP, Samsung, and Toshiba to produce a variety of lower-price Windows 10 S devices for schools that start at $189. Available for pre-order now, the Surface Laptop is set to hit the market on June 15, while other Windows 10 S devices will come out this summer, Microsoft said.

‘Refresh’ of Classic Laptop

Featuring a 13.5-inch edge-to-edge touchscreen made of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, the Surface Laptop weighs in at 2.76 pounds and is 14.47 millimeters thick. It’s powered by a 7th-generation Intel Core processor and will offer a battery life of up to 14.5 hours, according to Microsoft devices head Panos Panay.

“We built Surface Laptop to do two things: refresh the classic laptop form factor that our customers, especially college students, have been asking for; and make a Surface that works seamlessly to showcase the best of Windows 10 S,” Panay wrote yesterday on the Windows blog.

Panay said the Surface Laptop was designed to provide college-age users with important features, such as long battery life, storage capabilities, display quality, and portability. Other features are aimed at making the device more visually and physically appealing. Rather than metal or plastic, the worktop surface is covered by a fabric called Alcantara that has a feel similar…
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Google Patches 6 Critical Security Vulnerabilities in Android

Technology giant Google released new security patches Monday to address some critical bugs in the Android operating system, including one that could allow an attacker to gain remote execution privileges through a variety of methods such as email, Web browsing, and instant messages.

The patch is being made available to Nexus devices via an over-the-air update. Android users can also update their devices directly from the Android Web site, while OEMs will have the option of directing users to the site or pushing their own over-the-air updates to users.

The security update, part of Google?EU?s normally scheduled monthly security patch releases, addresses a broad array of Android vulnerabilities. The most critical are the six vulnerabilities that relate to the operating system?EU?s Mediaserver.

Remote Code Execution Vulnerabilities

The vulnerability in the Mediaserver component could allow an attacker to cause a memory corruption when media files and data are being processed, allowing the hacker to execute remote code, according to Google.

In addition to the patch for the Mediaserver component, Google also released fixes for critical vulnerabilities in Android?EU?s GIFLIB library that could also allow remote code execution during a Mediaserver process, and an elevation of privilege vulnerability in the MediaTek touchscreen driver.

Other components of the operating system, such as the Qualcomm bootloader, the kernel sound subsystem, the Motorola bootloader, Nvidia video driver, Qualcomm power driver, and kernel trace subsystem, also contain critical exploits that could permanently compromise an Android device. However, those vulnerabilities are not as severe as the Mediaserver bug.

Although the potential for the abuse of these vulnerabilities is high, Google said that it has not received any reports of active exploits for them. Still, the company recommended that all users accept the update on their devices.

Timeline for Security Supports

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Sprint's 'Magic Box' Is An In-Home Small Cell to Help Improve Coverage

Sprint today announced the Magic Box, a tool Sprint hopes consumers and businesses will use to help it densify its LTE network. The Magic Box is similar to a signal booster in that owners place it in a window. Sprint says the Magic Box is a plug-and-play, self-configuring small cell that requires no labor or rental costs. The Magic Box does not connect to an in-home broadband or WiFi network; it is fully cellular. It connects to a nearby Sprint cell site and improves coverage both indoors and outdoors. It can provide up to 30,000 square feet of coverage inside, and extends the signal outdoors up to 100 meters from the small cell. The Magic Box provides coverage in the 2.5 GHz band and relies on Sprint’s network for backhaul. The Magic Box is not for just the owner, it provides coverage to everyone in the area. Sprint claims the Magic Box will provide immediate improvement to network access, speed, and capacity. Sprint has been testing the Magic Box in Denver, San Francisco, Indianapolis, New York, Chicago, and Houston, and says wireless speeds have improved significantly in areas where Magic Box is deployed. The Magic Box small cell will allow Sprint to improve coverage without forcing it to seek permission for outdoor, public cell site deployments. Consumers or businesses interested in the Magic Box can apply for one on Sprint’s web site. Sprint didn’t specify what criteria people will need to meet to qualify for the Magic Box.

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Nissan release a phone killer

You’re driving. The phone beeps. You know you’ve received a notification. It could be something important. It could be about those jeans you ordered, or it could be a Facebook update from someone about a burger they’ve just eaten.

You’ll never know, because you’re driving….

..but you just have to find out. Don’t you? You need to know if it was unimportant or just totally unimportant.

So you pick up the phone, enter your unlock code, head into messages and then… you’ve just smashed into a row of cars and caused untold carnage.

You shouldn’t use it. We know that. However, people are using their phones at the wheel and, with smartphones replacing the traditional satnav, there’s still tenuous reasons for having one right next to you.

Nissan release a phone killer

However, despite the fact that we could activate flight mode before driving a car, Nissan have come up with a rather old-school approach to totally disable your phone. It uses a prototype storage compartment inside their “Juke” which is lined with a Faraday cage. It’s similar to those steel-constructed supermarkets that are now getting built on stilts (my wife can never get a signal at Tesco) and blocks all signals once the phone is inside.

Nissan call this a “Signal Shield”. They have created this after research revealed that the average mobile phone user checks their device 85 times a day.

Here’s a video demonstrating the Signal Shield concept…

Pete Williams, who’s the RAC road safety spokesman, tells us..

Our research shows that handheld phone use by drivers has reached epidemic proportions. As mobile phone technology has advanced significantly many people have become addicted to them. However, the use of a handheld phone when driving represents both a physical and mental distraction and it has been illegal since 2003.

A Faraday cage is named after the English scientist Michael Faraday, and was invented first in 1836. It will cancel out radio waves and stops your phone from receiving or sending calls, texts and data.

Whilst I can see the thinking behind this, it also means that you can’t use your phone as a satnav and you won’t be able to make or receive any calls through a car kit or Bluetooth headset.

Nissan release a phone killer

Nissan Signal Shield concept uses 180-year-old invention
to tackle smartphone distraction behind the wheel

See how the Nissan Signal Shield works here:

Nissan GB adopts Victorian-era (19th century) technology to reduce smartphone distraction while driving
Nissan Signal Shield concept creates in-car compartment that blocks all cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals
Built into the armrest of Nissan’s acclaimed Juke crossover
Concept highlights a growing problem of smartphone use at the wheel
Almost one in five drivers admit to having illegally texted while driving

London, UK (May 03, 2017) – Victorian invention, 21st century application. Nissan GB has adopted a technology that’s almost 200 years old to create a concept solution for reducing smartphone distraction at the wheel.

The beauty of the design is its simplicity. The Nissan Signal Shield is a prototype compartment within the arm rest of a Nissan Juke that is lined with a Faraday cage, an invention dating back to the 1830s.

Once a mobile device is placed in the compartment and the lid closed, the Nissan Signal Shield creates a ‘silent zone’, blocking all of the phone’s incoming and outgoing cellular, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections.

The concept is designed to give drivers a choice about whether to eliminate the distractions caused by the millions of text messages, social media notifications and app alerts that are ‘pushed’ to smartphones each day.

A growing problem, the number of drivers admitting to handling their phone in the car has increased from 8% in 2014 to 31% in 2016, according to the RAC.(1)

Users are becoming habitually more tempted to check text messages and notifications as they appear on their phone’s screen, even if they are driving. Nissan’s own research found almost one in five drivers (18%) admitted to having texted behind the wheel.

All Nissan crossovers are available with Bluetooth connectivity to allow drivers to make and receive hands-free phone calls when it is safe to do so. NissanConnect, or Apple CarPlay on the all-new Nissan Micra, enable further integration with a phone’s apps.

The Nissan Signal Shield concept provides optional connectivity, giving drivers the choice between being able to contact and be contacted from the road, or creating a ‘phone-free’ space and time. It means a digital detox and a drive that’s free of incoming distractions.

If drivers want to listen to music or podcasts stored on their smartphone, they can still connect to the car’s entertainment system via the USB or auxiliary ports. The device will maintain wired connectivity even when in the Nissan Signal Shield compartment.

To restore the phone’s wireless connections, drivers just need to open the arm rest to reveal the compartment – which can be done without taking eyes off the road or touching the phone itself – and the phone can reconnect with the mobile network and the car’s Bluetooth system.

The innovation works on the principle of the Faraday cage, an enclosure made of a conductive material, such as wire mesh, which blocks electromagnetic fields. It is named after the pioneering English scientist Michael Faraday, who invented it in the 1830s.

When an electronic device, like a smartphone, is placed inside, any incoming electromagnetic signals – such as cellular or Bluetooth data – are distributed across the cage’s external conducting material and so prevented from reaching the device.

Alex Smith, Managing Director, Nissan Motor GB Ltd. said; “Nissan produces some of the safest cars on the road today, but we are always looking at new ways to improve the wellbeing of our customers. Mobile phone use at the wheel is a growing concern across the automotive industry, and indeed society, particularly with the high number of ‘pushed’ communications, such as texts, social media notifications and app alerts that tempt drivers to reach for their devices.”

“The Nissan Signal Shield concept presents one possible solution for giving drivers the choice to remove all smartphone distractions while driving. This is about delivering more control at the wheel, not less. Some drivers are immune to the activity of their smartphone, but for those who struggle to ignore the beeps and pings, this concept provides a simple solution in this very ‘connected’ world we live in.”

RAC road safety spokesman Pete Williams said: “Our research shows that handheld phone use by drivers has reached epidemic proportions. As mobile phone technology has advanced significantly many people have become addicted to them. However, the use of a handheld phone when driving represents both a physical and mental distraction and it has been illegal since 2003.

“The Nissan Signal Shield is a good example of a technology that can help drivers be phone smart. For those who can’t avoid the temptation, this simple but pretty clever tech gives them a valuable mobile-free zone. We are asking all drivers to make a personal commitment not to use a handheld phone at the wheel by visiting and sharing their promise with their friends and family.”

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  • Honor 8 Pro deliveries delayed

    You may remember how excited we were to get our hands on the Honor 8 Pro when it was announced on April 5th. We got to spend some time with a blue one in a pub before the announcement and it won me over. So I preordered one while bandannas were being brought back into fashion, and there was quite a build up until the expected ship date of April 20th.

    Honor 8 Pro deliveries delayed

    April 20th came and went, and the advertised shipping date for later pre-orders came and went (April 27th). As listeners of the Coolsmartphone Podcast probably noticed, I was bitter. It’s now May 3rd, the day before Star Wars Day, and I still haven’t had a message from to let me know that my device will be shipped to me.

    Honor 8 Pro deliveries delayed

    It turns out I’m not the only person waiting for their Honor 8 Pro to be shipped, so I reached out to vmall and Honor for an update. Wilkin Lee, Sales and Marketing Manager for Honor in the UK, got back to me and explained what is going on.

    “We apologise for the delay with the Honor 8 Pro from Vmall, which is essential to ensure the best experience for our fans and consumers when it arrives.

    As a techie myself I understand how eager our fans and consumers are in getting the latest products from us as soon as possible.

    So for those that have placed and order in Vmall affected by the delay in the UK, we will provide an Honor t-shirt if they contact us on:

    Where we will verify their order and send out the t-shirt.”

    So there you have it: there must have been massive demand outside China for the Honor 8 Pro (AKA Honor V9 in China). So much demand that Vmall’s original estimate of a 15 day lead time for delivery has balooned to a month lead.

    The Honor 8 Pro offers unrivalled value for money in the ~£500 price range, and benefits from a wider ecosystem of accessory options. I’ve already had cases and screen protectors delivered (all the way from China), and a fnake Xtremeskin.

    We’ll keep you up to date on how my Honor 8 Pro pre-order is progressing, hopefully we will be able to talk about it more soon. You might even see me wearing an Honor T-Shirt in a future episode of the Coolsmartphone Podcast too…

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  • Facebook Denies that it Targeted Vulnerable Youths to Benefit Advertisers

    Facebook has recently come under fire after leaked documents have revealed that the social media company is targeting potentially emotionally-vulnerable youths. The allegations suggest that Facebook is gathering information on teenagers and young people who are in need of a “confidence boost” to facilitate advertising practices from other companies who can sell products to these […]
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    Brain Surgery is Possible in Just 2 Minutes Thanks to New Robot Drill

    A robotic drill could be the future of surgery and could help cut the time of routine brain surgery from two hours down to only two minutes, or at least less than three minutes. Developers believe the computer-driven robot surgeon that uses a sort of ‘Google Maps’ concept could play a pivotal role in future […]
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