Archive for June 12, 2017

HP’s EliteOne 800 G3 Healthcare Edition All-in-one Announced

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 12, 2017 by itnerd

HP Inc. announced the HP EliteOne 800 G3 Healthcare Edition All-in-One (AiO), a purpose-built AiO based on the world’s most secure and manageable PCs tailored to combat customer pain points like security, infection control, and telemedicine in the healthcare industry.

 

With healthcare data breaches up 23 percent in the past year and stolen patient medical records costing organizations up to $355 per record – the highest in all industries – healthcare providers need more security protection than ever before. The EliteOne Healthcare Edition is equipped with HP’s comprehensive security features like HP Sure Start Gen3 BIOS protection, HP Multi-Factor Authenticate, HP WorkWise and the HP Manageability Integration Kit to protect the healthcare sector from ever-increasing cyber-attacks, ransomware and malware.

Physical security from infections is also a major concern, as 1 in 25 hospital patients develops a hospital acquired infection. The EliteOne Healthcare Edition is designed for increased sanitization with a glass cover that healthcare professionals can wipe using commonly-used sanitizing agents without worrying about damaging the screen. The device also comes with the IP-65 rated HP USB Keyboard & Mouse Healthcare Edition, meaning that it can be wiped down with commonly used germicidal agents without damage.

Simultaneously, with experts estimating that telemedicine will grow 35 percent per year, video and audio conferencing are playing an increasingly important role in care delivery. That’s why the EliteOne Healthcare Edition offers collaboration and premium audio features, such as HP Audio Boost, HP Noise Cancellation and audio by Bang & Olufsen, so healthcare providers can have crystal clear audio communication with patients, even if they’re thousands of miles away when tending to them.

Availability

The HP EliteOne 800 Healthcare Edition AiO will be available in July for a starting price of $1,299.

For more information on the HP EliteOne 800 Healthcare Edition AiO and other HP healthcare solutions, visit: http://www8.hp.com/us/en/campaigns/healthcare/clinician-access.html.

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Tips From Waze For Your Summer Road Trip

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 12, 2017 by itnerd

Just in time for summer road trips, here’s a reminder that Waze is Canada’s most popular driving and navigation app and it boasts features that will helps get the best route.

Thanks to technology, going anywhere in the summer is easier than ever.

Waze Features:

Fellow Users Are Looking Out For You.

You never drive alone with Waze. When using the app, icons pop up when fellow Wazers note that there are traffic jams, police, or road hazards ahead. It allows a driver to plan alternate routes

Planned Drives + Waze Calendar

Waze can connect with your iPhone, Android or Google calendar to send you a push notification reminder to let you know what time to leave based on real-time traffic conditions.

Parking

Weather you’re at home or away Waze can help you find parking before you leave for your destination.

ETA (Estimated Time of Arrival)

Drivers can share ETAs with other Wazers and you don’t have to text them to let them know you’re late. People from your contact list automatically receive a text message with your estimated arrival time.

Find Gas Wherever You Are and Save When You Fill Up

Every driver has gotten into “empty tank” jams when driving in unfamiliar places. Waze solves this situation wherever you are. Under Gas Stations & Prices a list of gas stations near you will pop up and it will include the per-litre price.

Personalized Voice Recorder

Customize your drive with turn-by-turn voice prompts in your own voice. This new feature allows you to record your own directions and reports while navigating with Waze.

Check out Waze here.

Infographic: Why Your Tires Matter

Posted in Commentary on June 12, 2017 by itnerd

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Source: Nonda

Shady iOS Developer Using App Store Search Ads To Scam People On An Epic Scale

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 12, 2017 by itnerd

A rather shocking report has come to light over the weekend of a scam app charging people a staggering $400 per month through an in-app purchase disguised as a free trial. Oh yeah, the app does nothing and was approved by Apple who supposedly has tight controls on what get approved in the App store. Now if you read through this story, it’s quite shocking that this was even approved by Apple in the first place. Here’s why:

I scrolled down the list in the Productivity category and saw apps from well-known companies like Dropbox, Evernote, and Microsoft. That was to be expected. But what’s this? The #10 Top Grossing Productivity app (as of June 7th, 2017) was an app called “Mobile protection :Clean & Security VPN”.

Given the terrible title of this app (inconsistent capitalization, misplaced colon, and grammatically nonsensical “Clean & Security VPN?”), I was sure this was a bug in the rankings algorithm. So I check Sensor Tower for an estimate of the app’s revenue, which showed… $80,000 per month?? That couldn’t possibly be right. Now I was really curious.

I tap into the app details to see that the developer is “Ngan Vo Thi Thuy”. Wait so, this is a VPN service offered by an independent developer who didn’t even bother to incorporate a company? That’s a huge red flag. For those of you who don’t know why this is bad, a VPN basically routes all your internet traffic through a third party server. So in this case, a random person who couldn’t piece together a grammatically correct title, who also didn’t bother to incorporate a company, wants access to all your internet traffic.

What’s even worse is that in the description for the app, it is apparently “full of features.”

#EpicFail

So one has to wonder how many people have forked over $80K a month, of which Apple nets a 30% cut, for this scam app? One has to also wonder how many apps like this Apple has approved either through greed, which I would hope isn’t the case, or lack of care and attention, which is more likely the case? All I know is that Apple needs to address this and address this now. Otherwise, they’ll start looking like Google Play which is a app store that they’ve criticized for this sort of thing in the past.

Does Your Printer Spy On You? The EFF Can Help You Find Out….

Posted in Commentary with tags on June 12, 2017 by itnerd

Recently we’ve had the case of a woman named Reality Winner…. Yes, that is apparently her name…. being arrested for leaking sensitive info to The Intercept that the NSA had in its possession. She was apparently busted because the printers that she printed this sensitive info out from had microdots which were used to hunt her down. Now, you’re likely wondering what these microdots are and if the printer in your home or business does this or something similar. Well, the Electronic Frontier Foundation can help you find out. They’ve not only posted a document that lists printers known to do this, they’ve also got a document that explains this tracking tech. But the first document that I linked to does have this warning:

Some of the documents that we previously received through FOIA suggested that all major manufacturers of color laser printers entered a secret agreement with governments to ensure that the output of those printers is forensically traceable. Although we still don’t know if this is correct, or how subsequent generations of forensic tracking technologies might work, it is probably safest to assume that all modern color laser printers do include some form of tracking information that associates documents with the printer’s serial number.

Thus consider this to be a starting point. It will be interesting to see if any printer company fesses up to doing this now that it’s got a rather bright spotlight.