Today’s Tech Sightings:
Seven museums are participating in a beta program to test Suitable Technologies’ Beam telepresence robot. The remotely-controlled, camera-equipped mobile robot can be steered from a laptop to help bedridden people explore museums they are otherwise unable to visit in person.
Rich Miner, who has been at the center of developing technologies that have impacted lives, shares his thoughts about the things that will shape mobile computing in coming years.
Researchers found a security flaw dating back to the 1990s that leaves users of Apple’s Safari browser and Android’s browser open to attack. Dubbed FREAK, the vulnerability renders browser users vulnerable to hacking when they visit “secure” websites.
The newly-revealed FREAK vulnerability affecting Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) and Transport Layer Security (TLS) protocols already has Apple and Google scrambling to issue patches to fix the problem.
Google’s promise last year that its next version of Android Lollipop operating system would include encryption by default seems to have evaporated. The company reportedly stopped requiring Android makers and distributors to turn on encryption by default. Part of the problem of honoring this promise is Android fragmentation.
With cybersecurity increasingly under attack, Fujitsu has revealed a new option at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress — a prototype phone equipped with infrared cameras to scan the user’s retina for identification, instead of the fingerprint sensors that have been tested and, sadly, hacked.
It you are a TweetDeck user, the service has announced that beginning March 31, all users will be required to log on using their Twitter credentials. TweetDeck said the move aims to improve security.