ITy Bytes 8 August is a short, curated collection of news you may like to know:
Intel brings Project Athena to life,
HealthEngine (medical booking app) facing multi-million-dollar
fines for selling patient data,
WhatsApp (a Facebook company) insecure – Check Point,
Arlo Pro and Pro 2 now have Apple HomeKit compatibility,
Ask OK Google or Alexa to find my ‘Tile’.
Speaking of lost – BioTraka you dog,
JBL Flip 5 – bigger sound, longer battery life,
ITy Bytes 8 August
Intel brings Project Athena to life
Intel’s Project Athena focusing on ‘mobile performance’ laptops
has a ‘brand’ – and it is ‘Engineered for Mobile Performance’. Not as inspiring
as the Greek Goddess Athena who represented wisdom, handicraft, and warfare.
The six key experience indicators for these laptops are
Instant action: System wake-up in under a second
Performance and responsiveness: Core i5 or i7
processors and Optane memory H10
Intelligence: Adaptive intelligence with AI on
Battery life: 16 or more hours of battery life
Fast connectivity: Wi-Fi 6 and Thunderbolt 3
Form factor: Ultra slim and light designs
The first system with the new identifier can be found on the
new Dell XPS 2 in 1, with new laptops expected at the end of the year from Acer
(Swift 5), Asus, Dell, HP (EliteBook x360 1040 and x360 830), Lenovo (Yoga
You can read more about Athena, sorry ‘Engineered for Mobile Performance’ here.
HealthEngine (medical booking app) facing multi-million-dollar fines for secretly selling patient data
Australia’s largest GP booking app HealthEngine has been selling
patient booking information to personal injury law firms and health insurance brokers
since at least 2017. More than one million Australians use it each month.
HealthEngine provides a booking system for patients and an online health care directory that lists over 70,000 Australian health practices and practitioners. HealthEngine’s significant investors include Carsales.com.au, Telstra Ventures and Seven West Media. You can read about it here.
“Patients were misled into thinking their information
would stay with HealthEngine but, instead, their information was sold off,”
ACCC chairman Rod Sims said in a statement.
The information sold included names, phone numbers, date-of-birth,
email addresses, GP/practitioner, appointment time, type of health care
practice (e.g. GP, chiropractic or dentistry), and/or if the patient had
private health insurance including the fund name.
The ACCC has not said how much money the company earned form
The ABC revealed last year that HealthEngine had also boasted to advertisers that it could target users based on their symptoms and medical conditions. Read the ACCC statement here.
WhatsApp (a Facebook company) insecure – Check Point
If spreading fake news, becoming an attack vector for
malware and providing a platform for scammers was not enough the Facebook company
Whatsapp has been further found to have significant and dangerous security holes.
CheckPoint says WhatsApp is considered one of the more
secure messaging platforms so how could something of this scale happen? Well
for starters, don’t believe the publicity and second Facebook are famous for
insecure programming and data leaks.
Check Point Researchers identified three possible methods of
attack, all involving social engineering tactics to trick end-users. The threat
Use the ‘quote’ feature in a group conversation
to change the identity of the sender, even if that person is not a member of
Target an individual by piggybacking off a text
of someone else’s reply.
Send a private message to another group
participant that is disguised as a public message for all, so when the targeted
individual responds, it is visible to everyone in the conversation.
Arlo Pro and Pro 2 now have Apple HomeKit compatibility
Support for Apple HomeKit is rolling out now on Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2 Security Camera Systems with base station models, VMB4000 and VMB4500. The new Arlo 4K Ultra is yet to receive an update.
HomeKit allows users iOS, ipadOS, watchOS, macOS users to control
smart home products via the Apple Home app. They can now receive motion
notifications. iOS users can also use Siri to display HD (720p) live stream
onto their iPhone or iPad. With HomeKit, users can also set up automation to
control other HomeKit-enabled smart home devices. For example, users can set up
an automation to trigger HomeKit-enabled lights to turn on at certain times
when motion is detected.
GadgetGuy has reviewed the Arlo Ultra 4K, Arlo Pro 2 1080p and Arlo Pro 720p. The Ultra 4K is a spectacular performer earning our unreserved recommendation for image quality.
Ask OK Google or Alexa to find my ‘Tile’
Tile is a little tag that you affix to items of value – car keys,
smartphones, sports gear, even pets. It uses crowd-finding when it is outside
its owner’s Bluetooth range.
Tile Mate or Pro now have Google Home and Amazon Alexa to use voice to locate the Tile. The Tile platform also enables its users to ask their voice-activated speaker to help locate their phone through the reverse ring feature or announce where your Tile item was last seen.
Tile Mate is Tile’s best seller. The 2019 update has a 50% increase in Bluetooth range (45 m) and loudness (compared to the original). It also has a replaceable battery, guaranteed to last 12 months.
Tile Pro is Tile’s most powerful Bluetooth tracker, with 2x range (90 m) and loudness compared to Tile Mate.
Biotraka has a lost dog tracker that provides real-time location and activity insight into the secret life of Fido.
It uses GPS and supplements this with Wi-Fi positioning and
mobile phone tower triangulation.
It is on special from the website for $199 (usually $299) and includes the first 12 months tracking subscription.
JBL Flip 5 – bigger sound, longer battery life
GagetGuy awarded 4.6-out-of-5 for the excellent Flip 4, and now JBL comes along and improves It – enter the Flip 5. We were amazed at the amount of bass it could produce from its passive radiations and that it is a sealed, IPX7 waterproof device.
The $149.95 Flip 5 is a 20W, mono 360° sound, Bluetooth 4.2 speaker capable of 80dB (loud) and has a frequency response from 65Hz to 20kHz.
It has a USB-C charge port and is compatible with and USB charger
including the newer USB-PD 2.0 chargers. The 4800mAh battery life is about 12
hours – recharge is 2.5 hours. It can pair to another Flip5 for stereo or connect
to hundreds of other Flip 5s via its PartyBoost app.
We like it because of the characteristic JBL sound signature,
and you have 11 colours to select from.
ITy Bytes 8 August is a short selection of curated news you need to know