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Nokia is looking to return to the limelight after the sale of its mobile division to Microsoft. So far in the field of device development, the company had been dedicated to designing products, such as the N1 tablets, which were manufactured and sold by third parties, but could now be tossing the challenge of returning to manufacture a new product with a big commercial potential.

We are talking about Ozo, a camera especially designed for recording virtual reality content. The device has tiny cameras and a microphone that lets you take 360 degrees videos. It also has eight sensors distributed on the circular surface, with eight separate lenses of a generous size, and as many microphones.

With Ozo, Nokia expects to become the leading device manufacturer in supplying feed content for devices such as Cardboard Google, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus Rift or HTC. Because the Finnish company no longer has their factories, Nokia will manufacture only a small batch of Ozo-s for professional video makers. Cameras are expected to be ready before the end of the year, and are priced around five figures.

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The smart watches with features for communication and Internet open up a new frontier for cyber criminals. This was revealed in a safety study conducted by HP.

The investigation revealed that 100 percent of the watches tested were shown to be vulnerable in several aspects like authentication, data encryption and privacy.

As the market grows for the Internet of Things, the smartwatches become increasingly popular. These devices keep confidential user information, such as health data, and soon will also be able to unlock cars and homes. That is why the aim of the study was to find out if smartwatches are designed to protect sensitive data and the tasks for which they are constructed.

HP used its HP Fortify on Demand software to evaluate 10 smartwatches, in addition to the respective components of cloud and mobile applications for Android and iOS, and found numerous safety problems. Here are some of them:

1. Insufficient Authentication

All tested watches were matched with a mobile interface that lacked two-factor authentication and the ability to block accounts after 3-5 failed password attempts. It turned out that three of the ten teams, ie 30 percent, were vulnerable, which means that an attacker could gain access to the devices and data through a combined vulnerability of weak passwords and lack of account lockout.

2. Insecure encryption system

Cryptographic protocols are extremely important because of the personal information of users moving to different locations within the cloud. While 100 percent of the equipments tested feature implemented encryption with SSL / TLS, 40 percent of the connections in the cloud will remain vulnerable because they use weak encryption or the SSL v2type.

3. Unsafe Interfaces

30 percent of the web users on smartwatches were evaluated using cloud-based interfaces, which showed problems with the list of accounts. In a separate test it was determined that 30 percent of the equipments presented problems related to mobile applications. This vulnerability allows hackers to identify the user accounts via the feedback they receive from the reset key mechanisms.

4. Privacy Issues

All smartwatches store some personal information, such as name, address, date of birth, weight, sex and health data. Due to the problems enumerated, like vulnerable accounts and the use of weak passwords, exposure of this personal information is a problem.

Finally, as manufacturers work to incorporate the necessary security measures in these devices, it is important that users verify the safety of their smartwatches when they decide to use them. It is recommended that until the vulnerability problems are solved, consumers would not activate the functions that provide access to sensitive information, such as door unlocking, both in their homes and vehicles.

Additionally, users are encouraged to set strong passwords on their devices and a two-factor authentication system to prevent unauthorized people from accessing their information. These security measures are not only important to protect personal data, but also in protecting corporate data, in the event that the smartwatches are used in the workplace.

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Watson, IBM’s supercomputer, has open access for developing new projects outside those controlled by the company that created it, and there have been various initiatives, which seek to discover the potential of this kind of technology via applications These point to the future of the Internet of Things .

My Surrey is one of the latest examples in this category, where the artificial intelligence Watson is linked via a mobile app, to connect all residents of Canada under the umbrella of Surrey, under the goal of making their community a place where anyone can ask virtually any question about their city to get an accurate answer.

According to an Alphr report, IBM has teamed up with the mobile software firm Purple Forge to connect the Watson technology with the app My Surrey, thereby allowing any citizen to perform complex questions of implementation, Siri style, in order to get intelligent answers about public services offered by the City Council.

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Like to know about police, fire and the garbage collection schedules or authorized parking spaces in the city? The capacities of My Surrey thanks to Watson are much larger than any traditional app’s, and this is the key enhancement in the interaction between users and the intelligence of Watson. So it says Bruce Hayne , project manager for PC Authority:

The learning abilities of Watson technology are such that it builds up its own knowledge and improves as citizens use it. It is hoped that this pilot program will improve the user experience by increasing accessibility to services, while providing a glimpse of the city and its opportunities for improvement, and reducing the costs of service delivery.

The application My Surrey, designed for mobile devices supporting iOS, Android and also for Apple Watch has a list of frequently asked questions about the services the city offers, but also allows live questions, creating this dynamic environment, where every question strengthens the intelligence platform .

Watson, without the intervention the app would mean nothing. However, it shows an interesting preview of what can be achieved in the future.

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Last month, Lexus introduced the “Slide” hoverboard, much like the classic skateboards of the future from the movies “Back to the Future”. The device can levitate through a magnetic system and by incorporating superconductors with refrigerated liquid nitrogen.

Now, the luxury brand of Toyota Group says they are ready to show it to the public, setting the date of submission for August 5. In the video below we see the announcement in a short video teaser.

Lexus is not providing more details at the moment, but we are confident that the automotive company will not take the risk of presenting something that is a mere invention of marketing just to entice thousands of fans of the eighties trilogy.

We can only wait until August 5th …

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Today is one of those days I wish I’d been born in another country, specifically in Canada. In order to celebrate its 60th anniversary, KFC Canada will be serving its popular fried chicken in a special bucket.

Under the name of “The Memories Buckets” or the bucket of memories, KFC Canada will serve their chicken in this anniversary version that differs from the normal buckets because it also works as a photo printer. Yes, you read this right: this bucket not only contains your favorite fried chicken, but it also includes a small printer at the bottom that will connect to your smartphone or tablet using Bluetooth. As crazy as this sounds, it would not be the first time that  KFC offers technology via KFC meals, as it happened with the keyboard trays in Germany.

According to That’s Nerdalicious, the bucket will be available in limited quantities… and only in Canada. That’s a shame, because we know it is a great idea.