How does an Amazon Echo vulnerability enable attackers to eavesdrop?

Research from MWR InfoSecurity Ltd. shows that threat actors can install malware on an Amazon Echo and turn it into a listening device. How effective is this attack, and is there any way to determine if an Amazon Echo has been compromised?

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Alibaba challenges Google, Amazon with new Echo-like device

The competition in digital speaker-assistants is getting more intense, as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. unfurled an Amazon Echo-like device and fellow Chinese internet giants Tencent and Baidu prepare to develop their own.

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App economy to grow to $6.3 trillion in 2021, user base to nearly double to 6.3 billion

The global app economy will be worth $6.3 trillion by 2021, up from $1.3 trillion last year, according to a new report this morning from app analytics firm App Annie. During that same time frame, the user base will almost double from 3.4 billion people using apps to 6.3 billion, while the time spent in apps will grow to 3.5 trillion hours in 2021, up from 1.6 trillion in 2016.

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Google I/O 2017 Updates on Disability, Accessibility, Assistive Technology (AT), and Emerging Technologies

An experience to be remembered and referred to throughout the year, Google I/O 2017 lived up to its hype. Sessions, sandbox demonstrations, Code Labs, and Google expert office hours boasted topics on Android, machine learning, Internet of Things, the Google Assistant, Accessibility, and others. By giving accessibility the center stage for a variety of sessions, sandbox demonstrations, and expert office hours, Google has again shown the AT community its dedication to closing the gap in accessibility and usefulness of technology for people with disabilities. Google’s many technologies and products also show big implications for the disabled community to leverage throughout life.

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21st Century Medicine: Where Big Tech Is Placing Bets In Healthcare

Tech has already had a major impact on the healthcare industry in areas such as medical record systems, connected medical devices, telemedicine software, and a growing number of digital therapeutics startups that help patients manage chronic conditions at home. And over the last few years, the largest tech companies in the world have begun to bolster both internal development of healthcare products as well as their private market activity in the health sector.

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Quality, Safety of Health Apps Remains Murky

We have come to a place in mobile health (mHealth) where the problem is no longer a lack of available apps. Patients and healthcare providers are using health-related apps on their smartphones. Research studies have shown promising evidence that certain disease outcomes can be improved with the implementation of a mobile app.

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Smartphone Apps Meet Evidence Based Medicine

“The future of medicine is in your smartphone,” proclaimed an eminent medical researcher in a 2015 Wall Street Journal essay. In a sense, the future is already here, judging from the proliferation of apps and medical devices that are connected to smartphones. One industry study in 2015 identified more than 165,000 health­related “apps” for smartphones on Google Play and the Apple iTunes store. But how much does this technology lead to improved patient outcomes? That question is one of evidence based medicine, to be answered by clinical trials and systemic reviews by medical experts.

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New York Attorney General puts mHealth app developers on notice

After a year-long investigation, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reached settlements with the developers of three popular health apps available online in Apple’s App Store and Google Play after they made misleading claims and implemented irresponsible privacy practices.

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From Customized Shoes To Interactive Gaming, Nike Scores With Record High In Patent Grants in 2016

Nike won a record high of over 690 patent approvals in 2016, partially driven by a major expansion of patent applications the previous year. For a retail brand, Nike has been active in the tech sector over the years, collaborating with Apple, launching various wearable apps and devices, and making private market investments in artificial intelligence (via startup Reflektion) and supply chain optimization (via startup Llamasoft).

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Feds recognize innovative new consumer and provider apps

Having challenged software developers to design apps to help consumers easily collect and integrate their health data from disparate providers and IT systems, and offer apps to physicians that expand use of electronic health records, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology now has picked the winners.

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MyHeart Counts, a ResearchKit App Study, Releases First Results

This week, Stanford's MyHeart Counts Cardiovascular Health Study published initial findings from its ResearchKit-based study. And for anyone interested in digital health, particularly research, the findings are a must-read.

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