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This year, you could be wearing your device rather than carrying it….we bring you insights on the trend of Wear Your Own Device (WYOD). Did you know that the spam you receive might be sent by a gadget rather than a person? Also, find out if your email password is a secure one, or features among the worst passwords of 2013! All this and more in this week’s update of technology news.
Wear Your Own Device
The recently held Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas brought out a key technology theme to watch out for in 2014 – Wear Your Own Device, or WYOD. In a Gartner report dated October 30, analyst Angela McIntyre said IT managers should establish a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy for wearables "because employees are likely to wear their personal smart glasses in the workplace starting in 2014." Ovum analyst Kevin Noonan agreed that businesses must prepare for wearable devices coming into the workplace. And it's not just devices, new age professionals are also bringing in their own social and business contact networks (LinkedIn, Facebook etc), and their own sales and productivity tools, apps and methodologies.
Outside of work, you can expect to see WYOD built into garments and belts to monitor posture and heart rate, fitness wrist bands, and even to monitor your pets.
Believe it or not
Here’s news that sounds like science fiction, but has actually happened. We have been receiving spam messages from PCs so far, we must now worry about receiving malicious mails from household appliances too. It is being called possibly the first proven cyberattack to originate from connected appliances – the "Internet of Things." Internet-security firm Proofpoint discovered a global cyberattack launched from more than 100,000 everyday consumer gadgets such as home-networking routers, televisions and at least one "smart" refrigerator.
It said the attack occurred between December 23 and January 6, and featured waves of malicious e-mail targeting businesses and individuals worldwide. The company said the scam had been commandeered by "thingbots," or robotic programs that can be remotely installed on digital devices.
Google features – the good and the bad
Google is introducing an email feature that will allow anyone with a Google+ account send you an email. The feature, announced on the official Gmail blog, won't give your actual e-mail address to strangers. But when a Gmail user begins typing in the address box, it will provide suggestions including people in their Google+ network. While the default G+ setting will allow anyone on Google+ to contact you, users may limit that access to people in their Circles on the network, or to nobody at all. Also, a user may only e-mail you using the system once if you don't reply.
A less debatable feature which Google unveiled in November last year is helpouts, a marketplace of live video-based help services. It allows people to sign up for services by the minute or by the job, with varying prices. Google takes 20% of the transaction and the service provider takes the rest. People shopping for services can check out prices, ratings, reviews and qualifications for tasks. Google offers a money-back guarantee on the services.
Link: Gmail Blog
Worst passwords of 2013
Software firm SplashData has released the 2013 edition of its annual "Worst Passwords" list. For the first time, "password" has been displaced from the top spot, with the dubious distinction going to "123456".
Here are SplashData’s tips for effective passwords:
Use a strong password manager
Avoid obvious number-letter substitutions such as "p4s$w0rd"
Avoid using same username and password combinations across multiple services.
Link: the entire Worst Passwords list and more tips on the SplashData site
Adobe adds 3D printing capabilities
With 3D printing emerging as one of the biggest trends, Adobe is gearing up to meet the requirements of this market. "3D printing has been around for a few decades, but most of the money spent on parts is in manufacturing and dental verticals," said Andy Lauta, Product Manager at Photoshop. "As more consumers start to participate in 3D printing capabilities and those buying 3D printers install them in their homes, the 3D market will grow."
Before 3D printers crank out objects, a user needs a digital model and software that supports 3D imagery to edit it. Now, Photoshop users can design, edit and customise those 3D models similar to how they might adjust a 2D picture within the app. It does require Photoshop version 14.1 to be installed on computers though.
The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.