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Found: New Android malware with never-before-seen spying capabilities

By Dan Goodin

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Last year, researchers found what at the time was quite possibly the world’s most sophisticated espionage app ever written for the Android mobile operating system. Now, in a discovery that underscores the growing arms race among competing malware developers, researchers have uncovered a new Android spying platform that includes location-based audio recording and other features that have never been seen in the wild before.

According to a report published Tuesday by antivirus provider Kaspersky Lab, “Skygofree” is most likely an offensive security product sold by an Italy-based IT company that markets various surveillance wares. With 48 different commands in its latest version, the malware has undergone continuous development since its creation in late 2014. It relies on five separate exploits to gain privileged root access that allows it to bypass key Android security measures. Skygofree is capable of taking pictures, capturing video, and seizing call records, text messages, gelocation data, calendar events, and business-related information stored in device memory.

Skygofree also includes the ability to automatically record conversations and noise when an infected device enters a location specified by the person operating the malware. Another never-before-seen feature is the ability to steal WhatsApp messages by abusing the Android Accessibility Service that’s designed to help users who have disabilities or who may temporarily be unable to fully interact with a device. A third new feature: the ability to connect infected devices to Wi-Fi networks controlled by attackers.

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T-Mobile Launches Nation’s First Plan for Narrowband IoT

By IoT – Internet of Things

Look out carriers: here comes Magenta, connecting all the things. T-Mobile’s nationwide first plan for narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) for just $6 per year. At one tenth the cost of Verizon’s Cat-M plans, T-Mobile’s new NB-IoT plan takes advantage of narrowband technology, and the efficiency it provides, to significantly lower the costs of connecting things and unleash […]

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Bonitasoft partners with Amazon AWS to bring enterprise applications to the cloud

By Zenobia Hegde

Bonitasoft, the open source provider of low-code business process management and digital transformation software, announced that along with the release of v7.6 of its flagship platform Bonita, it has signed a partnership agreement with Amazon Web Services (AWS). This partnership will permit companies to effectively operate the Bonita platform with Amazon AWS cloud technology.

Bonita 7.6 comes with a brand-new platform add-on, Bonita Continuous Delivery, which automates provisioning of a Bonita platform so that deployment takes just a few minutes.

This module can be added to the Bonita platform and leverages Ansible and Docker technologies for provisioning, along with provides advanced native Bonita capabilities to manage clustering deployments and platform backups. Applications on the Bonita platform are now fully compatible with both on-premises and AWS cloud deployments.

“With cloud-based access though AWS, digital process applications on the Bonita platform are easily highly distributed and secure,” said Miguel Valdes Faura, CEO and founder of Bonitasoft. “We are pleased to have AWS as part of our partner ecosystem.”

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Are we enter the era of Wearables-as-a-Service?

By Zenobia Hegde

At this week’s CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas Omate will unveil its Wearable-as-a-Service (WaaS) exclusive partnership with Medical Guardian designed to protect senior citizens in North America.

Omate announces new Wearable-as-a-Service solution to protect lone workers.

The new, next generation Omate 4G O5LW smartwatch is powered by Arkea on Life secure location-based services.

This can be seen at Booth 43855 in the Health & Wellness Marketplace. Demo will be available later at ShowStoppers at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, in the Lafite Ballroom on Tuesday January 9, 2018 from 6.00 to 10.00p.m.

On Sunday Omate announced its newest 4G enabled smartwatch, the Omate O5LW – wearable platform powered by Arkea on Life.

Introducing the O5LW

“We are excited to work with Arkea On Life to offer consumers the opportunity to protect their family through the most secure platform to date. Using Arkea insurance and banking background, guarantees the safety of the data of the end users.

This relationship opens up possibilities for new Wearable-as-a-Services for enterprise segments through Arkea On Life services such as lone workers in the security, public utilities, transportation and many other industries,” says Laurent Le Pen, founder & CEO at Omate.

The O5LW is a low power 4G always-on standalone wearable and GPS tracker packaged in a robust IP67 case and is ideal for companies looking for connected services tailored to their industries.

WaaS: Wearable-as-a-Service

Omate has strategically invested in IoT for smart connected wearables to offer tailored services to companies evolving in the kids, elderly and enterprise segments. Modules powered by Omate are used in wearable devices for people who need protection from kids to seniors to lone workers

Yvon Le Bihan

“We are delighted that Omate selected Arkea On Life services for its next generation platform,” said Yvon Le Bihan, CEO at Arkea On Life. “Our services are designed to meet the needs of tomorrow’s wearable devices for both consumer and enterprise segments.”

Always-on connectivity for tailored services

The Omate O5LW powered wearable is designed to deliver an always connected experience with the latest 4G modem, integrated GPS, low power Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth®.

The O5LW can last up to three days on a single charge and triangulates location using GPS, 4G cellular networks and Wi-Fi hotspots, for a more accurate positioning.

The O5LW will be available from June 2018 exclusively through Arkea On Life; associated services will be accessible through several mobile network operators and insurance companies starting Q3 2018.

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Loyalty or lock-in? Most smart speaker users won’t budge from Amazon or Google

By Zenobia Hegde

More than two thirds of current owners of Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers are planning to buy another smart speaker within the next six months, according to the latest research from Strategy Analytics.

The report, Smart Speaker User Survey: Brand Awareness and Ownership, also found that 75% of Amazon smart speaker owners would choose another Amazon speaker, and 69% of Google owners would choose another Google product. The report concludes that “this may simply suggest high levels of satisfaction, or a recognition that the technical platforms are different and that switching would involve unwanted complexity”.

Other key findings from the research include:

24% of respondents already own at least one smart speaker
Amazon and Google account for 94% of all smart speakers in use
More than a quarter of all respondents intend to buy a smart speaker in the next 6 months

“The early runners in the fast-growing smart speaker market look set to dominate for some time,” says David Mercer, principal analyst and the report’s author. “High customer satisfaction levels and the possibility of platform ‘lock-in’ will make it challenging for competitor platforms to carve out significant market share in the near term.”

“At this early stage it appears that Amazon and Google are successfully meeting customer needs, in spite of adopting contrasting strategies,” comments David Watkins, director of Strategy Analytics’ Smart Speakers service. “This is good and bad news for competitors: it will be tough to dislodge Amazon and Google; but new approaches to smart speaker design and user experience can help win over new customers.”

Strategy Analytics will be attending CES in Las Vegas January 9-12 where analysts will be available to discuss the company’s smart speaker research in more detail.

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