Money Microsoft introduces Azure Sphere to protect your IoT
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Astronomers have also seen a disc that evolved much faster than its counterparts in the same system.The image, taken by the observatory’s Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile, focuses on the backyard of stars belonging to a class called T Tauri. The members of this group shine with different intensity in the night sky and are just 10 million years old, which is relatively young by cosmic standards.
Security experts have warned for years that .
With smart fridges, thermometers and lightbulbs designed to be convenient and easy to use, security is often an afterthought. That means hackers can have a field day accessing your personal data, or taking control of your device as part of a zombie network that takes down swathes of the internet. (.)
But there hasn't been much of a solution to all of the internet of things security woes. That's where Microsoft hopes to stake its claim with a new group of products it announced Monday,.
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Azure Sphere is a tiny chip called a microcontroller that can go into smart devices. It's also an operating system that can run the device safely. And finally, it's security software that runs on the cloud, monitoring devices for hacking threats.
The announcement marks the first initiative to create a comprehensive system to lock down security on the IoT. While our computers, laptops and phones have security features built into their chips and operating systems -- not to mention software available that can help keep hackers at bay -- that's not the case for the vast majority of smart devices.
This might sound like a lot of fuss for your internet-connected security camera. Microsoft President Brad Smith said at an event announcing the platform that that's the point. If cameras can be used to attack the internet, , nothing is too small to secure.
Robot dog lends a helping paw to dementia sufferers
Among Ron Grantham's happiest memories are the days he spent fly-fishing with his beloved dog, Spot. Now those memories are being revived by visits from his new best friend, Biscuit - a robotic dog. Grantham is 99 years old and lives in Templeman House, a British care home, which brought in Biscuit. Staff there say dogs - even robotic dogs - can help to elicit memories from residents and spark conversations with care providers."I found out today that Ron used to go fly fishing when he finished work and take the dog across the fields with him while he fished," said Deanna Barnes, home manager at care home, told Reuters.
"In a world where anything can be disrupted, everything needs to be protected," Smith said.
Robot dog lends a helping paw to dementia sufferers
Among Ron Grantham's happiest memories are the days he spent fly-fishing with his beloved dog, Spot. Now those memories are being revived by visits from his new best friend, Biscuit - a robotic dog. Grantham is 99 years old and lives in Templeman House, a British care home, which brought in Biscuit. Staff there say dogs - even robotic dogs - can help to elicit memories from residents and spark conversations with care providers.
The announcement gives Microsoft a unique position in the internet of things market. While it's already competing in the marketplace by , Azure Sphere gives the company a reason to get its technology into billions of devices sold by other companies.
Rather than manufacturing the chips itself, the company is working with chipmaker MediaTek to get its microcontrollers to market. Microsoft will certify that the chips are made to its standards, and Microsoft partner managing director Galen Hunt said in the press release announcing the new product that the chips will be available "at volume" this summer.
That's a key part of Azure Sphere, Hunt said, because the chip "functions as the brain of the device, hosting the compute, storage, memory, and an operating system right on the device."
Microsoft didn't announce any product partnerships Monday, which means we don't know yet which internet connected devices will contain its new technology. Two companies did say they found the technology promising as part of Microsoft's announcement: refrigerator maker SubZero and consumer appliance manufacturer Glen Dimplex.
"The work Microsoft is doing with Azure Sphere uniquely addresses the security challenges of the connected microcontrollers shipping in billions of devices every year," said Glen Dimplex deputy chairman Neil Naughton. "We look forward to integrating Azure Sphere into our product lines later this year."
Google's Safe Browsing now comes integrated into Android apps .
Expect to see Google's Safe Browsing screen more frequently on Android.The capability is powered by the same underlying technology as Chrome on Android and will trigger the same red screen warning and network error. It can tell you if a website will prompt you to install dangerous software or to reveal sensitive info. Some developers will be able to customize the behavior, as well, but bottom line is that you might see the Safe Browsing screen more frequently in the future.
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