Zoom Embraces Encryption for All Users

illustrationAuthentication willl be required to try to stem abusive accounts.

By Rick Richardson

Zoom has reversed its controversial decision to restrict access to end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for some users and will now offer the feature to customers of both its free and premium services.

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The video conferencing app said it had consulted with rights groups, child safety advocates, government representatives, encryption experts and its security council to gather feedback.
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Texas Court Holds First U.S. Jury Trial Via Videoconferencing

Statue of scales of justiceThis could eliminate some COVID-19 backlog.

By Rick Richardson

The potential jurors popped onto the screen one by one. They confirmed their names and told the judge how they were connecting to the court: on laptops, tablets and iPhones.

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There were some wireless issues and camera problems. Still, eventually, 26 Texans in separate boxes raised their hands for the judge and together swore the juror’s oath, beginning the experiment of conducting a civil jury trial entirely over Zoom.
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castAway Gives Your Smartphone an Extra Screen

https://cpatrendlines.com/2020/06/09/castaway-gives-your-smartphone-an-extra-screen/Do you miss that second monitor when you leave your desk? Now you won’t.

By Rick Richardson

Smartphone manufacturers have been launching “folding” devices with great fanfare, though, with high price tags and low demand, these units have not become market hits.

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As an alternative, a smart startup has now announced a new device to add a second screen to your existing smartphone.
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Emerging Tech Gets Bipartisan Boost

https://cpatrendlines.com/2020/06/02/new-bipartisan-plan-backs-emerging-tech/Psst … it has to do with China, too.

By Rick Richardson

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Todd Young (R-IN), Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) unveiled the Endless Frontier Act, aimed at accelerating emerging technologies.

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We don’t usually cover new legislation, much less proposed bills. But EFA is an exception because it seeks to turbocharge American “discovery, creation and commercialization of critical tech.” By that, the lawmakers mean every technology you read about here.
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Thunderbolt Flaw Lets Hackers Steal Your Data

motherboardSix steps you can take.

By Rick Richardson

Attackers can steal data from Thunderbolt-equipped PCs or Linux computers, even if the computer is locked and the data encrypted, according to security researcher Björn Ruytenberg.

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Using a relatively simple technique called “Thunderspy,” someone with physical access to your machine could nab your data in just a few minutes with a screwdriver and “easily portable hardware,” he wrote.
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An Aging Satellite Returns to Service

old satellite imageThe benefit? Five more years of connectivity.

By Rick Richardson

In a triumph for the nascent industry of “satellite servicing,” an aging communications satellite has returned to service in geostationary orbit.

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Northrop Grumman announced recently that its Mission Extension Vehicle-1, or MEV-1, has restored the Intelsat 901 satellite and relocated it into a position to resume operations.
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