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Could Walmart be the next big company to launch a game streaming service?

Google stole the spotlight at this year’s GDC with the launch of Stadia. What the game streaming service lacked in specifics, it more than made up for in buzz. The software giant certainly isn’t the only one eyeing the space, however. A new report from US Gamer puts Walmart in the running, as well.

The retailer has spent the last several years making a push into the high-tech sphere. It has made some high-profile acquisitions, including Jet.com, in a bid to compete with the likes of Amazon. The company has even been testing out inventory-checking robots in around 50 or so of its stores. And with the recent exit of CTO Jeremy King, it could well be looking for the next big thing. 

According to the reports, Walmart has been meeting with developers and publishers at GDC. It’s tough to say how advanced these talks are, and those involved with the leaks have understandably wished to remain anonymous. The company certainly has the back-end infrastructure to attempt a service. It also has a loyal base of customers in the U.S. to whom it sells a lot of video games.

But given how it abandoned plans for a video streaming service as of January, the talks could be little more than just talk.


Source: TechCrunch

Homeland Security warns of critical flaws in Medtronic defibrillators

Homeland Security has issued a warning for a set of critical-rated vulnerabilities in Medtronic defibrillators that put the devices at risk of manipulation.

These small cardio-defibrillators are implanted in a patient’s chest to deliver small electrical shocks to prevent irregular or dangerously fast heartbeats, which can prove fatal. Most modern devices come with wireless or radio-based technology to allow patients to monitor their conditions and their doctors to adjust settings without having to carry out an invasive surgery.

But the government-issued alert warned that Medtronic’s proprietary radio communications protocol, known as Conexus, wasn’t encrypted and did not require authentication, allowing a nearby attacker with radio-intercepting hardware to modify data on an affected defibrillator.

Homeland Security gave the alert a 9.3 out of 10 rating, describing it as requiring “low skill level” to exploit.

It doesn’t mean that anyone with an affected defibrillator is suddenly a walking target for hackers. These devices aren’t always broadcasting a radio frequency as it would be too battery intensive. Medtronic said patients would be most at risk when patients are getting their implant checked while they’re at their doctor’s office. At all other times, the defibrillator will occasionally wake up and listen for a nearby monitoring device if it’s in range, narrowing the scope of an attack.

More than 20 different Medtronic defibrillators and models are affected, the alert said, including the CareLink programmer used in doctor’s offices and the MyCareLink monitor used in patient homes.

Peter Morgan, founder and principal at Clever Security, found and privately reported the bug to Medtronic in January. In an email, Morgan told TechCrunch that the bugs weren’t easy to discover, but warned of a potential risk to patients.

“It is possible with this attack to cause harm to a patient, either by erasing the firmware that is giving necessary therapy to the patient’s heart, or by directly invoking shock related commands on the defibrillator,” he said. “Since this protocol is unauthenticated, the ICD cannot discern if communications its receiving are coming from a trusted Medtronic device, or an attacker.”

A successful attacker could erase or reprogram the defibrillator’s firmware, and run any command on the device.

Medtronic said in its own advisory that it’s not aware of any patient whose devices have been attacked, but that the company was “developing updates” to fix the vulnerabilities, but did not say when fixes would be rolled out.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates medical devices, provided a list of the affected devices.

It’s the latest example of smart medical devices taking a turn for the worst, even as spending in healthcare cybersecurity is set to become a $65 billion industry by 2021.

The FDA rolled out non-binding recommendations in 2016 to advise medical device makers into practicing better cybersecurity to prevent these kinds of flaws from occurring in the first place, advising companies to “build in cybersecurity controls when they design and develop the device to assure proper device performance in the face of cyber threats.”

Yet, this latest government alert marks the second time in two years Medtronic was forced to respond to security flaws in its medical devices. In October, the company finally shuttered an internet-based software update system that put its pacemaker-monitoring devices at risk.


Source: TechCrunch

You Can Play With Escape Velocity—Without Leaving the Planet

Gravity is a real pain for aspiring space travelers. These equations explain how to defy it.
Source: Wired

'Return of the Obra Dinn' Is the Best Indie Game Around

The title won big at this week’s Independent Gaming Festival.
Source: Wired

Looking for a Chromebook? The Google PixelBook just got a $200 price cut

Once relatively obscure, Chromebooks have come into their own in a big way in recent years. One of our favorites is the super-sleek Google Pixelbook, and it’s on sale right now from Amazon for $200 off, letting you score this premium laptop for $799.

The post Looking for a Chromebook? The Google PixelBook just got a $200 price cut appeared first on Digital Trends.


Source: Digital trends

Utah Just Became a Leader in Digital Privacy

Opinion: Utah legislators recently voted to pass landmark legislation in support of a new privacy law. Statehouses across the country should take notes.
Source: Wired

Those Midwestern Floods Are Expected to Get Much, Much Worse

The intense snow and rainfall and of the last several weeks have saturated the ground and rivers, leaving little room for yet more upcoming rain.
Source: Wired

Review: 'Us' Is About Ascending From Your Own Personal Hell

The wonder of Jordan Peele’s latest movie lives in its layers.
Source: Wired

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter: What's your relationship with them like? video – CNET

We asked our colleagues how they feel about their social media use. Most weren’t super happy about it.
Source: CNET

Huawei P30 series leaked launch offer includes free smartwatch, bluetooth speaker – CNET

The Chinese company is apparently going all out for the Singapore launch in April.
Source: CNET

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