Episode 89: Health Tracking

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Who gets your health data when it’s collected via your phone or other portable device? What happens when your phone determines you’re intoxicated and reports that to your insurance agency or the local authorities? What happens when universities get hit with ransomware? The answer to these questions, and more, on this episode of Grumpy Old Bens.

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NOTES / LINKS:

Smartphone app built by scientists knows when you’re drunk by using the device’s in-built sensors to detect tell-tale signs of intoxication @PaulTheBookGuy
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-8635829/Phones-know-youre-drunk-wobbly-walk.html

University of Utah hit by ransomware, pays $457K ransom
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/university-of-utah-hit-by-ransomware-pays-457k-ransom/

Apple apologizes to WordPress, won’t force the free app to add purchases after all
https://www.theverge.com/2020/8/22/21397424/apple-wordpress-apology-iap-free-ios-app

Microsoft backs Epic in dispute with Apple, says Unreal Engine is critical tech
https://www.digitaltrends.com/gaming/microsoft-epic-games-apple-dispute/?itm_medium=topic&itm_source=2&itm_content=1×0&itm_term=2356592

FCC Hangs on to 25/3 Mbps Broadband Definition for 2021 Broadband Deployment Report
https://www.telecompetitor.com/fcc-hangs-on-to-25-3-mbps-broadband-definition-for-2021-broadband-deployment-report/

Bluetooth SIG wants to push firmware to fitbits, smart watches to enable COVID tracking
https://www.engadget.com/covid-bluetooth-sig-ens-wearables-plan-120555994.html

Wearing AI-enabled fitbits to detect early signs
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-08-19/how-your-fitness-tracker-could-help-fight-covid-19

BioButtons (holy crap, that url)
https://www.biospace.com/article/releases/biointellisense-introduces-the-biobutton-for-90-days-of-continuous-wireless-temperature-and-vital-signs-monitoring-on-a-coin-sized-disposable-medical-device/

Cayman Islands require you to wear a biobutton
https://www.travelweekly.com/Caribbean-Travel/Insights/Caymans-plan-includes-wearable-tech
https://thepointsguy.com/news/travelers-can-now-wear-a-button-to-avoid-government-quarantine-at-cayman-islands/

Travel agents hate it!
https://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Travel-Agent-Issues/Insights/Are-wearables-a-deal-breaker-for-travelers

Oakland University in Michigan tried to enforce BioButton
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/a/ar-BB17DVhu

#FreeFortnite event with hat that mocks Apple
https://www.cnet.com/news/freefortnite-cup-epics-latest-jab-at-apple-is-a-tournament-with-prizes/

Digital Content Next (news publisher trade group: NYT, Wapo, ViacomCBS) also want 15%
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/news-publishers-join-epic-games-in-asking-apple-for-lower-app-store-fees/ar-BB18d77o

Apple terminate Epic’s dev key
https://www.zdnet.com/article/fortnite-battle-escalates-apple-to-terminate-developer-program-membership-epic-files-injunction/

Microsoft weighs in on side of Epic, saying pleeeeease don’t take our unreal engine
https://www.engadget.com/microsoft-supports-epic-in-apple-dispute-185640104.html

Hearing today (Mon 24 Aug) for TRO to put fortnite back into store
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/08/21/apple-says-epic-games-ceo-wanted-a-side-deal-for-fortnite.html
https://bgr.com/2020/08/24/apple-epic-lawsuit-fortnite-monday-hearing/

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