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Windows 10 says Hello to no passwords with FIDO2 certificationLiam Tung
Microsoft\'s Yogesh Mehta, commenting on the elimination of mandatory passwords in Windows 10 –May 9, 2019 - Microsoft has passed another milestone on its quest to kill off passwords. The company has now gained official FIDO2 certification for Windows Hello, the Windows 10 biometric authentication system. The certification applies to Windows 10 version 1903, aka the May 2019 Update, which is scheduled to be released to the public in late May and means Windows Hello has been approved as a FIDO2 \'authenticator\'.
Windows Hello offers Windows 10 users access to their devices by using a fingerprint or facial-recognition sensors on the PC as well as PINs... Full Story
SD Express cards to release in 2020, format adopted by cameras in 2021?James Artaius
–May 8, 2019 - The freshly minted SD Express format is anticipated to see its first physical cards appear next year, though adoption by the photographic industry may not occur until 2021...the main driving force behind SD Express was not the photographic industry, but rather other industries such as mobile computing, videogames, automotive and IoT...These industries were eager to embrace the more current and established PCIe (Peripheral Component Interconnect Express) and NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) protocols used by the CF Express and XQD format, which effectively gives the SD Express standard similar properties to much faster SSD (solid state drive) storage...SD Express offers big benefits to photography â€“ boosting the storage limit from 2TB to 128TB, and boosting speed almost 600% to 985MB/s, making it the best memory card standard for things like 8K video and super slow-mo shooting... Full Story
NIST/DOC Requests Input on Federal Engagement in Artificial Intelligence Standards Activities
–May 6, 2019 - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking comment on the current state, plans, challenges, and opportunities related to artificial intelligence (AI) technical standards, as well as priority areas for federal involvement in AI standards-related activities, pursuant to the February 11, 2019, Executive Order (EO) on Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence. The EO directs NIST to create a plan for federal government engagement in the development of technical standards and related tools in support of reliable, robust, and trustworthy systems that use AI technologies.
For assistance in developing the plan, NIST is seeking input from federal agencies, the private sector, academia, non-governmental entities, standards organizations, and others with an interest and expertise in AI... Full Story
U.S. Proposes ATSC 3.0 Be Adopted As An International Broadcast Standard
TV Technology –April 15, 2019 - A delegation from the U.S. has asked the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) that it adopt the ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard for use by all countries in the world. The proposal is the first major step in the evaluation process for worldwide acceptance of the standard, the association said.
...ATSC 3.0 is the world's first Internet-Protocol-based television broadcast standard...
Developed by the Advanced Television Systems Committee, the ATSC 3.0 standard has been adopted in both the United States and the Republic of Korea... Full Story
New NEMA standard identifies performance requirements for stationary electrical energy storage systemsPress Release
–April 12, 2019 - 10 April 2019
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published NEMA ESS 1-2019 Protocol for Uniformly Measuring and Expressing the Performance of Electrical Energy Storage Systems. This Standard provides a set of best practices for characterizing stationary electrical energy storage systems (ESSs) and measuring and reporting their performance.
An ESS includes a storage device, battery management system, and any power conversion systems installed with the storage device. This Standard treats all systems the same concerning technology, size, and rating... Full Story
Adobe-led Consortium Drives New ETSI Standard for Cloud-Based Digital SignaturesJohn Jolliffe
–April 11, 2019 - ...IT standards body ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute), published a new open standard that will bring cloud-based digital signatures to any mobile device and web application. The new standard, ETSI TS 119 432, includes a significant contribution developed by the Adobe-led industry group, Cloud Signature Consortium (CSC). CSC is a group of industry leaders and academic organizations committed to building an open standard for cloud-based digital signatures for web and mobile.
The new standard...allows digital signature solutions like Adobe Sign to work with digital certificates hosted and managed in the cloud by any Trust Service Provider that adopts the standard... Full Story
Dragonblood vulnerabilities disclosed in WiFi WPA3 standardCatalin Cimpanu
–April 10, 2019 - Two security researchers disclosed details today about a group of vulnerabilities collectively referred to as Dragonblood that impact the WiFi Alliance's recently launched WPA3 Wi-Fi security and authentication standard. If ever exploited, the vulnerabilities would allow an attacker within the range of a victim's network to recover the Wi-Fi password and infiltrate the target's network.In total, five vulnerabilities are part of the Dragonblood ensemble --a denial of service attack, two downgrade attacks, and two side-channel information leaks.... Full Story
Open Networking Foundation absorbs P4.orgMike Robuck
–April 9, 2019 - The Open Networking Foundation announced today that it has completed its merger with P4.org, and will now host all of the P4-related activities and working groups going forward...P4 (Programming Protocol-independent Packet Processors) is a domain-specific programming language for networking that is widely used with software-defined networking (SDN.)...Since its inception in 2013, P4 has become the de facto standard for expressing how packets are processed by the data plane of a forwarding element, such as a hardware or software switch, network interface card (NIC,) router, or network appliance.... Full Story
FORD, GM, AND TOYOTA JOIN FORCES TO FOCUS ON AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE SAFETY
–April 8, 2019 - Ford, GM, and Toyota join forces to focus on autonomous vehicle safety
The automakers will develop a new consortium that focuses on advancing autonomous vehicle testing, pre-competitive development and deployment of L4 & L5 driverless vehicles.
Global auto giants, Ford Motor Co., General Motors (GM) and Toyota, along with SAE International, have recently joined forces to develop a new consortium, called AVSC (Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium), that will focus on establishing safety standards for self-driving vehicles.
According to CNBC, SAE International said that new consortium would focus on safely advancing testing, pre-competitive development and deployment of SAE Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles. SAE also defined five levels of driving automation, with the highest level allowing a vehicle to use all its automated features under diverse conditions... Full Story
Launch of the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications - INATBAPress Release
–April 5, 2019 - INATBA brings together industry, startups and SMEs, policy makers, international organisations, regulators, civil society and standard setting bodies to support blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) to be mainstreamed and scaled-up across multiple sectors. The official launch of INATBA takes place in Brussels on April 3. To unlock the full transformational potential and harness the benefits of blockchain and DLT for businesses, the public sector and society at large, INATBA aims to develop a framework that promotes public and private sector collaboration, regulatory convergence, legal predictability and ensures the systemâ€™s integrity and transparency... Full Story