Robot Surgeries Get Hacked ... For Good

By Robert Vamosi | 1/19/12 6:52 AM

Robotic surgeries are designed to help emerging countries deal with complicated healthcare issues. But so far only one product, Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci system, is available and deployed worldwide. Now US National Science Foundation hopes that students hacking open-source surgical robots at universities in the U.S will spur more competition.

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Johnson & Johnson Warned By FDA Over Insulin Pump Failures

By Robert Vamosi | 1/12/12 3:33 AM

In late December, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) sent the pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson a letter warning of possible penalties for not reporting life-threatening vulnerabilities with its OneTouch Ping and 2020 insulin pumps. It is unclear whether the vulnerabilities are outright device failures or from interference or manipulation from outside sources.

After an inspection at Johnson & Johnson's subsidiary plant in West Chester, Pa., the FDA discovered one complaint about series patient injury and two other incidents never reported. According to the FDA one patient was hospitalized with diabetic ketoacidosis, a condition where the body does not have enough insulin. Another received high doses of insulin. And a third patient suffered serious injury, which could include coma, respiratory failure, and hypoglycemia as a result of user error.

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Qualcomm's Tricorder XPrize

By Robert Vamosi | 1/11/12 2:15 AM

On Tuesday, at CES, Qualcomm announced the launch of a $10 million global competition XPrize aimed at empowering personal healthcare. The goal is to produce a working "tricorder," a device similar to the gadget first used on the 1960's television and later film franchise Star Trek. The stated goal is to produce "the equivalent of a board of physicians in your pocket, wireless sensors and imaging, you will be able to assess health and determine health care needs with a device in the palm of your hand." The competition was previously announced last year.

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Mobile Implantable Medical Apps

By Robert Vamosi | 7/5/11 2:59 AM

Medtronic has released an app for the iPhone and iPad that allows healthcare workers to access cardiac device diagnostic information and patient data remotely from their mobile devices.

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An Easy Hack Gets You the Full Android OS on the B&N Nook Color Device

By JDavis | 2/16/11 7:29 AM

For those who want the new Android Honeycomb tablet for a fraction of the price, TechRepublic reports an easy hack that can run the full Android OS on the $250 Barnes and Noble Nook Color device. Out of the box, the Nook Color tablet is built to be a basic e-reader, but it actually runs the Android system on the back end. Once you’re able to hack the Nook Color into the full Android system, you can install your favorite Android apps as well as other e-reader apps, so that you’re not constrained to the Barnes & Noble library.

The hacking process is quite simple, requiring minimal tools and time for the user. Provided by TechRepublic:

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Protecting the Users: Security in Today's Smart Device Economy

By JDavis | 2/7/11 7:23 AM

For the years to come, security of the smart device economy will become a vital topic for consumers and the device manufacturers. While right now, security may not be on everyone's minds, the issue of data thieves and hackers is growing in the smart device marketplace.

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Can Intel Conquer the Smart Device Market?

By JDavis | 9/30/10 2:54 PM

A recent blog post takes a look at Intel's move into the smart and mobile device market –– demonstrated by Intel's recent acquisitions of a number of mobile- and device-related companies. Among these are Wind River Systems, Texas Instruments' cable modem business, and most recently security software company McAfee -- which we recently posted about here. As posted on,

Will Intel turn itself into a growth company by grabbing big market share in the handheld world in coming years? And in the process take on ARM...the British chip firm that dominates mobile phones? [...]

The doubters don’t think Intel can commit itself to a business other than PCs, and that this effort, like others, will leave it still reliant on PC chip sales.

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Vocality Picks Mocana to Protect New Portable Satellite Communications Gear for Soldiers

By JDavis | 9/7/10 2:48 PM

Vocality, a company that builds ultra-portable network routers and secure voice over IP devices for tactical and defense applications, announced that it has standardized on Mocana's Device Security Framework™ technology to provide security services for its miniature BASICS IP router designed for military backpacks, also known as "manpacks" and first responder communications platforms. The Vocality BASICS IP product offers a fully PC104-compliant network router in an ultraportable form factor, perfect for integration into soldiers' tactical kits, manpacks and field communications kits.

The BASICS IP router package, incorporating Mocana's IP security capability, is available and shipping today to Vocality's end users and systems integrator partners.

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Mocana's 2010 Mobile & Smart Device Security Report

By JDavis | 8/23/10 10:34 AM

Mocana is pleased to announce the release of our 2010 Mobile & Smart Device Security Report, (PDF) "Concern Grows as Vulnerable Devices Proliferate, Smartphones are the Tip of the Iceberg".

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