USB-C Gains Protection Against Chargers with Hidden Malware
The USB Implementers Forum today announced the USB Type-C Authentication Program, which provides a way for devices with USB-C connectors to securely confirm that attached devices are authentic and do not contain hidden capabilities. For example, the new protocol can be used to prevent a phone from connecting to a charger that contains hidden malware capability. "Using this protocol, host systems can confirm the authenticity of a USB device, USB cable or USB charger, including such product aspects as the capabilities and certification status. All of this happens right at the moment a connection is made – before inappropriate power or data can be transferred." The new protocol must be adopted by phone and accessory makers to be effective.
Sep 14, 2017
Powermat, which has deployed PMA-compliant wireless chargers at thousands of Starbucks locations around the U.S., plans to update its charging pads to support the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 from Apple. At the moment, there are two competing wireless charging standards, PMA and Qi.
May 24, 2018
Facebook has made it easier for people to secure their accounts. The company improved how it handles two-factor authentication.
Aug 16, 2016
The USB Implementers Forum today announced that it will certify USB chargers for use with smartphones, tablets, PCs, and other compatible gear. The organization has created a new logo that will be stamped on compliant chargers.
Oct 16, 2018
Google today said people can now search for and locate electronic vehicle charging stations in Google Maps. In addition to displaying the closest stations, Maps will provide information about the business where the charger is located, the types of ports that are available, how many ports there are, and charging speeds.
Aug 1, 2017
The NFC Forum today said it has agreed to work with other industry groups to increase the number of things NFC-equipped smartphones can talk to. Specifically, the NFC Forum has forged alliances with the Active & Intelligent Packaging Industry Association (AIPIA) and the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC).