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June 17th, 2015:

Windows 10 – AllJoyn Internet of Things standards support

Windows 10 will provide support for the open-source AllJoyn standard which will allow plug-and-play connectivity with the “Internet of Things” device standards.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is no longer a technological marvel happening in the distant future. The technical obstacles that have held up progress in the interconnection of just about everything have been overcome, and an explosion of new services, devices, and applications is just around the corner. Make no mistake about it, the way we live our collective lives is about to change.

Microsoft plans to play a major role in the IoT universe, so when Windows 10 becomes available on July 29, 2015, it will support the open-source standard AllJoyn. Developed by the AllSeen Alliance, AllJoyn is a common language all IoT devices can use to communicate. This native support means that any Windows 10 device can control any AllJoyn-aware device in the network.

The AllSeen Alliance includes over 150 companies from around the world that have joined together to create an open-source standard framework supporting communication between things. Being open source, AllJoyn will work on all the major platforms, including Linux, Windows, Android, and Apple iOS. However, it is notable that Microsoft is the only commercial operating system developer in the alliance. Both Apple and Google have developed their own frameworks for the IoT.

The goal of the AllSeen Alliance and the AllJoyn protocol is to make connecting things to the network a simple plug-and-play experience. Plug in your brand new LG 79″ class 2160P Smart 3D Ultra HD 4K TV and it’s immediately seen and connected to any AllJoyn device on the network. In particular, Microsoft wants that connection to be to any Windows 10 device. There are numerous devices already supporting the AllJoyn protocol, and more are sure to follow.

Facebook Malware – New Unfriend Application steals login credentials

A new “Unfriend” Application is spreading within Facebook and is designed to steal login credentials as follows

A new app is making its way around Facebook that promises to alert you when someone unfriends you on the site. However, the app also claims that it needs your Facebook username and password in order to check.

While the app may actually work, its real purpose is likely to steal your login information. Online security company Malwarebytes found that the login info entered into the app does not go to, but instead to a highly suspicious URL. Even fishier still, the app does not show up on the list of your Facebook apps, meaning it’s effectively concealed on your page—and incredibly easy to forget.

Thankfully, there’s a simple way to protect yourself from this spammy app. You can just go to your Facebook Settings page and change your password as soon as possible, or use Malwarebytes’ recommended tool to get rid of it completely. Though it’s easy enough to delete, it’s even easier not to fall prey to scams like this one in the first place. Any kind of suspicious-looking link that promises something salacious or improbable is likely malware—especially if it asks for sensitive info. It’s a good idea to never, ever give away your login, but it’s an especially good idea not to hand it over to a strange third-party app.