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FIDO Alliance and W3C have a plan to kill the password

By now it’s crystal clear to just about everyone that the password is a weak and frankly meaningless form of authentication, yet most of us still live under the tyranny of the password . This, despite the fact it places a burden on the user, is easily stolen and mostly ineffective. Today, two standards bodies, FIDO and W3C announced a better way, a new password free protocol for the web called WebAuthn. The major browser makers including Google, Mozilla and Microsoft have all agreed to incorporate the final version of the protocol, which allow websites to bypass the pesky password in favor of an external authenticator such as a security key or you mobile phone. These devices will communicate directly with the website via Bluetooth, USB or NFC. The standards body has referred to this as ‘phishing-proof’. Yes, by switching to this method, not only will you eliminate the need for a password — or to come up with a 20-character one every few weeks to please the security gods — but the whole reason for that kind of security farce will disappear. Without passwords, we can eliminate many of the common security threats out there including phishing, man-in-the-middle attacks and general abuse of stolen credentials. That’s because using a system like this, there wouldn’t be anything to steal. The authentication token would only last as long as it takes to authenticate the user and no more and would require a specific device to authenticate. The WebAuthn specification offers several examples of how this could work.

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7 Noteworthy Video Projects Shot on iPhones – Resource Magazine

Resource Magazine 7 Noteworthy Video Projects Shot on iPhones Resource Magazine ... a “Snapchat version” on Spotify and Vevo. Shot entirely on an iPhone—and using just about every filter Snapchat offers—the video has racked up 16m+ views and counting since being uploaded Jan. 17. 4. “Modern Family” (S6 Ep16), Steve Levitan. In ...

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Apple, IBM add machine learning to partnership with Watson-Core ML coupling

Apple and IBM may seem like an odd couple , but the two companies have been working closely together for several years now. That has involved IBM sharing its enterprise expertise with Apple and Apple sharing its design sense with IBM. The companies have actually  built hundreds of enterprise apps running on iOS devices. Today, they took that friendship a step further when they announced they were providing a way to combine IBM Watson machine learning with Apple  Core ML to make the business apps running on Apple devices all the more intelligent. The way it works is a customer builds a machine learning model using Watson, taking advantage of data in an enterprise repository to train the model. For instance, a company may want to help field service techs point their iPhone camera at a machine and identify the make and model to order the correct parts. You could potentially train a model to recognize all the different machines using Watson’s image recognition capability. The next step is to convert that model into Core ML and include it in your custom app. Apple introduced Core ML at the Worldwide Developers Conference last June as a way to make it easy for developers to move machine learning models from popular model building tools like TensorFlow, Caffe or IBM Watson to apps running on iOS devices. After creating the model, you run it through the Core ML converter tools and insert it in your Apple app. The agreement with IBM makes it easier to do this using IBM Watson as the model building part of the equation. This allows the two partners to make the apps created under the partnership even smarter with machine learning. “Apple developers need a way to quickly and easily build these apps and leverage the cloud where it’s delivered. The partnership lets developers take advantage of the Core ML integration,” Mahmoud Naghshineh, general manager for IBM Partnerships and Alliances explained.

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Phlur, a fragrance startup launched by a former Ralph Lauren exec, is raising fresh funding

There’s no shortage of ideas being backed when it comes to direct-to-consumer e-commerce companies that are cultivating their own brands. We’ve seen everything from  slippers to toothbrushes to, perhaps most famously, razor blades . Among the newer frontiers being funded right now: ingredient-conscious perfumes. For example, the  New York-based, venture-backed cosmetics company Glossier began marketing a proprietary perfume called You last October that’s designed to change in character on the skin over time. (“You” complete the product, it says.) Late last year, an L.A. based called Skylar  that uses only natural ingredients raised also attracted venture funding: $3 million from Upfront Ventures and serial entrepreneur Brian Lee, who also founded The Honest Company . (Skylar’s founder previously worked at Honest.) Now another new entrant, Austin, Tex.-based  Phlur , appears to be shaking the trees for venture capital. The company — which was launched publicly less than two years ago by Eric Korman, a former president of global e-commerce for Ralph Lauren — is targeting up to $8 million in venture funding, according to an SEC filing that shows it has raised at least $2.4 million toward that end. Among its backers is local venture firm  Next Coast Ventures . The money follows $6 million that Phlur has already raised, including from Next Coast, for what it describes as scents for both men and women that are made with “responsibly sourced” ingredients. Its packaging is also environmentally friendly, it says; it’s made with 20 percent recycled glass. We reached out to Korman yesterday to learn more and we’ll update this post if we hear back. But certainly, it’s easy to understand why consumers might appreciate companies that promise that they needn’t visit a fragrance counter ever again. It’s easy to appreciate investor enthusiasm for perfumes, too.

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AR Beauty App Maker ModiFace Acquired By L’Oreal – Ubergizmo

Ubergizmo AR Beauty App Maker ModiFace Acquired By L'Oreal Ubergizmo L'Oréal has announced its acquisition of ModiFace, an augmented reality beauty app maker based in Canada. The company says that this decision is part of its digital acceleration strategy to give its 34 international brands the tools they need to ... and more »

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Blockchain will work in trucking — but only if these three things happen

 Sometimes a buzzword gets so overhyped that it deserves some light-hearted mockery. That seems to be the case with “blockchain.” While it’s true that not every industry can benefit from a distributed-ledger technology, the trucking industry most certainly can. Here are the three things I think must happen to make blockchain viable in trucking. Read More

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Proven wants to sell AI distilled custom skincare

 YC-backed startup Proven wants to make it suck less for women to find skincare that works for them. The co-founders are taking what they describe as a “rational, logic-based” approach to figuring out which ingredients might be most appropriate for each individual. Read More

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