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In The News: 10-04-2013

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 by | Filed Under: In The News

FDA Explains Medical App Regulations

The Food and Drug Administrations says it wants to  regulate medical apps, but only those apps they feel could pose a risk to the health and safety of users. The FDA issued a long list of  recommendations to app developers  explaining how they plan to assess medical apps. 

There have been FDA guidelines for health software and computer devices since 1989, but the agency felt it was time to adjust its policies to fit the digital age.  The agency said in a statement, “FDA’s oversight approach to mobile apps is focused on their functionality, just as we focus on the functionality of conventional devices. Our oversight is not determined by the platform,”

How Much To Build An iPhone?

Research Firm IHS took apart Apple’s two new iPhones, the 5s and 5c to get an idea of how much it costs the company to make them.  According to the company, it costs Apple about $200 to make the 5s complete with its new fingerprint sensor.

Surprisingly, the 5c costs about the same to build, around $183.  The iPhone 5s retails for between $649 and $849 without a contract and the 5c will run you between $549 and $649.

Scammers Using Apple For Phishing Expeditions

With all the buzz surround the new iPhones, it’s no surprise that scammers are using Apple’s name to target people with Phishing schemes.  According to, messages trick users into revealing their log ins and passwords were popular.

One example, which appears to come from an official Apple account, tells people they only have 48 hours to confirm the details of their iTunes account or it will be blocked.  Users should always be suspicious about e-mail claiming to be from an online service that need your username and password.

 A service you legitimately use already has that information and shouldn’t need to request it from you via e-mail. 

~ Cynthia

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One Response to “In The News: 10-04-2013”

  1. K.Vee.Shanker. says:

    Thanks Cynthia!

    It would have been better however, had you added this information also – ‘Even if you believe the message, DON’T USE/COPY the link provided in the message. Instead, type the site address your self in your browser search bar to reach the site Log-in to verify. Better would be to forward such mails to customer support/anti-phishing mail IDs.

    Most of the links will reveal their true path, if you just hover your mouse cursor over it without clicking. Some are cleverly made to appear genuine in path too, with a subtle variation.

    So, be careful and never click it even accidentally/out of curiosity. You might get infected with a malware!

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