Daily Tech Briefing: June 27, 2014

By eWEEK Staff  |  Posted 2014-06-27 Print this article Print

Supreme court affirms cell phone searches require warrants; Salesforce.com, Philips team up on health care cloud platform; Microsoft warns of file replication service's demise; and more.


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The U.S. Supreme Court has affirmed that law enforcement officials must have a warrant if they want to search a cell phone.

This unanimous decision came as the result of two cases that were before the court -Riley v. California, which involved a smartphone seized during a gang-related arrest and the United States v. Wurie, which involved a flip-phone seized in a drug-related arrest. In these cases, information found on seized phones led to arrests on additional charges.

The phones had been searched because the defendants were in possession of them at the time of their arrests. However, under this new ruling law enforcement will now be required to get a warrant before performing such a search.

Salesforce.com and Philips have teamed up to create a cloud-based health care platform. The companies have combined Philips' expertise in medical technology and clinical applications and informatics with Salesforce.com's enterprise cloud computing and customer engagement skills to create the platform, along with two clinical applications, Philips CareCoordinator and eCareCompanion.

The eCareCompanion app is designed to engage patients in their healthcare and the eCareCoordinator enables a healthcare worker to monitor thousands of patients in real time.

In about a year, Microsoft will stop supporting Windows Server 2003. This move also spells the end of a related File Replication Service. The function of FRS is to replicate files and folders in the System Volume shared folder and Distributed File System shared folders on domain controllers.

Ned Pyle, a Microsoft Windows File Server senior program manager, said that while FRS is handy, it was replaced a year after it debuted with Distributed File System Replication.

At Ford's recent fourth annual Trend Conference in Michigan the car company introduced 911 Assist, which automatically calls for help after a crash and offers first-responders potentially life-saving details. Ford also introduced Mobile Interior Imaging, which the auto maker is working on with Intel.

Mobile Interior Images is being designed to explore how in-car cameras and sensors could do everything from offer a safer ride to prevent the car from starting when an unauthorized user is in the driver's seat. This is all part of the growing connected car movement.


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