How vulnerable is simple, personal information on your computer or mobile phone?But what we pick as passwords and how we manage them are important, says Murat Kantarcioglu, professor and director at the Data Security and Privacy Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas.Passwords should never include your personal information.Ideally, passwords are a combination of lower case and upper case letters and random characters.It can be harder to remember, but that’s why password managers are good to use for some websites.View e-mails with a sceptical eye
This month Apple received a permit to test autonomous vehicles on California roads, which suggested the company was moving forward with its self-driving car plans after months of speculation as to whether the project had been shelved.Now, training documents acquired by Business Insider reveal more details about the company's self-driving car plans.The documents themselves reportedly contain details of a "Development Platform Specific Training" for employees testing out the autonomous systemAlso included in the documents are details about the autonomous-vehicle system itself, which is apparently referred to as the "Apple Automated System."Related: Project Titan – What you need to knowAccoridng to the report, an Apple official wrote on one of the government forms: "The development platform uses hardware and software to monitor surrounding objects and events."
This week we saw yet another purported iPhone 8 leak in the form of some schematics which appeared to show the handset’s Touch ID fingerprint sensor on the rear of the device.It didn't make for the sleekest-looking design we've seen, with the leaked schematics seemingly revealing the fingerprint cutout to be located centrally, beneath the standard Apple logo on the back of the handset.Numerous reports and rumours have suggested Apple is planning to do away with the physical home button on the upcoming iPhone.Related: What will the new iPhone be called?This has led some to predict the company will relocate the Touch ID sensor to the rear of the device, while other rumours have it that the phone will feature the scanner below the display itself.While the latter would make for a sleeker handset, these latest schematics didn't offer much hope in that department, and now, someone has turned those schematics into a full render.
Mobile phone company Three has apologised after some of its customers were unable to make calls or texts.The company said it had a "temporary network issue" which affected calls and texts during Saturday afternoon and evening.It said calls had since been restored and that it is working to restore full service.But some users on Twitter complained of their texts being sent to random numbers instead of their contacts.A spokeswoman said the company was "currently investigating the cause of the service disruption" and that it apologised for any inconvenience.It also said that some "customers and non-customers" may have received a message from an unknown sender on Saturday.
This is a post-UK broadcast review of Doctor Who: Smile.Doctor Who broadcasts on Saturdays at 7:20pm UK time on BBC One, and 9pm EDT on BBC America.Tiny robots, dubbed Vardies, that aggressively buzz overhead in inky flocks—briefly bringing to mind Black Mirror's episode Hated in the Nation—direct emojibot droids to dish out mood badges to the Doctor and Bill, who have just arrived in a bright, minimalist city on a distant planet.The microbots intrusively fit the time-traveling duo with a communication device that uses their nervous systems as hardware.The mood for this unsettling adventure is set: "emojis, wearable communications, we're in the utopia of vacuous teens," the Doctor notes.But as fertilizer made from human bones rains down on a seemingly tranquil garden, it becomes clear to the spirited pair that if you're unhappy, you die.
The March for Science drew tens of thousands of scientists and science supporters to US cities on Saturday.In San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley, the march began near City Hall.March for Science, Silicon ValleyThe March for Science drew tens of thousands of scientists and science supporters to US cities on Saturday.March for Science, Silicon Valley"No science, no Twitter": Scientific research led to the computer technology that makes Donald Trump's favorite social network possible.
Silicon Valley Comic Con, now in its second year, took over the San Jose Convention Center in San Jose, Calif. this weekend bringing with it thousands of attendees, dozens of costumed heroes and, well, a few robots, too.The event was formed by resident technophile – as well as famous Apple co-founder – Steve Wozniak and comic book maven Stan Lee back in 2016 as a Northern California extension of the massive celebration that takes place down in San Diego each year.While Silicon Valley Comic Con (SVCC, for short) shares its roots with its southern cousin, this show is slightly different in the sense that it’s smaller in scale and attendance and, instead of focusing solely on pop-culture, extends an invitation to local tech companies to partake in the three-day event.To that end Sony and Facebook both acted as sponsors to the event offering demos and giveaway gifts to attendees, while the convention floor itself played host to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).If game consoles, comic books, cosplayers and former astronauts are your scene, this is the place to be.But if you missed this year’s event, don’t worry – we scoured the show floor to find some of the most interesting sights of the show and compiled them in gallery form for your viewing pleasure.
Edward, an aspiring engineer from Maryland was there with a little science quiz for his fellow marchers.His dad decoded the sign for us: "We are not just resistors, we are transformers."Emily cultures bacteria at a hospital lab in Columbus, Ohio.(That's Bacillus cereus for all you science buffs out there) - it can cause food poisoning., an atomic physicist, says his research uses lasers to try to control how atoms interact - work that could help advance the field of quantum computing.This Maryland family donned their big brain hats and said they were marching to support the scientists at the National Institutes of Health, telling Forbes "we need more brains in D.C."
The chinese phone manufacturer ZTE announced in last year's top of the line Axon 7 that stood out in the crowd with a competitive price.Now has a sequel, in short, called the Axon 7S been published in China.the Phone is to the exterior similar to its predecessor and even on the inside, the difference is small.Axon 7 offers the Snapdragon 820, while the Axon 7S equipped with the slightly sharper Snapdragon 821, which means a prestandaskjuts by approximately 10% while energy efficiency increased slightly.It is obvious that different models is the camera.ZTE has, according to the Devs, the Lab confirmed that the Axon 7S will receive double the camera sensors, but much more has not been said.
What happens when a woman, her child and a stroller get squeezed into a tight space with a bunch of other people?This one allegedly involves a mother getting smacked with the above-mentioned stroller while boarding an American Airlines flight from San Francisco to Dallas.A Facebook video that's pulled in more than 3.3 million views appears to show the aftermath of the stroller mishap, with an unidentified woman sobbing, a male passenger confronting a flight attendant, and the attendant answering back in less-than-professional fashion.Surain Adyanthaya, who posted the clip, said in a caption that the attendant "violently took a stroller from a lady with her baby on my flight, hitting her and just missing the baby."The incident comes shortly after a brutal removal of a passenger from a United Airlines plane.The ejection left the passenger bloodied and humiliated, and a viral video of the event left United scrambling to explain itself.
On January 28, 1969, a drilling-induced crack in the Santa Barbara Channel released more than 3 million tonnes of crude oil into the water.It formed black waves that struck the Southern California coastline and washed upon beaches in an eerie silence, carrying with them seabirds and animals drowning in oil.Across America, an outpouring of frustration seemed to match that of the crack in the channel bed.The disaster would mark the beginnings of the environmental movement.A year later, on April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans gathered across the country to raise awareness for environmental issues - Earth Day was born.While it started as a form of grassroots activism, Earth Day transitioned in 1990 to a truly international organisation, comprised of over 141 nations in participation.
The WIRED Weekender is an eclectic weekly digest containing highlights of the most important, interesting and unusual stories we've published during the previous seven days.Get the weekly digest in your inbox every Friday by signing up here.Margrethe Vestager's decisions on Google, Apple and Facebook will shape the future of technology.But has the EU commissioner bitten off more than she can chew?As testament to its three-year-old predecessor, with only a few tweaks Mario Kart 8 Deluxe still feels incredibly fresh.The New York-based premium audio brand looks to take on the likes of Sonos and Naim with this 100W all-home sound system.
In 1982, Marvin Gaye found himself in the small Belgian city of Ostend, trying to escape his drug, money and family problems.He was surrounded by synthesisers and drum machines, pushing buttons, setting levels and cueing rhythms.He pushed ‘play’ to a song that was made entirely using a drum machine.The song became a huge global hit, his biggest in years, thanks to a drum machine called the Roland TR-808 Rhythm Composer.After years of being seen as a faded star, Gaye suddenly found himself a key player in a new musical movement.In an era in which renting studios cost thousands of pounds, Ikutaro Kakehashi wanted to create a tool that would make music-making affordable.
The Yuntu concept is a wicked new Jeep destined to live out its days in the Chinese market, with no hopes of coming to the US.
The veteran fund manager Neil Woodford has received a multi-million pound windfall from Mastercard trialling a fingerprint-scanning credit card.Mr Woodford’s Patient Capital Trust has a 26pc holding in IDEX, the Norwegian company whose sensor is included in the next-generation biometric technology.Mastercard disclosed on Thursday it was testing a card that replaces the four-digit credit card PIN with a fingerprint scanner.Shares in Oslo-listed IDEX, which develops the scanner, surged 18pc over Thursday and Friday.Mr Woodford saw the trust’s stake in the company rise to more than £100m as IDEX increased in value by £62m.Invesco Perpetual also retains a 16pc stake in the company.
Facebook plans to sell tickets for music festivals and other events directly as it pushes further into e-commerce.The world’s biggest social media company is launching a tie-up with Eventbrite, the events service, to let users in the UK purchase tickets within the Facebook website and app itself.The new “Events by Facebook” facility, due to go online in the coming weeks, is meant to be an easier way for the social network’s 32m British users to purchase tickets, bypassing multiple webpages that often frustrate buyers.Instead, the system retrieves information such as names, email addresses and credit card details from the buyer’s Facebook profile.Digital versions of the tickets will also be stored within the Facebook app, and the move represents a natural extension of an existing feature that lets users sign up to events and tell friends that they are attending.Internet companies are increasingly turning to Facebook to attract customers and visitors.
I wanted to find out the tech they used, whether they felt it was really necessary and how they saw the future of running and tech - and there are some decent ideas in here, if anyone is feeling like putting a prototype on Kickstarter…What tech do you use when running, and why?“[I use the] Garmin ecosystem as it’s the current gold standard for GPS running watches,” says Rav Dighe.“Plus, I like when I get home and [sync] Strava it then pops up and says that I managed a personal record on certain segments.”The Apple Watch is, perhaps surprisingly, the second most-mentioned device, but all those who responded with that answer were using it with Strava it seems - the basic data just isn’t good enough for the stat-hounds.TomTom also gets an honorable mention too - showing that it’s still the lower-cost watches that are the most popular among the running groups.
Better find out what the Na'vi want for Christmas, because the blue humanoids are going to be around for a lot of them.The official Facebook page for James Cameron's sci-fi movie franchise announced on Saturday that dates have been set for the release of the next four "Avatar" sequels, and they're all right around the big December holiday movie rush, though in different years."Avatar takes flight as we begin concurrent production on four sequels," the post reads."The journey continues December 18, 2020, December 17, 2021, December 20, 2024 and December 19, 2025!"While original plans were to release the films earlier -- in 2018, 2020, 2022 and 2023 -- fans didn't seem surprised."I don't understand why everyone is so shocked by the release date being pushed back again and again," wrote Chris Creveling in the post's comments section.
Unicorns are miraculous creatures, but do their powers transfer to the sparkly-sour limited-edition Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino?The GizmoSlip YouTube team loves to wrap smartphones in unexpected items and see if they can survive a fall -- for Easter, they slid a phone inside a chocolate bunny.In their latest test, published Saturday, they decided to play around with Starbucks' new bizarre drink (our Amanda Kooser taste-tested it, and we rounded up Twitter's many jokes about it here).The team bought 12 -- count 'em, 12 -- unicorn frappuccinos from a Portland, Oregon, Starbucks.Then they took a gleaming new Samsung Galaxy S8 and slipped it into one of the drinks.Good thing the phone is waterproof, because it had to sit in the frap for about an hour while they raced around to retrieve a forgotten component.
Single-box soundbars are seemingly back in fashion, with recent models from Samsung, Bose and Q Acoustics successfully beefing up TV sound without the need for an external subwoofer.Orbitsound ONE P70 – Design and ConnectionsOrbitsound tends to builds its soundbars to a high standard and the P70 is no exception, although it lacks the glossy glamour of previous models – not a huge surprise given the lower price tag.A row of lights indicates the volume, bass and treble levels, plus one of the lights glows red, green or blue to denote the selected input.Orbitsound ONE P70 – FeaturesThe P70 uses four custom 2-inch drivers – two main drivers (one on top, one on the front) and two airSOUND drivers on the sides.