It’s 2019, but millions of Brits are still using simple passwords that could easily be hacked.A survey carried out by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) revealed more than 22m people across the UK used 123456 as a password, making it the most common password used for breached accounts.Millions of people also opt for easy-to-guess words such as “qwerty” and “password”, according the the study, which analysed accounts that had fallen victim to cyber security breaches.The findings exposed huge gaps in cyber security knowledge, and the NCSC urged people to use three random words to create a secure password.The most common name to be used in passwords was Ashley, which featured in more than 432,000 accounts, with Michael and Daniel following closely behind.Liverpool was crowned champion among Premier League football teams, while Blink 182 and Superman were also common passwords.
Testing of Whole Foods’ Starkey Water revealed levels at or just a smidge below federal limits, with results ranging from 9.48 ppb to 10.1 ppb.Arsenic is a trace element in rock and sediment and can contaminate groundwater naturally from geological sources or from human activities, such as mining and run-off from agricultural and industrial sources.Long-term exposure to high-levels of arsenic are associated with skin disorders and increased risks of certain cancers, diabetes, and high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Whole Foods, on the other hand, said that it had run its own tests on batches of water that CR tested and determined that the levels were acceptable.The company’s test results “show these products are fully compliant with FDA standards for heavy metals,” Whole Foods told CR in a statement.It added that it tests "every production run of water before it is sold” and that the company would “never sell products that do not meet FDA requirements.”
The six-year-old startup Platform.sh allows developers to "clone" the applications they're building so they can test them in real-time and release code more efficiently.Platform.sh CEO and co-founder Fred Plais says this can be a massive cost savings for developer teams.Platform.sh is also an all-remote company, but this helps the team collaborate more efficiently, Plais says.Everyday, a small company most people have never heard of creates 15,000 clones.These clones aren't the clone troops of Star Wars or the mice experiments of research labs.Through cloning, Platform.sh CEO and co-founder Fred Plais hopes Platform.sh can make the lives of developers less stressful.
Oracle has fixed nearly 300 bugs, many of them high-risk, across its range of products, urging administrators to apply the patches quickly due to the risk of active exploitation.The 297 patches were issued by Oracle this week in its quarterly Critical Patch Update, following a January 2019 update that fixed 284 issues and a October 2018 release that addressed 301 vulnerabilities.The company said users’ systems are often left vulnerable to issues that have already been fixed due to delays in applying patches.“Oracle continues to periodically receive reports of attempts to maliciously exploit vulnerabilities for which Oracle has already released fixes,” the firm said.“Oracle therefore strongly recommends that customers remain on actively-supported versions and apply Critical Patch Update fixes without delay.”Oracle’s Fusion Middleware products had 53 issues addressed, with 42 being bugs that could be exploited remotely over a network without authentication.
A new leak claims the CIA has accused Chinese company Huawei of receiving funds from the People’s Liberation Army, China’s National Security Commission, and the nation’s state intelligence network.This allegation has reportedly been passed on to officials in the UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, joining past accusations directed at the Chinese company.The claims were published over the weekend by British newspaper The Times, which claims it received information about the matter from a source in the United Kingdom.According to the report, the Central Intelligence Agency provided intelligence to British officials that revealed Huawei’s alleged funding from the Chinese government.The news comes amid Huawei’s expansive supply of telecommunications equipment, particularly the hardware needed to get 5G mobile networks up and running.US officials have previously expressed concerns that Huawei’s hardware could be used for espionage, reportedly going so far as to quietly block the company’s plan to install a wireless network in the Washington Redskins stadium.
In a hotel opposite Central Park, my 10-year-old son Alex and I are sitting in a room full of cardboard, and the man who dreamed it all up is in the middle of it.The mercurial cardboard construction games for Nintendo Switch blend papercraft and programming to make seemingly impossible magic objects.Since Labo's surprising debut last year, Nintendo has created four different Labo kits, ranging from a robot backpack to a vehicle kit to the most recent VR-focused kit, which comes with its own goggles that the Switch can slot into.VR was always part of the planEven though the Labo VR Kit was the fourth version of Labo, Sakaguchi insists it was always there from the get-go."We actually had it all planned out from the very beginning ... even in the [original] announcement video, if you look at it, everything but the VR goggles is included."
With only five episodes left in the final season, it’s worth a quick refresher on how and when to watch Game of Thrones live, no matter what coast you’re on.Game of Thrones airs Sunday nights on HBO, at 9pm in each respective time zone.But that also means New Yorkers get to watch it three hours earlier than Californians, a deep injustice.That’s plenty of time for spoilers to slip past your defenses like Arya sneaking into the Twins.People who already subscribe to HBO through their cable companies can use those log-ins to access HBO Go (iOS, Android), while cord-cutters can pay $14.99 per month directly through HBO Now (iOS, Android).They care not a whit about time zones.
In anticipation of Avengers: Endgame coming out on April 26, I've spent a good chunk of my recent evenings watching the first 17 movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- just over 36 hours worth.Before I started this crazy project exactly a month ago, I'd never seen even a Marvel movie all the way through.I've managed to avoid spoiling anything so far, which would make the Russo brothers happy.Now, with four movies to go before the Endgame -- Thor: Ragnarok; Avengers: Infinity War; Ant-Man and The Wasp and Captain Marvel -- I'm in a bit of a bind: which order do I watch them in?I've been following the official CNET watch order so far and it's been great.I've enjoyed all 17 so far in their way, some much more than others.
BlackBerry Messenger for consumers will shut down at the end of May, nearly six years after it launched to the tune of more than 5 million downloads in its first 8 hours.The closure of BlackBerry Messenger was announced through an official blog post by Emtek, the Indonesia-based conglomerate that took over development in 2016.Emtek attempted to keep the app relevant with modern features, but it appears that its efforts have fallen short.The technology industry however, is very fluid, and in spite of our substantial efforts, users have moved on to other platforms, while new users proved difficult to sign on,” Emtek wrote in the blog post.According to the FAQ released for BlackBerry Messenger’s shutdown, people will be able to request refunds for BBM Stickers, but will not be able to do so for BBMoji.Existing rewards are also required to be redeemed by May 20, or else the accumulated points will be forfeited.
A company in Estonia called Iglucraft is making handcrafted, rather aesthetically beautiful “pods.” They’re technically cabins but they’re also promoting them as kind of a sauna.Guess who owns one of these Igluhuts?No less than football’s (soccer, for Americans) greatest player of our generation, David Beckham.That’s right — the most praised midfielder of our age, a global ambassador for the sport, and the spouse of one of the richest Spice Girls — recently installed one of Iglucraft’s saunas just off his mansion in the Cotswold area of Oxfordshire, England.The superstar even documented the occasion to his 50+ million Instagram followers as he enjoyed the warm amenity in England’s cold permanence: “Thank you to @iglucraft.I’m loving it with the cold weather right now.” The accompanying photo, showing the star resting on a bench outside of his newly acquired sauna, had to have been worth a fortune to the Estonian startup.
The latest Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures short takes us to the forest moon of Endor, where Princess Leia gets separated from the rest of the Rebel Alliance and encounters a small but feisty native: Wicket the Ewok.A little later, of course, it takes some convincing to get all the Ewoks in line with the task at hand, but in their initial encounter, Wicket doesn’t hesitate to help Leia kick some Stormtrooper ass.You can watch all of the Star Wars Galaxy of Adventures shorts on the Star Wars Kids YouTube channel.
Fast-food chain Carl's Jr. isn't trying to get you high, but it's found another way to celebrate 420 day, the unofficial holiday for all things pot-related.Carl's Jr. has your munchies fix: the Rocky Mountain High Cheese Burger Delight.It's made with a double stack of beef, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapenos, criss-cross fries and a CBD-infused Santa Fe sauce.CBD, or cannabidiol, is a cannabis plant extract with extremely low or no amounts of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana.A Rocky Mountain High burger's worth of sauce contains about five milligrams of CBD extract, which may create a calming or pain-relieving effect.You can't get much more limited edition than this cheeseburger, though.
As a woman in the tech world, I've looked over hundreds of tech products that are made for women to separate the good gadgets from the bad.Whether your leading lady wants a pair of excellent headphones that look as good as they sound, wants to track her fitness in style, or craves stylish accessories for her phone that aren't hot pink, we have a gift for her in our guide to the best tech gifts for women.Read on to check out the best tech gifts for women:A phone grip and standPopSocket Grip, available at PopSocket, $9.99+PopSocket grips make it super easy to hold even the largest of phones no matter how small a woman's hands may be.
The Santa Clarita Diet, Netflix's smart, slyly satiric sitcom about a zombie outbreak in suburban Southern California, has largely flown under the pop culture radar since it debuted in February 2017.And that's a shame, because it's easily one of the best half-hour comedies on TV right now.Season 3 brought the same winning blend of satire, snappy dialogue, slapstick, and of course, plenty of zombie-munching gore.The series centers on Joel and Sheila Hammond (Tim Olyphant and Drew Barrymore), married real estate agents in Santa Clarita who find their lives irrevocably altered after Sheila has an extreme upchucking incident while showing a house to prospective clients.She thinks it's a bad case of food poisoning but soon begins to crave human flesh.Season 1 was a bit uneven, especially in the earlier episodes, but the show found its stride by the end of that first 10-episode run, and both seasons 2 and 3 are sheer bingeable delights.
Of course, it’s generally a good idea to remember the PIN codes and passwords you need to get access to your devices, but should you find yourself locked out of a phone or laptop and utterly unable to remember what your login credentials are, we’re here to help.Thankfully, the arrival of fingerprint sensors and face scanning has minimised the chances of this happening, but biometric security can go wrong, and passwords can get forgotten—particularly if you don’t use them for a long time.There’s also the danger that younger members of the family will jab at your tablet too many times and lock you out for *checks notes* a little over 48 years.For the majority of the time, a complete system restore is the only option: It’s yet another reason why you should always, always back-up your devices.Here’s what you need to know for your phones and laptops.Should you be unable to get into an iPhone or an iPad (or maybe even an iPod touch)—whether through PIN, fingerprint, or face—then you’re going to have to take the hit and completely reset the device.
The moment Marvel fans have all been waiting for is coming, whether you're ready or not.Avengers: Endgame, the end of the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it (so far) is premiering next week (April 26 in the US, April 25 in the UK and April 24 in Australia), and we can't wait."The end of the MCU as we know it" may be a dramatic way to put it, as there are new Marvel movie and TV shows already confirmed to be in the works.However this will be the definitive end of the Avengers' storyline, according to Marvel boss Kevin Feige.This ending is bittersweet, as we finally get to see the resolution of the events of Avengers: Infinity War, but we likely won't see as much of Iron Man, Captain America or many of the other original Avengers in future Marvel movies.If you need a refresher on the events of Infinity War, check out our article to see who is dead or alive.
The concept evokes fantastical images of weather-controlling satellites, giant space mirrors, and carbon-sucking tubes."The side effects may be almost as bad as the disease you're trying to cure," author and environmental activist Bill McKibben told Business Insider.Carbon capture and storage (CSS) is becoming widely accepted as a safe and potentially effective climate-change-fighting tool.Instead, carbon dioxide that's created when coal burns or electricity is generated can be captured in a plant, then transported and stored somewhere else.A New York-based start-up, Global Thermostat, uses carbon sponges to absorb carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere, smokestacks, or both.Global Thermostat cofounder Graciela Chichilnisky told Grist that once the plant is up and running, it will suck "up to a million tons of CO2 per year or more — all removed from air,"
Yang, a tech entrepreneur and now one of at least 18 Democratic challengers to Donald Trump, is far from the frontrunner for an election that's still a year and a half away.But the fact that he's weighing in at all shows that cryptocurrency and related technology, like blockchain, isn't just an obsession of crypto-anarchists who want a high-tech alternative to a safe full of Krugerrands.If Yang gets his way, cryptocurrencies could become more useful and move beyond early problems like initial coin offering (ICO) scams and criminal payment uses.Today's rules, including federal and some state laws, have had "a chilling effect on the US digital asset market," and laws haven't kept up with cryptocurrency developments, Yang said in policy paper published Thursday.Cryptocurrencies can also serve a purpose similar to plain old money used to buy and sell things, or to store value.Yang: Not every crypto asset is a security
The iPhone is the most popular smartphone on the planet — for good reason.Swiping down from the middle of your display activates Spotlight Search.From here, you can search for anything on your phone, like a file or setting, and you can even get web results, too.You can use your iPhone as a magnifying glass.You can look up a song by its lyrics in Apple Music.Given how Apple owns Shazam, it should be able to find most songs based on a few lyrics.
Microsoft's new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition ($250, £200), due out May 7, differs from the existing Xbox One S ($300) in only a handful of ways:It doesn't have a 4K Blu-ray player, so it can't read game or movie discs -- or any kind of optical disc whatsoever.It weighs 1 pound less.Their specs and dimensions are otherwise identical, which is why we thought it'd be more interesting to pit the One S All-Digital Edition against the flagship Xbox One X to help you make a more-informed Xbox buying decision.Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products featured on this page.However, questions remain, namely how low will the prices for both consoles go, and how much is the One X's extra power worth to you?