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Adl/Flickr CC It's official: People are dreadful at picking passwords.The world's most popular password is the depressingly easy-to-guess 123456, according to a massive analysis of 10 million leaked passwords.Some were new — like the hack of adult dating site AdultFriendFinder — while others, like LinkedIn, were years-old, but the data only recently
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First up, the important bits: The Switch will launch worldwide on March 3—yes, less than two months from now—for a suggested retail price of $299.In its docked form, the Switch looks quite a bit like a Wii—a vertically oriented rectangle that connects up to your TV with an HDMI cable.You can actually remove the core of the Switch, revealing a tablet with a capacitive touch screen.This last format actually took center stage as the press conference opened, courtesy of two experimental games: 1-2-Switch and Arms.You can see the latter s trailer below:It s fair to say most people came into the press conference just looking for a new Zelda and Mario though, both of which were revealed.
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Funding Circle, the London-based peer-to-peer lending platform that lets small businesses connect with investors willing to lend them money, has raised another $100 million in funding of its own, led by Accel with participation from other previous investors Baillie Gifford, DST Global, Index Ventures, Ribbit Capital, Rocket Internet, Sands Capital Ventures, Temasek and Union Square Ventures.Samir Desai, the co-founder and CEO, said that Funding Circle is not disclosing its valuation, except to say that it s slightly higher than its last raise in 2015.The startup says that this is the largest funding round for a financial tech company out of Europe since April 2015 a record set by none other than Funding Circle itself, which raised $150 million that month .All in all, 2017 appears to be starting on a funding roll for the fintech sector: just this week, mobile payments startup iZettle announced a $63 million raise; and CompareEuropeGroup raised $21 million.The $100 million comes at an interesting time for Funding Circle.On one hand, the company itself has been growing at a rapid clip.
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GM's CEO Mary Barra has made huge moves during her tenure to transform the traditional automaker into a tech company.In fact, in the last year alone under Barra's leadership, the auto giant acquired Cruise Automation, invested $500 million in the ride-hailing company Lyft, and launched GM's first long-range, all-electric vehicle, dubbed the Bolt.This growing focus on connectivity, electrification, and autonomy has spurred the company to increasingly recruit more software engineers.In fact, Barra told Business Insider in an interview that on average the company is hiring a STEM position every 26 minutes.But Barra said that while the boom for coding jobs is growing in the auto industry, the number of female candidates to fill these positions is not.Barra wants to change that, though, which is why GM announced Tuesday that it's giving a grant of $250,000 to Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization that provides after-school programs to teach girls in 6 to 12th-grade computing skills.The aim of the organization is to better equip girls with the computing skills they need so that they can pursue computer-science degrees once they get to college.
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The deadline to file your taxes won t roll around until April 18, however, getting started early will give you time to spread out the task and keep frustration low.Here to help are a handful of mobile apps designed specifically for finances and tax filing in particular, including the IRS s own under-utilized mobile offering.This app is available for Android, iOS and Amazon s Fire tablets, and it pares down the IRS s online tools and general information in a way that is easier to navigate than the agency s desktop website.The app s main interface revolves around checking the status of your tax refund, assuming you ve already filed your federal tax return and the government owes you money.If the situation is reversed and you find yourself owing additional taxes, the IRS2Go app can also be used to make a payment from a bank account or credit/debit card.Finally, the app also provides access to tax filing information on IRS Free File, which is available to individuals who made less than $64,000 last year, as well as a directory for finding AARP tax aides for senior citizens and free tax prep sites that anyone can visit in person.
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ZTE is greeting the new year with job cuts, following disappointing smartphone sales and uncertainty about its future in the USA.Last year at Mobile World Congress, the company predicted it would ship more than 60 million smartphones; instead, IDC reckoned its shipments slipped by more than 36 per cent compared to 2015.Reuters reports that 5 per cent of its 60,000 global workforce is to be cut, and of the 3,000, 600 will be in its smartphone business.Reuters also attributes the job losses to uncertainty about its future in the USA, with the latest stay on an American trade ban due to expire in February.The ban was first announced in March 2016 after the US found ZTE was using front companies to get around sanctions on Iran.After the ban, ZTE overhauled its executive.
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Instead of going external for a shot in the arm, the networking brand should work internally — get creative with offerings and tweak current features.But if sold, Twitter s drive for disruptive innovation could give way to simple window dressing, such as cleaner user interfaces.Most importantly, Twitter s technology has applicability to exciting verticals, from factory automation to media.It just needs to overcome some of the internal resistance any public company has in pursuing the innovative changes that originally put it on the map.Unexplored avenues Twitter should travelIntroducing a new paradigm — beyond its current hashtags and handles — doesn t just help Twitter open up to a broader user base; it also allows for scaling, like Facebook.
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LAM Mozambique Airlines has that one of its aircraft was struck Thursday, possibly by a drone.In a , the airline said that the crew of the Boeing 737 heard a bang, suggesting that some sort of external body hit the aircraft.The 737 was flying from Maputo and on approach to Tete airport when the incident occurred.
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You may have seen this beforeMockups of Microsoft's "Project Neon" redesign have been leaked – we're sure by accident.Neon, as we reported last year, is an attempt to steer Windows away from the "flat" look that has dominated UX design in recent years, and make the system friendly for augmented or mixed-reality users.In the mockups, Aero-style translucent blurring, which has been removed from the design since Windows 8 in 2012, makes a return.The designs also show huge amounts of padding around UX elements – which is not uncommon for mockups, before application developers and users have their say.To accommodate nerd goggles, like Microsoft's own HoloLens, Windows needs to handle "focus" in a slightly different way.
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Det är inte mycket nytt i Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II puh!Det mesta är som det brukar: en helt okej 3x-zoom med 28 mm vidvinkel och ljusstyrka f2 till f4,9.Vi testade föregångaren för inte så länge sedan och blev förtjusta över bildkvaliteten och den smidiga skötseln.Och den nya versionen lär ha samma bildkvalitet, men ska vara mer användarvänlig.Här får du också pekskärm och wifi, och samma fina 20 Mp-bildsensor som i vi testade i G9 X.En ny processor höjer bildhastigheten från 6 till 8,2 bilder/s och autofokusen är bättre på att följa rörliga motiv.
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A full range of SSL products are available on the market today that cater to various domain and security needs.Though many webmasters are exploring the possibilities, hoping a move to SSL will boost their search rankings, it can be overwhelming to try to compare these options, let alone fully understand what you re paying for.Many SSL providers offer a wealth of add-ons, which makes comparing providers relatively difficult.This guide will help answer several common questions so that you can find the certificate that best suits your needs:What type of SSL certificate should I purchase?Should I use a free certificate or purchase one from a vendor?
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Part four of our rundown of 50 games to get excited about in 2017 includes an enormous superhero smackdown, an unexpected Halo Wars sequel on Xbox One, Pikmin's 3DS debut and more.There's also the next game from the team behind Saints Row, Team Ninja courting the phrase "Souls-esque", a potential indie delight that's been delayed several times over, and a couple more that we hope aren't.Below you'll find 10 more of our most anticipated video games of the year ahead.Video game preview 2017: Part 1 – Crackdown 3, Ghost Recon Wildlands, Tekken 7 and moreVideo game preview 2017: Part 2 – Star Wars Battlefront 2, Prey, Sniper Elite 4 and moreVideo game preview 2017: Part 3 - For Honor, Gran Turismo Sport, Marvel vs Capcom and more
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After two massive password breaches, the precise future of Yahoo is uncertain from a couple of different angles.Reports indicate that its buyer, Verizon, may have second thoughts or be trying to renegotiate the multi-billion-dollar purchase price.Given that Flickr could morph into something else or shut down, if you have photos that remain there, you probably want to plan to download them and import them into other systems or local storage before you have a ticking deadline clock.Flickr exports media and metadata, but not user-entered informationFlickr added hooks for outside developers well before most sites thought of offering an API application programmers interface , and for a long time, exporting your Flickr media required working through one of those outside firms.Mine is over 12,000 images and a few hundred videos, about 32GB.
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But thanks to a partnership with Intel, the promise of a wireless yes, wireless!But HTC executives showed off some new additions to the Vive ecosystem at CES on Wednesday, including a new tracker and an improved audio accessory.They also announced a new partnership with Intel, and the launch of a wireless kit for the Vive developed by TPCast that will be available in the second quarter of 2017.Vive s Tracker and Deluxe Audio StrapHTC was the first to make virtual reality mobile —not through a phone, but through the ability to move around a physical space and interact with virtual objects through a pair of controllers.For example, a Vive user can hold a controller in either hand, complete with a thumbstick and trigger, and simulate reaching for a backpack by putting their hand on their shoulder.
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Your tablet-obsessed child spending hours on the couch poking at a touchscreen probably isn t doing their waistline any favours.But instead of wrestling an iPad out of their hands, Fisher-Price wants to help battle childhood obesity with a tablet holder that s essentially an exercise bike for kids.The Think & Learn Smart Cycle isn t being marketed to kids as a way to help counteract their sedentary lifestyles.After all, what kid likes the idea of being forced to get up to get some exercise?As any parent knows, you have to outsmart a kid to get them to do what you want, and these days that often involves video games.By designing the Smart Cycle to be what is essentially a ride-on video game controller, kids can keep playing with their tablets while they re improving their physical fitness.
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Having a multitool in your pocket can prove to be incredibly useful at some very unexpected times.After all, you never know when you will need to make a few simple repairs or tighten up a few screws.Unfortunately, there are times when it is inconvenient to carry one of these tools, however, even though you know you might run into a situation where it could come in handy.For instance, not all multitools are approved by the Transportation Security Administration, which means you will have to leave yours at home or risk getting it confiscated by security at the airport.But if you re one of those types of people who always likes to come prepared, you can get around this challenge simply by wearing a 686 Toolbelt, which is in a sense a multitool that you wear around your waist.Available in six different colors and patterns, the 686 Toolbelt looks like just about any other belt that you might find hanging in your closet.
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The whole age of computer has made it where nobody knows exactly what s going on.It s not the first time the president-elect has been stumped by the digital world, like a technophobe who unwrapped a computer-operated nuclear arsenal on Christmas morning.And the trouble isn t that nobody knows exactly what s going on in the age of computer – it s that technology poses some of the most complex problems in human history to the incoming administration.And its leader is a man who refers to the cyber and seems more concerned about the weight of the hacker, or possibly the bed – his syntax is mysterious – than the who of who broke into the Democratic National Committee?How can the nation s patchwork of electoral authorities repair voting systems prone to massive, potentially catastrophic error?How should the government treat open-source encryption?
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Enlarge / Awesome Minecraft architecture by Arsian qchronod.Enlarge / Standard Minecraft laughs at physics, as seen here with Arsian Cogwheel's flying castle under construction .The researchers think that gaming holds huge promise as an educational tool, especially as remote education becomes more popular.The medium of games itself is particularly well-designed for education, they argue.Not only do games allow people to progress at their own pace and fail in a constructive way, but they are pretty much the definition of intense focus and motivation: Humans have collectively spent more than 1.75 billion hours of their time playing ... , which if measured linearly would predate the birth of .
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Ramen is one of the best meals for warming up in cold weather, but it can be an intimidating dish if you ve who ve only tried the dried stuff in a packet.These tips will get you slurping up noodles like a pro.In this video from the ZAGAT YouTube channel, Shigeto Kamada, owner of the Kambi Ramen House in New York City, demonstrates proper ramen etiquette.Here s what you need to know:Start by sampling the broth.It s perfectly acceptable to drink a little directly from the bowl.
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Kentucky Fried Chicken KFC is no stranger to testing out unusual tech in its retail stores.There was that unusual chicken box, for example, that included a built-in battery for charging your phone, not to mention the edible nail polish.Now the company is back with yet another test, this one in collaboration with China Baidu to launch facial recognition ordering technology at one of its stores in China.It seems Baidu and KFC China recently partnered up to give the latter company s customers a bit of novelty while highlighting Baidu s facial recognition technology.The result is a so-called smart restaurant version of KFC located in Beijing where customers are given order suggestions based on things like their facial expression when ordering, their gender, and how old they are.It seems the system works something like smart ordering stations in restaurants around the world, in that it involves ordering from a display unit rather than via a human cashier.
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