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A secure relationship with passwords means not being attached to how you pick them

When you are asked to create a password – either for a new online account or resetting login information for an existing account – you’re likely to choose a password you know you can remember. Many people use extremely basic passwords, or a more obscure one they reuse across many sites. Our research has found that others – even ones who use different passwords for each site – have a method of devi...[Read More]

LG’s G8 ThinQ will use its screen as a speaker

So much for speculative. LG, contrary to what the company's Ken Hong had to say a few weeks back, has revealed that it's indeed chucking the speaker in the upcoming G8 ThinQ. Except 'chucking' is the wrong term. LG's augmenting its internal speakers with something else. Something a little different.

A robot that can touch, eat and sleep? The reality of cyborgs like Alita: Battle Angel

Alita: Battle Angel is an interesting and wild ride, jam-packed full of concepts around cybernetics, dystopian futures and cyberpunk themes. The film – in cinemas from today – revolves around Alita (Rosa Salazar), a female cyborg (with original human brain) that is recovered by cybernetic doctor Dyson Ido (Christoph Waltz) and brought into the world of the future (the film is set in 2563).

Ford (yes, that Ford) has come up with a tech-powered bed that keeps each sleeper in their lane

Technology bleeds. Not in the red-and-white-cell sense (yet) but development in one area can spread to another quite easily. Case in point: Motor company Ford has used its so-called ‘lane-keeping’ tech to create a new sort of bed. A bed that can keep each occupant on their own side, thanks to a conveyor belt and a few sensors… in addition to the smarts that keep Ford’s cars...[Read More]

We just 3D-printed a microphone in the lab – and the things coming next are pure science fiction

It has become possible to 3D print with quite a range of different materials, including the likes of wood and silver. Most machines are restricted to synthetics, however, such as plastics, rubbery polymers and nylons. Machines usually only print one material at a time, or swap between a palette of two or three materials

Samsung really wants you to know that it’s launching a folding smartphone next week

Samsung's first Unpacked event for 2019 promises to be a big one. It's scheduled for 20 February this year, a short while ahead of MWC 2019, and it's widely expected to contain details about the Galaxy S10. But what's also coming is Samsung's new folding smartphone and the company really, really wants you to be aware of that fact. 

Microsoft teases HoloLens 2 ahead of Mobile World Congress 2019

VR, much like winter, is coming. One of the best things about it is that we're not really sure what form it's going to take. Microsoft's HoloLens is an implementation that we've been impressed with from the start, combining the best bits of a full-fat VR system with what Google Glass was supposed to be. And it looks like we're going to get a look at the sequel in short order. HoloLens 2 should be ...[Read More]

Facebook ten year challenge: how our need to belong trumps our distrust of social media

When the ten year challenge began doing the rounds on social media, people rushed to post profile pictures of themselves from 2009, side by side with one from 2019, to highlight how much they had changed (or not) in the meantime. It is estimated that more than 5.2m social media users participated in this challenge.

How criminals access your digital devices and what happens when they do

Every day, often multiple times a day, you are invited to click on links sent to you by brands, politicians, friends and strangers. You download apps on your devices. Maybe you use QR codes. Most of these activities are secure because they come from sources that can be trusted. But sometimes criminals impersonate trustworthy sources to get you to click on a link (or download an app) that contai...[Read More]

Light Start – Weather Poster, a Fitbit you can’t have, Google Maps AR, and 3D printed rocket engines

In this week's Light Start we have Kickstarted posters, Fitbits (though work), Google Maps in AR, and rocket engines fresh out the 3D printer.

Though the Vodacom Please Call Me saga is unresolved, at least inventor Ari Kahn has finally been acknowledged

Who really invented the Please Call Me service? It’s the question that’s been repeated innumerable times as the free messaging service saga reached a crescendo last week with threats, accusations and demonstrations outside Vodacom World. The answer – as is now common cause – was Ari Kahn, MTN’s lead data consultant who pioneered this innovative idea. “Callme” as he first na...[Read More]

Why paper maps still matter in the digital age

Ted Florence is ready for his family trip to Botswana. He has looked up his hotel on Google Maps and downloaded a digital map of the country to his phone. He has also packed a large paper map. “I travel all over the world,” says Florence, the president of the international board of the International Map Industry Association and Avenza Maps, a digital map software company. “Everywhere I go, my rout...[Read More]

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