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You Can Now Use Emoji Passwords for Online Banking

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Microsoft will let you use the middle-finger emoji even though Apple and Google won't

Microsoft will be the first major software platform to let you flip the bird, allowing anyone with Windows 10 to access the middle-finger emoji.<p>The middle-finger emoji has actually been around since 2014, but Apple, Google, and Twitter all decided to prevent the emoji from working with their …

Emoji

Yale Study: You're not as clever as your Googling suggests

Having all of human knowledge readily available on the internet has convinced people that they know a lot more than they actually do, according to a recent Yale study. For their recently published report in the <i>Journal of Experimental Psychology</i>, a pair of psychologists conducted multiple …

Plag** Maps Where Your Content is Spreading in Real Time

Remember Plague, the social sharing app with the slightly off-putting name that picked up some steam at the end of last year? We called it ‘Tinder for information” at the time and marvelled at its rapidly growing user base.<p>Now it’s had a confusing name change, rebranding as Plag**, and added a …

Apps

The new MacBook's single port comes with a major security risk

After years of development, USB Type-C is making a very big debut. Last week, Apple announced its new MacBook would come with just a single Type-C plug for both power and data, a move that allowed for the slimmest MacBook ever. A few days later, Google unveiled the new version of its flagship …

How Your USB Cables Are About to Change Forever

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News Guide: FCC 'net neutrality' vote and what it means

WASHINGTON (AP) — Internet activists scored a major victory after the Federal Communications Commission agreed to rules that would ban service providers from creating Internet fast lanes.<p>What "net neutrality" means and what is likely to happen next:<p>____<p>THE ISSUE<p>Net neutrality is the idea that …

Net Neutrality

Open Sesame: Gadget Turns Lock Into Smart Lock in Seconds

If you've been intrigued by the idea of smartphone-activated door locks but aren't quite ready to get out the drill and install one, the ultra-simple Sesame might be for you. It lets you unlock the door through an app or a secret knock on your phone or the door itself, and an optional Wi-Fi dongle …

Home Automation

Watch Tech’s Takeover of San Francisco’s Office Space In This Visualization

Here’s a visualization of all the major commercial real estate deals involving the tech industry and San Francisco’s SOMA district over the past three years, thanks to Stamen Design and broker Kalin Kelly, who finds space on behalf of tech companies and nonprofits.<p>The point of this visualization is</i> …

Carnegie Mellon fulfilled, then horribly crushed, the dreams of 800 budding computer scientists

Carnegie Mellon University accidentally accepted about 800 students to its computer science masters program, only to retract the offer hours later. Gawker earlier today published two emails the university sent to applicants. The first offers admission to the program, and the second—more than six …

College & University

Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology 'threaten civilisation'

Technologies join nuclear war, ecological catastrophe, super-volcanoes and asteroid impacts in Global Challenges Foundation’s risk report<p>Artificial intelligence and nanotechnology have been named alongside nuclear war, ecological catastrophe and super-volcano eruptions as “risks that threaten human …

Will increasing cyber attacks spell the end of username and password security?

US regulators are considering mandating that companies ramp up online protections, but analysts warn there is no immediate cure-all<p>When a burglar breaks into a home, changing the locks or otherwise shoring up the home’s security is among the first things likely to get done in the …

Microsoft Patches Massive Flaw In Active Directory

Today, Microsoft has issued a critical patch to every supported version of Windows that resolves a bug that may have been open for as long as fifteen years could allow attackers to remotely take control of Windows devices that connect to an Active Directory domain.<p>The flaw — named ‘Jasbug’ — could …

Information Security

Box Brings the Cloud to High-Security Organizations

Soon after becoming a publicly traded company, cloud storage solution Box is aiming its guns straight at security-conscious organizations. With its newest feature, dubbed Enterprise Key Management (EKM), Box wants to entice more businesses into the cloud by giving them complete control over their …

Amazon Web Services

Google to discard support for SPDY in Chrome as HTTP/2 becomes standard

The SPDY protocol was introduced by Google in 2009, aiming to make web browsing much faster and more secure than sites running hypertext transfer protocol (HTTP). HTTP has been the standard networking protocol that powers the web since it came to be, though it used to be much slower and less …

Information Security

Republican FCC commissioners: Net neutrality plan misleads the American people

Republicans on the Federal Communications Commission and in Congress question the White House's influence over the agency, and claim dire consequences if the broadband industry undergoes stricter regulations.<p>Republicans aren't happy with the Federal Communications Commission's plan to regulate the …