You Have No Excuses For Crappy Passwords Anymore

The password itself is crappy. It’s a fundamentally flawed mechanism for securing our accounts and data that should have died long ago. That means poorly crafted passwords are doubly bad. But with the release of iOS 12 and recent updates to Android, truly terrible passwords—your 123456, facebookpassw0rd, or dEadP3tsnAme—have lost all reason to exist. Read […]

Here’s What Happened With The Tesla Model S Race Car That Got Too Hot After Five Miles On An F1 Track

No matter how close the electric takeover of the auto industry seems, there’s always the occasional reminder that the future isn’t as perfect or as within reach as we imagine. Take this Tesla-based Electric GT Championship race car, which only made it a lap and a half at full power recently before getting too hot.

Artificial Genome Scientists Want To Build Human Cells That Are Impervious To Viruses

Two years ago, a consortium of scientists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs announced a plan to synthesise an artificial human genome from scratch – an extremely ambitious endeavour that’s struggled to secure funding. Project organisers have now disclosed details of a scaled-down version of the venture, but with a goal that’s still quite audacious: creating human cells […]

Office 365 Gets Encrypted Email And More To Boost Security

Earlier this month, Microsoft announced a number of new tools and protections for Office 365 that are designed to boost security for cloud users. This included new file recovery tools, password protection when sharing links over email and the ability to prevent a message from being forwarded (something I bet Claire Swire wish had existed […]

The World’s First Working Projector Smartwatch Turns Your Arm Into A Big Touchscreen

Some smartwatches come with powerful processors, lots of storage, and robust software, but have limited capabilities compared to smartphones thanks to their tiny touchscreens. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, however, have now created a smartwatch prototype with a built-in projector that turns the wearer’s arm into a smartphone-sized touchscreen. Read more

Signal Is Using A Surprising Tool To Make Your Privacy More Bulletproof

If you want total privacy, Signal is generally understood to be the best messaging app around. But that doesn’t mean it offers total privacy. Its developers are still working on improvements. And the latest tweak uses a controversial new feature in Intel processors to prove to that Signal isn’t storing your contact info. Read more

Continental’s Smart Tyres Can Adjust Their Size To Suit Your Driving

If you know anything about car tyres, you’ll know that it’s all about the contact patch: the more rubber that meets the road, the better grip you’ll have — in perfect driving circumstances, of course. But there are times you’d actually want less grip, like efficient highway driving (or maybe ripping some skids, we won’t judge) — […]

How To Hide Your Digital Identity From ISPs

Thanks to the metadata retention law, nothing is private anymore. The Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Amendment (Data Retention) Act 2015 has not just put our privacy at risk, but also the privacy and security of friends, colleagues and loved ones we communicate with. Fortunately, there are steps you can take keep yourself protected.   Read […]