Show Notes, August 18th, 2014

Lorrie Cranor talks about Passwords – What’s Wrong with your Pa$$w0rd?
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Margaret Stewart talks about digital design How Giant Websites Design for you and a billion others too
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Shai Reshef –
Tuition Free College Degree
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Hospital network hackers nab personal info of 4.5 million US patients In April and June, one of the largest hospital networks in the US was hacked. Community Health Systems says that cyber attacks originating in China stole the personal details of 4.5 million patients including names, addresses, telephone numbers,…
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New, Reversible USB Connector Finalized The USB Promotors Group has finished developing the design and specifications for the USB Type-C plug and port. The Type-C connector will replace the Type-B connector (microUSB) found in most modern mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. One of the key aspects of the Type-C connector is that it is reversible and can be inserted either way (much like Apple’s Lightning connector). The Type
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Check out our 2014 Back to School guide! Crazily enough, the fall semester is about to begin. For that very reason, we’re kicking off our Back to School 2014 guide, with comprehensive gadget recommendations to fit every budget. Even if your college days are behind you, we guarantee you’ll…
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Google Chrome will start flagging misleading downloads Not surprisingly, Google wants to keep everyone on the internet as protected as possible — after all, it has to stay true to its “don’t be evil” ways. Today, in an effort to continue guarding you from virtual harm, the search giant has introduced a…
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This app does pillow talk so you don’t have to Just for a second, let’s imagine that your ultimate sexual fantasy is to be doused in custard while standing on a salmon as you hum the Timesteps symphony from A Clockwork Orange. It’s left-field, we admit, but we won’t judge. The question is, how…
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Google Voice Search can now handle multiple languages with ease It’s not unusual for people who speak several languages to forget particular terms, and that can be pretty frustrating when you’re trying to look up stuff through Google Voice Search. Thankfully, the latest Voice Search update for Android gives you…
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Pilots banned from acting like Uber drivers in the sky “You’re going to Napa in your Cessna? Me too! If you let me hop in, I’ll pay my share of the gas!” That arrangement is legal, but the FAA has declared that connecting brave passengers with amateur pilots for a fee is definitely a no-no. The ruling…
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Even the Oxford Dictionary can’t resist adding amazeballs, selfie and YOLO Throughout 2014’s great dictionary refresh, one publication remained above attention-grabbing fripperies like adding YOLO, amazeballs and selfie to their lists. That’s why we’re disappointed to report that even the venerated Oxford Dictionary has now…
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Tesla adds drive unit to its infinite mile warranty following Edmunds report A few weeks ago, Edmunds posted its findings after blazing the highways in Tesla’s Model S for nearly a year and a half. In addition to falling short of the promised 265-mile range, a series of service trips saw the drive unit replaced three separate…
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​One Codex wants to make searching DNA as easy as using Google Once upon a time, sequencing your genome was a prohibitively expensive proposition — mapping out your genetic code cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and the practical applications of the data were few and far between. These day the process is so…
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Facebook is testing a ‘satire’ tag to help you figure out what’s real and what’s not Sure, you’re smart enough to know that “New Study Finds Humans Shouldn’t Spend More Than 5 Consecutive Hours Together” is a headline from well-known satirical publication The Onion. But not everyone is, which could lead to some misdirected — and…
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Hackers target grocery chains for customers’ credit card info You know why you should always keep a close eye on your credit card activity? Because hackers can target any kind of establishment, whether they’re huge corporations, mom-and-pop shops or, in this case, grocery chains. American chains SuperValu and…
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ModCloth leads the charge against Photoshopped models What’s the quickest way to lose 5 pounds? Why Photoshop, of course. If you’ve picked up a magazine anytime in the last 15 years, you’ve probably been treated to a digitally manipulated parody of the human form. The practice of photoshopping flaws out…
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Virgin America passes out Nexus 7s to crew members Nexus 7 tablets will soon be a common sight on Virgin America planes, but unlike other airlines that lend passengers tablets for entertainment, you can only use them if you’re part the crew. On a VA plane, you can easily order grub by pressing a…
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Spies used YouTube videos and Microsoft log-ins to take over devices Watching silly YouTube videos and checking your Microsoft Live account might sound harmless enough — too harmless, in fact, to lead to a security breach. But, thing is, they’re not as safe as you think: if a law enforcement agency or your government…
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Twitter tries sharing your favorite tweets with others Have you recently noticed people commenting on your Twitter favorites, even when you didn’t (intentionally) share them with the rest of the world? You’re not alone. The social network has started putting your favorites and following activity in your…
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Violinist fiddles with a smart bow to help his brain surgery It’s common for brain surgery patients to stay awake. That’s how surgeons know everything is going smoothly, after all. When concert violinist Roger Frisch started suffering from tremors that are only a problem when he’s playing, however, Mayo Clinic…
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Smartphone gyroscopes can be used as covert microphones Researchers from Stanford University, working in tandem with a team from defense firm Rafael, have discovered a way to use the gyroscope found in most modern smartphones as a basic microphone, potentially opening the door to malicious eavesdropping.
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Kickstarter School Kickstarter is the premier crowdsourcing platform. It offers a way to finance your project by enabling current fans and wanna-be customers to pay you before you do your project. You don’t pay back your backers except indirectly with creative rewards as thanks. Often the reward is a unit of your project — a device, book, game, etc. Kickstarter is not the only crowdsourcing venue, but it is the larg
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What Gawker Media Is Doing About Our Rape Gif Problem On Monday, we posted an open letter to the management of Gawker Media, our parent company, regarding an ongoing problem that we here at Jezebel could no longer tolerate: horribly violent rape gifs that were consistently appearing in our comments. For months, we asked Gawker Media HQ for help with the trolling — but despite recurring discussions, Joel Johnson, the company’s editorial director, didn
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Elmnts Plays Ambient Sounds for Better Productivity Even While Offline Chrome: If you want the buzz of a coffee shop or the sounds of the ocean while working, but don’t have bandwidth to spare, Elmnts is a minimalistic Chrome extension that does it all offline.We’ve already established how coffee shop buzz is good for creativity, and there are a few websites like Noisli that endlessly stream such ambient sounds to boost your productivity. But they require Internet co
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British Airways adding cat videos to its roster of in-flight entertainment In the newspaper trade, August is traditionally known as silly season, for its lack of serious news. The latest company to indulge in some silly-season silliness is British Airways, which has learned that looking at pictures of kittens causes…
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Password Gropers Hit Peak Stupid, Take the Spamtrap Bait badger.foo (447981) writes Peter Hansteen reports that a new distributed and slow-moving password guessing effort is underway, much like the earlier reports, but this time with a twist: The users they are trying to access do not exist. Instead, they’re taken from the bsdly.net spamtrap address list, where all listed email addresses are guaranteed to be invalid in their listed domains. There is a t
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USB connectors fitting both sides up in production – charges laptops too The USB Promoter Group today announced

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