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The Guy Who Invented Those Annoying Password Rules Now Regrets Wasting Your Time

The Guy Who Invented Those Annoying Password Rules Now Regrets Wasting Your Time
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We’ve all been forced to do it: create a password with at least so many characters, so many numbers, so many special characters, and maybe an uppercase letter. Guess what? The guy who invented these standards nearly 15 years ago now admits that they’re basically useless. He is also very sorry.

The man in question is Bill Burr, a former manager at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In 2003, Burr drafted an eight-page guide on how to create secure passwords creatively called the “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A.” This became the document that would go on to more or less dictate password requirements on everything from email accounts to login pages to your online banking portal. All those rules about using uppercase letters and special characters and numbers—those are all because of Bill. read more

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War Multiplayer Features Ranked Online Play

Middle-earth: Shadow of War Multiplayer Features Ranked Online Play

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It’s becoming clear that Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be a very different game than its predecessor in certain ways. On top of announcing that the open-world adventure will feature microtransactions this weekend, it’s now been confirmed that ranked online play will be present. Multiplayer revolves around a new mission type called “Social Conquest,” that has players invading the fortresses of other players. These can be played in both friendly matches, and ranked ones (which will have players risking followers). read more

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Major Xbox One Update Includes A New Home Screen, Is Out Today For Some

Major Xbox One Update Includes A New Home Screen, Is Out Today For Some

Despite reworking the Xbox One’s user interface back in March, Microsoft has previewed another redesigned version of its UI. Among other things, this includes a revamped Home screen that “focus[es] on speed, customization, and expression.”

As seen in the video above and image gallery below, this presents a similar aesthetic but radically different layout for the system overall. The initial Home screen features a new bar that lets you jump back into whatever you were previously doing, presents two suggestions (such as recommending a new friend who might play similar games as you), and highlights a deal that should be relevant to you. Immediately below that is an area that houses a link to My Games and Apps, as well as games and apps you’ve previously played, along with links to other things. In the video, one lets you see the new Games With Gold titles, while the other is used for advertisements. read more

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Intel Announces 18-Core i9 CPU Specs Ahead of AMD Theadripper Launch

Intel Announces 18-Core i9 CPU Specs Ahead of AMD Theadripper Launch
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At Computex 2017, Intel announced that its new Core i9 family would add significantly more cores than the old Core i7 HEDT CPU families had ever offered, while pushing back the window on availability for these high core-count CPUs into the fall. Now we know when these updated chips will hit market, and Intel has pulled the dates in from even the October launches we expected earlier this summer.

The 12-core Intel Core i9-7920X will be available starting on August 28, while the Core i9-7940X, 7960X, and 7980XE will all go on sale September 25. Pricing, frequencies, and core counts are shown below: read more

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Spelunky creator finally returns with a new game—er, 50 of them

Spelunky creator finally returns with a new game—er, 50 of them
Enlarge / Of all the games hinted at here, I’m probably most excited for the cyber-golfer one.

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Mark Millar Comic Company Millarworld Acquired by Netflix

Mark Millar Comic Company Millarworld Acquired by Netflix

Mark Millar Comic Company Millarworld Acquired by Netflix

Mark Millar comic company Millarworld acquired by Netflix

Netflix announced today it has acquired Millarworld, the comic book publishing powerhouse founded by Mark Millar, the legendary creator of such iconic characters and stories as Kick-Ass, Kingsman, and Old Man Logan, and one of the most important voices in comics.

Together, Netflix and Millar will bring Millarworld’s portfolio of critically and fan-acclaimed character franchises to life through films, series and kids’ shows available exclusively to Netflix members globally. Millarworld will also continue to create and publish new stories and character franchises under the Netflix label. read more

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This Is What Spotify On Xbox One Looks Like, Plus More Details On The Music Streaming App For The Console

This Is What Spotify On Xbox One Looks Like, Plus More Details On The Music Streaming App For The Console

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The arrival of Spotify for Xbox One escalated from a rumor to a confirmed fact over the weekend. Screenshots of the music streaming service on the console have now been revealed, along with more details for the app.  ( Windows Central )

The arrival of Spotify for Xbox One quickly moved from being a rumor to a confirmed fact over the weekend, and we now have our first look at what the music streaming service will look like on the console. read more

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HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Will Be Able to Scan Your Face While Device is Lying Flat

HomePod Firmware Suggests iPhone 8 Will Be Able to Scan Your Face While Device is Lying Flat

The newest discovery found within the HomePod firmware has shed some light on the iPhone 8’s facial recognition software, and how it could potentially scan a user’s face even when the smartphone is lying flat on a table. Uncovered by iHelp BR, code within the firmware related to “Pearl,” which is Apple’s internal name for the new facial recognition system, also includes multiple references to the word “resting” alongside “unlock.”

The feature was discovered to be categorized as an accessibility option, specifically called “AXRestingPearlUnlock” and “com.apple.accessibility.resting.pearl.unlock”. While not an exact confirmation, the HomePod firmware discovery does corroborate a report by Bloomberg from July that said Apple was working on an “improved” facial recognition system for iPhone 8, which would replace Touch ID and allegedly work even when the smartphone was flat on a table. read more

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The Paladin Death Knight Hero Card offers a new way to win the game

The Paladin Death Knight Hero Card offers a new way to win the game

The new Hero Cards are one of the biggest draws to Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s next expansion. Hero Cards turn your Hero into a Death Knight that provides both a powerful ability when it enters the battlefield and a new Hero Power.

In today’s Hearthside Chat with Matt Place, the Paladin Hero Card was revealed. read more

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Supa RetroN HD Revealed, Plays 16-Bit Carts In HD For Less Than The SNES Classic Edition

Supa RetroN HD Revealed, Plays 16-Bit Carts In HD For Less Than The SNES Classic Edition
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The upcoming SNES Classic Edition has the public hungry for 16-bit gaming goodness – perhaps a little too hungry. Nintendo has promised the SNES Classic won’t be as rare as the coveted NES Classic, but let’s be real, it will still be hard to get your hands on one. Nintendo insists on making their retro consoles limited editions, so not everybody is going to get one.

Thankfully, it seems there’s going to be another inexpensive option for those who want to easily play SNES games on their HD TV! Hyperkin, the makers of retro hardware like the RetroN 5 and the SmartBoy have officially announced the Supa RetroN HD. You catch a first glimpse of the machine, below, courtesy of Hyperkin’s product designer Chris Gallizzi. read more

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