jasonbrown writes: The new discovery in iOS 10 backups potentially allows recovery speeds thousands of times faster compared to password-protected iOS 9 backups. For example, this means that a truly random, 6-character alphanumerical password (single-case letters) protecting iOS 10 backup will only take a few minutes to break. Add an extra character, and it takes several hours to brute-force. The same 7-character password protecting an iOS 9 backup would take almost a week to break. “This is no doubt great news for law enforcement and digital forensic specialists around the globe.”
jasonbrown writes: Nissan, the Japanese automaker this week debuted what it's calling the ProPILOT Chair — an autonomous chair that automatically queues for you while you sit back and relax. With its built-in cameras, the high-tech chair "detects and automatically follows the chair ahead of it, maintaining a fixed distance and travelling along a set path." Standing (or sitting) in line has never been so much fun.
jasonbrown writes: A kid in Minnesota found a woman trapped on deserted a desert island. She had spelled out S.O.S. on the beach and the kid found it on Google Earth and forwarded the information to a pilot that could find her.
jasonbrown writes: Apple on Thursday began removing another category of apps from its iPhone App Store. This time, it's not porn, it's Wi-Fi. Apple removed several Wi-Fi apps commonly referred to as stumblers, or apps that seek out available Wi-Fi networks near your location. According to a story on Cult of Mac, apps removed by Apple include WiFi-Where, WiFiFoFum, and yFy Network Finder.
jasonbrown writes: "Pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista, says Microsoft It's planning a PR campaign for early '09 to fight piracy as XP is retired. Software counterfeiters pass on Windows Vista and instead prefer to pirate Windows XP, a Microsoft Corp. attorney said today, outlining a practice that tracks with the leanings of many of the company's customers."