A chain is only as strong as its weakest link, and when it comes to computer security, a weak password is more often than not the main passage of entry for those with malicious intention. In fact, we have recently read about how some 2 million passwords were compromised after a Botnet infection spree. Companies have definitely been doing their bit to ensure that end users use the strongest possible password at all times, and we have also reported on how Chrome for Windows has gained additional password security. Microsoft developers might be on to something here, calling the experimental project Telepathwords, which will be able to detect just how risky your passcodes are after running a prediction of your password setting habits.
The Telepathwords engine will make use of a coterie of passwords in its database, working alongside an artificial intelligence so that it ends with the most accurate prediction possible. Microsoft claims that the prediction engine in use for Telepathwords happens to be extremely complex, stating, “To guess the next character you’ll type, we send the characters you have already typed to query our prediction engine. The prediction engine uses a database of common passwords and phrases that are too large for us send to your computer”. Who knows? We might see this “password advisor” of sorts be commonplace in the future.
Huawei has come up with their fair share of mobile devices in the past, and it seems that they will have yet another trick up their sleeves with the Huawei PhoPad. I don’t know about you, but it does have a ring of a delicious bowl of Vietnamese beef noodles which I cannot get enough of to me. It remains to be seen whether the Huawei PhoPad is a rebranding of the Huawei Ascend Mate, or could Huawei be revealing a new design which is similar to the ASUS Padfone series that would enable a smartphone to be placed within a companion tablet shell, where it would work as the “brain”? Only time will tell though.
What is confirmed for sure would be this – the PhoPad’s name has recently been trademarked with the USPTO. From now until then though, we can only sit tight and wait for additional leaks and rumors to hit the newswires, since it is extremely rare for a company to shed official information on an upcoming device so freely unless they have a cool marketing ploy up their sleeves. Do you think that the name PhoPad will be able to help it shift large numbers of units in sales?