Warning: the way you tilt your smartphone ‘can give away passwords and pins’

The way you tilt your mobile while you’re using it could allow hackers to work out your pin numbers and passwords, according to new research.

Experts at Newcastle University analysed the movement of a smartphone as the screen was used. They say they cracked four-digit Android pins with 70% accuracy on the first guess and 100% by the fifth. Continue reading “Warning: the way you tilt your smartphone ‘can give away passwords and pins’”


Social media ‘outstrips’ TV as news source for young people

Social media has overtaken television as young people’s main source of news, according to a report.

Of the 18-to-24-year-olds surveyed, 28% cited social media as their main news source, compared with 24% for TV. The Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism research also suggests 51% of people with online access use social media as a news source. Continue reading “Social media ‘outstrips’ TV as news source for young people”

A digital makeover for China’s political propaganda

China has been trying and failing for years to get its people, especially its young people, to care about its political system. Could it now be close to working out how to do just this  – by embracing new platforms for its propaganda?

Every March, the National People Congress (NPC), China’s biggest annual political event, goes virtually unnoticed by the vast majority of the Chinese people. Continue reading “A digital makeover for China’s political propaganda”

Scouting embraces the digital age. . .

You might think scouting is just about tying knots and making campfires. . .
But scouting has changed a lot since it was founded in 1910, and is now so popular that 51,000 people are on the waiting list to join. What remains important is getting badges for achievements, from photography to fire safety.
Take a look at how the badges of the past compare with today’s.

Badges a scout could win in 1911. . .  Continue reading “Scouting embraces the digital age. . .”