Photographs are the new passwords

Is remembering multiple passwords too big of a deal for you? Are you tired of constant “you cannot have this and that as your password?” automatic messages? Look no further for an Australian teen already figured this out: pictures can be put in the spot where passwords previously were.

At present times, no one bothers to take its time and make a password worth hacking in the right sense of words. Most users prefer one-password-matches-all-accounts whatsoever. The password paradigm surely hurts private security matters, and the alternative offers no better – remembering complex and multiple passwords for every account one may have.

passwordSam Crowther unravels an app option, which allows its users to choose a picture, upload it, and then the magic happens: the same transposes to a 512 character password.

Sam argues that remembering a single picture falls as easy task for one to make. However, it is most unlikely that someone you don’t know, i.e. a “hacker” will happen to have access to your device. Ergo – success, and one less thing for a human brain to remember.

Furthermore, malwares, spywares, or keyloggers cannot “spy” on you anymore, for all your photographs “brawl” inside the machine, never ending on the same spot they began with, constantly changing their position on the hard-drive memory.

What if the photograph gets accidentally deleted?

Then, one can simply reset everything and start from the beginning by putting a new picture as a new password.

Sam’s startup is named uSig, and goes by the “A picture speaks a thousand words” motto. Sam is “sacrificing” his college admission because, well, he’s an entrepreneur and will probably make more money than each and every one of this article’s readers.

And currently, Crowther’s idea is still in consideration, for it is not yet proven to actually work in the real world.

Lego amalgamates the virtual with the real

LegoSince The Lego Movie came as a stomping success in the States (and some other World parts), it is no strange the Danish-based company decided to move forward by fusing the virtual world with the real one.

What happened is Lego made its physical building bricks available for online transfer, or in other words, you can scan and upload your already built Lego creation to online games.

At times when entertainment spreads in all directions possible, including the virtual market (games, online doings), a logical move for a said company would be to expand its branches toward trending markets, and Lego is doing just that.

Now users can use their imagination to build sets using special plates as platforms, four by far, capture and import them into video games.

The app (it’s always an app) goes by the name Lego Fusion and makes an amalgamation of physical role-playing imaginative thinking and popular electronic devices, mixing the real with the virtual.

And a main reason behind this kind of merging is the fact that kids are not so interested in real world games anymore, because, let’s be honest, it’s pretty boring. So, Lego decided to give them a reason plus for returning to physical building, all while allowing a virtual interaction too.

In Town Master, kids can build additional places, thus establishing a happy virtual population. In Battle Towers, also an online game, a damaged castle can be repaired, wait for it – in the real world, and then uploaded back online. Is this cool or what?

Of course, a similar game mechanic is already used in popular online games, an element which allows users to make a virtual impact from a physical world, like “pay to win”.

Would history repeat itself in Lego Fusion? Let’s wait for September and see.

Snapchat taking third place among social apps

snapchatIn present times, as reported by comScore, Snapchat comes as the third most popular application inducing socializer, with 32.9 percent penetration among youngsters’ mobile devices, topped only by Instagram and Facebook with 43.1 and 75.6 percent accordingly.

This concludes a rising popularity of Snapchat among the so-called millennial demographic (people 18 to 34 years old), beating companies such as Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Vine and others.

Now, Facebook had the vision to buy Snapchat back in 2013, and the Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel had a vision to turn Facebook’s offer down. Both visions turned pretty accurate, proved with the social app’s rising popularity among the so-called ‘millennial’ demographic – shapers of future generation apps (funny thing is, this is true).

Last year November, 2013, and we find Snapchat’s penetration among the same users mentioned above at 12.1%, just as the Facebook offer sprouted from nowhere. And giving the circumstances, everyone thought Snapchat made bad decisions turning the social media giant down, especially when the numbers were against them: Myspace and Facebook saw a growth in users only when the penetration reached 15 to 20 percent.

But, as it turns out, Spiegel was more than your ordinary visionary mind – his company reached 18% penetration among adult users concluding with June 2014.

Experts argue that Snapchat long passed the ‘singularity’ point among young adults (18 – 24-year-old users) and showed that non-text applications can indeed live enough to see the American dream coming true for them.