Weekly Wrap: Password Flops, Journalist Robot, iPhone Gun, Fake News and More

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A lot has happened this week in tech, and we don’t want you to miss any of it — so in case you were busy throughout the week, we’ve got you covered — we bring you the most interesting news pegs, launches and tips and tricks in our weekly wrap.

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There were a lot of amazing things happening this week, and we’ll ensure you get served the best of it in a jiffy.

And It’s a Wrap

This is Surprisingly the Most Common Password of 2016

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These days most of us are impatient, lazy and have a negligible attention span. But it’s really surprising to find out that a good 17% of users protect their account with the password ‘123456’.

123456 was the most used password of the year 2016, followed by ‘123456789’ and ‘qwerty’. Other passwords that made it into the top 10most common passwords of 2016 list in the report were ‘111111’, ‘password’, ‘123123’ and few other such generic numerical passwords

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Facebook’s Fake News Monitoring in Germany Means the Issue is Real

Syncing Facebook photos to your contacts isn't always as seamless as it should be. | Photo: 10 FACE / Shutterstock.com
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The company had earlier claimed that they had no role to play in the spread of fake news resulting in the Trump’s ascension to the White House leader, but German officials are certainly not of the same view and want the social media giant to reconsider their role in the dissemination of information.

To counter the growing nuisance of fake news, Facebook is now working with external factual auditors, and in Germany is going to be working with an external fact checking service known as Correctiv.

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This iPhone Lookalike Gun Might Just be Our Next Problem

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The Ideal Conceal Pistol manufactured by a Minnesota-based company first came in news early last year, but with its growing popularity, the cops are worried too as the device is virtually undetectable to naked eyes given its physical properties — as it resembles an iPhone.

Quite aptly, the company website reads, “Smartphones are everywhere, so your new pistol will easily blend in with today’s environment. In its locked position, it will be virtually undetectable because it hides in plain sight.”

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Journalists Might Soon Lose Their Job to This Robot

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A robot journalist has made its debut with a 300-word long article about Spring Festival travel rush in Southern Metropolis Daily based in the Guangzhou and this has gotten many journalists worried.

The robot just took a second to write the 300-word long report. But can robots really replace humans and their cognitive abilities to find a news angle in stories as well as raise follow-up questions during an interview?

Read the entire story here.

Obama’s Presidential Pardon is Snowden’s Last Hope

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Edward Snowden has been hailed as one of the most important whistleblowers in the present era as he unveiled the evils of authority during these times of surveillance, but his hopes to return to his home in USA hangs in the balance as President Obama steps down.

Human Rights Organisations such as American Civil Liberties Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had gathered more than a million signatures in a letter asking for President Obama to pardon Edward Snowden — but his chances of getting the same seem bleak as Donald Trump assumed office in the White House.

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Facebook Bans Surveillance Company from Accessing Their Data

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Following in the footsteps of Twitter, Facebook has banned a Canada-based firm known as Media Sonar from accessing its data in a bid to counter surveillance. The firm is known to service clients in the law enforcement agencies in Canada, USA and several other countries globally — it provides them with data of protests collected from social media websites and helps to identify protestors.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 Launched at Rs.9999; 4 Things to Know

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The three variants of the Redmi Note 4 will be sold for Rs.9,999, Rs.10,999 and Rs.12,999. The device enjoys quite a few upgrades on its predecessor, the Redmi Note 3, and will hit the shelves for sale at midnight on January 23, 2017, on Flipkart and Mi’s official website.

The Chinese company had already released the Note 4 in numerous countries across the globe but failed to launch its product in India, primarily due to a patent dispute with Ericsson in the country — surrounding the Mediatek SoC that power the device.

Read the entire story here.

13 Superb Google Keyboard (Gboard) Tips and Tricks That You’ll Love

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Ranging from quick-on-the-fingertip punctuations to gliding across the keyboard, the amazing Gboard app (also known as Google Keyboard) has a lot of tricks up its sleeves. With

With a host of features which you might or might not be aware of ranging from searching GIF or Emoji on the go to the One-handed mode and much more. We bring you a quick roundup of the tips and tricks that make Gboard what it is.

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Faraday Future’s Time Ahead Looks Gloomy

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Faraday’s FF91 car showed up at CES 2017 and put up a better show than their CES 2016 unveiling, but at a price of shutting down their operations at their Nevada-based factory two months prior to the event.

Once touted to be the ‘Tesla-killer’, Faraday Future’s own future looks dreary as the company is reportedly running into a host of issues ranging from financial troubles as well as a lack of leadership at the helm.

Read the entire story here.

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