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Your passwords are bad

Choosing an effective password that’s easy to remember and type, as well as hard to guess for would-be fraudsters, is a perennial problem. But it’s one that the folks at Microsoft Research are trying to tackle with an experimental tool called Telepathwords.

Armed with an arsenal of data on common passwords and password-setting habits, the team built a tool that detects how vulnerable your password is by trying to guess the next letter as you type it.

You can visit the project site for yourself and see how predictable your own passwords are. For example, if you think a clever password would be p@$$w0rd, think again – the tool guesses it right instantly. If your password is zxserisljeerouiaer2345, on the other hand, its telepathic propensity flounders.

via The Next Web.

Elop Is Going To Do What Now?

The technology press is abuzz this morning after Bloomberg published an article concerning what Nokia’s – and soon Microsoft’s again! – Stephen Elop would do to reform Microsoft should he be selected as its next CEO. He is widely tipped as a leading candidate for that role as he is set to return to Microsoft as an executive vice president once the sale of Nokia’s hardware business to the Redmond-based software giant is consummated.

The piece is interesting because it makes a number of claims concerning Elop’s plans for Microsoft that seem slightly odd. Elop, 49, is not an idiot, of course. But if this is his vision, and it could be, I don’t understand it.

Read more on TechCrunch.

Microsoft starts repackaging popular mobile web sites as Windows Phone ‘apps’

Microsoft is taking a new approach to its lack of Windows Phone apps. The software maker has started publishing Windows Phone apps for websites like Lowe’s, TMZ, and J.Crew that are simply the mobile version of the sites packaged into a Windows Phone app. In a move that ZDNet notes is part of Microsoft’s WebApps team, there’s over 40 web apps published that are designed to look like Windows Phone apps.

A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed the apps are published by the company, noting that they’re not designed to replace native apps. “We are helping people access great mobile experiences on Windows Phone by creating pinnable Web Apps that show up in the app list,” says a Microsoft spokesperson. “In most cases we hope that usage of the Web App will encourage the ISV to publish its own native app.”

via The Verge.