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Also, Apple and Samsung call a truce over patents, UberPool matches ridesharing passengers, Justin.tv shuts down, the potato salad Kickstarter comes to an end, and how to make 8-bit art.

Russian Gang Steals 1 Billion Passwords

A Russian gang of 20-somethings is in possession of “1.2 billion username and password combinations” and “more than 500 million email addresses.” This is according to The New York Times, which was tipped off about the potentially devastating security breach by a company called Hold Security.

If the story is true then it’s extremely concerning. However, as reported by Forbes, the facts behind the hack have been kept intentionally vague while nature of the security breach has been hyped up for impact. So, we don’t know which companies have been targeted and whether the passwords are in clear-text or encrypted.

Muddying the waters further is the fact that Hold Security is launching a new service which will require businesses to pay fees to discover whether or not they have been targeted. This potentially major security breach needs further investigation, and until that happens all we can suggest is following sensible password management advice.

Apple Unveiling New iPhones On Sept. 9

Apple fans need to cancel all previous engagements pencilled in for September 9, as that’s the date Apple is set to unveil the iPhone 6 Apple, We Need a Bigger & Better iPhone 6 [We Ask You Results] Apple, We Need a Bigger & Better iPhone 6 [We Ask You Results] Turns out a lot of you guys really hate Apple. Read More . The rest of us should remember to avoid reading all technology blogs on that date, as they’ll be filled with every single piece of information regarding the new hardware. Whether it’s interesting or not.

Apple hasn’t officially confirmed Sept. 9 as the date, but Re/code has it on good authority that Apple will hold a huge press event on that day in order to launch at least one, but probably two, new iPhones. One could even be a phablet Fabulous Phablets: The 5 Best Big-Screen Smartphones You Can Buy Fabulous Phablets: The 5 Best Big-Screen Smartphones You Can Buy If you're going to buy a big-screen phone now, and by that, we mean something that's larger than a 5.5-inch screen and smaller than a 7-inch tablet, these are your best options. Read More with a screen size of 5.5 inches. Steve Jobs What Is The Legacy Of Steve Jobs? [Geeks Weigh In] What Is The Legacy Of Steve Jobs? [Geeks Weigh In] Steve Jobs has stepped down as CEO of Apple, and while he will continue as Apple's chairman, his relinquishment of the title is a clear indication that he sees his time as Apple’s leader coming... Read More will be turning in his grave.

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Apple & Samsung Call Truce In Patent Battle

Apple and Samsung have called a truce in their ongoing battle over alleged patent infringements. Unfortunately, the truce only extends as far as the U.S. border, so while the lawsuits in Europe and beyond are all being dropped, those being fought inside the United States are set to continue on for the foreseeable future. And who are the big winners in all of this? Lawyers, naturally.

UberPool Matches Strangers For Car Rides

UberPool is a new initiative by ride-sharing innovator Uber What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? What Is Uber and Why Is It Threatening Traditional Taxi Services? Uber has landed, and it's fundamentally changing inner-city transit. And some might say, not entirely for the better. Read More . It promises cheaper journeys by matching potential passengers with others heading in the same direction. This does mean sharing a potentially awkward car ride with a total stranger, but halving the cost of the ride should more than make up for any discomfort.

Justin.tv Streaming Service Shuts Down

Justin.tv has officially shut down, with the pioneering live-streaming service being killed in order for the company to focus entirely on Twitch. Interestingly, Twitch How To Stream Live Video to Your Twitch.TV Channel How To Stream Live Video to Your Twitch.TV Channel Launched in June of last year, the world of online gaming needed a portal to livestream events and Justin.TV's secondary niche website, Twitch.TV, serves today as just that. What if you're just a guy sitting... Read More started out as nothing more than a category for gamers on Justin.tv, but eventually overtook its parent in terms of popularity. Which is what has led to this technological patricide.

Potato Salad Kickstarter By The Numbers

Do you remember that guy who crowdfunded the making of a potato salad? He wanted $10, he ended up raising $55,000. Rather than bury this story as an example of how Kickstarter has gone downhill thanks to dumb campaigns Crappy Crowdfunding: 10 Dumb Kickstarters We Did Not Support [Weird & Wonderful Web] Crappy Crowdfunding: 10 Dumb Kickstarters We Did Not Support [Weird & Wonderful Web] The success of crowdfunded innovations has attracted the brilliant...and also the inane and insane. Here are 10 of the absolute worst Kickstarter campaigns we could find. Watch them because they are comedy gold. Read More , Kickstarter has published a blog post looking at the numbers behind the potato salad campaign.

It turns out this ended up being the fourth most-viewed Kickstarter of all time, behind the Ouya Learn All About Ouya, The $99 Games Console Learn All About Ouya, The $99 Games Console Read More , the Pebble smartwatch Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Pebble Smartwatch Review & Giveaway Smartwatches are the new hottest trend in today's tech world, and the Pebble e-ink watch helped start the fire. The most successful Kickstarter project to date, the Pebble raised over $10 million during its 1-month... Read More , and the Veronica Mars movie. People in 74 different countries funded the potato salad, with the majority residing in the U.S. This is all very interesting, but it’s also all concerning a totally stupid idea.

How To Make 8-Bit Art

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And finally, 8-bit is cool again, with pixelated images, videos, and games making a long overdue comeback. And now you too can jump on board this particular bandwagon with Make 8-bit Art!

I was going to screenshot my own personal composition but it was so bad I decided I couldn’t face the shame. If you create something you’re proud of then feel free to leave a link in the comments section below.

Your Views On Today’s Tech News

Do you believe the story about a Russian gang stealing 1 billion passwords is as scary as is being painted? Are you looking forward to the launch of the iPhone 6? What’s your reaction to a potato salad raising $55,000 via Kickstarter?

Let us know your thoughts on the tech news of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Steven G
    August 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Of course Apple and Samsung call Truce. Apple has to look at Microsoft now for their Cortana commercials. I saw it the other night and just bust out laughing, Then I thought that Samsung might sue Microsoft for infringement on the commercial since Samsung did the exact same type of commercial for the Galaxy Tab vs. iPad. Can anyone make their own stuff these days?

    • Dave P
      August 12, 2014 at 2:41 pm

      All the ad companies essentially copy each other. Or, even worse, they take a viral video and use the basis of it for their own commercial without giving any credit to the original. Scummy.

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