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Change Your Email Password Now, Hulu Goes Live in 2017… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 05-05-2016

It’s probably worth changing your email password, Hulu is getting into live TV, Windows 10 gets a Vine app, Periscope now saves your streams, and Google’s self-driving cars cause mayhem in GTA V.


Your Email Password May Have Leaked

If you have an email account with Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, or then you should probably change your password sooner rather than later. This is because hundreds of millions of login details associated with email accounts have been circulating online among digital criminals.

According to Reuters, a company called Hold Security recently obtained a database of 272 million unique email addresses and passwords. The company claims a Russian hacker offered them the database in exchange for (bizarrely) just $1. When Hold Security refused to pay, the hacker handed over the treasure trove for positive coverage on social media sites.

Around 57 million of the email/password combinations are for users, 40 million are for Yahoo Mail, 33 million are for Hotmail, and 24 million are for Gmail. As well as email accounts, there are passwords associated with other websites. Which effectively means no one can be sure their credentials aren’t included in this database.

All of the affected email providers have been alerted to the discovery, and all will undoubtedly deal with it in their own way. The same goes for individual users, but we would recommend changing the password to your main email account just to be on the safe side 7 Password Mistakes That Will Likely Get You Hacked The worst passwords of 2015 have been released, and they're quite worrying. But they show that it's absolutely critical to strengthen your weak passwords, with just a few simple tweaks. Read More . Especially if you use that same password across multiple websites.


Hulu Is Getting Into Live TV

Cord-cutters in the U.S. have a reason to celebrate, with Hulu announcing plans to start streaming live television How to Watch Live Broadcast TV Using Kodi and NextPVR Watch and record broadcast TV, free of charge, using your PC. It's perfectly legal, and a free Windows program called NextPVR makes the process (relatively) simple. Read More in 2017. The Wall Street Journal leaked these plans over the weekend, and Hulu has now confirmed its story.

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins stated its subscribers would soon have the ability to stream “live programming from broadcast and cable brands,” including “live sports, news, and events”. Hopkins didn’t reveal which networks will be involved or what it will cost, but the WSJ suggested both Disney and Fox have signed on the dotted line.

Hulu won’t be the first to offer such a service, but it has bags of experience, a mainstream presence, and several networks financially invested in the company. All of which gives Hulu a clear advantage over the competition. If cable companies’ days really are numbered Considering Canceling Cable? The True Cost of Cutting the Cord When you add everything up, do you really save money by cutting the cord? We do the math involved with cancelling cable in favor of Internet services. Read More , then Hulu is well-placed to lead the charge into the future.


Vine Lands on Windows 10


Vine is now available on Windows 10, with Twitter’s service for posting and watching short videos now residing in the Windows Store. Vine for Windows 10, which is free and works on Windows 10, Windows 10 Mobile, Windows Phone 8, and Windows Phone 8.1, offers most of the same features available on the existing mobile apps.

You can watch trending videos What's Trending? Find Out With These Real-Time Data Websites It's amazing how quickly information can spread from person to person these days thanks to the Internet and social media. Is it possible to keep up? The short answer is yes -- with a catch. Read More , explore channels, follow creators, and add your own videos to the service. The Windows 10 version of Vine also adds “Live Tiles, an adaptive UI, and Drag and Drop”. You can also pin individual channels to your Start menu, should you love anyone’s content to that extent.

Periscope Saves Your Streams

You can now save your Periscope streams forever, and it’s as simple as adding a hashtag to the title of your video. By default, Periscope videos get deleted after 24 hours, but including #save in your title will save that video forever.


This is currently part of a public beta which looks set to lead to an all-new version of Periscope with a greater number of options for users 16 Periscope Tricks You Should Try Right Now It's easy to think of live-streaming apps like Periscope as simple press-the-button-and-stream processes, but a lot goes into getting noticed by the audience and making the result worth watching. Read More . Periscope users 10 Reasons You Should Be Using Periscope Now With so many different social networks, it's difficult to know where to put your energy. But there are plenty of great reasons why you should give Periscope a go. Here are a few. Read More using the #save feature on an individual video can still choose to delete that video manually at a later date.

With Katch recently shutting down, this new feature couldn’t come at a better time.

Self-Driving Cars Arrive in GTA V

And finally, Google is forging ahead with its plans to have us all sitting in the back of our own cars being driven from A-to-B like some highfalutin fools. But not everyone is sold on the self-driving cars concept How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google's Autonomous Car Program Being able to commute back and forth to work while sleeping, eating, or catching up on your favorite blogs is a concept that is equally appealing and seemingly far-off and too futuristic to actually happen. Read More , and it will take some serious time and effort to persuade the general public this is a good idea.

This video probably won’t help, as it shows one possible scenario once self-driving cars become a reality. That scenario being that self-driving cars will do their own thing, crashing into other vehicles See A Car Crash From the Perspective of Google's Self Driving Car Read More and running pedestrians over as if they’re meaningless bags of meat. Which is exactly what humans will be to our new robot overlords.


OK, so this is only Grand Theft Auto V, but GTA isn’t that far away from reality, is it? [H/T Kotaku]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Will you be changing your email password just in case? Are you excited to see Hulu adding live television to its service? Will you be installing the Windows 10 Vine app? Have you ever used Periscope? What’s your reaction to the GTA V video featuring Google’s self-driving cars?

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. Mjbick
    May 6, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    I'm going to recommend to my team that they chamber their email passwords. Just in case! Thanks for the tip!

    • Jackie
      May 14, 2016 at 10:40 pm

      How do you chamber an email password?

  2. Darryl
    May 6, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    On the self driving cars issue, and yes I know that the video is GTA, but we will have to program them as to where we live, work, and play, if I am correct and there are many people who are technologically challenged. What happens if you program them wrong?
    Then there are those people that like to hack technology. What happens if the hack disables some necessary guidance control on the car? It would seem that things could get a little shaky to say the least.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 15, 2016 at 10:57 am

      These are all problems the manufacturers are going to have to solve before self-driving cars become reality.

      At least in the short-term self-driving cars will have a manual override to allow you to correct mistakes. But hacking could be a bigger issue, and lead to some really dangerous scenarios playing out.

  3. Gordon Hay
    May 5, 2016 at 11:41 pm

    It is probably just sheer coincidence that the company which *obtained* this list (99% of which it now admits consists of details that have been seen before) gets loads of free publicity and also happens to market a $120/year "breach notification service". Probably that time in 2014 when it *found* a list of 1 billion emails and passwords and got loads of free publicity was also sheer coincidence too.

    • b4ucuhear
      May 6, 2016 at 8:29 am

      Good points. I wasn't aware of that.

    • Dave Parrack
      May 15, 2016 at 10:59 am

      There is probably some truth in this. But we also owe it to our readers to notify them when their email credentials may have leaked.