This Week’s Chitter Chatter: Dodgy Passwords, Huawei Mate 8 and Virtual Reality

Popular Passwords

password

 

The annual survey of the most popular online passwords came out this week and yet again people throw caution to the wind with their choice of password. ‘123456’ and ‘password’ still take the top two spots, but ‘starwars’, ‘monkey’ and ‘princess’ are also in the top 20. If you are using one of these, please stop right now and think about getting a password manager.

 

Huawei Mate 8

 

huawei mate 8

 

The Huawei Mate 8 is another feature-packed high-spec phone from the Chinese manufacturer who seems to be raising its game this year with a series of well-received devices. The phone has a 2.3GHz octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel camera on the back and an 8-megapixel camera on the front, 32GB of storage with a 64 GB version available (expandable up to 128GB via a microSD card) and a large 4,000mAh battery. There is a fingerprint scanner on the back for quick, secure access to the screen. The 6 inch screen means it is great for watching video or reading and feels like a mini-tablet.

 

Virtual Reality

 

oculus rift

 

Virtual Reality is set to be one of the most popular emerging trends for 2016. The Oculus Rift, whose parent company is now owned by Facebook, is available for sale after years of testing and development. Sony are releasing a virtual reality headset that will be compatible with the PS4 and HTC launched the HTC Vive at CES, which has been well-reviewed and will work with a VR offering from Valve on its Steam gaming platform. The hardware looks great, but the key factors for consumer adoption will be the price point and whether there are some compelling games and VR experiences that will get everyone excited to try the new Tech.