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Looking for a tasty way to share information with customers or friends? Send them Qkies—actual edible cookies with a QR code on top. When recipients scan the Qkie with their smartphones, they are whisked to a Website where an invitation or offer awaits. (Then they can eat the invitation.) One package of Qkies, a cooperative project of German food company Juchem Gruppe and DFKI, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, comes with cookie mix and 20 QR codes on edible paper; you bake the cookies and then set up the redirect on the Qkies Website. €6.90. qkies.de
You can get online in 84 percent of major Asian subways compared with 67 percent in the Middle East, 56 percent in the European Union, 41 percent in the U.S. and Canada, and 25 percent in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.
Most Passwords Fall Short
A survey of 1,000 adults in the U.S. found a variety of shortcomings in the passwords these adults used online. (A strong password, for this survey, was at least eight characters long and combined upper- and lower-case letters, a numeral, and a special character.)
Don’t Use Strong Password —75%
PIN-Secured Flash Data
If you’re storing data on a USB flash drive, you need to secure it. Many USB flash drives implement data protection using biometrics, cryptography, and onboard software. Aegis Secure Key from Apricorn is a new flash drive that achieves security and simplicity. It unlocks with an onboard PIN pad and is compatible with any operating system that supports USB. It uses military-grade 256-bit AES CBC hardware encryption, and you’ll need to enter a 7-to-15-digit PIN to unlock it. You have 10 tries to enter the right unlock PIN before the data on the drive self-destructs. A wear-resistant keypad hides key usage to avoid tipping off a potential hacker to frequently used keys. 4 GB, 8 GB, and 16 GB models are available. US$65-US$125. apricorn.com
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