The Most Common Smartphone Passcodes

 

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Daniel Amitay collected passcodes from thousands of iPhones and provides some analysis of the passcodes people are using on the smartphone. This is really interesting stuff.

The Top 10 iPhone passcodes were: 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, 1998

Is yours listed?  :-)

A couple of things to note here, I think his sample size is probably large enough that the data is probably roughly applicable to Android and WP7 as well, not just limited to the behaviors of iPhone users themselves.

If you want just the analysis, head to the link above. If you want the backstory around how he collected this information, it starts with the Big Brother Camera app for the iPhone which reached #18 most popular iPhone application. Then leads to analysis of passcodes his app was sending back (not the screen unlock codes!), and eventually the back and forth with Apple as they removed his app.

Gadgets / Devices, Software

In Space News This Week…

 

Gale Crater next landing site for Mars rover [NASA]
NASA’s next Mars rover will land at the foot of a layered mountain inside the planet’s Gale crater. The car-sized Mars Science Laboratory, or Curiosity, is scheduled to launch late this year and land in August 2012.

Race to the Moon Heats Up for Private Firms [NYTimes]
Now that the last space shuttle has landed back on Earth, a new generation of space entrepreneurs would like to whip up excitement about the prospect of returning to the Moon.

Astronomers Find Largest, Most Distant Reservoir of Water [Int’l Business Times]
Astronomers found a reservoir of water measuring 140 trillion times the earth’s ocean water in space.  The reservoir of water is the most distant ever discovered in the universe. The water surrounds a giant feeding black hole called a "quasar" and is located more than 12 billion light-years away.

Science

Comediva: Where the Funnygirls Are

Comediva.com is a brand new comedy site for women that has a bunch of new, original content they’re posting every day. This is a good time to get your geek on with Comic Con happening right now. They’ve got a “ton” of  high brow and low brow stuff, editorials, comics and much more.

I particularly got a chuckle out of this video where the Geek Counselor measures a client’s G.Q., or Geek Quotient, and discovers that even she can’t help everyone.

Just geeky

Scientists: Stinky Sock Smell Helps Fight Malaria

Virus-medicine

From Seattle Times:

The smell of old socks can help fight malaria by attracting mosquitoes to a trap outdoors, scientists have found, and on Wednesday donors announced new funding to help develop the device.

Traps scented with the odor of human feet attracted four times as many mosquitoes as a human volunteer, said Dr. Fredros Okumu, the head of the research project at Tanzania’s Ifakara Health Institute. Mosquitoes who fly into the trap are then poisoned.

This is a big deal because according to the World Heath Org there are 3.3 Billion people at risk of malaria infection. Of those, 250 Million malaria cases occur per year and about 1 Million deaths result from it.

Medical, Science

Home Depot’s Latest Small Wind Deal

Green Power

CNET blogger Candace Lombardi alerts us to the fact that Home Depot has a new Wind Power turbine available for installation on your personal property. The unit is called the Skystream 3.7 Personal Wind Turbine by Southwest Windpower and costs between $15-20,000 (includes installation).

This is a nice “little” unit to tell the truth. The rotor diameter is 12 feet, produces power at 8mph wind (3.5m/s), can generate as much as 400kWh/month and has a wireless monitoring system so you can view the health of the system from the house.

Of course, before you venture down this path the first thing you should do is check out their free wind energy assessment for your property. You could do the quick and dirty self assessment by examining a wind map for your region. It seems my locale is a “Poor Resource Potential” based on my property’s location, which is just as well because I don’t think our Home Owner’s Association would take kindly to me erecting a 30-40ft tower in the backyard. :-)

  – View the spec page on the Skystream 3.7.

  – Download and read the Spec Sheet (pdf).

Disclosure: I’m very bullish on the Alternative Energy sector and I invest in this area as well (PWND, Wind Energy ETF). Even though my results in the last year have not faired well due to some heavy hitters giving up hope, I shall continue to believe. :-)


Green / Eco Friendly