Everything you need to know about the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X

Apple has taken the wraps off its latest generation of iPhones in the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X — and they didn’t disappoint during Tuesday's grand reveal.

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Everything you need to know about the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X

All three phones come with the new A11 Bionic chip for faster processing than ever before. As the names suggest, the iPhone 8 is the entry model featuring a single rear camera and a usual build you'd expect for an iPhone and a 4.7-inch Retina HD display.

The iPhone 8 Plus steps this up a notch a 5.5-inch Retina HD display, 12MP dual rear cameras and Qi wireless charging.

But the new anniversary edition iPhone X stole the show. This features Apple’s first iPhone OLED display. This is a 5.8-inch Super Retina screen, meaning a resolution of 2436 x 1125 for 458ppi. There’s HDR on this display with Dolby Vision and HDR10 support, a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, high color accuracy, 3D Touch and True Tone. All with that edge to edge bezel-free finish and lack of home button and, of course, Qi wireless charging.

But it’s the facial recognition smarts of the iPhone X that stands it apart. This is called Face ID and makes unlocking the phone easier than ever. While Touch ID has a one in 50,000 chance of someone being able to unlock it, the Face ID is one in a million chance. This is thanks to a host of front-facing camera and sensor smarts including an infrared sensor, dot projector, flood illuminator and more. All that means this will even work in the dark. But it’s not just about security.

Those facial recognition smarts can also be used for the new Animojis. These are, as you may have guessed, animated emojis that move as your face does, but looking like a fox, for example. Fun, right?

All this and the iPhone X manages to offer two hours more battery life than the iPhone 7 also.

The new iPhones will be available on September 22. The iPhone 8 starts at $699 while the iPhone 8 Plus starts at $799 and the iPhone X starts at a whopping $999. You can pre-order the new iPhones starting Friday, September 15 at 12:01 a.m. PT.

Apple's shares climbed as high as $163.75 in the early afternoon, when CEO Tim Cook began his presentation, but dipped to $160.82 and finished in the red for the day. 

Password security has dramatically changed: Are you safe?

Password security has dramatically changed: Are you safe?
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The old fashioned way of keeping yourself secure online was to use a set of recommendations you probably didn’t even know you were following.

That classic tip to use numbers and capital letters in your password and changing it every 90 days to make it more secure is no longer top of the advice list. Yup, you might not currently be as safe as you should be.

The old guidelines for password security were laid out by NIST in a document with the catchy name “NIST Special Publication 800-63. Appendix A.”

The problem with these guidelines is that people don’t generally change much on their password if and when they update every 90 days. Perhaps a letter or two gets changed and a capital “A” becomes a “4”. It turns out that when a brute force attack happens all these tactics don’t much help. So a new set of rules have been issued.

The new guidelines may be more secure but they sure haven’t upgraded on naming skills with this set dubbed “NIST Special Publication 800-63B. Digital Identity Guidelines.” Before you nod off we’ll let you know what you need to be safe, in a more straight forward way, so you can stay secure.

Basically now the thing to do, apparently, is to use multi-factor authentication. So on your phone that means not only unlocking using your fingerprint but then also requiring a password to log into your banking app. So far, so secure, right? Some also say that using a sentence as a password, rather than a single word, can help.

Essentially the more hassle to get in and the greater number of security layers, the more secure you’ll be. So patience also appears to be a part of this security puzzle, it seems.