Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Designing an Italian icon, a mirrored hot air ballon, 3D-printed organs and plenty more inspiration and oddities

The Impending Death of the Password Thanks to companies like MobileIron, device passwords (believed to date back to the 1960s, thanks to an MIT time-shared computer) may be on their way out once and for all. Since most people use weak passwords for the majority of their logins and companies oftentimes offer flawed storage and security systems, the default security option isn’t the most intelligent …

What the A12X Bionic Chip Means For The All-New iPad Pro

Hands-on with a device faster than 92% of all portable PCs sold in the last 12 months

One of the more surprising announcements during Apple‘s recent, theatrical keynote (held, for the first time, in Brooklyn) pertained to the iPad Pro. As CEO Tim Cook mentioned, this is the most substantial overhaul to the iPad since the debut of the original. And this, of course, is visually evident in the updated design—including new rounded corners (smooth, yet angular) and the disappearance of the home-screen …

Computer Scientist and Visual Artist Jaron Lanier’s TED Talk

A philosopher for the digital generation on the urgent changes we must make online

One of the brightest minds in computer science, Jaron Lanier‘s titles and accomplishments are many. Whether you primarily consider him the founder of virtual reality, a visual artist, an author or philosopher, his ideas and their execution have long been revolutionary. Lanier took the stage in Vancouver for this year’s TED—and his talk, very much in the raw but sharp and poignant style of TED …