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With massive security hacks now coming on what feels like a weekly basis, two-factor authentication has become a modern necessity. But, leave the country and getting that access code can become a lot more difficult than just waiting for a text. Here's what you need to know and do before your next trip.

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The likes of Apple, Google, Microsoft and other major figures in the smartphone industry have signed a pledge that will make it harder to steal mobile phones — from July 2015, at least. The pledge sees the companies promise to enable every smartphone user with the ability to remotely brick and wipe their phones when they're stolen.

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When you die, don't forget to include your Apple ID in your will. Because, if happen to bequeath any Apple devices to friends and family, they will be useless hunks of metal and glass without the secret word. At least, that's what we're left believing after a standoff between Apple and a dead mother's sons.

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This past Friday, Bloomberg TV anchor Matt Miller took an on-air opportunity to give the gift of Bitcoin to two of his fellow anchors during his "12 Days of Bitcoin" segment. And in a beautiful twist of karmic juistice for running such and absurd segment in the first place, every last digitally-invested cent was stolen immediately.

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Kim Williams is the now outgoing chief executive officer (CEO) of News Corp Australia. As the head of Australia's biggest content creator, Williams is no fan of piracy, and gave a speech last year asking legislators to invent tougher anti-piracy laws while damning the NBN as a piece of infrastructure that will enable the fastest theft of content in our nation's history. He resigned today, effective pretty much immediately, and as such its a good time to remind you of his legacy.

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Every sci-fi movie about inventions rising up to take over the world is built upon one unchangeable seed crystal: the moment when the technology does something its inventors never predicted. As The Verge reports, that's exactly what happened to Google engineers in 2010, with a truth-and-justice twist — Google's AdWords software exposed a Chinese car theft scam.

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Waving a gun around at a bank is so 10 years ago. With a little tech on their side, a squad of bank robbers based in New York City were able to snag a cool $US45 million in cash with nothing but some hacks and few old key cards that had ATMs across the city virtually printing money.

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You could use measuring tape to steal a can of Coke from a vending machine, but if you're a genius, why not just invent a freaking robot to do the dirty work for you? This guy did just that. He inserts his robot inside the vending machine and controls it to grab as many soft drink cans as possible. Awesome.