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University of Calgary pays $20k for ransomware decryption keys

University of Calgary pays $20k for ransomware decryption keys

The University of Calgary was recently infected by ransomware that has affected the institution’s systems for the past ten days. As with other ransomware attacks, the university found some of its computers encrypted with demands for payment in order to decrypt the data. Though the university has been working on the matter for several days, it has ultimately had to pay approximately $20,000 CDN to get the decryption keys.

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Withings Body Cardio scale arrives with Pulse Wave Velocity tech

Withings Body Cardio scale arrives with Pulse Wave Velocity tech

Withings, now owned by Nokia, has introduced its new Body Cardio, a smart scale that is available through both Withings own website and Apple Stores. Withings boasts that its Body Cardio brings a technology that hasn’t otherwise been available in home scales: Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV). With this, the scale can take a measurement that helps indicate the state of one’s risk of “cardiovascular incidents,” hypertension, and overall cardiac health.

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‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ will spend one night in theaters

‘Batman: The Killing Joke’ will spend one night in theaters

Batman: The Killing Joke will be available in theaters for one night next month ahead of its Digital HD release. The theatrical release will be made in conjunction with Fathom Events, and will involve two showings at various theaters across the country. The showings will take place at 7:30 PM and 10 PM local time. The movie is animated and will be rated R, and is an adaption of a graphic novel with the same name by Alan Moore.

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LastPass extension for Edge available to Windows 10 Insiders

LastPass extension for Edge available to Windows 10 Insiders

LastPass, the password manager, is now available as an extension for Microsoft Edge browser. The extension is only available to Windows Insiders right now, but the company says it will be available to everyone later on this year. With it, Edge users can manage their passwords in the same way they could with the Chrome browser extension and other options. According to LastPass, the company is “working closely with the Microsoft team” to bring the extension to Edge.

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Adobe Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6 launch with bug fixes, new tool

Adobe Lightroom 6.6 and CC 2015.6 launch with bug fixes, new tool

Adobe has pushed out new versions of Lightroom and Lightroom CC, bringing them up to versions 6.6 and 2015.6, respectively. The new versions bring with them a bunch of fixes, camera and lens profile support, and more, as well as a new straightening tool called Guided Upright (for Lightroom CC specifically). The combination of new features and a new tool make for an overall solid update, one that is available now.

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LAPD picks BMW i3 for its 100-EV fleet

LAPD picks BMW i3 for its 100-EV fleet

The Los Angeles Police Department has decided to go with BMW over Tesla for its electric car plans, awarding BMW a contract for 100 EVs. All of those 100 vehicles will be provided in the form of the BMW i3, the maker’s all-electric model. Before awarding this contract, the LAPD was considering going with Tesla’s P90D electric car instead. Several factors may have pushed the LAPD to select BMW over Tesla.

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Belkin USB-C Car Charger powers your gadgets on the go

Belkin USB-C Car Charger powers your gadgets on the go

Gadgets that drop micro USB in favor of USB-C chargers are slowly growing in number, and that means all the charging cables you've amassed over the years won't do you much good. If you have, for example, the HTC 10, you're going to need a USB-C charger like the one Belkin introduced today. The new Belkin USB-C Car Charger is exactly what it sounds like, and it is available starting today for $44.99 USD.

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Airbnb just made booking easier for business travelers

Airbnb just made booking easier for business travelers

If you travel for business, staying in an Airbnb is a great way to enjoy the comforts of home, but getting that room booked can be a little tricky. Until now, you'd have to book the room yourself with a company card or go through the extra hassle of getting reimbursed. To ease all that is a newly introduced option called Business Travel Booking; with it, someone in a company, such as a manager, can book an Airbnb rental for other people in the company.

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Science says tall people are more productive at work

Science says tall people are more productive at work

Science has had a lot to say about being tall — studies have shown everything from higher potential earnings throughout one’s life to increased happiness and more. A new study has found that being tall may also be a sign that you’re more productive than your less-tall peers, something based on the long-term monitoring of more than 5300 men in Indonesia. Across a seven-year time span, researchers found that taller men were more productive than shorter peers, something they based on hourly earnings.

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Adidas shows off a pair of running shoes made from ocean plastics

Adidas shows off a pair of running shoes made from ocean plastics

Back in December, adidas and Parley for the Oceans detailed a running shoe made with ocean plastic. Now, half a year later, adidas has showcased a finished pair of those shoes, as well as providing pictures and details about the process used to create them. A bunch of work went into collecting, then cleaning and processing plastics found floating in the ocean, turning it into a type of teal green yarn.

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Vizio SmartCast sound bars bring Google Cast technology

Vizio SmartCast sound bars bring Google Cast technology

Vizio has announced a new sound bar series that includes Google Cast technology. The new products are called, most appropriately, Vizio SmartCast sound bars, and they range from 38-inches in length to 45-inches. A total of nine sound bars have been announced, with the lowest price coming in at $180 USD, and the highest at $500 USD. Even better, the full lineup is available for purchase now.

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Poppits toothpaste pods eliminate empty tube waste

Poppits toothpaste pods eliminate empty tube waste

Many people are becoming more conscious of how much waste they produce, and that awareness leads to a secondary issue: we realize how many things in life lack a less-wasteful alternative, and toothpaste is one such thing. Sure, you could concoct homemade (and therefore packaging-free) toothpaste at home out of baking soda and some other ingredients, but it's going to taste vile. The alternative? Possibly, if its crowdfunding campaign is successful, it'll be the Poppits toothpaste pods.

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