Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


ADA sends out infected flash drives to 37,000 dentists

ADA sends out infected flash drives to 37,000 dentists

We all know that you need to be careful when clicking on any links in an email that seem questionable, even if they appear to be from someone that you know. The same thing goes for plugging in flash drives. And thousands of dental offices around the country are learning that that hard way, right now.

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Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death cost Microsoft $1 billion

Xbox 360’s Red Ring of Death cost Microsoft $1 billion

The Xbox 360 is perhaps one of my favorite consoles of all time. There were so many great games that I enjoyed on it, and nearly a decade later, I still have my trusty 360 that still gets used from time to time. Of course, I don't have my original launch 360. That device died long ago, as did many other of the originals. After all, the dreaded Red Ring of Death was a serious issue that lasted for years.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered screens show how far the game has come

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered screens show how far the game has come

If you ask most people what their favorite Call of Duty game is, there's one that you're probably going to hear more often than the rest. While the first few games were popular, Modern Warfare really set the standard for the series. So it's no surprise that this is the first title that Activision is completely remastering for the current generation of consoles. But how much better will it really look?

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Amazon Alexa will soon track down your keys with just a few words

Amazon Alexa will soon track down your keys with just a few words

We've all been there. You're in a hurry to get out the door, and you can't find your keys. You just saw them. They were on the counter, or was it your dresser? And it's in that moment that you think about attaching some device to your key ring that will let you find them, regardless of how well-hidden they might be. Well soon, Amazon might let you find your keys just by asking where they are, out loud.

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Dish Network will repair your iPhone, even if you’re not a subscriber

Dish Network will repair your iPhone, even if you’re not a subscriber

If someone from Dish Network shows up at your house, it's probably because you're getting your satellite TV service hooked up or repaired. Or maybe they're just trying to sell you service. But soon, they might be showing up to your house because you need your cell phone repaired.

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Google Keyboard update makes one-handed typing even easier

Google Keyboard update makes one-handed typing even easier

There are times when you're using your phone, and you just don't have two free hands to operate everything. If you need to occasionally use your Android phone with just one hand, you'll be happy to know that Google has recently released a huge update to their keyboard. And it's going to make your one-handed life a lot easier.

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WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

WhatsApp gets blocked in Brazil, because they can’t hand over chat logs

One of the big perks about using WhatsApp is the fact that the messages are encrypted. Since privacy has become a growing concern, more people are turning to encrypted methods of communication. Unfortunately, that's also why currently, no one in the country of Brazil can access the service.

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Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

Your fingerprint won’t protect your phone in court

After the San Bernardino iPhone debacle, the idea of unlocking smartphones has become a hot topic. These days, we store a lot of personal information on our phones. In fact, nearly every method of digital communication I use can be accessed on my phone, so I don't want anyone getting in there without my permission. And as it turns out, a court can now force you to unlock your phone for them.

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Best Buy to demo the Oculus Rift (they’ll be selling a few, too)

Best Buy to demo the Oculus Rift (they’ll be selling a few, too)

Within my circle of friends, I've become something of a herald of virtual reality. Since I've got a headset, I'm talking about it fairly often, and people will ask me about it. And while I've gotten pretty good at describing the experience, nothing I can say will do it justice. It's just something you have to experience for yourself. And soon, you'll be able to walk into a store and try it out.

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Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode gets put to the test

Tesla’s Bioweapon Defense Mode gets put to the test

The safety features on your car are there to protect you from all sorts of things. Primarily, they're designed to keep you as unharmed as possible when you face a collision. However, Tesla doesn't want to just protect you when you're involved in an accident, they want to keep the very air you breathe safe.

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GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

GeoOrbital Wheel adds an electric motor to your bike in 60 seconds

I enjoy riding my bike around town. I don't do it often enough, but when I do, it's nice to be able to travel around, get some breeze in my face, and just enjoy being outside. Of course, sometimes I just want to enjoy that without all of the hard work of pedaling up a big hill. There are two ways around that: I can either plan my route to avoid any hills, or I can get a little assistance.

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Mysterious ARG appears: What is the Order of 10?

Mysterious ARG appears: What is the Order of 10?

Have you ever heard a knock at your door, and found a package that you weren't expecting? When you review products for a living, that happens with some regularity. However, I've never opened up the box and still been puzzled by it. Today, I opened up a box to find a mysterious case, which only held further mysteries inside.

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