Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


TeslaCrypt ransomware creators apologize, release master decryption key

TeslaCrypt ransomware creators apologize, release master decryption key

Have you ever done something that you knew was bad, but did it anyway? And then later you felt really bad about it, and wanted to make up for what you did? Well that's exactly what happened to one group of ransomware makers.

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iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

iPhones now require a passcode to be entered once every six days

One of my favorite features to come to the iPhone was the fingerprint reader. I've had laptops in the past with the feature, but I never really found myself using it very often. However, with a smartphone, it's so nice to just press and hold my finger for a second or two, rather than tapping in a passcode. A recent change to iOS means that you'll have to start using your passcode a little more often than before, though.

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2nd Generation Boosted skateboard gets a big boost

2nd Generation Boosted skateboard gets a big boost

Getting around has never been easier than it is today, and it's only going to get easier in the future. Self-driving cars and electric bicycles mean that you have to do less work to get from point A to B. Of course, sometimes you want to arrive in style, which is why the Boosted Board exists.

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Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google patents sticky hoods for self-driving cars

Google has been hard at work on their self-driving cars, but people still have a lot of questions about them. Some of the biggest questions revolve around what happens when one of the cars inevitably hits a pedestrian. Even the best driver (or computer driver) can't always avoid hitting someone, if they walk or run out in front of a car. Knowing this, Google has been hard at work trying to find ways to help mitigate the damage to someone struck by one of their cars. And their latest patent shows a bizarre method for doing it.

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LEGO reveals 2′ tall Big Ben Creator set

LEGO reveals 2′ tall Big Ben Creator set

When I was a kid, LEGO sets had a little bit of variety. I remember having your normal "City" sets, Space Police, and some kind of medieval line. While I enjoyed all of these, I usually chose to disassemble most of them and make my own creations. These days, it seems like everything under the sun has been made into a LEGO set. Today, we've got a look at a new Creator set, which will have you building a famous landmark with your tiny bricks.

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All World of Warcraft expansions are now free for all players

All World of Warcraft expansions are now free for all players

The next few months are looking to be good ones for Blizzard, and fans of their popular MMO, World of Warcraft. In June, Blizzard will release their first feature film, based on the franchise. Then in August, they'll be releasing the next expansion for the game, Legion.

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Netflix launches Fast, a simple online speed test

Netflix launches Fast, a simple online speed test

When I want to check on my internet speed at home, or anywhere else, I typically go to SpeedTest.net. The site has been around for years, and has never failed to give me the data that I’m looking for. However, the site can be a bit overwhelming for some people. And that’s why Netflix has decided to launch their own speed testing site, simply called Fast.

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Pal strap brings GPS to Pebble Time and Time Steel

Pal strap brings GPS to Pebble Time and Time Steel

When the original Pebble came out, it really kickstarted the smartwatch/wearables market. While their current generation of watches doesn't have all of the bells and whistles that you'll find on the Apple Watch and other competitors, they do have a trick up their sleeve. They included a special port that 3rd-party straps can use to add additional features to the devices.

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2012 Linkedin hack is back to haunt 117 million users

2012 Linkedin hack is back to haunt 117 million users

Remember way back in 2012, when Linkedin was hacked? It's been a few years, so if you don't remember, that's understandable. Back then, roughly 6.5 million users had their passwords shared online, thanks to a hacker that was able to obtain them. Thankfully, the released passwords didn't have the account email addresses listed with them, which meant that there were likely no unauthorized logins to the site.

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WhoApp lets you know who’s calling, before you answer

WhoApp lets you know who’s calling, before you answer

Whenever I get a phone call from a number I don't recognize, I do one of two things. If I'm already at my computer, I'll do a quick Google search to see if I can find some info on the caller before they go to voicemail. If I'm not at my computer, then I just don't bother answering it. However, a new app might just take all of the guesswork out of unknown callers.

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Fitbit comes to Nexus 5X and 6P, no wearable required

Fitbit comes to Nexus 5X and 6P, no wearable required

Fitbit is a company that's well-known for their line of fitness trackers. Despite the rise of smartwatches, Fitbit's devices are still very popular among fitness enthusiasts, and those who just generally want to get in shape. But what if I told you that you don't even need one of their devices, to get many of their features?

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Speck launches Pocket-VR viewer for iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Speck launches Pocket-VR viewer for iPhone 6/6s and Galaxy S7

Google Cardboard is among the easiest and cheapest ways to get in on the virtual reality craze. unfortunately, it's not the sort of thing that you'll want to carry around with you. It's big, bulky, and not exactly made of the finest materials known to man. That's why Speck has launched their own VR adapter for your phone. And it's small enough that you can carry it almost anywhere.

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