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Kaspersky tool decrypts files locked by ransomware

Kaspersky tool decrypts files locked by ransomware

Kaspersky is a security company that has teamed up with the Dutch police National High Tech Crime Unit (NHTCU) to offer a tool with the goal of unencrypting files that are encrypted by ransomware. The free tool will unlock files that are encrypted by the ransomware CoinVault. CoinVault is a piece of software that has been going around since November of last year.

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iOS 8.4 revamps Apple’s Music app, and the changes are “beautiful”

iOS 8.4 revamps Apple’s Music app, and the changes are “beautiful”

Apple has pushed out the iOS 8.4 beta update, and chief among its features is a revamped Music app, one that Apple touts as being "beautiful" and, of course, easier to use than the previous version without sacrificing functionality. The new Music app design is complemented by several new features that round out the user experience, including “streamlined” use of iTunes Radio, making it easier to go back to favorite stations and to choose from existing curated Featured offerings.

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Final Cut X, Motion, Compressor apps updated with 3D in mind

Final Cut X, Motion, Compressor apps updated with 3D in mind

Editing film via OS X is dead simple with iMovie, but some need more than Apple’s core software can provide. For that, there’s Final Cut Pro X, Apple’s more robust (and expensive) video editing software. Today, the company is announcing some upgrades to the software, which should make ‘prosumers’ quite happy. With version 10.2, Final Cut Pro X has some flashy new 3D titles, and updates to the Motion and Compressor software make using all three a much richer experience.

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Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

Google’s Trusted Voice smart lock for Android rolling out now

For those of you with a Nexus device, prepare yourself - you may be able to unlock your phone with your voice by the end of the week. This will come as a part of the newest update to Google Play Services 7.0 and Android 5.1 Lollipop, and it'll be appearing in your Smart Lock section of security in standard Settings in Android. This newest unlock will appear alongside Trusted Devices (like Android Wear devices), Trusted Places, Trusted Face, and On-body Detection. This update will eventually be released to all devices - provided their manufacturer gives the thumbs-up in due course.

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Sony teams with IFTTT for wearables

Sony teams with IFTTT for wearables

If you weren't already tracking your fitness bits and pieces with Sony devices, IFTTT might just be aiming to push you over the edge this morning. Working with Sony to release a new channel for Sony Lifelog, IFTTT delivers this morning a number of recipes that aim to jam as much functionality as possible into your collection of Sony wearables and Xperia-based fitness tracking. These recipes are made by the official SonyMobile IFTTT account, suggesting Sony is taking the If This Then That community quite seriously.

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BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom web browser gets beta release

BitTorrent’s Project Maelstrom web browser gets beta release

In the game of desktop web browsers these days, you have to be different to hope to stand a chance against the big guys. And that's exactly what BitTorrent is attempting with their browser software, dubbed Project Maelstrom. What makes it different? Instead of getting data from centralized servers, websites can be delivered via peer-to-peer connections, just like how that new Hollywood movie gets passed around so quickly. While the browser was in alpha only a few months ago, a beta is now available to download for Windows PC users.

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GTA V PC release Monday: what you’ll need to get started

GTA V PC release Monday: what you’ll need to get started

The release of Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC is almost over. We'll have a full review for you sometime later next week, but before then you might want to dive in on the details coming before the game becomes available. Availability begins on Monday at 12:01 AM - if you're lucky - and it'll be ready and willing to run at 4K if you've got the gear. Whether you plan on dropping in early with a pre-order or order on Monday, or you're planning on waiting for full-fledged reviews, here's what you're going to need.

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HTC reportedly pushing software update for One M9 camera

HTC reportedly pushing software update for One M9 camera

The HTC One M9 has left most who have their hands on it torn. It’s a very nice phone, and a solid upgrade over the One M8. Still, we were all somehow expecting more. HTC also ditched their ho-hum Ultrapixel tech in favor of more megapixels — 20 of them, to be precise. Even that left most scratching their heads as they were unable to get consistently good results from the smartphone shooter. It seems HTC has an update coming, though — one that will remedy the camera issues.

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DARPA’s latest program will create evolving Skynet-like software

DARPA’s latest program will create evolving Skynet-like software

DARPA has some new plans up its sleeve, and they sound uncomfortably similar to SKYNET. Building Resource Adaptive Software Systems (BRASS) is the program, and it involves building software systems able to both survive for more than a century and adapt as needed to facilitate that — essentially, DARPA wants to create software able to recognize changes in a related ecosystem and “safely and dynamically incorporate optimized, tailored algorithms and implementations” in response.

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Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator update brings Mandarin, Italian

Skype Translator, that wonderful science fiction-like tool that allows people to talk in real-time in two different languages, has been updated, and with that update it is now a little bit smarter. The software has gained knowledge of how to understand and speak Mandarin and Italian, opening it up to more users who want to chat with foreign speakers in their own native language. This joins the two languages the Preview software kicked off with, English and Spanish.

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