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Security researchers at Bitdefender have updated a decryption tool to deal with the latest version of GandCrab, a popular form of ransomware that its authors sold to clients on the dark web for a supposedly enormous profit. The decryption tool is free, and could potentially save a GandCrab victim from a major... Read more...
It was just another day for Boston Dynamics, the engineering and robotics design company that gets its jollies from pushing around its mechanical creations. There is a method to the madness—can these piles of metal and electronics maintain (or regain) their balance when shoved around or hit with a hockey stick? That's... Read more...
It's a sad tale of misfortune for the unsuspecting parents or relatives of kids who are given access to an account on a PC or game console that isn't properly locked down. Kids often have zero concept of money and don't realize that the virtual currency purchased in games like Fortnite costs real money. Kids are also... Read more...
The next generation of Playstation and Xbox consoles are at least a year away, but their developers are letting out a few key details about them. What do we know about the upcoming consoles? We will break down the interesting similarities and differences between the Playstation 5 and Project Scarlett/Xbox... Read more...
It appears that no one is safe from the hacking capabilities of Israeli security firm Cellebrite. Cellebrite is well-known in law enforcement circles for its lineup of hardware devices that are able to use brute force methods to hack smartphones and tablets. The company recently announced that it has the capability... Read more...
The current NVIDIA Shield TV has been around for quite some; we first reviewed the device way back in 2017. However, over the years, NVIDIA has consistently updated the media streamer with new software to keep it ahead of the pack when it comes to capabilities. In its current incarnation, the Shield TV pairs up with... Read more...
Right now the chipset that reins sumpreme in the high-end flagship smartphone performance department is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 SoC. Despite that chip still being quite new, there are already rumors of a next-gen chip coming that will bring even more performance to the table of course, as well as additional... Read more...
AMD has come out swinging with its Ryzen 3000 series of desktop processors, based on its Zen 2 architecture, and accompanying X570 chipset with PCI Express 4.0 support. Users will soon be able to build a burly PC based on the company's latest and most advanced technologies. But as intriguing as the announcements have... Read more...
Vacuuming up your home can seriously suck. It is no wonder that robot vacuums have taken off over the last few years. If you have been eyeing a robot vacuum for yourself or a loved one, now is the time to strike. You can currently nab the SHARK ION Robot Vacuum for $150 off on Amazon. The SHARK ION Robot vacuum is... Read more...
We haven't talked much about Google Drive and Google Photo over the last year. When we last spoke of Google Drive in 2017, Google Drive file stream was emerging to replace the Google Drive app for both Mac and PC users. In 2018, Google AR Core left beta and landed for Google Photos for Android and iOS. Google is now... Read more...
Fortnite continues to be an incredibly popular game with battle royale fans. The latest season of content has several Fortbyte collectibles, that when gathered each unlocks a portion of a scene believed to give a hint at the live event for this season. Some of the Fortbytes are tied to challenges in the game and can... Read more...
Researchers at Adobe and UC Berkeley are collaborating on a method to detect facial manipulations made to digital photos in Photoshop. While development is in the early stages, it is part of a broader effort across Adobe to better detect image, video, audio, and document manipulations in today's landscape of fake... Read more...
ThinkGeek, a website that we hit up on occasion for novelty items to soothe the geek's soul, is closing up shop. The company has an online presence at ThinkGeek.com and it also has 40 brick and mortar locations scattered across the United States. While the physical stores will remain open -- for now -- the website... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S10 family has only been on the market for a few months now, but there are already some pretty steep discounts rolling in for those that weren't eager to jump onboard shortly after launch. Best Buy is currently running a promotion that will get you $300 off the price of a Galaxy S10e, Galaxy S10 or... Read more...
Released around a year ago, the Galaxy Note 9 (shown above) is still an excellent smartphone, though technology moves at a frenetic pace. Both the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (US models) and Samsung's own Exynos 9810 (most international models) are last-generation processors, supplanted by the Snapdragon 855 and Exynos... Read more...
NVIDIA has something "SUPER" in store for gaming enthusiasts. The company first teased SUPER in the days leading up to Computex 2019, but made no announcements pertaining to this new branding. Over the past few weeks, reports have zeroed in on SUPER referring to a refresh of the GeForce RTX family that was first... Read more...
AMD officially announced its Ryzen 9 3950X enthusiast-class processor last night, and it is the highest-performing chip to ever grace the AM4 socket. The Ryzen 9 3950X has a total of 16 cores (32 threads) with a base clock of 3.5GHz and a boost clock of 4.7GHz. But of course, enthusiasts are never content with... Read more...
Huawei might be facing an uncertain financial future in the wake of a recent ban imposed by the US government, but that is no reason to turn people's phones into billboards. Yet that is exactly what it appears Huawei has done—many Huawei device owners report seeing Booking.com ads appear on their lock screens. It... Read more...
Has Starfleet boldly gone where no man has gone before? A dune that is shaped like the Star Trek logo has appeared on the surface of Mars. A picture of the dune was captured by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). The image was taken by the MRO’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. The... Read more...
There is further evidence to suggest that Microsoft is taking Windows 10 in a new direction of sorts, one in which the operating system will have modular components. This is not something that will present itself to typical users in an obvious manner, but it could change the way developers approach things, as well as... Read more...
Earlier this week, Google took the highly unusual move of responding to numerous leaks regarding its upcoming Pixel 4 flagship by posting an actual image of the smartphone. Google's actions left many enthusiasts with mouth agape, as most companies are reticent to acknowledge leaks pertaining to a major product... Read more...
Following the troubles Samsung has had in releasing its Galaxy Fold, a folding smartphone that proved to not be ready for prime time, rival Huawei has decided to delay the launch of its own folding Mate X. Huawei wants to perform some additional testing to ensure that its own version of the folding phone does not run... Read more...
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