The American muscle car that wirelessly charges your phone while doing donuts

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With a 455-horsepower V8 engine, Chevy’s 2016 Camaro SS is definitely an American muscle car, but can it wirelessly charge a smartphone while doing donuts? Mashable‘s Transportation Reporter Nick Jaynes jumped into Chevy’s new beast to find out.

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11 hidden features in Android 6.0 Marshmallow

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Every release of Android brings with it improvements and fixes, many of which make your phone more secure from hackers and add new, useful features. Some are easy to spot and others not so much

Though Android N is on the horizon, that doesn’t mean Android 6.0 Marshmallow is on its way out. If you still haven’t updated to Marshmallow (assuming your device supports it), now is as good a time as ever.

With our help, you’ll be able to unlock more from your Android phone running Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Here are 11 hidden features in Google’s latest mobile operating system you may not have known about. Read more…

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The Apple Watch: Year One

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This week was the official one-year anniversary of the Apple Watch. I’ve owned one for almost all of that time, and — like many tech journalists and gadget commentators — I believe it’s worth reflecting on what the Apple Watch has meant to the tech world, the wearables category, and Apple.

I didn’t actually get my Apple Watch until May 5. The reasons for that 11-day delay have to do with poor band choices and a a big chunk of FOMO, but 51 weeks is still enough time to write a reflective analysis.

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A lot of us thought apps would end up making or breaking the Apple Watch. A year later, I have to admit that I use very few non-native apps on the Apple Watch. Read more…

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Chevy's Camaro SS can wirelessly charge a phone… while doing donuts

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The Camaro nameplate is about a synonymous with American muscle as NASA is with space travel and the Twinkie is with indestructibility.

With the sixth-generation Camaro, though, Chevy has massaged more into the iconic pony car than just burliness. Chevy furnished it with lots of technology, too.

To underscore that point, here are just a few tech treats offered on the SS: It can be a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to seven devices. It can run Apple CarPlay on its 8-inch touchscreen display. And, of course, it also includes an inductive wireless charging mat for your smartphoneWhat’s more, that list doesn’t begin to touch on the performance technology available in the Camaro SS as well.  Read more…

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9 special experiences to share with long-distance moms

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If you’ll be far away from mom this Mother’s Day, fear not. You can still give her a special experience from afar.

Go beyond the “Have a good one!” phone call and plan a fun day with your mom, with a little help from technology. 

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Just like picking out any other gift or experience, think about what your mom would appreciate in particular. Everyone is different, so do whatever you think she’d like best. After all, she’s your mom. 

1. Choose a great gift.

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A popular toymaker's website is giving visitors ransomware

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Ransomware, a type of malware that holds your computer hostage until you pay a certain amount of money, seems to be getting more popular since it sprouted up in large-scale form in 2013.

The website of Maisto International, a toymaker that primarily sells model vehicles and remote control vehicles, is playing host to some ransomware, Malwarebytes wrote Thursday. On the maisto.com homepage, malicious files can download themselves onto visitors’ computers via something called Angler.

Angler is a type of exploit toolkit that installs malicious files on your computer. In this case, the Angler kit is infecting computers with CryptXXX, a ransomware that encrypts users’ files, offering to unlock them for a fee. Read more…

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