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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Need new luggage? Rolls-Royce will sell you this 6-piece set for $45,854

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What do you think the nickname for a Rolls-Royce roller bag might be? A “roller roller?” No, really, I am asking. You tell me.

On Friday, Rolls-Royce unveiled a six-piece luggage set made for jet-set Rolls-Royce owners who want to bring the elite elegance of their motorcar with them while they travel.

The $45,854 set isn’t just rebadged Louis Vuitton luggage; it was created specifically for Rolls-Royce.

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Just like the illustrious Rolls-Royce cars, the Grand Tourer piece of the luggage set includes self-righting wheel centers emblazoned with the double-R logo. That way, even if people don’t see you get out of your Rolls, they’ll know you have one. Read more…

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Joe Biden lost $10 betting a Cadillac was quicker than a Tesla

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It was old school versus new school. And new school won.

Vice President Joe Biden visited the Vatican recently, and, in true Biden form, he placed a bet before meeting with one of the Cardinals. You know, as good Catholics do.

Specifically, Biden bet a New York Times correspondent, Gardiner Harris, which was faster: a Cadillac or a Tesla. He relayed his loss to Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, at their meeting, according to a White House press pool report. 

Then Michael Memoli, a Los Angeles Times reporter, chimed in: Does that count as a confession sir? Biden was quick to respond. “I’m seeking absolution!” Read more…

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Leica's new crazy expensive digital camera doesn't have an LCD screen

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A digital camera with no LCD screen? Who the heck would buy such a camera in 2016?

That’s the question, Leica surely asked itself when it decided to create the M-D (Typ 262), its newest rangefinder-style digital camera, which doesn’t come with any kind of display on the back.

If you believe Leica’s spiel, a camera without a screen distills “photography in its purest form.” A screen, apparently distracts the photographer during the photographing process.

In other words, the M-D gives you a slower, more old school way of shooting more akin to shooting with a film camera. The photographer is forced to think about composition while looking through the viewfinder, adjust settings with the shutter speed dial on top and the ISO wheel on the back. Read more…

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Microsoft wants to connect all your favorite apps with Flow

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There are so many different apps, programs and services we use on a daily basis, or even a minute-by-minute basis. Navigating through all those different things, while important, can be annoying. Email, texts, Twitter, Slack, Google Drive and Dropbox are just a few examples, and being able to condense that list down would be a huge help.

Microsoft made Flow to do just that, allowing you to connect apps and services and automate portions of your workflow, easing the need to check each thing every minute to make sure you didn’t miss anything new. You can set up notifications across platforms, sync up folders in different programs or automate software approvals. Read more…

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What does Apple's first sales drop in 13 years mean?

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This week on MashTalk, we’re taking stock of all things Apple after its first “bad” quarter in 13 years. Will the iPhone 7 turn things around? Has Apple reached its ceiling?

Plus, we try to see what struggling Twitter can do to right the ship and look at another dominant earnings report from Facebook. Lastly, we wistfully pine over great gadgets we’ll never buy in a new segment titled “The Gadget Price Is Too Damn High.” 

Listen to the episode on iTunes or on Stitcher. You can also subscribe to MashTalk on iTunes by clicking the button below to get our latest episodes, instantly. If you like MashTalk, please fill out our audience survey. Read more…

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