Mobile & Technology

Garmin services go offline following suspected ransomware attack

Garmin is experiencing a widespread outage affecting its website, apps, Connect data-syncing platform and other services, the company has announced on Twitter. The issue has even affected its call centers, preventing the company from receiving any calls, emails or online messages. While the company says it’s working to resolve the issue, it didn’t reveal the reason behind the outage. According to ZDNet, though, Garmin had to shut down everything for a few days to deal with the aftermath of a ransomware attack that left its internal network encrypted.

The runners, cyclists and other health enthusiasts relying on Connect aren’t the only ones feeling the outage’s impact,

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The SodaStream Fizzi is my go-to kitchen accessory

The SodaStream Fizzi is an at-home carbonator that allows you to turn plain water into seltzer water. It comes in a box that includes the main unit, a CO2 cylinder and a one-liter plastic bottle.

Although the initial investment in a SodaStream is more expensive than buying a pack of cans, it comes with some benefits you can’t get with a 12-pack.

The compact device eliminates the hassle of lugging heavy boxes from the store to your home. It can also save you from tossing disposable containers in the trash, making it an environmentally-friendly option.

Instead of using batteries or electricity to function, the Fizzi operates with the push of a button that releases carbonation from a CO2 cylinder into your drink. The cylinder is designed to make up to 60 liters of sparkling water and can be easily replaced when it runs out.

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As junior college basketball moves to January hope is dwindling the NCAA season will start on time

The National Junior College Athletic Association announced Monday that it will not conduct any “close-contact” sports — like football and basketball — in the fall semester. Instead, the NJCAA’s new plan is to start basketball season in January and football season in March. And though this isn’t necessarily a sign of what’s to come at the Division I level, it sure feels like it could be as COVID-19 cases continue to spike in a way that makes playing college sports in the United States any time soon difficult bordering on impossible.

In short, things are not going well.

The Big Ten and Pac-12 have already announced they will not play non-league football games this fall, and more power conferences are expected to eventually do the same (if they even play football at all in the fall, which is obviously in question). Meantime, few people outside of college basketball are

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Worried Alexa is spying on you? This $99 gadget will stop it from listening

Earlier this year, we had the Paranoid. Now, it’s the Alexagate. Both are devices that disable the microphones on Alexa or Google Home devices, adding more cost to your smart-home convenience in the name of privacy.

The Alexagate, like the Paranoid Home Wave, clamps onto your Amazon Echo device and jams the microphone by emitting loud ultrasonic sounds, out of range of human hearing but perhaps not your dog’s. However, at $99, the Alexagate costs twice as much as any of the three $49 Paranoid devices, as well as the Echo Dot

That may be because, like the Clapper of infomercials past, the Alexagate can be toggled off and on by three loud claps. So if you want Alexa to dim the lights or open the door, just clap three times and voila! — Amazon’s voice assistant can start listening to you again. 

Or, you can just

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Giannis or LeBron? MVP debate shouldn’t be about age

James Harden’s whereabouts were finally revealed, but the mystery was hardly solved. Just before midnight on Tuesday, the 2017-18 MVP entered the NBA bubble in Orlando, joining the hundreds of NBA players already on location for the resumption of the 2019-20 season. 

The public knew this bit of information solely because the Houston Rockets’ official Twitter feed posted a video of the Rockets star walking into the Disney property, paired with the caption, “The Beard has arrived!”

Other than that, Harden’s trip to Orlando was kept secret.

This was big news. The NBA’s leading scorer hadn’t been seen from, or heard from, in several days as his team practiced in Orlando without him. Rumors explaining the superstar’s absence swirled on the internet and ran throughout the insider gossip mill around league circles.

Reporters tried to get to the bottom of it. The Rockets had touched down in Orlando four days

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Dribble handoff: Who will be college basketball’s player of the year in the 2020-21 season?

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College basketball has seen plenty of repeat champions recently with North Carolina, Duke, Villanova, and UConn each winning two of the last 11 NCAA Tournament titles. Name brand programs Louisville, Kentucky, Villanova and Virginia filled in the gaps over that span.

But when it comes to another measurement of college basketball success — producing national player of the year winners — parity is more prevalent. The last 11 Naismith College Player of the Year winners are all from different schools, and a couple of them came from mid-major programs.

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette won the honor in 2011, and Dayton’s Obi Toppin exploded onto the national scene to earn the award last season. Can you guess which program most recently produced two Naismith award winners? It wasn’t Duke, Kentucky, North Carolina or Villanova.

It was Oklahoma, with

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