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Using the Pizza Hut mobile app to... ask for someone to call 911

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Apps | Posted: 22 mins ago

Cheryl Treadway, 25, reportedly used the Pizza Hut mobile app to alert police when her boyfriend, Ethan Nickerson, 26, allegedly held Treadway and her three young children hostage.

 

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"She told him, 'The kids are hungry. Let's order a pizza. Let's get them some food,'" said Nell Hays, Public Information Officer at the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, as reported by ABC News. In addition to placing an order, she submitted the following message: "Please help. Get 911 to me. 911hostage help!"

 

Once the app order was received by Pizza Hut, employees contacted the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, and police were immediately dispatched to the house. Treadway managed to take one child and flee the residence, and police convinced Nickerson to surrender.

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Lenovo criticized yet again for a major security vulnerability

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: 50 mins ago

Lenovo, the No. 1 PC manufacturer based on units sold, is being accused of a "massive security risk" that allows hackers to utilize a man-in-the-middle attack to download malware onto victims' systems. Security researchers at IOActive say the vulnerability allows hackers to download malware or hijack the systems themselves.

 

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The flaw takes aim at ThinkPad, ThinkStation and ThinkCenter products, and B, E, K, and V-series models. Lenovo was first alerted to the issue in February, and was given time to release a patch - which was made available last month - before IOActive shared the news publicly.

 

"An attacker can create a fake [certificate authority] and use it to create a code-signing certificate, which can then be used to sign executables," according to the advisory. "Since the System Update failed to properly validate the certificate authority, the System Update will accept the executables signed by the fake certificate and execute them as a privileged user."

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EA CEO is 'very happy' with Battlefield Hardline sales figures

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 11 mins ago

Electronic Arts is reportedly "very happy" with Battlefield Hardline sales, according to CEO Andrew Wilson while speaking during a recent earnings call. EA didn't disclose how many copies of the game were sold since its March 17 release date, with the title available for the PC, Sony PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

 

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Even though exact sales figures weren't released, it was announced that 80 percent of Hardline sales were for the PS4 and Xbox One.

 

"We're very happy with how well the game has sold to date, and more importantly, that we've brought many new fans into the Battlefield universe," Wilson noted.

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Swatch plans to release long-life battery for smartwatches in 2016

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 hours, 13 mins ago

Swatch CEO Nick Hayek says his company is developing a long-life battery that can be used for smartwatches and will be ready in 2016, according to Swiss weekly newspaper Handelszeitung. Smartwatches draw the most attention to the growing wearables market, but battery life continues to be a major fight for manufacturers developing wrist-worn smart technology.

 

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"Whoever brings a battery for a smartwatch to the market that you don't need to charge for six months has a competitive advantage," Hayek said in a statement to Reuters. "We're working intensively on this problem with our research group Belenos and battery producer Renata."

 

The company also said its battery won't just be for smartwatches, but could be used in vehicles: "Next year we will come to the market with a revolutionary battery, not only for watches but also for automobiles."

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Oculus says don't shut the door of Oculus Rift on game consoles

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 2 hours, 50 mins ago

If you thought the Oculus Rift was only for PCs and not consoles, then you should think again. During TechCrunch Disrupt, Oculus VR officials noted there have been discussions to one day bring VR to the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One game consoles.

 

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"We've talked to everyone," said Nate Mitchell, VP of Oculus VR, when asked if his company has spoken with Microsoft or Sony regarding the VR headset for game consoles. "There's a lot of people right now interested in the VR space. And we've said many times that we're interested in bringing the Rift to as many consoles or platforms as possible. Ultimately, we haven't announced any sorts of partnerships to date. But it's something we're always exploring."

 

Microsoft is developing HoloLens and Sony has its Project Morpheus, so it's unknown how receptive either company would be to Oculus VR. However, the Oculus Rift remains the best known VR headset, so it may not be a wise decision to shut it out completely in the future.

Google mobile devices searches top desktops for the first time

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 2 hours, 57 mins ago

Mobile search is taking over, with Google searches taking place on smartphones and other mobile devices more than on computers in 10 countries, according to Google.

 

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Just the United States and Japan were listed, with Google declining to publicly list the other countries - but confirmed the metrics include mobile browser-based searches and Google search apps combined. Google and other search companies are anxious to find relevant ways to cash in on mobile users, with Google relying on AdWords to help generate revenue.

 

As more users begin to embrace mobile, Google says ad prices are beginning to climb, with advertisers understanding the need to immediately connect with mobile users.

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Save 80% on Two Years of Lightning-Fast Internet

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Speedify lets you upload, download, stream, and browse using the combined speed of all of your internet connections, so you'll get fast, reliable access wherever you are-no dropped file transfers and no buffering. You can even access geo-blocked content and adjust your settings so that you only use the more expensive connections (like 4G) when necessary.

 

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Oculus Rift CV1 to be released in Q1 2016

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: 7 hours, 55 mins ago

Since the Oculus Rift hit Kickstarter the world has been wondering when the CV1 (Consumer Version 1) would be released to the public. Well, now we know: Q1 2016.

 

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Oculus VR announced the news just now, with the hardware on the final version, as well as its price, still unknown. However, the company did say: "The Oculus Rift builds on the presence, immersion, and comfort of the Crescent Bay prototype with an improved tracking system that supports both seated and standing experiences, as well as updated ergonomics for a more natural fit, and a highly refined industrial design".

 

The teasing continues: "In the weeks ahead, we'll be revealing the details around hardware, software, input, and many of our unannounced made-for-VR games and experiences coming to the Rift. Next week, we'll share more of the technical specifications here on the Oculus blog".

EA expects to sell at least 9-10M copies of Star Wars: Battlefront

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 56 mins ago

Electronic Arts expects to sell a minimum of 9-10 million copies of Star Wars: Battlefront during its first fiscal year once it's released on November 17, according to EA CFO Blake Jorgensen. The game will launch for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and PC - and will ship right out of the gate with 12 multiplayer maps.

 

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Star Wars: Battlefront is a major title launch that will be just in time for the holidays, and there is little room for error. The company says it has learned from its mistakes related to a rocky launch of Battlefield 4, and doesn't believe those issues will be repeated this time around.

 

"We learned a lot coming out of Battlefield 4," Jorgensen said during a quarterly investor call. "We've launched a lot of large-scale titles on our infrastructure [since BF4], like Dragon Age: Inquisition and Battlefield Hardline... we've been making significant investments into core infrastructure in security and stability."

EA reports positive Q4 FY15 and full year FY15 financial results

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 30 mins ago

Claiming their profits are due to "putting our players first," Electronic Arts (EA) has published a strong Financial Year 2015 report and full year 2015 report.

 

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Involving a fiscal year ranking as the number one publisher on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One platforms, they boasted over 30 million game sessions of Battlefield Hardline played in the fourth quarter alone.

 

As far as income is concerned, EA reported a Q4 net revenue of $896 million (above guidance of $830 million) and a diluted earnings per share of $0.39 compared to the expected $0.22. They also reported a 2016 fiscal net revenue of $4.4 billion, projecting a negative $250 million result due to foreign exchange rates.

 

Alongside this news was a mobile revenue record for EA, coming in at $524 million for the fiscal year.

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