Paid all your taxes? Maybe got a sweet, sweet refund check? Why not celebrate by reading about video games?
This week we've got March NPD sales figures (hint: it's not looking great for Microsoft), Firaxis is making a new Alpha Centauri Civilization game set in space, and Snoop Dogg is in Call of Duty. Fo' rizzle.Kizzle Streak
Another week, another crazy piece of Call of Duty DLC. This time, Snoop Dogg. Snoop Lion. Snoopzilla. The artist formerly (and maybe currently?) known as Snoop Dogg.
No, unfortunately you don't get to play as a gun-wielding Snoop. You do, however, get to buy his announcer pack, where he says things like "Squad member active. That's what's up." Call of Duty is reaching peak dumb and I love it.
Twitter announced that it is putting its MoPub acquisition to use by enabling Twitter marketers to promote and distribute mobile apps. There is a potential opportunity there, though, for attackers to exploit the system if users become conditioned to download apps from their Twitter feed without thinking.
At face value, the move seems a good one for companies that market through the social media platform. According to a blog post from Twitter, the MoPub Marketplace reaches over a billion unique devices and serves over 130 billion ads within Android and iOS apps every month. Now, MoPub Marketplace advertisers will be able to simultaneously market to 241 million active Twitter users.
Security researchers have found that many satellite communication systems have vulnerabilities and design flaws that can let remote attackers intercept, manipulate, block and in some cases take full control of critical communications.
Between October and December last year, researchers from IOActive analyzed the firmware of popular satellite communications (SATCOM) devices that are used in the military, aerospace, maritime, critical infrastructure and other sectors. The research covered products manufactured or marketed by Harris, Hughes Network Systems, Cobham, Thuraya Telecommunications, Japan Radio Company (JRC) and Iridium Communications. The analysis focused on SATCOM terminals that are used on ground, in the air and at sea, not satellite communications equipment in space.
Microsoft recently rolled out a new feature for Bing designed to make the search engine more personal by delivering useful updates to the Bing homepage based on your interests. You can get updates for news, weather, and traffic so you'll know what to expect on your commute as well as what Mother Nature has in store for the day.
The new feature precedes the launch of Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1, a Siri/Google Now-like digital personal assistant.
Ubuntu 14.04 'Trusty Tahr' has arrived, a mere week after the death of Windows XP, complete with improved high-DPI display and tablet capabilities. Publicly available downloads of the latest version of Ubuntu started on Wednesday and is Canonical's latest Long-Term Support (LTS) version.
As its name implies, LTS versions of Ubuntu receive support updates for five years instead of the typical nine months. LTS versions are designed with enterprises in mind, focusing less on new features and more on stability. That's also good news for users, as fresh Ubuntu releases can sometimes be particularly unstable and painful to use.
Twitter?s new mobile advertising suite lets companies pitch their mobile apps in promoted tweets or place ads inside other apps.
The suite combines Twitter Cards, a feature that automatically adds Google Play and App Store links to tweets, and Promoted Tweets, sponsored tweets that appear in people?s timelines. Users will be able to download apps directly from their timelines, Twitter said Thursday.