Author Archives: Adam Westlake


Lizard Squad teen admits guilt in 23 charges of swatting, harassment

Lizard Squad teen admits guilt in 23 charges of swatting, harassment

A 17-year-old in Canada plead guilty in court this week to 23 criminal charges of harassment, including swatting and extortion, mostly aimed at young women who played the online game League of Legends. The British Columbia resident describes himself as being a member of the hacking group Lizard Squad, and admitted to a number of swatting incidents that targeted victims in Tucson, Arizona and Florida, among other US cities.

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Firefox for iOS begins accepting beta testers

Firefox for iOS begins accepting beta testers

Firefox may have given up its title of "most popular desktop browser" some time ago to Chrome, but hasn't stopped Mozilla from working on the long-awaited iOS app. And it's likely there's plenty of Firefox users who've been looking forward to said app for some time. Their wait may soon come to an end, as Mozilla now seems to be looking for testers to take part in a limited beta.

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This iPhone 5C saved its owner from a shotgun blast

This iPhone 5C saved its owner from a shotgun blast

There is a growing trend of YouTube videos where recently released mobile devices, like new iPhones and Samsung Galaxies, get shot by weapons such as sniper rifles and shotguns, all while being filmed with precision cameras, allowing us to see the phones break and shatter in super-detailed slow motion. This iPhone 5C might resemble something from those videos, but it wasn't shot for the sake of entertainment. No, it was shot by someone who was trying to murder the owner.

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Supergirl pilot leaks online, 6 months before TV debut

Supergirl pilot leaks online, 6 months before TV debut

Those who are fans of the comic book hero Supergirl, and are looking forward to the pilot of the new TV series this fall now have a chance to skip the summer wait. A full six months before it's scheduled to air on CBS this November, the first episode of Supergirl has been leaked to torrent websites. The show will tell the story of 24-year-old alien Kara Zor-El and how she escaped from the planet Krypton, eventually coming to Earth and learning to use her super powers.

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Apple Watch users find latest update is affecting heart rate monitor

Apple Watch users find latest update is affecting heart rate monitor

On Tuesday of this week, Apple released the first update for Apple Watch, bringing the OS up to version 1.0.1. The patch was intended to improve both Siri and the performance of third-party apps, as well as fix a number of security issues. Unfortunately, the update has also had adverse effects on the Watch's heart rate sensor for more than a few users. Watch owners on both Apple's support forums and MacRumors' message boards have posted that their heart rate reading are being taken at infrequent intervals, as opposed to every 10 minutes.

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HBO’s Game of Thrones continues to smash piracy records

HBO’s Game of Thrones continues to smash piracy records

HBO seems to have one of the best problems that a television network could have. Their mega hit Game of Thrones continues to break internet piracy records, and the show gets more viewers from illicit methods than many other TV shows get legitimately. It must be some form of a compliment when fans of the show who don't have HBO will do anything they can to catch the latest episode. And in fact it's the latest episode that once has once again set a new piracy record.

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Google’s Hangouts for Chrome updated with slick new design

Google’s Hangouts for Chrome updated with slick new design

Good news if you use Google's messaging app Hangouts on your desktop! The company pushed out a new interface design for the Chrome app, featuring the now commonplace Material Design aesthetic that debuted with Android Lollipop. The app now better matches the mobile versions on Android and iOS, and is all-around more pleasing to the eye. The update is available for Chrome users on Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome OS, however those last three operating systems will require users to go to the settings menu and choose "Disable transparent UI."

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Microsoft tipped to buy Wunderlist developers 6wunderkinder

Microsoft tipped to buy Wunderlist developers 6wunderkinder

Rumor has it that Microsoft is going to continue its recent trend of buying out popular apps focused on organization and work-related tasks, this time by acquiring 6wunderkinder, the developers behind the popular to-do list/task-management app Wunderlist. This information comes from an anonymous source, but lending a bit of credibility to the idea is the fact that just this week Wunderlist announced a new feature that brings integration with Sunrise, a calendar app that was purchased by Microsoft in February.

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eBay considering loyalty subscription service to rival Amazon Prime

eBay considering loyalty subscription service to rival Amazon Prime

Ever since Amazon first launched its Prime subscription service it is has grown in popularity, starting out as unlimited quick delivery and expanding into the media content we see today. Well, eBay is looking into a similar subscription-based loyalty plan, taking on Amazon in the fast, free shipping area. Called eBay+, the company is already testing the service on a limited basis in parts of Germany, with plans to launch nation-wide by the end of the year. eBay buyers who become subscribers pay a yearly fee in exchange for free shipping and returns on all items they purchase.

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YouTube now supports 60fps live gameplay streaming

YouTube now supports 60fps live gameplay streaming

Gamers who enjoy viewing high quality gameplay footage on YouTube will be pleased to hear the video site is now supporting 60 frames-per-second for live streaming. It was only last October when YouTube began offing 60fps playback of videos that had been uploaded, allowing Call of Duty fans to watch buttery smooth footage. To make the jump to including gameplay being live streamed in only seven months is quite impressive.

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