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EA’s Star Wars Battlefront falls victim to 4chan trolls

EA’s Star Wars Battlefront falls victim to 4chan trolls

Star Wars. It's a popular franchise, incase you didn't know, adored by millions of fans around the world. Among those fans are a large number of people who also love video games, and the Star Wars Battlefront game series has a special place in their heart. That's why the new, upcoming Star Wars Battlefront from publisher EA has stirred up controversy among some loyal fans, who argue the new game is sorely lacking features the last entry, released in 2005, had. That why the infamous trolls at imageboard site 4chan have taken to domain squatting to show EA what's what.

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Adblock Plus launches browser for Android

Adblock Plus launches browser for Android

Adblock Plus, the beloved plugin that de-clutters our browsers from banners and other ads, now does exactly the same on Android-based smartphones with its own browser. Dubbed Adblock Browser, the app is still in beta, which anyone can sign up to join, and is based on the open source version of Firefox for Android. With Adblock's new solution, users no longer have to install separate add-ons, which involves downloading multiple apps, as their browser block ads automatically as you surf the web.

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Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Google’s mobile search results now show real-time tweets

Many things we search for online are things many other people are also interested in…and talking about. That talking more often than not takes place on Twitter, though, and so you’re forced to split your searching efforts with a little bit of Google here, a little bit of Twitter there. That comes to an end today, as Google has announced the two worlds have collided and its search results will include real-time tweets relevant to whatever you’re browsing, whether it’s a recent season finale or some popular segment of news.

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Europe’s mobile carriers aim to block all internet ads

Europe’s mobile carriers aim to block all internet ads

Internet ads have become one of the necessary nuisances of our mobile era. We don't like seeing them, but without them, who knows how many website and services would cease to exist. However, at least one European mobile carrier seems prepared to start blocking all online ads from appearing on your smartphone screen, although not necessarily for your benefit. The purpose, it seems, it to try to fight back against Google and break their hold on the web's advertising systems.

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Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Bing to revamp its search algorithm, favoring mobile-friendly sites

Mobile internet searches are surpassing desktop searches, leading search engines to adapt their results to the smaller screens of mobile users. Last month, Google announced that it reworked its search algorithm to favor mobile-friendly sites. This left website owners scrambling to make their sites mobile-friendly by the April 21st deadline, lest they get buried behind competitors in search results. Not to be left out, Bing announced that it is revamping its algorithm too, giving mobile-friendly sites a boost in search results.

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Kim Dotcom just called out Clinton with Assange’s untold secrets

Kim Dotcom just called out Clinton with Assange’s untold secrets

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom speaks up about the 2016 Presidential Elections in the United States, suggesting that Julian Assange will call out Hillary Clinton with some "potential roadblocks." In an interview about a wide range of internet-related topics, Dotcom spoke with Bloomberg's Emily Chang this week on "Studio 1.0." This interview called upon Dotcom's earlier suggestion that he would be "Hillary's worst nightmare in 2016," while Dotcom suggested further that he'd "have to say it's probably more Julian," but that he was "aware of some of the things" that will inhibit Clinton's road to the White House.

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WiFiMapper app relies on crowdsourcing to find free WiFi

WiFiMapper app relies on crowdsourcing to find free WiFi

UK-based OpenSignal has made a record for themselves of gathering useful mobile network coverage data via crowdsourcing. Then they went on to use the same technique for gathering weather information. Now the company has released a new app that crowdsources the next most useful information: free public WiFi hotspots. WiFiMapper, now available for iOS, not only relies on users submitting information on hotspots, but uses OpenSignal's existing data from Foursquare to identify the type of location.

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The Internet is running out of room (for IPv4)

The Internet is running out of room (for IPv4)

The Internet is running out of addresses, and adding new domain names and suffixes isn't going to help. The resource we are on the verge of eclipsing is Internet protocol, or IP addresses. When the internet was first put to use in the 1980's, engineers created IPv4, which has an upper limit of 4.3 billion different IP addresses. We've almost accounted for them all. According to the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN), only 3.4 million IP addresses are still available from the 1.3 billion IP addresses allotted to North America.

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Order a Domino’s pizza just by tweeting emoji

Order a Domino’s pizza just by tweeting emoji

Remember when ordering a pizza used to be such a hassle? You had to pick up the phone, call the chain you wanted delivery from, tell another human what you wanted, and then sit and wait for it? That process has evolved over the years, thanks to technology. Eventually we were able to order online from a pizza chain's website, then came delivery tracking, and last year we got the ability to order delivery at the press of a single button with Push For Pizza. Well, now you can order Domino's just by tweeting the pizza slice emoji.

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Survey: 29% of people would sacrifice a finger to keep Internet

Survey: 29% of people would sacrifice a finger to keep Internet

Many debate which is worse: a slow Internet connection or no Internet connection. For some, a complete lack of an Internet connection is something horrifying enough they'd rather sacrifice one of their fingers in exchange for keeping it. At least, that's according to a recent survey in the UK conducted by Cable.co.uk, which asked participants if they'd rather have a finger removed or lose their Internet access. Of those surveyed, 29-percent said they'd rather lose a finger. Hopefully not the use they use to swipe.

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