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Sharknado 2 is coming out less than a year after the 1st one. It would've come out sooner but the phone shooting it needed to charge.— @midnight (@midnight) March 7, 2014
The DigiList: Tech Tips and more
There’s a new software update available for iOS devices that you should download and apply if you haven’t already, particularly if you’re one of those people who’s been frustrated by the tendency of certain newer iPhone and iPad models to randomly reboot. If you’re using an older device that works with iOS 7 but not very well (i.e., slow), you may also see some improvement in performance after applying this update. The iOS 7.1 release also includes support for CarPlay, the Apple feature that will bring Siri voice interaction to certain high-end vehicles, as well as refinements to iTunes Radio, iTunes Match and Siri.
EA’s highly anticipated first-person shooter “Titanfall” launched this week for Windows and Xbox One; Xbox 360 owners will have to wait another couple of weeks. ($60, rated mature)
Due out Friday for Nintendo 3DS is “Yoshi’s New Island,” a side-scrolling platformer with a rich tradition of crayon- and watercolor-inspired visuals. ($40, rated for everyone)
Big releases next week include “Final Fantasy X HD Remaster” and “Final Fantasy X-2 HD Remaster” for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita, and “Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes” for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Unless this is the cruelest pre-April Fools prank ever, Oscar Mayer has created a bacon-scented app for the iPhone. To emit a small puff reminiscent of bacon, the user needs an external device that plugs into the headphone jack. The app itself produces the sound of bacon sizzling in a pan. The aroma-producing device won’t be sold in stores and quantities are limited. The company is giving away 4,700 devices to those who register at wakeupandsmellthebacon.com before April 4.
Doxing: “When a person is ‘doxed,’ all their personal information is made available for all users to see.” — Urban Dictionary
Newsweek made a big splash last week with its return to print publication (the magazine went digital-only at the end of 2012). The cover story was intended to be an expose of Bitcoin’s creator — whether Newsweek identified the right man, however, is still a subject of some heated debate, online and off. What the magazine did is called basic journalism by some, “doxing” by others. That term, derived from “documents,” refers to the discovery and posting of private information on the Internet, often via the social networking website Reddit. Newsweek is standing by its story, though it publicly welcomes scrutiny while urging critics to “be respectful of the privacy and rights of the individuals involved.” If that’s an attempt to deflect any doxing of the organization or its reporter, I wouldn’t bet much of any currency — digital or otherwise — on such restraint.
— Compiled by Jayson Peters