Sigourney Weaver to ‘transform’ for Avatar sequels

Sigourney Weaver to ‘transform’ for Avatar sequels

It’s been public knowledge for a while now that Sigourney Weaver is expected to return for the sequels to  Avatar despite her character’s demise in the 2009 film, but what form her return will take has been a little less certain — and some recent comments from the actress only add to the mystery.

Speaking to Vulture, Weaver said her character will “transform” for each iteration of the three sequels being filmed back-to-back by James Cameron. 

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Twitter adds notifications for suspicious logins and SMS reset option

Twitter adds notifications for suspicious logins and SMS reset option

Detailed within a post on the official Twitter blog, developers at the social network have added two new features that are both designed to increase the security of accounts. First, the new notification feature will fire off an email if Twitter detects suspicious activity when an account is accessed. According to the development team, Twitter looks at login history, location of the login and the device being used to access the account. To combat this, Twitter has added an identity verification step that should halt access of the account if the authorized user only has a password on hand.

In addition, Twitter will send an email to the owner of the account when suspicious activity has been detected. This should help reduce the number of accounts that get hijacked every day in order to send out spam filled tweets or private messages.

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ABC picks up a new comedy called ‘Selfie’ about a social media addict

ABC picks up a new comedy called ‘Selfie’ about a social media addict

Covered by Deadline’s wrap-up of ABC’s upcoming Fall 2014 shows, the broadcast network has ordered up a comedy series that’s about a self-obsessed social media addict that slowly discovers her virtual social life isn’t a substitute for her real life. Played by Doctor Who actress Karen Gillan, the concept for the show is molded around the story featured within the Broadway musical  My Fair Lady . The Dr. Doolittle counterpart within the show is played by John Cho of the Harold & Kumar series of films. It’s Cho’s job to teach Gillan how to become interact with people in real life, not just on social media networks like Instagram and Twitter.

ABC representatives officially describe the premise as “ After suffering a very public and humiliating breakup, she becomes the subject of a viral video and suddenly has more social media ‘followers’ than she ever imagined — but for all the wrong reasons. She enlists the help of a marketing expert at her company to help repair her tarnished image .” 

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Thieves tampering with ATMs could soon face nasty blast of hot foam and chemicals

Thieves tampering with ATMs could soon face nasty blast of hot foam and chemicals

Thieves tampering with an ATM in an effort to get their hands on its cash could soon find themselves sprayed with hot foam, and a lot more besides, if technology developed by Switzerland’s ETH Zurich gets bought up by banks.

Inspired by the behavior of the bombardier beetle, which, when it finds itself in a tricky situation with a predator, emits an explosion of gas in an act ETH Zurich describes as “the most aggressive chemical defense system in nature”, the team of researchers has created a special layered film that, when damaged, produces a spray of hot foam.

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Facebook retires the Poke, Camera mobile applications

Facebook retires the Poke, Camera mobile applications

Once attempting to become an alternative to the extremely popular Snapchat mobile app, Facebook’s Poke application has been removed from the iOS App Store and the removal has been confirmed by Facebook representatives. Likely due to a lack of users, Poke was widely panned at the December 2012 launch and basically failed to pull users away from Snapchat. While Facebook engineers touted that the company only spent twelve days developing the application, a lack of continuous updates partly contributed to the failure of the application. 

In addition to the removal of Poke, Facebook has pulled the Camera application from the App Store, despite leaving the landing page for the app active. However, the need for this application has dwindled since identical features are currently found within the core Facebook mobile application. Features that were added to the Facebook mobile app included sharing multiple photos at once, adding filters to alter the appearance of the photos and a more complex tagging system to tag all your friends and family in uploaded pictures.

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Cloak is the social network designed to help you avoid ‘friends’

Cloak is the social network designed to help you avoid ‘friends’

As social networks become more prominent, integrating into every facet of our lives, we’ve started to outgrow some of the labels the services use. “Friends” is a term used broadly by these networks in situations that we wouldn’t necessarily use it. Co-workers, acquaintances from high school, and friends of friends who we met at a party once and they drunkenly insisted we connect with them make up a healthy chunk of “friends.” And that virtual link makes it easier for those people to approach us in real life, regardless our wishes. Cloak is an app that makes it as easy to avoid them in real life as it is online.

Cloak’s functionality is made possible thanks to the liberal online definition of friendship. Because you, like the rest of us, have at some point made the mistake of adding people you really have no interest in communicating with on networks designed for communication, you now have the information Cloak needs to make sure you never run into those people. It connects with Foursquare and Instagram and pulls location data from your connections to show who’s nearby. Users can flag people they want to avoid and Cloak will provide an alert if that person shows up within a defined radius.

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Report: Google is testing a complete redesign of Web-based Gmail

Report: Google is testing a complete redesign of Web-based Gmail

Detailed by Geek.com recently, the development team that works on Gmail is internally testing a simplified layout of the Web-based version. With more similarities to the mobile interface, the new Web interface, as seen in the screenshots, has been created with responsive design in mind. For those that are unfamiliar, responsive design mean that a site will automatically position elements on the screen based off the screen size. Basically, someone viewing the interface on a 1080p 24-inch monitor or a 10-inch tablet will have the same experience.

On the left side of the screen, Google appears to be transitioning to “fly-in” menus to select different folders or various inboxes. On the right side of the screen, Google has added a quick access menu at the bottom to quickly start an email as well as a Hangouts option at the top to launch into chat with an email contact. In the middle of the screen, Google has positioned all recent emails. The additional width of this layout will likely allow for longer subject lines. Oddly, there doesn’t seem to be a position for Google Adsense in this layout, a element of the current Gmail interface.

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