Fixing Lost With Lightsabers

Lost is over, and whatever answers watchers are going to get have already come. However, that doesn’t mean that there still can’t be fun to be had with the series… particularly with the addition of lightsabers.

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Call Of Duty On Late Night

Jimmy Fallon has been a great source of promotion for gaming since assuming the seat of the Late Show. That trend will continue on June 22 when he will show off Call of Duty: Black Ops on his program. That’s some great promotion for Activision’s upcoming Call of Duty game, developed by Treyarch.

Monday saw Kudo Tsunoda coming on to demo Kinect. On Wednesday, Fallon will continue his nerd-oriented guests with Joshua Topolsky, EIC of Engadget.

Nook Wi-Fi Launched

Barnes & Noble announced that they will be offering the Nook Wi-Fi for just $149. The price of the 3G version of the electronic book reader will be reduced to $199.

“People who love to read will find tremendous value with the new Nook Wi-Fi, the most full-featured, low-cost eReading device on the market, and our bestselling Nook 3G now at an even lower price,” said Tony Astarita, Vice President, Digital Products, Barnes & “This expanded choice offers best-in-class, best-priced dedicated eBook Readers featuring eBook sharing, access to our vast eBookstore, great free and exclusive content and much more. And with expansion of fast and free Wi-Fi access beyond Barnes & Noble stores to thousands of AT&T Wi-Fi Hot Spots, we re bringing additional freedom and flexibility to all NOOK 3G and Nook Wi-Fi customers.”

Right now the Nook, which Barnes & Noble launched in October 2009, is facing fierce competition from Amazon’s Kindle and Apple’s iPad.

AT&T Canceling Some iPhone 4 Pre-Orders

AT&T and Apple have had a harried pre-order period for iPhone 4, with errors reported in the brief period where it was available. Now, it appears, not all of these pre-orders are going through.

“Several tech sites are reporting canceled orders on the part of either AT&T and Apple for a variety of reasons, including unverifiable information, an incomplete authorization process, or sometimes no reason at all,” writes Rachel King. “We haven’t seen notes like this from Best Buy yet, but let us know if that happens to you. In these cases, credit cards shouldn t be charged. But still, talk about completely frustrating.”

“If you pre-order an iPhone 4 and aren t so sure about your order status now, check your receipts and call the customer service number of the company you ordered it with just to be sure,” adds King. “And if you haven t ordered one yet but want one soon (instead of waiting for weeks to get one in the mail), maybe it would be best just to clear your schedule and camp out at your local Apple or AT&T store next weekend.”

Source: ZDNet

Burger King Sneaking Back Onto Xbox 360

Burger King was pleased at the way the Xbox 360 games it released were received. Now, the company is planning to reenter the Xbox 360 market sometime during the holiday season; the number and nature of the game was not stated.

“Our first endeavor with Xbox 360 took the gaming world by storm, so we couldn’t pass up the chance to come together on another cutting-edge program,” said Burger King’s chief marketing officer Mike Kappitt “During this year’s promotion, our guests can look forward to an even greater adventure that will stimulate the imaginations of gamers and entertainment-lovers of all shapes and sizes.”

Offerpal Talks Offer-Based Ads

Offerpal Media recently published a paper talking about the best practices for monetizing virtual currencies. The white paper, titled “Beyond the Offerwall: Monetizing virtual currency through in-game promotions,” showed that offer-based ads increase revenue, draw in new users and increase CPM.

“Traditional ‘offerwalls’ remain the most effective foundation for developers to monetize their virtual currency, but only about 10 offer of a game’s audience tends to find them,” said Mihir Shah, Chief Revenue Officer of Offerpal Media. “In-game promotional campaigns allow our game developers to reach a broader audience, do much more interesting user and demographic targeting, and get best-in-industry payouts based on higher volumes and contextual relevance from major advertisers. We uniquely understand that this is a direct response business first and foremost, not only a payments business.”

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AT&T Security Breach Possibly Caused By ‘Session Exhaustion’

As is becoming all too common, yet another embarrassing security breach has happened to AT&T. This time, some trying to order the new iPhone 4 found themselves logged into the accounts of other users.

Apparently the reason for this huge security breakdown could have been caused by “session exhaustion from so many people logging into AT&T’s site. “I’ve seen similar behavior across different websites over the years, particularly among those under extreme application load to the point where the site is barely reachable,” said Jeremiah Grossman, a Web security researcher and chief technology officer of WhiteHat Security.

“Unfortunately — even amazingly — web browsers aren’t really designed to do session management well.  Developers have to bolt session support in, and more often than not, there are issues. The web application for the iPhone preorder page probably worked fine with small numbers of users. But at the scale we saw the other day, the bolted on session management fell over, causing the issues seen,” said Dan Kaminsky, the security researcher. “A sedan is designed for driving on the highway, while a 4×4 is designed for off roading.  That doesn’t mean you can’t take the sedan off-roading…but it’s going to have some issues.”

Source: Forbes

Former Sony Executive Says PSP2 Needed For Sony ‘To Stay In The Game’

Nintendo had a very good showing at E3, mostly due to the 3DS. David Reeves, former SCEE chief and now COO of Capcom Europe, was incredibly impressed with the device and its capabilities.

“It’s an exciting time and you could possibly have two handhelds coming out within months or a year of each other,” said Reeves.

When asked if he expects a PSP successor from Sony in the next year, he responded, “I’d like to the think it would be for the publishers and developers and consumers. Sony tried to make the transition with PSPgo, I think that changed some consumers attitudes, but they need to come back with something on PSP pretty quickly to stay in the game because Nintendo are s*** hot at getting these things right. And they always get these things right.”