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Teen tweets from fridge after Mom takes phone away

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After getting her phone taken away by her mother, a 15-year-old teen Twitter user used her wifi-connected refrigerator to fire off one last tweet to her followers.

On Aug. 4, a user who runs an Ariana Grande fan account under the name “Dorothy” tweeted that her mother had taken away her phone and this was “goodbye”. But the tweet gained attention when users noticed the tweet was sent through a Nintendo 3DS game console’s image sharing feature.

Dorothy told New York Mag that her mother had taken away her electronics when she became distracted on YouTube while boiling rice and the “stove burst into flames.”

A recent Twitter update included a feature where users can see what device was used to send a particular tweet. Typically, most tweets would indicate they were sent from an Apple device, an Android device, or through a web browser. But Twitter says this can also include third-parties who can access Twitter through other applications.

Just over 10 minutes after the first tweet, the account tweeted again, supposedly written by Dorothy’s mother, claiming that she had discovered her daughter was tweeting from the Nintendo device and the entire account would be deleted.

It clearly was not — Dorothy told NY Mag her mother “isn’t good with tech” and couldn’t figure out how to delete the account.

Looking for new ways to send tweets out to her followers, the account starting writing posts through a Wii U game console — one was an extensive note written through the note-taking feature in the video game Minecraft, and the other was a screenshot of a Mii made to look like Ariana Grande —  and then back on the 3DS. Each of the tweets on the game devices included automatic hashtags from the applications they were sent from.

Out of options, the account tweeted two days later: “I do not know if this is going to tweet I am talking to my fridge what the heck,” it read.

The source of the tweet? An LG Smart Refrigerator. “My mom uses it to google recipes for baking so I just googled Twitter,” she told NY Mag.

The high-end refrigerator, retailing between $4,000 and $5,000 in Canada, is part of a newer trend of smart home devices with wifi capability. Samsung offers a fridge which would allow you to order a ride from Uber.

Dorothy’s fridge tweet went viral, gaining more than 16,000 retweets and sparking the hashtag #FreeDorothy, with other companies jokingly advocating for her freedom.

When The Guardian asked Dorothy how long she would be grounded for the stunt, she wouldn’t say.

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Hideo Kojima recruits yet another film/TV star

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Margaret Qualley is…Mama

Kojima is adding yet another rising star to his collection of veteran actors involved with Death Stranding (in addition to Norman Reedus, Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo del Toro, Nicolas Winding Refn, among others): Margaret Qualley.

She’ll be playing the very on the nose role of “Mama,” who happens to be tethered to her baby via a ghostly umbilical cord in another realm: meaning, she can’t physically leave the location she’s in because of it. I mean, I’m not making this up, this was straight from Kojima himself, who explained it all on stage.

Margaret Qualley was recently seen absolutely killing it on the underrated drama Leftovers (one of my personal favorite shows), as well as FX’s Fosse/Verdon. Her film career is taking off too with a recent appearance in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest Americana epic. She’s on fire! And no matter how Death Stranding turns out, she’ll probably gain some cachet from it.

Death Stranding is out in a mere few months on November 8, 2019. Kojima mentioned on stage that it’s “crunch” time for the project, and he “really shouldn’t even be at Gamescom.”

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Google shut down a secret Android location

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Google:  Have you ever been using your Android phone in a particular spot where coverage is spotty? On the flip side, have you ever used your Android phone and thought to yourself, “Wow, coverage here is awesome!” Chances are good, Google knows about both of those times.

In fact, according to a new report from Reuters, Google actually used that information to help U.S. wireless carriers know where their coverage was good — and where it needed some work. This program — known as Mobile Network Insights — was previously unheard of until Reuters obtained information about it.

However, the program itself is no longer operating since Google shut it down in April of this year. Although the company did not say as much, it’s a good bet that Google turned Mobile Network Insights off as a preemptive move against the public finding out about it and being displeased with its existence.

To aggregate all the information about network service, Google compiled anonymous location and service data from Android phones across the United States. It only obtained this info from users who gave permission for the company to do so (by opting-in to sharing location history and usage and diagnostics with Google when you first set up your Android device) and didn’t collect any personal identifying info about any users.

Despite the seemingly-innocuous service, which apparently was only ever intended to show to the wireless carriers, pretty much anything Google does with user data is under scrutiny at the moment. With Google making headlines over data collection this year — especially when it comes to things like the GDPR — it was a wise move for Google to shut down Mobile Network Insights before someone found out about it and made it public.

According to Reuters, the wireless carriers are unhappy with the removal of the service, though, as it helped them plan network upgrades.

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Sony acquires Insomniac Games

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Well, make it official

Insomniac Games might work with Sony a ton, but they’re actually independent. Well, they were, until today that is. During Gamescom Sony announced that they’ve actually acquired the studio, having “entered into definitive agreements to acquire Insomniac Games, Inc.”

Sony details exactly what’s happening in the following statement provided to Destructoid (emphasis mine): “Upon completion of the acquisition, Insomniac Games will join the global development operation of Sony Interactive Entertainment Worldwide Studios (“SIE WWS”). Insomniac Games is the 14th studio to join the SIE WWS family. This addition furthers SIE’s continued commitment to creative excellence and innovation in game development exclusively for the PlayStation platforms. Building on a working relationship between Insomniac Games and SIE spanning more than 20 years, this acquisition enhances the creative force within SIE WWS and formally adds a studio to the PlayStation family that continues to raise the bar on open world, story-driven games. The day-to-day operations of Insomniac Games post-closing of the acquisition are expected to be run by the current management team in conjunction with SIE WWS San Mateo Studio.”

Spider-Man PS4 was a cash cow for Sony and it makes perfect sense why they’d want to lock up a studio who is reaching even greater heights than they have in the past. Given how close Sony keeps their studios close to the chest, any future games like the Xbox One-bound Sunset Overdrive or multiplatform releases like Song of the Deep are now likely pipedreams. I also wonder if all of their VR games (Edge of Nowhere, The Unspoken, Feral Rites, Stormland) will be making their way to PSVR at some point!

Also, Spider-Man 2 exclusively on PS4 here we come! This is a huge get for Sony and the next generation console war just got a little hotter.

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