“Radioactive Boy Scout” regularly visited by FBI for a decade, father says

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Instagram is starting to crack down on fake account activity (FB)

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Instagram is cracking down on fake account activity with the closing of Instagress, a popular third-party service that advertised itself as an automated way to "get real Instagram followers and become incredibly popular."

Instagress said it was forced to shut down its service, which let people pay to have their accounts automatically like and comment on other photos, "by request of Instagram" on Thursday. The tool is "like creating a small robot clone of yourself with the same interests and style, and then letting it work for you on Instagram" to gain followers, according to the now-shuttered Instagress website.

The move signals that Facebook-owned Instagram is starting to address the proliferation of so-called bot activity on its platform. An Instagram spokesperson told Business Insider on Thursday that "we don’t comment on specific apps" and shared a link to Instagram’s developer policy, which prohibits the selling of Instagram data by third parties.

In a recent post on PetaPixel, a photographer named Calder Wilson described how he used Instagress for two years to like thousands of photos and make thousands of comments per month. "In an environment where we equate more likes and followers with better photos and better photographers, for many think it’s a no-brainer to bot their account," he wrote.

It’s unclear how many users paid for Instagress, which had cost $10 per month, but the service had been operational for at least three years before shutting down on Thursday. A 2015 research study estimated that around 8% of all Instagram accounts were likely automated spam accounts, and that hundreds of third-party services sold fake followers or fraudulent activity on the platform.

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10 Free WordPress Plugins for Adding and Extending Maps

Adding basic maps to your WordPress website is a breeze. With Google Maps, you’re able to copy and paste the provided embed code into your page or post using the WordPress HTML Editor. But if you want to add some more advanced functionality, you can look to some outstanding plugins for help.

Here are 10 free WordPress plugins that will allow you to both add and extend map functionality on your website:

Maps Builder – Google Maps Plugin

Maps Builder provides you with a more interactive approach to map creation. You’ll be able to plot out multiple locations, customize your map markers and even use different themes with the use of Snazzy Maps. It’s all integrated into an attractive and easy-to-use UI.

Maps Builder – Google Maps Plugin

WP Store Locator

If your business has multiple locations, use WP Store Locator to add user-friendly, interactive maps to your website. Users will be able to filter locations by their radius and get driving directions to each location. You’ll be able to add vital info like phone numbers, business hours and other custom meta information to each location. The look of your map is also customizable.

WP Store Locator

Google Maps CP

Google Maps CP offers a way to add location data to a WordPress page or post. It’s an interesting concept for news-based sites that have reporters in various locations or even a travel blog. Users can use this data to find related posts from the same area. Locations can be defined either by a physical address or point coordinates.

Google Maps CP

WP GPX Maps

Using a GPX file as your source, WP GPX maps will display interactive maps with features like altitude, speed, heart rate and temperature. This functionality could come in handy for plotting race/event courses or tracking fitness data.

WP GPX Maps

SO Mobile Map Widget

SO Mobile Map Widget is optimized for use with mobile devices. It will display a static Google Map with a centered pin on your desired location. When clicked (or tapped), Google Maps is opened up. Users can then fill in their current location in order to get directions.

SO Mobile Map Widget

Name: CM Maps Routes Manager

Get valuable map input from your online community with Name: CM Maps Routes Manager. Users can draw their own routes on a map, along with adding points of interest and photos. Include walking, biking, driving routes and more. Maps can then be searched based on locations or categories.

Name: CM Maps Routes Manager

Visitor Map

Visitor Map will display a world map widget complete with location points of currently online users. The plugin will also show the number of both logged in users and guests. Maps are responsive for mobile-friendliness.

Visitor Map

WP Design Maps & Places

WP Design Maps & Places is not your standard mapping plugin in that it aims to provide a much higher level of customization. You’ll be able to self-design a map that fits in with the established look of your website. You can also choose whether or not to use geolocation data, allowing for further possibilities.

WP Design Maps & Places

Google Map with FancyBox Popup

Rather than displaying Google Maps within your content, Google Map with FancyBox Popup allows for display inside a popup window. This can be a nice solution for sites that need to show multiple maps without affecting performance or don’t want them to distract from other content.

Google Map with FancyBox Popup

GeoDirectory – Directory Plugin

Use GeoDirectory – Directory Plugin to create a global (or regional) business or member directory for your website. The plugin supports CSV import (and export) to allow for fast directory building.

GeoDirectory – Directory Plugin

Do More with Maps

Adding maps to your WordPress website can go well beyond the basics. With the plugins above, you’ll be able to add more detailed information and elements of interactivity. Maps are also easier to create and customize than ever before. Use these tools to add a truly useful dimension to your site.

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The X-Files Will Return To Fox For Another Season

The X-Files is considered by many to be one of the classic TV shows in history, which is why many were very excited when the show made a mini return last year for what was officially known as Season 10 in a six episode run. It was short and sweet but it definitely left fans wanting more.

The good news is that Fox has decided to oblige because the network has since announced and confirmed that the TV series will be returning for Season 11. The best part is that unlike Season 10 which some felt was a bit short, Season 11 will run for 10-episodes. Granted it isn’t a “full” season compared to the previous seasons, but hey, we’ll take what we can get.

According to David Madden, president of Fox, “Iconic characters, rich storytelling, bold creators – these are the hallmarks of great TV shows. And they are some of the reasons why The X-Files has had such a profound impact on millions of fans worldwide. Chris’ creativity, along with the brilliant work of David and Gillian, continue to propel this pop culture phenomenon, and we can’t wait to see what fresh mysteries Mulder and Scully uncover in this next chapter of The X-Files.”

No specific dates on when the latest season will air, but production is expected to begin in the summer and will begin airing sometime during the 2017-2018 season. Both the show’s leads Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny have since taken to Twitter to confirm the news.

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Switch gives flagging physical sales a shot in the arm, but Wildlands tops March NPD

Nintendo Switch made March a rosy month indeed for chart trackers, even if Zelda didn’t quite make first place.

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March 2017 NPD at a glance

Huge YoY hardware spike thanks to Switch launch

Total spend up 24% YoY

Console software and accessories up YoY

PC software down YoY

Switch tops hardware

Ghost Recon Wildlands tops software

Compare month on month: February 2017

Compare year on year: March 2016

Switch had a tremendous impact on the US market last month, according to the latest monthly report from NPD Group.

As previously reported and not at all to anyone’s surprise, Switch was the best-selling hardware of the month and Nintendo’s fastest-selling US launch ever.

NPD analyst Sam Naji said hardware spending “almost doubled” and that “March 2017 will go down in history books as the month Nintendo broke records”.

Nintendo’s previous record was the Game Boy Advance’s June 2001 launch, but the Switch outsold it by 31,000 units.

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March 2017 NPD Software charts

Chart-topper Wildlands had the best Ghost Recon launch ever, and the second best launch for any Tom Clancy title, after The Division. Wildlands is currently the best selling game of 2017 in the US.

While The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild did not take top honours on the software chart, it came in second behind Ghost Recon: Wildlands – a multi-platform release. For a platform exclusive to hit second place in the charts even during a month with no competition at all is impressive.

It’s also very much worth noting that the NPD does not have digital sales data for The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (or any of the other titles marked with an asterisk), so it’s possible the Switch launch title did even better than the chart-tracker can account for.

Naji said that, counting all the way back to 1995, The Legend of Zelda is the top-selling property of all time within the “adventure super-genre”, with over 54% more revenue than the next best-selling franchise, Resident Evil.

“The Switch version of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild sold over 900,000 packaged units in the launch month,” the analyst added.

“This resulted with an attach rate of 99% to the Switch hardware. This is the highest attach rate for any non-bundled title for a new gaming platform since NPD began tracking.”

Despite only managing one other charting launch title with 1-2-Switch, Nintendo broke records in physical software, too.

“Switch’s packaged software sold 1.3 million units, a record high for a Nintendo platform launch.”

Mass Effect Andromeda came in third, which isn’t bad given it released one to two weeks later than the top two titles and was rough as guts before patching.

Horizon Zero Dawn came in fourth. It just missed out on the February NPD tracking period by releasing late in the month, and likewise isn’t supported by digital sales data, so again – not bad at all. It’s Guerrilla’s best release ever with over twice as many launch month sales as Killzone: Shadow Fall.

Nier Automata also charted, which is excellent, because it rules.

    Overall software top 10

  1. Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  3. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn*
  5. MLB 17: The Show*
  6. Grand Theft Auto 5
  7. For Honor
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. Nier: Automata
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  11. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  12. Battlefield 1
  13. 1-2 Switch*
  14. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  15. Overwatch
  16. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Siege
  17. Super Bomberman R*
  18. Fifa 17
  19. Lego Worlds
  20. Madden NFL 17

    Xbox One software top 10

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  3. For Honor
  4. NBA 2K17
  5. Grand Theft Auto 5
  6. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  7. Battlefield 1
  8. Halo Wars 2
  9. Overwatch
  10. Forza Horizon 3

    PlayStation 4

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. Horizon Zero Dawn*
  3. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  4. MLB 17: The Show*
  5. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix
  6. Nier: Automata
  7. Grand Theft Auto 5
  8. NBA 2K17
  9. For Honor
  10. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

    Nintendo Switch

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  2. 1-2 Switch*
  3. Super Bomberman R*
  4. Just Dance 2017*
  5. The Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth +*
  6. Skylanders: Imaginators*

    Wii U

  1. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild*
  2. The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD*
  3. Super Smash Bros.*
  4. Minecraft*
  5. Paper Mario: Color Splash*
  6. Pokken Tournament*
  7. New Super Mario Bros. U + New Super Luigi U*
  8. Super Mario Maker*
  9. Yoshi’s Wooly World*
  10. Splatoon*

    Handhelds

  1. Pokemon Sun*
  2. Pokemon Moon*
  3. Super Mario Maker*
  4. Poochy and Yoshi’s Wooly World*
  5. Mario Sports Superstars*
  6. Story of Seasons: Trio of Towns*
  7. Super Smash Bros.*
  8. Mario Kart 7*
  9. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D*
  10. New Super Mario Bros. 2*

    Top 10 best-selling games of 2017 as of March

  1. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  2. For Honor
  3. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
  4. Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
  5. Mass Effect: Andromeda
  6. Grand Theft Auto 5
  7. Horizon Zero Dawn
  8. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
  9. NBA 2K17
  10. Battlefield 1

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General March 2017 NPD results

Thanks to the launch of the Switch, total industry spend for the US in March rose 24% year-on-year to $1.36 billion.

Hardware rose 91% to $485 million, and console software climbed 5% to $612 million. Software sales declined year-on-year for nine months in a row prior to the Switch’s launch, so retailers must be excited to see a little uptick.

It wasn’t all good news, as PC software fell 25% to $29 million. However, accessories grew 9% to $231 million thanks to Switch peripherals. Switch-related accessories accounted for 25% of the total category’s sales. Control pads alone grew 26% due to demand for the Switch Pro Controller.

Amiibo sales jumped 56% year on year thanks to Breath of the Wild, while the rest of the interactive toy category crumbled around it, dropping 38% in total. Sorry, Skylanders.

As ever with these reports, bear in mind that digital sales are spanking boxed sales, especially in the US.

The NPD’s monthly reports track new physical sales and limited digital data in the US only, so it doesn’t account for the money pouring into games through many digital sales as well as used sales, rentals, subscriptions, mobile and all the other ways developers make cash these days.

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Hard-pressed Juicero boss defends $400 IoT juicer after squeezing $120m from investors

Meet this week’s bonkers startup Juicero – the San Francisco maker of a $400 fruit juicer that’s bagged $120m in funding from investors.

The internet-connected gizmo has been dubbed the “Keurig for juice.” Juicero founder Doug Evans went as far as comparing himself to Steve Jobs.

There’s just one little problem with this “high-tech” machine: it is no better than a pair of human hands.

The idea is that you buy and place sealed bags of cut-up fruit and veg in the bulky contraption, which uses, allegedly, four tons of force to crush the produce into a liquid drink. Or, alternatively, you can skip that mechanical nonsense and just squeeze the fruit bags by hand into a glass and get the same result.

On Thursday, seemingly fed up with days of people sniggering at his company’s expense, Juicero CEO Jeff Dunn realized there was nothing else for it. He slapped a pack of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid in one of his juicers, gulped down its gloopy cyber-sap secretion, and started typing:

Last summer when Juicero’s Board and Doug asked me to join Juicero as CEO, it was driven by the recognition that we were launching a totally new long-term approach which would require a tremendous effort to innovate, improve and scale. Juicero’s mission is to make it dramatically easier and more enjoyable to consume more fresh, raw fruits and vegetables, and that’s a really tough nut to crack. It seems simple, but despite everything we’ve done to-date as a food community, we’ve barely moved the needle.

What I love about Juicero is that our team is attacking this issue in a way unlike anything I’ve ever seen. It’s incredible to come to work everyday alongside hardware and software engineers, food scientists, designers, farmer partners, and all our other team members who are committed to building a new way of delivering raw, plant-based nutrition. What we’re building is long-term in nature and requires us to innovate each part of our system — from Press, to Produce Pack, to how we source organic produce directly from farms, to how we deliver the produce to consumers’ doorsteps. It’s hard work and not perfect yet by any measure — getting this right is a process of testing, learning and iterating.

So when I saw this week’s headlines about hacking and hand-squeezing Produce Packs, I had a one overriding thought: ”We know hacking consumer products is nothing new. But how can we better demonstrate the incredible value we know our connected system delivers?”

The value of Juicero is more than a glass of cold-pressed juice. Much more. The value is in how easy it is for a frazzled dad to do something good for himself while getting the kids ready for school, without having to prep ingredients and clean a juicer.

The sum of the system — the Press, Produce Packs and App — working together is what enables a great experience. However, you won’t experience that value by hand-squeezing Produce Packs, which to be clear, contain nothing but fresh, raw, organic chopped produce, not juice. What you will get with hand-squeezed hacks is a mediocre (and maybe very messy) experience that you won’t want to repeat once, let alone every day.

I’m committed to engaging the community in conversation about how we best serve our customers with raw, plant-based nutrition. You can reach me at jeffdunn@juicero.com, so please share your thoughts. I look forward to reading them.

Congratulations for making it this far. You’ve earned some organic plant-based nutrition, aka a beer. What nobody has bothered to explain is why any of this is preferable to just walking to the fridge and grabbing a bottle of Odwalla. ®

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Watch the world’s first electric VTOL jet take flight

Watch the world’s first electric VTOL jet take flight

Munich-based aeronautics firm Lilium Aviation has just achieved what has, until now, been a dream for technologists and transportation companies: it’s successfully completed a series of test flights with its all-electric vertical take-off-and-landing (VTOL) jet.

The two-seater can travel up to 186 miles on a single charge, at a cruising speed of 186 miles an hour thanks to its 36 jet engines that use the aircraft’s wings for lift like a conventional aeroplane.

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With that, the fledgling firm is set to go up against major corporations in the race to be the first to deliver flying cars to the world.

AeroMobil of Slovakia has begun accepting pre-orders for its $1.3 million personal flying car, with a promise to ship it some time in 2020. Meanwhile, Beijing-based Yi-Hang is slated to make its Ehang 184 autonomous passenger drone available to commuters in Dubai for on-demand rides this July.

Aeromobil's $1.3 million flying car