Oculus VR has a challenge for aspiring game and app developers: Create something new and exciting for the Gear VR Innovator Edition, Samsung's Oculus-powered headset, and get a shot at a cash prize from a $1 million pool. The Oculus Mobile VR Jam 2015 kicks off on April 13 and ends on May 11, with sign-ups open now at ChallengePost. The Jam -- and the cash -- is split between two tracks, "Games" and "Apps or Experiences," with Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze winners in each segment. The top Platinum Game gets $200,000, while the Platinum App or Experience snags $100,000. There are multiple winners for each of the remaining ranks, and prizes bottom out at $10,000 for each Bronze victor.

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'Forza Horizon 2 presents Fast & Furious'

Most attempts at turning the Fast & Furious movies into video games haven't exactly set the world on fire, but here's one that might be worth playing. Microsoft, Turn 10 and Universal have teamed up for Forza Horizon 2 Presents Fast & Furious, a slightly awkwardly-titled Horizon 2 expansion that has you scoring cars for the Furious crew's missions. It should have the same open-world racing that you saw in the latest Forza title (generally a good thing!), but with 11-plus cars from the movie franchise, including Dom's killer '70 Dodge Charger R/T above, and Ludacris doling out racing challenges. Don't own Horizon 2? No worries -- the expansion is standalone and doesn't require the base game to play. Whether or not you're a fan of Brian, Dom and company, it won't hurt much to try this out, either. The Fast & Furious add-on will be free on the Xbox 360 and Xbox One between March 27th and April 10th, after which it'll cost you a not-too-outlandish $10.

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Lenovo's no good, very bad week of security may be getting worse -- Lenovo.com appears to have been hacked, likely in response to the Superfish scandal. This afternoon some visitors trying to access the site instead get a slideshow of webcam pics of kids sitting at their computer, along with a link to a Twitter account claiming to represent the hacker group Lizard Squad -- all set to the sounds of "Breaking Free" from High School Musical. The HTML code says this "new and improved rebranded" site is featuring Ryan King and Rory Andrew Godfrey -- two people that some internet posters have identified as members of Lizard Squad.

Update: It gets worse -- Lizard Squad's DNS hijack meant it was able to intercept Lenovo email as well, until Cloudflare shut it off. Ars Technica spoke to the company, which said it seized the account used and was able to update the MX records used for email to cut off the email interception. One message apparently caught claimed that Lenovo's Superfish removal tool had bricked a customer's Yoga laptop. That may not be the end though, as the group claims it will be combing through the "dump" of captured data soon.

Update 2: Security researcher Brian Krebs reveals that the two people named have actually been working to expose Lizard Squad, and that a hack at a Malaysian domain registrar was the source of the redirect.

[Thanks, Mark]

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'Inpsector Gadget' reboot

Netflix isn't slowing down its efforts to win your kids' attention... if anything, it's ramping things up. The streaming service just unveiled five child-friendly shows that will arrive over the course of the next year. The first is a big one -- Netflix will offer a 26-episode reboot of Inspector Gadget. You'll get to revisit the adventures of the half-machine cop starting in March in the US, with other countries coming later. You'll have to be more patient for the rest. The Playmobil-based animated series Super 4 shows up next, in April. The live action series Some Assembly Required is due this summer, while both Bottersnikes & Gumbles (a "community comedy") and a revival of the spy parody Danger Mouse are arriving in spring 2016. The odds are that the remakes won't quite live up to what you remember, but they may well keep your little ones entertained on that next big vacation.

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Oral-B's smart toothbrushes are app-connected and kinda pointless

At the beginning and end of the day, my mind is capable of entertaining only the most basic of tasks. Luckily for those I come into contact with, oral hygiene is something I can take care of on autopilot. Even if you incorporate flossing and rinsing with mouthwash into your regimen, the key activity is a simple one: put paste on stick; put stick in mouth; move stick around. But think of all that data going to waste; you're not exactly keeping tabs on the precise length of your brushing session when you're staring, bleary-eyed into the mirror on a Monday morning, now are you? That's where Oral-B's SmartSeries, app-connected electric toothbrushes can lend a hand, logging that info for your scrutiny so you can modify your habits accordingly. If that already sounds like a gratuitous feature for a toothbrush to have, then you're on my wavelength. I'm not against the concept -- there are scenarios where I picture an app-compatible toothbrush being somewhat useful -- but Oral B's initial efforts feel like an excuse to tack on a gimmick and make an expensive product even more so.

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Google wants to give your peepers a break. Google Chromium Evangelist Francois Beaufort laid out early versions of Reader Mode for Chrome desktop and mobile in a post today on Google Plus (of course). Reader Mode is designed to make on-screen text easier to absorb, by removing unnecessary pictures, boxes, buttons and ads. Safari has long featured a Reader Mode, and extensions such as Readability offer similar services for Chrome, but now Google is getting into the game itself with these Reader-friendly experiments.

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Google made a big splash when it threw its support behind Magic Leap with a $542 million investment last year. Immediately people began wondering what exactly Mountain View was so excited about that it was willing to drop half a billion dollars as pure investment -- not even an acquisition. Unfortunately, the startup continues to guard its secrets closely. All we know is that Magic Leap has some sort of wearable that blends augmented reality and virtual reality. We know that whatever its building is not meant to be used while stationary... but that's about it. We still don't have specs or a complete features list. We do have some information though, that was revealed during CEO Rony Abovitz's recent Reddit AMA. We know we weren't entirely accurate when we called its product an "augmented reality" headset. But it's still not entirely clear what it is. We've compiled the tidbits of info we've heard and read about Magic Leap. Hopefully, it can tide the curious over until Abovitz and his cohorts finally give us all a glimpse of their mysterious device.

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Forget notifications, forget apps, forget all of the noisy little distractions masquerading as help -- sometimes a wearable is at its best when it stays out of your way. As it turns out, that's just what French hardware house Withings had in mind when it built the Activité ($450) and Activité Pop ($150). In addition to that, though, these fitness bands have something perhaps even more important going for them: With their round faces and classic dials, they don't actually look like activity trackers. Indeed, they're not quite traditional fitness devices, nor are they full-on smartwatches, and I sort of love them for it. Just know that one of them probably isn't for you.

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Even though most of us are only just now starting to look at 4K / Ultra HD, YouTube has had support for the high-res video since 2010 (just two years after it started streaming in HD!). With more than four years of experience under its belt the video service has a bigger library of 4K video than you might think, and starting today it's highlighting that with a special label (shown after the break) to point out 4K videos. According to a spokesperson, 4K uploads tripled last year, and searches for 4K video continue to increase. YouTube says that the VP9 codec it showed off last year is helping that video squeeze through connections of all bandwidth sizes, so give those high quality streams a shot.

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Even if you're not paying for All Access or YouTube Music Key, Google Play can be a useful way to stream your personal music collection. With its free "locker" service, you can store thousands of tunes online and stream them from the web, as well as your favorite Android and iOS devices. By keeping them in the cloud, they're quickly accessible across a range of hardware and won't clog up your precious onboard storage. Until now Google has set a limit of 20,000 tracks per user, but today it's raising that amount to 50,000. It's a significant increase, and one that might appeal if you have a mammoth music library full of EPs, remixes and B-sides that aren't available from the major streaming services.

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