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Apple CEO Tim Cook Wants Augmented and Virtual Reality Tech to “Encourage” Human Contact

Posted on October 14th, 2016.

So far, Apple has been the slowest of the big boys to getting an augmented or virtual reality product to market. The company’s iPhone is the single most popular smart phone on the planet and its computer products enjoy relative popularity (in early 2014, they were almost 9% of the market, a quadrupling from turn-of-the-century numbers)....

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KickassTorrents Domains Seized, Alleged Owner Arrested

Posted on July 21st, 2016.

 The world’s largest torrent website has been seized, with its alleged founder arrested by US authorities, in what is a comprehensive blow to the domain and the wider torrenting community. Artem Vaulin, a 30-year-old Ukrainian national and the alleged owner of KickassTorrents, the largest torrent website in the world was arrested in...

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Popcorn Time Is Still Going Strong despite Netflix’s Global Expansion

Posted on January 19th, 2016.

Movie- and TV shows-streaming platform Popcorn Time is still being used as a go-to viewing resource for users around the world. An MPAA-led takedown ensured that headlines were made of the demise of PopcornTime and its streaming resource YTS. YIFY, the group behind YTS was declared to be shut down permanently. An unnamed individual in a...

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Popcorn Time Is Still Running, via Its Community Edition and a Breakaway Fork

Posted on December 30th, 2015.

Editor’s Update: There is allegedly evidence of malware on a fork that purported to be the official domain of Popcorn Time CE – .tk, as shown here. The link has been removed and updated. It’s like the service never went away. Popular movie and tv streaming service Popcorn Time is continuing to run and see development due to...

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Cybersecurity

Feds Charge Hacker With Trying To Sell Stolen TV Scripts, Sex Tapes And Private Information

Posted on December 26th, 2015.

Federal prosecutors have charged a Bahamas man with felony criminal copyright infringement and identity theft for hacking 130 celebrities’ email accounts and stealing unreleased movie scripts, sex tapes and Social Security numbers, according to The New York Times. Alonzo Knowles, 23, appeared in Federal District Court in New York City on...

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Megaupload Creator Dotcom Can Be Extradited To U.S., New Zealand Court Rules

Posted on December 23rd, 2015.

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the U.S. where he faces charges of money laundering, copyright infringement and racketeering, a New Zealand court has ruled, the BBC reported. Dotcom said he will appeal the ruling. Doctom founded Megaupload, a now-defunct website, which allowed millions of people to download songs...

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Netflix, YouTube, Others = 70% of Bandwidth Use

Posted on December 8th, 2015.

The most recent report from Sandvine, a broadband industry analyst group, has some interesting conclusions. One of these conclusions is perhaps most interesting to our readers: that 70% of all home broadband usage goes to “home entertainment,” that is, streaming video and music. As the below graph shows, traffic for “fixed access,”...

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Business

The Foo Fighters Should Torrent Their New Free EP

Posted on November 26th, 2015.

At the turn of the century, when the file-sharing service Napster was taken down in a court of law rather than by the competition, Metallica got a lot of press for being against the service and testifying that it had lost the millionaires significant sums of money. But around that time, another band benefited by exposure to the...

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Stop Everything & Google This Popular Star Wars Passage (Or Don’t)

Posted on November 24th, 2015.

Star Wars is the second largest movie franchise of all time, behind Harry Potter. But that does not mean Google – whose revenue does not come near to the top for global companies – can’t help. After all, Google’s reach and scope is unheard of for a company that does not project on the largest companies in the...

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The New Free Foo Fighters Download Isn’t Free For The Foo Fighters

Posted on November 23rd, 2015.

The Foo Fighter’s website counted down for an entire month to Midnight on Monday, November 23, when the Foo Fighters released a surprise new EP called Saint Cecilia. You can download it here as a free digital download.  There’s just one thing to note: server space costs money, so this new EP ain’t free for The Foos! (But, it...

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Judge: Cable Company Cox Must Kick Pirates Offline

Posted on November 23rd, 2015.

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act has been a matter of constant annoyance for Internet Service Providers as well as a constant source of joy for the RIAA and MPAA, recording and film industry anti-piracy extraordinaires who had a lot to do with the bill’s passage in the first place. The DMCA has specific rules under which ISPs...

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MPAA Claims Victory, YIFY Operator Reaches Settlement

Posted on November 7th, 2015.

In a final nail to the coffin of a piracy icon, the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) – backed by every major Hollywood Studio has declared a comprehensive victory in shutting down torrent release group YIFY and its website YTS. A joint operation between the MPAA and the group’s ‘international associates’ has resulted in the...

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As Steve Jobs Tanks At The Box Office, We Asked The Internet: Why Do People Hate Apple?

Posted on November 1st, 2015.

A lot of people dislike Apple. Europeans have called me a fascist for using Apple. Yahoo Answers is home to a long history of bewildered people trying to figure out why they are being hated on simply for using an Apple computer. The amount of threads on Yahoo Answers alone goes on for more or less 15 pages on Google (I got tired of...

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Popular Torrent Release Group YIFY Is Dead

Posted on November 1st, 2015.

The torrenting landscape undergoes a seismic change as YIFY, a prominent movie-torrents release group goes offline forever. Following outages and the eventual demise of the wildly popular PopcornTime.io fork last week, its movie supplier-YIFY and its website YTS have also shut down permanently, according to trusted sources close to...

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Sony Filed Copyright Claim Against Man They Licensed Content From

Posted on October 31st, 2015.

The arrogance of large corporations is occasionally beyond description. Mitch Martinez created some stock footage and licensed it to Sony Music Entertainment. Then, later, when he uploaded the same footage onto YouTube, he got a copyright notice. About his own content. The debacle that followed was interesting. Here is the original...

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Popcorn Time.io May Be Dead, but Alternatives Are Already Around

Posted on October 25th, 2015.

Popcorn Time has had its run in with problems in the form of developers quitting, its video resource (YTS or YIFY) suffering downtimes and inevitably, the well-funded MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) hounding the movie and TV-show streaming platform. Most significant of all, the popular website PopcornTime.io is now dead....

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Popcorn Time and Resource YTS Suffer Total Outages

Posted on October 21st, 2015.

Popular movie- and tv-streaming website Popcorn Time and its social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter are nowhere to be found. So too is YTS.to, the resource from which Popcorn Time streams its content for millions of users around the world. Speculation is rife that the MPAA may be behind the comprehensive takedown. Popcorn Time, a...

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Breaches

Sony Pictures Hack Settlement May Cost the Studio up to $8 Million

Posted on October 21st, 2015.

Hollywood Studio Sony Pictures Entertainment has agreed to pay between $5.5 million to $8 million as a settlement sum toward employees who filed a lawsuit against the studio, alleging that their personal data was breached and stolen during the infamous 2014 Sony Pictures hack. Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. has reached a settlement...

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Tenacious D’s Festival Supreme Brings Podcasts, Comedy & Music Together

Posted on October 14th, 2015.

The first thing I noticed as I walked into the third annual Festival Supreme, at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall on the USC campus, was the air conditioning. I noticed it from the zig-zagging line to enter and immediately thought this would be a much different experience than I anticipated: there would be a reprieve from the...

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Bugs

Most Dangerous Celebrities: Armin van Buuren, Usher, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, & Jay Z

Posted on September 30th, 2015.

Following celebrities online? Be careful. Cybercriminals take advantage of our interest in celebrities by threading celebrity search results with links to sites hosting malware and software that can steal personal data, according to a report on McAfee Blogs. Intel Security recently conducted a study using McAfee WebAdvisor to determine...