No matter what it tries the content industry can't seem to stem the popularity of public enemy number one, The Pirate Bay, and now new figures show the torrent indexer's traffic has doubled since the first wave of blocks came into place.
Despite many wings of the content industry claiming each countrywide block on The Pirate Bay a victory, actually its traffic is doing better than ever. The first really high profile blockades began in Denmark, the UK and Holland, but the website's visitor numbers have doubled since then. Actual visitor numbers were not revealed but TorrentFreak puts them in hundreds of millions per month.
Nearly 10 percent of all visitors to The Pirate Bay access the website through proxies or proxy services, meaning that even in countries where it's officially banned, users are finding ways to access it anyway. The most visitors were from the United States, where many of the more vocal voices from the content lobby reside.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden wants hackers to help develop new technologies that will help users access the Internet without government snooping. His plea for assistance was via video chat from Moscow, where he is becoming more vocal about snooping.
"You in this room, right now have both the means and the capability to improve the future by encoding our rights into programs and protocols by which we rely every day," Snowden recently told the Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE) attendees. "That is what a lot of my future work is going to be involved in."
SecureDrop, a service so whistleblowers can leak documents to the media, is one new technology that is being discussed at the conference. There is a great opportunity for software development after Snowden gave a much better picture of some of the surveillance programs currently underway.
President Barack Obama confirmed Malaysia Airlines MH17 was likely shot down over eastern Ukraine by Russian-supported separatists using a surface-to-air missile. Obama and military experts speaking to mainstream media aren't discussing much reasoning behind how they know - but it's plausible a Department of Defense military satellite saw a heat signature when the missile hit.
The U.S. government uses space-based technology to defend against intercontinental ballistic missiles, serving as an early warning system. Newer satellites ushered in the Space Based Infrared Systems (SBIRS) network that can identify missiles quicker so they can be intercepted.
Federal governments won't provide detailed images of the crash site, which spans several square miles, but commercial satellite owners could release further details. Some Earth-watching satellites have started to take a closer look at the airspace above eastern Ukraine. However, cloudy weather has hampered such efforts, but it could still be possible to identify how much the scene has been tampered with by rebels.
Following news reporting Lenovo's plans to abandon the Microsoft Windows tablet market of devices 10-inches or smaller, the Chinese electronics manufacturer issued a new statement. Even though current supply is being sold on foreign markets, Lenovo will release new smaller-screen products in the United States again:
Here is what the company said in a statement: "We will continue to bring new Windows devices to market across different screen sizes, including a new 8-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet coming this holiday. Our model mix changes as per customer demand, and although we are no longer selling ThinkPad 8 in the U.S., and we have sold out of Miix 8-inch, we are not getting out of the small-screen Windows tablet business in both the U.S. and non-U.S. markets."
The tablet market is a fierce competition between Apple and Samsung, but there is still room for other companies to grab attention.
IDrive, a cloud backup and storage provider, has just announced the release of its new IDrive QNAP backup app. What this allows, is users to backup their QNAP NAS devices to IDrive, all with a simple-to-use app.
The IDrive QNAP app provides the option of an offsite disaster recovery option, as well as offering businesses a cheap and reliable way of backing up data stored across QNAP NAS devices. CEO of IDrive, Raghu Kulkarni said: "For businesses today, it is essential to ensure the privacy and protection of critical company data. We developed the QNAP backup app to assist with these business needs and provide a simple, fast, and cost-effective method for safeguarding data and ensuring business continuity, even in the face of a data disaster".
These are the key features of the new IDrive QNAP backup app:
- Interactive backup and restore for data present in QNAP NAS devices.
- Option for scheduling automatic backups and restores, as per convenience.
- Email notifications on completion of scheduled backup operations.
- Availability of elaborate log reports detailing account activities.
- Files are protected during transfer and storage using 256-bit AES encryption with an optional private key.
- Create multiple backup sets and restore sets for customized backup and restore.
- Customization of backup location.
- Real time quota calculation and log status updates for scheduled and manual jobs.
We thought these 8TB HDDs would be coming next year, but Seagate has started shipping out the first samples of its 8TB HDDs to its customers. The company hasn't provided any details on the innards of these new gigantic storage devices to its customers just yet.
Steve Luczo, Chairman and CEO of Seagate has said: "We have also delivered 8TB customer development units to major customers and cloud service providers and the initial customer feedback has been very positive". We don't know which method Seagate has used to construct the 8TB HDD, but we should see these hit the retail market sometime before the end of the year, or the beginning of 2015.
When everything calms down after the DOTA 2 'The International' this weekend, we're going to see a change in the perception of professional gaming. One of the driving reasons behind this is that the total prize pool for DOTA 2 is an astonishing $10,887,235.
This $10 million will be split to 14 teams, with five players on each team. The winning team of The International 2014 will take home $5,008,128 - meaning that every player in the team will secure themselves $1,001,625.60 each. Considering that the $10 million prize pool was funded by the sale of the game to its fans, this is an achievement beyond words.
But when its pitted against "proper" professional sports, such as the Open Championship (or as the British Open in the US), it trumps it. The Open Championship has $9.2 million in prize money, but splits it across 156 entrants. The winner of the last British Open was Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland. He took home $1,196,055 for himself. Considering that the British Open started in 1860, some 154 years ago, and The International started four years ago, we've come a very long way.
We've been hearing about the next-gen Shield device from NVIDIA for a while now, something that should come to us in the form of a new tablet. The latest rumor is that NVIDIA will launch its Shield Tablet on July 29, starting at a competitive price of just $299.
The new NVIDIA Shield Tablet will come in two sizes, 16GB and 32GB, with the 16GB version being Wi-Fi only at $299. The 32GB version will feature LTE connectivity, with an additional $100 cost for a total of $399. There will reportedly be two accessories sold alongside it, the first being the Shield Controller for $59 and the second being the Shield Cover for $39.
NVIDIA will cram in some great technology and options into the Shield Tablet, starting with an 8-inch 1920x1200 IPS LCD display, microSD card support up to 128GB, Stylus support and it will also be 4K/Ultra HD ready. Inside of the Shield Tablet we should find NVIDIA's very capable Tegra K1 processor, which will feature 192 CUDA cores. Other than that, we have 2GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel cameras are featured up front and back, Bluetooth 4.0, and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n.
Want to use Netflix on social but scared your friends will see just how much you've watched those embarrassing guilty pleasures? Fear not - the TV and movie streaming service could be planning its very own incognito mode.
Right now the company is in the process of testing the option in all of its market over the next few months, but it's not available to every or even most users. But if it is set to be integrated in Netflix, it'll appear as part of the multiple user profile feature. Not only would the option keep your guilty pleasures safe, but it would also scrub these from contributing towards user recommendations.
It's not guaranteed that the feature will become widespread - with new corporate comms and tech director Cliff Edwards saying this depends on the reactions from users. "We may not ever offer it generally," he said, according to GigaOm. "At Netflix we continuously test new things. In this case, we are testing a feature in which a user watching a movie or TV show can choose to view in "Privacy Mode." Choosing that option means the program will not appear in your viewing activity log, nor will it be used to determine recommendations about what you should watch in the future."
Next year, frequent content pirates in Britain are to be sent official warning emails reminding them that downloading copyrighted content on P2P networks is against the law. However, if they're ignored, absolutely nothing will happen.
As part of a new initiative, which was agreed upon by the content industry and all major internet providers in the UK, frequent offenders will be monitored by a third party. Those found to be downloading copyrighted content will receive an educational email, reminding them that their actions are illegal, and providing options for legal alternatives - such as Netflix, Spotify, and Google Music. The process is heavily amended from the initial proposal, listed in 2010's Digital Economy Act, which demanded content pirates had their internet access stripped away. Its new iteration is called the Voluntary Copyright Alert Programme and is considerably less stern.
The British Phonographic Industry, a lobby group which has been a key player in brokering the deal, said that this initiative is more about realigning people's habits rather than punishment alone - the latter being something the content industry is widely known for pursuing. "It's about persuading the persuadable, such as parents who do not know what is going on with their net connection," the BPI's chief exec George Taylor told the BBC. "Vcap is not about denying access to the internet, it's about changing attitudes and raising awareness so people can make the right choice."