It appears that Hollywood has won one of its larger battles in the "war on bittorrent." Long time torrent search engine, isoHunt, will be closing its site forever as the result of a pre-trial settlement. The settlement includes an agreement that sees isoHunt paying $110 million in damages to Hollywood studios.
This settlement ended what has been an ongoing battle over the last seven years between isoHunt founder Gary Fung, and was filed on grounds that the website enticed internet users to torrent movies and TV shows. The settlement comes after a ruling against isoHunt back in March of this year, where the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said that there was ample evidence that Fung offered his service with the intent to promote piracy.
Chris Dodd, chairman of the MPAA, said in a statement that the settlement "sends a strong message that those who build businesses around encouraging, enabling and helping others to commit copyright infringement are themselves infringers, and will be held accountable for their actions."
Today Panasonic launched its latest addition to the famous Lumix line of digital cameras. The Lumix GM1 is a retro-styled compact mirrorless four thirds camera that features a 16-megapixel Digital Live MOS imaging sensor. The GM1 features a maximum ISO of 25,600 and can handle shutter speeds from 1/16,000th all the way up to 60 seconds.
Not only is the Lumix GM1 a formidable still camera, the shooter is also capable of some impressive video capture as well. Video capabilities include full HD 1920x1080 at 60i and 50i that is encoded in AVCHD and MP4. A mechanical shutter means that the camera is also capable of high burst mode shots up to five frames per second, while the electronic shutter is good for up to 40 frames per second.
A 3-inch touchscreen LCD is located on the back to aid in ensuring that you get the perfect shot every time. MSRP is set at $750 for the Lumix GM1 with a 12-32mm kit lens. Having been a DSLR guy for many years now, micro four thirds cameras are starting to appeal to me more every day. While I will never give up my DSLR, I would like to own one of these little cameras for every day snapping.
Today Canonical released Ubuntu 13.10, and included in the release was the first full version of Ubuntu Touch. While this first version of the mobile OS is intended for OEMs and and silicon vendors, Ubuntu Edge is supported by several Android smartphones and tablets including Google's Nexus 4 and Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.
"Thanks to our passionate community of early adopters and designers we've built a unique experience for end-users and for developers: one UI framework that scales across all the personal computing form factors," Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical said.
Todays release of Ubuntu 13.10 includes the full SDK for Ubuntu touch, and some additional resources, templates, and extensions that should help jumpstart app development. If you want to check out Ubuntu 13.10 or Ubuntu touch, just head over to the source link that has been listed below. We want to know if you are going to or have already installed Ubuntu Touch on your compatible device. Let us know in the comments below.
In addition to this mornings launch of the D5300, Nikon also introduced the world to a brand new lens. The Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 prime is designed for shooting portraits, landscapes and street photography, and features a nine-blade diaphragm for exceptional bokeh.
Nikon says that the lens is equivalent to a 35mm lens on a full framed camera or 87mm on a crop body. The lens elements feature Nikon's Nano Crystal coating which prevents ghosting and aids in blocking out flairs. Focusing is handled via Nikon's Silent Wave motor which provides silent operation, something that is required when shooting video. The Nikkor 58mm f/1.2 will retail for $1700 later this month.
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - NVIDIA is pushing 4K here at its Editors' Day in Montreal, Canada, and for good reason - it kicks ass. NVIDIA had three demo stations setup with Project CARS, Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag and my favorite demo: Star Citizen.
All games were being run at the glorious 4K resolution, with Assassin's Creed IV being played on a gigantic 85-inch 4K TV from LG. The 85-inch display was impressive on its own right, but Star Citizen was absolutely gorgeous at 4K. I stood there for a good half an hour talking with some NVIDIA reps about it, and the amount of passion they had for PC, gaming, 4K and tech is general is great. Star Citizen looks absolutely sublime in 4K and it is really going to be the benchmark of PC gaming when it comes out.
Star Citizen was running on a PC that was powered by two GeForce GTX TITAN GPUs, and it was running at around 20-30FPS most of the time. Chris Roberts, the guy behind Star Citizen, has been working closely with NVIDIA on the game and wants to push PCs to their limits. Bring it on I say!
Today, Nikon announced the launch of the latest addition to its line of DSLR cameras. The New Nikon D5300 is a 24-megapixel, DX Format camera with built-in Wi-Fi. This is the first DSLR offering from the camera giant to feature on-board Wi-Fi connectivity,a feature that is sure to please many photographers around the world.
Nikon managed to pack one heck of a punch into the new D5300 including a 24-megapixel CMOS sensor, EXPEED 4 image processor, and the ability to shoot HD Video. An ISO range of 100-12800 is present and can be expanded to 25,600 for super low-light situations. Nikon has also removed the low pass filter from the imaging sensor which results in an even sharper and cleaner image.
"With the Nikon D5300, we are continuing our commitment to delivering unparalleled performance and image quality while addressing the importance of staying connected and sharing images with ease," said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. "By answering the need to share high quality photos, the Nikon D5300 allows photographers to capture their memories in astounding clarity and share them with family and friends moments after they happen."Advanced Performance for When it Matters Most"
ADATA has just unveiled a new external SSD drive that is as fast as it looks. The all new DashDrive HE720 is a stainless steel wrapped external storage device that features the one of the company's ultra-fast SSDs that has been paired up with a super-speed USB 3.0 interface.
ADATA says that the new DashDrive HE720 is capable of read speeds up to 400MB/sec and write speeds in the 300MB/sec range. Measuring in at only 8.9mm thick, the HE720 is considered to be ultra-portable. The external drive supports ADATA's One Touch Backup software and allows for quick and portable backup and synchronization of the data that is most important to the customer. The DashDrive HE720 is available in capacities of 128GB and 256GB but pricing was not given at the time of this writing.
aIf you thought you had it bad paying under $500 for the PlayStation 4, then you better think of yourself as lucky as Brazil is going to be one of the most expensive countries in the world to purchase the PlayStation 4.
Brazil has some crazy high video game import taxes, where the PS4 will cost $1850. Yes, nearly two thousand dollars! It launches in Brazil on November 29, but if you wanted to save yourself some money, you could purchase the Xbox One which is only going to cost $1016, or so. The Brazil branch of Sony has said that the high cost of the PS4 in Brazil is made up of around 60-70% in import fees and taxes, which represents a hefty $1292 in taxes alone, sheesh.
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - Warner Bros. took the stage at the NVIDIA Editors' Day in Montreal, Canada, where we got a sneak peek into the unreleased Batman: Arkham Origins. Arkham Origins is the next tale in the Batman gaming saga, where it provides gamers with a look at the early, more raw Batman.
NVIDIA technology powers Batman: Arkham Origins, and for someone like me who didn't think the in-game tech from NVIDIA would make a difference, believe me when I say it does, it really does. The video above shows you just how impressive the snow effects in the game are, where it will be thicker in some parts, such as a roof, and thinner in other parts. As Batman walks through it, it will leave footprints and as he fights in the game, it will dynamically shift the snow around.
It was a truly impressive demo to check out, and it is now firmly placed at a must-have for me when it launches.
NVIDIA Editors' Day 2013 - We are live at NVIDIA's Editors' Day here in Montreal, Canada, where we just experienced what NVIDIA called a 'warm up' to some truly exciting things. One of the warm up unveilings was FLEX, its new unified GPU PhysX technology.
FLEX is something that needs to be seen to be believed, with some impressive physic calculations being done in real-time with water and cloths. We have a video of FLEX above, which you really need to check out. The demo was nothing short of amazing, with physics seemingly jumping to an entire new level thanks to the engineers and brains at NVIDIA.