Now that some of the more popular torrenting software is available on portable devices, it was only a matter of time before the likes of The Pirate Bay optimized their websites for mobile.
Head on over to The Mobile Bay and you'll notice that the site looks nice and clean on mobile devices, scaled down and with a bit more room to breathe. The Pirate Bay told TorrentFreak that its website rendered poorly (or "like crap") on mobile, and so a refresh was inevitable. Mobile users are automatically redirected to the domain, although users will have the option of using the desktop layout if they like. The idea is that each section of the world's most notorious torrent indexer will get its own dedicated page - so users looking for TV episodes would be able to find season packs easily as well as see episode overviews.
Of course, in countries where such websites are blocked anyway mobile users will need to find their own proxies to access The Mobile Bay. As smart devices become ever more pervasive, it's no surprise to see The Pirate Bay paying attention to its consumer UX needs, in much the same way legal services have had to catch up too.
LG Electronics has more to celebrate because its mobile electronics business has done extremely well, as the forecast-beating quarterly results makes smartphone profitability even more likely. The company shipped 14.5 million smartphones during its most recent financial quarter, with profits rising 165 percent up to $399.8 million.
Apple (41 percent) and Samsung (27.7 percent) lead the market over LG (6.5 percent), Motorola (6.3 percent), and HTC (5.3 percent), according to comScore MobiLens figures ending January 2014. Although Apple and Samsung have a strong grasp on the market, LG has shown great promise in developing new technologies to cater to North American customers.
"We don't expect (mobile) profit to turn negative like last year," said Jung Do-hyun, LG Electronics Chief Financial Officer, in a statement. "We expect further improvement."
The Microsoft One Xbox game console will be exclusively offered in China using the China Telecom network, both companies recently announced. This will be the first Xbox One to enter the Chinese market this Autumn, China Telecom said in a recent press statement.
The Xbox One has struggled throughout Asia, where the Sony PlayStation series of game consoles remain popular. However, lower pricing and a stronger marketing push has drawn attention from gamers - where Microsoft partnered with the BesTV New Media Internet TV set-top box.
The game consoles will be available starting in China Telecom stores starting this September, with an estimated $80 million investment from BesTV and Microsoft to help move the project along.
Most social media users feel jealous and inadequate, according to a report from British disability charity Scope.
The organisation surveyed 1,500 social media users and found that of these, over half of Facebook and Twitter users were left feeling like their life came up short compared to posts from peers. And although young people are the top demographic, many of those between 18 and 34 have considered quitting social media entirely, but stay online because it makes keeping in touch with friends easier. Roughly half of 18-34 year olds found that being an active user led to feelings of ugliness, being unattractive, or loneliness.
A chief event coordinator at Scope, Debbie Bines, suggested trying life without the internet for a little bit as part of the charity's Digital Detox weekend, which suggests frequent users take a 48 hour break from social networks. "Social media at its best is a great way to stay in touch with friends, as well as being the world's leading source of amusing cat pictures," Bines said. "But when things get out of balance and we start comparing ourselves to others, or feeling irritated, jealous or even ugly, it's got to be time to take a break."
It has now been confirmed by a source that Google has signed a deal that sees it buying live streaming firm Twitch used by gamers all around the world. The confirmation comes from people who claim to be familiar with the deal, and according to the source, the transaction cost Google $1 billion.
It's unclear when the deal will be announced no confirmation form Google or Twitch has been made so far. Some analysts feel that the deal emphasizes the increasing appeal of watching live gaming as a competitive sport.
Reports indicated in the past that Google had made an all cash offer to buy Twitch. Google certainly has the money sitting in its coffers to make an all cash purchase. Twitch is a service that allows people to broadcast their game play live on the PC, Xbox One, and PS4.
If you really like to read a lot, you may already have a subscription to Oyster. Oyster is a subscription service that gives you access to around 100,000 digital books for a monthly fee of $9.95. The service has been around for about ten months now and started on iOS.
Not too long ago Oyster expanded to Android and the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets as well. The library Oyster offers has also grown to about 500,000 titles. Some more good news has come from Oyster this week as it has announced subscribers can now read via a browser.
Begin able to read via a browser means that you can open your favorite book on a computer and read all you want. Amazon plans to compete with Oyster and recently announced Kindle Unlimited with 600,000 titles available for the same monthly fee as Oyster.
Microsoft has been peddling its OneNote note taking application to consumers on Android and other platforms for a long time now. The software giant has announced that it has now expanded availability for OneNote to the Amazon Fire smartphone and the Kindle Fire tablet.
The app for both devices hit the Appstore on July 24. The app is the same one that has been offered for Android devices in the past, the difference is that it is now available on the Amazon Appstore giving users on Amazon devices access.
OneNote is the only part of the Office suite that is available now for the Android platform. Other Office apps are expected to land for Android before the end of the year.
Scientists are set to begin excavations at a sinkhole in Wyoming that holds the fossilized remains of some animals that lived during the Ice Age. The cavern holds the skeletons of mammoths and dire wolves that are said to be preserved in unusually good condition.
This excavation will mark the first exploration of Natural Trap Cave in Wyoming since it was discovered in the 1970's. The cavern is 85-feet deep and formed a natural repository for fossil records dating back 100,000 years.
The cave was formed when the limestone bedrock at the foot of the Bighorn Mountains collapsed. Over the years, thousands of animals fell into the 15-foot wide mouth of the cave that would have been concealed by vegetation. The cave is 120-feet wide at the base and is cold and damp helping to preserve the fossils.
Today just about everything we use relies on electricity to operate from our smartphones and computers to our toilets in some cases. On July 23, 2012, the sun threw two gigantic clouds of plasma into space and they barely missed the Earth. In fact, had the coronal mass ejections happened only a week before, they could have devastated life on Earth according to scientists.
These storms wouldn't have killed people necessarily, but they would have likely damaged satellites and the electrical grid to the point that anything that plugs into the wall wouldn't have worked. Physicist Daniel Baker says that if those solar eruptions had hit the Earth, we would still be picking up the pieces two years later.
NASA said, "Analysts believe that a direct hit ... could cause widespread power blackouts, disabling everything that plugs into a wall socket. Most people wouldn't even be able to flush their toilet because urban water supplies largely rely on electric pumps. According to a study by the National Academy of Sciences, the total economic impact could exceed $2 trillion or 20 times greater than the costs of a Hurricane Katrina. Multi-ton transformers damaged by such a storm might take years to repair."
Comixology is a digital distributor of comic books that was purchased by Amazon in April of this year. During Comic-Con international in San Diego this week, the company made an announcement that fans of digital comic books will love.
Comixology is ready to offer users a number of DRM-free comic books. With no DRM to mess things up, buyers of the digital comics can copy and share DRM-free comic books and can store them on their devices permanently. This may seem a bit strange to fans of comics considering that Comixology was reportedly working to get the tools for stripping DRM taken off Github not long ago.
The important thing here is that this announcement doesn't mean all comics the site offers will be DRM-free. Publishers of the digital comics will have the option of making them DRM-free if they choose.