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Netflix shoots down offline playback, says it will never happen

Netflix has come out talking about an offline feature for its media streaming service, saying that the offline feature was "never going to happen." It was being reported that the company would unveil the offline feature to certain tablets, but the company has come out slamming down the rumor.

 

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During a recent interview with TechRadar, Cliff Edwards from Netflix talked about offline playback being a short term fix for something that was a much bigger problem thanks to the lack of widespread, and varying speeds of Internet.

US Airline Delta flaw let passengers access others boarding passes

Hackers of New York recently found a vulnerability in Delta's online portal, which allowed other passengers to view or alter other users boarding passes without knowledge or permission of the original owner.

 

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Described as a direct object reference vulnerability, this issue saw Dani Grant from Hackers of New York contact Delta for an explanation. However they only received an apology for an "unfortunate online experience" with Delta choosing not to comment on any flaw that may have, or current does, exist.

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Tesla Model S cars are now working as an expensive wireless hotspot

If you've got $100,000 laying around and are looking for an alternative mobile hotspot to the regular offerings, Australian Telecom Telstra are offering free in-car internet connectivity.

 

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The Tesla Model S uses a constant connection to the internet for many essential functions mainly based around it's expansive infotainment system. This provides the user with live navigation maps, access to music streaming service Rdio (among others) and interior Wi-Fi (hotspot) capabilities.

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More consumers just want Internet access from cable providers

Around 26 percent of subscribers calling their cable TV provider want to cut the cord and request Internet access only, as they ditch cable service, according to research from the Marchex Institute. It's a troubling time for cable TV and satellite providers, as mobile Web will soon quickly replace TV as the No. 1 resource in total number of viewers, along with racking up higher advertising revenue.

 

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"It's clear that consumers want very specific things from their cable providers - and at the most fundamental level, they increasingly just want a reliable Internet connection to serve as a gateway to their own channels and choices," said Chen Zhao, Marchex Institute director of analytics, in a statement to Business Insider.

 

Sensing a shift more towards online video, broadcasters and premium content providers are testing their own standalone subscription services.

Google provides most popular entertainment 2014 infographic

Google in traditional fashion are releasing a bunch of 'best of' and most popular information articles and graphics looking back at their 2014 calendar year of operations. We've recently reported on the best Google Play Apps of 2014, here's their most popular Google Entertainment options.

 

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This graphic also illustrates the fastest growing apps of 2014, alongside random social information including the most searched for actor and articles that had the widest appeal. This information has been claimed by some as a tool to help you catch up on entertainment news that you may have missed in 2014 - either way you'll be able to visualize the biggest stories as reported below.

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Co-founder of The Pirate Bay hopes for it to stay closed indefinitely

Peter Sunde, citing the network's loss of vision over the years, apparently doesn't mind if The Pirate Bay never sees the light of day again. Commenting that it's now "ugly" and how the new owners haven't taken precautions to improve the experience for the community.

 

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This news comes as we've reported multiple stories in recent months of the controversial site being the centerpiece of multiple arrests, closures and server shuffles.

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The Pirate Bay's former spokesman not saddened by closure

Peter Sunde was one of the original The Pirate Bay founders, and his stint as the official spokesman for the popular torrent site earned him prison time. In comments on his blog Peter outlined his disdain with the current state of The Pirate Bay and expressed his feelings on the matter. "The Pirate Bay has been raided, again. That happened over 8 years ago last time. That time, a lot of people went out to protest and rally in the streets. Today few seem to care. And I'm one of them."

 

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Much of Peter's angst stems from the fact that The Pirate Bay has devolved into a soulless entity hell-bent on running garish ads to receive as much money as possible, at least in his eyes. "The site was ugly, full of bugs, old code and old designs. It never changed except for one thing - the ads. More and more ads were filling the site, and somehow when it felt unimaginable to make these ads more distasteful, they somehow ended up even worse," Peter writes. The suggestive ads began when The Pirate Bay was sold to Reservella, a shadowy company based out of Seychelles. Reservella made several moves to monetize the site, but made very few improvements in actual function and design.

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LastPass automatically changes your passwords on hacked websites

LastPass has just released their new feature, allowing the password manager program to automatically change your password on certain websites if they have been hacked or compromised.

 

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To utilize this feature, you will need to log in to your LastPass account, navigate to whichever website you want to setup this new feature for, click Edit and select the "Change Password Automatically" feature. There are approximately 75 websites currently supported by this program with major players including; Facebook, Twitter, Amazon and Home Depot.

 

Once finalized, LastPass automatically changes your passwords for you. This is done by it opening up the browser locally on your screen, logging in and changing the password automatically. There hasn't been any mention on exactly how LastPass gets the hack information delivered directly, but it's a seemingly good precaution to have just in case something goes wrong. Currently supporting Chrome, Safari and Firefox, this automatic feature is featured in Beta format. The point of this program is to manage multiple websites all under one banner, allowing it to quickly and efficiently deal with threats without you having to do it manually step-by-step.

Piratebay servers raided by Swedish police, might be down for good

Some users have noticed that The Pirate Bay has been down for a much longer time than the normal sporadic downtime bursts. At 12 hours, and counting, many have suspected the worst. Google recently moved against apps made for Android devices that accessed the popular site, and many had speculated that Google may have had a hand in The Pirate Bay's disrupted service. It turns out Swedish police are the culprit. The Pirate Bay, deemed "The galaxy's most resilient BitTorrent site", had its apocalyptic safe haven in Sweden raided by the police.

 

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The raid was conducted by Fredrick Ingblad, a specialized inspector in intellectual property crimes. A specialized forensics team and local police seized servers and computers, effectively bringing the popular torrent site to its knees. The Pirate Bay has been under fire for years and the original founders ended up in jail for their efforts. The scrappy site was spread out amongst the wind and managed to continue to thrive for several years, though eventually the website was changed from thepiratebay.org to thepiratebay.se.

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Australia still years behind the rest - ITU announces gigabit copper

We've spoken about it before and I'm sure we'll report on it again - Australia is extremely behind the 'eight ball' when it comes to provision of high-speed internet to its residents. It seems the government is too busy dodging wild crocodiles and drop bears to work on a viable internet solution together.

 

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Just recently, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has finalized a new line technology, said to be able to provide broadband service speeds of up to one gigabit per second functional over Australia's old copper phone line network. One gigabit per second sounds really good, so what are we complaining about?

 

There's a few possible issues. The ITU explains that this new G.fast standard has begun shipping to vendors and will be available in the market by December 2015 - meaning we're going to have to put up with our 3 Mbs download and 0.85 Mpbs upload that most Aussie gamers have been living with for the past few years. This technology, said to "combine the best aspects of fibre and DSL" will only provide fibre-like speeds up to 400m away from a distribution point. Setup in a fibre-to-the-distribution-point type structure, this new advancement will see distribution points being laid around various cities, towns and streets. However, they haven't made it clear where or exactly how many of these distribution points will exist.

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