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Ah, torrents. You used to be cool before everyone dived onto you, years ago, but as they have become mainstream, the target has been made. Torrents used to not be mainstream, and thus, the websites hosting them were pretty safe. Now I hear grandmas discussing how their son/daughter/friend/grandson "downloaded X or Y movie/TV show from 'the torrents'".
The Pirate Bay is one of the largest torrent-hosting sites on the Internet, and in a month from now, thepiratebay.org will remove all torrent files from its site, in favor for magnet links. This new move is what The Pirate Bay calls a "new future" in file sharing, consisting of true peer-to-peer sharing without the use of trackers.
TPB has already switched over to the underlying technology that runs alongside magnet links, with Distributed Hash Table (DHT) and Peer Exchange (PEX). TPB have been using magnet links with torrent files for a while now, without letting any of its users know.
Google first announced Gmail offline in August of last year, and when they said it was "only the beginning of our HTML5-powered offline journey", well, they were right. Google have said they've been listening to everybody's feedback and have now pushed some updates to the Chrome Web Store app.
The first update is the addition of a 'settings' page. From here, you can choose how many days of mail you'd like to synchronize, 7, 14 or 31 days. This means you can sync a bunch of e-mail before you get on the plane, or a bus/train and sort through 31 days of e-mail, all while you're offline.
Google also baked in a few more updates to Gmail offline:
Improved attachments: All attachments are now downloaded and available for offline use
Keyboard shortcuts support: If you have keyboard shortcuts enabled in Gmail, your setting will transfer over to the Gmail offline app. If you're not sure what you can do with keyboard shortcuts, try pressing '?' next time you're using Gmail or Gmail offline.
Numerous performance enhancements: Messages and attachments now download at a faster rate and some bugs have been fixed.
The Wikimedia Foundation has reached its goal of $20 million USD in donations for Wikipedia. The Wikimedia Foundation announced today they had reached their goal and the banners that appeared asking for your donations will be removed.
A Wikipedia blog post by Jay Walsh noted that over one million donors from around the world collectively contributed toward the $20 million campaign. Walsh also stated that the 2011 total surpassed the 2008 total of a "meager" $4.5 million. Sue Gardner, Executive Director for Wikimedia Foundation, said the following in a message:
Apple's cloud-based iTunes Match launched last month in the U.S. and while it has lagged behind a little, they've finally launched a website that is purely dedicated to iTunes Match. The new iTunes Match website tries to clear up most of the confusion that has risen since it was announced.
Apple thoroughly explain the basics of iTunes Match, quoted below:
With iTunes in the Cloud, the music you buy from the iTunes Store automatically appears on all your devices.1 And for music you haven't purchased from iTunes, iTunes Match is the perfect solution. iTunes Match is built right into iTunes on your computer and the Music app on your iOS devices.2 It lets you store your entire collection in iCloud, even music you've imported from CDs or purchased somewhere other than iTunes. When it's in iCloud, it's available on all your devices. So you can enjoy all your music anywhere, anytime - on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, PC, or Apple TV.
Got your calculator ready for some big numbers? Google have said that in November 2011 alone, AdMob saw 8 billion ad requests coming in from tablets, which is an increase from the 1 billion in December of 2010, and an increase of an astounding 700-percent in the past twelve months.
To compare these numbers, AdMob sees nearly 3 billion ad requests per day, globally. So 8 billion over a month from just tablets alone, compared to hundreds of millions of desktops, is quite the achievement. In May of this year, Google introduced new formats for tablet-based ads, which allows advertisers and publishers to serve full-screen interstitial ads built with HTML5 on smartphones and tablets.
And just a few weeks ago, Google launched a number of new tablet ad formats, which include ways to interact with a specific product, feature a collection of products or promote foot traffic to a specific store location. Google have also revealed that AdMob saw a 440-percent growth in traffic from tablets from November 2011 when compared to December 2010.
Starting from today, SBS ON DEMAND, ninemsn video and YouTube applications are now available on the Xbox 360 through Xbox LIVE. Better yet, all of these customised apps have voice commands built-in through Kinect.
These new channels will compliment the already in place tv shows available through FOXTEL on the Xbox 360 and movies and music with Zune. Worldwide, has also seen some changes, with the following now available:
21 billion hits, it's hard to think of just how many hits on a website that is, but if anyone could pull it off, it would be Google with YouTube. According to a report from comScore, YouTube received 20,933,113,000 page views in October alone.
Nearly 21 billion hits in one month! This is enough to have roughly three videos watched by every single human being alive on this planet right now. YouTubers spent an average of seven hours watching the month's hottest videos.
Google are not finished with their quest of revamping the entirety of Google with their new 'minimalistic' theme. Today intros a new splash of paint for the Google Bar. The usual thin dark gray strip of text will leave us, and be replaced by a persistent UI element that combines the search and Google+ tools, including a share button and notifications.
Quick access to other services is still available in the Google menu, all you need to do is hover over the logo and you'll be happy to see more links. Love it or hate it, it's coming. I don't like the new Reader layout - I hate it. I've kept the old Gmail layout, for now (until its probably pushed in by default).
Internode have a pretty good offer for games.on.net, where they've offered a no signup fee, with the first two months free. Internode! Internode really cater to gamers, and push this obviously through their gaming portal, games.on.net, but also in their services they offer to gamers.
Internode have a dedicated games network in games.on.net which offers patches, videos, demos and more, your favourite Internet TV shows and podcasts where you can download them all, unmetered, as fast as your Internet connection can handle. Internode even have two Steam content servers, where you can buy your Steam games, download them and get playing faster than ever - with everything above all quota free.
Telstra BigPond Cable customer? Live in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney or Perth? You'll soon have the option of taking up plans offering download speeds of up to a maximum of 100Mbps into the home, which should cater to most people with the need, the need for speed.
Telstra Director of Fixed Voice and Broadband, John Chambers, said the upgrade is expected to hit Perth customers from 30th November, with Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Sydney getting access from the 12th of December, he added:
This upgrade provides additional capacity to Telstra's network and will provide one of the fastest broadband services available in Australia today. With speeds of up to a maximum of 100 Mbps, BigPond Ultimate Cable means the whole household can do more things at the same time, like downloading movies on the computer while streaming internet radio on the T-Hub® - all at high speed. BigPond customers also enjoy no peak or off peak restrictions and peace of mind that they won't incur any additional usage charges - as speeds are slowed once the monthly usage allowance is reached.