Piracy groups in the United States have been resistant to technology, and both music labels and movie studios have shown anger related to ripping technologies. In the UK, however, the government decided to make it legal to rip and copy MP3s and movies for personal use, allowing consumers a bit more freedom.
However, the decision to legalize backups of music and movies was not a popular decision by Hollywood, which Sony Pictures Entertainment and other studios resisted. As revealed following SPE's data breach, Hollywood wanted UK Prime Minister David Cameron to think of Hollywood - especially if a commercially available alternative was available to consumers.
"This is because prior interactions with the UK government over the last few months have left us with no certainty that our concerns will be addressed in the proposal that will be presented to Parliament for an up or down vote in February," said Keith Weaver, EVP of the Global Policy and External Affairs at Sony, in a leaked email.
A preview has been pushed live by Microsoft pending its release of the Office 2016 desktop productivity suite, with no Office 365 subscription necessary for download.
The technical preview of this edition was reportedly released back in February 2015 surrounded by strict non-disclosure agreements for all involved.
Now Microsoft is ready to open it up to the masses with their general manage of Office marketing, Jared Spataro, commenting that he's looking forward to feedback from a large public audience before full release later in 2015. Reportedly similar to Office 2013 in the looks department, Office 2016 pledges to offer better cloud storage options, collaboration opportunities and more.
In a bid to make skies safer, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) warned that a software fault could result in loss of power mid-flight on the gigantic Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Discovered by Boeing themselves in private testing circumstances (not real flight), this issue can occur if the aircraft is not powered down between trips, resulting in the generator systems on board switching to fail-safe mode and seeing all AC power cut - mid air or not.
This issue is said to take 248 days of usage for the fault to occur, rendering it as an unlikely thing to happen in real-world circumstances. However, this model of aircraft has reportedly experienced some other issues resulting in extended boot up times.
NVIDIA has released its GeForce 352.63 Beta Driver recommended for all early adopters of Windows 10.
Created for all Maxwell and Kepler video cards, GTX 900, GTX600 and GTX 600 series' are supported in this update.
American Airlines was forced to delay "more than a couple dozen" flights following problems with an app installed on Apple iPad tablets used by pilots. Some pilots had to return their aircraft to the gate, while others said they fixed the third-party app problem during passenger boarding.
"Some flights are experiencing an issue with a software application on pilot iPads," according to a statement released by American Airlines. "In some cases, the flight has had to return to the gate to access a Wi-Fi connection to fix the issue."
The airline became the first company to convert pilots fully to electronics for navigation and flight plans, so any data changes can be made quickly and efficiently. American Airlines claims it saves over 400,000 gallons of fuel each year, and millions of pages of paper documents were replaced with just 8,000 iPads.
Opera Software has launched a new version of the Opera Mini mobile browser for Google Android tablets and smartphones. The new version includes a more simplified menu, improved speed dial, private-browsing mode, scalable interface, and other key improvements for Opera Mini 8.
Opera currently has an active Android user base of 130 million, and the company wants to increase that total number up to 275 million users by 2017, according to Opera CEO Lars Boilesen.
"It's complicated, we have customers in 200 countries and more and more of them are using smartphones and fewer are on feature phones," said Petter Lade, investor relations chief at Opera, in a statement to Reuters. "Our target is to have 275 million smartphones and 75 million on feature phones, this will be our total target for mobile users for 2017."
Today is a big day for PC gamers across the world, with Grand Theft Auto V finally launching for the PC. NVIDIA is on the ball as usual with the GeForce Game Ready 350.12 WHQL drivers for GTA V.
These new drivers include an SLI profile for not only Grand Theft Auto V, but Assassin's Creed: Rogue, Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty, and Victor Vran - an updated profile for Project Cars is also included. NVIDIA has also provided some 3D Vision profiles, with Grand Theft Auto V's profile rated as 'Excellent'.
Microsoft is shifting the focus of its new Music and Video apps for the latest Technical Preview of Windows 10 away from Xbox, dropping the Xbox branding on them altogether.
With the Xbox branding seemingly behind them, the new Music and Video apps aren't much different to their Windows 8.1-based counterparts. We do have a few UI changes, and a modified menu system that collapses by default when you enter a windowed view. The Verge has played with the new apps, noticing that the new Music app doesn't have playback controls when hovering over the app in the taskbar.
The Video app isn't much better, with purchased content taking a couple of seconds to begin while adding or removing folders from a video library causing the app to crash. What we need to take away from this is, Microsoft has removed the Xbox branding from their two large media consumption apps for their upcoming Windows 10 operating system. This is big news, and something I think the company needed to do to not confuse consumers between Xbox and Windows.
A unique program taking place at San Quentin State Prison in California is teaching inmates how to write code. The idea is that inmates can graduate the program and they will be able to leave prison with an in-demand skill able to give them opportunities to stay off the street.
Ideally, programs like this - along with other job skills programs - can drop the state's notorious 61 percent recidivism rate.
Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor will be tasked with leading the Beats Music evolution, with Apple hoping the service could one day compete with Spotify. The Silicon Valley company dished out $3 billion for the company known for trendy headphones and earbuds - and a lot of people wondered what would happen to Beats Music.
Apple reportedly failed in its efforts to get music labels to lower licensing costs, as Apple wanted to sell a subscription to Beats Music for just $8 per month - $2 less than Spotify's $10 per month service. However, Apple - which once held great influence in the music industry - must adapt to changing times, with more users turning to streaming services over paid music downloads.
"They're used to being a shaper rather than a responder," said Toni Sacconaghi, financial analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein, in a statement to the New York Times. "This is one of the few times where Apple is playing catch-up and not necessarily coming from a position of strength."