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Popcorn Time users sued in the U.S., two men arrested in Denmark

Written by James Delahunty @ 20 Aug 2015 22:39

Popcorn Time users sued in the U.S., two men arrested in Denmark A number of Popcorn Time users have been sued in a U.S court for viewing and sharing a film using the popular BitTorrent-based app.

The complaint was filed in an Oregon District Court, identifying 11 IP addresses allegedly used while downloading and sharing "The Cobbler". All IP addresses are linked to Comcast customer accounts. The complaint seeks a permanent injunction against the defendants ordering they halt pirating movies, and up to $150,000 in damages.

More than likely the alleged pirates will receive a settlement offer in time, as is common with BitTorrent users sued for sharing content without consent. Popcorn Time doesn't resemble a BitTorrent client, but it does connect to BitTorrent swarms to download the content in the background.

In another interesting case linked to Popcorn Time, two men were arrested this week in Denmark for operating websites that provided information about Popcorn Time.

What makes their arrest interesting is the fact that their websites offered no copyright-infringing content at all, nor did they even host Popcorn Time apps for visitors to download. Instead, the sites posted updates about Popcorn Time and provided instructions and tips on using the apps.


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Game Drive for Xbox provides 2TB external storage via USB 3.0

Written by James Delahunty @ 05 Aug 2015 11:36

Game Drive for Xbox provides 2TB external storage via USB 3.0 Seagate has teamed up with Microsoft's Xbox team to make the first external drive designed exclusively for Xbox One or Xbox 360.

The green external device packs 2TB of extra storage to load up with games and other data, and supports USB 3.0 for top performance with Xbox One. Ditching discs and downloading games is convenient in many ways but can present a problem when it comes to capacity. The latest generation of consoles come with at least 500GB of internal storage, but upgrades are necessary sooner than you might think.

The simplest solution is an external storage device. The Seagate Game Drive for Xbox One and Xbox 360 will be ready for data transfer and storage in a matter of seconds, just plug and play.

"Free up space on your console's internal drive while consolidating 50+ Xbox One games into a single location," Seagate's product page reads.

Game Drive goes on sale later this month from Gamespot, Amazon and the other usual suspects, with a MSRP of $109.99 USD.

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How to force Windows 10 upgrade

Written by James Delahunty @ 05 Aug 2015 7:17

How to force Windows 10 upgrade Are you still waiting for your free upgrade to Windows 10? It may take days or weeks to be ready for you, but if you don't want to wait then maybe this can help.

NOTE: These instructions require that you edit the Windows registry in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, and that you have been offered (and have reserved) your free upgrade. You are completely responsible for your actions. Please also remember that these instructions do not guarantee a flawless upgrade to Windows 10, so make sure to backup ALL of your personal files and be ready to deal with a recovery operation if necessary. All you will learn to do here is force Windows to start the update for you, rather than waiting. We are not responsible for any mistake you make or problem you might encounter.

With that aside, there are several methods floating around that allow you to bypass the waiting period in Windows 7 or Windows 8.1, meaning you can begin the upgrade to Microsoft's shiny new consumer OS now. The method shown here only requires that you add or edit a registry value. It worked for us on multiple systems, but we can't guarantee it on every system.

STEP 1 - Open RegEdit and Navigate to OSUpgrade Key


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WATCH: Halo Wars 2 coming Fall 2016

Written by James Delahunty @ 04 Aug 2015 21:08

WATCH: Halo Wars 2 coming Fall 2016 Microsoft has revealed that the sequel to the Halo Wars real-time strategy game will drop during the Fall of 2016.

It is being developed by Creative Assembly (Total War) and will be available on both Xbox One and Windows 10 next fall. Microsoft used its Gamescom media presentation to show off a short video that doesn't provide much information, but we are told it will tout fast-paced action, massive battles, and an all-new Halo story.

The original Halo Wars was released in 2009, developed by the now-closed Ensemble Studios.

Check out the short video:

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WATCH: Quantum Break is star-studded, coming April 2016

Written by James Delahunty @ 04 Aug 2015 20:57

WATCH: Quantum Break is star-studded, coming April 2016 From the developers of Max Payne and Alan Wake, Quantum Break will arrive on April 5, 2016 and features a star-studded cast.

Quantum Break is part video game, part in-game live-action show, where your in-game choices will affect the outcome of the fast-paced fusion between game and show, "illustrating one story perceived in many ways for a completely unique entertainment experience."

It is being developed by Remedy Entertainment (Max Payne, Alan Wake) and published by Microsoft Studios, and set around a time travel experiment that has gone horribly wrong forcing time itself to break down. The story's three main characters (Jack Joyce, Beth Wilder, and Paul Serene) gain some time manipulation abilities.

It is broken up into segments of gameplay that are followed by an episode of the show.

Quantum Break features a really impressive cast that you will recognize instantly from TV shows:

  • Shawn Ashmore ("X-Men: Days of Future Past") as Jack Joyce
  • Dominic Monaghan ("Lost") as William Joyce
  • Aidan Gillen ("Game of Thrones") as Paul Serene
  • Lance Reddick ("Fringe") as Martin Hatch
  • Marshall Allman ("True Blood") as Charlie Wincott
  • Patrick Heusinger ("Black Swan") as Liam Burke
  • Mimi Michaels ("The Ugly Truth") as Fiona Miller
  • Amelia Rose Blaire ("True Blood") as Amy Ferraro
  • Brooke Nevin as Emily Burke
  • Courtney Hope as Beth Wilder
  • Jacqueline Pinol as Sofia Amaral
  • Jeannie Bolet as Kate Ogawa
  • Sean Durrie as Nick Marsters

Check out the Quantum Break - Time Is Power trailer:


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WATCH: Crackdown 3 is pure destruction

Written by James Delahunty @ 04 Aug 2015 20:42

WATCH: Crackdown 3 is pure destruction In this first look at Crackdown 3 we are shown a virtual environment vulnerable to total destruction at the player's will!

Microsoft and developer ReAgent gave a first glimpse of Crackdown 3 at Gamescom 2015 earlier today, in which we can see entire buildings being demolished and causing considerable destruction to their surroundings. The game will feature 100 percent destructible environments, we are told.

The demo shown today included pre-alpha in-game footage, with a 2016 release schedule still the goal.

Give the video from Gamescon a view.


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Xbox One 1TB Halo 5 bundle available to pre-order

Written by James Delahunty @ 04 Aug 2015 20:31

Xbox One 1TB Halo 5 bundle available to pre-order Microsoft has announced a special edition Xbox One bundle to launch a week ahead of Halo 5: Guardians, available to pre-order immediately.

The bundle will be released on October 20, a week ahead of the Halo 5 launch. It includes a uniquely designed Spartan themed Steel Book containing a full game download of Halo 5: Guardians (which can be downloaded immediately but not played until October 27), Warzone REQ Bundle, FOTUS-class armor and multiplayer emblem. It features custom Halo sound effects too.

Inside is a 1TB hard drive to store games and other data, while an Xbox One Chat Headset is also included. The bundle also features a Guardian model by Metal Earth, Halo: The Fall of Reach - Animated Series, and Spartan Locke's Classified Orders.

It is available to pre-order now for $499.99.


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The legendary Amiga is 30 years old

Written by James Delahunty @ 24 Jul 2015 1:58

The legendary Amiga is 30 years old The Commodore Amiga 1000 (or A1000) was released on July 23, 1985, and is still considered to have been years ahead of its time.

It stood out from the crowd for several reasons. Firstly, it sported a color graphical user interface (4096 colors) at a time when Apple's Macintosh cost considerably more (~$1000 more or so) with a black and white display. Most Amiga 1000 units were sold with an RGB monitor, but it did feature a built-in composite video output to support other monitors.

AmigaOS was a truly multitask operating system too.

Under the hood, it packed a Motorola 68000 CPU (7.16MHz NTSC, 7.09MHz PAL) upgradable officially to a 68010 and to other CPUs via third party route. While the 68000 was common in 1985, the Amiga 1000 features three additional co-processors for multimedia operations.

The Amiga 1000 had 256 KB of Amiga Chip RAM, which was officially upgradable to 512 KB and further with third party upgrades. Further hardware upgrades were possible through the included 86-pin expansion port.

When the Amiga 500 model launched a couple of years after for a cut price of $700, it established Amiga as a popular gaming system, with sales of around 6 million units.


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AfterDawn's HIGH.FI news app for Android, Windows Phone is a year old!

Written by James Delahunty @ 04 Jun 2015 22:06

AfterDawn's HIGH.FI news app for Android, Windows Phone is a year old! For the past year, thousands of you have been satisfying your needs for news content with our HIGH.FI app, and we couldn't be happier to have you!

The app, built by AfterDawn (our first!), was made to simply aggregate news content from all over the web. We wanted to make an app that could drag in news from everywhere and still could be categorized and filtered, without getting too bloated. In a way, we wanted to build a kind of "pre-loaded Feedly".

About a year ago, that app debuted for Windows Phone devices titled HIGH.FI, after the domain that provides a lite-version of the service for Desktops. Surprisingly, people liked it and several months later we dropped an Android app onto Google Play.

With no significant promotion other than our own, HIGH.FI is approaching 10,000 installations on Windows Phone, and 14,000 on Android. It has an aggregate rating of 4.1/5.0 on Google Play, which also surprised us for our first app. It turns out there are plenty of news junkies like us who find this app useful, and thousands of you use it everyday! Thank you for choosing to keep our app and using it so often because it has kept it a priority even as we are on the verge of some major updates and changes at AfterDawn.


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Court tells woman to remove BitTorrent, P2P software

Written by James Delahunty @ 26 May 2015 11:40

Court tells woman to remove BitTorrent, P2P software An accused Dallas Buyers Club pirate has been told to remove P2P and BitTorrent software in order to avoid a $7,500 fine.

The woman was accused of downloading Dallas Buyers Club illegally using BitTorrent software, along with many thousands of other people targeted who have paid settlements of typically around $3,500.

In an interesting exception in an Oregon court is worth noting, however. A woman was essentially spared having to pay $7,500 in damages to the makers of Dallas Buyers Club as long as she promised not to pirate movies again in the future. She was offered this option due "extenuating circumstances" and "financial hardship."

The judgment was dug up by TorrentFreak.

The lady in the case had to agree to a permanent injunction that included a commitment to "immediately delete all unlicensed video and audio content in her possession and subject to her control, together with any and all BitTorrent clients on any computers(s) she owns or controls together with all other software used to obtain media through the Internet by BitTorrent peer-to-peer transfer or exchange."

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Twitter brings Periscope live streaming app to Android

Written by James Delahunty @ 26 May 2015 10:56

Twitter brings Periscope live streaming app to Android Twitter's live streaming app Periscope is now available to download for compatible devices from Google Play after previously being available only on iOS.

Twitter bought Periscope earlier this year at a reported cost of $100 million, before relaunching the app for iOS on the App Store. It allows users to livestream to the public or to select users, and lets viewers interact with the broadcaster by sending them love (hearts) by tapping on their mobile screens.

Now Android users can get in on the fun, but only if your device is running Android 4.4 KitKat or newer.

The app is mostly the same as the iOS variant but there are a few noteable differences. For example, if a viewer is distracted by a phone call they have to take, then an alert will be put on the Android home screen after the call ends. Tapping the alert will return the viewer to the broadcast immediately.

It also reportedly gives more control over app notifications than the iOS variant.

Periscope has already been the subject of controversy as some users breached its terms and conditions by rebroadcasting HBO's Game of Thrones, and even the Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Junior boxing event earlier this month.


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Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition unveiled

Written by James Delahunty @ 26 May 2015 10:28

Samsung Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition unveiled Samsung announced the new special edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge smartphone ahead of its initial release in South Korea.

The smartphone is the result of an ongoing partnership between Samsung Electronics and Marvel. The Galaxy S6 edge Iron Man Limited Edition package is equipped with a vibrant red and gold Iron Man-themed Galaxy S6 edge including 64GB of storage and matching wireless charger, as well as a clear cover that enhances the device's exclusive design.

"We are excited to be able to offer our world-class Galaxy S6 edge smartphone designed especially for Iron Man fans through our continued collaboration with Marvel," said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics.

"The limited edition Iron Man Galaxy S6 edge embodies the power of the iconic Avenger with a dual-curved edge design and advanced features that will provide Marvel fans with the ultimate entertainment experience."

It's initial launch is May 27 in Korea, followed by China and Hong Kong in June.

Here's an official unboxing video:


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Skype in court over user data request

Written by James Delahunty @ 26 May 2015 10:08

Skype in court over user data request Skype has failed to comply with a request to hand over customer information to authorities to aid in a criminal investigation.

The Microsoft-owned online communications firm has been dragged into court in Belgium after it failed to hand over customer data to authorities to aid a criminal investigation.

A court based in Mechelen, north of Brussels, sought information on messages and calls that were exchanged over the Skype service. All telecoms operators in the country are required to comply with such requests in certain circumstances.

A court spokesman said the question now is whether or not Skype is also a telecoms operator, and if established to be so, it will have to hand over the information and may be fined, according to the Reuters news agency.

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Cortana coming to iPhone & Android this year, Microsoft confirms

Written by James Delahunty @ 26 May 2015 9:47

Cortana coming to iPhone & Android this year, Microsoft confirms Microsoft announces Cortana will land on iPhone and Android devices this year, and more goodies coming over the next couple of months.

Cortana on Android and iPhone will be capable of much of the same things as on Windows Phone, including having Cortana remind you to do something, to provide notifications of sports scores, track flight information, and so on. However, because Cortana won't have the same OS-level access on iOS and Android, it won't be able to launch apps on command, and the user won't be able to invoke Cortana hands-free by saying "Hey Cortana".

Changes you make on one device will be reflected when you use Cortana on any device, including iOS and Android.

Microsoft will also soon make the new Phone Companion app available on the Windows 10 Preview. It will help to sync your Windows, iOS or Android phone with your Windows 10 PC.

We can also expect the updated Xbox Music app for Android and iPhone in June or July, which will enable streaming your music files from your OneDrive account.


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Pirate Bay co-founder to appeal Swedish domain seizure

Written by James Delahunty @ 25 May 2015 10:50

Pirate Bay co-founder to appeal Swedish domain seizure An original founder of the Pirate Bay will challenge the seizure of the and domain names, it has been confirmed.

Fredrik Neij will appeal the Swedish court's ruling that ordered the two domain names to be seized by the Swedish government. Neij is not interested in the domain names himself though, instead he has concerns with how the court came to the decision to order the seizure.

The court had identified Fredrik Neij as the holder of the two domain names, even though they are held under a third party's name. Since Neij has been prohibited under threats of sizeable fines not to be associated with the operation of the Pirate Bay, and he is due to be released from prison soon, being identified as being the holder of the Pirate Bay domains by a court of law could complicate things.

"The prosecution has alleged two things. One is that crimes have been committed via The Pirate Bay. Fredrik Neij really has no views on this. The second is that he is involved in The Pirate Bay operation," said lawyer Jonas Nilsson.

With Neij's release on the horizon, it is in his self-interest to reject any determination by a court of law that he is in any way involved with the administration of the Pirate Bay.

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