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Bitcoin breaking records - man bought a pizza with bitcoins back in 2010, those bitcoins would be worth $20M today

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 22 May 2017 8:08

Bitcoin breaking records - man bought a pizza with bitcoins back in 2010, those bitcoins would be worth $20M today Bitcoin is breaking valuation records this Spring, as the cryptocurrency's valuation has risen from May 2016 valuation of appx $440 to record-breaking $2'135 as of today.

Business Insider tells a story about a Bitcoin enthusiast called Laszlo Hanyecz who bought two pizzas from Papa Johns back in May, 2010 for 10'000 bitcoins. Back then, the value of those coins was approximately $40. Today, the same amount of bitcoins would be worth more than $20 million.

That transaction is considered as the first "real world" purchase of good where bitcoins were used.

Bitcoin to USD valuation from May, 2016 to May, 2017

Bitcoinin to USD, 05/2016 - 05/2017





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Sweden drops charges against WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 19 May 2017 5:47

Sweden drops charges against WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange Swedish prosecutors released a statement today saying that they will drop the preliminary investigation against WikiLeaks founder, Julian Assange.

"Chief prosecutor Marianne Ny has today decided to discontinue the preliminary investigation regarding suspected rape concerning Julian Assange," the office said in its statement.

Julian Assange has lived in Ecuador's embassy in London, since 2013. The lawsuit accusing him of rape in Sweden, has been pending for almost 7 years. Assange has denied the claims and stated that it is a manhunt against him and WikiLeaks.

Shortly after the release of the statement, Assange posted a photo of him smiling, to his Twitter account:




While the European Arrest Warrant issued for Mr Assange has been withdrawn by the Swedish prosecutor, Assange will still be arrested when he leaves the Ecuadorian embassy by British police on a separate warrant for failing to appear in court years ago.





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"Last Warning!" - Evil scam targeting entrepreneurs and others in Facebook

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 16 May 2017 6:42

"Last Warning!" - Evil scam targeting entrepreneurs and others in Facebook During the past 24 hours, there has been a massive wave of phishing attempts targeting Facebook page owners, such as entrepreneurs and hobby groups.

Unlike most other previous scams, this one is quite believable. Pae owner gets a notification from a fake Facebook account called "Notification Page" claiming that unless user takes action her/his Facebook business page will be taken down within 24 hours. permanently.

The link in such "notification" leads to a phishing fake, looking like an official Facebook page, asking user's Facebook credentials. After user enters the credentials, the people behind the scam can then hijack the user's business page and extort money from the user for returning the ownership.

Below is a screenshot of such message:


Facebook scam

Notification message reads:

LAST WARNING!

Your account has been reported by other users, security system received a report that your account has violated Facebook's policy. Please confirm your account by clicking the link below:

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Most popular news in March: Edge - top hacked browser, how to become super memorizer, magic helicopters and more

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 03 Apr 2017 3:49

Most popular news in March: Edge - top hacked browser, how to become super memorizer, magic helicopters and more AfterDawn has operated a news aggregator service called HIGH.FI since 2014. Service has grown steadily, month after month, during these past 3 years and in March, it - once again - made a new record with users clicking on more than 1.6 million headlines through it.

As we gather news from thousands and thousands of news services, the statistics the service generates are sometimes extremely interesting. We thought you might ant to take a look at what people clicked on during March and compiled a top20 list of headlines.

These headlines get read through our website, our Android news app and our Windows Phone app as well as through several 3rd party projects that use our news aggregator API.

Anyway, here are the charts...

Top 20 news during March, 2017



  1. Microsoft Edge: Most Hacked Browser At Pwn2Own 2017 (Tom's Hardware)
  2. Lucy Lawless almost unrecognisable ahead of mardi gras (Mail Online)
  3. Lisa Kudrow Apparently Wasn't 'F**kable' Enough For One 'Friends' Guest Star (Huffington Post)
  4. Best smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy today (Pocket-lint)
  5. AMD Ryzen Gaming Performance In-Depth: 16 Games Played at 1080p & 1440p (TechSpot)
  6. How to become a super memorizer – and what it does to your brain (The Guardian)
  7. Courtney Stodden poses in nude nightie for Instagram (Mail Online)
  8. Samsung Internet browser is now listed on Google Play Store, and it supports Nexus phones (PhoneArena)
  9. Charlize Theron dazzles in low-cut black at Hong Kong gala (Mail Online)
  10. Imogen Thomas flaunts bust in swimsuit on Instagram (Mail Online)
  11. Kylie Jenner posts cheeky new belfie on Instagram (Mail Online)
  12. 'Magic helicopter' appears to fly without using its rotors (Mail Online)
  13. Nokia flagship with Snapdragon 835 lands in June in two sizes, rumor says (GSMArena)
  14. Mass Effect Andromeda's animations have already reduced it to a laughing stock (VG247)
  15. Davina McCall shows off her bikini body on Instagram (Mail Online)
  16. Poll: Is Microsoft invading your privacy with Windows 10? (WinBeta)
  17. The Root Trump Tweets on International Women's Day and It Might Be His Worst Tweet Ever | The Muse W (Kotaku)
  18. Netflix has figured out how to stream video on bad connections (TechnoBuffalo)
  19. Beware of 'time travel' texts from 2003, experts warn (Mail Online)
  20. First gay NBA player to come out calls Amar'e Stoudemire a 'braying jackass' (Sporting News)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's website or through our Android app.

Other countries


HIGH.FI also supports several other languages and has big following in several countries. Here are the charts for March in some of ur other countries:

Top 5 news in Sweden in March, 2017


  1. Lundaforskare avslöjar: Den stora smällen kan drabba Jorden när som helst (Sydsvenskan)
  2. Seger för Djurgården mot HIF – efter Källströms "skänk" (FotbollDirekt)
  3. Hennes pojkvän levde dubbelliv – i 16 år (SVT)
  4. Trump krävs på svar – kan bli en av de största skandalerna någonsin (Nyheter24)
  5. Ica slänger ut Gevalia – för dyrt (Dagens Industri)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's Swedish version or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Italy in March, 2017


  1. Suicida a 16 anni per cyberbullismo, il padre posta la foto dell'agonia (Tiscali)
  2. Napoli-Real Madrid, la proposta hot della Saulino ai difensori partenopei (Il Giornale)
  3. Le prime pagine della stampa di tutto il mondo mostrano l'orrore di Londra (L'Huffington Post)
  4. Malena la Pugliese seduce Rocco Siffredi (o viceversa?) sull'Isola dei Famosi: galeotta fu la crema... (Oggi.it)
  5. L'evoluzione degli smartphone: le bizzarre innovazioni di LG (AndroidPIT)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's Italian version or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Netherlands in March, 2017


  1. Uitslag van testdag zes, inclusief bandencompounds (GP Update)
  2. Volledige uitslag testdag, inclusief bandencompounds (GP Update)
  3. Antivirus: wat is de beste virusscanner? (Computer! Totaal)
  4. Volledige uitslag van testdag vier in Barcelona (GP Update)
  5. Koeman haalt genadeloos hard uit naar de KNVB (Soccernews.nl)

Get more news from Nieuws2.nl website or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Denmark in March, 2017


  1. Wozniacki-formuen er eksploderet: Nu taler Caroline om det vilde beløb (Ekstra Bladet)
  2. Danskere står bag kæmpe musiktjeneste i Afrika (Børsen)
  3. Her går nøgen model ned langs stranden - men hvor mange opdager egentlig at hun ikke har tøj på? (M!)
  4. Asger Aamund: Derfor sidder Løkke i en ualmindelig grim klemme (Berlingske)
  5. Sex-skandale truer Hollywood-stjerne (Ekstra Bladet)

Get more news from Nyheder2.dk website or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Finland in March, 2017


  1. Tästä syystä WhatsApp on ilmainen – Alkaa tehdä nyt rahaa (Puhelinvertailu)
  2. Shokkikäänne: Kasmir olikin yksi Axl Smithin uhreista! (Stara)
  3. 8 niksiä: Näin teet wifi-verkostasi nopeamman (Digitoday)
  4. Vaimo ällistyi, kun poliisi näytti turvakameran kuvan – härski totuus perheen lomamatkan taustalta alkoi paljastua (Ilta-Sanomat)
  5. Toimittaja tekeytyi naiseksi ja viestitteli Axl Smithin kanssa – näin Axl käyttäytyi! (Como)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's Finnish version or through our Android app.

Top 5 news in Estonia in March, 2017


  1. OTSE | Mehhiko ralli: Ott Tänak tõusis kolmanda päeva alustuseks kohe neljandaks (Õhtuleht)
  2. Toyota viskas keset MM-rallit valge rätiku ringi (Postimees)
  3. OTSEBLOGI: Kas Tänak püsib Mehhiko rallil täna tehnilistest probleemidest prii? (Delfi)
  4. Mart Müürisepp «Verona» sarjamisest: ma tegin selle postituse naljaga! (Postimees)
  5. Suri näitleja Lembit Ulfsak (Postimees)

Get more news from HIGH.FI's Estonian version or through our Android app.

Want to get your language supported?


We're always interested to expand our HIGH.FI news aggregator to new language areas. If you're willing to help us to get our service translated and to find news sources for a new language, get in touch!

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Messenger drops support for most Windows Phone models, permanently

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 28 Mar 2017 5:54

Messenger drops support for most Windows Phone models, permanently Facebook has announced that it will stop supporting the Messenger platform for Windows Phones running WP8.1 or older. As over 75 percent of Windows Phone models are still running WP8.1 or older, rather than the new Windowd 10, this effectively kills the instant messaging app for WP.

Furthermore, the Facebook's flagship application versions still supporting messaging through the app itself (rather than forcing users to use Messenger's own app) will stop working by end of March, 2017. This change includes also all older versions of Android apps. So, if you have postponed updating your Facebook app in order to keep using Messenger through it, you are running out of time now. Facebook made the announcement through its Messenger blog.

The blow to WP platform is hard - and even harder, considering the fact that Microsoft itself dropped Skype's support for WP8.1 earlier this month.

Facebook will send an email to affected users and suggest alternative routes, such as switching to a new phone, updating to Windows 10 (an option which is out of reach for most WP users, due small RAM capacity in most sold devices) or using Messenger through desktop browser.





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iPhone storage full? SanDisk has a solution

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 27 Feb 2017 8:09

iPhone storage full? SanDisk has a solution At the ongoing Mobile World Congress, SanDisk has released a flash memory storage solution for iPhone and iPad that connects seamlessly to the iOS device.

iXpand Flash Drive series connects at USB3 speeds to iPhone or iPad via Lightning connector and has storage capacity of up to 256GB.

256GB version costs £170 or €210 in Europe, $200 in United States. With the "clip" form factor, the memory stick attached seamlessly to the iDevice. It also has USB connector in case one wants to transfer the files to PC - and obviously, via Lightning connector, you can connect the stick to Mac, too.





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Here it is: New Nokia 3310

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 26 Feb 2017 15:06

Here it is: New Nokia 3310 HMD Global, company that holds the global license to use Nokia's brand in phones, has announced today a comeback of the iconic Nokia 3310 phone.

New 3310 follows the old Nokia 3310's footsteps and is anything but a smartphone - a feature phone using Nokia Series 30 operating system, with physical keys and $50 price tag.

Unlike it predecessor, new 3310 has a 2.4" color display (QVGA LCD display), has 2Mpix cameraat the back of the phone and has a flashlight. Connectivity has only support for 2G networks.

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WhatsApp Status feature explained

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 24 Feb 2017 5:05

WhatsApp Status feature explained WhatsApp added a feature called "Status" to its app in February, 2017, copying the feature from the likes of Snapchat, Instagram and Messenger.

What it is then?

To put it simply, Status has now its own tab within the WhatsApp application, where you can see your contacts' statuses and where you can update your status. Status is a video, picture or a short text that will be shown to all of your contacts for the next 24 hours. Updating your status, however, does not send it out as a message to your contacts, but simply is shown inside the Status tab in WhatsApp app.

So, unless your contacts visit their app's Status tab, they wont know that you've updated your status.

Now, statuses disappear automatically after 24 hours - and there is no archive of past statuses, so once the status has been visible for 24 hours, it simply disappears, for good.

By default, your status is visible to all the people you have in your WhatsApp contact list. However, under security and privacy settings, you can limit that to specific people only - or to make it visible everybody, even to those who you haven't added to your contact list.

WhatsApp status feature





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Confirmed: Nokia's brand returns to mobile phone business

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 18 May 2016 5:45

Confirmed: Nokia's brand returns to mobile phone business Nokia announced that it has licensed its brand exclusively for next 10 years to be used in mobile phones and tablets, globally, by HMD Global Oy.

HMD Global is a recently founded company with its sole purpose to use Nokia's brand in mobile phones and tablets. HMD will pay Nokia royalties and license fees for every device sold under Nokia brand. Company has also made an offer for Microsoft to sub-license Microsoft's current rights to use Nokia in cheap, basic functionality phones. The offer for basic phone brand licensing is expected to happe in H2, 2016.

If these deals both emerge, HMD would be the sole company allowed to use Nokia's brand in mobile phone and tablet business. HMD plans to invest more that 500 million dollars to marketing and advertising of Nokia-branded devices over the next three years.

"Nokia branded basic phones are still among the most popular phones in several markets. HMD will continue to market these phones as part of its integrated mobile phone portfolio that will also include smartphones and tables", Nokia says.

HMD plans to use Android as its operating system for Nokia-branded smartphones and tablets. Nokia doesn't own shares of HMD, but will receive a seat in HMD's board.





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Official WhatsApp client released for Windows and Mac OS X

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 11 May 2016 4:03

Official WhatsApp client released for Windows and Mac OS X One of the most frequently requested "features" among WhatsApp users has been an official Windows desktop client. Now, the messaging app reaching almost billion users each month, has finally released official Windows and Mac OS X desktop clients.

Until now, desktop users have had to cope with WhatsApp's web client in order to use the app through their computers, but after the official desktop client, web app is no longer needed. Desktop client, like the web service, requires the app to be installed on user's phone and to be synchronized with the phone, as the encryption authentication is tightly linked to the user's phone and phone number.

So far, the desktop client doesn't support VoIP calls and provides just the same feature set as the web client does.

You can download the Windows version from our download section:

Download WhatsApp for Windows


...and you can download the OS X version (as well as other editions, including the Windows desktop client) from developer's webpage. Windows version requires Windows 8 or newer, while Mac OS X version requires OS X 10.9 or newer.





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It's a boy!

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 20 Mar 2016 18:35

It's a boy! Entire AfterDawn team wishes to congratulate Jari (one of our founders, our long-time CTO) and his girlfriend Susanna, who became dad and mom today!

Specs for the v1.0:

Gender M
Weight 3720g
Height 49cm





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Samsung plans to release Galaxy S7 earlier than anticipated

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 20 Oct 2015 19:56

Samsung plans to release Galaxy S7 earlier than anticipated According to Korean sources, Samsung plans to move the release of its flagship model, Samsung Galaxy S7 to happen couple of weeks before the MWC event where it has traditionally released its flagship models.

The move indicates that Samsung doesn't want to compete for the media attention during the MWC expo where several vendors release their products.

More interestingly, according to SamMobile, Samsung might be changing its flagship model tactic to have "super premium", "premium" and "sub-premium" flagship models in order to be able to compete against the iPhone (super premium) and against newcomers, like OnePlus and Xiaomi (premium & sub-premium).





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HTC announces the One A9 - a $399 Android phone that looks just like the iPhone

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 20 Oct 2015 19:42

HTC announces the One A9 - a $399 Android phone that looks just like the iPhone HTC announced, without much fanfare, its mid-range model, HTC One A9, today that mimicks very effectively the current iPhone design, promises to deliver Android updates almost Nexus-like and will cost $399 unlocked.

Despite the promises of a quick rollout of future Android releases to One A9's users, HTC hasn't dropped its Sense user interface. Phone sports metallic back, with antenna stripes, very much like iPhone has. Internally the phone has Snapdragon 617 chip, 2GB RAM in 16GB storage version and 4GB RAM in 32GB version. Both models have a microSD memory card slot.

Full HD display is 5" and uses Gorilla Glass 4. Main camera is a 13Mpix camera with optical image stabilization and f/2.0 optics. Other than those details, the phone has fingerprint scanner, UltraPixel front camera and Dolby Audio.

Phone is expected to start shipping in beginning of November. Availability varies geographically.

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Wow! HTC pledges to deliver Android updates max 15 days after Google

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 20 Oct 2015 19:31

Wow! HTC pledges to deliver Android updates max 15 days after Google HTC's reputation hasn't been exactly stellar when it comes to Android updates, but now the company has apparently taken different road.

HTC announced its One A9 mid-range smartphone today and the big news was that the company pledged to roll out all the Android updates to One A9 within fourteen days after Google releases the Android update.

The unlocked MSRP for One A9 will be $399, but Europeans will have to pay significantly more for the device once it arrives to old continent.





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The Pirate Bay is currently down

Written by Petteri Pyyny @ 17 Oct 2015 18:54

The Pirate Bay is currently down The best-known torrent site in the world, The Pirate Bay, appears to be offline, globally, right now.

According to online forums, such as Reddit, the site seems to be having some kind of technical problems, as it shortly reappeared after its first period of offline earlier today.

The Proxy Bay, a site that lists mirrors and proxies for The Pirate Bay, confirms this to be the case, stating on their homepage:

The Pirate Bay is currently experiencing issues


The problems affect all the official, known domain addresses of The Pirate Bay and don't seem to be related to specific countries blocking access to (some of) their domains.






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