Kim Dotcom’s request for his extradition hearing to be live streamed on the Internet has been granted by a New Zealand High Court judge. Beginning tomorrow, proceedings will be broadcast live on YouTube, despite protests from the United States that the stream could prejudice Dotcom’s criminal trial in the U.S. should he be extradited.
In January 2016, a BitTorrent enthusiast thought he’d launch a stand-alone tracker for fun. Soon, Zer0day.ch was tracking thousands of torrents after being utilized by The Pirate Bay and ExtraTorrent. Now it’s tracking almost four million peers and a million torrents, but the ride has been far from smooth.
Several Internet providers in India have found a clever way to reduce the load BitTorrent transfers put on their network, while pleasing their torrenting subscribers at the same time. They’ve teamed up with Torbox.net which offers a fully fledged torrent search engine that connects users to ‘local’ peers to guarantee maximum download speeds.
The U.S. Copyright Office is considering expanding the mandatory deposit requirement for publishers, so that record labels would also have to submit their online-only music to the Library of Congress. The Library would then allow the public to access the music. The RIAA, however, warns that this plan introduces some serious piracy concerns.
Denuvo is one of the most famous anti-piracy systems in use today. Earlier this month the protection was properly cracked for the first time on Rise of the Tomb Raider, but that was after the game had been out for 193 days. Now, similar protection on the game ‘Inside’ has been defeated in just six weeks.
In recent months CloudFlare has been called out repeatedly for offering its services to known pirate sites, including The Pirate Bay. These allegations have now resulted in the first lawsuit after adult entertainment publisher ALS Scan filed a complaint against CloudFlare at a California federal court.
According to the United States Government, KickassTorrents was operated through Cryptoneat, an alleged “front company” located in Ukraine. Now, however, Cryptoneat’s web’s presence is no more. In addition to the disappearance of its website, the company’s main domain has just expired.
Internet provider Cox Communications maintains that it’s not responsible for copyright infringements carried out by its subscribers. The company has announced that it will appeal the $25 million damages verdict in its case against music publisher BMG.
Beginning “as early as next year,” Samsung may start selling refurbished smartphones directly to consumers. The new resale program is aimed at strengthening Samsung’s earnings as global phone sales slow down, according to report today citing “a person with direct knowledge of the matter.”
Offering lower-cost refurbished phones could also help Samsung better compete against Chinese manufacturers whose cheap devices have cut into its sales, especially in developing markets.
The report from Reuters from comes on the heels of Samsung’s latest smartphone release, the Galaxy Note 7. While the Note 7 has earned strong reviews, it’s also noteworthy for its steep price, which starts at $849.99. By comparison, the company’s flagship Galaxy S7 (pictured above) and the Galaxy S7 Edge, launched earlier this year, are priced starting at $670 and $770, respectively.
Resale a ‘$17 Billion Market’
Samsung plans to refurbish and resell high-end devices that come back to the company from customers on one-year upgrade programs that are offered in the U.S., South Korea and other markets, according to Reuters. No details were available on how refurbished phones would be priced or how many might be made available.
The report cited research from the financial services firm BNP Paribas that said the average resale value of a refurbished Samsung Galaxy phone is about 51 percent of its original price, compared to the Apple iPhone’s higher resale value of 69 percent. Reuters noted that Apple does not provide detailed sales information about refurbished iPhones.
In a forecast for 2016, the auditing and advisory consulting firm Deloitte called the sale of used smartphones “the $17 billion market you may never have heard of.” It predicted some 120 million used smartphones would be resold this year, compared to the 80 million sold in 2015.
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Set to arrive on September 30, iOS 10, the latest update of Apple’s mobile operating system, will offer a number of new features, including a redesigned lock screen, a more intelligent Siri digital assistant and new looks for other apps.
One improvement to Siri will be especially welcome for at least one famous iPhone user: Barbra Streisand. In an interview over the weekend, the singer told NPR that she called Apple CEO Tim Cook to request that the next update for Siri corrects how the assistant pronounces “Streisand.”
“She pronounces my name wrong,” Streisand noted, after NPR’s Scott Simon had Siri say her name as “Streizand.” The correction pronunciation is “Streisand with a soft “s,” like sand on the beach,” the singer said.
“What did I do? I called the head of Apple Tim Cook and he delightfully agreed to have Siri change the pronunciation of my name finally with the next update on Sept. 30,” Streisand said. “So let’s see if that happens because I will be thrilled. ”
Raise To Wake, More 3D Touch
For the rest of the iPhone-using population, Apple is billing iOS 10 as “the biggest release ever” of its mobile operating system. The next version will also introduce a native app for Home automation, new animations and personalization options for Messages, more gender-diverse emojis and something called “Differential Privacy.”
Differential Privacy is a technology to “help discover the usage patterns of a large number of users without compromising individual privacy,” according to Apple. “In iOS 10, this technology will help improve QuickType and emoji suggestions, Spotlight deep link suggestions and Lookup Hints in Notes.”
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