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UK High Court orders ISPs to block access to 32 more piracy sites, including Demonoid, Isohunt and more (Ernesto/TorrentFreak)

TechMeme - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 2:20pm

Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
UK High Court orders ISPs to block access to 32 more piracy sites, including Demonoid, Isohunt and more  —  UK Piracy Blocklist Expands With Demonoid, Isohunt, IPTorrents and More  —  The list of websites that are blocked in the UK for facilitating copyright infringement is getting longer and longer.

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Riecoin Breaks World Record For Largest Prime Sextuplet, Twice

Slashdot - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 2:12pm
An anonymous reader writes Last week, Riecoin – a project that doubles as decentralized virtual currency and a distributed computing system — quietly broke the record for the largest prime number sextuplet. This happened on November 17, 2014 at 19:50 GMT and the calculation took only 70 minutes using the massive distributed computing power of its network. This week the feat was outdone and the project beat its own record on November 24, 2014 at 20:28 GMT achieving numbers 654 digits long, 21 more than its previous record.

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Edsac Goes Live, At UK's National Museum of Computing

Slashdot - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 1:15pm
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Britain's National Museum of Computing has flipped the switch on the venerable Edsac computer. The arduous task of reconstructing the 1949 behemoth, fraught with little in terms of the original hardware or documentation, was brought to fruition on Wednesday. As project lead Andrew Herbert is quoted as saying, "We face the same challenges as those remarkable pioneers who succeeded in building a machine that transformed computing." A remarkably shaky video of the event, replete with excellent views of the floor at the videographer's feet, can be found here."

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Syrian Electronic Army hacks websites via Gigya's login service (Mathew Ingram/Gigaom)

TechMeme - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:55pm

Mathew Ingram / Gigaom:
Syrian Electronic Army hacks websites via Gigya's login service  —  Visitors to some large media and entertainment websites on Thursday — including NBC, The Independent and NHL.com — were greeted by pop-up messages that said those sites had been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.

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Interviews: The Hampton Creek Team Answers Your Questions

Slashdot - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:12pm
A few days ago you had a chance to ask the people at Hampton Creek about about their products and the science of food. Below you'll find the answers to your questions from a number of Hampton Creek employees.

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The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:54am

Neuroscientists scanned the brains of teenagers while they listened to criticism from their Moms. Areas of the teens' brains involved emotional regulation and taking other people's perspective appeared to shut down while they listened to the criticism.

The post The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism appeared first on WIRED.

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Fitbit gearing up to expand to India, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan next year (Lorraine Luk/Wall Street Journal)

TechMeme - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:40am

Lorraine Luk / Wall Street Journal:
Fitbit gearing up to expand to India, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan next year  —  Fitbit Gears Up for Asia Expansion  —  San Francisco-based fitness tracking company Fitbit is gearing up for an expansion in Asia by making its way into India, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan next year.

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Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Slashdot - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 11:19am
Zothecula writes Security researcher GironSec has pulled Uber's Android app apart and discovered that it's sending a huge amount of personal data back to base – including your call logs, what apps you've got installed, whether your phone is vulnerable to certain malware, whether your phone is rooted, and your SMS and MMS logs, which it explicitly doesn't have permission to do. It's the latest in a series of big-time missteps for a company whose core business model is, frankly, illegal in most of its markets as well.

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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Slashdot - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 10:23am
mpicpp writes with this news from the BBC: Google is under fresh pressure to expand the 'right to be forgotten' to its international .com search tool. A panel of EU data protection watchdogs said the move was necessary to prevent the law from being circumvented. Google currently de-lists results that appear in the European versions of its search engines, but not the international one. The panel said it would advise member states' data protection agencies of its view in new guidelines. However, a link is provided at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen offering an option to switch to the international .com version. This link does not appear if the users attempted to go to a regional version in the first place. Even so, it means it is possible for people in Europe to easily opt out of the censored lists.

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Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Slashdot - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 9:25am
jones_supa writes Windows Media Player is going to become a more useful media player for those who want to play geeky file formats. Microsoft has earlier confirmed that Windows 10 will come with native support for Matroska Video, but the company now talks about also adding FLAC support. Microsoft's Gabriel Aul posted a teaser screenshot in Twitter showing support for this particular format. It can be expected to arrive in a future update for people running the Windows 10 Technical Preview. Not many GUI changes seem to be happening around Media Player, but work is done under the hood.

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Eyeing Up O2, BT Is Also In 'Exploratory Discussions' To Buy EE (Ingrid Lunden/TechCrunch)

TechMeme - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 9:05am

Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Eyeing Up O2, BT Is Also In ‘Exploratory Discussions’ To Buy EE  —  Earlier this week, it emerged that BT was eyeing up buying a mobile carrier to expand its existing fixed line business, and that O2 was one of the two under consideration.  Today we have confirmation of the other one …

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TV Streaming Gadgets: ReadWrite's 2014 Gift Guide

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 9:00am

Televisions weren’t always smart. In fact, given how long people tend to hang on to their TVs, plenty of so-called “boob tubes” still dominate numerous living rooms across the country.

Fortunately, you don't need a smart TV to tune into Netflix and other streaming services. All you really need is a plug-in gadget. The add-ons come in a range of sizes and prices, anything from a HDMI streaming stick to a set-top box shaped like a hockey puck to a full-fledged console, with a range of features to suit a variety of users.

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So whether you’re looking for stocking stuffers or primo gifts, there are plenty of options to suit a range of users—from your cord-cutting brother-in-law to the cable TV holdouts who raised you. Here are five of our favorites for your holiday shopping consideration.

Cheap HDMI Streaming TV Stick

Our pick: Amazon Fire TV Stick, $39 ($24-25 at select retailers)

Here's a surprise: Amazon actually made a gadget that’s a winner (besides its terrific Kindle e-reader). I was going to put the $35 Chromecast as my top pick; its software evolution has been progressing quite nicely this year. But it has no remote control, and its “fling video from your phone” approach can be tough for some folks to wrap their heads around. The Roku stick does come with a remote, but performance is kind of laggy.

Fire can stream several popular services for a bargain price, works faster than Roku, and offers a slick interface and remote control. But the remote doesn't support voice like the full-fledged Amazon Fire TV. That might be okay, though, since the feature's still pretty limited. (If your friends really want to check it out, they can upgrade the remote or download the app, if they have another Amazon Fire mobile device.) Let’s also not forget that, as a simple black stick—with no fat end, big logo or blaring purple color—it won’t look ugly attached to a television. 

But Chromecast, a very close runner-up, also makes an excellent gift if your recipient isn't too attached to a remote control and enjoys casting media from their phones. The teeny Google device's streaming inventory just expanded yet again, with Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Epix, ENCORE Play and others newly joining the ranks. 


[Update: Roku Streaming Stick just went on sale for $40, with two months of Rdio Unlimited free ($20 value)]

TV Set-Top Box (mid-priced)

Our pick: Roku 3, $100

TV sticks may be trendy, but that doesn’t mean gadget makers overlook the appeal of a full-fledged set-top box. Typically faster and more powerful, these units are built for people who want to give their dumb TVs some smarts. The market saw other $100 boxes enter the fray this year, like Google's Nexus Player and Amazon's Fire TV, but their app selection and marquee feature, voice search, still needs more work. Apple hasn’t brought Siri to its Apple TV (yet), but that's probably because its popular box hasn’t gotten an update in two years.

Roku claimed a stake in TV streaming early on, and now boasts a giant selection of streaming sources—more than 1,700 channels cover the major services, as well as others, from sports to children's shows to Korean and Chinese dramas. The Roku 3 offers the fastest performance in the company's line-up, comes with all the bells and whistles—including a handy headphone port embedded in the remote, for private listening—and comes with an ethernet port for a hard line, in case Wi-Fi’s too finicky. 


TV Set-Top Box (splurge)

Our pick: TiVo Roamio Plus, $325, or Pro, $500 (on sale)

Granted, TiVo’s Roamio family of boxes is not new this year, but they’re still among the best. These are big-ticket items for TV addicts who won't cut the cord, but still want streaming and apps, as well as recording capabilities.

TiVo's acclaimed interface and remote control come with generous storage: At the upper end, the box offers 3TB, which can record and hold more shows than you could hope to watch, plus six tuners that can record six channels at once. While not the fastest set-top box, it greatly improves on the previous Premiere HD. By a lot.

Roamio Pro comes with built-in WiFi support, which the older box lacked. That lets it stream recorded shows to your iOS and Android devices, the latter of which just got support this year. The box also pipes in online streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon, as well as the Opera TV app store.

This year, Roamios also boast some new Chromecast-like powers: Users can "cast” YouTube or Netflix videos from phones to TVs. There’s a downside though: The box requires a subscription—monthly ($15), yearly ($150) or lifetime ($500). But the company’s ardent fanbase finds it worth the cost. There’s also a base model available for $150, but bear in mind that you’ll skimp on storage, tuners and streaming of TiVo recorded shows. 


  • None. (The Roamio stands alone as the top premium box for both traditional TV, DVR recording and streaming.)
Game Console With Streaming

Our pick: Sony PS3, $340

At this point, all TV streaming devices offer some measure of casual gaming. But for more serious games, none can compare to an actual purpose-built console. Two reigning champs dominate the game console market: Sony’s PS4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. When it comes to streaming, however, an old-timer holds its ground on our list: the PS3.

Sony’s previous console is still the best game console for streaming. It offers 22 streaming apps—including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube and HBO GO—and plays media from Blu-ray discs, USB drives or streaming from a computer or smartphone. Plus, as an older machine, it also has a fuller library of games.

Granted, some people may care more about having a recent model, no matter how great the older version is. But even in that case, the newer PS4 still doesn’t win. The Xbox One, our runner-up, supports more streaming services than Sony’s latest, and thanks to recent Plex support, it can also stream media from desktops and mobile devices.


TV Box To Stream Sports (Or Other Live TV)

Our pick: Sling Media’s Slingbox M1, $150 ($124 on Amazon)

TiVo can "kinda-sorta” do live TV streaming. Users have to start recording a show, and then can immediately start watching the recording on their computers or mobile devices. It works, but it’s a bit clunky. If Aereo hadn’t failed—or rather, gotten whupped by the legal system—it could have become a contender in live TV streaming, at least for local broadcast stations. But RIP, Aereo.

Fortunately, we still have the Slingbox M1. While it doesn’t offer digital video recording like TiVo, its primary feature, slinging live TV in 1080p to computers and mobile devices, seems to work really well. Considering how limited or expensive streaming sports can be, the M1 seems like a no-brainer for catching regional, college or national games on the go.

The device connects to external boxes for cable, satellite or DVR, and sends the signal to the Internet, where the user can watch it in a Web browser, desktop application or mobile app. It works over Wi-Fi or cellular LTE, and the best part is, there's no subscription fee. 


I recently got a smart TV, and I find that I still use auxiliary TV devices. Smart television platforms have only just begun to evolve, so their built-in connectivity, features and slowly growing app stores can't yet offer everything that these add-ons can. That means these sticks, boxes and consoles should be around to give your lucky gift recipient plenty of streaming joy all year long. 

Roku 3 and Slingbox M1 photos courtesy of respective companies; all others by Adriana Lee for ReadWrite

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Mozilla Now Accepting Bitcoin for Donations via Coinbase (The Coinbase Blog)

TechMeme - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 8:30am

The Coinbase Blog:
Mozilla Now Accepting Bitcoin for Donations via Coinbase  —  We're pleased to announce that the Mozilla Foundation is now accepting bitcoin for donations with Coinbase's merchant tools.  —  Since it was founded in 1998, Mozilla has built great Web products while staying true to the core values …

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Wikipedia's "Complicated" Relationship With Net Neutrality

Slashdot - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 8:28am
HughPickens.com writes Brian Fung writes in the Washington Post that Wikipedia has been a little hesitant to weigh in on net neutrality, the idea that all Web traffic should be treated equally by Internet service providers such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable. That's because the folks behind Wikipedia actually see a non-neutral Internet as one way to spread information cheaply to users in developing countries. With Wikipedia Zero, users in places like Pakistan and Malaysia can browse the site without it counting against the data caps on their cellphones or tablets. This preferential treatment for Wikipedia's site helps those who can't afford to pay for pricey data — but it sets the precedent for deals that cut against the net neutrality principle. "We believe in net neutrality in America," says Gayle Karen Young, adding that Wikipedia Zero requires a different perspective elsewhere. "Partnering with telecom companies in the near term, it blurs the net neutrality line in those areas. It fulfills our overall mission, though, which is providing free knowledge." Facebook and Google also operate programs internationally that are exempted from users' data caps — a tactic known somewhat cryptically as "zero rating". Facebook in particular has made "Facebook Zero" not just a sales pitch in developing markets but also part of an Internet.org initiative to expand access "to the two thirds of the world's population that doesn't have it." But a surprising decision in Chile shows what happens when policies of neutrality are applied without nuance. Chile recently put an end to the practice, widespread in developing countries, of big companies "zero-rating" access to their services. "That might seem perverse," says Glyn Moody, "since it means that Chilean mobile users must now pay to access those services, but it is nonetheless exactly what governments that have mandated net neutrality need to do."

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EU Parliament urges EU Commission to unbundle search engines from other commercial services (European Parliament)

TechMeme - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 7:55am

European Parliament:
EU Parliament urges EU Commission to unbundle search engines from other commercial services  —  MEPs zero in on internet search companies and clouds  —  −  The European Parliament called on EU member states and the European Commission to break down barriers to the growth …

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EU Parliament calls on Commission to consider Google break-up (David Meyer/Gigaom)

TechMeme - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 7:50am

David Meyer / Gigaom:
EU Parliament calls on Commission to consider Google break-up  —  As expected, the European Parliament has passed a resolution that calls on the European Commission to consider a break-up of Google as a potential solution to its dominance in the European search market.

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10 British Shows You Need to Stream on Netflix This Thanksgiving

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 7:00am

Thanksgiving is nearly upon us, and hey, since being kind of contrary is the American way, why not celebrate this most delicious of holidays by watching some of the best TV from the country so many of those early settlers were fleeing? Yes, everybody knows about Sherlock and The Office, but there's a whole cornucopia of excellent and lesser-known British series ripe for the streaming on Netflix. Here's what you should be watching on Turkey Day.

The post 10 British Shows You Need to Stream on Netflix This Thanksgiving appeared first on WIRED.

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The Weirdest Incidents Involving Wild Turkeys This Week

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 6:45am

Wild turkeys were “everywhere” on Cape Cod, despite having once been extinct in Massachusetts. The birds were also booming again in Ohio, Florida, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, and New Jersey, where turkey numbers had increased a thousand-fold since 1977, when 22 wild turkeys were brought in from New York and Vermont to restock what was then a virtually turkey-less state. A New Jersey biologist now assured the public: “I think that they are here to stay,” and a local Op-Ed writer attributed the turkey’s success, in part, to polygamy.

The post The Weirdest Incidents Involving Wild Turkeys This Week appeared first on WIRED.

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A Stylish App That Helps You Stick to a Budget

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 6:30am

Most users don’t need charts, they just need to know if a new pair of shoes is going to blow the weekly budget.

The post A Stylish App That Helps You Stick to a Budget appeared first on WIRED.

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The Next Era of Designers Will Use Data as Their Medium

Wired - Top Stories - Thu, 11/27/2014 - 6:30am

Design has been focused on the surfaces of computing, rendering pixels on screens. But now data is becoming an articulate medium of design, in its own right.

The post The Next Era of Designers Will Use Data as Their Medium appeared first on WIRED.

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