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Pirate Bay Founder Released From Prison

Pirate Bay founder, Peter Sunde, has been released from prison in Sweden after serving five months of an eight-month sentence handed down in 2010 for breach of copyright law. He was arrested in May 2014 while visiting family in southern Sweden, after spending two years on the run.<p>Sunde (who uses …

Internet trolls could face 2 years in prison if British proposal becomes law

Britain is considering harsher punishments for online abuse.<p>The U.K.’s Justice Secretary Chris Graying told the <i>The Daily Mail</i> he will be introducing a proposal to quadruple the country’s current punishment for online abuse, from 6 months of jail to two years.<p>“These internet trolls are cowards who …

Kim Dotcom must reveal his wealth to Hollywood studios

Kim Dotcom will have to reveal how much money he has after losing a bid to keep his assets a secret from five Hollywood film studios.<p>The internet entrepreneur, who is facing extradition to the US over alleged copyright infringement, launched an appeal earlier this month against a New Zealand high …

You can no longer add more RAM to the Mac mini

Thinking of buying Apple’s new Mac mini? Make sure you get plenty of RAM when you place your order. Unlike its predecessors, the new machine’s RAM is soldered to the logic board, so you’re unable to add your own later on.<p>Macs have never been the most flexible machines when it comes to replacing and …

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Apple releases iOS 8.1 with Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, SMS Relay & Instant Hotspot, more

Just as Apple announced at its iPad & Mac event last Thursday, iOS 8.1 is now publicly available with new features including Apple Pay, iCloud Photo Library, and additional Continuity features. Apple Pay is available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users for making payments for purchases with the …

Microsoft rolls out a private Azure appliance and big freaking cloud servers

At a press event in San Francisco on Monday, Microsoft Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise Scott Guthrie announced a new family of Azure …

Apple to require iOS apps and updates to use iOS 8 SDK and include 64-bit support from February 2015

Apple has today notified developers about some upcoming rules regarding App Store submission, via its developer news portal. From 1st February 2015, newly-submitted apps and updates must be built against Apple’s iOS 8 SDK. This is not particularly surprising: Apple required similar adoption of the …

Apple Beats On iPhone Sales, But iPads Aren't Looking So Great

Apple earnings for the third quarter of 2014 are out.<p>The big number everyone has been waiting for: iPhone sales, especially since these numbers reflect the first few weeks of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales. This is Apple's most important and profitable business.<p>Apple sold 39.3 million iPhones last …

Spotify announces family plans for up to 5 users

Spotify has announced new plans designed for families of up to five members, which was one of its most requested features.<p>Pretty much anyone in a family has experienced fighting over a shared account that stops playing music when someone else starts listening elsewhere, so the company is …

Windows shops want Docker-style containers, and Microsoft is on it

While developers drool over and start playing around with Docker, an open-source technology for packaging up code into convenient containers that can move from one server environment to another, some big companies could be sitting out of the conversation for the most part. Many IT shops run the …

Microsoft to tech conference attendees: Take a photo with this woman in a skintight catsuit

As #gamergate rages on, the company had a woman dress as a near-naked video game character for photo ops<p>Tracy Clark-Flory<p>October 15, 2014 8:05pm (UTC)<p>The Microsoft booth at the technology conference Innotech today in Austin features an interesting attraction: a woman in a skintight catsuit.<p>She's …

Reddit Acquires Alien Blue, The Most Popular Unofficial Reddit App

If you’re even <i>kind of</i> active on reddit, you probably know of Alien Blue. As far as perusing reddit on iOS goes, it’s pretty much the undisputed champ.<p>It seems reddit would agree. The company has just taken Alien Blue under its wing, acquiring the project assets and hiring its sole developer.<p>We …

Google Translate for Chrome updated with ability to highlight and translate specific text

Google today updated its official Google Translate extension for Chrome, letting users translate any text they want on a webpage. You can download the new version now, directly from the Chrome Web Store.<p>If you’re a Chrome user, you might be wondering what exactly is new here. After all, Google …

Google introduces Android 5.0 Lollipop

After months of speculation on what dessert would take on the “L” name for Android 5.0, Google has announced it will be called Lollipop.<p>The latest version of Android has over 5,000 APIs and a new aesthetic style called Material Design that is supposed to create a consistent feel across multiple …

Facebook launches 'Safety Check' to let people know your status during natural disasters

Facebook’s latest feature is one people will hope they never have to use.<p>The social network launched “Safety Check” today, a tool that is activated after a natural disaster, using either the city you say you live in or your location settings if you use the “Nearby Friends” feature. It will help you …

Google announces HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet, coming November 3rd

Prices start at $399, and you can pre-order beginning October 17th<p>Google has just announced the Nexus 9, an Android 5.0 tablet that the company designed in collaboration with HTC. Pre-orders will begin on October 17th and you can expect the tablet to start showing up in stores on November 3rd. …

Apple’s iPad problem is a real one—here are four suggestions for fixing it

Apple is expected to unveil its latest iPads tomorrow at an event in California. According to leaks, the new tablets look almost identical to their predecessors. Barring any surprises, they’re not likely to relaunch iPad sales, which, after a huge start, have recently flattened.<p>The iPad—which …

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A Working iPhone Built In Minecraft

This may not make it to real-world Apple stores.<p>Minecraft has become home to any number of experiments in the can-do spirit, everything from a huge model of the <i>U.S.S. Enterprise</i> to working hard drives and computers. The latest venture, created by a German man, is a massive working iPhone, which you …

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98,000 Hacked Snapchat Photos and Videos Posted Online

Rumors that a massive collection of private Snapchat pictures and videos had been hacked surfaced on Friday, with claims on 4chan that the data would …

Dropbox Says It Has Not Been Hacked

A representative told BuzzFeed News that the stolen Dropbox usernames and passwords were not stolen as a result of a security breach.<p>A representative from Dropbox told BuzzFeed News that its security has not been compromised following reports that the service had been hacked.<p>"Dropbox has not been …

Dropbox passwords posted online and millions more might follow

If you haven't activated two-factor authentication on Dropbox yet, you may want to do so now, just in case you end up finding your credentials posted on the internet. A document posted on pastebin earlier contains 400 Dropbox usernames and passwords, which the poster claims are just a tiny fraction …

Korean chat app vows to protect user privacy

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Popular South Korean messaging app Kakao Talk said Monday it will stop fully cooperating with authorities seeking to access …

1 Million People Have Signed Up for the Windows 10 Preview

The preview version of Windows 10 has been available for just two weeks but it has already been downloaded by 1 million users.<p>The Windows 10 …

Google reveals our embarrassing voice search habits

Google wants to get the word out that all the cool kids -- and at least a few hip adults -- are all about talking to Google. At least, that's the subtext that I took away from a study commissioned by the great scion of search that looked at how both teens and adults use voice search (including …

Pixate Launches Its App Prototyping Service For Designers

Pixate, an Accel-funded Y Combinator alum, is opening the doors to its visual prototyping service today after a long private and public beta phase. When the company graduated from Y Combinator last January, it still focused mostly on allowing mobile developers to style their native applications …

Apple May Introduce A New iPad Mini With Retina Display On Thursday

Apple is already widely expected to introduce a new iPad Air at the event, but a new report from Mac Otakara (via MacRumors) says Apple is also planning to reveal a new Retina iPad Mini as well.<p>Past reports have been uncertain as to whether Apple would choose to launch the second-generation Retina …

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Microsoft wants to keep you up to date this voting season with Bing Elections

The US is nearing its November 4th general election date, and keeping track of all the candidates and statistics on them can be a tiresome task. Microsoft wants to make your voting Tuesday a little easier this year with Bing Elections.<p>Basically, when you go to bing.com/election, you’ll see a hub …

Why Hubspot's IPO was more than just an IPO

This past week was a wild one for stocks, with the S&P 500 posting its worst week since May 2012 and the VIX, a common measure of volatility, spiking sharply. The Dow was down 335 points on Thursday alone, the worst single drop of the year. That same day, Hubspot decided to launch as a public …

7 things you didn’t know your Web browser could do

The most-used program on your computer is your Web browser, but there's a good chance you don't know much about it besides how to visit your favorite sites. There are a lot of myths about browsers, some of which I've dispelled in the past, but today I want to help you get the most out of your …

Quips Adds Spreadsheets to Collaboration Productivity Suite

Quip’s mobile productivity suite is a great way for teams to collaborate on documents with the ability to not only work on and chat about a document in real-time, but the ability to chat about individual elements. Until today all it was missing was spreadsheets.<p>With the new spreadsheet, users can …