Last month we reported Jay-Z’s plan to release his new album in partnership with Samsung for free to 1 million users of Galaxy mobile phones. Now we return with some useful info for those of you who want to get the album via the Jay-Z branded Android app
Magna Carta Holy Grail, the rapper’s 12th studio album hit the shelves or should we say, the downloads, on July 4th. If you are the owner or a Samsung Galaxy S4, S3, or Note 2 you can be one of the 1 million who can get it for free (as of writing we don’t know if the number of downloads hit their mark yet). If you intend to, however, there are some interesting details we’ve come across on an androidauthority.com article which might be helpful to know. We thought it would be a good share so here they are:
Aside from the 1 million app download limit, the album will only be available to a number of territories, particularly those considered as major music markets like the United States, Japan, the UK, Canada, and Australia. Good luck to those who may want to try tricking Google into thinking that they qualify for the free download. The app can be downloaded through this link. It may take a few minutes for the album download option to appear on your device.
As of this posting, it would appear that many are not able to download or play the album after the app download. A considerable number of Galaxy device owners complained on Twitter that the Magna Carta app crashes, making it impossible to download the album. The app reportedly freezes and displays an error code. There are reports that it won’t get through the home screen.
The free album will be the clean version [...] but users have the option to download the explicit version after confirming you are at least 18 years old.
If you want to upload the album to Google Play Music, you just have to go to “My Files” and look for the album in the “Music” folder. Then, use the Google Play Music app to upload the album to your collection in the cloud. If you want to use another application to play the album, just go to the location of the album (My Files / Music) and choose your preferred music player as you open the album files.
Billboard published an article about a privacy concern related to the Magna Carta app, particularly with its location tracking. The issue was raised by rapper Michael Render (Killer Mike), who posted a screenshot on Twitter that showed the Magna Carta app permissions required: storage modification, system tool access to prevent the phone from sleeping and to retrieve running apps, location tracking, full network communication access, and phone status and identity reading.
But as we have previously mentioned here on Android Authority, app permissions screens tend to be treated like a ToS or EULA — people just don’t care about it. Killer Mike’s meticulousness raises some questions on why a music app would want to be proactive in tracking its users.
(Read the full article here)
Filed under: Announcements & Events, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
Peter Sunde, (for those not connected to the BitTorrent scene – the co-founder of the most famous file-sharing website ever – The Pirate Bay), wants to create an easy-to-use secure mobile messaging app and service for iOS and Android able to keep government prying eyes at bay.
Sunde borrowed the Swedish word for “secret” to name the app – Heml.is and to make sure it lives up to its name end-to-end encryption was employed so that the users’ communication will be safe from any third party surveillance. It seems that he was inspired to create such an app due to the recent revelations in the media related to the monitoring and surveillance practices of the US and British governments.
The ex-spokesperson of The Pirate Bay further explains the idea of the app in a video where he mentions the scandal that recently made the headlines – PRISM — a clandestine national security electronic surveillance program that hacks into major internet companies’s data and accesses user emails, and documents.
The app’s official page reads:
“We love the internet, social networks and the power it gives for sharing and social connections. What we don’t love though is that private communication has more or less turned into an open stream for companies and governments to listen into.”
Heml.is set a goal of $100,000 for crowdfunding and already the donation counter reads that the app is halfway there with $51,144. Donations “will give you access to extended features of Heml.is like sending image messages and other stuff in the future. Pre-register username will let you register your username before the app is released.”
The Heml.is team plans to offer the app’s basic functionality for free and charge for extra features.
…and we kindda like their principle – “Secrets are only secrets if they are secret” so good luck to you, guys!
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, Legal P2P News & Issues
The infamous ‘three strikes and you’re out’ French anti-piracy system implemented back in 2009 and under which the government would suspend the Internet connection of repeat copyright infringers is now history
Ex-President Nicolas Sarkozy was among the first to adopt the controversial anti-piracy law designed under the careful watch and guidance of the entertainment industry (other countries to enforce a similar method were Australia, New Zealand and South Korea). In order to smooth things out, a taxpayer-funded body was created – Hadopi – it took on the mission of supervising the monitoring of Internet subscribers and controlling the warning system. This meant successive warnings sent to repeat alleged illegal file-sharers which, if ignored, led to internet connections cut-off.
This mechanism was met with strong opposition from privacy advocates and Internet activists.
An official decree published this morning by the Socialist government of Francois Hollande gets rid of the provision in the law that enforced this type of disconnection. Fines and other penalties were kept as before.
“This measure is necessary because it ends a penalty that is not suited to today’s world, and because it illustrates the new orientation of the government’s efforts to fight online piracy,” Reuters quoted Minister of Culture Aurelie Filippetti.
According to Filippetti, France’s efforts to combat online piracy will be directed from now against websites that make money from illegal file-sharing rather than individual users.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Tops
To get a better view on how the peer-to-peer scene is evolving with respect to what file sharing software people are using, we keep you posted weekly with the latest numbers. So here’s a list with last week’s top ten most downloaded p2p file sharing programs – the chart is based on figures published by Download.cnet.com and it refers to the number of times a p2p client was downloaded from their site (to download the programs click on their names – between brackets are displayed the current versions of the apps).
Week ended July 7
|P2P Filesharing Client||Number of downloads (last week)||Number of downloads(total)|
|1. uTorrent (3.3.1) Read review||53,173||21,023,983|
|2. BitTorrent (7.8) Read review||15,952||22,465,857|
|3. uTorrent (3.2.beta)||15,679||449,830|
|4. Movie Torrent (4.0.8) Read review||5,658||1,456,085|
|5. Vuze (5.0) Read review||5,276||9,209,486|
|6. BitComet (1.35) Read review||5,069||84,582,512|
|7. FrostWire (5.6.2) Read review||3,426||34,478,173|
|8. BitChe (2.0 build 60)||1,699||621,067|
|9. AllShare (184.108.40.20631)
|10. uTorrent Portable (0.19)
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Movies, MP3, Digital Audio & Games, Tops
TorrentFreak has published the data they collected with the top 10 most shared movies on BitTorrent for the week ended July 8. All the films included in this chart are DVDrips (unless mentioned otherwise).
Top three has changed entirely since last week – this week “Fast and Furious 6″ had the largest amount of downloads on file-sharing networks; “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” comes in second while “World War Z” climbs from the bottom of the list to the third position.
This week’s chart features three new entries.
The chart also includes free download links for the movies listed here – via Kat.ph (clicking on download movie links in the chart below shows you all the versions available for the respective movie; just pick the one you want [don't simply click on that big blue button] and then download it).
|Ranking||(last week)||Movie||Rating / Trailer||Download Movie|
|1||(5)||Fast and Furios 6||7.7/trailer|
|2||(…)||G.I Joe: Retaliation||6.1/trailer|
|3||(10)||World War Z||7.4/trailer|
|4||(1)||Olympus Has Fallen||6.1/trailer|
|5||(3)||Man of Steel (R6/cam)||8.0/trailer|
|6||(2)||The Hangover Part 3 (TS)||6.1/trailer|
|8||(6)||Iron Man 3 (R6)||7.6/trailer|
|9||(…)||The Croods (webrip)||7.4/trailer|
|10||(…)||Despicable Me 2 (cam)||7.4/trailer|