Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, Entertainment Industry
In a recent statement James Blake said that he is not concerned with those who download his music without his permission. While the English singer-songwriter seemed comfortable on the issue of filesharing, the future of music industry as it is today for him looks rather gloomy.
While the artist’s album ‘Overgrown’ had its official release yesterday, it had already ‘debuted’ on some torrent sites like KickAss Torrents last week. If you download the album for free and you like it, you can visit Blake’s official website and buy it (actually pre-order it for now).
In an interview with The Guardian, Blake emphasized how easy is for anyone willing to download an album for free to do so:
“Why wouldn’t you [download ‘Overgrown’ for free]? My label (Universal) is hoping that on 8th April you’ll do the right thing and click the ‘Buy’ button. You should see what they’re doing online just to get people to look at the ‘Buy’ button. I’m starting not to care, to be honest.”
With regard to the industry, things don’t look too bright in his opinion: “Things are changing. The ship (music industry) isn’t just going down. There are people trapped inside, bashing on the windows trying to get out.”
Along with the release of his latest album James Blake launches a mini-tour in the UK, London being his first stop today.For those who want to see him live, you can check the tour dates and buy tickets here.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
This sort of software leaks are quite common and usually they’re just the spark to ignite the users’ anticipation, a quick peek at what the company is working on.
Over the last few years, Microsoft has been sometimes openly bothered by the frequent leaks concerning its products, others times the company itself has been suspected as using this method to promote its software - this time the new “release” is one the company’s upcoming projects, Windows Blue and since this week can be found on filesharing sites (here, for example).
Apparently, the 2.63GB ISO file is thought to have been released by one of Microsoft’s service partners from France. From tomshardware.com we learn what this leaked version reveals:
Current users of Windows 8 still have access to the File Recovery option, but it takes a little digging to find it. It’s located in the Control Panel under “All Control Panel Items” and allows users to back up their data to an external drive. This supposedly isn’t in the next release at all.
Another “hands-on” report claims that Microsoft has pushed most of the PC settings controls from the desktop to the new Modern UI overlay. These include settings for SkyDrive, Network, Apps, Accounts, Update and Recovery, Time & Language, and others. “If you were looking for any further proof of the desktop being eased out going forward, look no further than this,” said Paul Thurrott.
The leaked update also reveals a handful of new apps including Alarms, Calculator, Movie Moments and Sound Recorder. There’s also a new updated Snap mode that allows users to open two apps side by side, each one consuming half the screen – currently only one takes up 75-percent of the screen. Snap may even accommodate up to four at a time.
Also seen in this build is the ability to manipulate the size and arrangement of tiles, and to name Start Screen groups without going into semantic zoom mode. The update even provides the ability to customize the desktop’s background and color schemes directly from the blocky Modern UI.
There is also a functional copy of IE included in the leaked ISO but for now there’s no info about the updates to it.
Microsoft will make Windows Blue available this summer as a preview and will officially release it near the end of this year.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Downloads, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services
Over the last few days some gamers out there had some good reasons to get all excited as others got carried away and shared their newly acquired Halo 4 via torrent websites.
The image on the right (originating on Reddit and NeoGAF) recently confirmed by the publisher, show the 2 discs included in Halo 4 game; while the first one contains the full game, the other has on it the install files.
With about three weeks left until the official launch of the game, the 343 Industries-developed Xbox 360 exclusive has been leaked onto p2p filesharing networks.
Reportedly, while some torrent sites are hosting single ISOs of each disc (one for the campaign and one for the multiplayer component) others sources for free download list a combined two-disc download.
Microsoft is extremely unhappy with the news, especially since the number of downloads and seeds are increasing like crazy as we speak (i.e. write).
“We have seen the reports of ‘Halo 4′ content being propped on the Web and are working closely with our security teams and law enforcement to address the situation.”
The company has tried to take any measures against the aggravating issue – it has removed gameplay footage of the shooter from YouTube but also videos pertaining to the opening cinematic and the title’s ending segment.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry, File-Sharing Programs, Networks & Services, Legal P2P News & Issues
We all remember how Metallica took the fight on music piracy a decade ago, fueling other artists to do the same. While Hetfield & Co. may have changed their stand in the meantime, others like the currently en vogue female rapper Nicki Minaj have just getting started with their anti-piracy protests.
After accusing her fan site NickiDaily.com of leaking a couple of songs from her newest album “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded”, Nicki wrote on her Twitter account:
“Like seriously, it’s but so much a person can take,” she wrote on Sunday just before closing her account.
Her first album, “Pink Friday”, was considered a huge success in 2011, but after this reaction the famous artist may just lose a couple of fans.
On the same note, the popular blue-rock band The Black Keys has criticized services like Spotify and Rhapsody for not returning more money to the artists. We are inclined to believe that we will see more protests of this kind in the near future.
Studies show that rap music is one of the most pirated genres around. So, whether this is just a marketing gimmick from Nicki’s part or she’s really upset about those leaked songs is about to be revealed in the near future.
By that we mean that if someone leaked the tracks, her record label could go after the person who did it. And, as we all know, there are criminal penalties involved when it comes to the distribution of copyrighted materials before they’re released.
Filed under: Announcements & Events, Entertainment Industry
YouPorn (the notorious porn video website) is placed on the top 100 most popular websites in the world, according to the Web information company Alexa. Unfortunately for the company, the website’s database was hacked. The security breach occurred as a third-party chat service (YP Chat) failed to properly secure its user data.
Anders Nilsson – a security blogger – claims that over a million YouPorn users’ credentials were made public due to the recent hack attack. As a result, YouPorn’s chat site has been disabled until an investigation is to be carried out, says the Luxembourg-based Manwin Holding SARL. Kate Miller – a spokeswoman for Manwin – added that the site was run by an outside company on separate servers; as such, there was no breach at YouPorn itself.
This is not the first time when hackers focused their attention on adult portals, as Brazzers also had their user-base exposed in the past.
However, the bigger issue here is that many internet users have the same password for multiple websites, such as PayPal or Amazon. If that’s the case for you, it’s strongly recommended that you change your password as soon as possible.