Screening Room Movies Streaming Release Date

How much would you pay to stream movies at home the same day they hit theaters?

By on March 10, 2016 at 4:56 PM.

How much would you pay to stream movies at home the same day they hit theaters?

The problem with streaming services including Netflix, HBO Go and others is that it takes a while until the newest releases become available, as theaters are looking to make the most of their exclusive deals with studios. Sure, Netflix is already interested in offering its customers access to some movies on the same day they hit theaters, but the company is far from announcing anything on that front.

Netflix may or may not be able to put a deal together at some point, but Napster’s co-founder Sean Parker is also toying with this idea and he may actually be able to pull it off. More →

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The Pirate Bay Offline

The Pirate Bay is down because of a technical issue, not a new raid

By on March 10, 2016 at 7:15 AM.

The Pirate Bay is down because of a technical issue, not a new raid

Whenever Internet users who are also torrenting fans hear that The Pirate Bay is down, they’ll likely worry that law enforcement agencies looking to eliminate the popular illegal downloads site have finally managed to shut it down for good. The Pirate Bay is down again and has been offline for at least 24 hours. But this time around it’s a technical glitch to blame, rather than a police raid.

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Polaris Faster Web Page Loading

New tech from MIT could make all web pages load 34% faster

By on March 9, 2016 at 10:30 PM.

New tech from MIT could make all web pages load 34% faster

When it comes to the Internet, we’re all incredibly impatient. It doesn’t matter that we had to wait several minutes for a single web page to load a decade and a half ago. If we can’t pull up an article in an instant in 2016, it’s a disaster. Google has even begun to take load speed into account when it comes to website rankings.

In other words, speed is important, which is why the latest development from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) and Harvard is especially exciting.

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Cable Modem Router Combo

The tiny little box your cable company doesn’t want you to know about

The tiny little box your cable company doesn’t want you to know about

By on March 9, 2016 at 10:02 AM.

The executives at your cable company might not always show it, but they love you more than you’ll ever know. You pay your television and Internet bill on time each and every month, but that’s not why they love you. They love you because you don’t bother to actually look over your bill and see how much it has increased over time. And best of all, you don’t research to see that there are bogus charges on your bill each month that can easily be avoided.

Well, it’s time to flip the script and make sure that those cable company executives hate you, because there’s nothing they hate more than an educated consumer. More →

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Google Docs New Templates

Google Docs update fires another shot at Microsoft

Google Docs update fires another shot at Microsoft

By on March 2, 2016 at 2:00 PM.

There’s no easier way to create, edit and share documents online than Google Docs. It doesn’t receive as much attention as many of Google’s standout services, but it’s an incredibly useful tool, and one that many students and full-time employees alike use on a daily basis. And best of all, it’s free.

This week, Google is sprucing Docs up with a few new templates in order to better compete with Microsoft Office. More →

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Kanye West Pirate Bay Software

Was Kanye just busted for stealing music software off The Pirate Bay?

By on March 2, 2016 at 8:49 AM.

Was Kanye just busted for stealing music software off The Pirate Bay?

Kanye West probably isn’t happy about all the people who have been pirating his new album. However, that hasn’t stopped the mercurial rapper and producer from using the Pirate Bay to possibly steal someone else’s software. Per Ars Technica, Kanye West tweeted out a screenshot from his laptop on Wednesday that showed a tab open for the Pirate Bay as well as other tabs open for MacKeeper and Media Downloader.

In other words, it sounds like Kanye busted himself with his own hand in the cookie jar. More →

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Netflix VPN Blocking Crackdown Begins

Netflix just stepped up efforts to block VPN users from streaming its content

By on February 26, 2016 at 1:17 PM.

Netflix just stepped up efforts to block VPN users from streaming its content

We’ve known for a while now about Netflix’s plans to crack down on subscribers using VPNs to circumvent nation-based restrictions and to access unauthorized content. Even though Netflix may have no chance of winning the long-term battle against VPN pirates, the company still feels it has to at least make an effort to stop users from breaking the rules. GHacks.net brings us word that Netflix’s crackdown on VPNs has started becoming more widespread as several VPN-using Netflix subscribers are getting error messages when they try to watch shows on their accounts. More →

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Best Google Apps

10 Google apps and services you had no idea you needed

10 Google apps and services you had no idea you needed

By on February 26, 2016 at 11:31 AM.

Google is a search company. It’s an advertising company. It’s a mobile company, a futuristic R&D lab and even, perhaps, an automaker. Google is a lot of things and because it’s so giant, it’s easy to miss some cool stuff in the shuffle. What you probably don’t realize is that a lot of the things you missed could end up being your favorite Google apps and services.

There are dozens upon dozens of Google apps and other products out there that are worth checking out. Sure search, Gmail and Google Calendar are must-haves, but Google’s utility extends far beyond its core products.

Earlier today, we told you about a secret Google search feature every Android user should know about. Now, in this post, we’ll take a look at 10 lesser-known Google products you really need to check out. More →

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Google Fiber San Francisco Expansion

Google Fiber is (sort of) coming to San Francisco

By on February 24, 2016 at 8:45 PM.

Google Fiber is (sort of) coming to San Francisco

Great news for some lucky people in the Bay Area — you may soon have access to Google Fiber. Unfortunately, however, this isn’t a citywide buildout. Rather, Google is only using fiber that already exists and is acting as the service provider for end users. This is great if your house or apartment already has fiber connectivity, of course, but it doesn’t sound like it will bring anything to places that aren’t so fortunate. More →

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Google Search Ads

Google is completely changing the way it displays ads on search pages

By on February 23, 2016 at 9:17 AM.

Google is completely changing the way it displays ads on search pages

Google offers some of the most widely used online products in the world, and they’re almost all free. Of course “free” is never actually free — the company earns money by serving advertisements to its users and by collecting data about those users to ensure its ads are well targeted. How evil! The company always tweaks products in an effort to get the most buck for its bang, and now it looks like we’re about to see one of the biggest changes in a long time to the way ads are displayed on Google search results pages.

Long story short: Get ready to scroll. More →

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Spotify Premium Free Chromecast

Spotify is giving away free Chromecasts to new Premium subscribers

By on February 17, 2016 at 7:15 PM.

Spotify is giving away free Chromecasts to new Premium subscribers

Looking for a good reason to sign up for a Spotify Premium account? How about a free Chromecast? Spotify announced this week that new subscribers will be able to pay for three months of Premium up front and receive a free Chromecast Audio. The offer is available to U.S. and U.K. subscribers through February 28th or until supplies run out. More →

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Popcorn Time Back Online

Popcorn Time is back, but its creators say they aren’t behind it

By on February 17, 2016 at 1:47 PM.

Popcorn Time is back, but its creators say they aren’t behind it

Long before Torrents-Time allowed pirates to stream movies and TV shows directly from their browsers, Popcorn Time was the piracy tool of choice. The software made waves when it was first introduced, quickly heralded as the ‘Netflix for pirates,’ but within a matter of weeks, the MPAA was already hard at work to have it taken offline.

Late last year, the organization accomplished its goal, as the original Popcorn Time fork was unceremoniously shut down.

But the story isn’t over quite yet.

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