Game of Thrones BitTorrent

HBO is sick of Game of Thrones torrents and it’s now going after individual pirates

HBO is sick of Game of Thrones torrents and it’s now going after individual pirates

By on April 20, 2015 at 7:00 PM.

Long gone are the days when HBO seemingly paid little mind to piracy. Following the leak of the first four episodes of season 5 of Game of Thrones, TorrentFreak is reporting that HBO is now dead serious about thwarting individuals from illegally downloading the world’s most pirated show.

Specifically, HBO is now putting individual pirates on notice. HBO has already issued “thousands of warnings to Internet subscribers whose connections were used to share leaked Game of Thrones episodes.” The warning messages, naturally, are being relayed through each individual user’s ISP.

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iPhone Encryption Manhattan District Attorney

Manhattan DA makes the most over-the-top claim about iPhone encryption we’ve heard yet

By on April 20, 2015 at 6:40 PM.

Manhattan DA makes the most over-the-top claim about iPhone encryption we’ve heard yet

We’ve heard a lot of hysterical claims from law enforcement officials about all the awful things that will happen if Apple and Google encrypt their mobile operating systems, but this new piece of hyperbole from Manhattan’s district attorney may take the cake. More →

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Hit List

OnePlus One Open Sales

Buy a OnePlus One without an invite starting today

By on April 20, 2015 at 6:20 PM.

Buy a OnePlus One without an invite starting today

One of the most exciting Android phones released in 2014 has been available only to consumers who have received invites and those who jumped on limited sales events since its launch, but on Monday, OnePlus finally announced open sales for its CyanogenMod smartphone: the OnePlus One. More →

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Star Wars Rogue One Trailer

Star Wars: Rogue One will bridge the gap between Episodes III and IV – watch the first trailer

By on April 20, 2015 at 6:00 PM.

Star Wars: Rogue One will bridge the gap between Episodes III and IV – watch the first trailer

Believe it or not, the release of the second trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was not the finale of Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim last week. In fact, that was just the highlight of the first day. In the succeeding days, there were more announcements, more interviews and more trailers, including an early teaser for Rogue One, the first film of the Star Wars Anthology Series. More →

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Game Changers

Apple Watch Gross Margins Estimate

Why the Apple Watch might be Apple’s most profitable product ever

By on April 20, 2015 at 5:38 PM.

Why the Apple Watch might be Apple’s most profitable product ever

For a long time, Apple has made ungodly sums of money from the iPhone, which has traditionally been its most profitable product. However, the launch of the Apple Watch may be about to give Apple an even more lucrative cash cow. 9to5Mac points us to a new research note from Think Big Analytics principal analyst Carl Howe, who believes that the Apple Watch is on track to be the most profitable Apple product ever with average gross margins of more than 60%. More →

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Tesla Google

Google came shockingly close to buying Tesla in 2013

By on April 20, 2015 at 5:17 PM.

Google came shockingly close to buying Tesla in 2013

With a share price that’s consistently hovering in the $200 range and an award-winning car, Tesla these days is sitting pretty. But before Tesla began selling Model S cars faster than it could make them, there were a lot of questions surrounding the company’s ability to turn a profit, let alone thrive as a viable entity.

In a bombshell revelation posted by by Bloomberg, and excerpted from the upcoming book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, we learn that Tesla CEO Elon Musk was extremely close to finalizing a deal to sell the entire company to Google.

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Fleksy Virtual Keyboard for iOS and Android

The custom smartphone keyboard is here to stay… and it’s only getting smarter

By on April 20, 2015 at 4:56 PM.

The custom smartphone keyboard is here to stay… and it’s only getting smarter

The one smartphone feature we take for granted every day, one that has evolved into an app category of its own, is the virtual keyboard. There are various custom keyboard apps listed in app stores waiting to offer smartphone users a better experience than default options. In fact, many of them extend across platforms, bringing the same features to users no matter what devices they own. The better and smaller these gadgets get over time though, the better the virtual keyboards must get as well.

At least, that’s what Fleksy’s Ashley Eleftheriou assured me in a virtual sit down over the weekend about the past and future of the virtual keyboard app. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S6 Best Features Video

Watch: Samsung thinks these 3 features make the Galaxy S6 the ‘smartphone of your dreams’

By on April 20, 2015 at 4:36 PM.

Watch: Samsung thinks these 3 features make the Galaxy S6 the ‘smartphone of your dreams’

Samsung has a lot to be proud of with the Galaxy S6 and a new video from the company highlights three key Galaxy S6 features it believes will make it stand apart from the competition. More →

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Apple Watch: How to Avoid Skin Allergies

How to make sure your Apple Watch doesn’t give you a skin rash

By on April 20, 2015 at 4:16 PM.

How to make sure your Apple Watch doesn’t give you a skin rash

In addition to worrying about when their preordered unit will ship in a reasonable time frame, some Apple Watch buyers might also be wondering whether the device will give them any allergic skin reactions. After all, this wouldn’t be the first time that a wearable device has caused skin rashes. To address the matter, Apple has put together a help page that details the kind of materials used to make the Watch body and bands that might cause skin reactions. More →

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Apple Watch Virtual Teardown Images

Gorgeous virtual Apple Watch teardown shows the insane amount of technology Apple packs into a tiny device

By on April 20, 2015 at 3:56 PM.

Gorgeous virtual Apple Watch teardown shows the insane amount of technology Apple packs into a tiny device

You might not be able to buy an Apple Watch in Apple retail stores until June and the device you preordered may not arrive for many more weeks to come. But at least you can now check out a virtual teardown of the device, even before the gadget is available to early buyers. More →

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1 World Trade Center Observatory

Watch a breathtaking time-lapse elevator ride from 1 World Trade Center

By on April 20, 2015 at 3:36 PM.

Watch a breathtaking time-lapse elevator ride from 1 World Trade Center

It’ll cost you $32 to visit the One World Observatory beginning in late May when it opens to the public atop the new 1 World Trade Center. And when you do, you’ll travel at around 23 miles per hour in the new elevators. But if you want to see what the trip will be like right now, there’s a magnificent 47-second time-lapse video of Manhattan’s history as seen from that vantage point, including the tragedy that took place on 9/11. More →

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Apple Environment

Why is Apple the only huge tech company that really cares about the environment?

By on April 20, 2015 at 3:16 PM.

Why is Apple the only huge tech company that really cares about the environment?

Ahead of Earth Day, Apple on Monday published its annual Environmental Responsibility Report covering the company’s ongoing commitment to “leave the world better than we found it.” The new environmental report comes hot on the heels of last week’s announcement that Apple will be purchasing 36,000 acres of forest land in order to responsibly and sustainably manage its paper supply chain for items such as packaging and marketing materials.

The full report underscores Apple’s seemingly unrivaled commitment to being as environmentally friendly and conscious as possible. Apple today  is one of the few tech company’s willing to address head on some of today’s more pressing environmental issues. What’s more, the level of transparency and the depth of information Apple provides in its environmental report is rarely, if ever, seen in Silicon Valley, with Google and Facebook being the lone exceptions.

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McDonald's All Day Breakfast 4/20

Hilarious: McDonald’s starts testing its all-day breakfast program on 4/20

By on April 20, 2015 at 2:56 PM.

Hilarious: McDonald’s starts testing its all-day breakfast program on 4/20

Give McDonald’s credit: It knows exactly what people are looking for on April 20th. Per Nasdaq, it seems McDonald’s has picked the infamous stoners’ holiday as the day to start trying out its all-day breakfast program at certain locations in San Diego. This means that everyone who’s celebrating 4/20 on Monday in San Diego will be able to buy Egg McMuffins, Hotcakes and Sausage McGriddles no matter what time of day it is. Dude, what could be better? More →

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