Few film companies are assailing piracy with the vigor of Third World Media.
Third World Media (TMW), a porn studio headquartered north of Los Angeles, filed a lawsuit two weeks ago against 1,568 unnamed individuals, accusing them of using peer-to-peer networks to unlawfully share copies of "Miss Big Ass Brazil #4," records show.
"Each of the defendant's acts of infringement have been willful, intentional, and in disregard of...the rights of plaintiff," TWM's attorneys wrote in their filing of October 4.
If you've ever allowed yourself to be subjected to Kiss songs, you'll know that they are jolly, somewhat empty-headed, and entirely innocent.
If you've ever allowed yourself to be subjected to a reality show called "Gene Simmons' Family Jewels," you'll know that the Kiss frontman is a man with a lovely family, experience of plastic surgery, and opinions that suggest a slight smattering of oldy-worldy self-righteousness.
How entirely stunning, then, that this wealthy aging, platform-booted man seems to have encountered a little difficulty with those who are able to put the digital boot in … Read more
We took the new interface for a spin, and our first impression: It's the fastest and possibly best way to stream Netflix that we've tested so far. Even better, Netflix has new 1080p HD streams and a few movies also include 5.1 Dolby Digital soundtracks. Subtitle options are now available on some videos as well--a long overdue first for Netflix.
Setup is painless. Select the Netflix icon from the video icon of the XMB interface and the PS3 will start a quick download of the new Netflix program. Enter your Netflix subscription and the new interface pops up.
While the PS3's old interface got the job done, the new interface is a joy to use. There's a left-hand menu that includes sorting categories, such as "genre" and "new arrivals." When you jump into each section, you see additional rows of movies, and if you hover the cursor over a movie, you get additional information like run time and Netflix's guess as to how much you'll like the movie.
You can still browse your Instant Queue like before, but now you can even search straight from the interface. The search results update as you type, which mitigates most of the frustration of using an onscreen keyboard, since we generally only had to type a few letters to find what we were looking for. Our only nitpick is there currently isn't a way to filter movies by video quality; a simple "HD" filter would be appreciated.… Read more
He won't be wearing a beret or a T-shirt that says "I know, I know, Jamie is always right," but President Obama will be making a guest appearance on the hit Discovery Channel show "Mythbusters."
In a release today, the Discovery Channel touted the segment--which the president and "Mythbusters" hosts Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage taped on July 27--that will air during the December 8 episode of the show. The episode is called "Archimedes Solar Ray," and during his segment, the president challenged Hyneman and Savage "to revisit an ancient … Read more
The quality and availability of broadband around the world have improved dramatically in recent years, according to an Oxford University study out today.
Sponsored by Cisco Systems, the third annual study from the Oxford's Said Business School examined broadband access across 72 countries and 239 cities. Due to investments around the world, the quality of broadband has improved by 50 percent in just the last three years, the study found, while 49 percent of the countries in the study now have broadband access, compared with 40 percent in 2008.
The average global download speed has shot up from 3.… Read more
Disc-less Netflix streaming is now possible on all three major game consoles.
Nintendo Wii owners can download a free Netflix app from the Wii Shop Channel, starting today, that lets the rental company's subscribers stream television shows and movies without requiring them to insert a special disc into the game console.
Adobe today announced the latest version of its Acrobat suite of products.
Set to hit the market in the next 30 days, the new Reader X and Acrobat X products are promising tighter security, better collaboration, and easier PDF reading.
A study commissioned by Truste paints a pretty optimistic picture about how teenagers are using privacy tools on Facebook and other social networking sites. The study, entitled "The Kids are Alright," (PDF) reports that "80 percent of parents and 78 percent of teens feel in control of their personal information on social networking sites" and that "84 percent of parents are confident their teen is responsible with personal information on a social networking site."
But the news isn't all good. The survey also found that more than two-third (68 percent) of teens have … Read more
It is a good idea to buy Wi-Fi products certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance if you want to ensure the interoperability between products of different vendors.
Similarly, you want to look for HomePlug-certified products when shopping for power-line network devices.
Power-line devices are those that enable the electrical wiring of your home to transmit data signals, hence allowing for extending the network to different parts of the property without running network cables.
Most of these devices are based on the HomePlug AV standard, but products from different vendors are not guaranteed to work with one another until they are tested … Read more
Many of Facebook's most popular apps are sharing personally identifiable information of their users with dozens of advertising and Internet-tracking companies, in violation of the social-networking giant's own rules, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
The issue provides access to users' names and, in some cases, the names of the app user's friends to at least 25 advertising and data firms, the Journal reported. The issue could affect tens of millions of users, according to the report. The Journal found that the 10 most popular apps, including Zynga's FarmVille, were transmitting user IDs--which can be … Read more