What a waste of time and money that wasCreative Content UK, the organization that terrified British internet users by requiring ISPs to send out emails with accusations of copyright infringement, has decided to drop this questionable practice.The Get it Right campaign, part-funded by the UK government, will no longer engage suspected pirates directly; instead, it will focus on education, and is due to launch a new initiative in the coming months.“Having encouraged increased awareness of the value of genuine content and of its many legally available sources, in turn resulting in reduced infringing behaviour, the Get it Right campaign is now moving to its next phase,” a spokesperson for CCUK told El Reg.“The educational emails sent by ISPs upon detection of infringing file-sharing activity have served their purpose and are ceasing, with the focus instead increasing the broader engagement with fans based around their passion for music, TV, film and all other kinds of creative content.”The change of direction was spotted by TorrenFreak, a website which has chronicled activities of Get it Right since its inception.
It appears hackers briefly took over UK Metropolitan Police’s website, posting a series of bizarre messages on its press section and social media accounts, including one which read “FUCK THE POLICE.”The messages were sent around 22:30UTC on July 2019.The Met Police team has since confirmed the breach occurred via third-party software.“Last night, Friday 19 July, unauthorised messages appeared on the news section of our website as well as on the @metpoliceuk Twitter feed and in emails sent to subscribers,” it said in a statement.“While we are still working to establish exactly what happened, we have begun making changes to our access arrangements to MyNewsDesk.”“The Met Police Press Bureau uses an online provider called MyNewsDesk to issue news releases and other content,” officials explained further.
Phone makers frequently launch special edition phones in partnership with various companies including car brands and movie studios.These phones are more expensive than their regular counterparts and are usually sold in select markets in limited quantities, so it can be a challenge to get your hands on them.Some special edition phones aren’t sold at all but given out as gifts, as is the case with the Winter Olympics edition of a handset you’ll come across in this quiz.The point of this quiz is to test out just how familiar you are with various special edition phones made by Samsung, Huawei, OnePlus, and other manufacturers.Each of the 10 questions contains the name of a special edition phone (example: Iron Man) along with the year it was launched, and your job is to match it to the correct device.The quiz contains a number of popular special edition phones as well as a few old and lesser-known ones to make things a bit more challenging.
Up until a few years ago, if you wanted to invest in a startup, you had to be an Accredited Investor (an actual SEC definition).This was mostly good but completely unregulated with a lot of opportunity for malicious companies to do predatory things.So after a couple of years (13 or so), the SEC put out some regulations on how to do crowdfunding “properly” (or at least with a little more oversight and a little less chance for folks to swindle others) — first through the JOBS act and then through Reg CF.With the introduction of Reg CF in 2016, crowdfunding exploded — there are now almost 50 exchanges in the US where non-accredited investors can find and invest in legitimate companies.The stability of this ecosystem over the last couple of years is finally starting to attract experienced and longtime investors and even mutual funds and other big enterprises to the crowdfunding space.Back over in the “accredited investor world”, when an investor or a group (an angel group, a VC fund, etc) consider a company, they perform something called a Due Diligence.
The Facebook group urging people to storm Area 51 and "see them aliens" has earned lots of attention (Bud Light is even offering the aliens free beer).But messing with the US Air Force's super-secret military facility could get you killed.So here's a friendlier option: An Oklahoma City animal shelter is encouraging Americans to "come storm our shelter" instead.In a Facebook post put up Friday, OKC Animal Welfare in Oklahoma City writes, "We have great animals ready to protect you from the Area 51 aliens," adding, "adoption isn't that far out of this world!"But what really sells the shelter's post is that they have included photos of multiple adoptable dogs (and one cat) wearing the famed tin-foil hats associated with conspiracy theorists.The shelter has also decorated the animal photos with sparkling spacey sprinkles, and little cartoony aliens.
SpaceX's Falcon 9 static fire test has been completed, with the spacecraft eyeing a July 24 launch for a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS).The Dragon had previously visited the ISS in April 2015 and December 2017 for resupply missions."Space Dragon flies thrice," Elon Musk tweeted Friday afternoon, adding in response to another tweet that the Texas and Florida Starship prototypes will fly in two to three months.NASA also tweeted the news, saying the Dragon spacecraft will deliver supplies and cargo to the ISS.@SpaceX is now targeting July 24 for the launch of the Dragon spacecraft that will deliver supplies and cargo that will support dozens of the more than 250 science and research investigations happening aboard the @Space_Station https://t.co/BIPB5wAVGl— NASA (@NASA) July 19, 2019
Amazon’s Audible has announced plans to add captioning to audiobooks and publishers aren’t happy about it.Though many users are receptive to the idea of ‘close captioning’ for audiobooks, which Audible announced last week, the publishing industry is revolting against the plan, in some cases demanding the feature be made unavailable on certain titles.Audible announced plans to offer captions on audiobooks earlier this week, something certain users have been requesting for years.The idea is that users can turn on the machine learning-powered subtitles feature to reach what they’re listening to, which seems a bit beside the point, though still sought after by some users.It’s already possible to do this using Amazon’s platform…it just requires the user to also pay for and download the ebook version of the audiobook on Kindle.The days of having an ereader read ebooks to us are long gone and, it if the publishing industry has its way, the idea of audiobook captions will never get off the ground.
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, the wizard-themed augmented reality mobile app game, is holding its first fan festival next month and registration to go into the ticket draw now open.The fan fest will take place in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, and entering the draw will give you the chance to purchase a $30 ticket to attend on one of those days.The game was first announced in 2017 and comes from WB Games San Francisco and Niantic -- which also made Pokemon Go -- under the Portkey Games label.It launched in June, and involves using your phone's GPS to move around the physical world while interacting with AR objects, beasts, points of interest and other wizards and witches on the game map."Attendance is limited in order to maintain the best gameplay experience possible," The Harry Potter: Wizards Unite team announced Friday.The fan festival will go from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
TV fans are gearing up for the 71st annual Emmy Awards, which are scheduled to air on Fox on Sunday, September 22.Other series receiving nominations in the double digits include Chernobyl (19), Saturday Night Live (18), Barry (17), Fosse/Verdon (17), and When They See Us (16).Surprisingly missing from some of the biggest awards categories is Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale, as the series wasn’t eligible since the new season didn’t start until June.Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama SeriesEmilia Clarke (Game of Thrones)Viola Davis (How To Get Away With Murder)
Sales of current-generation consoles are starting to drop dramatically — most likely because the next generation is on the horizon.While we won’t see new consoles until next year, it appears consumers are already starting to save their money in anticipation.Microsoft yesterday revealed its Q4 fiscal year earnings, and noted console sales were sluggish: “Xbox hardware revenue declined 48%, primarily due to a decrease in volume of consoles sold.” Sony released its fiscal year financial results earlier this year, and also reported a decline in PS4 sales.While some units are still moving, it appears consumers are generally losing interest.It was last month — during E3 in particular — that we got the most details about the next-gen consoles from Sony and Microsoft.Microsoft devoted a whole sizzle reel at their show to Project Scarlett, and Sony revealed more about the PS5.
Google‘s reportedly on the verge of demonstrating a quantum computer capable of feats no ordinary classical computer could perform.Functional quantum computers currently exist – IBM, D-Wave, Google, Microsoft, Rigetti, and dozens of other companies and universities are working tirelessly to develop them – but none of them actually do anything that we can’t already do with a regular, old-fashioned computer yet.For a basic primer on quantum computers, click here.Experts predict the advent of quantum supremacy – useful quantum computers – will herald revolutionary advances in nearly every scientific field.It may sound like a lot of hype, but these are the grounded predictions.But quantum computing is an edge technology: there’s no blueprint for wrangling subatomic particles into performing computations.
Following debate about whether a graphic depiction of death by suicide in the Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why was suitable for young and potentially vulnerable audiences, the streaming giant has decided to re-edit the scene from the show’s first season.The decision comes ahead of its Season 3 premiere in the coming months.“We’ve heard from many young people that 13 Reasons Why encouraged them to start conversations about difficult issues like depression and suicide and get help—often for the first time.As we prepare to launch Season 3 later this summer, we’ve been mindful about the ongoing debate around the show,” Netflix said in a statement sent to Gizmodo on Tuesday.“So on the advice of medical experts, including Dr. Christine Moutier, Chief Medical Officer at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, we’ve decided with creator Brian Yorkey and the producers of 13 Reasons Why to edit the scene in which Hannah takes her own life from Season 1.”The show, which premiered in 2017, is based on Jay Asher’s young adult novel by the same title and deals with sensitive depictions of sexual assault, bullying, and depression, among other topics.
Whether you’re replacing your old, clunky air conditioner, moving into a new place, or just looking for something more powerful than your existing AC unit, now’s a great time to score amazing deals on Frigidaire.To help you fight this scorching hot weather, Walmart launched its own summer sale event and dropped massive discounts on two high-end Frigidaire models: The Window Air Conditioner (FGRC1244T1) and the Heavy-Duty Slide-Out Chassis Air Conditioner (FFRH2522R2).Boasting a cooling capacity of 12,000 BTU, this AC model is ideal for rooms sized up to 550 square feet.For quick and even cooling, Frigidaire designed this unit with three different fan speeds and innovative slanted louvers.Aside from its intense cooling power, it’s also equipped with an electronic air purifier that removes pollen and other impurities from the air to enhance your comfort.Hands-free, voice-activated control is also possible, thanks to its Amazon Alexa compatibility.
Instagram’s recent rollouts of updates to its platform continues this week with two more changes around post and account take-downs, as well as a new process for appealing content deletion that it will expand in the coming months.The company announced in a blog post on Thursday that it will begin notifying users if their account is in danger of being taken down, a notification system that will also allow users to appeal directly through Instagram some content that the company has removed, rather than doing so through the Help Centre.The changes may help prevent accounts and posts that have been flagged in error from being removed without warning.“To start, appeals will be available for content deleted for violations of our nudity and pornography, bullying and harassment, hate speech, drug sales, and counter-terrorism policies, but we’ll be expanding appeals in the coming months,” the company said.“If content is found to be removed in error, we will restore the post and remove the violation from the account’s record.”With respect to an account’s “record,” Instagram also said it is expanding the parameters under which accounts may be removed.
Smartphones are wonderful things, but there is something that’s even better than smartphones.T-Mobile is offering free smartphones to customers when they purchase a new line in T-Mobile’s Magenta tier or above.With a selection of five affordable smartphones on offer, T-Mobile is looking to capitalize on the back-to-school crowd.All you need to do is add a line to your existing or new T-Mobile account, and select the $40 per month per line Magenta option.You’ll be able to select from four currently available smartphones, or wait a short time for a fifth.You’ll be able to choose from T-Mobile’s own Revvlry and Revvl 2 Plus, the LG Q7 Plus, or the LG K30.
If you didn’t know by now, there’s a heat wave sweeping the nation.There doesn’t seem to be any relief anytime soon because this heat wave will be running through the weekend for many of the lower 48 states, so there’s always the possibility of a brownout or blackout looming if the power grid is unable to sustain the demand.Today’s homes are significantly smarter and more efficient when it comes to combating unpredictable weather like this.Take, for instance, the beauty and wonder of smart thermostats, which monitor and regulate the temperature of your home.They’re far more efficient because they’ll kick off your air conditioning system when you’re not home, or simply operate them at a lower capacity to maintain a specific temperature.They learn your habits over time to reduce power consumption, thus, saving you money in the long run.
This Saturday, July 20, the world celebrates 50 years since the Apollo 11 lunar module made its historic landing on the Moon.Across the country, there will be many celebrations and events to mark the anniversary.NASA is holding a range of free events via its official social media channels and on NASA TV.Here are some noteworthy ones taking place offline:Apollo 50: Go for the MoonThe Smithsonian is one of several major institutions marking the milestone.
The notorious alligator of the Humboldt Park Lagoon in Chicago has officially been captured — and is reportedly moving to Florida.The roughly 5-foot alligator, which evaded capture for a week, was apprehended Monday night, Chicago Animal Care and Control Director Kelley Gandurski confirmed.The reptile, a male, was removed from the lagoon after an alligator expert, Frank Robb, of Florida, was hired by city animal control officials.Speaking to Block Club on Wednesday, Robb said the gator — nicknamed "Chance the Snapper" — will "be living in luxury" at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.FLORIDA MAN, 75, FIGHTS ALLIGATOR TO RESCUE DOG, REPORTS SAY“It’s pretty much a five-star resort for crocodilians,” Robb told the publication of the farm.
The French army has said it is looking to recruit four or five sci-fi writers and futurologists to staff a "Red Team" that predicts future threats and how to disrupt or defend against them.The unit will be run by the l'Agence Innovation Défense and DGRIS – the defence strategic unit.It will be expected to "propose scenarios of disruption" and to consider the impact of disruptive technologies, and the use of asymmetric technology like artificial intelligence by state and non-state actors.The move is part of France's "Document d'orientation de l'innovation de Défense (DOID) 2019" – which promises the creation of a French space force as well as better cyber defence capabilities and assessment of the role of robots and big data in future conflicts.It's not the first time the military has turned to fiction writers.The US Department of Defense and CIA reportedly got some Hollywood screenwriters and directors on board after the 9/11 attacks to brainstorm possible future terrorist attacks.