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  1. Netflix today launched a new internet speed testing service called Fast.com. With the new service it’s possible to test the speed of both mobile and broadband connections anywhere in the world. The site is very simple, as soon as you load the page the test starts. The service is powered by Netflix servers and results should be comparable to other services, of which Netflix itself explicitly mentions Ookla’s Speedtest.net. In several quick and unreliable tests we did, there wasn’t much of a match between Netflix’s Fast.com and Ookla’s Speedtest. While Fast.com reported 29 Mbps, Speedtest.net reported 49.20 Mbps as download speed. The consumer speed test is different than the Netflix ISP Speed Index. Fast.com measures personal internet connections at any given time, while Netflix’s speed index measures average monthly speeds of actual Netflix streams during prime time hours. Article source
  2. Soundcloud, the music streaming service popular for hosting both up-and-coming acts as well as established artists and podcasts, has laid off 173 employees and will be closing multiple offices. The cuts represent about 40 percent of the Berlin-based company’s workers. Its San Francisco and London branches will be closed as well, with its operations consolidating in Germany and New York City. Just last March, co-founder Wahlforss said London was a “crucial place” for the company to build its platform. In a blog post following the announcement, co-founder Alex Ljung said the layoffs were an effort to “ensure our path to long-term, independent success.” “By reducing our costs and continuing our revenue growth, we’re on our path to profitability and in control of SoundCloud’s independent future,” said Ljung. Soundcloud has seen its revenues more than double in the last year, and it raised $70 million in debt this spring. To date the company has raised more than $190 million. Still, its revenue came in at only about $50 million for 2016, and its losses have nearly doubled the money it brings in. The company has recently looked to leverage its 175 million users and grow its revenue, with tiers for its content creators, a $4.99 subscription service, and more advertising. Soundcloud has not said whether the measures have started to pay off. Soundcloud has flirted with buyouts from Twitter and Spotify in the past, but the layoffs look to be a function of the company looking to reconfigure its business, rather than make it attractive to potential buyers. Article
  3. In recent years, there has been an explosion of services designed to let you access geo-restricted content from anywhere in the world. Originally, VPNs were all the rage. But with the VPN clampdown by services like Netflix and BBC iPlayer, some users have turned to smart DNS providers instead. For people who are desperate to access such apps, they both have pros and cons. Of course, changing your DNS servers or using a VPN can have exceptional benefits outside the world of geo-blocking. However, many users won’t care about those benefits. To help you out, I’m going to focus on the two solutions specifically from the standpoint of someone who is using them to access blocked content. What are they? How to they work? And, most importantly, what impact do they have on your online security? Keep reading to find out. What Is a VPN? A VPN (Virtual Private Network) lets you connect to a secure private network remotely. They are widely used by companies to allow employees to access databases and business-critical apps when they are out of the office. Connecting to a VPN (such as ExpressVPN or any provider in our best VPNs list) will direct all your internet traffic to the new network, and you effectively do your browsing through that network. In addition to getting around geo-blocking, VPNs significantly improve your online security and privacy. In an age when it seems like every company in the world is trying to get access to your data and browsing history, everyone should be using one. What Is DNS? DNS stands for “Domain Name System.” It’s like the phone book of the internet. DNS servers are responsible for pairing web domains (such as google.com) with the site’s underlying IP address. As such, changing your DNS provider away from your ISP’s default service can bring awesome benefits, including faster browsing, parental controls, and increased security technology. Unlike regular DNS, smart DNS directs users to a proxy server which is specifically designed to help unblock restricted content. How Do VPNs Help Access Restricted Content? When connecting to a VPN, your computer acts like it’s in the physical location of the VPN network. More importantly, websites see an IP address in a particular location and automatically assume you’re based there. For example, if you live in the United Kingdom and connect to a VPN in the United States, websites will display the American version of the site. What’s the Problem With VPNs? In the last couple of years, websites that offer streaming content have started blocking users on VPNs. It’s surprisingly straightforward to achieve: the companies collate a list of IP addresses used by VPN providers and block any traffic that originates from them. Of course, some IP addresses will always slip through the cracks, thus resulting in a game of whack-a-mole between the content providers and VPN companies. How Do DNS Servers Help Access Restricted Content? With the ever-decreasing reliability of VPNs for accessing geo-blocked content, users have been migrating to smart DNS providers instead. The principle is the same as VPNs: both your computer and websites you visit are spoofed into thinking you’re in a different place from your true locale. However, while the effect for the user is the same, the underlying process is very different. A smart DNS will receive information about a user’s location and change it to a new location before resolving the IP query. It does this by routing all your traffic through a dedicated proxy server. The server is located in the country where the website you want to visit is based. The Security Implications of VPNs VPNs are the number one weapon in the battle to keep yourself safe from prying eyes. If you use a VPN, the biggest benefit is encrypted traffic. A hacker won’t be able to see what you’re doing online, and neither will your ISP. It passes through a secure tunnel to the VPN network, and won’t be visible by anyone until it enters the public internet. And remember, if you only visit HTTPS sites, your browsing will always be encrypted. If you’re choosing a VPN provider, you still need to pay attention to the VPN protocols. Most providers offer SSL/TLS, PPTP, IPSec, and L2TP — but they are not all equal, especially from a security standpoint. For example, there are known vulnerabilities with PPTP, with many problems deriving from the authentication processes it uses. As a rule of thumb, you should use SSL protocols. The most security-conscious VPNs won’t even anonymously log traffic. Theoretically, logs could allow a VPN provider to match an IP address and a time stamp to one of their customers. If the provider finds itself on the end of a court’s subpoena because some of its users have been accessing illegal content or downloading copyrighted videos, the company might potentially “fold” rather quickly and relinquish any information they have. The Security Implications of Smart DNS Smart DNS servers are not security measures. Yes, some top-end DNS providers introduce technology such as DNS-over-HTTPS and DNSSEC, but you won’t find those features on services that solely focus on forging your location. Most importantly, DNS servers do not encrypt your data. This dramatically increases their speed compared to VPNs (which is a big reason why they’re popular among cord-cutters), but they will not hide your traffic from companies, websites, your ISP, governments, or anyone else who wants to spy on you. Ultimately, all your traffic is logged against your IP address, and anyone with the right tools can view it. You’re also putting yourself at risk from man-in-the-middle attacks (MITM). MITM attacks occur when an attacker is intercepting and altering any traffic between two parties who believe they are communicating directly with each other. DNS servers are one of the main ways in which hackers launch MITM attacks. It is very easy for an unscrupulous smart DNS provider to offer rock bottom prices then conduct DNS hijacking on all its customers. Look no further than the now infamous Hola VPN incident to see how low some people are willing to stoop in the pursuit of profit. Before signing up to a smart DNS provider, spend a few hours carefully studying the company’s privacy policy. It will help shed light on what your provider is logging, what it knows about you, and if it is profiting off your data. The Bottom Line If you are desperate to watch the latest season of Orange Is The New Black, you need to give VPNs a wide berth. They are unreliable and no longer fit for purpose if you want to unblock content. Instead, you should use a smart DNS service. However, users should also use a VPN service. If you value your privacy and security, there is no better way to keep yourself safe online. Remember, smart DNS providers do not help your security — if anything, they hinder it. Article source
  4. Vodlocker.to is offering an interesting service that not only provides streaming movies and TV shows in the browser but also allows them to be published anywhere on the web. After entering the movie's IMDb number, users get an embed code which can be entered into any web page, where the movie will play in a YouTube-like window. There's even support for Chromecast. While torrents are still the go-to source for millions of users seeking free online media, people are increasingly seeking the immediacy and convenience of web-based streaming. As a result, hundreds of websites have appeared in recent years, offering Netflix-inspired interfaces that provide an enhanced user experience over the predominantly text-based approach utilized by most torrent sites. While there hasn’t been a huge amount of innovation in either field recently, a service that raised its head during recent weeks is offering something new and potentially significant, if it continues to deliver on its promises without turning evil. Vodlocker.to is the latest in a long list of sites using the Vodlocker name, which is bound to cause some level of confusion. However, what this Vodlocker variant offers is a convenient way for users to not only search for and find movies hosted on the Internet, but stream them instantly – with a twist. After entering a movie’s IMDb code (the one starting ‘tt’) in a box on the page, Vodlocker quickly searches for the movie on various online hosting services, including Google Drive. Entering the IMDb code “We believe the complexity of uploading a video has become unnecessary, so we have created much like Google, an automated crawler that visits millions of pages every day to find all videos on the internet,” the site explains. As shown in the image above, the site takes the iMDb number and generates code. That allows the user to embed an HTML5 video player in their own website, which plays the movie in question. We tested around a dozen movies with a 100% success rate, with search times from a couple of seconds to around 20 seconds maximum. A demo on the site shows exactly how the embed code currently performs, with the video player offering the usual controls such as play and pause, with a selector for quality and volume levels. The usual ‘full screen’ button sits in the bottom right corner. The player can be embedded anywhere Near the top of the window are options for selecting different sources for the video, should it become unplayable or if a better quality version is required. Interestingly, should one of those sources be Google Video, Vodlocker says its player offers Chromecast and subtitle support. “Built-in chromecast plugin streams free HD movies/tv shows from your website to your TV via Google Chromecast. Built-in opensubtitles.org plugin finds subtitles in all languages and auto-selects your language,” the site reports. In addition to a link-checker that aims to exclude broken links (missing sources), the service also pulls movie-related artwork from IMDb, to display while the selected movie is being prepared for streaming. The site is already boasting a “massive database” of movies, which will make it of immediate use to thousands of websites that might want to embed movies or TV shows in their web pages. As long as Vodlocker can cope with the load, this could effectively spawn a thousand new ‘pirate’ websites overnight but the service generally seems more suited to smaller, blog-like sites that might want to display a smaller selection of titles. That being said, it’s questionable whether a site would seek to become entirely reliant on a service like this. While the videos it indexes are more decentralized, the service itself could be shut down in the blink of an eye, at which point every link stops working. It’s also worth noting that the service uses IFrame tags, which some webmasters might feel uncomfortable about deploying on their sites due to security concerns. The New Vodlocker API demo can be found here, for as long as it lasts. Article source
  5. Controversial new law could see Kodi TV box users face up to 10 YEARS in prison http://i.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2017/02/08/19/3CF8FB1B00000578-0-image-a-50_1486583642634.jpg Kodi is a free service that streams apps and on-demand services onto your TV Many of the plug-ins offered host illegal streaming services for films and shows A new bill has ruled that people making the illegal content could go to prison Ten year sentences would only be applied in the most serious of criminal circumstances Thousands of people using Kodi boxes to stream illegal content in the UK could face up to 10 years in prison, thanks to a controversial new law. The Digital Economy Bill warns that people making and streaming films using torrents online will be committing a criminal offence. The news comes shortly after Amazon banned 'fully-loaded' Kodi TV boxes and other pirate devices from its global online store. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4469678/Kodi-users-face-10-YEARS-prison.html
  6. ‘Pirate’ Movie Streaming Sites Declared Legal By Italian Court A Court of Appeal in Rome has overturned a 600,000 euro ruling against four unlicensed sites that offered streaming movies to the public. The Court found that merely providing links does not qualify as distributing files protected by copyright, even though the sites generated revenue via advertising. When it comes to passing judgment on so-called ‘pirate’ sites, Italy has more experience than most around Europe. Courts have passed down many decisions against unlicensed sites which have seen hundreds blocked by ISPs. Today, however, news coming out of the country suggests that the parameters of what defines a pirate site may not be so loosely interpreted in future. It began in 2015 when the operator of four sites that linked to pirated movies was found guilty of copyright infringement by a local court and ordered to pay more almost 600,000 in fines and costs. As a result, filmakers.biz, filmaker.me, filmakerz.org, and cineteka.org all shutdown but in the background, an appeal was filed. The appeal was heard by the Rome Court of Appeal in February and now, through lawyer Fulvio Sarzana who defended the sites’ operator, we hear of a particularly interesting ruling. “The Court ruled that the indication of links does not qualify as making direct disposal of files protected by copyright law,” Sarzana told TF in an email. Often in these kinds of cases, the presence of a financial motivation by a site operator can play a crucial role. In this matter, however, even revenue generation via advertising failed to tip the scales in the prosecution’s favor. “The Judge has recognized as lawful the portals’ activities, and this despite the presence of advertising banners,” Sarzana says. According to the lawyer, it is not enough to simply show that the ‘pirate’ site generates income. The prosecution must also show that profit activity is connected to an individual. If it does not, the sharing aspect could be considered as merely avoiding an expense rather than a for-profit activity designed to generate “significant gain”. In the event, that’s exactly what happened. “In fact, the Judge ruled that file sharing, i.e the sharing of files protected by copyright, is a saving of expense and not a for-profit business. Therefore, in these cases you cannot apply the penal provisions of copyright law and the resulting administrative sanctions,” Sarzana notes. The decision to clear the sites of all charges and overturn the financial penalties against their operator is bound to prove a controversial one, not just locally but across the EU as a whole. Only time will tell how the decision will affect the bigger picture. Meanwhile, the complexities of the case have not been lost on Federico Bagnoli Rossi, Secretary General of the Federation for the Protection of Audiovisual and Multimedia Content (FAPAV). He believes that traditional legal avenues are not the only way to tackle the piracy problem. “We are aware of the difficulties encountered in investigative activities and for this reason we are convinced that intermediaries should assume their responsibilities and work more closely with all parties involved in protecting culture,” Rossi says. Source
  7. VLC Media Player Beta VLC media player is a free and open source cross-platform multimedia player and framework that plays most multimedia files as well as Blu-ray, DVD, Audio CD, VCD, and various streaming protocols. VLC can also convert, capture/record and be used as a server to stream video. Individual Changelog for v2.2.5.1 not yet available. Downloads: Win 32-bit[x86] Downloads: https://downloads.videolan.org/videolan/testing/ or Win 32-bit[x86] Mirrors: https://get.videolan.org/testing/ Win 64-bit[x64] Downloads: https://downloads.videolan.org/videolan/testing/ or Win 64-bit[x64] Mirrors: https://get.videolan.org/testing/ Others: https://downloads.videolan.org/videolan/testing/ or Others Mirrors: https://get.videolan.org/testing/
  8. SSD modules like this one are being abused by Spotify For almost five months—possibly longer—the Spotify music streaming app has been assaulting users' storage devices with enough data to potentially take years off their expected lifespans. Reports of tens or in some cases hundreds of gigabytes being written in an hour aren't uncommon, and occasionally the recorded amounts are measured in terabytes. The overload happens even when Spotify is idle and isn't storing any songs locally. The behavior poses an unnecessary burden on users' storage devices, particularly solid state drives, which come with a finite amount of write capacity. Continuously writing hundreds of gigabytes of needless data to a drive every day for months or years on end has the potential to cause an SSD to die years earlier than it otherwise would. And yet, Spotify apps for Windows, Mac, and Linux have engaged in this data assault since at least the middle of June, when multiple users reported the problem in the company's official support forum. "This is a *major* bug that currently affects thousands of users," Spotify user Paul Miller told Ars. "If for example, Castrol Oil lowered your engine's life expectancy by five to 10 years, I imagine most users would want to know, and that fact *should* be reported on." Three Ars reporters who ran Spotify on Macs and PCs had no trouble reproducing the problem reported not only in the above-mentioned Spotify forum but also on Reddit, Hacker News, and elsewhere. Typically, the app wrote from 5 to 10 GB of data in less than an hour on Ars reporters' machines, even when the app was idle. Leaving Spotify running for periods longer than a day resulted in amounts as high as 700 GB. Spotify officials hadn't responded to Ars questions more than two days after they were sent. According to comments left in the Spotify forum in the past 24 hours, the bug has been fixed in version 1.0.42, which is in the process of being rolled out. The update remains unavailable to many users, this reporter included. And that means Spotify's drive-assaulting behavior continues unabated for many. According to posts in the Spotify forum (see pages here and here, for instance), the massive data writes are tied to one or more database files with titles that include the string Mercury.db. Users have proposed several manual techniques that are supposed to correct or mitigate the problem, but the most preferable solution is for Spotify developers to fix this bug and to make the update available to all users immediately. The performance of millions of storage drives may count on it. Article source
  9. Adult themed streaming sites are using a loophole in Google's services to store infringing material at no cost. Google's servers are increasingly being used as a hosting platform, by exploiting YouTube's private publishing backdoor. With YouTube as one of its flagship services, Google has a dominant market share when it comes to online video. However, behind the scenes it is also becoming a primary source for pirate streaming sites, generating millions of views per day. While it’s no secret that there are pirated videos on YouTube, there is an even greater concern for copyright holders behind the scenes. As highlighted before, streaming sites often use Google’s services as a hosting ‘provider.’ On YouTube, they likely upload material without publicly publishing it. Instead, they grab “private” direct links to these videos and embed them on their websites. These videos are served directly from the GoogleVideo.com domain without being listed on YouTube. This means that they also bypass the Content-ID takedown system. Interestingly, the adult community has discovered this trick as well. While YouTube doesn’t allow people to upload porn, there are many adult sites that use the site as a hosting provider. This hasn’t gone unnoticed by the California-based adult producer Dreamroom Productions, which is very active on the anti-piracy front. “There is a big loophole on YouTube. Copyright infringers take advantage of a private-video-share setting. They upload and store videos, and freely use them on third party websites to earn profits,” the company informed us. According to Dreamroom, the embedded videos are available on a wide variety of streaming sites. Since the content is not publicly listed on YouTube it’s harder to take down. A typical link, tied to an IP-address and with an expiry time While the content is eventually removed, the adult producer says that this can take up to three weeks. However, instead of removing the videos they would rather have YouTube plug this hole, to stop the abuse once and for all. “YouTube should be aware of this. They are allowing the situation to continue by not plugging this hole, which could be done by disabling the sharing function of videos under those special settings.” TorrentFreak contacted Google several weeks ago asking for a comment, but the company has yet to release an official statement. As said before, the issue isn’t limited to adult content or even YouTube. The Google hosting ‘exploit’ has been and still is used by a wide variety of popular streaming sites, with some clearly revealing what their sources are. Googlevideo.com…. Google’s own Transparency Report also shows that the search giant received tens of thousands of notices for the Googlevideo.com domain. These links typically have source=youtube or source=drive as a referrer. The latter suggests that videos are also uploaded to Google’s cloud hosting service, Drive. For pirate streaming sites the trick provides a cheap way to store videos, although they still have plenty of other options as well. According to Dreamroom, however, YouTube itself could very well be the largest pirate service of all now. “The world biggest TUBE site may have become one of the world’s largest databases of copyright infringing material,” a company spokesperson said. Source: TorrentFreak
  10. Million of people use Kodi as their main source of entertainment, often with help from add-ons that allow them to access pirated movies and TV-shows. While these tools are a blessing for many, the streaming cyberlockers that provide the videos see the add-ons as a major threat to their business. Streaming piracy is on the rise with popular media player Kodi at the center of attention. While Kodi itself is a neutral platform, millions of people use third-party add- ons to turn it into the ultimate pirate machine. TVAddons is a leading player in this field. Over the past year alone, the add-on repository has seen the number of unique users double. However, not everyone is happy with the service. In a recent interview with TorrentFreak’s Steal This Show, Eleazar, one of the people behind TVAddons, explained that several cyberlockers would rather see them go. While there are a wide variety of add-ons, quite a few allow users to stream pirated movies and TV-shows, which are hosted by streaming cyberlockers. These cyberlockers generate revenue through advertising. However, many Kodi add-ons strip these ads, which means that they only cost these sites valuable resources. In response, several cyberlockers are now trying to ban these add-ons from ‘stealing’ their content. “They change the coding to break the Kodi Add-on, and that’s specifically being done because Kodi add-ons are causing a spike in server load and that costs them money and bandwidth,” Eleazar explained. This week TorrentFreak spoke to an operator of one of the largest streaming cyberlockers, who preferred not have his site named. He confirmed that Kodi add-ons are indeed a thorn in their side. “Kodi plugins are harming cyberlockers due to their massive bandwidth usage, which is not compensated in any way,” he said. According to the cyberlocker operator, several of his competitors have already shut down due to this problem. With so many people leeching bandwidth, the sites are no longer as profitable as they were. “I would also say that some hosts, which are already gone, were heavily affected from draining bandwidth from third party applications.” Other sites, including the one we’ve spoken to, are trying very hard to block Kodi add-ons from their service. This is somewhat successful, but often the add-on developers find their way around it. “To fight this, we keep our streaming links obfuscated, changing them multiple times a week,” the cyberlocker operator says. Ironically, the above means that the Kodi add-ons might be destroying their own sources, making it harder to find pirated content in the long run. There is a way out though, according to the operator. With one add-on developer they have struck an agreement to use their service with permission. However, this is relatively rare. “Unfortunately most of the Kodi plugin developers seems not to be interested in finding a solution like this, so it’s a continued cat and mouse game like we also have with adblockers,” the operator notes. And so the blocking wars continue, on several fronts. TorrentFreak
  11. Join us on Thursday, November 10, for an exclusive free post-election livestream Q&A with Edward Snowden. The world’s most famous whistleblower will address questions about how the US Election results will affect your privacy and his pardon, as well as other questions submitted via social media. We are thrilled to make this event available for viewing at https://www.startpage.com/snowden/ starting at approximately 4:30 PM Eastern time on November 10. The feed will be broadcast from the Pathé Tuschinski in Amsterdam where Snowden will be patched in to our live theater audience via satellite transmission from Moscow. Edward Snowden became world famous after he handed journalists classified documents detailing the global espionage activities of the United States National Security Agency (NSA). Snowden’s exposure of covert government surveillance put privacy firmly on the map, but also put him at great risk. He was forced to flee the US in 2013 to avoid arrest and currently resides in Russia, where he has been given asylum. “Edward Snowden’s revelations about government spying and mass data collection are of crucial importance to our society, but he had to sacrifice his free life for it,” said Robert Beens, CEO of StartPage.com. “We are proud to honor his service and help bring his privacy message to the world.” Special thanks to the Freedom of the Press Foundation and Edward Snowden’s attorney Ben Wizner of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project for helping make this historic event possible. We are also grateful to Amnesty International and PardonSnowden.org for sponsoring a petition that asks US President Barack Obama to pardon Edward Snowden before leaving office in January 2017. Livestream Q&A question suggestions may be submitted now through November 9 using the hashtag #StartPageSnowden. We look forward to seeing what you would like our moderator to ask Mr. Snowden. The live event will start at approximately 4:30 PM Eastern time and can be seen here. Thank you for caring about privacy! Article source
  12. Get ready for YouTube videos to pop. We knew it was coming, but it's finally here: YouTube is now streaming High Dynamic Range (HDR) video. Google announced today that it's enabled support for the the display technology, allowing viewers with HDR TVs and monitors to enjoy content with increased clarity, color range and contrast. Although 4K video has been available on YouTube for some time, Google has waited on incorporating HDR. Only now are TV makers baking it in as standard, while popular gadgets like the Chromecast and PlayStation 4 recently got the feature. High Dynamic Range, in simple terms, doesn't change the number of pixels that you see, it just gets more out of them. HDR offers a wider range of contrast and brightness than standard HD or UHD, allowing the resulting images to show more detail in darker parts of the screen and highlight a wider range of colors. You should be able to pick out details that you may not have noticed before. Google worked with a number of YouTubers -- including MysteryGuitarMan, Jacob and Katie Schwarz and Abandon Visuals -- to have premium HDR content ready for launch, but anyone can now upload their visually enhanced video. Starting today, you can watch YouTube videos in HDR on supported devices, such as HDR TVs with the new Chromecast Ultra, PCs hooked up to an HDR monitor and soon on all 2016 Samsung SUHD and UHD TVs. Article source
  13. Generally, people opt for a wired broadband connection so as to boost up their internet speed. However, in some cases, having a faster internet broadband connectivity might not render high speed at times when you’re in an urgency. Usually, you may have 1 or 2 Mbps internet connection or more than that, but yet you can see your videos buffer a lot while trying to watch them on YouTube or any other site. There are pretty many ways to acquire high-speed internet on your device. So, I have come up with a detailed guide on how to increase your internet speed in a just fraction of a second. Check out simple procedure given below and see how to browse the internet with powerful 500 Mbps speed! Just follow simple steps and you can certainly experience high-speed internet! Take a look! Rabb.it – Get High-Speed Internet! Are you astonished upon looking at the title and wondering how this can be possible? Well, this is, of course, true but, it is partially true. You can acquire a 500 Mbps faster internet, but not in your PC. It is a Remote Desktop with a browser wherein you will have full control over it. You can do almost everything with it, and one amazing thing about this website is that you can surf the internet at a faster speed as all the sites will load very faster within no time. You can also enjoy watching your favorite videos on YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, etc. instantly without any kind of sluggish buffering. Here is a website called Rabb.it which is a website meant for chatting that also lets you use your webcam, microphone or text only. But, it’s not just for the purpose of text or video chatting, it provides something more than this. You can also use Rabb.it as a browser to browse the internet at a high-speed. A startup was originated few years back called Rabb.it with the aim of rendering quality video chatting experience for all the users. Features of Rabb.it Rabb.it offers plenty of features so that people who are looking to acquire high-speed internet can use this website and enjoy surfing the internet at a faster speed. Check out the features of Rabb.it. You can have an interactive chat session with your friends and beloved ones both text and video chat. You can communicate with everyone worldwide and share content. Using Rabb.it, you can enjoy watching movies, TV shows, and other YouTube videos together. It is absolutely flawless and FREE to use. You can acquire high-speed internet. It also provides a feature called as “Rabbitcast” in which you can browse any website and play videos quickly. You can even download huge files which can be downloaded at a faster speed. But, you can’t download them on your PC’s physical drive. You can just upload it to Cloud sources like Google Drive or Dropbox and download it later. How to Use Rabb.it with a Speed of 500 Mbps? Initially, visit the rabb.it website on your PC or Laptop and just hit on sign up to create a new account. Now, you need to register yourself by filling all the details like Name, Email, and password. Just confirm your account by clicking on the link you’ve received on your email. You can also log in using Facebook account if you are too slothful to fill up details! Once you login, you will get a screen where you will be asked, “How do you want to Rabbit?. Just pick “Messages only”. You will then get another screen wherein you need to click on “Decide what to watch”. Upon clicking on that, a small pop-up will be displayed in which you need to select any of your favorite site listed there. Or else, you can merely type the URL of the website which you wish to browse. This is how it looks like in the browser. If you don’t like the quality of the video, you can just turn it from LD to HD at the bottom of the page. You can now treat it like an ordinary computer and handle it! It just works like Virtual Private Network or remote controlling a desktop. This virtual device has Linux operating system and you cannot do many tasks like in your normal PC. This is the best way to watch youtube videos at HD quality even on a slow connection, without interruptions. You can download any files and upload them to cloud services like Google Drive, Dropbox within a less span of time. Note: You need a PC or a Laptop. This website doesn’t work on a mobile device. You need to have a stable connection with a minimum speed of 1 Mbps to stream the Rabbitcast live desktop. Article source
  14. NextPVR is a new personal video recorder application for Windows. Using this software, you will be able to watch live TV shows and record them for watching later. Just like any other similar software you can schedule the recording of the shows based on the TV schedule which can also be downloaded if your device supports it. In addition, you will be able to play the videos and music stored on your local hard disk. All it needs is a compatible TV Tuner device installed or attached to your PC and you will then use NextPVR for all of your TV recording needs. NextPVR supports many different types of TV tuner cards including both the digital and analog cards even though analog cards are rarely seen anymore. Officially NextPVR suggests the use of Hauppauge cards. I myself have an old BT878 chip based TV Tuner card and it worked flawlessly with NextPVR. When you launch NextPVR for the very first time, it shows you the settings window. You can also open this settings window any time later too, by right-clicking on the NextPVR window and then choosing Settings. In the settings, you can configure the devices installed (TV tuner cards) in your PC. If you want to play videos, music files and view images using NextPVR, then you may have to install codecs on your PC. NextPVR team suggests that you download and install LAV codecs. But you can also download K-Lite Mega Codec Pack from free-codecs.com and install it using default configuration. After this, you can change the codecs for all the video and music files in the NextPVR settings to be ffdshow. In order to play locally stored video or music files using NextPVR, you will have to add the folders containing these files in the NextPVR settings. After this you can go to the relevant section in the NextPVR user interface and play these files. If the files fail to play, then you will have to change the codec settings. Verdict: NextPVR can turn your PC into personal video recorder with the capabilities of playing live TV shows, recording the TV programs, playing media files and DVD disks. Download NextPVR from http://nextpvr.com/. Article source
  15. Spotify said to be in advanced talks to buy rival SoundCloud The Financial Times reports that an acquisition announcement is expected soon for the steaming service often referred to as the "YouTube for audio." Spotify is reportedly in talks to acquire rival music-streaming service SoundCloud in a deal that could be worth $1 billion. Music-streaming service Spotify is in "advanced talks" to acquire rival streaming service SoundCloud, the Financial Times reported Wednesday. An acquisition announcement could be made soon, according to the FT (subscription required), which cited people briefed on the discussions. A sales price wasn't mentioned, but Bloomberg reported in July that SoundCloud's owners were considering a sale that could value the company at $1 billion. SoundCloud is a popular source for music, with about 175 million unique visitors a month compared with the 100 million active listeners for streaming music service Spotify. Often referred to as the "YouTube for audio," it differs from services like Spotify and Apple Music by allowing people to upload tracks, which could beef up Spotify's appeal as it goes toe-to-toe with Apple. SoundCloud's catalog of music contains more than 125 million tracks, including tons of user-submitted remixes, mashups and covers. The Germany-based company rolled out a premium Go tier in March, which killed the ads found on the free version of the SoundCloud service. Spotify and SoundCloud representatives declined to comment on the report. Article source
  16. Kodi 17 features a huge amount of work in areas like video playback, live TV and PVR/DVR, the music library, skinning and more. It features a new default skin, as well as a new default touchscreen skinned, named Estuary and Estouchy, respectively. With all this work done over the months some bugs might slip through and were hoping to quickly squash the coming beta releases. The changes between Alpha 3 and Beta 2 are mainly limited to minor fixes and under the hood improvements, so for this second beta, we’ll instead take some time to review a few of the really visible changes in Kodi 17. Fixes done in this Beta 2: • Any game controller was non function due to recent refactoring. This has now been fixed with the added bonus of deadzone settings for joypads. • PVR section got a variety of fixed ranging from usability to possible crashing • Fix possible issue if internet stream used a redirect • Fix “could not connect to repository” popup • No longer handle data migrations from pre-Kodi v14 versions. • Add fallback path to Kodi settings if the skin you use hasn’t received an update yet • Several fixes done to passthrough audio handling • Fix possible crash on loading context menu add-ons • Add Android Nougat new passthrough audio API which special thanks to Google developers for adding this. • De-interlacing setting underwent some changes recently and some problems came to light. • Skin and add-on updating doesn’t check for dependencies if they are not in a repository. From now on on any upgrade Kodi we will go through all available updates and install them before starting Kodi. • Fix DPI unawareness on Windows where it would start in the zoomed in if it wasn’t set to 100% Thanks to Microsoft for giving us the correct way of solving it. A full list can be found here Known problem are • No PVR add-ons packed on Android. Should hopefully get fixed in next update • Some controllers problems if controllers get’s disconnected when Kodi is running What’s new? Below are some of the notable changes for in v17 although they are just the tip of the iceberg. We suggest you just read further and follow the links to the past release announcements to get an overview. Estuary and Estouchy Without question, the biggest visual change from Kodi 16 to 17 is the new default skin Estuary. This skin pulls a dramatic amount of content to the homescreen, including much from your music and video libraries, commonly used add-ons, and links to adding new video/music sources and installing new add-ons. It also enables color and theme changes within the skin, and overall pulls Kodi into the present day of UI design. For a full review of Estuary (and its touchscreen counterpart Estouchy), see the Estuary blogpost. Or for just a quick look, check out the Estuary trailer. It should be noted that this is only the default skin. You are, of course, welcome to continue using whatever skin you might prefer, including the previous default skin Confluence. A Cleaner, Clearer Settings Section The Kodi settings area has always seemed to require some sort of advanced degree (or a similar amount of related experience) to navigate effectively. With that in mind, we have spent the better part of a year cleaning up and reorganizing Settings with the ultimate goal of making the section, if not friendly, then at least clearer for new and journeymen Kodi users. We’ve also made it possible to point Kodi to new media sources from the settings menu, a requested feature for many years. An Improved Music Library Many would argue that the Kodi music library has not seen the same degree of development and support as the video library over the past few years. With Kodi 17, that has changed. The improved music library now supports better tag reading and scraping, better handling of albums and artists with the addition of adding artist role (such as composer, conductor, DJ, etc.). Additionally, certain files and websites support musical “mood,” which means you can now select your music based on mood, rather than artist or genre. Live TV and PVR/DVR Improvements For a full list, see the Kodi Alpha 3 write-up, but the Live TV and PVR/DVR component of Kodi has seen just as much improvement with Krypton as the music library. Channels can now be organized by last played, so if you really only watch 5 or 6 of your 300 channels, those can always be at the top of the list. Timers and Timer Rules are now clearer and better organized and timers are much smarter now. For example, if you set a Timer to record one episode of a show, you can transform it so that it records an entire series. And that’s really only the cream on top. Check the alpha 3 blogpost for more. Finally, only the channels you actually watch need be listed at the top VideoPlayer While the average user might not notice this massive under-the-hood improvement, we feel remiss in not mentioning it. The switch from Kodi’s old DVDPlayer to the new, modern VideoPlayer may be one of the most massive re-writes in Kodi’s long history. A longer, and more detailed discussion of the changes in VideoPlayer may be found in the Alpha 2 write-up, but the important take-away is that this rewrite likely won’t affect users much right now, but should vastly improve the Kodi experience over the next few years. With that said, there are some improvements you may see right away. In particular, DVD playback finally has hardware acceleration. A/V syncing has improved. Video streams can now be selected, just like different language audio streams or subtitles, useful for things like concert DVDs, where you can now select the various different camera angles, but perhaps more importantly useful for switching between different bitrates in Youtube and other online streaming sources using the DASH protocol. At present, the Youtube add-on in the Kodi repo has not yet been updated to handle this new support, but we hope to see that update in the near future. Conclusion As previously noted, this is only a small summary of all the improvements in Kodi 17. For more, see the Alpha 2 and Alpha 3 posts. Should you want to download and install this build please visit our download page. You can install these build just on top of your current Kodi installation. * Official Kodi 17.0 development downloads (near the bottom of the page) * LibreELEC Raspberry Pi / x86 versions can be found here Please report any problems on our forum http://forum.kodi.tv and not on the release announcement. Don’t forget we also have some official tablet/phone remote controls for both Android and iOS. You can find the links to them on the download page. Article source
  17. What year was streaming music introduced? Think before revealing the answer.
  18. Subscribers of TIDAL usually need the platform to listen to their favorite tracks on repeat, but a teenager from Germany has other ideas. Coder and recent high-school student Lordmau5 has just debuted TiDown, a piece of software that allows Tidal tracks to be permanently downloaded to a desktop machine. After years of music only being made available on CD or permanent digital download, streaming services are now all the rage. Platforms such as Spotify, Pandora and Deezer are particularly well-known in the market today but relative new-comer TIDAL has also been making waves. The platform, launched by artists including Jay Z, Kanye West, Beyonce and Madonna, is perhaps best known for its exclusives. TIDAL comes in two flavors – TIDAL Premium (lossy quality) and TIDAL HiFi, a lossless CD quality service for the audio connoisseur. In ordinary circumstances both of these services are streaming only, but thanks to a coding upstart from Germany, users of the service can now download music from TIDAL to keep. A recent high school leaver, Lordmau5 previously created a tool for downloading music from Spotify. He’s been coding for six years already, starting out with Visual Basic and moving onto Java and lots of Minecraft modding. Lordmau5 informs TorrentFreak that Spotify later improved its security so after being prompted by others he decided to see if downloads from TIDAL were a possibility. “I recently looked into some potential APIs and found out that it’s super simple to get the stream-/offline-URL for the tracks [from TIDAL] and… well… that’s when the coding began,” he says. The end result is TiDown, a tool that allows users to quickly download music from TIDAL in lossy or lossless formats. It’s a command line tool but comes with all necessary instructions. Lordmau5 says that a few other streaming downloaders are available but these tend to require the user to listen to every track all the way through, a somewhat laborious task. TiDown is different, he says. “This is an actual downloader – you are logging into TIDAL through the tool and you get the direct ‘stream-URLs’ that can then be downloaded,” Lordmau5 explains. Over the past few days in advance of TiDown’s release, Lordmau5 has been having a bit of a laugh at the expense of people who didn’t believe he had created a proper working downloader. To support his trolling he created the most ancient-looking website possible alongside a deliberately trashy ‘promo’ video. Of course, tools like TiDown tend not to last very long once they’re discovered. So will TIDAL stop TiDown? “I assume so,” Lordmau5 says. “I really hope the tool will work for around a month – since that’s the free trial for TIDAL.” TiDown’s page on Github TorrentFreak
  19. Twitch Is Exposing Your Activity By Default -- Here's How To Fix The Privacy Issue As someone that grew up playing video games in the 1980s, I am rather intrigued by the current trend in watching other people play. It is not so different from when I was a kid actually -- upwards of ten children from the neighborhood would all gather around one NES waiting for their turn to play. If you think about it, we probably spent more time watching others playing than doing so ourselves. One of the most popular video game streaming platforms is Twitch. There are countless folks broadcasting themselves playing games, and even more spectating. The service has introduced a new feature that some folks might not like. By default, it will expose your activity on friend lists. Don't like that? Luckily, there is a fix. "In that spirit of sharing Twitch experiences with friends, you can now share what you are watching or broadcasting with your entire friends list. Not only that, but you can easily join them by clicking their status under their username", says Brian Petrocelli,  Product Marketing, Twitch. Petrocelli further says, "haven’t added your friends yet? Finding them is easy. Use the search bar in the left hand navigation to locate your friend and send a request. You'll also see a list of recommended friends for you based on who you have interacted with in the past so you can easily find the people on Twitch you interact with most". While the feature is fairly harmless, it is understandable that some people won't want others to easily spy on their behaviors. As an example, maybe you are watching a Hello Kitty game stream -- some folks might be embarrassed to have that displayed under their name. To turn it off, simply deselect the box as seen in the image above. Voilà! Your privacy is now more protected. Do you think Twitch should have made the feature opt-in from a privacy standpoint? Tell me in the comments. Source
  20. How To Stream Movies And TV Shows On Android For Free Want to stream movies and TV shows for free on Android, know how Did you know that there is a huge number of apps on Android that allow you to stream movies and TV shows for free? So, if you are thinking of tossing your cable box or ditching your satellite dish, you can go ahead and to do so by watching your favourite movies and TV shows for free on the Android apps mentioned below. Let’s go through some of the best Android app to stream movies and TV shows for free. SPB TV The Android SPB TV app is not region-specific and provides content from around the world via a selection of bizarre and wonderful stations. This app offers you a pretty good mix of content ranging from the NASA channel to Comedy for Women. While you won’t find the latest Hollywood blockbuster, NBC or Showtime on SPB TV, but if you want to take a chance on a wild card, then this is the app to use. A few of the stations definitely appear to be of a more adult nature (how you select to use that information is up to you). Hulu Hulu allows users to watch premium TV shows and movies on their smartphones or tablets without paying a subscription fee. It is a perfect family tablet companion, as it filled with current and classic shows, Hulu originals, movies and plenty of kids’ shows. If you want full access to the Hulu library, you will need to pay $7.99 a month with limited commercials and $11.99 without commercials. However, there are lots of gems in the free version too. If you are willing to be a little patient, then you can also find some great shows for free. Crackle Created by Grouper but later bought by Sony, Crackle is a hugely popular free app, which is updated monthly with new TV shows and movies. The app features ads which run at regular intervals throughout the content, in exchange for which you get an exceptional collection of media and an app that functions much better than some of the other TV service ports on the list. Like Netflix or Amazon, Crackle has selected some original content that’s getting more widely known. The most famous of these is ‘Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee’ starring Jerry Seinfeld. It’s on its eighth season and has featured some major guests like Will Ferrell, Ricky Gervais and Barack Obama. FilmOn FilmOn streams a huge range of channels from around the world live, as well as an assortment of classic/B-movies; mostly a peculiar but enjoyable mix of horror and Kung Fu movies. However, the most impressive are the sports channels. On this app, you can check out some very interesting live events. FilmOn is a free service supported by ads and doesn’t have the same clout as Netflix or even Hulu, but the live TV streams work well. It is a wonderful option for streaming a number of well-known channels. Ensure that you browse for a while and see what’s available. You never know you may be surprised at what you can find. #Toonmania For your anime needs, it’s hard to beat Toonmania, which provides a huge selection of the dubbed cartoons. Thanks to the app’s clean and intuitive layout, everything is easily navigable, and you can look through shows that are classified by popularity or most recently added. You can also narrow down your search to find exactly what you’re looking for, as there is a comprehensive list of filters available. This app isn’t available from the Play Store, but if you go to mobi24, you can download the APK file. Ensure that you go to Settings > Lock screen and security and enable Unknown sources before trying to install the file. Once done, you will have access to everything in the library. Crunchyroll Crunchyroll is another excellent Anime streaming app that is available through Google Play. It has a huge collection of the best Anime available for free. With over five million downloads and a decent rating, this app is quite popular. It is very easy to run the app. Just browse through your favourite shows and they will run with subtitles. The default language is English. You may have to watch some advertisements but mostly for the premium service it provides. Essentially, as you are paying $4.99, you won’t have to watch Crunchyroll advertisements. Source
  21. A Resource-Friendly Way To Stream Twitch.tv Content Livestreamer Twitch GUI is a graphical user interface for the popular Livestreamer application which sends media streams to the default video player on the system. Twitch.tv is a popular destination to watch live streams of various video game and related broadcasts. Most Internet users tune in using a web browser, and that is working fine most of the time. Twitch used to use Flash exclusively on the site but has since then started to integrate HTML5 video streams on the site as well. Regardless of that, you may notice that the Twitch browser client can be quite the resource hog. While you may be able to adjust some settings, quality of stream for instance, to reduce its resource hunger, you may prefer a better way of streaming Twitch streams that don't tax the computer as much. Livestreamer Twitch GUI Livestreamer Twitch GUI is a graphical user interface for the popular Livestreamer application. We reviewed Livestreamer before here on Ghacks. It is a command line application to watch Internet streams in your favorite media player on the computer. Livestreamer Twitch GUI makes things more comfortable by adding an interface to the whole process. You need to configure the program before you may use it. First of all, it is required to download it and Livestreamer to the system. Livestreamer is available for Windows and as source code, Livestreamer Twitch GUI for Windows, Mac and Linux. Once you have both on your system, you may want to check the settings to make sure everything is set up correctly. The frontend reminds you if something is amiss when you start to play a video as well. The preferences are quite extensive. I suggest you enable the advanced settings and features preferences at the top to display even more. Preferences While there are lots of preferences displayed on the page, the following ones may be of interest to the majority of users: Set the preferred stream quality. It is set to source by default, but you may change it to a desired quality. This is interesting if your Internet connection is slow or unreliable, or if you prefer maximum quality all the time. Livestreamer lists several parameters including the path to the livestreamer.exe executable, but also stream type and parameters. Videoplayer sets the media player that Livestreamer Twitch GUI will load the stream in. If you leave it blank, the default player will be used. Control various GUI related preferences. Change the theme from light to dark, enable or disable OS integration, and set refresh rates (off by default). Filter streams by language. You may remove broadcaster languages to filter out streams. Configure desktop notifications, for instance when favorites are streaming. Make sure you hit the apply button at the bottom of the page after you are done. The application displays a prompt if you miss it though. Browsing Twitch Livestreamer Twitch GUI lists several options to browse streaming channels on Twitch. You may use the featured, top games or top channels listings for instance, or use the search at the top for that to find specific streams. The account-specific section requires that you sign in to a Twitch account. You may then access your subscriptions, live streams, hosted streams, and favorites using the program as well. Once you have found a stream that you want to watch, you may simply click on it to start the process. If things are set up correctly, the stream opens in the default media player automatically. Livestreamer Twitch GUI displays options in its interface while the stream is playing in the main media player. Since the stream is displayed in the media player, you won't get access to the chat for instance or other controls while using it. That's why an option to launch the chat is displayed by the program. You also find options to change the stream quality, and even stream only the audio. Closing Words If you run into resource woes regularly when streaming Twitch content, you may want to give Livestreamer Twitch GUI a try. While it requires an initial setup to get everything going, it is not overly complicated and a one-time process only. Source
  22. swazm is an instant torrent player that works with any magnet link. swazm | Play torrent instanly without downloading
  23. Only 9% of Netflix traffic is encrypted. Streaming movies and television shows on Netflix could be slowing down the adoption of encryption protocols on fixed access networks. A report by network policy control platform Sandvine said Americans who watch Netflix content may be inadvertently hampering encryption adoption. According to the 2016 Global Internet Phenomena report, around 9% of all Netflix traffic is encrypted, with the majority of that figure coming from browser-based streaming. Netflix is the biggest driver of peak period traffic on the Internet, which could account for why a typical U.S. network has a reasonably low fixed access encryption rate, Sandvine said. The level of encryption in the U.S. has increased in the last year, with the average network encryption rate rising from 29.1% in 2015 to 37.5% in 2016—which still leaves 61.29% of traffic unencrypted. Ironically, Netflix may be the reason for that increase. Open certificate authority Let’s Encrypt puts encryption rates for the Web at 45% as of June 2016. Sandvine cited remarks made by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in April 2015 when he said that the streaming service would be transitioning to the more secure HTTPS format from the standard HTTP. “Over the next year we’ll evolve from using HTTP to using Secure HTTP (HTTPS) while browsing and viewing content on our service,” said Hastings, The Verge reported. “This helps protect member privacy, particularly when the network is insecure, such as public Wi-Fi, and it helps protect members from eavesdropping by their ISP or employer, who may want to record our members’ viewing for other reasons.” YouTube has been using HTTPS for some time with 98% of all traffic now encrypted from end-to-end, said the report. Why We Should Be Less Chilled About Netflix The report compared the level of encryption on North American mobile networks to show the importance of HTTPS. Fixed access (landline) networks are dominated by unencrypted Netflix traffic, said Sandvine. However, mobile networks do not have the same issues with 64.52% of traffic now encrypted. People use streaming apps while on-the-go, but the passive—and time consuming—nature of video consumption means that people wait until they get home. Content delivery network Akamai notes that total Internet bandwidth use increases in the evening as people come home and stream music and video. As another example of how Netflix’s decision to move to HTTPS will benefit overall encryption adoption rates, Sandvine cited data from network operators in Latin America. On fixed networks in Latin America, just under 60% of all Internet traffic is encrypted. For mobile networks the figure is even higher; 66.48% of data has some form of encryption protocol. The discrepancy between North and Latin America is related to the fact that Netflix has lower bandwidth share in the latter region, with a large chunk of the 30.22% of unencrypted data on mobile networks generated by streaming apps that have not made the transition to HTTPS. Encrypted apps such as Facebook- and Google-owned properties are another reason why encryption levels are higher on fixed networks south of the border, the report said. “This lower Netflix share, combined with higher shares of encrypted traffic from YouTube and BitTorrent explain the vast difference between fixed access figures,” said Sandvine. “While North American fixed access networks currently have the lowest share of encrypted traffic of any around the world, we expect North America to equal and even surpass other regions once Netflix completes their HTTPS transition.” Article source
  24. A new report from piracy tracking firm MUSO reveals that the piracy landscape continues to evolve. Pirate sites received a staggering 140 billion visits last year, but there's a clear shift from torrents to direct download and streaming sites. Interestingly, traffic to private trackers remains relatively stable. While there haven’t been any breakthroughs in file-sharing technology in recent years, the piracy ecosystem is constantly evolving. Torrent sites have traditionally been very popular, but according to a new report published by piracy tracking outfit MUSO, direct download and streaming sites have taken over. Using data sampled from over 200 million devices by a leading data provider, the company compiled a detailed snapshot of the traffic that flowed to various websites last year. In total MUSO monitored traffic to 14,000 of the largest global piracy websites, which were visited a dazzling 141 billion times over a 12-month period. While overall visits remained relatively stable, there was a major shift away from torrent sites to more centralized streaming and direct download sites. “Our data shows a rapid change in piracy behavior, with a large movement away from torrent usage, and growth in web based piracy,” MUSO informs TF. The tracking company exclusively shared several interesting data points from the report with TorrentFreak. Zooming in on torrent sites it shows a clear downward trend in number of visits. From January 2015 to December 2015 these sites saw a 24% reduction in monthly visits. There was still plenty of traffic left though, as the average monthly visits hovered around 3 billion, totaling 34.8 billion for the entire year. All Torrent Site Visits The traffic drop applies globally, with some notable exceptions and variation. In France, for example, visits to torrent sites actually went up. “Our data can split the above traffic by country, and shows that most countries follow this downward trend. There are however some notable exceptions, such as France, where torrent usage increased throughout the year,” MUSO informs us. The United States remains the country with the most visits to torrent sites, 3.6 billion per year, followed by India and Russia with 3.3 and 2.7 billion visits respectively. Interestingly, the downward trend mostly applies to public torrent sites. Private trackers, which make up roughly 4% of all torrent site visits, are affected less. “Unlike public torrent site usage, private torrent site visits started to increase again during the second half of the year, and ended the year with 8% fewer visits per month,” MUSO explains. Private Tracker Visits The data is part of a large study into the piracy ecosystem. MUSO publishes two commercial reports today, with the first focusing on music piracy, and the second on film & TV. Overall, MUSO concludes that the piracy ecosystem is rapidly changing. Over the past year torrent sites lost a big chunk of traffic, but piracy remains relatively flat as the decrease in torrent traffic is offset by an increased interest in other web-based pirate sources. Article source
  25. Chinese Government Bans Erotic ‘Banana’ Eating on Live-streams State censorship : China Is Banning Erotic Banana Eating on Live Streams in bid to crack down on ‘inappropriate’ content Eating a banana in an “erotic” manner during live-streaming could land you in jail in China. The Chinese state run web censorship authority has banned broadcast of eating banana in ‘erotic way’ on live-streams. The ban which came into effect immediately is a part of Chinese government’s attempts to crack down on “inappropriate” content on the internet. According to the new ruling hosts of the live-streaming sites are now required to monitor all their output every minute of the day, but it is not clear how they will be able to enforce the ban. The authorities have also banned wearing stockings and suspenders during a live-streaming. The move comes a month after the Ministry of Culture announced it was investigating several live-streaming sites, including Douyu, Panda.tv, YY, Zhanqi TV, and Huya, for allegedly hosting pornographic or violent content that “harms social morality”. A recent survey revealed 30-40 percent of the subjects in live-streams are students, and 77 percent of the viewers were male users, CCTV News reported. According to the New Express Daily, 26 percent of the viewers are under 18, while 60 percent of those being broadcast are younger than 22. The banning of eating banana has bemused many social media users, with some wondering how authorities decide what is “seductive”. “How do they decide what’s provocative when eating a banana?” a social media user questioned, according to the BBC. Another wondered: “Can male live-streamers still eat them?” While others suggested that hostesses should try cucumber or another fruit/vegetable to circumvent the ban. “They will all start eating cucumbers, and if that’s no good, yams,” quipped one user. Chinese one party government is strict on enforcing such bans. It has the resources and wherewithal to implement such bans but it remains to be seen if the eating banana ban is as easy and successful as blocking Chinese citizens access Facebook or Gmail. Source My view about Chinese ban trend on porn: They wanna reduce porn/glam content bcoz it'll help reduce sexual thoughts; people will get involved in other thoughts; thereby help reduce population.