PassiveTech https://passivetech.com Latest Tech News, Tools, Tips,& Tricks Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:01:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.4 https://passivetech.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cropped-ptechicon-32x32.jpg PassiveTech https://passivetech.com 32 32 ‘Super Mario Bros.’ encyclopedia comes to the US October 23rd https://passivetech.com/super-mario-bros-encyclopedia-comes-to-the-us-october-23rd/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:26:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/19/super-mario-bros-encyclopedia-comes-to-us-in-october/ Nintendo did many things to mark the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., but there's been one you couldn't usually get your hands on unless you lived in Japan: the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia. You'll be glad to hear that it's coming to the West...]]> Nintendo did many things to mark the 30th anniversary of Super Mario Bros., but there's been one you couldn't usually get your hands on unless you lived in Japan: the Super Mario Bros. Encyclopedia. You'll be glad to hear that it's coming to the West…

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Molly wants to use your online presence to create an automated knowledge base https://passivetech.com/molly-wants-to-use-your-online-presence-to-create-an-automated-knowledge-base/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:00:21 +0000 http://techcrunch.com/?p=1599916  Isn’t it frustrating when you ask a friend a question – like what’s your favorite restaurant in New York or what trips have you been on this year – knowing that these specific answers are certainly already accessible on social media? The problem is no one wants to spend an hour combing through their friends social media pages (or worse, monitoring them 24/7), so we just… Read More

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A ‘trapped’ atom is visible to the naked eye https://passivetech.com/a-trapped-atom-is-visible-to-the-naked-eye/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:00:00 +0000 https://www.engadget.com/2018/02/19/trapped-atom-visible-naked-eye-the-big-picture/ The tiny dot in the center of the screen, between the two metal electrodes, is the light emitted by a single atom. The photo, Single Atom in an Ion Trap, just won the grand prize in the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)...]]> The tiny dot in the center of the screen, between the two metal electrodes, is the light emitted by a single atom. The photo, Single Atom in an Ion Trap, just won the grand prize in the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)…

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How To Install 1Channel Kodi Addon In 2018 The Right Way https://passivetech.com/how-to-install-1channel-kodi-addon-in-2018-the-right-way/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:51:10 +0000 http://www.redmondpie.com/?p=298371 Here’s how to get 1Channel Kodi 17.6 addon download on your existing Kodi Krypton setup. The process is relatively simple, streamlined, and should work with any modern version of Kodi regardless of the platform that it’s installed on.

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Huge crack in glass of flagship Chicago Apple Store, present for several weeks https://passivetech.com/huge-crack-in-glass-of-flagship-chicago-apple-store-present-for-several-weeks/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:42:26 +0000 http://9to5mac.com/?p=520939

A huge crack in the glass at Apple’s flagship retail store in Chicago has been present now for several weeks, and appears to be growing …

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iOS 11.2.2 Jailbreak Might Be Coming, Stay Clear Of iOS 11.2.5 And Beyond https://passivetech.com/ios-11-2-2-jailbreak-might-be-coming-stay-clear-of-ios-11-2-5-and-beyond/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:27:26 +0000 http://www.redmondpie.com/?p=298359 While an iOS 11.2.5 jailbreak might not be happening soon, users on iOS 11.2.2 might be in for a treat after CoolStar confirmed that iOS 11.2 to 11.2.2 might get a public jailbreak. Here are the details.

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5 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Host Your Own Videos https://passivetech.com/5-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-host-your-own-videos/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:00:00 +0000 https://www.makeuseof.com/?p=727420 shouldnt-host-own-videos

Whether you’re looking for an alternative to YouTube or simply want to retain control over your videos, self-hosting videos is an attractive option. But does it really solve anything? You might have been hit by YouTube’s changes to monetization. Even then, it could work out better on your pocket to avoid hosting your own videos. Plenty of alternatives are available (such as Vimeo), and one of them will almost certainly meet your needs better than self-hosting. Here’s why you shouldn’t host your own videos. The Difference Between Self-Hosted and Embedded Before we look into the reasons not to self-host your…

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Tip: the fastest way to toggle AirPlay as an output on iPhone & iPad https://passivetech.com/tip-the-fastest-way-to-toggle-airplay-as-an-output-on-iphone-ipad/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:49:55 +0000 http://www.idownloadblog.com/?p=583003

iOS 11 brought a customizable Control Center and also moved AirPlay options around…. Read the rest of this post here


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Norton WiFi Privacy Helps Protect Your Browsing Anywhere You Go https://passivetech.com/norton-wifi-privacy-helps-protect-your-browsing-anywhere-you-go/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:30:52 +0000 https://www.makeuseof.com/?p=716188 norton-wifi-privacy

By now, you hopefully know that it’s vital to use a virtual private network (VPN) when you’re online. They keep your transactions secure and help you enjoy online privacy! Free VPNs may not cut it. If you’re looking for a solid solution, check out Norton WiFi Privacy. What Is Norton WiFi Privacy? Norton WiFi Privacy is a paid VPN service that helps keep you secure online. Without it, many entities could track your browsing and analyze your habits. Public Wi-Fi networks, like those in coffee shops, could leave you vulnerable without a VPN. Norton WiFi Privacy can keep your browsing safe when…

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The Best Browser Extensions for Listening to Podcasts https://passivetech.com/the-best-browser-extensions-for-listening-to-podcasts/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:00:00 +0000 https://www.makeuseof.com/?p=728678 extensions-podcast

Podcasts can entertain you, educate, and give you updates on topics that matter. Many people listen to them on their smartphones and tablets, or in the car through streaming services. But in some situations, it may be more convenient to listen to a podcast through your web browser. Fortunately, there are numerous browser extensions to help you listen to podcasts without fuss. And we have seven of the best for you below. 1. SmarterPod Currently available in beta, this browser extension lets you sign up to podcast feeds. That means you need never miss episodes of your favorite storytelling podcasts…

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Top 10 Most Pirated Movies of The Week on BitTorrent – 02/19/18 https://passivetech.com/top-10-most-pirated-movies-of-the-week-on-bittorrent-02-19-18/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:58:17 +0000 http://torrentfreak.com/?p=151456 The top 10 most downloaded movies on BitTorrent are in again. 'Justice League' tops the chart this week, followed by ‘Thor Ragnarok'. 'Pitch Perfect 3' completes the top three.

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This week we have four newcomers in our chart.

Justice League is the most downloaded movie.

The data for our weekly download chart is estimated by TorrentFreak, and is for informational and educational reference only. All the movies in the list are Web-DL/Webrip/HDRip/BDrip/DVDrip unless stated otherwise.

RSS feed for the weekly movie download chart.

This week’s most downloaded movies are:
Movie Rank Rank last week Movie name IMDb Rating / Trailer
Most downloaded movies via torrents
1 (7) Justice League 7.1 / trailer
2 (2) Thor Ragnarok 8.1 / trailer
3 (…) Pitch Perfect 3 6.2 / trailer
4 (1) Coco 8.9 / trailer
5 (4) The Shape of Water (DVDScr) 8.0 / trailer
6 (…) Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri 8.3 / trailer
7 (3) Daddy’s Home 2 6.0 / trailer
8 (…) Lady Bird 7.7 / trailer
9 (8) Blade Runner 2049 8.9 / trailer
10 (…) The Gateway 5.9 / trailer

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‘A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia’ coming to macOS around end of April [Video] https://passivetech.com/a-total-war-saga-thrones-of-britannia-coming-to-macos-around-end-of-april-video/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:33:38 +0000 http://9to5mac.com/?p=520913

Feral Interactive has announced that the latest game in the Total War franchise is coming to macOS and Linux sometime around the end of April.

A Total War Saga: Thrones of Britannia is described as an epic historical strategy game, and the first of a series of standalone Total War games …

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[Discussion] [Poll] Would you pay for a jailbreak, or consider a /r/TweakBounty style fund? https://passivetech.com/discussion-poll-would-you-pay-for-a-jailbreak-or-consider-a-r-tweakbounty-style-fund/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:28:29 +0000 http://passivetech.com/?guid=735342f30892f6bb85db594c19f75ba6

Hi everyone,

I've been wondering what the overall stance is on paid jailbreaks, especially with some claiming that this will be the last jailbreak. If this were the case, and no one was interested in developing an iOS 12 JB, would the community consider setting up a bounty of our own to incentivise developers? Would the community consider paying for a jailbreak at all?

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZj4_Z8bk_RKNeSRMkp6dcNSIiZzsgqbmw2QSzGzt-tsBZ3w/viewform?usp=sf_link

The more people who participate, the better the results. Feel free to share :)

Results will be posted in ~48 hours.

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Hi everyone,

I've been wondering what the overall stance is on paid jailbreaks, especially with some claiming that this will be the last jailbreak. If this were the case, and no one was interested in developing an iOS 12 JB, would the community consider setting up a bounty of our own to incentivise developers? Would the community consider paying for a jailbreak at all?

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeZj4_Z8bk_RKNeSRMkp6dcNSIiZzsgqbmw2QSzGzt-tsBZ3w/viewform?usp=sf_link

The more people who participate, the better the results. Feel free to share 🙂

Results will be posted in ~48 hours.

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[Question] Is it safe enough to jailbreak with g0blin RC2 on my iPhone 6S 10.3.2 or should I just wait for meridian? https://passivetech.com/question-is-it-safe-enough-to-jailbreak-with-g0blin-rc2-on-my-iphone-6s-10-3-2-or-should-i-just-wait-for-meridian/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:26:24 +0000 http://passivetech.com/?guid=63eedd7ba6823e96534d5ba0f62e2582

I've been wondering whether I should just jailbreak with g0blin RC2 on my iPhone 6S 10.3.2 and transfer over to meridian when it's fully released or should I just wait for meridian and not jailbreak yet?

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I've been wondering whether I should just jailbreak with g0blin RC2 on my iPhone 6S 10.3.2 and transfer over to meridian when it's fully released or should I just wait for meridian and not jailbreak yet?

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[News] [Upcoming] The Midnight Repo – the default Cydia repo with the tweaks and tools of the Meridian jailbreak. https://passivetech.com/news-upcoming-the-midnight-repo-the-default-cydia-repo-with-the-tweaks-and-tools-of-the-meridian-jailbreak/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:21:37 +0000 http://passivetech.com/?guid=473b74828d0341dfeab36292f7062fbe [News] [Upcoming] The Midnight Repo - the default Cydia repo with the tweaks and tools of the Meridian jailbreak. submitted by /u/alexthedog15
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Trolls Using Indian Character iOS Bug To Crash Unsuspecting iPhone Users https://passivetech.com/trolls-using-indian-character-ios-bug-to-crash-unsuspecting-iphone-users/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:19:57 +0000 http://ioshacker.com/?p=48427 Last week another text based iOS crash bug surfaced that involves specific character from Indian language Telugu. When this character is sent to a target iOS device, it causes the device to crash. Unlike previous bugs the Telugu character bug is not limited to iMessage and also affects third-party messaging and email apps. Apple has […]

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Google on Collision Course With Movie Biz Over Piracy & Safe Harbor https://passivetech.com/google-on-collision-course-with-movie-biz-over-piracy-safe-harbor/ Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:38:26 +0000 http://torrentfreak.com/?p=151504 Google and one of Australia's leading movie companies are on a collision course over piracy. Village Roadshow's outspoken co-chief Graham Burke has twice this month accused Google of facilitating crime and is now inviting the company to sue him. Meanwhile, Google is fighting for new safe harbor protections that Village Roadshow insists should be denied.

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Wherever Google has a presence, rightsholders are around to accuse the search giant of not doing enough to deal with piracy.

Over the past several years, the company has been attacked by both the music and movie industries but despite overtures from Google, criticism still floods in.

In Australia, things are definitely heating up. Village Roadshow, one of the nation’s foremost movie companies, has been an extremely vocal Google critic since 2015 but now its co-chief, the outspoken Graham Burke, seems to want to take things to the next level.

As part of yet another broadside against Google, Burke has for the second time in a month accused Google of playing a large part in online digital crime.

“My view is they are complicit and they are facilitating crime,” Burke said, adding that if Google wants to sue him over his comments, they’re very welcome to do so.

It’s highly unlikely that Google will take the bait. Burke’s attempt at pushing the issue further into the spotlight will have been spotted a mile off but in any event, legal battles with Google aren’t really something that Burke wants to get involved in.

Australia is currently in the midst of a consultation process for the Copyright Amendment (Service Providers) Bill 2017 which would extend the country’s safe harbor provisions to a broader range of service providers including educational institutions, libraries, archives, key cultural institutions and organizations assisting people with disabilities.

For its part, Village Roadshow is extremely concerned that these provisions may be extended to other providers – specifically Google – who might then use expanded safe harbor to deflect more liability in respect of piracy.

“Village Roadshow….urges that there be no further amendments to safe harbor and in particular there is no advantage to Australia in extending safe harbor to Google,” Burke wrote in his company’s recent submission to the government.

“It is very unlikely given their size and power that as content owners we would ever sue them but if we don’t have that right then we stand naked. Most importantly if Google do the right thing by Australia on the question of piracy then there will be no issues. However, they are very far from this position and demonstrably are facilitating crime.”

Accusations of crime facilitation are nothing new for Google, with rightsholders in the US and Europe having accused the company of the same a number of times over the years. In response, Google always insists that it abides by relevant laws and actually goes much further in tackling piracy than legislation currently requires.

On the safe harbor front, Google begins by saying that not expanding provisions to service providers will have a seriously detrimental effect on business development in the region.

“[Excluding] online service providers falls far short of a balanced, pro-innovation environment for Australia. Further, it takes Australia out of step with other digital economies by creating regulatory uncertainty for [venture capital] investment and startup/entrepreneurial success,” Google’s submission reads.

“[T]he Draft Bill’s narrow safe harbor scheme places Australian-based startups and online service providers — including individual bloggers, websites, small startups, video-hosting services, enterprise cloud companies, auction sites, online marketplaces, hosting providers for real-estate listings, photo hosting services, search engines, review sites, and online platforms —in a disadvantaged position compared with global startups in countries that have strong safe harbor frameworks, such as the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Singapore, South Korea, Japan, and other EU countries.

“Under the new scheme, Australian-based startups and service providers, unlike their international counterparts, will not receive clear and consistent legal protection when they respond to complaints from rightsholders about alleged instances of online infringement by third-party users on their services,” Google notes.

Interestingly, Google then delivers what appears to be a loosely veiled threat.

One of the key anti-piracy strategies touted by the mainstream entertainment companies is collaboration between rightsholders and service providers, including the latter providing voluntary tools to police infringement online. Google says that if service providers are given a raw deal on safe harbor, the extent of future cooperation may be at risk.

“If Australian-based service providers are carved out of the new safe harbor regime post-reform, they will operate from a lower incentive to build and test new voluntary tools to combat online piracy, potentially reducing their contributions to innovation in best practices in both Australia and international markets,” the company warns.

But while Village Roadshow argue against safe harbors and warn that piracy could kill the movie industry, it is quietly optimistic that the tide is turning.

In a presentation to investors last week, the company said that reducing piracy would have “only an upside” for its business but also added that new research indicates that “piracy growth [is] getting arrested.” As a result, the company says that it will build on the notion that “74% of people see piracy as ‘wrong/theft’” and will call on Australians to do the right thing.

In the meantime, the pressure on Google will continue but lawsuits – in either direction – won’t provide an answer.

Village Roadshow’s submission can be found here, Google’s here (pdf).

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Residential solar is cheap, but can it get cheaper? Paths to $0.05 per kWh https://passivetech.com/residential-solar-is-cheap-but-can-it-get-cheaper-paths-to-0-05-per-kwh/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:45:44 +0000 https://arstechnica.com/?p=1261745

The price of solar panels has fallen far and fast. But the Energy Department (DOE) wants to bring those costs down even further, especially for residential homes. After all, studies have shown that if every inch of useable rooftop in the US had solar panels on it, the panels could provide about 40% of the nation’s power demand. Right now, the DOE’s goal is residential solar that costs 5¢ per kilowatt hour by 2030.

In a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), researchers mapped out some possible pathways to that goal. Notably, the biggest barriers to cost reduction appear to be the stubborn “soft costs” of solar installation. Those soft costs include supply chain costs, labor costs, and sales and marketing costs that aren’t related to the physical production of solar cells at a factory.

NREL wrote: “Because the 2030 target likely will not be achieved under business-as-usual trends, we examine two key market segments that demonstrate significant opportunities for cost savings and market growth: installing PV at the time of roof replacement and installing PV as part of the new home construction process.”

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Epic Games Uses Private Investigators to Locate Cheaters https://passivetech.com/epic-games-uses-private-investigators-to-locate-cheaters/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 19:31:05 +0000 http://torrentfreak.com/?p=151311 After hiring the services of a private investigations firm, Epic Games discovered they'd sued another minor for alleged cheating. The gaming company asked the court to keep the personal information of the kid under seal. A private investigator was also used to locate another minor defendant in a separate case, who is now risking a default judgment.

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Last fall, Epic Games released Fortnite’s free-to-play “Battle Royale” game mode for the PC and other platforms, generating massive interest among gamers.

This also included thousands of cheaters, many of whom were subsequently banned. Epic Games then went a step further by taking several cheaters to court for copyright infringement.

In the months that have passed several cases have been settled with undisclosed terms, but it appears that not all defendants are easy to track down. In at least two cases, Epic had to retain the services of private investigators to locate their targets.

In a case filed in North Carolina, the games company was unable to serve the defendant (now identified as B.B) so they called in the help of Klatt Investigations, with success.

“[A]fter having previously engaged two other process servers that were unable to locate and successfully serve B.B., Epic engaged Klatt Investigations, a Canadian firm that provides various services related to the private service of process in civil matters.

“In this case, we engaged Klatt Investigations to locate and effect service of process by personal service on Defendant,” Epic informs the court.

As Epic Games didn’t know the age of the defendant beforehand they chose to approach the person as a minor, which turned out to be a wise choice. The alleged cheater indeed appears to be a minor, so both the Defendant and Defendant’s mother were served.

Based on this new information, Epic Games asked the court to redact any court documents that reveal personal information of the defendant, which includes his or her full name.

Epic’s request to seal

This is not the first time Epic Games has used a private investigator to locate a defendant. It hired S&H Investigative Services in another widely reported case, where the defendant also turned out to be a minor.

In that case, the mother of the alleged cheater wrote a letter to the court in her son’s defense, but after that, things went quiet.

This lack of response prompted Epic Games to ask the court to enter a default in this case, which means that the defendant risks a default judgment for copyright infringement.

Epic’s declaration for the motion to seal the personal details of minor B.B. is available here (pdf). The request to enter a default in the separate C.R case can be found (here pdf).

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How to Quickly Get Stock Prices from Safari URL Bar on Mac https://passivetech.com/how-to-quickly-get-stock-prices-from-safari-url-bar-on-mac/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 16:20:42 +0000 http://osxdaily.com/?p=71631 Safari for Mac can quickly give you stock price quotes for any ticker symbol right from the address bar, offering yet another way to keep track of equities for those who like to follow the day-to-day ride of the stock market. Of course you can just google or web-search for a ticker symbol too, but … Read More

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Sweden Considers Six Years in Jail For Online Pirates https://passivetech.com/sweden-considers-six-years-in-jail-for-online-pirates/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:12:39 +0000 http://torrentfreak.com/?p=151431 Sweden's Minister for Justice has received recommendations as to how the country should punish online pirates. Heléne Fritzon received a proposal which would create crimes of gross infringement under both copyright and trademark law, leading to sentences of up to six years in prison. The changes would also ensure that non-physical property, such as domain names, can be seized.

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Ever since the infamous Pirate Bay trial more than a decade ago, prosecutors in Sweden have called for a tougher approach to breaches of copyright law. In general terms, the country has been painted as soft on infringement but that could all be about to change.

After reaching the conclusion that penalties in Sweden “appear to be low” when compared to those on the international stage, the government sought advice on how such crimes can be punished, not only more severely, but also in proportion to the alleged damage caused.

In response, Minister for Justice Heléne Fritzon received a report this week. It proposes a new tier of offenses with “special” punishments to tackle large-scale copyright infringement and “serious” trademark infringement.

Presented by Council of Justice member Dag Mattsson, the report envisions new criminal designations and crime being divided into two levels of seriousness.

“A person who has been found guilty of copyright infringement or trademark infringement of a normal grade may be sentenced to fines or imprisonment up to a maximum of two years,” the government notes.

“In cases of gross crimes, a person may be convicted of gross copyright infringement or gross trademark infringement and sent to prison for at least six months and not more than six years.”

Last year the Supreme Court found that although prison sentences can be handed down in such cases, there were no legislative indications that copyright infringement should be penalized via a term of imprisonment.

For an idea of the level of change, one only need refer to The Pirate Bay case, which would undoubtedly be considered as “gross infringement” under the new proposals.

Under the new rules, defendants Peter Sunde, Fredrik Neij and Carl Lundström would be sentenced to a minimum of six months and a maximum of six years. As things stood, with infringement being dealt with via fines or up to two years’ imprisonment, they were sentenced to prison terms of eight, ten and four months respectively.

Under the new proposals, damage to rightsholders and monetary gain by the defendant would be taken into account when assessing whether a crime is “gross” or not. This raises the question of whether someone sharing a single pre-release movie could be deemed a gross infringer even if no money was made.

Also of interest are proposals that would enable the state to confiscate all kinds of property, both physical items and more intangible assets such as domain names. This proposal is a clear nod towards the Pirate Bay case which dragged on for several years before the state was able to take over its thepiratebay.se domain.

“Today there is organized online piracy that has major consequences for the whole community,” Minister Fritzon said in a statement.

“Therefore, it is good that the punishments for these crimes have been reviewed, as the sentence will then be proportional to the seriousness of the crime.”

The legislative amendments are proposed to enter into force on July 1, 2019.

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Electra RC 1.3 Cydia-Bundled iOS 11 Jailbreak Out Now For Devs https://passivetech.com/electra-rc-1-3-cydia-bundled-ios-11-jailbreak-out-now-for-devs/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 06:03:27 +0000 http://www.redmondpie.com/?p=298351 Yes you read that right. Electra RC 1.3 Cydia-bundled iOS 11 to 11.1.2 jailbreak is now available for developers. Here are the details.

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What Trump Still Gets Wrong About How Russia Played Facebook https://passivetech.com/what-trump-still-gets-wrong-about-how-russia-played-facebook/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 03:06:31 +0000 http://passivetech.com/?guid=2dc396ba1522a173b8166eb67a002061 The president’s quote tweet of Facebook executive Rob Goldman misses how the Russians really influenced the election online.

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How To Transfer Photos From iPhone / Android To Windows 10 PC The Easy Way https://passivetech.com/how-to-transfer-photos-from-iphone-android-to-windows-10-pc-the-easy-way/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:10:59 +0000 http://www.redmondpie.com/?p=298213 Here’s how you can transfer photos from iPhone, iPad or an Android device to a Windows 10 PC the easy way.

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Tech Deals President’s Day Edition: $380 4K TV, $374 iPhone 7, $250 Off MacBook Air, $12 OtterBox Galaxy S8 Case, More https://passivetech.com/tech-deals-presidents-day-edition-380-4k-tv-374-iphone-7-250-off-macbook-air-12-otterbox-galaxy-s8-case-more/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 01:05:38 +0000 http://www.redmondpie.com/?p=298261 Our President’s Day compilation of tech deals includes a 49-inch LG 4K UHD LED TV, Apple’s iPhone 7, iPhone X Leather Folio case, iPad 4, 13-inch MacBook Air, and more.

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iDevices Releases Adhesive Battery-Powered Bluetooth Smart Switch https://passivetech.com/idevices-releases-adhesive-battery-powered-bluetooth-smart-switch/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:24:00 +0000 http://www.redmondpie.com/?p=298275 iDevices has taken the wraps off another addition – this time, a wall switch that makes for easy control of other iDevices kit around the home or, indeed, outside of it.

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Airport Controllers Trade the Tower for a Screen-Filled Room https://passivetech.com/airport-controllers-trade-the-tower-for-a-screen-filled-room/ Sun, 18 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 http://passivetech.com/?guid=28b4b33177364cd4ca9e54a3415de519 At the newly expanded Fort Lauderdale airport in Florida, controllers watch their planes through radar and video, not line-of-sight.

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Electra RC1 Jailbreak With Cydia Leaked As RC 1.3 Nears Public Release https://passivetech.com/electra-rc1-jailbreak-with-cydia-leaked-as-rc-1-3-nears-public-release/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:23:11 +0000 http://www.redmondpie.com/?p=298267 The inevitable has happened. Electra RC1 iOS 11 jailbreak with Cydia has leaked while RC 1.3 nears public release.

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Game Companies Oppose DMCA Exemption for ‘Abandoned’ Online Games https://passivetech.com/game-companies-oppose-dmca-exemption-for-abandoned-online-games/ Sat, 17 Feb 2018 22:01:21 +0000 http://torrentfreak.com/?p=151375 Electonic Arts, Nintendo, Ubisoft and other major game publishers have asked the US Copyright Office not to make an exemption to preserve abandoned online games for future generations. The companies argue that libraries, museums, and their affiliates might exploit such a right for commercial purposes, competing with other games.

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There are a lot of things people are not allowed to do under US copyright law, but perhaps just as importantly there are exemptions.

The U.S. Copyright Office is currently considering whether or not to loosen the DMCA’s anti-circumvention provisions, which prevent the public from ‘tinkering’ with DRM-protected content and devices.

These provisions are renewed every three years after the Office hears various arguments from the public. One of the major topics on the agenda this year is the preservation of abandoned games.

The Copyright Office previously included game preservation exemptions to keep these games accessible. This means that libraries, archives, and museums can use emulators and other circumvention tools to make old classics playable.

Late last year several gaming fans including the Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (the MADE), a nonprofit organization operating in California, argued for an expansion of this exemption to also cover online games. This includes games in the widely popular multiplayer genre, which require a connection to an online server.

“Although the Current Exemption does not cover it, preservation of online video games is now critical,” MADE wrote in its comment to the Copyright Office.

“Online games have become ubiquitous and are only growing in popularity. For example, an estimated fifty-three percent of gamers play multiplayer games at least once a week, and spend, on average, six hours a week playing with others online.”

This week, the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), which acts on behalf of prominent members including Electonic Arts, Nintendo and Ubisoft, opposed the request.

While they are fine with the current game-preservation exemption, expanding it to online games goes too far, they say. This would allow outsiders to recreate online game environments using server code that was never published in public.

It would also allow a broad category of “affiliates” to help with this which, according to the ESA, could include members of the public

“The proponents characterize these as ‘slight modifications’ to the existing exemption. However they are nothing of the sort. The proponents request permission to engage in forms of circumvention that will enable the complete recreation of a hosted video game-service environment and make the video game available for play by a public audience.”

“Worse yet, proponents seek permission to deputize a legion of ‘affiliates’ to assist in their activities,” ESA adds.

The proposed changes would enable and facilitate infringing use, the game companies warn. They fear that outsiders such as MADE will replicate the game servers and allow the public to play these abandoned games, something games companies would generally charge for. This could be seen as direct competition.

MADE, for example, already charges the public to access its museum so they can play games. This can be seen as commercial use under the DMCA, ESA points out.

“Public performance and display of online games within a museum likewise is a commercial use within the meaning of Section 107. MADE charges an admission fee – ‘$10 to play games all day’.

“Under the authority summarized above, public performance and display of copyrighted works to generate entrance fee revenue is a commercial use, even if undertaken by a nonprofit museum,” the ESA adds.

The ESA also stresses that their members already make efforts to revive older games themselves. There is a vibrant and growing market for “retro” games, which games companies are motivated to serve, they say.

The games companies, therefore, urge the Copyright Office to keep the status quo and reject any exemptions for online games.

“In sum, expansion of the video game preservation exemption as contemplated by Class 8 is not a ‘modest’ proposal. Eliminating the important limitations that the Register provided when adopting the current exemption risks the possibility of wide-scale infringement and substantial market harm,” they write.

The Copyright Office will take all arguments into consideration before it makes a final decision. It’s clear that the wishes of game preservation advocates, such as MADE, are hard to unite with the interests of the game companies, so one side will clearly be disappointed with the outcome.

A copy of ESA’s submissionavailablelble here (pdf).

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