Sony Hack Revealed New Blu-Ray Protection Details

When it comes to digital content, companies both love and hate the ease at which they and others can copy and distribute content, with everything from your favourite games to the latest movies being stored in memory smaller than your finger nail. In a move to help protect their content, companies are looking at new ways to stop people from copying their content. Documentation found by Wikileaks points that Sony may be looking to take Blu-Ray protection to a whole new level.

The Blu-Ray disc association is responsible for anything to do with the format, and it would seem that they are now working on an Advance Access Content System (AACS) which would feature not just advanced cryptography in hopes of preventing people from uploading your favourite movies online, but from version 2.0 in their Ultra HD collection would require an internet connection for the “enhanced” protection.

It should be noted that the internet connection is only required for the first time you play the disc on a select device, the idea being that it would download its “key” for later use to the hardware, acting as an authorization token for playing the movie. There are also notes regarding the Digital Bridge device, a device that creates “managed copies” of your favourite movies meaning you can place it on your phone or tablet and still be protected by AACS.

iPhone 6s Clone Costs a Mere $37 And Works Surprisingly Well!

The launch of Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus resulted in record operating sales figures despite implementing only a few iterative changes from the previous generation. However, Apple products incur a hefty price premium in countries with fairly decent wages, which makes people in poorer nations unable to purchase expensive handsets. As always, there’s a huge array of clones on the market to suit customers on a budget which fairly reflects their wage. Although, many of these have suffered from an atrocious battery life, poor user-interface and suspect call quality.

Only a few years ago, I decided to test a Sciphone which resembled an iPhone 3GS. Thankfully, it only cost £25 because its performance was nothing short of unbearable. In the last few years, copies have improved at an exponential rate due to the affordability of budget hardware and the Android operating system.

One particular example which caught my attention is based on the iPhone 6s and comes in a variety of luxurious colours. In terms of its specification, the handset features a Spreadtrum SC7731 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7, 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM, expandable flash storage, and 5-inch QHD display. Unlike many smartphones these days, you can remove the back cover and swap out the internal battery. While it’s not the most impressive specification, it seems to run the operating system smoothly and costs an astonishingly low, $37. As the video rightly proclaims:

“Who wants to buy a $1000 iPhone in China? Nobody! People just buy copies.”

Furthermore, once you’ve purchased the handset, it’s incredibly easy to have the Apple credentials engraved. I’m not advocating this, but Apple really needs to rethink its pricing model in poorer countries. In the wider scheme of things, I have to commend the ultra cheap handsets which provide a usable phone for the less fortunate.

GeForce GTX 980 Ti Owners Won’t Be Able to Reserve a Windows 10 Upgrade

If you wanted to upgrade before reserving a Windows 10 Upgrade, you might want to reconsider. Apparently, GeForce GTX 980 Ti owners are not able to reserve a copy of Microsoft’s latest operating system because the company seems to believe the OS ‘won’t work’ with NVIDIA’s latest graphics card.

The funny situation was reported by PCWorld, where they tried to reserve an upgrade with a rig featuring the GTX 980 Ti, but found out they couldn’t. Digging deeper, they found out from their Check your PC option that the graphics card was deemed to be not compatible with Windows 10, which is quite awkward due to the fact that the 980 Ti is one of the cards that supports DirectX 12.1 and has support for the OS with NVIDIA’s 353.30 driver.

It seems that Microsoft has not updated its compatibility database and an NVIDIA employee apparently told through a tweet that 980 Ti owners would have a great experience with the card and Microsoft’s Windows 10.

So what is there to do? Well, Microsoft may be able to fix this problem easily by adding support for it in the database or they could just ignore it and let 980 Ti users update to Windows 10 after it gets released. So what do you think it’s going to be? Do you have a 980 Ti? Have you been able to reserve a Windows 10 Upgrade? Let us know!

Thank you PCWorld for providing us with this information

Government Changes Mind – Ripping CD’s Now Illegal Again

Left Right Left Right, the government doesn’t quite seem to have a solid stance on the process of ripping your albums and movies. After being made legal last year, it would seem that the high court has once again ruled it should be illegal to copy a CD for whatever purposes.

The ruling last year stated that you could make a copy of CD for purposes such as a backup, or copy the music to an MP3 player or another such device (yes that’s right, it’s been illegal all along). You could do this as long as the original media (cd, film, ext..) had been acquired legally and that you didn’t share the content with anyone else.

The change in policy has been seen as a great move by UKMusic, who represent musicians, songwriters and others involved in the musical industry. In a statement, they said that the “Government acted unlawfully when it introduced an exception to copyright for private copying without fair compensation”.

An alternative plan to replace the funds lost by you copying that album from a CD to an MP3 would have been for MP3’s, CD’s, Blu-Rays and DVD’s to have a special tax put on them, with the funds going to the music and movie industries.

So if I’m understanding this right, because you buy a CD (therefore supporting the music industry and the company which produced it) you shouldn’t be allowed to copy that music to a backup disk for when the original breaks or even to your iPod or MP3. Seems to me like companies just don’t want people buying the CD’s anymore, because if it’s deemed illegal to do so and they start acting on it, people will stop buying physical copies and then we will no doubt see complaints about their lack of CD sales being negatively impacted.

Thank you Ars Technica or the information.

Image courtesy of DuplicationCentre.

Fake Apple Watches Sold at CES

In what many are calling a sign of the ‘dumbing down’ of CES, a fake Apple Watch has been on sale at the trade show. The watch, made by Chinese company Hyperdon, is a complete rip off of the upcoming smart watch from Apple.

Mashable was first to share news of the watch online, calling it a “knockoff”.

“The watch’s screen only displays when it’s turned on, and many of its icons are blatant ripoffs of Apple designs. The pairing process took a few tries, but once connected to my iPhone 6, I was able to make phone calls and play music through the watch. It even vibrates when I get a call.”

They say that company is based in Shenzhen, a city in China famous for the large presence of Foxconn factories and other consumer technology manufacturers. Foxconn is notable as one of Apple’s largest manufacturing partners.

Source/Image: Mashable Via: MacRumors

Huawei’s Latest Smartphone Called ‘6 Plus’

Notice any similarities between that name and the name of one of Apple’s latest phones? Yes, the Chinese manufacturer Huawei, has decided to call its ‘Honor’ phone, the ‘Honor 6 Plus’.

As well as the blindingly similar name, the phone features the same 5.5-inch display of the iPhone 6 Plus as well as coming in the same colours – black/grey, white/silver and white/gold.  It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p LCD, a Kirin 925 octa-core chip, NFC, 3G of RAM, 3,6000 mAh battery and up to 32GB of storage. It also comes with dual 8 megapixel cameras on the rear.

The device will be available for $320 for the base model with 16GB storage, while a gold model with LTE and NFC included will cost around $400. I’m sure Apple’s Jony Ive will be flattered – or not, as he revealed in a recent interview with Vanity Fair which you can see bellow.

Source: 9to5Mac

Watch Makers Hitting Back at ‘Pirated’ Faces for Smartwatches

Watch makers including Omega, Fossil, Armani, Michael Kors, Tissot and Panerai are pursuing people online who have been producing ‘pirated’ versions of their watch faces for smart watches.

Ever since the release of Android Wear, a number of people have begun producing unofficial digital watch faces that resemble those of real watches, most often from luxury brands. Well now it seems that those companies have hit out at these people, with many sending cease-and-desist notices to those producing them.

The owner of FaceRepo, a site the collects watchfaces submitted by developers and allows the public to download them, has spoken out to TorrentFreak about the removal requests he’s received. While a number of the designs were “cool”, he said “we believe that owners of copyrights or trademarks have the right to defend their brand”.

With these companies concerned that their business is under threat from smart watches, it’s no surprise they’ve taken action.

Source: MacRumors

First iPhone 6 Clone Is Out Before The iPhone 6 Itself: Runs Android

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” is how the well known saying goes and that is always the case for Apple’s iPhone products. Whether you like them or not people love to copy or produce rip-off designs of Apple iPhone products and accessories. Apple’s iPhone 6 is yet to even be released but a copy has snuck its way out into the Chinese market already. The imitation iPhone 6, pictured above, is built based on design information and parts smuggled out of Apple’s Chinese manufacturing plants that are currently producing the iPhone 6. The imitation model runs a modified version of Android designed to imitate iOS. This clone even has a Touch ID ring around the home button, but it isn’t known if it actually works as a fingerprint reader. The clone also equips all the apps the iPhone 6 is expected to have including: Messages, Calendar, Photos, Camera, Weather, Clock, Maps, Videos, Notes, Reminders, Stocks, Newsstand, App Store, Passbook, Compass, Settings, Phone, Mail, Safari and Music.

Imitation models are certainly nothing that are normally newsworthy but given Apple’s iPhone 6 isn’t expected until early fall of this year I think the fact imitation models are already available is just incredible. Apple are expected to announce 4.7 and 5.5 inch variants of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is to be made by Pegatron and Foxconn.

Source: Softpedia

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