The Pirate Bay Founder Freed From Prison After Three Years

The founder of infamous torrent site The Pirate Bay, Gottfrid Svartholm, has been freed from prison after three years. Svartholm, also known by his nickname Anakata, served his prison time in both Sweden and Denmark on charges related to his activities with The Pirate Bay, but is now a free man. Supporters have long campaigned for Svartholm to be released.

While Svartholm and his family have, understandably, refrained from making an official statement, his mother confirmed Anakata’s release via Twitter:

In 2011, Svartholm was sentenced to one year in prison by Stockholm District Court for his activities related to The Pirate Bay, but he fled to Cambodia. A year later, he was arrested in Cambodia and transferred to Sweden to serve his prison sentence. After serving his sentence, he was then prosecuted for hacking and fraud, charges which Svartholm has always strenuously denied, winning his subsequent appeal in part and was cleared of hacking Nordea Bank.

While serving his second prison sentence in Sweden, Danish authorities launched further legal action against Svartholm in 2013, charging him with compromising the mainframe of IT firm CSC. Svartholm again denied the charges, but was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison and extradited to Denmark to serve his time. Svartholm lost his appeal, but continued to fight against the charge.

Svartholm has been released from prison early for good behaviour during his sentence.

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

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Tesla Model S Does Record-Breaking 452.8 Miles On One Charge

Tesla’s premium electric sedan, the Model S P85D, has managed a world-record 452.8 (728.7 km) mile journey on a single battery charge. The feat was achieved in Denmark by Bjørn Nyland, a programmer with the University of Oslo, who affectionately nicknamed his Tesla Model S the “Millennium Falcon”.

Nyland, who is not affiliated with Tesla, decided to push his Model S as far as it would go. After charging the vehicle at a charging station in Rødekro, Denmark, he and his friend took turns driving the car at 25mph, avoiding any elevation, before returning to the charging station. The journey took the two men 18 hours and 40 minutes, with a total of 1 hours’ worth of stops.

Nyland posted video highlights (to be generous) of the journey, which ends with him and his friend looking rather delighted with their feat:

A self-confessed Tesla nut, Nylund has a number of Tesla test drive videos on his YouTube channel, including one of him driving 125mph for 39 miles down a German Autobahn.

The previous world record, according to Tesla, was 423.5 miles on one charge, achieved by David Metcalf and his son Adam in a Tesla Model S back in 2012.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information.

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Apple Increases Prices of Its Products in Non-US Countries

While Apple has discounted the price of its Apple TV in North America to $69, the company seems to be doing the exact opposite to a lot of its products around the world. This comes as a result of the US Dollar gaining some ground and becoming stronger in the market.

Apple products which suffered an increase in pricing include the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt Display, and are now more expensive in countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, France, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Portugal and other countries to reflect currency adjustments.

For example, the Canadian Apple Store shows an increase in unlocked iPhone 6 from between $749-$969 to $839-$1,099, Thunderbolt Displays from $999 to $1,199, and 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros from between $2,099-$2,699 to $2,449-$3,049. Apple also upped the price on its 15-inch MacBook Pro in France, with the base model now starting at €2,249 up from €1,999, and the higher-spec model up to €2,799 from €2,499.

Apple is said to continue to make the adjustments in order to ensure that its products and services are as consistently priced as possible throughout the world. However, in some cases, international prices will remain higher than North America prices as a ‘safety’ against currency fluctuations.

Thank you MacRumors for providing us with this information

Denmark Created 1:1 Scale In Minecraft

The team at Geodata agency have recreated the whole of Denmark in 1:1 scale in the world of Minecraft. Simon Kokkendoft and Thorbjørn Nielsen used data taken from their Geodata Agency to make a block-for-block remake of the country.

While of course the whole project has been done with fun in mind, the teams ambitions are focused on the environment and educational purposes. They’re hoping that their work will be taken into Denmark’s schools, allowing studios to learn about everything from urban planning to environment preservation.

It is a great idea to let people get hands on and explore the country. Of course they haven’t reproduced every build and office block, but the landscape that the country is built upon, allowing citizens a clear look at the terrain around them and to understand why and how people use the land.

With Minecraft more popular than ever with a younger audience, I can’t think of a better medium to help them convey their message.

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Thank you TweakTown for providing us with this information.

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Xbox One Delayed To 2014 For Eight European Countries

Microsoft has officially confirmed that eight European countries will get the console late, in 2014.  The eight countries who will experience a delay in the product’s arrival are Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Sweden and Switzerland. That said in November the Xbox One is still expected to arrive on time in Australia, Austria, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Spain, United Kingdom, United States and New Zealand.

Microsoft stated that: “We understand this will be disappointing news for our fans in the impacted countries, and we are doing everything we can to bring Xbox One to you as soon as possible next year.”

Those in the affected countries will be compensated with a free game if they had already pre-ordered an Xbox One before this announcement.  Microsoft did not disclose why they were experiencing delays in those countries but you can probably safely assume it is because Microsoft wants to focus its demand on the biggest markets first. Microsoft also didn’t state when in 2014 the delayed arrival would be for the affected countries, they merely disclosed “as soon as possible”.

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New Brand “ID-Cooling” Entering European PC Cooling Market

ID-Cooling are a new brand in Europe founded by “Shenzhen Wan Jing Hua Technology co., Ltd.” of China. They are looking to make an entrance into the European PC hardware market manufacturing cooling products. They apparently have a long history of making business and OEM cooling products, for 10 years. They were present at Computex 2013 and they have announce four series of CPU coolers. Strangely the product segmentations are represented by Scandinavian flags.

  • Finland is graced by high-end cooling – FI series
  • The high/mid-range is under the Swedish banner – SE series
  • Iceland is going to be thin down-draft coolers – IS series
  • And Denmark will represent the traditional “open cooler” style – DK series

Unfortunately they didn’t disclose names and details of products but you can see more at their website here.

Information will come next month when they release their products to the EU market. Hopefully we will be able to bring you guys some reviews and see how this new player on the block performs. There are exciting times in the cooling market as both ID-Cooling and Raijintek are joining the market after public displays at Computex 2013.

Images courtesy of ID-Cooling

Danish Supermarket Gets Cocaine Delivery Instead Of Bananas

Colombia is very well known for its problems with drugs, particularly cocaine, yet it is also very well known for its large amount of banana exports, which Latin America as a whole is very famous for along with the Caribbean too.  Strangely though you’d never expect these two paths to really cross, legal food exports and illegal drug exports. For one Danish supermarket exactly that recently happened according to reports.

Staff at a Coop chain supermarket in Aarhus, Western Denmark, were surprised to find that their boxes of bananas were heavier than usual. It was only upon opening and inspecting them that they found out that the boxes were actually all rammed full of Cocaine, a hefty 220 lbs of it.

A coop spokesman said more bags of cocaine were found later in another shipment from Colombia in their central dispatch depot in the nation’s capital Copenhagen. Naturally the coop contacted their Columbian supplier to find out what was going on. The Danish police are currently investigating but no arrests have been made.

According to some sources 220 lbs of Cocaine, around 100 kg, has a street value of $2-10 million USD depending on its quality. Maybe next time Danish customs officials might be a bit more suspicious of those “bananas” coming from Colombia.

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