Kim Dotcom is Building His Own Internet

Kim Dotcom, the New Zealand-based German web entrepreneur currently awaiting the outcome of a trial to extradite him to the US on charges of piracy, money laundering, and fraud, is full of admirable bluster. While his ambition often outweighs his reach, as evidenced by his previous endeavours Megaupload and Mega 2.0, Dotcom’s Utopian vision of what the internet could be is always refreshing, despite commercial and state interests perpetually pushing against free, open, and private internet use.

Seemingly resigned to our internet being beyond repair, Dotcom has decided to build his own. MegaNet – a name that really writes itself – will ditch internet protocol addresses, using the existing internet infrastructure’s ‘dumb pipes’ and adding a supposedly uncrackable layer of encryption, a prescient concept considering the draconian surveillance laws being pushed through in the UK.

“If you don’t have IP addresses you can’t hack the server, you can’t execute denial of service attacks on gaming services or websites,” Dotcom told the audience at the Sydney SydStart Conference via video link. “Most importantly it will make it difficult for governments to invade our privacy. This entire network I’m working on is fully encrypted. It literally works from the people for the people.”

MegaNet will operate on a network “that uses the beauty of blockchain and new protocols to communicate and exchange data” and will initially depend upon a network of user’s smartphones. Dotcom predicts that 100 million smartphones, connected to MegaNet, would have more power, storage capacity, and bandwidth than the top 10 websites in the world put together.

Early adopters will have to be patient, though, Dotcom warns. “In the beginning you set your restrictions,” Dotcom said. “The default is no use of bandwidth, and only storage on your phone. But if you want to, it enables us to utilise some of your bandwidth. Users are fully in control. It’s not costing them anything.”

“We’re looking at a 10-year plan,” he added. “Over the next decade, current smartphones are going to be replaced by phones 10 times stronger and faster, with massively more computing power, that are as powerful as desktop computers are today.”

“Battery tech in the making is going to give you 24 to 48 hours battery time with full usage. There are lots of advancements currently taking place. Today’s bottlenecks might be a challenge, but over the years, with new devices and new capacity with mobile bandwidth, there will be no limitations.”

Dotcom expects MegaNet to go live in 2016, and is eager for the chance to put his money where his mouth is, saying, “Right now they’re just my words, but I’ll prove it to you with proof when the service goes live. You watch. The security community will appraise it and validate this service.”

Kim Dotcom’s Music Streaming Service to Give 95% of Proceeds to Artists

As divisive as the German entrepreneur may be, few can accuse Kim Dotcom about not giving a damn. All of his endeavours – from two failed attempts at secure cloud storage and file sharing under the Mega banner, to his foray into politics with New Zealand’s Pirate Party – have been designed to serve the people, rather than himself, and his latest project is no exception. Dotcom has launched a new music streaming service, called Baboom, that gives 90% of all proceeds to the artists, through its “Fair Trade Streaming” agreement.

Baboom offers a free and a premium service. The free tier is supported by ads, allowing streaming for free while charging for individual downloads, while the $10 a month subscription removes ads, lets users download any track they like and unlocks additional content. Music can be streamed online or via Android and iOS apps.

Dotcom first announced plans to launch Baboom back in 2011 – then called Megakey – and was scheduled for release the year after. It was, however, delayed indefinitely following legal proceeding against Dotcom.

It’s not yet clear how large Baboom’s music catalogue is – it might be advisable to try the free version first to assess its viability before committing to a subscription – but the hope is that the appealing terms that reward the artist first will encourage artists to sign up with Baboom.

Baboom is available now online and via Android and iOS apps.

Kim Dotcom’s Mega 3.0 Will Be Fully Encrypted and Non-Profit

Kim Dotcom just won’t let it lie. After Megaupload, his first stab at a file-sharing service, was taken down amid a flurry of legal action, which resulted in the German entrepreneur having his assets seized by the US government, Dotcom launched Mega, which offered users free and secure cloud storage. However, Dotcom recently revealed that he was forced out of the company after a hostile takeover by alleged Chinese crook Bill Liu (aka William Yan), with the business later appropriated by the New Zealand government. But Dotcom already has plans afoot for a third attempt.

Dotcom made an exclusive statement to WIRED, reaffirming his fear that Mega has been compromised. “I don’t trust the new control group of Mega and it saddens me to see Mega in the hands of bad actors like Bill Liu and copyright extremists like Hollywood. And of course the New Zealand Government,” he said.

The man behind New Zealand’s Pirate Party, though, is determined to bring the people a fully encrypted, safe, and secure third iteration of his Mega experiment, both in terms of file security and legality, which he aims to do under the banner of a non-profit organisation.

“No shareholders, no seizures, no trouble,” Dotcom told WIRED. “I’m working with the best copyright experts and Mega is pretty much bullet proof against legal attacks. The new site will be even better. Hard disk sizes are massively increasing and hardware prices have dropped to all-time lows. Bandwidth is getting cheaper too. This new site will cover its operating costs easily from donations. You give users something they love and they will keep you going. I will probably not be living in a mansion, but I will sleep well knowing that I make millions of people happy every day.”

Thank you WIRED for providing us with this information.

It Might Be Time to Delete Your Mega Account

Controversial German web entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, founder of defunct file sharing site Megaupload, and its sister cloud-sharing service Mega, has warned that Mega has been forced out of his control via a hostile takeover and into the hands of the New Zealand government, via a Chinese businessman wanted for fraud.

Dotcom revealed the news during a Q&A session on Slashdot, during which he responded to user questions ranging from his foray into politics with the Internet Party in New Zealand to his dealing with US law enforcement. When asked, “What assurance could you give someone to the point that their files may not be kept secret while hosted on [Mega]?”, Dotcom replied:

 I’m not involved in Mega anymore. Neither in a managing nor in a shareholder capacity. The company has suffered from a hostile takeover by a Chinese investor who is wanted in China for fraud. He used a number of straw-men and businesses to accumulate more and more Mega shares. Recently his shares have been seized by the NZ government. Which means the NZ government is in control. In addition Hollywood has seized all the Megashares in the family trust that was setup for my children. As a result of this and a number of other confidential issues I don’t trust Mega anymore. I don’t think your data is safe on Mega anymore. But my non-compete clause is running out at the end of the year and I will create a Mega competitor that is completely open source and non-profit, similar to the Wikipedia model. I want to give everyone free, unlimited and encrypted cloud storage with the help of donations from the community to keep things going.

Mega, if it was ever trustworthy, certainly isn’t now. Deleting your files and closing your account seems like a sensible move.

Thank you Slashdot for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Wired.

PayPal Pulls MEGA Support

PayPal has ceased supporting customer payments for MEGA as of Friday. A post on MEGA’s blog suggests that PayPal has refused to handle the cloud storage service’s transactions due to its presence in a NetNames report accusing it of being an illegitimate business, and subsequent pressure by Visa and Mastercard.

The blog reads:

MEGA is aware of a report published by NetNames (partially funded from the MPAA supported Digital Citizens Alliance) that incorrectly claims MEGA’s business to not be a legitimate cloud storage service. MEGA is aware that Senator Leahy (Vermont, Chair Senate Judiciary Committee) then pressured Visa and MasterCard to cease providing payment services to the companies named in that report.

Visa and MasterCard then pressured PayPal to cease providing payment services to MEGA.

Though PayPal later acknowledged that it considers MEGA to be a legitimate operation, it decided to maintain its embargo, citing the “unknowability of what is on the platform,” effectively penalising MEGA for using effective end-to-end encryption.

While PayPal continues to withhold its service, MEGA says it will not punish its customers over it:

Until new payment systems are implemented, MEGA will temporarily not enforce its storage limits or suspend any accounts for non-payment and has extended existing subscriptions by 2 months free of charge.

MEGA has 15 million customers across 200 countries using its cloud storage service. It was launched by web entrepreneur Kim Dotcom as a secure alternative to the likes of Dropbox, after the service gave the NSA access to user data through the PRISM initiative.

Source: MEGA

Kim Dotcom to Launch Secure Video Chat Service

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom has announced plans to release an encrypted, in-browser video chat service through his Twitter account. The service, called MegaChat, will also integrate high-speed transfer of large files, through Dotcom’s Mega sharing software.

Dotcom promises that his secure chat app will be available “soon”, but there are no firm details about how far along the project is or how long we have to wait for it. However, Dotcom has promised beta invites over the next few weeks, so we may see it sooner rather than later.

Source: Engadget

Kim Dotcom Saves XMAS, Stops Lizard Squad Attack on Xbox Live and PSN

Hacker group Lizard Squad launched a DDoS attack on Xbox Live and PlayStation Network (PSN), taking both services down on Christmas Day. The official Lizard Squad Twitter account demanded 10,000 retweets before it would allow the services to continue. However, German web entrepreneur Kim Dotcom stepped in, offering Lizard Squad 3,000 Lifetime accounts on his encrypted upload site, Mega.

https://twitter.com/LizardMafia/status/548334845588680705

Dotcom shared a screen capture of a direct message exchange between the two parties:

The conversation seems a little contrived, possibly staged, but the net result is that both Xbox Live and PSN services were able to continue. Though, now that Kim Dotcom has breached the “don’t negotiate with terrorists” rule, will this persuade Lizard Squad to launch more attacks in hope of soliciting further benefits?

Source: Gizmodo

Kim Dotcom to Bring Internet Party to US

Kim Dotcom has announced that his political party will be launching in the US next year.

The Internet Party has existed in Kim’s native New Zealand for a while now, but hasn’t really had much political success, failing to gain a seat in their Parliament. The party is really the political epitome of Kim – they propose the legalisation of cannabis, free higher education courses, and of course a freer and more libertarian internet. Kim made the announcement in a series of tweets, declaring that he will be “Hillary’s worst nightmare in 2016” and that he’s only managing the party’s publicity (probably remotely, considering the US wants him behind bars).

Source: Engadget 

Kim Dotcom Cleared Following Bail Hearing, Questioned on Video Games

Kim Dotcom, of Megaupload fame, has walked away from his bail hearing after being cleared. He has been on bail since February 2012, and has faced allegations of breaching his conditions of bail.

The Auckland District Court ruled that despite his new business interests, most notably his ‘Mega’ file sharing service, and the subsequent earnings he could have made from them, he was not at risk of breaching his bail and leaving New Zealand.

He said that all of his earnings had been placed into a family trust, for which he is no longer a beneficiary of, technically making him ‘broke’ as we recently reported. The new beneficiary is his supposed wife, Mona.

The New Zealand Herald detailed some of the questions posed to Kim, including those about his gaming habits:

“Ruffin: “How much time a day do you spend gaming?”

Dotcom: “It’s my hobby. A couple of hours a day. I did spend quite a bit of time when Call of Duty Modern Warfare came out because I wanted to be number one. I spent 30 hours [playing] non-stop.” 

But perhaps the most humorous moment, was the judge confusing “cloud storage” for “cow storage”:

“Asked what his post-raid business was, Dotcom said he helped create Mega, a “cloud storage website”.

Judge Nevin Dawson: “A what website?”

Dotcom: “Cloud storage.”

Judge Dawson noted and said: “Cow storage.”

Dotcom, looking exasperated, corrected: “Cloud storage.”

Maybe Cow Storage could be Kim’s next big thing?

Source: The New Zealand Herald

$5,000 Mega Tivo Looks Like Rack Server

Every few months I get to a point with my Sky+ box where I realise I’ve got just a few percent of the storage remaining. Then starts the race, do I delete stuff I want to keep, or try to watch all the unseen stuff in a short space of time, so that I can then delete it and free up space for my pending recordings! It’s a tough moment to deal with and a fine example of a first world problem.

There is one solution, or at least one way of delaying this situation from happening for a very long time, a Tivo that packs an impressive 24TB of storage, wow!

This monster PVR holds 24TB of storage in a RAID 5 configuration, features hot-swappable drives and packs enough space for 26,000 hours of SD footage, more than enough for three years of TV back to back.

Recording in HD takes a big hit on the system, kicking you down to a mere 4,000 hours of recording time, which is about five months. Although chances are you’ll be recording a mixture of HD and SD so you should get something well above five months and this is of course still significantly more than the stock TiVo offerings.

It’ll be easy to fill too, given that the TiVo mega features six tuners for recording, so it’s unlikely you’ll run into many conflicts. Want to watch multiple shows on multiple screens and devices? No problem, the Mega will stream to movies phones, tablets and more over a network.

The TiVo Mega is impressive, but the downside is that it costs $5,000! Meanwhile you could just build your own NAS and save yourself a fortune.

Thank you The Verge for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of The Verge.

Police Ordered to Hand over Clones of Dotcom’s Data

In what can be described as a small victory for the New Zealand entrepreneur Kim Dotcom in his ongoing legal battle over Megaupload, the New Zealand Court of Appeal ruled that clones of the seized electronic devices should be returned to Dotcom and his co-defendants “as soon as reasonably practicable”.

The New Zealand police department already handed over clones to the US departments in the case, but so far refused to hand over any to Dotcom’s side. The reason behind it is that some of the data is encrypted, and without having the keys and passwords to see what is inside, they can’t validate and investigate it’s content. The new court order circumvents that previous lock-up and orders them to hand over all non-encrypted information for now. When the police gets the keys to verify the encrypted parts, those can be returned as well.

If Kim Dotcom ever decides to give up the passwords for the encrypted files, it will be limited to two investigating officers and the court previously prohibited those officers from sharing them with their US counterparts, as it was deemed wrong that they even got the files in the first place.

Thank you Torrentfreak for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of slashgear.

Samsung Galaxy Smartphone Saves a Mans Life

A 38-year old Taiwan man can consider himself very lucky to be alive, all thanks to his Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3″ smartphone. After an altercation at a restaurant, Han was shot in the chest by the 46-year Xu with intend to kill. Add body-armor to the long list of features.

Han had gone to a restaurant with his friends and in a good mood snagged the wallet belonging to Xu from another table. Han asked around to find the owner so he could “treat everyone beers”. This is when Xu grew angry and the fight broke out. The situation grew intense when the fight moved outside of the restaurant and weapons were drawn; Han a sickle and Xu a modified firearm. Xu shot Han right in the chest and fled the scene immediately.

Han was rushed to the hospital only to discover that it wasn’t as serious as expected. He had instinctively raised his left arm to protect himself when shot upon. The bullet had passed through his arm without damaging any bones and lodged itself in the victims smartphone.

Xu later surrendered to the Police confessing intend to kill. Fortunately his modified gun wasn’t as powerful as a normal one and Han had picked a shirt with a pocket big enough for his phone that day.

Thank you Shanghaiist for providing us with this information

Image courtesy of Apple Daily

 

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 On Route To MetroPCS

The Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is rumored to be on its way to MetroPCS. Unfortunately, the Mega is apparently SIM-locked to MetroPCS and there’s no word on it being available for other carriers, such as T-Mobile. However, for MetroPCS customers interested in grabbing their very own, it should be available in the MetroPCS stores in time for holidays, and the “should be available” is to be taken into consideration since no official news has been released yet.

In terms of specs, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 has a dual-core 1.7 GHz processor paired with 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB or 16GB internal memory expandable to 64GB with microSD, a 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Android 4.2, a 6.3″ HD (1280 x 720) display screen and a 3200mAh battery.

Sadly these are all the rumors floating around the web for this amazing 6.3″ device, however more leaks tend to arrive sooner or later, so let’s hope it is sooner rather than later.

Thank you NextPowerUp and TmoNews for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NextPowerUp and TmoNews.

Kim Dotcom Resigns From Mega Director Position To Focus On Other Things

Kim Dotcom has decided to step down from his position as the director of Mega to focus on other things. According to TorrentFreak Kim Dotcom is going to leave his Mega cloud storage company to be run by its current staff and he will instead focus on his new cloud music venture and the political party he is looking to form in New Zealand.

Kim Dotcom did set up Mega a while ago and has been actively involved with its day to day operations since then. However, he will now leave that down to his team of capable staff. Mega is Kim Dotcom’s Megaupload replacement since that was seized and shut down by the U.S government. Kim Dotcom’s new main focus will be his cloud music service which will now apparently not be called Megabox but instead something else totally void of the “Mega” branding.

Kim Dotcom’s cloud music service currently has 22 developers working on it and it will be interesting to see what Kim Dotcom’s team manages to come up with now that he can focus fully on guiding them.

Image courtesy of Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom Ordered To Remove “Mega” Logo Off His Lawn

In a classic case of “#firstworldproblems” Kim Dotcom, founder of the deceased Megaupload and the new Mega, has been requested to remove the Mega logo from the lawn of his personal property. On Twitter he told followers that:

“A neighbor complained about the huge #MEGA sign on my lawn. City council asked me to remove it :-(“

Apparently his nosy neighbours weren’t happy about his creativity and reported it to the city council where his mansion resides. His followers came up with many alternative solutions to getting around the problem such as by planting flowers in a pattern to form the word mega or “reverse mowing” a pattern into it by letting the grass around it grow longer.

If this is the most troublesome thing in Kim Dotcom’s life, then we can probably assume that Mega is going quite swimmingly right now!

Image courtesy of Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom’s Mega Is Working On Encrypted Email Service

With both Lavabit and Silent Circle shutting down their encrypted email services it is currently quite hard to find yourself an encrypted email client these days that has a safe and reliable future ahead of it. Anything based in the USA is vulnerable to NSA court orders and thus is not really safe at all. Kim Dotcom is looking to change this by providing a mainstream encrypted email service. Dotcom has been an enemy of the USA since they relentlessly hunted his Megaupload website, confiscated its servers and deleted the data without legally sound evidence. Now Kim Dotcom is looking to get back at the USA with a mainstream encrypted email service that the USA can’t touch, because Mega is based outside the USA.

“Mega’s open encrypted email service outside of #NSA reach will change the way people use email forever. You’ll see. Coming 2014,” Dotcom tweeted.

It will be interesting to see how Mega chooses to encrypt the email system given that they want to encrypt based on email protocols not based on the contents of the message. Maybe Mega will follow a similar route to that recently undertaken by two of Germany’s ISPs who encrypted their email services within Germany for a similar reason.

Image courtesy of Mega

Kim Dotcom Does Interview With Australian News Station

Megaupload Limited was a fairly large website, which provided a single service, cloud storage. Kim Dotcom founded the website in 2005, active for almost seven years before the United States FBI seized the website. But not only that, they froze all his assets, confiscating computers and equipment.  It has been a year and a half since Megaupload was seized, but that won’t stop people who want to illegally obtain software, movies and more.

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The F.B.I. “Charges Leaders of Megaupload with Widespread Online Copyright Infringement”, which is just the start to a laundry list of charges.

  • Engaging in a racketeering conspiracy
  • Conspiring to commit copyright infringement
  • Conspiring to commit money laundering
  • Two substantive counts of criminal copyright infringement

If found guilty of all charges, each individual could easily spend the rest of their life in prison. Racketeering conspiracy and money laundering both carry a 20 year sentence, while copyright infringement carries a 5 year sentence, each charge of substantive criminal copyright infringement caries a 5 year sentence.

Cloud storage is getting more and more popular, many websites use cloud storage, allowing you to store and share your files, and many of the services tell users right in their “Terms of Service” that you are not allowed to upload copyrighted material, just not in so many words. For example Dropbox says “Dropbox respects others’ intellectual property and asks that you do too.” As websites and services offered are not able to monitor everyone on the internet, unless you are the F.B.I. & N.S.A. and have PRISM doing all of your work. Megaupload received over 15 million takedown notices for copyright materials, in which they complied faster than the law requires.

Mega, the successor to Megaupload was launched January 19, 2013, advertised to be “BIGGER. BETTER. FASTER. STRONGER. SAFER” is hosted in Dotcom’s home country of New Zealand.

Kim Dotcom stated in an interview with the Australian Public Television station, Australian Broadcasting Corporation.  “Let me make one thing crystal clear. I haven’t uploaded any copyright infringing material, I haven’t shared any copyright infringing material”

If you would like to see the full interview, produced by ABC, you can check it out HERE. During his interview he stated that he would upload video of the raid to YouTube.

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One theory is that the reason for the takedown of Megaupload is that the New Zealands Prime Minister handed the U.S. Government on a silver platter as part of negotiations with Warner Brothers executives for filming “The Hobbit in New Zealand.

Kim Dotcom, founder of Megaupload charged for users uploaded content, do you think he should be held accountable?

I would like to give a special thank you to Australian Broadcasting Corporation News for sharing this interview.

Image from http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk

NZ Courts Order FBI To Destroy Illegally Obtained Data In Megaupload Case

According to reports coming from New Zealand, the New Zealand courts have ruled that all data which the FBI acquired illegally from Kim Dotcom in the Megaupload case must be destroyed or returned. In addition the court has granted Kim Dotcom and his legal team full access to the evidence brought against him in the extradition case.

The High Court Justice Helen Winkelmann also ruled that the raid which took place on Kim Dotcom’s mansion was also illegal since the warrants were improperly issued and as a result a “A miscarriage of justice did result”, something quoted by Kim Dotcom on his Twitter.

Kim Dotcom’s extradition hearing is still scheduled for August and it is likely to be delayed more as the separate court investigation into the legality of the raid on his home further runs its course. Despite this, Kim Dotcom has won a major victory in proving several counts of illegality against the FBI and gaining access to the evidence being used against him. No doubt there is still a long and bumpy road ahead for Kim Dotcom and the deceased Megaupload.

What are your thoughts on these legal victories by Kim Dotcom?

Image courtesy of Kim Dotcom

Tt eSPORTS MEKA G Unit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard Review

This week I’ve been spending my time on the MEKA G Unit, one of the latest gaming peripherals from the ever popular TteSports, the gaming branch of the PC component manufacturer Thermaltake.

Since Thermaltake launched the TteSports brand, they’ve both set about taking the eSports scene by storm, it’s not an easy scene got get into for any manufacturer either. Given that the gamers, pro gamers, LAN gamers and anyone else involved in the sport will be wanting the best tools for the trade, they want to look good, play good and win. If the products they’re using aren’t up to scratch then that is something that is going to reflect in their game and something that is going to reflect to the spectators, fans and consumers who are tied up in that scene.

Fortunately for TteSports, they’ve been doing rather well over the years and through sponsorship of teams such as Team Infused, not to mention having strong endorsements from some of the world’s top gamers on many of their gaming products. eSports isn’t like Formula 1, you may never get to drive the F1 teams Ferrari, but in eSports you can (for the most part) go pick up the same peripherals and systems that your favourite player does.

The one we are looking at today is a fully mechanical keyboard, which as you may know use a single mechanical switch under each key, opposed to the large rubber switch that normally covers all keys on a membrane keyboard. While this does have many benefits such as the keys lasting longer, improved tactile response and overall quality, it does comes with a come with a few draw backs such as an increase in cost and they’re often heavier (although weight isn’t exactly a pro or con). The price of the G Unit is around £100 at many online retailers and that’s not exactly cheap, but for a mechanical keyboard of this specification its on par with offerings from rival brands.

The G Unit comes stylishly packed in this colourful box and already it gives the impression of a premium product. On the box you’ll find a few logos showing the major features such as backlit keys, 60 macro keys and a 1000hz polling rate.

The back fo the keyboard highlights even more features such as the macro keys and multimedia keys broken down into multiple languages for different markets.

Opening the box I found (aside from the keyboard) a good quality protective bag for the keyboard and another for the cables and extras, perfect for keeping it safe and scratch free when you’re transporting your peripherals to a LAN gaming event. 

The larger cardboard package (bottom left of previous picture) contained plenty more goodies too, these include the software and driver install disc, some cool stickers, installation guide and the warranty policy.

The big stuff consisted of the keyboard, the detachable wrist rest and a USB connection cable.

 

The cable is a really high quality braided cable that is fitted with gold-plated connections. It’s completely removable from the keyboard.

In the top left we have some mode switching keys, while the top right features 7 multimedia keys that provide next and previous track, pause / play, stop and volume controls. Down the left side we have 12 hot keys and of course for the rest we have a full size mechanical switched keyboard.

The back of the keyboard features the USB connection port, two USB out-puts that act like a USB hub, allowing you to hook up your headsets, mice or other peripherals straight from the keyboard, as well as headset and microphone ports for your headset.

Each side of the keyboard features a tidy red strip, adding a little touch of style and colour to the edges of the keyboard.

Flip the board upside down and we find a there is a little groove for routing your cables, this should help keep things organized and out of the way. There are also two durable, extra wide plastic feet with rubber grips.

The keyboard isn’t fully back-lit, but the important stuff such as the arrow keys, WASD and Caps lock feature a brightness adjustable white back light that in my opinion is much more stylish than a full backlit keyboard with bright red LEDS, it adds a subtle hint in the places you need it and it’s not so much that it can distract your eyes from the game, but enough to find the important keys when you do glance down mid battle.

Setup & Installation

Setup is as simple as plug and play, with ease windows found all the basic drivers to get me up and running just like any other keyboard. Of course if you want to dive into the full feature set of your £100 gaming keyboard, you need to either install the drivers from the included CD-Rom or download them from the TteSports website.

The software is pretty straight forward, breaking the keyboard into three main profiles, each of which can have their own set of hotkeys, macros and functions applied. It’s very simple to understand and setup and while it doesn’t contain any presets for popular games, it really doesn’t take long to key them in yourself.

The macro function features a record function that allows you to create even more complex key combinations for your hotkeys, something that will prove popular with MMO players.

Gaming

Gaming is the main feature for this keyboard, it’s what it was built to do best, and it doesn’t take long to realise that TteSports have really delivered on this front. The Cherry MX Black switches are wonderful to game on, and they offer a really nice, tactile resistance when gaming, allowing for quick and precise button presses in the heat of battle. I’ve lost count of the amount of hours I’ve clocked up in Battlefield 3, Bioshock Infinite and Torchlight 2 this week, but this keyboard hasn’t let me down once. The macro function isn’t normally something I tend to use, but have a few setup for those more complex spells, or for me personally I made some custom multimedia keys for my music and voice chat client, saved me having to take my hand from the mouse and WASD position while gaming to take control of my audio, yes I know the keyboard has multimedia keys, but I like my ones better.

General Performance

As you can imagine, my job involves an awful lot of typing and while gaming maybe this keyboards big feature, its real beauty comes from the Cherry MX Black keys and they say that once you’ve typed on a mechanical keyboard you’ll never want to go back to a membrane. This maybe true for many, but I personally love my current membrane keyboard, but even I can’t deny that the G Unit is lush to type on and it gives you a nice balance between the typing response of a modern keyboard with an old school type writer. If you have to do a lot of typing on a daily basis, you’re going to benefit greatly from this keyboard.

Another bonus I’ve found recently is how useful the macro keys are for applications such as Photoshop, being able to apply filters, open tools and more with one button press can be a massive time saver when you need to use them a lot, having a great typing response, macros and all round gaming performance is never a bad thing.

I really enjoyed working with this keyboard and after a week of using it’s going to take me quite some time to get used to my day-to-day one, not to mention the next keyboard I review. The typing response is wonderful and its the first keyboard I’ve used that features Cherry MX Black keys as most manufacturers have been using the very popular Cherry MX Red switches for most of their range, but that is changing as many users have been demanding more keyboards that feature more tactile switches such as the black, green and brown switches as these require a little more force to push, give a nice feedback and in some cases a subtle click when pressed.

The Black switches do not click when pressed but one thing that is apparent is that they’re louder to type on than membrane keys, they may not “click” but they do “tap” against the chassis as the key is fully pressed, this is a sound that could potentially drive the person next to you crazy if you’re in a quiet room but for me personally I like the audible feedback as I’m typing.

It may not be cheap at £100 but for your money you do get very high quality key switches, a nicely integrated back lighting feature on some keys, some reliable and highly functional software, a lot of macro and multimedia keys but most importantly for me is the build quality, There isn’t one bit of this keyboard that doesn’t feel well put together and I don’t doubt that it would last you a great many years without fault. Add to the features and build quality that the keyboard comes with a protective pouch, durable braided cable and a little cool factor from being from a popular eSports gaming peripheral brand and you’ve got your self a complete package here. I’m more than happy to award this with our Editors Choice Award, sure it maybe a gaming keyboard, but it delivers so much more.

Kim Dotcom to Sue Hong Kong’s Government

In 2003 Kim Dotcom made the decision to move his business HQ and operations to Hong Kong with MegaUpload. This was the case until January 2011 when his Hong Kong based property and offices were raided by police officers working under the direction of the FBI. Charges of violating copyrights, racketeering and money laundering were all brought on him and his website and assets were seized indefinitely.

“We were in the process of preparing a listing on the Hong Kong stock exchange and the valuation of our company was over $US2 billion. Fortunately, the US government will have to indemnify Hong Kong for any damages awarded to us”

Kim Dotcom has already won permission to sue New Zealand’s authorities for the raid on his home and now he is doing the same to Hong Kong’s authorities for the raid on his offices. Despite his bad experiences with Hong Kong he still wants to keep his offices there for his new website Mega.co.nz and other related business ventures such as Megabox, Megamovie and Megakey.

Unsurprisingly the reason why Kim Dotcom is planning to stay in Hong Kong is tax-related, and he has also cited Singapore as another potential alternative should Hong Kong not work out again.

Megaupload has been shut since January 2011 and its successor Mega.co.nz was launched in January 2013. Kim Dotcom’s new site “Mega” has been designed so that there is no legal basis for anyone to require its shut down and by shutting Mega down, other legitimate sites such as Dropbox and Box.net would be equally as vulnerable by that precedent.

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Kim Dotcom states he will never end up in a US prison

“I will never be in a prison in the U.S., I can guarantee you that.” These are the words that file sharing service Mega’s founder (and also the former Megaupload) used whilst appearing virtually at the South By Southwest conference in Austin, Texas earlier this week. The known figure appeared at the conference via Skype to discuss his current battles with the US government over piracy.

He added to his statement that he will never be locked up stating that he “doesn’t expect the Obama Administration a predator drone over to his mansion either”. Dotcom is a man that is wanted heavily by the US government that he fled from months ago and currently resides in New Zealand, however this has not stopped the US trying to get him back for a face-to-face trail. His latest battle has been to fight a motion to extradite him back to US soil where he would face trail for piracy, although this motion was overturned giving Dotcom another victory to celebrate.

According to a recent study based on the closure of Megaupload, movie sales globally saw a boost following the closure of the former file sharing site, however Dotcom claims the research is not conclusive. He made a note that because the research was undertaken by the MPAA, their studies were as reliable as “a study from the tobacco lobby on the health effects of smoking.”

Kim later on went to reveal at the conference that he is looking to add another service to his collection called Megabox. This is to be his disruptive music service and hopes to launch it within the next six months. He believes that his own music service will reduce the amount of piracy that appears in the industry and it should give the music artists the credit and money for their work that they are entitled to.