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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Your Daily IT News

Your Daily IT News

15-year old boy in trouble for file sharing

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

The Pirate BayWhen most of you were 15-year old kids, the last thing on your mind would probably be spending time in a courtroom for breaking the law because you were caught downloading movies. Well, that's what a 15-year old boy from Gothenburg, Sweden is going through right now. It was reported that the boy is currently facing charges from "international movie companies" (most likely the MPA/A) for illegally downloading and sharing 30 movies online.

While Sweden has been known to be pretty lenient with piracy in the past, the recent downfall of The Pirate Bay and the increased pressure of the movie and music industry have changed things. The teenager will probably be only picking up a fine for his crime (he's too young for prison) but is this the right way to deal with the situation? Chances are the kid didn't know it was even wrong to download movies after all I'm sure your own parents didn't tell you these sorts of things when you were at that age.

If the lawsuit is successful, I guess it will show everybody that the industry is serious about the crackdown on piracy. It doesn't matter who you are or how old you are: they're going to get you.

BlueDrone RC car lets you control it via your Android device

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

When it comes playing with remote controlled cars, instead of those huge and clunky controllers, how about a slightly more modern adaption of the RC car remote which uses your Android device to control it? If that sounds like something you could get on board with, the BlueDrone Kickstarter project might need your help in making it a reality.

Beat Thang is a music machine that lets you record on the go

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

Sometimes when you're out running errands, inspiration and even a melody for a song might hit you out of nowhere. By the time you get home the mood is lost and what could have been a Billboard #1 hit has been relegated to just a distant memory. If that sounds like a familiar scenario, then have you ever considered bring with you a portable music machine? If you have, then perhaps Dallas Austin's Beat Thang rhythm generator (among many others) is something worth considering.

Solar panels can also help to cool your home down

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

About a month ago, we reported about a laser equipped plane that managed to map out the rooftops of New York City, which basically pointed out viable locations whereby solar panels could be placed to potentially generate enough solar power for the entire city. Now it seems that solar panels, apart from helping to conserve electricity, have another function, one that perhaps was not intentional.

Klipsch Gallery G-17 streams music from your iOS devices with AirPlay

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

Klipsch Gallery G-17

Earlier this year at CES, Klipsch showed off a new sound bar called the Gallery Studio. A horizontal speaker that allowed users to stream music from their iOS devices wirelessly onto it using AirPlay technology. Well it looks like Klipsch has revealed the full specs of the device, given it a bump in the price department and a new name – Gallery G-17.

AT&T reduces price of iPhone 3GS to just $9, what are the implications?

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

Have you been meaning to get your hands on the iPhone but due to its price you decided against it? Well earlier this year, for those who remember, AT&T dropped the price of the iPhone 3GS to $49 for a 2-year contract, and if you thought that paying $49 for a one and a half year old device was just ridiculous, perhaps their latest price drop to just $9 for a 2-year contract might change your mind.

Optus allows you to record and playback free-to-air television shows while on the go

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

If you enjoy watching free-to-air television shows on your local television channels, and you were hoping that you could record and playback those shows on your 3G mobile devices, it looks like Australian telco Optus might have the solution for you.

Chilean teen creates earthquake detection system that sends out Twitter notifications

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

Earthquakes are nasty business, and after surviving Chile's very own earthquakes last year and seeing the devastation caused by the recent earthquakes in Japan, Chilean teen Sebastian Alegria decided to do something about it, and what he managed to achieve is apparently something even Chile's government won't be able to do for another year.

Google warns users if their computers have been infected

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

Google malware detected

Is there anything that Google can't do? Google has just announced on its official blog that it can tell users if their computers have been infected by malware. If you're performing a search on Google and notice a large yellow box on the top of the screen telling you that "Your computer appears to be infected", then there's probably some unwanted software on your computer that could possibly be causing harm.

Besides issuing users the warning about malware, Google is also kind enough to provide links to resources to help them get rid of the problem. While there's no guarantee they'll detect 100% of all malware, or if the solutions they present can help, it's a lot better than having no warning at all. I guess they're also giving consumers one more reason to use its search engine over its competitors. I wonder if the rest will follow suit. Find out more at the Google Blog.

Ear MIKI concept earphones don’t tangle

Posted: 20 Jul 2011 05:31 AM PDT

Ear MIKIIf you prefer corded earphones instead of Bluetooth headsets when it comes to hands-free kits for your phones, you probably know what it's like to get your earphones tangled up with your keys and other objects in your pocket or bag. To deal with this problem, we've come up with solutions like wrapping the cords of the headset around something, or placing it in a separate bag – but it's usually such a hassle to do.

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