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Netflix fights piracy with pricing, Norway kills FM radio, Match.com is shown to be dumb, Google searches Find My Phone, and Matthew McConaughey reacts to the new Star Wars trailer.

Netflix Battles Piracy With Pricing

Netflix continues to grow at an astonishing pace. After building a userbase of millions in its native United States, the streaming media service expanded overseas, and its most recent financial results Europe Attacks Google, Segway Moves to China, & More... [Tech News Digest] Europe Attacks Google, Segway Moves to China, & More... [Tech News Digest] Europe investigates Android, China buys Segway, Netflix exceeds expectations, GameStop craves classics, Amazon offers Orphan Black for free, and the best Craigslist ad of all time. Read More suggest it’s still going from strength to strength.

Interestingly, it turns out Netflix sets it prices according to the levels of piracy in each territory it enters. As reported by TorrentFreak.

David Wells, Netflix’ Chief Financial Officer, revealed, “Piracy is a governor in terms of our price in high piracy markets outside the US. We wouldn’t want to come out with a high price because there’s a lot of piracy, so we have to compete with that.”

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’ Head of Content, boasted, “The real great news is that in the piracy capitals of the world Netflix is winning. We’re pushing down piracy in those markets by getting access.”

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While this suggests that if you want the price of Netflix in your country to fall you should start pirating Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Be Honest, How Often Do You Pirate Copyrighted Content? [MakeUseOf Poll] Online piracy is still a big deal. For the people who do it, for the companies trying to stop it, and for the authorities expected to police the Internet. Are you part of the problem? Read More popular movies and television shows more, that’s obviously not the message Netflix is trying to get across. Instead, the company offers an alternative to piracy, and it’s trying to make it as attractive an option as is possible. Which sounds sensible.

Norway Says No Way To FM Radio

Norway has officially announced its intention to switch off FM radio in 2017, with the Minister of Culture revealing Norway will completely transition over to DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) radio. In doing so, Norway will become the first country to switch over to digital What To Consider When Buying A DAB Digital Radio What To Consider When Buying A DAB Digital Radio Radio has moved on considerably over the past few years. While FM (Frequency Modulation) is still the most popular platform, the combination of DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting) and the Internet has expanded the options people... Read More , leaving those will traditional FM radio receivers without any stations to listen to.

Thor Gjermund Eriksen, head of NRK (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation), said, “This is an important day for everyone who loves radio. The minister’s decision allows us to concentrate our resources even more upon what is most important, namely to create high quality and diverse radio-content to our listeners.”

Norway, like many countries, is already well on its way to switching listeners over to digital radio. However, setting a deadline just two years into the future means hundreds of thousands of people, especially older generations, are now being forced to act quickly or lose access to a format they have been using all their lives.

Match.com Logins Are At Risk

Everybody logging into Match.com is at risk of having their credentials stolen, reports Ars Technica. This is because Match, one of the many dating services now available online Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Online Dating - Men Don't Get It And Women Don't Understand Do online dating websites work? It's time for a frank discussion! What I learned from interviews was that online dating is equally painful for men and for women, but for very different reasons. Read More , uses unprotected HTTP connections rather than the encrypted HTTPS standard.

This means anyone on the same public network as someone logging in to Match could steal their username and password, and, according to Scott Bryner, this has been the case since at least March. Now that the issue has been raised in public, Match.com will hopefully address the problem.

Google Can Now Find Your Phone

Google can now find your Android smartphone or tablet for you without you having to do anything beyond typing “Find my phone” into Google Search. Finding your phone has previously been available via the Android Device Manager, but you no longer even need to use that.

Everybody with the latest version of the Google app installed on their device can use this method. Unfortunately, while it allows you to either locate your lost device on a map or ring it, you cannot remotely disable it. So if it’s been stolen rather than lost, you’re still screwed.

McConaughey Reacts To Star Wars

And finally, even Matthew McConaughey teared up at the sight of Han Solo and Chewbacca standing in the Millennium Falcon. I mean, not really, but whoever edited this video sure made it look convincing. It’s actually McConaughey’s character in Interstellar crying at a video from home, but this reality is much more entertaining.

Everybody who is even remotely interested in Star Wars has probably now seen the latest trailer for The Force Awakens. But whether you have seen it or not, you should be sure to check out our extensive write-up of everything revealed during the opening panel of Star Wars Celebration Anaheim The Force Awakens at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim The Force Awakens at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim We haven't had a lot to go on when speculating about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But now, thanks to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, we have much more to get excited about. Read More .

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Is Netflix offering a legitimate alternative to piracy? Is Norway right to kill off FM radio in favor of digital radio? How did you react to the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens?

Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Phillip
    April 22, 2015 at 6:59 pm

    Digital signal reception is either receiving a signal or receiving no signal period. When digital TV took over most of the analog stations dropped transmitter power output because digital transmission requires 100 percent duty cycle of the transmitter to send out the signal. Analog transmitters work at a lower duty cycle therefore they can produce more output power versus energy used.. Hundreds of millions of radios will become obsolete with the digital conversion. Digital radio could possibly be hacked. Analog radio will get through when signal conditions are not ideal versus digital radio needing perfect signal propagation.

  2. Blacksmith
    April 22, 2015 at 12:32 am

    I hope their DAB system is better than here in the UK. I've had a DAB radio for about 2 years and can only get a few stations, non of them are the ones that I listen to on FM. It's just used for playing cd's now. It seems I need an external aerial fitted. What a waste of time and money! By the way, I live in the 'posh' South East, not on a remote Scottish island.

  3. A41202813GMAIL
    April 21, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    "...Once We Switch, From Analogue To Digital TV, We Will Have:

    A - A Looooot More Channels,

    B - The Transmission Quality Will Be A Looooot Better...".

    Yeah, Right.

    It Is Been 3 Years, Now.

    ( A ) Is The Same,

    ( B ) Is Riddle With Interferences ( Sometimes Several In A Single Minute ) - In The Old Analogue Days Any Interference Was Really Rare.

    By The Way, I Live In The Main City, Not In Some Forgotten Countryside.

    As Usual, Follow The Money.

    Sigh...

  4. D Harries
    April 21, 2015 at 12:01 am

    I terms of power consumption, is FM better than DAB, therefore greener?

    Someone did a test by comparing wind up radios

  5. Christopher Royall
    April 20, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    So decided to try the Find My Phone feature, and had to laugh. I have 2 Step-Verification on my account, and when I typed in find my phone, it asked me to log in again to verify who I am, and then asked me to put in the code from the authenticator which is located on my phone I wanted it find. LOL

    • Coldfire001
      April 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm

      You are supposed to set that up BEFORE you lose your phone (for authentication). and then save the info off your phone. DUT-D-DUH!

    • Christopher Royall
      April 21, 2015 at 5:11 pm

      I did have that set up already. I was always able to access it through the Play store just fine. However, using the new method they have mentioned is what caused a new verification to come up. So OBVIOUSLY you did not know what you were talking about before posting. So double DUT-D-DUH to you, whatever that means.

    • Don
      April 23, 2015 at 4:07 pm

      It also doesn't work if you have GPS turned off, which is almost always the case with me.

  6. John Williams
    April 20, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    Norway has always had problems with FM - if it's not the fjords causing problems it's all dem trees, many, many trees. They are already on DAB+, unlike the UK where DAB 1.0 is awful and has faced a huge outcry about the idea of killing FM, not least because DAB doesn't work in cars or the cities and especially not in the countryside.
    Once FM has gone, the power of DAB transmitters can be increased and the antennas can be mounted on the old, very tall FM masts. If they give each channel full bandwidth and don't try to cram mono talk stations into little gaps inbetween the music stations then all will be well.

    88-108 MHz is some very valuable airspace. It is very old technology, very wasteful of bandwidth. It will be extremely useful in the future for short range line of sight data - like Mega Wifi. Analogue TV was the same. That airspace is now clear for 5G network development.

    When DAB works for Norway - which it will, then hopefully the UK will move to DAB+. It can't come too soon for me.

    • Tony Tymes
      April 22, 2015 at 2:28 am

      It would work with the proper roll out of the systems. Only problem is digital is a very short wavelength and does not travel very far without some kind of repeater system or very good antennas. Also very subject too interference from vegetation of any kind and does not travel through walls very well. Over here in the states, analog tv was turned off and unless have cable or satellite it is near impossible unless close too a tower. Even in the city works horribly as digital does not go through walls that great and I can tell you that being a amateur radio operator in that digital is very finicky.

  7. g.m.nelson
    April 20, 2015 at 9:36 pm

    this will mean that the millions of drivers will have to buy new radios for their cars if they don't want to listen only to their private music on CD/MP3.

    • mango
      April 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      "millions" of drivers? I think you overestimate Norway's population. By the way, Norway also has more Tesla cars and other electric vehicles per head than any other country..

  8. Kilroy
    April 20, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Imagine fighting piracy by providing a quality product at a decent price. Now if only the MPAA would pull their heads out and see that removing barriers to access will increase sales and decrease piracy. I've given up on them providing a quality product since they can't seem to come up with an original idea and keep re manufacturing past product.

  9. Howard Pearce
    April 20, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Norway says NO to FM is maybe like saying NO to speech.

    This is what happens when you leave an entire mode of communication in the hands of the state.
    It's theirs to run and do with as they please.

    • Simen B
      April 20, 2015 at 1:57 pm

      It's not being mentioned in the article, but they are doing this to avoid spending (tax) money on an outdated technology. DAB will replace FM, giving better quality and more stations (which in turn is likely to give more people the opportunity to start their own radio station, hence improving free speech). DAB radios work just like FM radios, my granny (age 94) has one and I'm not sure if she even knows that it's not FM.

      It's also worth mentioning that Norwegians tend to jump onto the latest technology trends. Over half of the radio listeners in Norway have already made the switch. Shutting down analog TV broadcasts a few years ago worked out just fine, giving much more channels to choose from (I went from 5 to at least a hundred).

      So I wouldn't worry about free speech anytime soon ;)

    • Howard Pearce
      April 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm

      Of course I assume the state gets to decide that is it "outdated" and needs to effectively be done away with and replaced .... since they run it all.

      They wouldn't have all that tax money to "waste" on a mode of communication if they had left it free to begin with.

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