Also, Beats goes after Chinese counterfeiters before Apple sale, Hulu nabs South Park, Twitter tracks Wikipedia edits from politicians, Amazon trolls the French government, and an honest game trailer for Minecraft.
New Raspberry Pi Model B+ On Sale
The Raspberry Pi Foundation has officially unveiled the Raspberry Pi Model B+, described as “the final evolution of the original Raspberry Pi.” The Raspberry Pi Model B+ is available to buy right now from many stockists, including Element14 and RS Components.
The Model B+ features the same processor, RAM, and software as the original. However, it boasts improvements including more GPIO (General Purpose Input/Output) pins, four USB ports rather than two, a new micro SD card slot, lower power consumption, and better audio.
We’re big fans of the Raspberry Pi here at MakeUseOf, and the Model B+ represents a chance for more people to gain an interest in this tiny, affordable, open-source computer. If you are new to Raspberry Pi then be sure to check out our unofficial guide to Raspberry Pi.
Net Neutrality Comments Overwhelm FCC
We’ve received about 647k #netneutrality comments so far. Keep your input coming — 1st round of comments wraps up July 15.
— Tom Wheeler (@TomWheelerFCC) July 11, 2014
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has received 647,000 comments regarding net neutrality (what is net neutrality?). This is according to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, who reminded the Americans concerned about the issue that comments close on July 15.
From that date until September the FCC will accept responses to these comments, with a final decision as to what to do about net neutrality expected by the end of 2014. So now is the time to make your feelings known to the organization deciding the fate of the Internet in the U.S.
Beats Sues Chinese Counterfeiters
Apple introduces “Mastered for Beats” logo for artists to include on album covers so everyone knows the music sounds crappy no matter what.
— Mike Beasley (@MikeBeas) July 12, 2014
Beats is pursuing legal action against Chinese counterfeiters allegedly selling fake Beats headphones to unsuspecting customers around the world. Dr. Dre’s company has filed this lawsuit just weeks prior to Apple finalizing its acquisition of Beats in a deal worth $3 billion.
Beats counterfeiters are alleged to generate $135 billion in sales each year. According to Appleinsider, Beats is seeking an import ban, the forfeiture of all profits, and the seizure of domain names associated with the illegal businesses. Because you can never be rich enough.
Hulu Nabs Exclusive Rights To South Park
Hulu has acquired the exclusive rights to South Park (the video of which embedded above is extremely NSFW). The three-year deal, reportedly worth in excess of $80 million, gives Hulu the full back catalogue of South Park episodes, as well as new episodes immediately after they air on Comedy Central.
Tracking Political Wikipedia Edits
inspired by @parliamentedits I’m going to see if it’s not too hard to watch Wikipedia for anonymous edits from the US Congress.
— congress-edits (@congressedits) July 9, 2014
Several accounts have emerged on Twitter detailing anonymous Wikipedia edits made from the offices of various governments around the world. These include @congressedits for the U.S., @parliamentedits for the U.K., and @aussieparledits for Australia.
The idea is to track changes made to Wikipedia entries by people who may have a vested interest in quietly controlling the flow of information. It’s a genius idea which should help keep Wikipedia truthful and unbiased, even though its accuracy cannot always be assured.
Amazon Trolls French Government
This week I learned that there are couches on Amazon that are eligible for Prime shipping.
— D. Michael Moore (@Kiey) July 9, 2014
France recently enacted an “anti-Amazon” law banning the online retailer from offering free shipping and 5 percent discounts on books. While Amazon hasn’t yet seen a way around the ban on discounts, it has already solved the problem of free shipping by charging €0.01 per order. Simple, effective, legal, and totally trollish.
Honest Game Trailers Takes On Minecraft
And finally, Minecraft may be a phenomenally successful game that has taken the world by storm, but that doesn’t mean it’s above criticism. I myself think it’s overrated, while Smosh has made an honest trailer for Minecraft after demands from non-fans. It’s all true too.
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