Popcorn Time for Music Arrives, Facebook Filters Bad Memories… [Tech News Digest]
Try Popcorn Time for Music, filter Facebook’s On This Day, teasing the new OnePlus X, fighting back against revenge porn, Donald Trump wins something, and watch Star Trek: Renegades for free.
Aurous Arrives, Gets Sued Immediately
A new app already dubbed Popcorn Time for Music has been launched, and then immediately sued by the major record labels. Aurous looks and feels like Spotify, and provides access to countless songs and albums completely for free. Which should set alarm bells ringing for anyone who likes to stay on the right side of the law.
Aurous accomplishes this by pulling music in from more than 120 sources, including YouTube and SoundCloud. All of which is overlaid with a simple user interface which makes the whole thing feel legit. However, the music industry claims Aurous also utilizes “websites offering vast collections of pirated copies of popular recorded music,” which has led to Universal, Sony, and Warner to file a lawsuit.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued a statement saying, “This service is a flagrant example of a business model powered by copyright theft on a massive scale. Like Grokster, Limewire or Grooveshark, it is neither licensed nor legal. We will not allow such a service to willfully trample the rights of music creators.”
Aurous isn’t actually hosting any music itself, which should, in theory, protect it from legal attack. But other services have tried to use that defense in the past, and failed miserably . Will Aurous be the first one to survive the legal onslaught intact? Let us know your thoughts in the comments at the end of the article.
Facebook Adds On This Day Filters
Facebook’s On This Day feature offers an entertaining way of looking back to the past, showing you what you were doing on any given day in any given year. Which is lovely, if everything from your past still makes you smile. Which probably isn’t the case for 99 percent of people.
What if you spent that day with someone you’re no longer in a relationship with? Or with someone who has since passed away? Then, On This Day becomes a source of sadness and regret instead. And Facebook has been accused of committing “inadvertent algorithmic cruelty” with this feature.
Facebook has finally listened to these concerns, and is introducing filters to help individual users remove people and dates from being included. You can add as many people and dates as you want to, and they’ll never show up in On This Day in future.
A spokesperson told The Verge, “We know that people share a range of meaningful moments on Facebook. As a result, everyone has various kinds of memories that can be surfaced — good, bad, and everything in between. So for the millions of people who use ‘On This Day,’ we’ve added these filters to give them more control over the memories they see.” And about time too.
The OnePlus X Is On Its Way
— OnePlus (@oneplus) October 14, 2015
OnePlus is preparing to launch its latest handset, with the OnePlus X due to be unveiled on October 29th. The official teaser gives very little away; there’s a giant X, the news that the phone will be launched in London, and the #PowerfullyBeautiful hashtag.
However, we know more about the OnePlus X from filings with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). These filings suggest a 5.5-inch display, an iPhone 4-style design with metal edges, and the standard rear camera and micro-USB port. Roll on, Oct. 29!
Pornhub Fights Revenge Porn
Revenge porn , which sees former sexual partners posting private clips of someone online, is a vile act. Which is why many U.S. states have made it illegal. However, making something illegal only helps victims seek justice , but does nothing to prevent it from happening in the first place.
For that, the victims need the help of online porn sites. And Pornhub is stepping up to the plate, introducing a new form (NSFW) to help identify and remove revenge porn from the site. Using an online form should cut down on red tape and make the whole process faster. An essential element of preventing something from going viral.
Donald Trump Has the Best Website
Donald Trump looks set to win the race to become the Republican nominee for the 2016 presidential election. And it’s all your fault . However, according to CNET, Trump has already won something: namely the award for having the best-performing website from all of the various presidential candidates. Both Republicans and Democrats.
Based on figures from Soasta and its Consumer Performance Index, Trump’s website is the best one, with a CPI score of 88. Bernie Sanders scores 87, Ted Cruz scores 80.2, and Marco Rubio scores 80.1. The CPI score, for those interested, “balances visitor satisfaction with a website based on bounce rate across a range of load times to provide an online engagement score.”
Watch Star Trek: Renegades for Free
And finally, fans of space exploration and science fiction can now watch Star Trek: Renegades for free on YouTube. Think of Renegades as a TV movie or a pilot episode of an as-yet-non-existent show. Because that’s how this got made, with a little help from Kickstarter.
This is Star Trek with a twist, with some familiar faces cropping up to lend it some gravitas. The plot sees a crew of renegades investigating attacks on mining colonies by a strange race of aliens. Could Renegades form the basis for a whole new series of Star Trek? Watch it and let us know. [H/T Awkward Geeks]
Your Views on Today’s Tech News
How long do you think Aurous will survive? Will you be filtering Facebook’s On This Day feature? Are you interested in the new OnePlus X? Should Pornhub do more to tackle revenge porn? Have you ever visited Donald Trump’s website? What do you think of Star Trek: Renegades?
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