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Popcorn Time Returns, XP Bribes, PS4 Price Rise, 1001 Movies You Must See [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 17-03-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, Popcorn Time returns, XP users bribed, Secret guidelines, VLC lands on Windows 8, PS4 price rises, Google Search & Google Drive news, and 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die (video edition).


Popcorn Time Resurrected As Open Source

Popcorn Time, an app which turns the process of watching torrented movies into a more user-friendly experience, was shut down by its anonymous creators before being resurrected as an open source project on GitHub.

The creators of the app shut Popcorn Time down because of the legal issues involved. The app may be legal, but it empowers those who use torrents to obtain copyrighted material, an act considered illegal in many countries around the world.

Popcorn Time was always designed to be open source, and that means the app returned to life within hours of the shutdown. Whether this new version of Popcorn Time remains up and running for longer than the original remains to be seen, but it’s clear the idea isn’t going to die quietly.

Microsoft Bribes XP Users To Upgrade

With support for Windows XP ending on April 8, Microsoft is ramping up its efforts to get holdouts to move on from the outdated operating system. XP users in the U.S. who buy a new computer are being offered a Microsoft Store deal comprising a $50 gift card, free technical support for 90 days, and a free data transfer.

There could be as many as 500 million computer users still persevering with the 12-year-old XP 4 Ways To Bulletproof Windows XP Forever Windows XP is slated to be exterminated for good by Microsoft in April of 2014. It is the last stage of a multi-year effort to kill off the operating system. Windows XP is one of... Read More , meaning it’s in Microsoft’s interests to offer financial rewards for those upgrading at this time. It also helps on the public relations side. A little. Maybe.


Secret Reminds Users About Guidelines

Secret, the iOS app which sees people spreading inane tittle-tattle without any form of evidence, is now actively reminding its users that community guidelines do exist to prevent any gossip that is “defamatory, offensive, or mean-spirited” from being posted.

This is unlikely to affect many mainstream users, as Secret currently appears to be used almost exclusively by Silicon Valley to air its dirty laundry. Which is only mildly entertaining for the rest of us.

VLC Media Player For Windows 8 Arrives

VLC media player for Windows 8 VLC Media Player Beta For Windows 8 Spotted In Microsoft's Windows Store VLC media player (beta) has been spotted in the Windows Store. It's welcome, though it has taken a long time to arrive, and the bugs still need to be ironed out. Read More has finally arrived, albeit in beta form. The experimental port is buggy and unstable, which means mainstream users should install it with caution, but user feedback is essential for this version of the open source media player to improve.

Sony Ups Price Of PS4, But Only In Canada

Sony has taken the bizarre and unusual decision to raise the price of the PlayStation 4, but thankfully (for the rest of us at least) only in Canada, where the PS4 hardware will increase in price from CAD$399.99 to CAD$449.99.


The reason for the price increase, which will affect not only the console itself but also the PS4 controller, the PlayStation Camera for PS4 Is It Worth Buying A PlayStation Camera For The PS4? The PlayStation Camera released alongside the PS4, but it's always been sold separately. What can the Camera actually do, and is it worth buying outside of PS VR? Let's find out. Read More , and some games, is likely to be the weakening of the Canadian dollar. But still. Xbox One it is then, eh?

Google News: Encrypted Search, Drive Price

Google is encrypting Web searches from China and slashing the price of Google Drive Google Starts Encrypting Search, Slashes Storage Prices For Google Drive There's big news coming out of Mountain View as Google gears up to take on the governments as well as rival online storage companies like Dropbox. Read More . The encrypted Web searches appear to be a direct response to the Edward Snowden revelations, while the price cuts for additional online storage gives both Dropbox Don't Be A Dropbox Jerk: Cloud File Sharing Etiquette You Should Know Are you annoying the people you share files with services like Dropbox? Maybe; here are some things you do that may bug others, and some rules you can use to avoid doing so. Read More and Microsoft’s OneDrive OneDrive Launches With More Storage & Automatic Android Photo Backup To celebrate the OneDrive launch, Microsoft have decided to give everyone 20GB free storage for a year, if you follow a special link. And those with Android phones can look forward to automatic photo backups. Read More a bloody nose.

1001 Movies You Must See (Video Edition)

And finally, 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die, a film reference book listing the best films to have ever been made, has been turned into a video. Movie buffs everywhere For Fans Of The Flicks: 7 Movie Websites That Give You More Things To Talk About The procession of movie websites is just as long as the queues that form for a summer release. As movie buffs we don't mind, because they can give us a continuous supply of trivia which... Read More will appreciate this love note to the medium.

The 10-minute supercut includes all 1001 films from Steven Jay Schneider’s ever-popular book (and a few more besides), and took its creator Jonathan Keogh a whole year to put together. Which is reason enough by itself to watch it in its entirety.


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Related topics: Google Search, Movie Trailer, PlayStation, VLC Media Player, Windows XP.

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  1. movierat
    March 19, 2014 at 6:03 pm

    There are sites similar to popcorntimes like which average users can download movies with 2 clicks

  2. Bumboclot
    March 17, 2014 at 2:11 pm

    Guess I was wrong to wait for PS4 price decrease!

    • Dave P
      March 17, 2014 at 3:28 pm

      Oh dear, I feel your pain! I suspect you'll have a couple of years to wait until the price drops below $399 now. Stupid Canadian dollar.