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Right To Be Forgotten, Xbox One Kinect, Popcorn Time On Android [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 14-05-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, the “right to be forgotten,” major Xbox One news, Popcorn Time comes to Android, Dogecoin robbery, the new Google Hangouts, and it turns out Beats audio is just the beginning for Apple acquisitions.


People Have “Right To Be Forgotten”

Europeans have won the “right to be forgotten” on the Internet, with the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that individuals can request search engines to take down links to Web pages containing information about them.

This is being seen as either a victory for privacy or an attempt to enshrine censorship in law. In reality it’s both. Privacy advocates have won the right to be forgotten, but for those seeking the information this amounts to censorship on a massive scale.

The right to be forgotten is a concept which suggests that we should all have the right to remove information about ourselves from the Internet. Which we all know is a tricky task thanks to the proliferation of references which are spawned when any of us do or say anything on the Web.

The ECJ ruling was made in response to a Spanish court needing clarification on a previous EU directive. That case involves an individual who had his home repossessed and who now wants the auction notice removed from search engines to save his embarrassment.

Google has been named in this case, but all search engines would likely be forced to comply. There are currently more questions than answers about this ECJ ruling, so it will be months or even years before the full consequences are known.


Xbox One News Roundup

Microsoft is making changes to the Xbox One Microsoft Xbox One Review And Giveaway The console wars are officially raging, and we've had sufficient time with both of them. That begs the question: how does the Xbox One compare? Read More in light of its latest games console losing the early skirmishes against Sony’s PlayStation 4 Sony PlayStation 4 Review And Giveaway Ladies and gentlemen, the next generation of video game consoles is here, with the Sony PlayStation 4! Read More . Sony has sold at least 7 million PS4s, while Microsoft has shipped 5 million Xbox Ones to retailers.

On June 9, a new Xbox One bundle will go on sale for $399.99, with the lower price possible thanks to the removal of Kinect. Microsoft has previously said Kinect is an integral part of Xbox One, but is now offering consumers the choice just as Sony has with the PlayStation Camera 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 .

Microsoft is also moving entertainment apps including Netflix and Twitch in front of the Xbox Live Gold paywall 5 Ways In Which Xbox Live Has Changed Gaming – For Better Or Worse [Opinion] It's difficult to remember a time when games consoles didn't connect to the Internet. I'm now so used to online features being an integral part of the gaming experience, that it's easy to forget that... Read More , removing the need to pay for the privilege of using services you have already paid for once.

Both of these moves are positive ones, but they suggest Microsoft is admitting past mistakes. Still, at least the Xbox One isn’t the Wii U Lost Faith In Wii U? These Recently Released And Upcoming Games Will Change Your Mind If you've been eyeballing that Wii U, but just have not found that it's worth spending the money on, now might be the perfect time to head to your local game store and put one... Read More , which is perhaps the biggest mistake Nintendo has ever made in its long and illustrious history.


Popcorn Time Fork On Android

Time4Popcorn, a popular fork of Popcorn Time, has launched on Android. With Google having pulled the app from Google Play citing “intellectual property violation,” the Android app is only available from [No Longer Available].

It should be noted that a) Time4Popcorn allows access to pirated TV shows and movies, which is illegal, b) that this isn’t the original Popcorn Time Popcorn Time Returns, XP Bribes, PS4 Price Rise, 1001 Movies You Must See [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). Read More and the two shouldn’t be confused, and c) the code has been flagged as suspicious by some, meaning you download Time4Popcorn entirely at your own risk.

Dogecoin Robbery, Much Sadness

Dogecoin, one of the many cryptocurrency alternatives to Bitcoin, has suffered a blow thanks to a robbery from the Doge Vault. This online wallet for Dogecoin “was compromised by attackers,” who have made off with at least 121 million Dogecoins (worth about $56,000 at the time of writing). So sad, much annoyed.

Google Launches “The New Hangouts”

Google has launched the new Hangouts Liven Up Google Hangouts With Emoji, Status Indicators, & Better Search Little touches like a green availability indicator, a large set of emoji, message snippets, and a better friend search come together in what Google calls "the new Hangouts". Read More , which introduces a host of improvements to Hangouts in Gmail. The new Hangouts includes more visible clues as to who is online and available to chat, a set of Emoji icons, and an simple search feature. Not perfect then, but a definite improvement nonetheless.


Apple Is Buying Everything

And finally, the still-as-yet-unconfirmed acquisition of Beats Audio by Apple Apple Buys Beats, Firefox Phones Home, Amazon Sunday Deliveries [Tech News Digest] Apple is probably buying Beats, the latest ZTE Firefox OS phone lands in the U.S., Amazon's Sunday deliveries, Cinamatic for iOS, Google Classroom, and the World Under Water Google Street View mod. Read More is just the first of many such buyouts, at least according to Funny Or Die 5 Funny Or Die Web Series Worth Watching Funny Or Die is a comedy website focused on videos, which means you can add it to the list of worthy YouTube alternatives. The name of the site comes from the very simple idea that... Read More . Cupertino has to spend that $150 billion it has in the bank somehow, right?!

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  1. hansenharlley
    May 19, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Google’s purchase of Twitch would enable it to tap into the rapidly rising trend of video game streaming and videos around video games, which have become a phenomenon in the last couple of years.

  2. Double
    May 15, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    "An ex-politician seeking re-election has asked to have links to an article about his behaviour in office removed.

    A man convicted of possessing child abuse images has requested links to pages about his conviction to be wiped.

    And a doctor wants negative reviews from patients removed from the results."

  3. Double
    May 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    'Right To Be Forgotten' is bad for everybody, it opens up prey to the unsuspecting user/consumer/individual. It affects everyone's search results, not just Europe's.

    Between the NSA, Heartbleed, Net Neutrality, and RTBF.. the 'free and open internet' we all know and love is being assaulted from all directions. It's sad.

  4. Justin D
    May 14, 2014 at 11:18 pm

    Man, I'm really bummed about the Xbox One not coming bundled with the Kinect. I thought with the Kinect being a mandatory part of owning an Xbox, we would see some really cool games being made that take advantage of that, either being entirely Kinect games or just regular games with minor Kinect integration. Now it seems it will fall back into the niche accessory category. *sigh* at least Netflix and Twitch not needing Xbox Live is a plus.

  5. Tom W
    May 14, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    The "right to be forgotten" refers to old or inaccurate information. It also only applies to private citizens, not public figures. Overall, I think this is a positive thing.