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YouTube audio ripping site to fight Google, claims service is legal

Google has not had the easiest of times getting publishers on board for all the content being posted on YouTube by its users. As well as setting up a copyright infringement detection system, Google also allows publishers to place and earn revenue from adverts next to videos that contain content they own–regardless of who uploaded it.

With the publisher relationships seemingly under control, YouTube now faces another problem that can’t be solved easily. The problem is one of content rippers–websites and browser plug-ins that make it quite simple for someone to download individual videos or just their audio.

One such service is hosted at YouTube-mp3.org and allows users to rip the audio from YouTube videos. Google has got its lawyers on the case and issued the site owner, 21-year-old student Philip Matesanz, with a cease and desist letter for breaking YouTube’s Terms of Service. But Matesanz is refusing to co-operate, stating the law is on his side.

YouTube-mp3.org is on Google’s radar because it is so popular. Traffic to the ripping site is thought to be around 1.3 million hits a day. That’s a serious amount of audio ripping from YouTube’s servers, and it’s sure to have more than a few publishers upset.

Google has blocked the site from accessing YouTube, but Matesanz has consulted with his own lawyers and decided to fight. It seems converters and recorders are protected by German federal law allowing users to create private copies of media such as that offered by YouTube. He also claims no Terms of Service violations have occurred due to the way in which his site rips the audio.

As well as deciding to fight, Matesanz started a petition in an attempt to get converters and recorders allowed on YouTube. At the time of writing it has received 345,183 of a required 500,000 signatures. As one of the commenters on the petition points out, it’s ridiculous you can be classed as a criminal for copying something available to you 24 hours a day on YouTube.

It’s very unlikely the petition will change anything to do with YouTube’s policies. It also seems unlikely Google will back down with its legal threats against Matesanz. But as he rightly points out, anyone and everyone can rip content from YouTube, and if his lawyers are correct, they have a legal right to do so in Germany at least.

Read more at TechWeek Europe

Google Nexus 10 tablet coming soon :)

Google finally took the wraps off the Nexus 7 tablet this week — and put it up for sale at just $199. Now, it looks like they’re getting ready to release a second model: the Nexus 10. As you probably guessed, it’ll feature a 10-inch display. Like its 7-inch sibling, the Nexus 10 is going to feature an extremely tempting price tag: $299.

Once again, it’s a report from DigiTimes that has the tech world buzzing. According to DigiTimes’ contacts, Wintek, who has already provided half a million OGS touchpanels for the Nexus 7, will be supplying 10-inch panels for use in a Nexus tablet. They’ll have help from AU Optronics, who will also pitch in with panel parts.

Normally, a Digitimes report needs to be taken with a spoonful of skepticism. This time, however, their information lines up nicely with information that a Geek.com source shared. Google is indeed getting ready to release the Nexus 10.

What’s even more interesting is that they may have been planning to launch it on day two of Google I/O 2012. That didn’t happen, of course, and it’s believed that manufacturing difficulties may have been to blame.

As for when we’ll finally see the Nexus 10 go on sale, that’s anyone’s guess. With the Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro set to hit retail shelves in October, however, Google would be smart to move quickly. Even if the Nexus 10 turns out to be nothing more than the Nexus 7 with a larger display and battery, the $299 price tag would not doubt help Google capture a significant chunk of tablet sales between now and the end of the year.

More at DigiTimes

Lesson learned: Windows 8 upgrade will be $40

Microsoft will offer downloads of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for a mere $40 until January 31, 2013 — cheaper even than the Windows 7 upgrade promotion, where even the Home edition went for $50. The deal will be available through Windows.com, and will work for previous installs of Windows 7, Vista, or even XP. Competition from Apple’s $30 Lion and $20 Mountain Lion upgrades are likely a factor in Microsoft’s surprisingly reasonable price, but so is the need to entice consumers to a new platform.

Windows 8 is a major shift in the Windows metaphor, and many people aren’t sold on it, especially the Start screen that’s replacing the traditional Start menu. Microsoft is likely hoping to take the sting out of such a drastic change by making the Windows 8 upgrade cheap and available for older versions.

The whole upgrade process, including purchase and download, will be handled by the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, which checks for application/device compatibility and moves data from the previous install. Exactly what users will be able to keep depends on which old version they’re coming from: Windows 7 can port over files, programs, and OS settings; Windows Vista only settings and files; XP installs only get to keep files. The upgrade will also have options to not move over any data at all, or to format the hard drive via a bootable USB device or a burned DVD. After upgrading, Windows Media Center will be available as a free added feature.

It’s good to see Microsoft getting fully behind their next operating system by keeping the price low and trying to make the upgrade experience as smooth as possible. The low cost may not be enough for users content with Windows 7, but for anyone using XP it will be tough to pass up a $40 Windows 8 upgrade for a much pricier copy of Windows 7.

via Windows 8 official blog

Final Rage gameplay video released to whet your appetite

id Software and Zenimax have today released the 6th and final gameplay preview video for Rage. This one is called Jackal Canyon: Recover the Decrypter and you can watch it below.

What this final trailer shows off more than anything is the sheer scale the game is played on. A corridor run-and-gun this certainly is not. You travel great distances at high speed in vehicles and then carry out gun fights across large canyons and up multiple-story buildings, all without a load screen in sight. 90% of the enemy fights in this trailer happen at distance, with you having to figure out where many of the enemies shooting at you are hiding before taking them out with a sniper rifle or rocket weapon of some sort.

While I am hoping for some classic close-quarters action too, something the previous gameplay videos have alluded too, I like this departure from the id norm and the embracing of scale because Carmack’s engine has allowed it to happen.

The size of the areas you are traveling around, coupled with the quality of the visuals, make it clear why Rage is shipping on 3 discs and needs such a big hard drive install. I also think we’re in for a long game in terms of playthrough time as Tim Willits has stated you don’t need to revisit areas on those second and third discs.

If this Jackal Canyon video is just part of one mission, you can see how this game has the potential to be huge.

Check out the video below as a reminder why you put that pre-order down for this game. Ragesees a release on October 7.

This Galaxy Tab 10.1 bike mount is a really bad idea

Whenever a manufacturer releases a new device, there’s the mandatory selection of accessories made available to compliment it. In the case of a tablet, these accessories usually include cases, stands, and cables. For the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Samsung has gone one step further and teamed up to produce a bike mount.

Created in partnership with 14 Bike Co. the mount hangs your Galaxy Tab in the middle of a bike frame held securely in a carbon fiber case. Why this doesn’t strike me as a very good idea is because the Tab’s display remains exposed.

Allowing access to the screen while in the case may make it more accessible, but what happens if a stone flies up off the road and hits it? Or, you fall off your bike, leave your bike unattended, or it starts raining? There’s also a question mark over why you would want the Tab accessible why your were riding along. Tableting and biking surely isn’t a recommended form of multitasking.

At the moment, this is just a concept rather than a readily available accessory. However, 14 Bike Co will provide you with one on special order, apparently. There’s no price listed anywhere, but special order usually translates into very expensive.

If you did want a mount on your bike specifically for a tablet, I think it would be a lot more practical, and therefore sell better, if the case offered total protection, had a locking mechanism, and actually hid the fact you had a tablet inside it.

Read more at SlashGear, via Geeky Gadgets

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 7 Plus with HSPA and Android 3.2

Samsung has pretty much all screen sizes covered when it comes to Android devices, from 4-inch phones to its 5-inch phoneblet, right up to the 7.7,  8.9, and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab models. Not wanting the world to think it had given up on the original Galaxy Tab’s 7-inch design, Samsung has officially outed a successor to the first carrier-bound Android tablet that enjoyed appreciable consumer success.

Meet the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. It has matured quite a bit, now featuring a 1.2GHz Samsung Exynosdual-core processor and a full gigabyte of RAM. Unlike the Galaxy Tab 7.7, 8.9, and 10.1, the 7.0 Plus uses a PLS LCD touchscreen that offers 768×1024 pixel resolution. There’s a more pedestrian 3 megapixel rear-facing camera (with LED flash), though the front-facing camera still packs a 2 megapixel sensor. The 7.0 Plus will come in 16GB and 32GB flavors (both with microSD expansion). 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are built in, and it’s ready for use on GSM and HSPA networks. Android 3.2 and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz UX are also on board. Continue reading

Now You Can Share Your Google+ Circles With Others

Google has rolled out a new feature for Google+ that lets users share the circles they’ve curated with their friends.

“Starting today, you can actually share your favorite circles with others,” Google+ engineer Owen Prater said on Google+.
“So if you’ve got a great Photographers or Celebrities circle, for instance, then you can share a copy with your friends.”
A new “Share” link now appears when you hover over a circle on the Google+ Circles page. Clicking the link will let you add a comment and share that circle with your friends on Google+.
The search giant is careful to point out that this only shares the members of the circle you’re sharing and not what you’ve named the circle. That will always remain private.

The young social network is on the rise ever since it opened itself up to the public.
A recent report claims that Google+ now has 43 million users, an increase of 30% since dropping the invite barrier.
Another report pegs Google+ as the eight largest social network in the world, just behind MySpace and LinkedIn.

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