Howdy, Tetrafam! Adam here, back with some more tech news! If you like patents or file-sharing-related news, this is your week.
This week’s tech news includes the following:
1. MegaUpload Returns?!
Kim Dotcom will be launching a brand new file-sharing site: MegaUpload 2.0!
According to TorrentFreak, the new file-sharing site is scheduled to launch in January 2017 – the five-year anniversary of the site’s closure.
Somehow, Dotcom claims to have the entire database of original MegaUpload users, who will be grandfathered into the Premium plan of the new site. The free program will include 100GB of free storage, cross-device syncing and no data transfer limits – along with built-in encryption.
Who knows if this will actually happen. But if it does, exciting news!
2. Nintendo Patents New Handheld Device
In case you missed my original post, Nintendo has filed a patent for a new handheld device. Nothing is guaranteed to come from it, but we could be seeing either a smartphone-like device or something resembling original GameBoy devices – depending on which design they go with.
3. NBC Universal Patents Anti-Piracy Tech
More file-sharing related news! NBC Universal has patented “Early Detection of High Volume Peer-To-Peer Swarms” with a primary goal of detecting and targeting piracy before it spreads.
The problem with this idea is that it is simply red-flagging any instances where Peer-to-Peer connections grow, and a single share becomes popular: This does not directly indicate piracy and could harm the concept of sharing files via Peer-to-Peer significantly.
4. Samsung Introduces 4TB SSD
When I bought my first SSD, I could barely fit my operating system and a game on it. 60GB wasn’t a lot of storage, and it was expensive. But boy was it fast.
Fast forward a few years, and Samsung is introducing a full 4TB SSD coming July 31 (you can already pre-order it on Amazon) for a not-too-horrible price.
$1,500 is a lot to spend on storage – that’s more than many spend on their entire build – but it’s way more affordable than Solid State Drives used to be. The price breaks down to about 37 cents per gigabyte of storage, a significant improvement over the $2+ per gigabyte that I paid for my first.
5. Amazon to Build Indoor Tree Houses for Employees
At their Seattle campus, Amazon is building a giant greenhouse – full of more than 3,000 species of plants (some endangered), and many tree houses – as a refuge and workspace for its employees.
According to The Verge, the tree houses will be joined by suspension bridges, will be kept at a comfortable 72 degrees and 60 percent humidity, and will host meetings.
I guess when you’re as big as Amazon, you can do whatever you want…
Very, very interesting stuff this week – though most of it is hypothetical. What do you think? Comment below and let me know!
~ Adam // EposVox