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Google confirms over 900 million Android activations, 48bn app installs

Google confirms over 900 million Android activations, 48bn app installs

Today we've just officially kicked off Google I/O, and to start things off Google's own Sundar Pichai is on the stage talking about the past, the future, personal computing and more. And right out of the gate we're already getting to the good stuff. Talking Android, Chrome, numbers and of course Android. Today Google is proud to announce that they've nearly reached the 1 billion mark.

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BitTorrent introduces new file format for content creators

BitTorrent introduces new file format for content creators

BitTorrent has been moving its way up in the world as far as introducing new features and services, and today's announcement goes right along with that. The company announced a new file format called Bundle, which will allow content creators to require users to pay or register an account before downloading the torrent.

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Comcast upgrades speeds for Xfinity Internet Performance users for free

Comcast upgrades speeds for Xfinity Internet Performance users for free

For those of you who are currently subscribed to Comcast's Performance Xfinity Internet speed plans, you're in for a treat. Comcast has decided to upgrade your data speeds at no added cost. Your download speeds will be increased from 15Mbps to 25Mbps, and your upload speeds will be increased from 2Mbps to 5Mbps. Comcast is upgrading its data speeds because it knows that there is a growing trend of consumers using more than one wireless device in their homes to access the internet.

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Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: the one April Fool we wish wasn’t

Far Cry 3 Blood Dragon: the one April Fool we wish wasn’t

If there's one single joke we've seen today that's so radical and excellent that we'd rather see the real product than laugh at the trick, it's the DLC for Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon. In an effort to bring us back to the 1990's, a magical time when .gif images were used as webpage decorations, the folks behind this fantastic webspace have created a site, a teaser video, and more pixelated greatness than you can shake a joystick at - enter the Blood Dragon!

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Megaupload shutdown increased legal movie downloads, according to study

Megaupload shutdown increased legal movie downloads, according to study

What once was a haven for illegal downloading is now just an afterthought. After the shutdown of Megaupload last year, it seems users are starting to resort to legal downloading means, according to a study from Carnegie Mellon University. The study suggests that studios saw a boost in digital movie and music sales since the shutdown.

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Pirate Bay flees to North Korea for freedom’s sake

Pirate Bay flees to North Korea for freedom’s sake

It looks like The Pirate Bay has set sail for another country, and a country none of us would have expected. North Korea has taken The Pirate Bay in, and has even offered it virtual asylum. It was only last week when The Pirate Bay was forced from its home in Sweden due to the threats the Swedish Pirate Party received from a local anti-piracy group. TPB was then provided shelter in both Norway and Spain.

UPDATE: Courtesy of The Pirate Bay itself, this news announcement was a complete hoax. Have a peek at the real story in our March 5th report.

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The Pirate Bay forced from Sweden, heads for Norway and Spain

The Pirate Bay forced from Sweden, heads for Norway and Spain

Due to a slew of threats from a local anti-piracy group, Sweden's Pirate Party had to let go of The Pirate Bay. The local anti-piracy group, Rights Alliance, told the Swedish Pirate Party that if they continued to work with The Pirate Bay beyond today, they would be faced with legal action. What makes the Right Alliance more scary than they seem is that they are backed by large movie and music companies throughout the entire world.

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Weekend Watching: TPB AFK “Pirate Bay Documentary” download live!

Weekend Watching: TPB AFK “Pirate Bay Documentary” download live!

This weekend the documentary TPB AFK has gone live: start to finish a free download, entirely appropriate given the subject matter. This documentary covers none other than the rise and current operation of The Pirate Bay, the world's most popular online file-sharing service. This documentary has been four years in the making and makes its mark right at the outset as the first film ever to be premiered at a major motion picture festival and offered as a digital download at the same time - and again, it's totally free.

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Wii U menu sounds turned into 9-track music album

Wii U menu sounds turned into 9-track music album

It's time for the remix - call up DJ Cutman and get him on the case - Wii U's beats need to be made into a full album for all to enjoy. That's exactly what the man has done here at the launch of the next-generation gaming console, taking the "greatest hits" of the device that's sold out across the planet and making it into a one-shot album of nine tracks. Though the legality of selling such an album is questionable, you can choose to download the tracks for free at your own risk.

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Google+ adds one-click download of Android apps

Google+ adds one-click download of Android apps

While Google+ may not have the popularity of Facebook or Twitter, it seems Google is giving luddites more reasons to start using it by the day. They introduced direct embedding with Google Drive, and today they rolled out embedding of Android app links to the Google Play store, which offers one-click downloads right from Google+.

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BioShock PC available for free at GameFly

BioShock PC available for free at GameFly

We're all waiting anxiously for next year's arrival of BioShock Infinite, but if you have yet to play any game in the series, then boy does GameFly have a deal for you. GameFly is currently giving away PC copies of the original BioShock for free. If you haven't played it yet, we highly recommend you take advantage of this offer, as BioShock is easily one of the best games of this generation - there's a reason everyone is so excited for BioShock Infinite, you know.

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Google now allows original quality YouTube video downloads

Google now allows original quality YouTube video downloads

If you've got a collection of videos up on YouTube right this minute that you'd just love to have in a folder in your secure harddrive back home in their original format, Google has just answered your prayers today. In another lovely update to their Takeout menu, the Data Liberation Front has added the ability for users to download the videos they've uploaded to YouTube back down in their original format: "your videos in. your videos out".

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