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The Pirate Bay is free to sail the seas again. Well, in The Netherlands at least. The Court of Appeals in The Hague overturned the block on the peer-to-peer sharing site on Tuesday because it was “ineffective and disproportionate.” Because The Pirate Bay functions as a more of a search service for torrents, blocking the actual site didn’t do much good. “Pirates,” to use the popular misnomer, used proxy servers to access the site, or they just used other torrent sites like uTorrent or BitTorrent instead.
The Court’s 2012 decision to block The Pirate Bay didn’t account for the other sites, but this new decision isn’t necessarily the end of the road - Dutch anti-piracy agency Brein could still appeal the decision.
Onto something a bit more pleasant. We knew about Apple’s plan to integrate iOS7 into cars last summer. There’s been murmurs since then, but nothing particularly concrete. Now though, an Apple developer has shown what the system might look like through a beta version, emulated from a Mac desktop. So far it looks like the iOS integration is just Maps and a music player - but remember that it’s just a beta after all. See the video below:
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With luck, Apple will give us a robust demo of what the system will really look like for consumer applications, but they’ve been rather quiet since their original announcement in 2013. Now, the lack of car manufacturer support might be playing a role here - Audi has already partnered with Google, and Ford has been with Microsoft for a few years. Maybe Apple has a huge partnership up its sleeve, General Motors would be a good fit.
And last, in game news: the return of 1 Versus 100. Microsoft has said that they’ve got a project slated for the Xbox One that’ll be reminiscent of the Xbox 360 online title.
1 Versus 100 was a popular online game show, where players would be part of the mob of 100 people, answering questions and gaining points based on how fast they chose the correct answer. If they were lucky, they’d get picked as “The One,” and compete against the hundred person mob.
But Microsoft yanked the title from the Xbox Live Marketplace and took the game offline in 2010, and there hadn’t been much word of the game’s possible return until now. 1 Versus 100 made proper use of the Xbox avatars - a definite step up from the simplistic avatar indie games available on the marketplace. It helped personify the experience, putting gamers into a virtual game show - Nintendo should take note and do something more productive with their Miiverse.