Hostile Music Takeover | Tech Talk Today 166

Hostile Music Takeover | Tech Talk Today 166

Apple is reportedly attempting to kill free streaming music but the story stinks of a hit piece. GOG launches their steam competitor to the public & CoreOS ups the container game.

Plus Chris reviews Hello’s Sense sleep tracking device. Can it unlock the secrets of a good sleep?

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Single Verizon IP Address Used For Hundreds of Windows 7 Activations

A presumed pirate with an unusually large appetite for activating Windows 7 has incurred the wrath of Microsoft. In a lawsuit filed in a Washington court, Microsoft said that it logged hundreds of suspicious product activations from a single Verizon IP address and is now seeking damages. Who he, she or they are behind address is unknown at this point, but according to Microsoft they’re responsible for some serious Windows pirating. “As part of its cyberforensic methods, Microsoft analyzes product key activation data voluntarily provided by users when they activate Microsoft software, including the IP address from which a given product key is activated,” the lawsuit reads. The company says that its forensic tools allow the company to analyze billions of activations of software and identify patterns “that make it more likely than not” that an IP address associated with activations is one through which pirated software is being activated.

GOG’s Take On Steam Goes Live Today

GOG Galaxy, which you can download here, is now in open beta. Like Steam, Origin, and other PC gaming clients, it’s a stand-alone program with its own achievements, friend lists, and massively restrictive DRM. Just kidding. Anyone who follows the people behind GOG—a subsidiary of _Witcher 3 _developer CD Projekt Red—knows they’re as anti-DRM as it gets.

CoreOS Gives Up Control of Non-Docker Linux Container Standard | Data Center Knowledge

Taking a major step forward in its quest to drive a Linux container standard that’s not created and controlled by Docker or any other company, CoreOS spun off management of its App Container project into a stand-alone foundation. Google, VMware, Red Hat, and Apcera have announced support for the standard.

Becoming a more formalized open source project, the App Container (appc) community now has a governance policy and has added a trio of top software engineers that work on infrastructure at Google, Twitter, and Red Hat as “community maintainers.

Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch

The Verge has learned that Apple has been pushing major music labels to force streaming services like Spotify to abandon their free tiers, which will dramatically reduce the competition for Apple’s upcoming offering. DOJ officials have already interviewed high-ranking music industry executives about Apple’s business habits, but it appears the FTC has taken the lead in recent weeks.

Hello Sense Reveiw

Sense is a simple system that tracks your sleep, monitors the environment in your bedroom and reinvents the alarm, so you can sleep better.

Sense tracks the environmental data in your bedroom and disturbances such as noise and sound. Sense combines this data with your sleep cycle information to give you a complete picture of your night.

With all this information clearly presented to you, over time you will know how to set yourself up for the best night’s sleep, every night.

Smart alarm clock with sleep cycle tracking.

The stunning full-circle P-OLED display fills the entire round 1.3″ watch face and delivers clear visibility in bright sunlight and at acute angles.¹

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