‘Minecraft: The Story of Mojang’ Documentary Uploaded To Pirate Bay By Its Creators

The Pirate BayIn what can only be described as not only a tactical advantage/PR stunt, 2 Player Productions, the small production company behind the documentary, Minecraft: The Story of Mojang have uploaded their movie to The Pirate Bay. The documentary, which premieres exclusively on Xbox Live today, and it details Minecraft’s path as it rose to becoming a phenomenon worldwide. Post-Xbox screening, the film will be sold digitally for $8 in a DRM-free video format starting tomorrow; a $20 physical DVD will also be available.

But the question that has to be asked is: why? Well, it turns out the film studio made it easy to understand: “We’re just three guys trying to make a living doing what we love,” they say. “The reason we Kickstarted this movie in the first place was that we didn’t have enough money to make it ourselves, and even then, we still put A LOT of our own money into it.”

And that’s the end of it.

Via: Twitter

Google And Motorola Working On “X Phone”, Would Rival Galaxy And iPhone

IMGP0651In a bid to take the Android smartphone marketplace into its own hands, Motorola (now owned by Google) is readying an “X Phone” (as dug up by the WSJ), to launch next year. Everything is on the table here: this device is not set to replace the Nexus or Droid lines, but rather to stand on its own, taking on and beating the famous Samsung Galaxy and Apple iPhone lines. After the “X Phone” is complete however, an “X Tablet” is planned for release sometime after.

Desired technologies include a high-quality camera, superior photo software, a very high-end processor, as well as bendable screens and even ceramics designed to make the device durable. With parts like those, this is a phone that requires not only a lot of work, but thought as well. Problem is, even the “X Phone” has been in development, the project may be scrapped and turned over to another device — or it may be awaiting the finishing touches. At this point, we’ll have to wait and see.

Via: Wall Street Journal

XKCD Takes Its Own Spin On The Instagram Terms Drama

instagramChad, man. You’re such a jerk. We arranged to get all this looked after stuff for free, and now he’s selling it all! Apparently  that’s what the famous online webcomic, XKCD thinks of the Instagram Terms of Service drama, where most people thought that the changes meant Instagram could sell and advertise your images, for free.

Apparently, they were all wrong to some degree and should stop whining like little children.

ViaXKCD

Former Windows Chief Steven Sinofsky Now A Professor At Harvard

sinofskyIt turns out if you were the head of the Windows division at Microsoft, and got fired because you didn’t work well with your co-workers, you have a great chance at becoming a professor at Harvard Business School. On his Twitter feed Wednesday, Sinofsky announced that he was “excited to return” to teach at Harvard Business School, this coming spring. CNET noted that Sinofsky had previously served as a “visiting scholar” at Harvard Business School in the late ’90s, so he has some past experience to fall back on. Good luck, Professor Sinofsky.

ViaTwitterCNET

Google Adds Scan And Match Feature To Google Music In The US

googlemusiclead01Previously only available in the European Union, the scan and match feature of Google Music was an easy way to get your entire local music library and have it matched to the cloud catalog, avoiding as many differences as possible, even in the bitrate of the original file (which can vary anywhere from 320kbps to higher or lower). Scan and Match is now available in the United States for Google Music users, all the while being free and nearly unrecognizable because the matching is done in the background.

ViaGoogle Play (Google+)

HTC M7 May Be The One X’s Successor, Due Next Year With 13MP Camera

htc-m7-1355788093Coming straight out of the leaky tubes of upcoming technology, is the HTC M7. It’s basically a One X successor, containing a 4.7-inch 1080p “SoLux” screen with 468ppi, LTE with improved viewing angles, color accuracy and outdoor visibility. Other new feature include a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera leveraging a f/2.0 lens and support for 1080p, slow-mo and HDR video recording — plus front-facing 2-megapixel shooter capable of capturing footage in 1080p. Internally, it’s believed the phone will be outfitted with a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in memory. Stereo speakers and a Beats amplifier should round out the feature set. It would be part of the new Sprint and Verizon catalogs, but an initial announcement may not come until Mobile World Congress in Spring of 2013.

ViaUnwired View

T-Mobile Galaxy Note II Will See Multi-Window Update On December 19th

samsung-galaxy-note-ii-t-mobileAs part of a short and sweet update, the T-Mobile Galaxy Note II will gain access to Samsung’s Multi-Window trait, due to hit the 5.5-inch, S-Pen-toting phablet on December 19th, via an upcoming software update. Other than the Multi-Window multitasking feature, T-Mobile’s page doesn’t list any other major changes (sans for some fixes to issues with Exchange and Gmail), so it looks like that’s about it.

ViaT-Mobile Support

iOS Google Maps Hits 10 Million Downloads In 48 Hours, Meaning It’s Popular

Google MapsIn a very swift change from Apple Maps to Google Maps, consumers have downloaded the new app from the iTunes App Store 10 million times — in just 48 hours. That’s according to Google SVP of Commerce and Local, Jeff Huber, who took to the search giant’s social portal to announce the milestone. Within just 2 days of its release to iTunes, iOS users crying out for a non-native mapping solution downloaded the app in excess of 10 million times, thus fulfilling their needs of Google’s fantastic turn-by-turn navigation and wealth of up-to-date (and accurate) map data.

ViaGoogle+ (Jeff Huber)iTunes