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  1. There are some things in this world that will never get old, and grainy found footage horror is one of them. Shudder's V/H/S/99 teaser is clear proof of this, presenting us with a nightmare montage of gory horror vignettes that marks the fifth instalment of Brad Miska's anthology series (the most recent, V/H/S/94, was released on Shudder last year). The movie is divided into five stories with different writer/directors for each, including Flying Lotus, Maggie Levin, Tyler MacIntyre, Johannes Roberts, and Joseph and Vanessa Winter. Brace yourself for some Blair Witch-style terror. V/H/S/99 is streaming on Shudder October 2022. View the full article
  2. Graphic design platform Canva unveiled its new collaborative word processing tool Docs at the inaugural Canva Create event this week. Canva Docs aims to stylishly take on white-collar stalwarts such as Google Docs, and is the latest addition to the company's suite of design tools that have been newly repackaged into a Visual Worksuite. Like its competitors, Canva Docs will allow multiple users to collaborate on the same document at once, so you'll be able to anxiously watch your editor mark up your article in real time. Canva Docs also has spell check and supports languages other than English, including ones that use non-Latin characters. However, the most significant features distinguishing Canva Docs link back to the company's emphasis on visual design. SEE ALSO: How to use Canva: A simple guide to the graphic design platform The word processor will offer a selection of format templates for users to choose from, and Canva's Docs to Decks feature will be able to automatically reformat a document into a presentation for you. You'll be able to edit it afterwards of course, but it should take care of a lot of the work for you. Canva Docs will also allow users to embed other Canva projects into their documents, such as presentations, videos, and even digital whiteboards. Canva launched its new Whiteboards tool last month, a Miro competitor which enables users to collaborate remotely on an infinite workspace. These projects can be placed directly into a Canva document, as well as opened and edited right from within Docs. Docs joins Canva's current tools, which have now been collected together and called a Visual Worksuite. Credit: Canva While Canva Docs was the biggest announcement at the Canva Create event, the company is introducing several new features to its current suite of products as well. This includes adding Canva's background removal tool to its video editor, implementing remote control for Presentations, and the integration of templates from data visualisation platform Flourish, which was acquired by Canva earlier this year. Canva's diversified product suite — which includes its website creator and developer marketplaces — couldn't come soon enough, with competitor Adobe announcing its $20 billion acquisition of online collaborative design tool Figma this week. Unfortunately, Canva Docs isn't available just yet, with release expected later this year. Users hoping to try it out before then just have to join the beta access wait list and cross their fingers. View the full article
  3. When you do every Quordle, perhaps a "normal" day doesn't exist. A "normal" puzzle would have no double letters, no unusual letters, and no other oddities — but Friday is not one of those days, and maybe they simply don't exist. There's something about the letters in today's puzzle that will cause eagle-eyed regular players to raise their eyebrows a bit. That's all I'll say for now. But it's not hard to find the Quordle solution. Scroll to the bottom of this page, and there it is. But are you sure you need all four answers? Maybe you just need a strategy guide. Either way, scroll down, and you'll get what you need. What is Quordle?Quordle is a five-letter word guessing game similar to Wordle, except each guess applies letters to four words at the same time. You get nine guesses instead of six to correctly guess all four words. It looks like playing four Wordle games at the same time, and that is essentially what it is. But it's not nearly as intimidating as it sounds. Is Quordle harder than Wordle?Yes, though not diabolically so. Where did Quordle come from?Amid the Wordle boom of late 2021 and early 2022, when everyone was learning to love free, in-browser, once-a-day word guessing games, creator Freddie Meyer says he took inspiration from one of the first big Wordle variations, Dordle — the one where you essentially play two Wordles at once. He took things up a notch, and released Quordle on January 30. Meyer's creation was covered in The Guardian six days later, and now, according to Meyer, it attracts millions of daily users. Today, Meyer earns modest revenue from Patreon, where dedicated Quordle fans can donate to keep their favorite puzzle game running. How is Quordle pronounced?“Kwordle.” It should rhyme with “Wordle,” and definitely should not be pronounced exactly like "curdle.” Is Quordle strategy different from Wordle?Yes and no. Your starting strategy should be the same as with Wordle. In fact, if you have a favorite Wordle opening word, there’s no reason to change that here. We suggest something rich in vowels, featuring common letters like C, R, and N. But you do you. After your first guess, however, you’ll notice things getting out of control if you play Quordle exactly like Wordle. What should I do in Quordle that I don’t do in Wordle?Solving a Wordle puzzle can famously come down to a series of single letter-change variations. If you’ve narrowed it down to “-IGHT,” you could guess “MIGHT” “NIGHT” “LIGHT” and “SIGHT” and one of those will probably be the solution — though this is also a famous way to end up losing in Wordle, particularly if you play on “hard mode.” In Quordle, however, this sort of single-letter winnowing is a deadly trap, and it hints at the important strategic difference between Wordle and Quordle: In Quordle, you can't afford to waste guesses unless you're eliminating as many letters as possible at all times. Guessing a completely random word that you already know isn't the solution, just to eliminate three or four possible letters you haven’t tried yet, is thought of as a desperate, latch-ditch move in Wordle. In Quordle, however, it's a normal part of the player's strategic toolset. Is there a way to get the answer faster?In my experience Quordle can be a slow game, sometimes dragging out longer than it would take to play Wordle four times. But a sort of blunt-force guessing approach can speed things up. The following strategy also works with Wordle if you only want the solution, and don’t care about having the fewest possible guesses: Try starting with a series of words that puts all the vowels (including Y) on the board, along with some other common letters. We've had good luck with the three words: “NOTES,” “ACRID,” and “LUMPY.” YouTuber DougMansLand suggests four words: “CANOE,” “SKIRT,” “PLUMB,” and “FUDGY.” Most of the alphabet is now eliminated, and you’ll only have the ability to make one or two wrong guesses if you use this strategy. But in most cases you’ll have all the information you need to guess the remaining words without any wrong guesses. If strategy isn't helping, and you're still stumped, here are some hints: A semi-useful hint about today’s puzzleSynonyms for all four words are in the following very strange sentence (in no particular order). The clown shyly pretended not to be hiding anything, but I had no idea the comedy was about to start, and that an anvil was about to crash down from on high, causing my head to ache. Are there any double or triple letters in today’s Quordle words?Two words have two instances of the same letter, and in one case it's a letter you don't often see doubled. Are any rare letters being used in today’s Quordle like Q or Z?No. What do today’s Quordle words start with?T, C, E, and A. What are the answers for today’s Quordle?Are you sure you want to know? There’s still time to turn back. OK, you asked for it. The answers are: THROB COYLY ENSUE ABOVE View the full article
  4. Early September, Swedish anti-piracy group Rattighetsalliansen (Rights Alliance) reported on a trial that took place at the specialist Patent and Market Court in Stockholm. A man and woman, a couple from Eskilstuna in eastern Sweden, faced accusations of running an illegal IPTV business and laundering the proceeds. The man, reportedly in his 40s, was said to have run two different IPTV services from which he generated around SEK 2.3 million (around US$213.2k) in revenues over an unspecified period. The woman denied any knowledge of her partner being an IPTV operator and said that as far as she was concerned, he only repaired set-top boxes. Rights Alliance said that revenues were funneled to the woman from IPTV-related sales and as a result, she faced charges of money laundering. Rights Alliance and Police Investigation Following an investigation launched by Rights Alliance and taken up by the police in 2020 following a criminal referral, evidence showed that the man sold illegal IPTV subscriptions and set-top boxes pre-configured for piracy. Documents released by Swedish police linked the couple to IPTV brand Nordens Bästa IPTV (The Nordics’ Best IPTV). Information released by Rights Alliance this week indicates the man sold subscriptions to NorthTV and PlayTV, which together offered access to live TV channels plus movie and TV show libraries. Payments for PlayTV subscriptions were accepted via a PayPal account, which over a six month period in 2020 amounted to roughly SEK 1.2 million (around US$111,800). Other payments were received into the man’s Swish account. Man Sentenced to Prison This week the Patent and Market Court found that the scale of the crime was worthy of time behind bars. The man received a six-month prison sentence, which is a notable step up from some of the conditional and community sentences handed down in similar cases during the past year. “By accepting payments, he has controlled which people have received the supply on the illegal services and by sending boxes, he has made the films in question available. He is therefore convicted as a perpetrator,” Rights Alliance says. “The verdict shows once again that the people behind the illegal services cannot hide behind objections that they only did a minor part, such as posting boxes or answering questions from customers. The investigation also shows how the illegal services bring in large sums that end up directly in the pockets of the perpetrators.” While a custodial sentence is significant, Rights Alliance and the police didn’t get everything they’d hoped for. The man and his partner were acquitted of money laundering charges after concluding that the evidence didn’t convincingly link the income to PlayTV and NorthTV. Pirate IPTV is a “Big Problem” in Sweden “Illegal IPTV is a big problem,” Rights Alliance says, commenting on the sentencing. “It affects both the film and television industries as well as society at large. As many as 380,000 Swedish households (9%) pay for illegal IPTV services, according to Mediavision. This generates millions of kroner in revenue for criminals and organized crime.” To combat threats from IPTV and similar illegal services, Rights Alliance and partners, including the MPA, IFPI, local film producers, and the gaming industry, signed a deal earlier this year with internet service providers in Sweden to simplify the blocking of pirate sites. The signatories will also work together to help form clear legislation that will pave the way for a streamlined administrative site-blocking regime. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  5. In a monumental collaboration, some of melodic bass music’s very best have teamed up to unveil “Freedom.” Boasting a combined 1.2 million monthly listeners on Spotify, 32Sstiches, CHENDA and Harley Bird are some of the most exciting emerging talents to rise within the past years, and “Freedom” is bound to only further cement them within the scene. Out via iconic label NCS, “Freedom” is led by 32Sstiches and CHENDA’s anthemic production, which is as intricate as it is explosive. Harley Bird’s stunning vocal lines make up for a great addition to the song, as he nicely helps lead the way towards the drop, that makes up for a captivating showcase of sound design and production. “Freedom” marks 32Sstiches’ second release this year, and his debut collaboration with CHENDA, whose exciting brand of melodic bass music has led to label releases with the likes of Subsidia, Dancing Dead, Magic Records, and more. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: 32Sstiches Unites With CHENDA And Harley Bird For Melodic Trap Gem “Freedom” View the full article
  6. Episode 4 of The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power finally reveals what the dwarves of Khazad-dûm have been mining in secret: mithril! A precious metal invented by J.R.R. Tolkien for his novels, mithril is both incredibly light and impossibly strong. Plus, its beauty never fades. If it sounds familiar, that's because mithril plays a key role in the Third Age of Middle-earth. Thorin gifts Bilbo a shirt of mithril mail in The Hobbit, which Bilbo then gifts in turn to Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring. That shirt saves Frodo's life during combat; without mithril, he would have been a total goner. However, that's all Third Age business. The Rings of Power takes place during the Second Age of Middle-earth, so we get to see how the world reacts to the first discovery of such a precious ore. SEE ALSO: 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' review: Tolkien adaptation is a triumphant return to Middle-earth How does mithril fit into The Rings of Power? Let's talk mithril. Credit: Credit: Ben Rothstein/Prime Video While visiting Khazad-dûm, Elrond (Robert Aramayo) finds that Prince Durin (Owain Arthur) and the dwarves have been covertly mining a newly discovered substance. In the dwarven tongue, the name for the metal means "grey glitter." When translated to Sindarin, you get the Elven word "mithril." Durin tells Elrond that Princess Disa (Sophia Nomvete) was the first to detect mithril. Upon learning of its lightness and durability, Durin reckons that it could be the start of a new era for the dwarves. Unfortunately, mithril proves dangerous to mine, and his father would rather exercise caution than launch full-speed ahead into a mining endeavor. Want more about the latest in entertainment? Sign up for Mashable's Top Stories newsletter today. If you're familiar with Middle-earth history, you'll know that the mining proceeds anyway, lasting all the way into the Third Age. The dwarves delve too greedily and too deep in their search for mithril, awakening a terrible Balrog and forcing them to abandon Khazad-dûm for good. This Balrog is the very same being that the Fellowship of the Ring encounters in the Mines of Moria. Since much of The Rings of Power takes liberties with Tolkien's work, it's safe to say that this origin story for mithril is a new invention for the show. However, Tolkien didn't write much about the finding of mithril at all. In Appendix B of The Lord of the Rings, he mentions that elves moved to Eregion when they learned of the dwarves' discovery of mithril in Moria, but that's about it. The Rings of Power has taken some liberties with this information, as Eregion is already established by the time the dwarves have found mithril. Still, this change opens up some interesting narrative possibilities for the future. Elrond swore to Durin that he would keep mithril a secret — will his loyalty to the elves be tested against his friendship to Durin? Will mithril be another point of tension between the dwarves and the elves? Most pressingly: What does the emphasis on mithril mean for the actual forging of the Rings of Power? Based on the name of the show, we know the creation of the Rings of Power (including the One Ring) will play a large part in this series. Perhaps mithril will figure more largely into the actual forging of the rings. In Tolkien's work, only one of the rings — Nenya, the ring worn by Galadriel – is explicitly described as being made of mithril. However, given the lack of detail about some of the other rings and The Rings of Power's tendency to diverge from what's on the page, I wouldn't be surprised if more of the Rings of Power got the mithril treatment moving forward. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power is now streaming on Prime Video. New episodes release every Friday at 12 a.m. ET. View the full article
  7. The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power's fourth episode opens with a terrifying and deeply important vision. Númenor's Queen-Regent Míriel (Cynthia Addai-Robinson) dreams that a great wave crashes over Númenor and destroys everything in its path. As the episode — aptly titled "The Great Wave" — reveals, this was no run-of-the-mill nightmare. This was a vision of Númenor's future, passed down to Míriel and her father along with a palantír, one of the seven seeing stones. While Galadriel (Morfydd Clark) reminds Míriel that the palantíri's visions do not always come to pass, Míriel is adamant that this wave is coming. Not only that, but she thinks that Galadriel's arrival signifies the beginning of Númenor's downfall. SEE ALSO: What's what in Middle-earth: A guide to the people and places of 'The Rings of Power' While much of the Númenor plotline, including Galadriel's involvement, diverges from Tolkien's works, this dream of the great wave plays a key role in Tolkien's legendarium. Not only does it appear in some capacity in The Lord of the Rings, but it was also a dream that Tolkien had himself — one that would prove key to shaping his world. The great wave in The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion Galadriel receives a vision of the wave. Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video The imagery of the wave sweeping over Númenor appears a few times throughout Tolkien's work, starting with the Akallabêth section of The Silmarillion. This portion of The Silmarillion details the fall of the kingdom of Númenor, which sinks beneath the waves once Sauron's influence on the people of the island grows too strong. One of the final images of this downfall is that of a "mounting wave." Much later in the Middle-earth timeline, in The Return of the King, Faramir tells Éowyn that he sometimes gets dreams of the wave crashing over Númenor as well. In the books, Míriel has no premonitions of the wave in The Silmarillion, but she also plays a much smaller part in Akallabêth than she does in The Rings of Power. The decision to include it so early in the show's run helps build anticipation for Númenor's fate — something which has never been adapted to the screen before. However, the choice to have the wave first appear in a nightmare is also an excellent nod to Tolkien. SEE ALSO: 3 ways 'The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power' is different from J.R.R. Tolkien's books Tolkien's wave nightmare — and how it led to Númenor How is Elendil connected to a dream? Credit: Courtesy of Prime Video Faramir and Míriel are not the first people with a Middle-earth connection to have this nightmare: That would be Tolkien himself. In many of Tolkien's letters to readers he mentioned this dream, which he had been having all his life: In sleep I had the dreadful dream of the ineluctable Wave, either coming out of the quiet sea, or coming in towering over the green inlands. It still occurs occasionally, though now exorcized by writing about it. It always ends by surrender, and I awake gasping out of deep water. — Letter 257 For when Faramir speaks of his private vision of the Great Wave, he speaks for me. That vision and dream has been ever with me... — Letter 180 Tolkien referred to that dream as his "Atlantis-haunting," and he eventually turned it into the downfall of Númenor. However, it took some time to get there. The journey started with a challenge. Tolkien and his friend C.S. Lewis decided they would each write deeply imaginative stories: Lewis would write about "space-travel," while Tolkien would write about "time-travel." Lewis's first book would become Out of the Silent Planet, while Tolkien's unfinished story, "The Lost Road," became the bones for the destruction of Númenor — Tolkien's own Atlantis. In "The Lost Road," Tolkien followed father-son pairs whose names all had the same meaning — "Elf-friend" and "Bliss-friend." The last pairing was that of Elendil (played by Lloyd Owen in The Rings of Power) and his son Amandil, citizens of Númenor at the time of its destruction. Funnily enough, Tolkien's son Michael supposedly "inherited" the Atlantis complex from his father. According to one of Tolkien's letters, neither he nor Michael had discussed the wave dream before, but he later learned that Michael had similar nightmares. Even though Míriel's vision in The Rings of Power is new to the story of Lord of the Rings, it's still rooted in something essential to Middle-earth: Tolkien's own life. Tolkien's dream was so integral to his writing that the opening to "The Great Wave" is no mere foreshadowing for later seasons of The Rings of Power. It's also a clever tribute to Tolkien's myth-making process. View the full article
  8. The latest single from The Loneliest Time was produced by Captain CutsView the full article
  9. The TDE rapper returns with his second new track of the yearView the full article
  10. TL;DR: The 2022 All-in-One Learn to Code Certification Bundle is on sale for £39.03, saving you 98% on list price. When you’re first learning to code, it might be overwhelming to see just how much there is to discover. Just picking a language could be difficult, let alone finding a place to start with it. The 2022 All-in-One Learn to Code Certification Bundle may be a helpful starting point if you want to start coding with HTML, Swift 5.5, Python, Java, C++, and more. With lessons for total beginners and intermediate students, this huge coding bundle is on sale for just £39.03. If you want to get into coding, a better question than “where do I start?” might be “what do I want to do?” For example, if you’re interested in cryptocurrency, you could try Create Your First DApp on Ethereum: A Concise Tutorial to learn how to make a dApp. If you want to get into web development, you could hop into the Complete 2022 Web Developer Bootcamp, a hands-on course with 84 hours of content. Or, if you want a more general, all-purpose coding language to start mastering, you could try learning Python in the Python Mega Course. This 23-hour training is led by Ardit Sulce, a programmer with a master’s degree in Geospatial Technologies who is also the founder of PythonHow, a tutorial service for Python programming. This bundle has well over 200 hours of instruction, all of which are available to you for life. You could learn new coding languages and skills, start making apps, or build the foundation of a potential career in game development or IT. Start learning to code at your own pace with numerous options for where to start and what you want to discover. For a limited time, get the 2022 All-in-One Learn to Code Certification Bundle for £39.03. Opens in a new tab Credit: Integrity Training 2022 All-in-One Learn to Code Certification Bundle (opens in a new tab) £39.03 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  11. Uber has suffered a significant data breach, with the New York Times reporting the rideshare company took several of its internal systems offline on Thursday while attempting to assess the damage. It's currently unclear how many people were impacted by the security breach, whether they were customers or employees, or specifically what information was compromised. However, it reportedly prompted Uber to instruct employees not to use the company's Slack, and to disable some engineering systems. In a statement to Mashable, Uber acknowledged that it is "currently responding to a cybersecurity incident" and has contacted law enforcement, but declined to comment further at this time. It's also currently unclear exactly how long Uber's computer network was compromised. Uber allegedly only became aware of the security breach on Thursday afternoon after employees were explicitly notified by the hacker themselves. Had they not done so, it's possible they could have remained undetected. "I announce I am a hacker and Uber has suffered a data breach," the hacker wrote in a message sent via an employee's compromised Slack account. The message included a list of internal databases the hacker claimed to have accessed, with at least some of their claims proven by an explicit photo reportedly left on an internal employee information page. SEE ALSO: 5 damning revelations from the Uber Files Data breaches are an unfortunate constant in our digitised world, with a new one seemingly announced every week. As such, how companies respond to these breaches is incredibly important — and Uber's history has been less than stellar. In 2016, Uber was the subject of an enormous, high-profile data breach which impacted 57 million people throughout the globe. However, rather than immediately disclosing this breach, the company opted to cover it up, paying a $100,000 ransom to the hackers so they'd delete the compromised data. Uber's then-Chief Security Officer Joe Sullivan was fired over the incident and is currently facing criminal charges, with all these details only coming to light due to legal obligations. Uber's executive team has seen other significant changes since this incident as well, with current CEO Dara Khosrowshahi succeeding founder Travis Kalanick in 2017. Hopefully this combined with the lessons learned in 2016 have at least improved the company's security response. View the full article
  12. TL;DR: Pre-order the Nintendo Switch OLED Model Pokémon Scarlet and Violet limited-edition console for £319.99 at Amazon, before its release on Nov. 4. Please form an orderly queue Pokémon fans. There's no need to rush. No pushing in the back. Everyone will get their chance to pre-order Nintendo Switch OLED Model Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet limited-edition console. Stop panicking. This OLED console features art inspired by the upcoming Pokémon Scarlet and Pokémon Violet games, with legendary Pokémon Koraidon and Miraidon featured on the front of the dock, and a design inspired by the iconic Poké Ball on the back. It features a 7-inch OLED screen, adjustable stand, dock with a wired LAN port, 64GB of internal storage, and Joy-Con controllers. You just know there is going to be a scramble to get this console after its release on Nov. 4, so why not beat the rush and get your pre-order sorted now? You can pre-order this limited-edition Nintendo Switch for £319.99 at Amazon, and then you just need to sit back and wait. The only issue some gamers have with pre-orders is the risk of missing out on a better deal at a later date. Amazon has thought about that, and has included a pre-order price guarantee. This means the price you pay will be the lowest price offered by Amazon between the time you place your order and the end of the day of release. So what do you have to lose? Move to the front of the queue by pre-order the Nintendo Switch OLED Model Pokémon Scarlet and Violet from Amazon. Opens in a new tab Credit: Nintendo Nintendo Switch OLED Model Pokémon Scarlet and Violet (opens in a new tab) Pre-order for £319.99 at Amazon Get Deal (opens in a new tab) View the full article
  13. Ladies and gentlemen (and everyone who's neither): The weekend. Or at least the weekend's delicious appetizer, Friday — and what better way to celebrate than with a fresh Wordle? Whether you're smashing it or struggling, we're here to help every day. If you just want the answer, you can jump straight to the end of this article for September 16's Wordle solution. If you'd rather work through it yourself, keep reading for some tips, tricks, and clues. SEE ALSO: Wordle yesterday: Here's the answer, hints for September 15 Where did Wordle come from?Wordle was initially created by engineer Josh Wardle as a gift for his partner, though it quickly spread until it became an international phenomenon. Thousands of players across the globe tackle Wordle each day, with some fans even having created alternate versions of the daily word puzzle game. These include battle royale format Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and variations like Dordle and Quordle that make you guess multiple words at once. The popularity of Wordle even reached such heights that the New York Times bought it earlier this year, while TikTok creators live-stream themselves playing it. What's the best Wordle starting word?The goal of Wordle is to have fun, and there's no right way to have fun. Just choose whatever starting word feels right to you, and don't let anyone shame you for it. However, if you want to take a more strategic approach, we have a few ideas to help you pick a word that will spark joy. One tip is to select a word that includes at least two different vowels, plus some common consonants like S, T, R, or N. What happened to the Wordle archive?The entire archive of past Wordles used to be available for anyone to play in glorious days gone by. Unfortunately it has since been taken down, with the website's creator stating it was done at the request of the New York Times. Is Wordle getting harder?If you're finding Wordle too easy, you can try enabling its Hard Mode to give your brain a tougher challenge. But Wordle isn't getting any harder by itself — it's the same difficulty that it's always been. Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?Wordle law dictates that only one puzzle solution should exist per day. This law comes with exceptions though, as Wordle will occasionally accept two different solutions as correct. This is because the New York Times made changes to the Wordle word list after acquiring it, and sometimes swaps out words from the original list. To ensure you're getting the right answer every day, refresh your browser before you play — the site will save your streak. Here's a subtle hint for today's Wordle answer:You'll find it in most kitchens. Does today's Wordle answer have a double letter?It does, but not next to each other. Today's Wordle is a 5-letter word that starts with...The letter P! SEE ALSO: Wordle-obsessed? These are the best word games to play IRL. What's the answer to Wordle today?Get your guesses in — it's the last call before we reveal the answer to today's Wordle! Are you ready? The solution to Wordle #454 is... PARER. Don't turn to drink if you didn't guess it this time! A new Wordle will arrive tomorrow, and we'll be back with more hints and tips to help you. View the full article
  14. Ecco2k directed the visual for the Swedish artist’s latest trackView the full article
  15. Having amassed impressive accolades as a songwriter behind the scenes, Achilles has finally stepped into his own as a solo artist, and is cementing himself as one of the most exciting names currently coming out out of Melbourne’s dance music scene. Bringing a diverse skillset to the table, the talented artist launched his career back in 2020 and has already received support from the likes of David Guetta, Tiësto, Armin van Buuren, Afrojack, Timmy Trumpet and many more A-listers. Marking his debut on Den Haku Records, Achilles has now finally unveiled his latest single, putting together incredibly dark big room vibes on “Reaching for the Moon.” Layering hard-hitting kicks, immersive vocals and stunning orchestral touches, the single makes up for a great showcase of Achilles’ intricate production style. With current inclusions in Portal, Bass Explosion and Trance Mission, Achilles is only rising, and “Reaching for the Moon” is bound to become yet another monumental release in his catalog. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Achilles debuts on Den Haku Records with hard-hitting single “Reaching for the Moon” View the full article
  16. Wendy Eisenberg, Sandy Ewen, Luke Stewart, and more will honor the late trumpeter at Trans Pecos in QueensView the full article
  17. Naomi Ackie stars as the singer, with Stanley Tucci appearing as Clive DavisView the full article
  18. New commentary, outtakes, complete versions of films excerpted in the movie, and an essay by Greil MarcusView the full article
  19. Mon Laferte appears on the lead single of the Puerto Rican singer-songwriter’s third albumView the full article
  20. Awesome Distro went bankrupt, leading a property management company to withhold the independent label’s inventoryView the full article
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  22. Website blocking has become an increasingly common anti-piracy tool around the globe. In dozens of countries, ISPs have been ordered by courts to block pirate sites. In some cases, these blocking efforts are part of voluntary agreements. Cloudflare ‘Pirate’ Blocking Orders In the United States, these types of injunctions are rare. However, since the Internet has no clear borders, the effects sometimes spill over. The American Internet infrastructure company Cloudflare, for example, has been ordered to block pirate sites in Germany and Italy. This week, Cloudflare published its latest transparency report covering the second half of 2021. The company explains that after weighing the potential impact on freedom of expression, it generally complies with blocking orders that target websites operated by its CDN customers. These blocking efforts are not global. Instead, Cloudflare only blocks access to the location from where an order originates. These sites include DDL-Music in Germany and nearly two dozen sites in Italy. “If we determine that the order is valid and requires Cloudflare action, we may limit blocking of access to the content to those areas where it violates local law, a practice known as ‘geo-blocking’,” Cloudflare explains in its transparency report. Target: DNS The aforementioned blocking orders apply to the websites of Cloudflare customers. However, Cloudflare also operates a DNS revolver that is the target of a newer anti-piracy campaign. DNS resolvers are the address books of the web. They link domain names to the correct IP addresses to make these accessible through a web browser. They are a key component of a well-functioning Internet. Interestingly, these DNS servers are often used by ISPs to comply with site-blocking orders. By removing a domain from the address book, users are unable to load the site in question. This is a relatively simple blocking method that’s easy to circumvent by using an external DNS resolver, such as the ones provided by Google, OpenDNS, Quad9, or Cloudflare. For this reason, DNS resolvers have become the target of blocking requests as well. In Germany, Quad9 was previously ordered to block a pirate site through its DNS resolver following a complaint from Sony. Similarly, in Italy, a court ordered Cloudflare to block several pirate site domains on the DNS level. Cloudflare Opposes Blocking In its transparency report, Cloudflare makes a clear distinction between blocking requests that target its customers’ websites and those that apply to DNS functionality. DNS blocks can target any website on the web and are not easy to restrict geographically, the company writes. “Because such a block would apply globally to all users of the resolver, regardless of where they are located, it would affect end users outside of the blocking government’s jurisdiction. “We therefore evaluate any government requests or court orders to block content through a globally available public recursive resolver as requests or orders to block content globally,” Cloudflare adds. Cloudflare doesn’t want to meddle with its DNS resolver, which puts the company in a tough spot that requires a creative solution. The company says that, thus far, it hasn’t actually blocked content through the Public DNS Resolver. Instead, it relies on an “alternative remedy” to comply with the Italian court order. “Given the broad extraterritorial effect, as well as the different global approaches to DNS-based blocking, Cloudflare has pursued legal remedies before complying with requests to block access to domains or content through the Public DNS Resolver or identified alternate mechanisms to comply with relevant court orders.” The above clearly shows that the company is determined to fight DNS blocking orders in court. And even if it loses, Cloudflare will seek alternative solutions. What these alternatives entail is not clear, but Cloudflare likely has the know-how to find a technical ‘circumvention’ mechanism. — A copy of Cloudflare’s H2 2021 Transparency Report is available here (pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  23. South Korean cinema is phenomenal. And if you’re an aficionado familiar with Park Chan-wook’s work (Oldboy, The Handmaiden), you’ll know that Decision to Leave is going to be a must-see. South Korea’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the Academy Awards, and winner of Cannes’ 2022 Best Director award, Decision to Leave reveals a detective and his prime suspect entangled in a web of secrecy, infatuation, and forbidden romance. When a businessman falls to his death from a mountain peak, detective Hae-joon (Park Hae-il) oscillates between ruling the death off as an accident, suicide, or murder. He soon meets the deceased’s wife Seo-rae (Tang Wei), and simultaneously begins suspecting her involvement while falling in lust. SEE ALSO: 20 movies we can't wait to see this fall With magnificent art direction and an eerily electrifying orchestral backtrack, Decision to Leave promises to be a great watch for fans of Chan-wook’s work, and movie-goers who are ready to dip their toes into international cinema. Decision to Leave premieres across theaters Oct. 14. View the full article
  24. Facebook's content moderation systems are clearly in need of repair. On Thursday, Meta's Oversight Board announced that it had reversed two of Facebook's decisions to remove content from its platform. The independent group's conclusions point to major flaws in Facebook's content moderation protocols in two major areas: the platform's use of automated systems to take down content and the removal of newsworthy content by human moderators. SEE ALSO: It took just one weekend for Meta's new AI Chatbot to become racist The first case from the Oversight Board concerns a Facebook user in Colombia who had posted a cartoon image depicting police brutality from the National Police of Colombia in September 2020. Facebook removed the user's post 16 months later when the company's automated systems matched the cartoon image with one stored in a Media Matching Service bank. The Oversight Board determined it was wrong for Facebook to remove the user's post because the image depicted did not violate Facebook's rules and should not have been added to the Media Matching Service bank. And, according to the Oversight Board, this user wasn't the only one affected. In total, 215 users appealed the removal of a post which included this image. Of those, 98 percent were successful in their appeal to Meta. However, the cartoon image remained in the bank and continued to lead to automated detections and subsequent post removals. Meta only removed the image from the Media Matching Service bank when the Oversight Board decided to take up this particular case. SEE ALSO: Meta is secretly testing a Twitch-like platform called Super In the second case, the Oversight Board determined Meta wrongly removed a news post about the Taliban. In January 2022, an India-based newspaper had posted a link to an article on its website about the Taliban's announcement to re-open schools for women and girls. Meta had determined that the post was in violation of its Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy as it construed the post as "praise" of the Taliban. As a result, Meta removed the post and limited the Indian newspaper's access to certain Facebook features, such as Facebook livestreaming. The newspaper attempted to appeal the decision but it was not reviewed due to a lack of Urdu-speaking reviewers at the company. Once more, when the Oversight Board decided to take this case, Meta then reversed its decision, restored the content, and removed the Facebook Page limitations. Simply reporting on newsworthy events is not a violation of Facebook's policies, the Oversight Board determined. While the affected users in these specific cases may be fairly small in number or reach, the Oversight Board used the opportunity to recommend broader changes to Facebook's content moderation systems, whether it be automated or human-reviewed. Founded in 2018, the Oversight Board was formed to create somewhat of a Supreme Court for Meta's content moderation decisions. The organization released the decisions on its first cases in January 2021. One of those early rulings was heavily criticized as it called for the restoration of a removed post that Muslim activist groups deemed as hate speech. But, the Oversight Board's most notable case up to this point has easily been its decision to uphold Meta's suspension of Donald Trump on Facebook. The former President was suspended from the platform following the violent riots at the Capitol building on Jan. 6. The Oversight Board's decision did force Meta to set a timeframe for Trump's suspension, however. Shortly after this 2021 ruling from the Oversight Board, Meta announced it would consider allowing Trump back on its platforms in January 2023. That may have sounded far off into the future back in June 2021, but now that's just a few months away. If and when Trump returns to Facebook next year, don't be surprised to see his name on an Oversight Board case or two...or twenty. View the full article
  25. More than many other genres of music, when it comes to EDM, a gathering of fans are more similar to a community than a group of people with a common interest. (Exceptions apply.) That could be why when community issues arise, they seem to spread like wildfire and end up as a discussion on Reddit, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, and more. It’s also why, when /u/Adventurous_Care6669 asked r/EDM about their hot takes, many of them were community focused. We’ve highlighted a few below, but you can read the whole thread here. Ageism As a 31-year-old myself, who’s been going to shows since he was 18, and working in the scene since 24, I’ve had my fair share of people asking me how I still do it. The passion for the music doesn’t just disappear when you hit a number; sure, I go out less now than I did in my 20s, but you can still catch me front rail at smaller festivals and running into the crowd when I hear my favorite DnB track come on. Rave Influencers Rave influencers are really a mixed bag. And a lot of it depends on how deep and fresh into the fandom you are. For my jaded self, videos making fun of wooks might scratch an itch. For others, skits about rave moms might feel incredibly relatable. Others still might enjoy parodies of people on their first roll at a festival, asking random passersby for gum and water. It gets universally cringe when we feel that someone from outside the community is trying to co-opt our world for their views. That being said, guys like Cherdleys, Trevor Wallace, and Blake Webber get a lifetime pass. Repeat sets This one is so dependent on personal taste and frequency of shows that it’s hard to put commentary on. But the basic idea holds up to scrutiny — especially during a large artist tour when the music is time-coded to the visuals, there are certain inherent restrictions on how much a set can be changed from night to night. And if you like a set, you’ll be more likely to have fun seeing it again. It’s why recorded sets on YouTube still rack up tens of thousands of plays years after the event. If it’s good, we won’t mind as much. Underground raves are actually not that cool This one definitely nails the hot take question. Underground raves, as in true underground raves without a well-known (or insured) promoter that typically are spread via text and word of mouth, are few and far between these days. When you have professional sound and lights, and comparatively higher fees, artists are going to be less likely to play in a storage container out in the Mojave Desert. But to the point that this user is making, there is no oversight. They are sometimes (not always) run without concern for health and safety and standard rules need not apply. You’re certainly going at your own risk, and the potential for a lifechanging time is there, but sometimes it’s not worth it.. Festivals today aren’t trash, it’s just your nostalgia running wild I’m definitely guilty of this one, though I don’t think festivals today are “trash.” I’m just getting older and I can’t personally hang with the young kids anymore. That doesn’t mean that the events themselves are getting worse. There’s more diversity than before (though we still have a long way to go) and the stages are getting bigger and louder. Sure, there’s elements of corporate greed at play in most festivals in certain aspects. But even looking at Insomniac, the biggest EDM promoter in the country, Pasquale has a long history of devotion to the scene and his vision reflects what the majority wants, not necessarily the most devoted among them. Photo via Rukes.com This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Reddit asks: “What’s your EDM hot take?” View the full article
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