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  1. Looking for something new to watch this weekend but don't know where to start? Perhaps you'll be inspired by what everyone else is watching. We've used streaming aggregator Reelgood, which pulls viewing figures from streaming services in the U.S. and UK, to break down the top 10 most popular shows of the past week. From all the hot new true crime shows to intriguing sci-fi series, this list might inspire you to start watching something new. However, just because everyone's watching it doesn't mean it's automatically top-tier television. We've added excerpts from our own reviews where appropriate to help give you an idea of what we thought. Here are the top 10 most-streamed TV shows of the week, starting with a voyage into the final frontier... 1. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds "To explore strange new worlds. To seek out new life and new civilizations. To boldly go where no one has gone before!" Credit: Marni Grossman/Paramount+ Strap in, we're heading back to the final frontier. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is the latest Star Trek spin-off, only this one takes place in the decade before the original series. Climb aboard the USS Enterprise alongside Captain Christopher Pike (Anson Mount), Spock (Ethan Peck), and more as they travel to the titular "strange new worlds" found throughout the galaxy. How to watch: Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is now streaming on Paramount+, with new episodes every Thursday. 2. The Lincoln Lawyer Look, it's the lawyer in his Lincoln! Credit: Courtesy of Netflix Netflix's adaptation of Michael Connelly's The Lincoln Lawyer shot to the top of the streaming service's "Most Watched" list upon its release. The legal thriller stars Manuel Garcia-Rulfo as Mickey Haller, a Los Angeles lawyer who takes cases from the back of his Lincoln Town Car. How to watch: The Lincoln Lawyer is now streaming on Netflix. 3. Candy Her name may be Candy, but she's not sweet. Credit: Hulu One of many true crime shows on this list, Hulu's Candy follows a real-life murder case. Jessica Biel plays Candy Montgomery, who was accused of murdering her friend Betty Gore (Melanie Lynskey) by striking her with an axe 41 times. How to watch: Candy is now streaming on Hulu. 4. The Staircase Colin Firth and Toni Collette take on true crime in "The Staircase." Credit: HBO Max The Staircase continues the true crime trend on this list. This one revisits the already well-documented murder of Kathleen Peterson (Toni Collette) at the hands of her husband, novelist Michael Peterson (Colin Firth). Depicting scenes of family life with the Petersons before Kathleen's death to the trial and its aftermath, The Staircase's buzzy subject matter and starry cast launched it up the most-watched list. What we thought: To call The Staircase a "true crime classic" is to accurately describe the total dehumanization process that every single real-life person connected to this awful death underwent during their decades in the public eye. But the HBO Max dramatization feels like the final stage of this tragedy-exploitation machine. It not only reduces Kathleen, Michael, and their kids (one of whom is played by Game of Thrones' Sophie Turner) into literal fictional characters for our entertainment consumption, but even adds colorful new personalities like real-life prosecutor Freda Black (portrayed by the inimitable Parker Posey). — Jess Joho, Culture Reporter How to watch: The Staircase is now streaming on HBO Max, with new episodes every Thursday. 5. Outer Range Josh Brolin and Imogen Poots in "Outer Range." Credit: Richard Foreman / Amazon Studios A sci-fi Western starring Josh Brolin, Outer Range remains one of the most popular new shows of the week. Brolin plays Royal Abbott, a rancher who discovers a strange black hole on his land. What's the deal with the hole? Who's mysterious drifter Autumn (Imogen Poots)? And what happened to Rebecca, Royal's missing daughter-in-law? The answers to all these questions are one binge away: All eight episodes of Outer Range are streaming on Prime. How to watch: Outer Range is now streaming on Prime Video. 6. Hacks Deborah and Ava, my beloved(s). Credit: Karen Ballard / HBO Max The killer duo of Deborah Vance (Jean Smart) and Ava Daniels (Hannah Einbinder) is back in Season 2 of HBO Max's Hacks. This season takes the two comedians on the road for Deborah's new tour, where she's struggling with more personal material. On top of the tour, Ava is worried about a very inflammatory e-mail that she sent at the end of Season 1, which could blow up her whole relationship with Deborah. What we thought: Deborah's failure to gain momentum on her tour means the first few episodes may move a bit more slowly than you'd expect. But don't doubt for a minute that Hacks has lost its magic. The jokes still land, and Deborah and Ava's interactions are consistently golden... I'll gladly hitch a ride with Deborah and Ava wherever they're going next. — Belen Edwards, Entertainment Reporter How to watch: Hacks is now streaming on HBO Max, with new episodes every Thursday. 7. Better Call Saul One last ride for Saul Goodman. Credit: Greg Lewis / AMC / Sony Pictures Television If you missed Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), you're clearly not alone. The Breaking Bad prequel, now in its sixth and final season, remains one of the most-watched shows of the week. Odenkirk, Rhea Seehorn, and Jonathan Banks remain excellent, as do the rest of the cast. Plus, Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are confirmed to appear this season, so it feels like the gang's really getting back together. What we thought: For several key players, the stakes have never been higher. Reputations, relationships, and lives are on the line, and mounting tension in the first two episodes alone exposes seldom-seen sides of characters we thought we had all figured out. —Nicole Gallucci, Senior Editor How to Watch: Better Call Saul is now streaming on Netflix and on AMC+. 8. The Essex Serpent Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston are on the lookout for a serpent. Credit: Apple TV+ Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston unite in Apple TV+'s The Essex Serpent, based on the novel by Sarah Perry. Widow Cora (Danes) moves to Essex to investigate sightings of a mysterious sea serpent. There, she bonds with Reverend Will Ransome (Hiddleston) on her way to uncover the truth of the beast. An atmospheric Gothic romance with a strong cast, it's no surprise The Essex Serpent is one of the most watched TV shows of the week. How to watch: The Essex Serpent is now streaming on Apple TV+, with new episodes weekly. 9. Under the Banner of Heaven Andrew Garfield is on the case. Credit: Michelle Faye/FX Another true crime miniseries — this one based on the nonfiction book by Jon Krakauer — Under the Banner of Heaven stars Andrew Garfield in his first foray into prestige TV. Garfield plays Jeb Pyre, a detective investigating the murder of a mother (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and her baby that may have involved the Mormon Church. How to watch: Under the Banner of Heaven is now streaming on Hulu, with new episodes every Thursday. 10. The Wilds Looks like things got pretty wild(s). Credit: Amazon Studio Season 1 of The Wilds saw eight teenage girls stranded alone on a desert island. Little did they know they were part of a social experiment. The newly released Season 2 delves deeper into that experiment, and into some of the bigger revelations from the end of Season 1. No spoilers, but nothing is as it seems. How to watch: The Wilds is now streaming on Prime Video. View the full article
  2. Neuwirth was a member of Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue band, recorded Last Day on Earth with John Cale, and co-wrote with Janis JoplinView the full article
  3. The late-night debut of her Hold the Girl singleView the full article
  4. Devonté Hynes, John Mayer, Kid Harpoon, Tyler Johnson, Tobias Jesso Jr., and more contributed to the former One Direction singer’s third solo recordView the full article
  5. Bass house lovers will relish in the sounds of StoryTime Records x Nightenjin Present: Unleashed — a compilation that features producer friends of each label. When it comes to seeking out talent in electronic music, StoryTime Records and Nightenjin stay ahead of the curve, providing platforms for newcomers in the scene. The result is a never ending cycle of new music, offering fresh perspectives with every release. This comp serves up a new generation of creators — Zewmob, Chard x Matt Campbell, TRYPBOX, Nolephant, Avenue, SPACEWALK, Alex Amaro and Prayer Handz. Purposefully arranged from harder to lighter tracks, Unleashed is a lively, yet smooth play through with much variety in the mix. Listen here! StoryTime Records x Nightenjin Present: Unleashed Stream/download: music.nightenjin.com/unleashedcomp Nightenjin · Nightenjin x Storytime Records: Unleashed Compilation This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: StoryTime Records x Nightenjin Present: ‘Unleashed’ Compilation [LISTEN] View the full article
  6. Bringing psychedelic and jazz-inspired synths and production into rock or pop music certainly isn’t a new concept. See: the entire 60s, for example. Lately, however, with all the merging of EDM and ambient electronica with pop, there seems to be push more to ravey or hip hoppy styles rather than jazzy or funky. Psychobilly or beach rock has also been making a comeback and leaning heavily on electronica to make those sounds, but generally pop acts don’t pull those jazzy and beachy sounds. At the vertex of all these different trends and sounds, however, is where we find a band willing to merge all that stuff and create a new sound with it: Swansgate Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina and with a beat basis straddling hip hop and trip hop, Swansgate’s first EP in 2020 Mirrors is much more strictly lofi than their most recent LP, Becoming Someone, which dropped a couple of weeks ago in late April. If you know your jazz, you’ll hear twinges of it in the interlude of “U In My Head” or the keys of “Sand to Glass” but these could really be general funk a’la Chromeo or Tame Impala. Indie pop? Sure. Funky? Absolutely. Venturing into psycho-pop, not quite yet. Swansgate saved that for Becoming Someone. With real lashings of The Doors, The Beach Boys, Miles Davis and even actual The Cramps-style psychobilly, Swansgate really let it all hang out style-wise on Becoming Someone and it’s paid off in spades, creating a niche for their sound that’s really got no equal. According to the band’s producer, vocalis, arranger and general frontman Stu Draughn, that fusion of jazz, indie pop, rock, funk, lofi and psychedelic rock came from a personal inspiration point. With this album, we really wanted to bottle up about 20+ years worth of musical influence into a 45 minute piece of music. My dad died a year before starting the project, and that thrust me into a transformation of sorts. I went through a long process of reflection, which led to a better understanding of who I am. Just as we are all children of our ancestors, this album is a child of all of the musical ideas that inspired it. I really tried hard to capture the essence of every artist I’ve ever loved, while arranging things in a way that is new and fun to listen to. The silver lining with tragedy is often a letting go of worries about what others think which can lead to more creative freedom. In this case, that creative freedom created an album that’s both relatable and technically strong, rooted in diverse influence but coming to a modern apex that will appeal to modern audiences. It’s a tough thing to pull off but Draughn and crew manage it beautifully. Almost every track on Becoming Someone has some form of psychedelic presence, from the Doors-like keyboard work in “Lust for Love” to the sitar sample on “Island of Lies” to the ambient production on “Moving Forward,” it’s clear that beach rock vibes are the cherry on top of this funk-infused lofi dream pop. These psychedelic nodes also help tie together the album, which goes from the pure pop and funk of “Lost in the Sun” to the jazzy trip hop of “Drunken Limbo” to ambient jazz like “While the Nighttime Wades.” That string of trippy sound design or synth or even a flourish connnects all these many and sundry styles on Becoming Someone in a surprising way: psycho pop. What lyrically is a journey through grief and loss into becoming whole again, or a different whole is also an homage to Draughn and his bandmates’ love for music and its process. With both processes, one comes out different than they were before, and usually there’s a pretty great byproduct. Becoming Someone and the someone they’ve become are Swansgate’s byproducts. Becoming Someone is out now and can be streamed on Spotify along with Swansgate’s previous EP, Mirrors. To see more videos and a recent live performance from the band, check out their YouTube page. This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: New Artist Spotlight: Psycho-pop Group Swansgate are ‘Becoming Someone’ With New LP View the full article
  7. In 2019, the makers of the superhero film “Hellboy” (HB Productions) filed a lawsuit against torrent site MKVCage at a Hawaii federal court. The movie company accused the site and its operator of promoting and distributing pirated copies of the movie, demanding to put an end to the activity. The lawsuit had an almost immediate effect as MKVCage became unreachable soon after the case went public. At the same time, the uploader stopped pushing torrents to other sites as well. This meant that part of the plan had succeeded, but HB Productions wanted more. Hellboy Demanded Piracy Damages The company argued that the torrent site caused irreparable damage and demanded compensation from the alleged brains behind the operation, a Pakistani man named Muhammad Faizan. Since Faizan didn’t show up in court, the movie company’s attorney Kerry Culpepper requested a default judgment. First, he demanded $270,000 but after the court raised questions about the calculation, this figure was lowered to $150,000. However, the amount wasn’t the only problem. The Hawaii federal court also questioned whether the defendant, who didn’t put up a defense, could actually be sued in America. In 2020, the court concluded that a US court doesn’t have jurisdiction over the Pakistani defendant. According to the court, the filmmakers failed to show that MKVCage’s activities were expressly aimed at the United States. In addition, the defendant’s contacts with the US were insufficient to invoke nationwide jurisdiction. Back to the Drawing Board The ruling was a setback for the rightsholder and its attorney. However, the case wasn’t over just yet, as the court left room to file an amended complaint, to fix the shortcomings in its allegations. The filmmakers seized this opportunity and added more details to their claim, arguing that U.S. courts do have personal jurisdiction over the defendant. Initially, this renewed effort appeared to fail. In January, Magistrate Judge Mansfield issued a report and recommendations, concluding that the provided evidence is still insufficient. However, US District Court Judge Seabright sees things differently. In a detailed 45-page order, Judge Seabright highlights the novelty and complexity of these types of jurisdictional questions. In this case, the defendant allegedly operated a torrent site from another continent, while also uploading torrents to third-party sites. “Defendant was not physically present in the United States while committing the alleged actions—instead, Defendant sat behind his keyboard in Gujranwala, Pakistan,” Judge Seabright writes. Virtual vs. Physical Presence To be held liable, the filmmakers would have to show that the man has a substantial connection to the United States. In legal terms, this is referred to as the purposeful-availment and purposeful-direction tests. Judge Seabright recognizes that courts can have different takes on this matter. Some require an actual physical presence, while others also count virtual access, through a web server for example. The Magistrate Judge evaluated this case based on the more strict “physical” requirement but Judge Seabright disagrees. “Tortious acts that once required international travel, and later the somewhat faster process of international mail, can now be accomplished in a matter of seconds with a few keystrokes and mouse clicks.” According to the court, the Internet has transformed how foreign defendants interact with the United States. In this case, the defendant used US-based servers from a remote location, which is sufficient to invoke liability. “[T]he court concludes that when a defendant uses the Internet to commit a tort confined to the digital realm, the defendant’s tortious actions occur at the location of the computer (e.g., web server) that the defendant manipulates to commit the tort,” Judge Seabright writes. No Direct Copyright Infiringement Now that the operator of MKVCage can be held liable, it doesn’t automatically mean that he is. With regard to direct copyright infringement, Judge Seabright doesn’t believe that the allegations are plausible. The filmmakers accuse the man of ripping the “Hellboy” movie, for example, but it’s not clear if US servers were used to do that. In addition, the Judge doesn’t find it plausible that the defendant uploaded actual copies of the movie to torrent sites. The latter shows that the Judge has a good understanding of how BitTorrent works. The ‘torrent’ files that are shared online are just metadata, and not actual copies of the movies. “It would make little sense for a ‘torrent website’ to host and provide downloads for the larger movie files. That would defeat the purpose of a torrent network’s peer-to-peer architecture, which achieves greater reliability than a traditional client-server architecture in transferring large files because it does not suffer from bottleneck issues. “For those reasons, the court finds implausible Plaintiff’s allegation that Defendant uploaded movie files onto torrent websites in the United States,” Judge Seabright writes. Adding to this, the ruling includes another interesting legal observation. According to the Judge, uploading torrent files that point to pirated movies is not seen as direct copyright infringement. “[I]f Defendant uploaded onto the torrent sites torrent files associated with the Hellboy movie, then there is no reproduction infringement, because the torrent files do not contain copyrighted material” Contributory Copyright Infringement The court concluded that direct infringement is implausible, but the same is not true for contributory copyright infringement. The torrent files themselves are not infringing, but they do allow others to pirate the film. As such, the MKVCage operator can be held liable for this offense, particularly because the website used servers that were based in the United States. “Defendant hosted his mkvcage websites on servers leased to him in the United States. Accordingly, Defendant’s publishing and promoting of infringement-enabling torrent files, and his general facilitating of connections between direct infringers, occurred in the United States,” Judge Seabright concludes. After nearly three years, this means that the filmmakers can move ahead with their request for a default judgment. This can potentially result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages for MVKCage’s operator. Perhaps just as importantly, the copyright holders have a favorable verdict that they can use in similar cases that may come up in the future. — Update: HB Productions’ attorney Kerry Culpepper informs us that MKVCage.fun did include links to full copies for “Hellboy”. “The MKVCage website did have download links for complete file copies of the movie (not just torrent files) [pdf]. Some of the file sizes were as large as 2.3 GB – clearly not just a torrent file.” “Also, the MKVCage operator was one of the peers that was sharing copies of the movie on 1337x website. Nonetheless, I am pleased with the result.” — A copy of US District Court Judge Seabright’s order is available here (pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  8. Eary 2022, after more than a decade of legal uncertainty following the Megaupload raids in 2012, Kim Dotcom and co-defendants Mattias Ortmann and Bram van der Kolk were still fighting to prevent their extradition to the United States. With copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering charges looming overseas, earlier this month Ortmann and van der Kolk admitted that the extradition case had “taken a heavy toll” on their lives. So, in the interests of moving on, a deal had been struck with the authorities. Rather than risk a loss in their extradition battle and the prospect of standing before a US criminal court far from home, the former Megaupload executives reached an agreement with the New Zealand Government and the United States to be charged in New Zealand for “similar offenses”. Dotcom still faces extradition. Court Appearance Delayed, Case Transferred to High Court The two men were due to appear at the Auckland District Court today but the case was transferred to the High Court at Auckland instead. The first hearing there is scheduled for June, at which time the detailed charges should become public knowledge. In the meantime, local journalist David Fisher reports that charge sheets filed with the District Court offer an early insight into what Ortmann and van der Kolk have agreed to face, in order to put their ten-year ordeal behind them. Organized Crime-Related Charges According to the documents, 50-year-old Ortmann and 39-year-old van der Kolk will stand accused of conspiring as part of an “organized criminal group” to unlawfully profit from copyright-infringing material. That “criminal group” will include Kim Dotcom but as things stand, he is not being charged in New Zealand. The alleged offenses are said to have begun on January 1, 2005, several months earlier than the September 2005 date listed in the United States’s 2012 superseding indictment (pdf). Their alleged criminality is said to have ended on January 20, 2012, a date that marks the shutdown of Megaupload and the arrest of the men. Pair Could Face Up To 10 Years in Prison The detailed charges have not yet been made public but the phrase “organized criminal group” is referenced in Section 98A of the Crimes Act 1961. Such a group consists of three or more people with a shared objective or objectives. Since Ortmann and van der Kolk are not accused of any type of violence, the following objective(s) appear to apply: (a) obtaining material benefits from the commission of offenses that are punishable by imprisonment for a term of 4 years or more; or (b) obtaining material benefits from conduct outside New Zealand that, if it occurred in New Zealand, would constitute the commission of offences that are punishable by imprisonment for a term of 4 years or more David Fisher reports that there are four charges for both of the men, each punishable by a maximum of 10 years in prison. Participation in an “organized criminal group”, consisting of three or more people with shared objectives, is an offense punishable by a prison term “not exceeding 10 years” in New Zealand, so that may well tie in. When an offender is convicted of multiple similar and connected offenses in New Zealand, guidance in the Sentencing Act indicates that sentences are usually served concurrently. In any event, any sentences handed down locally are likely to be preferable to those available in the United States. Defendants’ Plea Still Not Officially Confirmed Kim Dotcom believes that his former colleagues will “admit liability” to put their ordeal behind them but that has not been confirmed publicly. However, the existence of an agreement with the authorities does strongly suggest that, especially since contested cases under Section 98A have a very low conviction rate. According to a 2015 paper published by the Faculty of Law at Victoria University of Wellington (pdf), since it was conceived in 1998, an average of just 21% of offenders charged under Section 98A were actually convicted. Kim Dotcom is yet to comment on today’s developments but his attacks on President Biden, who he directly blames for Megaupload’s demise, continue. In response to a two-option Twitter poll this week, asking who people would prefer to be President of the United States, Dotcom’s followers overwhelmingly chose Vladimir Putin (75%) with Biden trailing behind with just a quarter of the votes. While veteran politician Biden has bigger issues on his desk right now, including the state of the economy, Dotcom says he wants to undermine that too, at least according to a post on his new Telegram channel. “If we can bring enough people together I have a plan how to do this,” he said. From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  9. The London duo released their new single “home” earlier this yearView the full article
  10. TL;DR: The 2022 Advanced Cryptocurrency Trading Bundle is on sale for £28.10, saving you 97% on list price. Even if you have no desire to participate in investing or trading digital assets, it doesn’t mean you should turn a blind eye. For only £28.10, you can sign up for the Advanced Cryptocurrency Trading Bundle and figure out what it’s all about with 27 hours of content spread across seven courses. It's designed for all levels, including total beginners, so you can count on the expert Wealthy Education instructors to lead you through the basics before getting into the nitty gritty. You can work through it all on your own time, with no strict deadlines or assignments. And with lifetime access, you can always refer back to it as a guide if and when you decide to start trading cryptocurrency yourself. You’ll probably want to kick things off with the Complete Introduction to Cryptocurrencies Trading course, which packs four hours of content on the basics of cryptocurrency, different coins, different trading strategies, and other fundamental concepts. From there, you can jump into a more advanced cryptocurrency trading course, a course on the future of cryptocurrency trading, or dive into specific trading tools, including Fibonacci, short-selling, and Bollinger Band. Not only will these courses prepare you to start trading cryptocurrency, but also about trading psychology, risk management, performing technical indicators, chart patterns, and candlesticks that can be applied to trading securities in any freely traded markets — ETFs, forex, stocks, options, and bonds. Whether you plan on investing in the near future or not, these are all good skills to have in your toolbox. A course catalog regularly priced at £1,124, you can sign up for this seven-part cryptocurrency trading training for only £28.10 for a limited time. Credit: Wealthy Education 2022 Advanced Cryptocurrency Trading Bundle £28.10 at the Mashable Shop Get Deal View the full article
  11. Taylor was the seventh season’s winner, competing against opponents including En Vogue and Rudy GiulianiView the full article
  12. Both men, originally scheduled for releases in 2023, have been moved out of prison and into halfway housesView the full article
  13. Thursday! What a concept! And what a day to solve another Wordle. If you haven't found today's answer yet, we're not spoiling it... yet. But you can find it down the bottom of this post (scroll carefully to avoid the clearly marked spoilers). If you just want a few clues to help you get the answer, keep reading for some background, tips and strategies we've reported on here at Mashable. Some background: Wordle was originally created by former Reddit engineer Josh Wardle and went super-viral in late 2021, becoming a daily habit for thousands of players around the globe. The game was bought by the New York Times earlier this year for a very big number of dollars, and is now run by the paper's puzzles and games team. Have you wondered if Wordle is getting harder? Well, it isn't. If anything, it's easier, as the Times has regularly been cutting obscure words from the original list. But you can always switch Wordle to Hard Mode for an extra challenge. Not the day you're after? Here's the Wordle answer for May 18. What's a Heardle? A Dordle?? A Quordle?! Wordle's simple, addictive format has inspired plenty of knock-offs, but also an endless stream of fun clones and variations, such as the battle royale Squabble, music identification game Heardle, and combo styles like Dordle and Quordle that have you trying to guess multiple words at once. Best Wordle starting word?We have plenty of ideas that can help if your go-to isn't cutting it any more. If you just want to start with the absolute top most common letters in English, ETAOIN are the ones to look for; try something like PIANO, TONER, or NAIVE. Explore the Wordle archiveFun fact: The whole archive of past Wordle puzzles is available to play right now if you want to get some extra practice in. SEE ALSO: The best fitness trackers for keeping up with your goals Why are there two different Wordle answers some days?Half the fun of Wordle is that everyone gets the same word to guess every day — but occasionally two different answers can both be correct. This is due to changes the New York Times made after acquiring the game. As we've reported already, just last week a word was swapped out because it was unexpectedly topical. Make sure you refresh your browser before you play each day. And now, a subtle hint for today’s Wordle…There's a double letter today! Today’s 5-letter word starts with…Gee whiz, it's the letter G. What's the answer to Wordle #334 on May 19?Today’s answer is… GLASS. Check back for more hints and tips tomorrow! Reporting by Amanda Yeo, Caitlin Welsh and Adam Rosenberg contributed to this article. View the full article
  14. AUSTERIA dips her toes in an experimental realm with her latest track, “SPICY.” Following up AUSTERIA’s rather gritty and well-received original dubstep anthem “THE GARDEN,” the rising talent continues to raise her own bar with “SPICY.” This beast of a track showcases her natural abilities as a bass music producer, with heavy emphasis on the bass. As the track progresses, it calls out “SPICY!” … “THAT’S HOT!” … “VERY SPICY!” But the result is much more sinister, tailored to the project’s signature sound. What we’re actually hearing is AUSTERIA’s immenent rise in the bass scene. A journey that has recently seen her featured on Peekaboo’s Black Hole Tour and playing Red Rocks b2b with friend and fellow producer Zingara as part of Subtronics’ second annual Cyclops Rocks. Listen here and link up with AUSTERIA below! AUSTERIA – SPICY AUSTERIA · SPICY This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: AUSTERIA Unleashes “SPICY” Experimental Bass Weapon [LISTEN] View the full article
  15. Wreckno, DEV and Super Future make an iconic trio in their futuristic hybrid hip-hop bass bop “Everything” — out now on Four Loko Records. As part of Wreckno’s mission to create a safe space for LGBTQ+ people in EDM, “Everything” is a show stopper that inspires and empowers with a sick beat and even sicker hook — and that’s on everything. It’s rare that collaborations come together like this, but each piece fits together ever so nicely. DEV’s lush, confident vocals, Super Future’s bass-forward production style and Wreckno’s fresh to death bars. Not to mention a music video worth obsessing over. Wreckno shares how this dream collab came to be: DEV discovered me after my track ‘Medusa‘ with Griz dropped and showed interest in working together. DEV came up with the lyrical concept and sent it to me, then I sent it to Super Future so it kind of snowballed from her first recording. When I first started recording music with my brother in 2011 at 15 years old, we would use her tracks as templates to write our own, so working with her is literally a dream come true. Watch here! Wreckno, Super Future – Everything ft. DEV [Official Video] Stream/download: orcd.co/wreckno-everything This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Wreckno & Super Future Slay with Futuristic Dream Collab “Everything” ft. DEV [WATCH] View the full article
  16. Twitch, Discord, 4chan, and 8chan all played a role in the white supremacist mass shooting in Buffalo this weekend, according to the shooter himself. New York Attorney General Letitia James wants to know exactly what role each one played. On Wednesday, James announced in a tweet that she was launching an investigation into those four platforms, as well as any other online space that was used by the shooter to carry out his attack that left 10 people dead and 3 more injured. "My office is launching investigations into the social media companies that the Buffalo shooter used to plan, promote, and stream his terror attack," tweeted James. "We are investigating Twitch, 4chan, 8chan, and Discord, among others, all platforms that the shooter used to amplify this attack." The gunman released a 180-page document sharing his belief in a right wing, white supremacist conspiracy theory known as The Great Replacement. Also included were details about how he planned and carried out his attack. According to the shooter, he was radicalized on 4chan in 2020. That website has previously been used by other white supremacist mass shooters in order to disseminate their manifestos prior to their attacks. The shooter in Buffalo says he also used 8chan to share what he was plotting. Along with those two fringe websites, the shooter also used two popular mainstream services: the livestreaming platform Twitch, and Discord, a community chat service. Logs released from the shooter's private Discord channel show that he had used the platform as a diary, sharing thoughts that would turn into fatal reality just this past weekend. Some of his Discord messages were originally posted months ago. "Our deepest sympathies are with the victims and their families," said a Discord spokesperson in a statement provided to Mashable. "Hate has no place on Discord and we are committed to combating violence and extremism." "What we know at this time is that a private, invite-only server was created by the suspect to serve as a personal diary chat log," the Discord spokesperson continued. "Approximately 30 minutes prior to the attack, however, a small group of people were invited to and joined the server. Before that, our records indicate no other people saw the diary chat log in this private server." As for Twitch, the shooter used the streaming service to broadcast his act on video live across the internet. The stream lasted around 10 minutes. "We are continuing to do everything we can to assist law enforcement and the investigation remains ongoing." said Discord. "We will cooperate with the New York Attorney General's investigation." Mashable has reached out to Twitch as well and will update this piece when we hear back. "This terror attack again revealed the depths and dangers of these platforms that spread and promote hate without consequence," James wrote in a tweet on Wednesday. "We are doing everything in our power to stop this dangerous behavior now and ensure it never happens again." View the full article
  17. Her first new track since 2019 arrives next weekView the full article
  18. Most suppliers, sellers and resellers in the pirate IPTV space face an interesting conundrum. On one hand, being unsuccessful dramatically reduces the odds of legal trouble but isn’t conducive to getting rich. On the other, a good product coupled with brand awareness can lead to commercial success, at least until that profile attracts the wrong type of attention. As one of the most recognizable IPTV brands around, PrimeStreams appears to fall into the latter category. In late 2019, the IPTV provider found itself being extorted by a hacker who claimed to have obtained the details of around 121,000 of its subscribers. To PrimeStreams’ credit, customers were immediately informed and somehow a total disaster scenario was avoided. Now, however, PrimeStreams’ operators have new adversaries to deal with, ones that will be demanding a lot more than ‘just’ $70K in bitcoin. PrimeStreams Sued in the United States In a lawsuit filed in a Kentucky court this month, US broadcaster DISH Network and streaming platform Sling TV accuse PrimeStreams of infringing their rights on a grand scale via their internet ‘rebroadcasting’ operation. The complaint names Daniel Scroggins, Steven Daugherty, and corporate entity Dscroggs Investments LLC as defendants, citing large-scale breaches of the Federal Communications Act and the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA. “Defendants provide an illicit streaming service known as PrimeStreams that allows users to access, without authorization, Plaintiffs’ internet communications of television programming that were acquired by circumventing security measures implemented by Plaintiffs,” the complaint reads. DISH and Sling claim that Scroggins, a resident of Burlington, Kentucky, and Daugherty, a resident of Havana, Illinois, are the co-owners of PrimeStreams. It’s alleged that they used Dscroggs Investments LLC to process payments related to the PrimeStreams IPTV service. The PrimeStreams Operation The plaintiffs allege that Scroggins registered several PrimeStreams domains including primestreams.tv, primestreamstv.com, and primehosting.one. The service was marketed and sold to users via these domains and through social media platforms. “PrimeStreams was advertised as a subscription-based streaming service providing over 3,000 channels, movies on demand, pay-per-view events, and sports programming, among other content, all for a low monthly fee,” the plaintiffs note, adding that at least some of the content offered had been illegally obtained from their subscription services. “The Programming retransmitted on the PrimeStreams service was received from Plaintiffs’ internet communications. Identifiers unique to Plaintiffs’ internet communications were detected when viewing the Programming on the PrimeStreams service.” Circumventing DRM to Obtain Content DISH and Sling say their internet transmissions are secured using Digital Rights Management (DRM) technologies including Google’s Widevine DRM, Apple’s FairPlay DRM, and Microsoft’s PlayReady DRM. Utilizing key-based encryption and decryption processes, these systems are deployed to ensure that only authorized subscribers can access programming and to prevent retransmission by unauthorized parties. The complaint alleges that the defendants (or someone acting in concert with them) circumvented these protections using “either a differential fault analysis attack where faults are injected into the DRM to disrupt its operation and create pathways to extract the keys necessary to decrypt the Programming, or a man-in-the-middle attack whereby customized software is used to bypass the DRM by intercepting the Programming passing from the DRM’s decryption library to the user’s viewing platform.” The plaintiffs claim that the illegally obtained content was subsequently made available via the PrimeStreams service on a subscription basis, in breach of their rights. Direct Sales and Resellers According to the lawsuit, PrimeStreams subscriptions were sold via the platform’s domains for roughly $10 per month, with longer periods and additional connections for multiple viewing devices sold at varying prices. In addition, PrimeStreams offered so-called ‘reseller credits’ to authorized resellers of the PrimeStreams service who service their own customers. Prices per credit (one credit for one month of access) varied between $2.50 and $4.00, depending on quantity. Payments for these reseller credits were made by wire transfer and checks to Dscroggs Investments LLC, with the latter being physically mailed to Daugherty. Some authorized resellers of PrimeStreams allegedly sold the service under their own brands, including Firesticksteve or FSS, Bing TV, and Better Than Cable TV. PrimeStreams Ignored Warning The complaint states that around September 24, 2021, the defendants were notified that their service violates federal laws and told to cease and desist. It appears that the warning was either ignored or rejected, and that’s what led to this lawsuit. The decision could prove costly. In addition to a permanent injunction to shut PrimeStreams down and prevent it from reappearing, the plaintiffs are requesting an order that will allow them to “take possession of and destroy” any item or technology that was used to violate the Federal Communications Act or the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA. The order should also include a transfer of all PrimeStreams domains to the plaintiffs along with “all hard copy and electronic records regarding persons involved in the PrimeStreams service.” One of the domains sought by the plaintiffs currently shows a message dated May 13, two days after the lawsuit was filed. Pinpointing an exact damages figure is impossible at this stage given the available information but when combining the alleged breaches of the FCA and DMCA, it could easily be tens of millions of dollars. Just recently, DISH asked a court to sign off an award of more than half a billion dollars for what appeared to be a lower level of infringement. DISH and Sling’s complaint against PrimeStreams can be found here (pdf) From: TF, for the latest news on copyright battles, piracy and more. View the full article
  19. SAVE 50%: The Philips X5206 Bluetooth Party Speaker is perfect for a good bash — it's got party lights and karaoke options so you can put on a show. As of May 18, it's on sale for half off, so instead of $299.99, you can get it for just $149.99. That's its lowest price ever. It's not a party without some proper music. Heck, it's not even a hangout sesh without a soundtrack to make your conversations seem less existential. And for summer festivities? Think graduations, weddings, barbecues, Fourth of July, Pride, and more. You definitely need a good speaker for all the events you'll have lined up. Get your groove on (I'm Gen Z, I swear) with a party speaker designed to bring the room to life. The Philips X5206 Bluetooth Party Speaker is one of relatively few speakers designed specifically for parties. It takes everything into account, with a trolley design (wheels and a handle) to expedite clean-up, party ring lights around the speakers that pulse to the music (and have four lighting modes to choose from), mic and guitar input options (if anyone feels like showing off a musical party trick), and a long-lasting battery life. Besides the booming bass, this speaker also has a karaoke mode for anytime there's a mic and a particularly drunk friend. Yell "I Want It That Way" with confidence. Unlike some other Philips speakers, this one doesn't have their proprietary Dynamic Bass Boost tech, but it's still plenty loud. Check it out now at Amazon for $149.99. Credit: Philips Audio Philips X5206 Bluetooth Party Speaker $149.99 at Amazon (save 50%) Get Deal Explore related content:The best Bluetooth speakers for getting lost in your favorite playlists 7 of the best speakers for those who want crisp, clear audio Take the party outside with these waterproof Bluetooth speakers View the full article
  20. “I hope you know how proud I am to share this day with you. We’re doing this together. So let’s just keep dancing like we’re… the class of ’22.”View the full article
  21. Not long into the trailer for Bros, podcaster Bobby Lieber (Billy Eichner) says, "Love is love is love? No, it's not, that is bullshit!" Bobby has been asked to write a rom-com about a gay couple, one that would show that gay relationships and straight relationships are the same. Essentially, a romantic comedy about gay people that caters to the straights. Based on the NSFW trailer, Bros is not that movie. SEE ALSO: Billy Eichner roasts everyone in magnificently mean Kimmel guest host monologue Co-written by Eichner and Nicholas Stoller, Bros is the first rom-com from a major studio that centers on two gay men. An entirely LGBTQ principal cast that includes Luke Macfarlane, Ts Madison, Monica Raymund, Guillermo Díaz, Harvey Fierstein, and Bowen Yang joins Eichner for a raunchy rom-com in the tradition of Trainwreck, Bridesmaids, and Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Bros opens in theaters Sept. 30. View the full article
  22. The pop musician’s sophomore studio LP is out in September via Dirty HitView the full article
  23. “The energy I was looking for couldn’t be the old version of punk rock, it had to be the future sound of punk rock,” she wrote in a statementView the full article
  24. Downton Abbey: A New Era is almost in theaters in the United States, and the latest trailer for the upcoming film promises drama, fantasy, and a vacation to the South of France. The Dowager Countess (Maggie Smith) has inherited a villa in France, a fact which stuns her family. "You never thought to turn it down?" Lady Mary (Michelle Dockery) asks. "Do I look as if I'd turn down a villa in the South of France?" the Dowager retorts, proving once again that she is, in fact, the best. SEE ALSO: 'Downton Abbey: A New Era' is pure Hollywood fantasy and happy endings As the gang heads off to France to investigate this mysterious villa, Hollywood comes to Downton Abbey to film a new motion picture, resulting in a Singin' in the Rain style plotline about filming a talking motion picture. Sure, it's a bit indulgent, but it's Downton — when is it not? SEE ALSO: 'Downton Abbey's most dramatic episodes, ranked Downton Abbey: A New Era is in theaters May 20. View the full article
  25. The as yet untitled project will arrive after her next album SpecialView the full article
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