isoHunt, a search engine for BitTorrent files founded more than a decade ago, has agreed today to shut down all its operations worldwide. The company, founded by Canadian Gary Fung, has also accepted a judgment that it must pay the movie studios that sued it $110 million.
When you're picking out a DVR for your home, there's a pretty short list of candidates—TiVo has its new 6-tuner DVRs, or you can get something from your cable provider, or you can roll your own. But consumer-grade DVRs don't really scale all that well for media companies that need to record and process lots of TV. When you've got 30 or more channels that you need to be recording simultaneously, your cable company's DVR isn't really up to snuff anymore and it's time to call in the big guns.
While there are lots of fans of Apple's products who routinely stand or sit in lines outside of stores waiting to get the next iPhone or iPad, there were no such lines in front of US movie theaters this weekend to watch the heavily hyped biopic of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. The movie, titled simply Jobs, is estimated to have grossed just $6.7 million from 2,381 screens, placing it in a dismal seventh place on the box office charts.
More than any other big technology company, Google is building for the future, undertaking blue-sky projects like wearable computers and self-driving cars that don’t have an obvious place in today’s world because it believes they’ll be ubiquitous in tomorrow’s.
Chromecast, the new $35 widget that lets you stream web video from your computer or mobile device to your television, isn’t that kind of product. It’s more of a bridge technology, a stopgap measure — a bit of a kludge, really. It’s certainly not the watch-anything-on-any-screen solution we keep hoping will arrive.
Google unveiled Chromecast on Wednesday, a device that looks set to rival Apple TV.
Google Chromecast, essentially little more than an HDMI dongle, is Google's first foray into the media streaming market, and it works in a similar way to Apple TV and the firm's Airplay technology.