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ExtraTorrent Closing its Doors After 11 Years

Clearly torrent websites are going through a tough time. After KickassTorents (which has just been resurrected) and Torrentz.eu, it seems that it is time for ExtraTorrent to throw in the towel. So the entertainment industry has managed to make another victim.

The decision came overnight, simply removing all of the content hosted by the site and related mirrors. Visiting the extra.to homepage, users are welcomed with a short message confirming that the page has closed forever. ExtraTorrent will probably never return, administrators asking the community to avoid ExtraTorrent clones that may appear in the coming days, this happened when KickassTorents was closed.

ExtraTorrent was set up in November 2006 and proved to be more durable than many of the rest of the time. Over the past 11 years, gradually building a loyal community, ExtraTorrent become the second most popular torrent site after Pirate Bay. Dealing with big names in the field, such as Mininova or TorrentSpy, ExtraTorrent managed to overtake most of the giants.

So far, it is unclear why ExtraTorrent made this decision, but it is easy to assume that it may be related to pressures from the entertainment industry, this is usually the case for torrent sites deciding to step back. Just like other sites of its kind, ExtraTorrent has been for years in the viewpoint of the entertainment industry. Also blacklisted by the US government for massive violations of copyright and online piracy.

However, closing torrent sites does not necessarily mean the end of BitTorrent and the associated piracy. On the contrary. Even though the life of these sites has dropped dramatically, except the immortal Pirate Bay, the community is much more flexible than before. So when a torrent site falls, another takes its place.

A nice example is the relatively new SkyTorrents. No one knows how long a similar site will last – it may not be functional in a month, but it will serve up to thirteen million torrents in a clean web interface without a single advertisement.

Popcorn Time Promise a Fresh New Redesigned App

If you like to watch movies online using Popcorn Time but navigating through a rather messy interface spoils the whole experience, than the news that Popcorn Time comes with new updates can only make you happy. I know that Popcorn Time in some situations can be considered illegal, but if you don’t want to pay for the various streaming services, Popcorn Time is exactly what you are looking for.

Offering free streaming and downloading movies, Popcorn Times has quickly become one of the most popular online movie platforms, sparking many controversies amid its (i)legality. Whether it is legal or not, people still use it without any remorse, and certainly the future updates will bring a popularity boost.

The team behind the Popcorn Time project is going to bring hundreds of movie titles closer to you. How? With a brand new app that is almost ready to be released in June.

Acording to AndroidAuthority, the new Popcorn Time app has been redesigned from scratch and is known as version 3.0. The app will come with a completely new user interface which will make browsing through various movies much easier. And of course, in the background of the app there are multiple changes and new features in terms of functions, too.

The performance of the Popcorn Time app also improved, and with the help of a new “search” feature you can find online movies much easier.

Restaurant or Cafe: Busy People’s Dilemma

People today have such busy schedules that it’s become quite common for singles, couples, and even whole families to eat out. Thus, choosing the right restaurant or cafe it’s not something you should take lightly, especially when you’re hungry. After working long hours, of course, it’s always nice to eat out at a nice quiet cafe or a trendy restaurant simply because it makes a welcome change; plus, there are so many different varieties of food to choose from.




Because many cafes and restaurants are quite similar, it’s always difficult to tell the difference between the two. So I will do my best to highlight the differences between a cafe and a restaurant, and also how to choose one.

Cafe

Cafe or “café” ,if you’re French ;), it’s a form of restaurant with an enclosed serving place, but typically with an outdoor section to allow customers to enjoy their food and drinks outside. Interestingly, the word “cafe” comes from coffee, and it’s easy to see why: they serve many different varieties of coffee to their customers. By da way, I’m a big, big fan of cafes.
A cafe typically refers to an informal restaurant where casual meals such as sandwiches and burgers are served to the public. Small, homey, some times noisy (but in a good way ;)) and no “fancy” clothing is required.

Even though, tipping waiters in cafes is optional, whilst it’s very common, and sometimes expected, to pay tips in restaurants.

Restaurant

Restaurant, it’s a somehow luxurious place where food and drinks are served to dine-in customers in a more formal environment. Restaurant meals are typically not “ready-made” meals: they’re prepared and served to customers after customers order from a menu. Today, there is a trend for restaurants to offer home-delivery of their menus; however, most people prefer the “old school” way and sit inside a restaurant, order from a menu, then wait for their meals to be prepared and served by waitresses or waiters.

Restaurants have a wider range of foods than a cafe place and also serve alcoholic beverages.
Some restaurants in France are known as Bistros, and this is an indication of a level of trendiness, or casualness. Even though many bistros are quite stylish and formal in the clientele they attract and the food they serve.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Restaurant or Cafe

So how do you go about choosing a restaurant or cafe? What matters most to you when you say you like that new place?

To be honest, I didn’t think too much about these questions until recently, when I had a culinary disappointment. I went to a very hip place known for stylish food presentations and elegant atmosphere, who failed to impress me – and just for the record, I’m not so picky ;). Or maybe it was the expectations too high… I do not know. But it is clear that De gustibus non est disputandum.

I liked the building very much, an old house, very nice renovated, with a good interior design that highlights the high and spacious rooms. On the other hand, the served salad was modest and a little bit pricey, taking into account the quality. So I went back to my favorite place, a restaurant not so fancy but with good food and reasonable prices, and I was left with the dilemma: after what criteria do I evaluate, after all, a restaurant or cafe? Are there objective principles or everything boils down to own subjectivity? So I have come up with my own “reasonable” criteria that stand behind my options:

Clean air / Non-smoking area

Maybe you will be surprised, but I hate eating in places where smoking is still allowed and there is not even a non-smoking room… I’m unlikely to go in. I have no problem with smokers as long as they don’t puff cigarette smoke in my nose when I eat.

Menu

Of course, the menu is the essential part when it comes to a restaurant or cafe. I try to eat healthy, so I usually choose light stuff, but even so I want my food to look and taste appetizing, and even a little bit of creativity doesn’t hurt. I used to order dishes harder to cook at home, but also soups and salads.

I don’t need huge portions, but c’mon, two wilted leaves and a tomato it’s not a salad, especially if the price is rude. I noticed that places offering huge menus with full of complicated dishes are avoided.

Feeling

It’s a very subjective point of view that I find it hard to describe. I would say that it refers to how I resonate with the place. It is a mix of sensations, some random and purely subjective, yes, yes… I am aware. But I’m only human after all… it’s like that song 😉

Service

Rude waiters … I think everyone has the “luck” to encounter that “waiter from hell” at some point. Waiters dropping menus on your table, “forget” to bring your order and overcharged, making facial expressions as if you were disturbing him. On the other hand, a great host can make a weak meal good.

Design and Atmosphere

Of course a successful design give the restaurant one a good vibe and a pleasant atmosphere, but if I have to choose, I will prefer to go to a place where food is awesome. I hate to find very extravagant places serving very poor plates. Generally, I prefer cozy places with personality, with “something” personal, but I never refuse a place just because it doesn’t look like in magazines, especially if the food is good.

Price

Finally, the price. No matter how hungry I’m, I try to avoid places where the prices of simple meals are exaggerated. I pointed out simple meals. This category does not include fine dining restaurants, where ingredients and combinations are special. I am aware that good food costs, but often we not pay only for the meals, but their location, design or …. marketing.

Play Amazon Prime on Apple TV: Easy Workaround

We are just starting to see some reviews of the new Apple TV 4 coming out and almost all of the streaming apps that we expected to see are still available. What we have noticed, though, is the obvious exception, and that’s Amazon Prime Video.




Surprisingly, Apple TV is now one of the few devices that doesn’t support Amazon Prime Instant Video. In fact, it’s supported by hundreds of Smart TVs, in addition to Roku’s Streaming Media Player and some game consoles. But, don’t panic because there’s always a way around these problems!

You can still play Amazon video content on your Apple TV, but you’ll need to use your computer. And it doesn’t matter whether you have a Mac or a PC, you can still use the built-in support for AirPlay screen mirroring to mirror your screen. AirPlay screen mirroring was introduced by OS X Mountain Lion, but it only works with newer Macs. If you use a Windows PC or you don’t have a recent Mac, you can still use a third-party application (like AirParrot) to achieve AirPlay screen mirroring.

On the right side of your Mac’s menu bar, click on the AirPlay icon. From the drop-down, click on Apple TV. If you have more than one Apple TV, now is the time to select the TV you want to use. When you’re finished and you want to return your Apple TV to being an Apple TV, then shutting it off is very simple. On the right side of your Mac’s menu bar click again on the AirPlay icon, then click on Turn AirPlay Off.

Note: It can be very annoying if your computer is set up in a separate room. It means you’ll be dashing between rooms to stop and start the video.

Watch Amazon Prime Using the App

There’s an iOS app, which is free on the App Store, for Amazon Prime Instant Video, and this is compatible with your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This means that, via this app, you can watch rented movies and countless other subscription-included ones. Probably the best feature is that it supports AirPlay, meaning that you can now broadcast your favorite videos to your Apple TV.

AirPlay is supported by the official Amazon Prime Video App. The requirements are an Apple TV 2 (or later), and iOS 6 or later.

  • Simply download the free Amazon Prime Video App to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch;
  • Use your Amazon Prime Subscription ID to sign in. Browse the seemingly limitless catalog for your choice of movie or search for your favorite content;
  • Start the movie, then click on the AirPlay icon: you’ll see this displayed in the lower right – then choose Apple TV.

All things being well, your video should now be playing on your Apple TV.



Amazon Prime Coming to Apple TV

[UPDATE] Finally, the long-awaited Amazon Prime app could arrive on Apple TV, signing an early truce between the two giants. Two years ago, Amazon refused to sell Apple TV’s and also prohibited third-party sales of the device on the platform. Also, the Amazon Video app from the AppStore is truncated compared to other versions.

The dispute between the two parties was now settled. The latest rumors suggest a reconciliation and even if there’s no, at this point, official point of view, it seems that the two companies started cooperation. Thus, the Amazon Prime Video application should arrive on Apple TV by the end of this year, more precisely in the third quarter.

A few months ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sounded confident about the support of the Amazon Prime app for Apple TV. Commenting on the fact that the company still does not offer a prime video app even several months after the Apple TV 4 release. According to the statements, the business conditions are unacceptable.

What Bezos means, is probably the percentage of video sales and subscription. Whenever a user would buy a movie through Apple TV or complete a subscription, Apple would get a certain percentage. For Amazon, obviously is not a very attractive idea.

Today, you still have to go through a Mac or an Apple mobile device via the AirPlay wireless transfer to enjoy Amazon’s video platform on Apple TV.


From what we understand, engineer Dan Bostonweeks has received confirmation from Amazon that they are developing a tvOS app for Prime Video.

Apple did receive some strong criticism in October for not allowing Prime Video on the new Apple TV, however this criticism was not justified because a statement provided to BuzzFeed News shortly afterwards stated that ‘All Are Welcome’ on the platform.