gaming
1990s SNES Magazine Makes a Comeback

One of the UK's most beloved games magazines, second only to Sega Saturn Magazine of course, is about to return. Sort of. In a promotional capacity. It's 1990s Nintendo enthusiast favourite Super Play, and publisher Future is making a special one-off edition to get people excited about and/or advertise the existence of the SNES Classic Mini. Read More >>

news
Israel Will Ban Al Jazeera and Censor Its Cable and Satellite Transmissions, Comms Ministry Says

Israel’s communications minister, Ayoub Kara, is moving forward with a plan to ban Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera throughout the country. Read More >>

BBC
Your Opinions About The BBC Star Salaries Are Probably Wrong

Today is the latest slice in the death by a thousand cuts that the BBC is being subjected to. As part of the most recent Charter Renewal - the legal process by which the BBC is allowed by the government to continue to exist - it has been forced to reveal the names of people who have earned more than £150,000 from the corporation in the last financial year. Today, the figures were finally released. Read More >>

politics
How South Korea’s Fake News Hijacked a Democratic Crisis

Last Thursday, South Korean president Park Geun-Hye was officially ousted from her office after a special Constitutional Court decision held up her impeachment. For the majority of Koreans, it’s the end of a gruelling three-month trial and a longer national scandal. But during the biggest crisis in South Korea’s young democracy, the road to impeachment was filled with fake information spread through the popular messaging app KakaoTalk, websites and newspaper-like pamphlets in which fictional western experts named after anime characters proved made-up conspiracies and “Donald Trump” supported President Park Geun-Hye. Read More >>

facebook
Noted Press Adversary Mark Zuckerberg Shamelessly Panders to Journalists

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in many ways an enemy of free and fair journalism, but that won’t stop him from pushing out a nauseating photo op accompanied by meaningless drivel about his appreciation for journalists. Read More >>

how to
How to Build the Ultimate Movie and Music Server

If you’re like me, you’ve got hundreds of gigabytes of digital media files, everything from movies, to music, to TV shows, stored across portable hard drives, old laptops, and various PCs. Wouldn’t it be great if all of that media could live in one place and be able to be easily accessed by your other computers and smart devices? With the right apps and a network attached storage device, you can do just that. Read More >>

how to
How To Digitise Your Old Music and Videos at Home

If you’re looking to create digital copies of your old video tapes, vinyl, and cassettes, it can be difficult to know where to start with so many different approaches and hardware setups out there. Our approach should be simple enough for everyone to follow. Here’s what to need to know about creating digital versions of your favourite old movies and music. Read More >>

wtf
10 Places Where Martin Brunt Could Have Killed Them All

Today, terrorism got weird. Martin Brunt delivered the perfect ad for Sky News by deciding to just fuck it all off and go full-on Alan Partridge, wandering into a village church and returning to the camera with a chilling truth. Read More >>

gadgets
The Future of 4K is For Enthusiasts Only

The guy next to me huffed loudly—an explosive grunt of displeasure that had me halfway between amusement and horror. We were in a meeting room at the Hilton in Newark, seated in front of a giant TV with a giant sound system, and we’d just seen footage played back on Panasonic’s UB900 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray player. Compared to the competitor, it had performed well and everyone in attendance was eager to get their hands on one for testing at home. Read More >>

media
Northern Newspaper 24 Launches Today

A newspaper designed to have a certain "northern flavour" has launched today. Called 24, the concept is to bin the usual London-centric media nonsense in favour of something that gives more weight to the stories from the upper parts of the UK while remaining politically neutral. Read More >>

music
Spotify Has Twice the UK Users as Apple Music

Stats analysing the streaming part of our digital economy say that 78 per cent of the UK population has a subscription account for something or other, be that streaming music, video, software or magazines, paid or free. Read More >>

BBC
The BBC Charter Renewal is Death by A Thousand Cuts for the Beeb

Today is a big day for the BBC as the Culture Secretary John Whittingdale has published a “whitepaper” that describes the government’s plans for the corporation. It’s all part of Charter Renewal - the legal process that enables the BBC to continue to exist, and needs renewing every few years. Read More >>

chatroom
How Do You Watch Films in 2016?

Yesterday, it emerged that one web watcher thinks torrent traffic is on the decline, as a rise in streaming, both legal and otherwise, makes the idea of having all the films safely tucked away on a hard drive somewhat obsolete. So how do you do it in 2016? Read More >>

music
Torrent Traffic Drops as Pirates Switch to Direct Download and Streams

Data scavenged together by a piracy tracker appears to show that the big public torrent sites are on a bit of a downtrend, as years of blockades and legally enforced server troubles slowly eat away at the black market share of the main torrenting portals. Read More >>