Tag Archives: drm

Introducing the Kindle Gutenberg Bookreader

The end-user license agreement is up at McSweeney’s: Congratulations on purchasing the newest iteration of our electronic readers, the Kindle Genius Browser. We have made this new device compatible with all previous versions of the e-book, but there are some … Continue reading

The Banality of Fail

If a broadcast flag is not implemented and enforced by Summer 2003, Viacom’s CBS Television Network will not provide any programming in high definition for the 2003-2004 television season.

We found the chip inside the new iPod headphones…but is it DRM? (Update: It is not!)

You’d never guess it was there: a tiny chip, barely a millimeter square, hidden inside the headphone module on the third-gen iPod shuffle. Continue reading

Help Kym crack the obsolete DRM on her ebooks

BBG reader Kym paid legitimately for her e-books, but now the e-books don’t work because the DRM behind them is dead. I refuse to buy another darn ebook until I have unfettered access to the thing and as an engineer … Continue reading

Apple patents SmartGarment DRM for clothing

Apple, we love you, but you are most definitely the screen door in our submarine sometimes. Apple’s Nike+ iPod Sport Kit is rather neat if you’re a runner. By inserting a little dongle in your shoe and pairing it to … Continue reading

iTunes App Store shows strengths, weaknesses of a walled garden

Fraser Speirs, the developer behind the top-shelf iPhone Flickr interface “Exposure”, echoes the complaints we’ve heard from many developers about the iTunes App Store: Apple requires that every single update to every app go through the same vetting process (although … Continue reading

Ubisoft distributes cracking group’s no-CD patch as official

“Neilthecellist”, a user on game publisher Ubisoft’s official message boards, took a peek inside the official no-CD patch that had been released for Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six: Vegas 2 and discovered that it had been released before — as an … Continue reading

MSN Music postpones DRM server shutdown until 2011

In response to the whole Internet basically ejaculating its central nervous system in collective outrage, Microsoft is postponing the de-commissioning of their MSN Music DRM servers, which means that the music you legally purchased will be yours to listen to … Continue reading

Survey: 14-24 year olds want to pay for their music but await the perfect service

According to a new survey sponsored by British Music Rights (an institution representing songwriters and music publishers in the UK), 80% of British P2P users between the ages of 14-24 would pay for a legal file-sharing service. According to Ars: … Continue reading

Microsoft patents “digital manners policy”

Microsoft’s latest patent is trying to establish a “digital manners policy” (or DMP for short) to be enforced on all electronic devices. Essentially, what Microsoft wants — or, at least, what they see potential profit in — is for all … Continue reading