Another day, another dollar. Now that you got your morning coffee, this is what happened.

Swedish police raid ThePirateBay, several other sites down too

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If you were trying to access the TPB site and found out that you couldn’t, well now you know why.

Police in Sweden perromed a number of raids confiscating PCs, servers and other equipment and around the same time, popular torrent-related websites were not accessible. While there was no official word out, rumors were started that the site was taken down followed by other sites such as EZTV, Zoink, and Torrage. Additionally,TPB’s forum Suprbay.org was also offline along with Bayimg.com and Pastebay.net.

Later on, Sweden authorities confirmed that local police carried out a raid in Stockholm this morning as part of an operation to protect intellectual property.

According to Paul Pintér who is the police national coordinator for IP enforcement, “There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,”

The authorities remain silent on the exact location of the operation and the targets involved but the fact that the national police IP chief is involved at this early stage suggests something sizable.

Fredrik Ingblad who is a expert file-sharing case prosecutor had this to say: “There were a number of police officers and digital forensics experts there. This took place during the morning and continued until this afternoon. Several servers and computers were seized, but I cannot say exactly how many”.

Circet, a whole new level of interaction

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If you could wear your heart on your sleeve, then why not a touch screen on your arm?

A relatively unheard of tech company based in France have recently debuted what the Cicret Bracelet. This device is a smart bracelet of sorts that projects an area that is touch sensitive on your arm, akin to having a fully functioning touchscreen onto your arm. A video showing the device has seemingly gone viral leading people to ponder about the idea of a smart phone without the “phone” part

The device functions with the aid of a small projector embedded in the wristband and a collection of proximity sensors akin to the projected keyboards. The Cicret system then detects the location and gestures of your fingers, pretty much making your arm into a fully functioning touchscreen. Once set up, you can tap, swipe and pinch and perform all touch gestures as you would with a smartphone.

Designed to run a standalone version of Android, the Cicret Bracelet can also be paired via Bluetooth to a with a smarthphone. It also has built in Wi-Fi capability and also includes a micro USB port.It also has its own produced app which provides anonymity and encryption options for mobile devices.

The device is still in testing stages and funds for it are being raised via the Cicret website. Its expected to hit markets by late 2015 to early 2016, priced at around $400.

HemingWrite launches today on Kickstarter

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If you’re a writer, then you would know the struggle one goes through to find that place of zen and calm where there are no distractions. So a new hardware startup based in Detroit is aiming to provide a solution might help users focus on their writing, akin to how e-readers allow people to focus on books without getting mixed up and distracted by the rest of the internet.

Titled Hemingwrite, the device is basically a mechanical keyboard with an e-ink display used for on-the-go writing. No complexities sich as notebooks and iPad/keyboard combos and definitely no social media.

The device has a certain appeal to it. Sporting a very suave retro design, it looks like the typewriters from yesteryear. Comprised of mechanical switches that let you navigate folders to find your saved compositions, it also has in built WiFi to scan for new networks. A status display provides details such as word or character count, and a timer which notifies the user about how long they’ve been at work.

With a 6″ e-ink display and simple function set, the device is estimated to last up to four weeks with normal usage, and also includes a fold-down handle, making transportation easy. The usage of E-ink also means that you can write in broad daylight, for darker environments, there’s a handy front-light. It also has Cloud-sycning so you can store andedit documents from Dropbox, Evernote, iCloud, OneDrive, SpiderOak and Google Docs.

With an expected release in 2015, the device will retail for around $499, with preorders starting at $349. A bit on the expensive side considering that you could get a Notebook or Chromebook in the least but if you’re looking for 0% distractions from the internet, then you may want to look at this.

 

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