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By Newsgroup Usenet April 20th, 2015
Two and a half billion, that’s billion with a “B.” That’s how much Microsoft paid to acquire the Swedish Minecraft game developer Mojang last year. When you consider that as of 2012, the company had revenues of less than 100 million, you get the idea that our pals in Redmond wanted Mojang a lot more for the intellectual property than the actual revenues.
In any case, players of Minecraft know that Redstone is the coveted ore that powers the things that Minecrafters build. And apparently Microsoft is proud enough of their purchase to name the expected updates for Windows 10 to be released in 2016 after it: Two ‘substantial’ updates are reportedly dubbed project ‘Redstone.’
The relationship between the two companies has already proved symbiotic. Close followers of Mojang may have to wonder about the latest security patch addressed in Minecraft version 1.8.4 and whether it’s sudden appearance might have been prodded along by Microsoft’s tech crews. Speedily addressing updates as part service is nothing new to Microsoft, but the Minecraft major security flaw (that could cause servers to crash) had been identified and brought to Mojang’s attention, yet remained unaddressed, for almost two years.
The Redstone updates for Windows 10 may be nothing more than just tweaks for the 2015 release of Windows 10, or for core features that don’t make the cut or aren’t finished for this year’s release. And the big news of course will be the Spartan browser, the (mostly) replacement for Internet Explorer.
There are, however, rumors that Windows 10 and the Redstone patch will bring to Microsoft’s OS new classes of devices that aren’t currently supported. It’s possible, just possible, that Windows establishes Redstone to be the ‘fuel,” much like in Minecraft, that powers new devices that others may build. This is where the question gets interesting for newsreaders, and the truth of the matter is that the compatibility of current Windows-based newsreader with Windows 10 remains to be seen. But if Usenet services like NewsDemon Newsgroups are allowed to build and/or adapt themselves to be driven by Redstone, the world just became a more interesting place.
By Newsgroup Usenet December 18th, 2014
If you’re as much of a Linux lover as many of us here at NewsDemon, you can’t fathom the thought of going back to Windows or iOS. The difficulty sometimes though, is finding software that is compatible with your OS.
Fortunately, newsreaders shouldn’t be an issue. Here are two that we suggest should be your go-to newsreaders to get the most out of USENET newsgroups on Linux:
SABnzbd – This is the go-to USENET newsreader for many Linux lovers and works on all distros. The program is easy to set up and use. A great advantage is the ability to remotely access the newsreader from other devices in the home or abroad. Allowing you to cue up your newsreader from anywhere you are.
NZBGet -This program has some advantages with USENET enthusiasts as it has built in scripts in order to distinguish and remove spam posts from newsgroups. The latest version works on both Linux and Mac OSX
The big winner we recommend is not so much a newsreader, but a full USENET suite of services tied into an Ubuntu distro. Combined with XBMC and/or the built-in Plex Media Server, Tretflix is a great way to get a USENET based media center up and running for home and on-the-go entertainment in under 5 minutes.
The suite of software contains CounchPotato, Headphones, NZBDrone, Plex, Sick Beard and Transmission. All of which are considered “Essential” apps for many USENET goers.
The list of apps here are a great way for you to get deep into the USENET experience. Easy to install and configure software for USENET is more advanced than many other software categories. Above are just a sum of a great whole of Linux-based newsreaders available.
We don’t pretend to know it all though. Have one you think is better? Let us know in the comments! Happy USENET-ing!
By Newsgroup Usenet November 17th, 2014
Are you ready for the holidays? NewsDemon is working tirelessly to get you the best deals around this holiday season.
We’re happy to announce that we will be running a special on Black Friday. NewsDemon.com Newsgroups will be selling Unlimited Accounts + Storage for only $5.00 per month.We’ll be offering 200 accounts for the $5.00 rate in order to compensate our recent data loss and give the opportunity for new users to get in on this offer again.
We think we lost around 100 customers due to our disk failure so we’ll be offering 200 accounts for the $5.00 rate in order to compensate our recent data loss and give the opportunity for new users to get in on this offer again.
We also have some surprise options throughout the day on Black Friday and others on Cyber Monday. Some of these specials will be geared towards our valued members. Have an idea on what kind of special we should run? We’re more than happy to hear from you! Contact us at email@example.com with what you’d like to see.
Be sure to bookmark this blog to get up to date information on our holiday specials.
UPDATE: Black Friday Deals are Now Live!
By Newsgroup Usenet September 9th, 2014
An unfortunate issue with one of NewsDemon.com Newsgroups payment processing servers occurred over the weekend. A severe disk failure lead to the loss of unrecoverable customer data for a small portion of our members.
After several attempts to recover the lost data, both NewsDemon.com Newsgroups and their payment processing partner are unable to retrieve the information. Although payment information has been lost, other data such as NewsDemon.com Newsgroups member’s username and passwords are unaffected and they will be able to login to the members area without issue.
Those users who have been affected by this breach will still have their remaining balance of their existing account available. However, affected users will need to create a new account once their balance has been exhausted.
We want to stress strongly that there is no evidence that any customer information was compromised. The situation is solely due to a disk failure and no attempt was made to breach or gain access to any of our user’s payment or personal member information.
We greatly apologize for the inconvenience this presents our affected customers. We’ve spent time and resources in attempting to recover the data. Unfortunately, we have been unable to do so despite our efforts.
If you have any questions or require further information, we urge you to contact our support team at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. We hope to better serve and provide you the best possible USENET experience.
By Newsgroup Usenet July 30th, 2014
A recent survey on Lifehacker asked users of the site to vote for their favorite USENET Newsgroup access provider. After tallying the votes, NewsDemon.com was voted amongst the Top 5 USENET Providers.
Users of the site were able to pick any USENET access provider they liked and were able to provide information on what they liked best about their USENET provider.
We’re proud here at NewsDemon.com Newsgroups to have been voted among the best USENET Access providers in the world. Reviews on the site noted speed, price and features for their reasons why they chose and remain loyal as NewsDemon.com members.
Lifehacker is a weblog that features hacks on software, online destinations, digital equipment and more. Established is 2005, the Gawker owned site has been a destination for many USENET and tech enthusiasts.
We hope to continue providing our members with superior service and want to thank all who voted.
We also are always striving to improve all that we offer at NewsDemon.com. Have a suggestion or want to leave a tip? Contact email@example.com. We want to hear from you!
By Newsgroup Usenet February 24th, 2014
How fast are you able to access USENET newsgroups with NewsDemon.com Newsgroups?
NewsDemon.com Newsgroups has stated for a long time now that users are able to access newsgroups at blazing speeds.
Many times these speeds reach the connection limits of many Internet Service Providers – both in the US and EU.
If you’re a NewsDemon customer, we’d like to hear from you. How fast is your connection?
Send your correspondence to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any issues with your speed and connections, we urge you to check out our help page with assistance on port changes and specific server addresses that may assist you in getting even faster access.
You can also check out our connection pages that show typical download speeds.
We also have a USENET tester that can help diagnose and check your connections as well as specific newsgroups you’d be interested in.
Lastly, if you have any other questions or want to speak to one of our specialists, NewsDemon offers 24/7 Customer Support to help you get the most out of your USENET experience.
By Newsgroup Usenet February 20th, 2014
NewsDemon.com Newsgroups has reached another milestone by surpassing over 2000 days of binary retention.
Through a series of ongoing upgrades to their infrastructure, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to be able to offer members even more features than ever before.
The latest upgrade allows users to search through more than 5 years of content on over 107,000 active newsgroups. The changes are automatic for members. In order to access the extended content, members need only to download all headers for any newsgroup to access over 2000 days of newsgroup posts.
In order to celebrate this event, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is running a special to commemorate the event. Being that today marks 2014 days of binary retention, which reflects our current year, we’re offering a one day sale on our Unlimited Usenet plan.
The Unlimited USENET plan offers new members all the features that have made NewsDemon.com a leading and trusted name in the USENET industry.
With up to 50 256 BIT SSL blazing fast connections, members can experience limitless USENET access.
As a bonus, the plan recurs at the $20.14 every four months at the end of the initial term. The offer is only available for today but subscribers who get in on the deal are able to recur at this amount for the lifetime of the account.
All payment options are available including our newest addition of accepting Bitcoins.
With over 2000 days of retention on top of our other member features including free Online Storage and Newsreader, NewsDemon.com Newsgroups demonstrates their effort in giving their members everything they need to have the best USENET experience available.
By Newsgroup Usenet November 29th, 2013
Due to a heavy customer response, our servers were overloaded for the $4 Unlimited deal. To accommodate any customers who may not have been able to participate, we are launching the same deal for an extra hour!
Hurry and get in now on our Unlimited USENET deal which includes all of our feature-rich services NewsDemon.com Newsgroups provide.
Unlimited Usenet Access Features
- Unlimited Access to over 107k Newsgroups
- Multiple Server Locations in the US and EU
- Over 1932 Days of Binary Retention
- Free News Rover Newsreader or a Discounted License to Newsbin
- 24/7 Customer Support
- 50 Blazing Fast Simultaneous Connections
- 256 BIT SSL Encrypted Connections
By Newsgroup Usenet November 21st, 2013
Now at the end of our NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Holiday Giveaway, we’ve randomly picked our winner:
(drum roll please)
Congratulations to S. Nichols, our newest 500GB non-expiring block account member who has won our Grand Prize drawing!
S. Nichols will receive ALL FOUR of our prizes including a $50.00 Amazon Gift Certificate, a Google Chromecast, a Roku 3 Streaming Media Player and a free upgrade to 1 year of Ulimited Usenet plan.
Thank you to all that have entered! We received a great response and stay tuned as we have great news coming soon!
We hope everyone has a great holiday and enjoys their NewsDemon USENET access.
By Newsgroup Usenet November 21st, 2013
NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is re-launching their Holiday Giveaway 2013 promotion.
After an overwhelmingly successful run, we’ve decided to continue the holiday giveaway for another week. Starting on November 21st through November 28th, we’re resetting the contest and continuing on the giveaways!
As an added bonus, we’re including all members that have signed up between November 13th through the 20th eligible for this contest as well.
Choose and sign-up for either a monthly account or a non-expiring block account by 11:59PM between November 21st through November 28th (as well as those that had previously signed up between the 13th through the 20th) and you’ll automatically be included to our daily drawing and for our Grand Prize drawing.
A lucky winner each day will win one of these great prizes (chosen at random):
Roku 3 – The Roku 3 delivers the best streaming services available, including Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Spotify and even your locally stored content all in HD.
Amazon Gift Certificate – With a $50.00 Amazon gift certificate, you can browse and purchase almost anything ranging from books, movies, music and more.
Chromecast – This digital media player plugs right into your HDTV and is able to stream music or video content directly from yur Android device (phone or tablet).
Free Upgrade to a 1 Year To Unlimited Usenet – We’ll upgrade your NewsDemon.com Usenet account to a 1 Year Unlimited Usenet account. If you purchased a block account, this would be a separate 1 year account. Save the block for later.
If you didn’t win on one of our daily giveaways, don’t fret! You’re still included in our Grand Prize drawing on November 28th.
Our Grand Prize winner will win ALL FOUR PRIZES! The random winner will be a new NewsDemon.com Member that signs up between November 21st through November 28th and has not already won one of our daily prizes.
What are you waiting for now? Go and sign up now to enter and “Good Luck” from the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Team!
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