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NewsDemon Black Friday 2013 Special Extended

November 29th, 2013

NewsDemon Black Friday Special

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.

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NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Grand Prize Winner Announced

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.

 

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Holiday Giveaway Part 2

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.

We’ll be updating this blog and our Facebook and twitter accounts daily announcing our winners. Check back often.

What are you waiting for now? Go and sign up now to enter and “Good Luck” from the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Team!

 

NewsDemon Holiday Giveaway Winner For November 16th

November 17th, 2013

NewsDemon.com Newsgroups is proud to announce our latest winner to our Holiday Giveaway for November 16th!

Congratulations to G. Michalopulos, a new Unlimited Plus VPN member, who has won one of our first prize drawings of a free upgrade to 1 Year Of Unlimited Plus service!

Thank you to all who have joined and entered into our Giveaway and stay tuned tomorrow for our next winner. We’ll be choosing a daily winner each day until November 19th, where we’ll then announce our Grand Prize winner.

Join Today and get in on the Holiday fun!

The NewsDemon Team

 

NewsDemon Holiday Giveaway 2013 Starts Now

November 13th, 2013

 

To start the holidays right, NewsDemon has launched its annual Holiday Giveaway!

The NewsDemon Holiday Giveaway 2013 begins today and is full of prizes that will be given away at random to a lucky new NewsDemon.com member each day for the next seven days. Beginning on November 13th, all new users will be automatically entered in to the contest. Choose and sign-up for either a monthly account or a non-expiring block account by 11:59PM between November 13th through November 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 20th.

Our Grand Prize winner will win ALL FOUR PRIZES! The random winner will be a new NewsDemon.com Member that signs up between November 13th through November 20th and has not already won one of our daily prizes.

We’ll be updating this blog and our fFcebook and twitter accounts daily announcing our winners. Check back often.

What are you waiting for now? Go and sign up now to enter and “Good Luck” from the NewsDemon.com Newsgroups Team!

 

New Computers Already Infected with a Virus?

September 21st, 2012

Unfortunately, according to Microsoft USENET Newsgroups, some brand new PCs, particularly in China, have come preinstalled with a virus. The Nitol virus was introduced to new computers between somewhere in the supply chain before they were purchased by consumers.

Through Microsoft’s investigation, codenamed Operation b70, the company found that some retailers had loaded a counterfeit version of Windows software that contained the malware. Microsoft warned in its blog post that the malware could send fake email messages or post to social media from the victim’s accounts to infect others to whom the emails were sent or who accessed the messages via the victim’s social media accounts.

The company warned that consumers should be wary of deals that seem “too good to be true.” Still, some consumers may have purchased infected computers from retailers that seemed perfectly legitimate. The investigators found that one in five of the computers that were purchased from an “unsecured supply chain were infected with malware.” According to PCWorld.com, about 85% of the computers infected with the Nitol virus were found in China, while about 10% were found in the United States.

Perhaps most scary, the researchers found additional strains of malware, some of which was capable of turning on the microphone and camera of an infected computer. Some was even capable of recording the keystrokes made into an infected computer, according to the company’s researchers.

While some victims who purchased infected computers may have had no way of knowing that the computer was infected, the revelations should come as a reminder of the importance of cyber security. Microsoft notes that consumers should demand that they be provided non-counterfeit products from any resellers.

For a discussion about cyber security, head over to the relevant Usenet newsgroups. Usenet is full of tech professionals and enthusiasts who probably don’t mind answering your questions or having a more detailed discussion of the issue.

 

Excitement Over Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud Releases

May 10th, 2012

The Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Creative Cloud will go on sale this week as the technology and creative communities begin discussing the new products. Through platforms such as Usenet, consumers are awaiting reviews from other users as they post their own, sparking a discussion of the new products not foreign to the newsgroups. Usenet has traditionally been an excellent forum for discussing new computer and technology products.

Adobe Creative Suite 6

The new Adobe CS6 features upgrades to several popular products including Photoshop, Photoshop Extended, InDesign, Illustrator, Dreamweaver, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Flash Professional, Audition, and Fireworks. Bridge and Encore—companion apps—also got an upgrade, and the CS6 package also features a couple of newcomers in Prelude and SpeedGrade.

One package, Design Standard, includes Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Acrobat X Pro for graphic designers; it comes with a price tag of $1,299 and upgrades of $299. Design and Web Premium, designed for print and web designers, includes Photoshop Extended, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash Professional, Fireworks, Dreamweaver, and Acrobat X Pro; it costs $1,899 with upgrades at $399. The Production Premium package, which is designed for videographers, includes Premiere Pro, After Effects, Audition, Flash Professional, Illustrator, and Photoshop Extended; it costs $1,899 and upgrades are at $399. Each software product is also sold individually. A Master Collection includes all but the standard Photoshop, and runs $2,599; Flash Builder 4 is only available with the Master Collection.

Creative Cloud

The Creative Cloud includes all of the CS6 software packages, and allows for the delivery of the content creation tools, syncing and storing to or from the cloud, publishing websites, apps, and other publications, and updates for software packages. It will be available for a monthly fee of $50/month for the annual membership, or $75/month for a month-to-month membership. A promotional offer of $30/month is available for customers using CS3/4/5/5.5 packages.

The cloud subscription comes with certain unique products, too. The HTML 5 animation program, Edge Preview; the website development software, Muse 1.0; the content management system to work with Muse, Business Catalyst; a Web font tool, TypeKit; and Adobe Creative Cloud Connection, which allows syncing and storage of files with 20GB of space to create websites are all included. The Touch suite of apps are also included.

 

 

World Wide Web Inventor Voices Privacy Concern On USENET

April 19th, 2012

The inventor of the world wide web says highly controversial plans to let intelligence agencies to monitor the calls, emails, texts and website visits of every person in the UK should be scrapped.

The 56-year-old innovator waded into the contentious ‘snooping’ debate by slamming David Cameron’s planned policy to track UK internet users’ data and e-mails, calling the planned move ‘very dangerous.

The Communications Capabilities Development Programme would see ISPs recording information such as email addresses, IP addresses, phone numbers, times, locations, data senders and recipients.

Home secretary Teresa May is pressing for the proposals to be accepted, but she has faced resistance from fellow politicians including deputy prime minister Nick Clegg – who said “we are not going to ram something through” – as well as industry figures.

Berners-Lee, the British born MIT professor who invented the web three decades ago, says that while there has been an explosion of public data made available in recent years, individuals have not yet understood the value to them of the personal data held about them by different web companies.

Berners-Lee insisted it was ‘important’ to stop the much mooted bill, the full details of which are expected to be fully revealed in next month’s Queen’s Speech, adding it ‘keeps me up most at night’.

‘The idea that we should routinely record information about people is obviously very dangerous,’ he stated on a variety of USENET newsgroup posts.

Berners-Lee is a staunch defender of internet freedoms, having previously criticised social networks such as Facebook for walling off information posted by their users from the rest of the web. He also has had a great prescense on USENET, first announcing his invention on the World Wide Web on newsgroups.

Berners-Lee was knighted by the Queen in 2004 for his pioneering work in combining hypertext with the internet to create the World Wide Web.

 

USENET Stats Regarding Technology Sales

December 30th, 2011

Apple sold 925 iPhone 4S handsets each minute during the device’s debut weekend, and it sells 81 iPads every 60 seconds on average. Research In Motion sells 103 BlackBerry phones, Amazon sells 18 Kindle Fire tablets and Microsoft sells 11 Xbox 360 consoles every minute. More than 700 computers are purchased around the world every 60 seconds, and 232 of them are infected by malware. That malware stat seems surprisingly low, however, when you consider that 2 million people watch online porn every minute. Read on for more.

A picture passed along on USENET newsgroups recently spread a variety of technology-related stats out across an infographic and the result helps us put a lot of things in perspective. Beyond the scary amount of Internet porn watched around the world, we can see just how entrenched various consumer electronics and digital goods and services have become in modern life.

Eleven million conversations take place using various instant messaging platforms every 60 seconds, 2,100 people check in using foursquare and 1,100 acres of virtual land are farmed in FarmVille. Thirty-eight tons of e-waste is generated around the world every minute, though we’re not sure if that stat includes all of the virtual land in FarmVille.

Every minute, $219,000 worth of payments are made using PayPal, $10,000 of which is sent from mobile devices. EBay is used to purchase over 950 items each minute and more than 180 of those purchases are made using mobile phones or tablets.

Surprisingly, perhaps, physical media maintains a huge presence in our lives despite the advent of the digital age. Four hundred and fifty Windows 7 discs are sold, 1,400 Redbox DVDs are rented and a staggering 2.6 million CDs containing 1,820 terabytes of data are created each minute. Four thousand USB devices are sold every 60 seconds as well, along with 2,500 ink cartridges.

It’s amazing how much happened every 60 seconds in 2011 and as the year draws to a close, we can’t wait to see what each minute will hold in 2012.

 

Online Access Will Explode By 2015

June 1st, 2011

Online usage, including USENET, is growing so rapidly that just its incremental, one-year growth between 2014 and 2015 will be equal to all the online traffic recorded worldwide last year.

A report from Cisco predicts that the total amount of global Internet traffic will quadruple between 2010 and 2015 and reach 966 exabytes per year (equal to 966 billion gigabytes). That’s nearly a fully zettabyte.

An exabyte is equal to one quintillion bytes. In 2004, global monthly internet traffic passed one exabyte for the first time.

The projected increase in Internet traffic between 2014 and 2015 alone is 200 exabytes, which is greater than the total amount of Internet Protocol traffic generated globally in 2010.

Those are just some of the mind-blowing statistics released Wednesday in Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index, a comprehensive view and forecast of the data trends shaping the Internet.

The company, in its fifth annual Visual Networking Index forecast, also said that the number of network-connected devices by 2015 will reach more than 15 billion, or about twice the world’s population.

On an hourly basis, the amount of data consumed will equal the contents of 28 million DVDs. The increase of 200 exabytes between 2014 and 2015 is by itself more than all the data consumed in 2010. Cisco predicts the proliferation of tablets, mobile phones, connected appliances and other smart machines will drive this growth.

In 2010, PCs generated 97% of consumer online traffic, however this is predicted to fall to 87% by 2015, as consumers continue to adopt devices such as tablets, smart phones and Connected TVs for online access. Accessing the Internet on Web-enabled TVs is continuing to grow, according to Cisco, which predicts that by 2015, 10% of global consumer Internet traffic and 18% of Internet video traffic will be consumed via TVs.

Newsgroups report that Cisco also said that by 2015, about 40 percent of the world’s population will be online.

The biggest problem with the forecasts is that they appear to fall into the inferential statistics trap. Put simply, this means looking at a historical trend and assuming that it will continue to grow in the future, without taking into account limitations on that trend. In this situation, the limit is that the new Internet users are most likely to be in locations where for either economic or geographic reasons; maximum speeds are considerably lower than today’s average.

While not addressed in Cisco’s report, the numbers are further cause for concern for arbitrary data caps with overage fees. According to Cisco, the average fixed broadband speed in 2015 will reach 28Mbps, up from 7Mbps in 2010. What good will all that speed be if ISPs continue to clamp down on the amount of content users are able to consume every month?