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Free XBox 360 Game Console Contest Winner Announced!

By Daniel Li April 4th, 2011

Mr. Ackert is the winner of our Newsgroups Free XBox 360 Game Console for the month of March!


The drawing for the Grand Prize was chosen at random from the hundreds of entries to the contest on April 2nd. Mr. Ackert has been notified and has been shipped the new XBox 360 console.


The Newsgroups Free XBox 360 Console Giveaway ran from March 1st to March 31st and allowed users to enter once per day to increase their chances of winning.


As a tribute to all of our gamers on USENET newsgroups, Newsgroups has created these incentives to give back to the USENET gaming newsgroups community.


Thank you to all of our participants who had entered our contest.  Keep an eye out for other promotions and giveaways on the Newsgroups blog for other opportunities to win great prizes and other awards!

In-Car WiFi Allows USENET Access On The Go

By Newsgroup Usenet March 28th, 2011

Need to access USENET on the go? More cars are hitting the information superhighway thanks to new automotive Wi-Fi technology that allows vehicles to become rolling “hot spots”. You’re next red light may be an opportunity to some to check out their favorite newsgroups.

“Initially, putting Internet access in the car sounds like a distraction and frivolous but as time passes it will become a part of our lives and we will feel uncomfortable not having access,” said Jeff Kagan, an independent telecoms analyst on a post in technology newsgroups. “I think this is going to grow into a vibrant sector.”

While some manufacturers already include optional Wi-Fi hot-spot technology in their higher-end offerings, industry analysts claim that Internet connectivity will become a standard feature among most mid- to high-end vehicles in the near future.

Ford Motor Company has offered wi-fi in selected vehicle models since 2010 and some form of internet access is an option for many other automakers including General Motors, BMW, Audi, Saab and Chrysler. The technology allows users to access online channels with most mobile devices, including enabled phones, laptops and now tablets – all of them which offer mobile newsreaders to access USENET newsgroups.

Market watcher iSuppli claims that shipments of in-car Wi-Fi systems will reach 7.2 million in 2017, up from a mere 174,000 last year.

The majority of in-car Wi-Fi systems act as a Wi-Fi to 3G gateway, allowing passengers’ smartphones, tablets, and laptops to connect to the Internet even while the car is in motion. Future systems will also integrate with in-car entertainment and navigation systems, allowing the driver to benefit from instantly-updated traffic information and passengers from streamed entertainment.

Analysts expect the market to grow as more entertainment, navigation and vehicle diagnostic applications become available. However, one hurdle for developers of the technology is knowing whether to offer wi-fi as a separate data system or allow consumers to connect their own.

Virgin Media Imposes Bandwidth Cap

By Steve Schwartz March 17th, 2011

UK ISP Virgin Media has been trialling a new traffic management system that throttles upstream speeds on P2P networks and USENET newsgroups, upsetting a number of users in the process.

The ISP has long restricted download P2P traffic during peak hours to ensure a more consistent service for all customers, but the change to its terms marks a harder line approach and has already angered some customers – particularly USENET newsgroup subscribers.

Virgin said in a post that the new traffic management policy would be trialled for a period of one week starting March 2nd between 17:00 PM and 00:00 AM (12:00 and 00:00 at weekends).

“Between these times, P2P and newsgroup upstream traffic will be managed in a similar way to our current downstream traffic management. If the trial is successful we’ll launch the new policy immediately,” the company explained.

Virgin Media also invited users to give their feedback about the trials and let the company know if their online USENET experience was being affected.

It was clear that after a while newsgroup subscribers in particular were not at all happy about the trials and expressed their displeasure on the company’s user forums.

The clamp down will apply on top of the existing traffic shaping Virgin Media has in place and will affect all packages, including the previously unmanaged 100mb deal.

New Version Of NewsRover Now Available

By Newsgroup Usenet March 11th, 2011

The new version of the award winning newsreader NewsRover has been released and is available to all Newsgroups members.

The upgraded newsreader is available to all Newsgroups with the purchase or subscription to any of Newsgroups packages. Designed to run fast and save you time, NewsRover is capable of handling the simultaneous connections and SSL encrypted connections that Newsgroups offers its members.

Now up to version 16, the newsreader offers new features and capabilities to access USENET newsgroups faster and better than ever.

The focus of improvements in version 16 is for performance — especially when downloading large files through broadband connections. Also added is a pop-up image preview screen to display thumbnail pictures of JPG images as they are downloaded. Other features for both stability and performance have also been included.

For Newsgroups members, to upgrade, sign into your account and download the latest copy. Install the newsreader which will upgrade any previous version of the software you currently have installed. All settings and preferences that had been previously configured will remain in place.

The new feature is free of charge for all existing and new members of Newsgroups.

Win an XBOX 360 Game Console from NewsDemon!

By Newsgroup Usenet March 4th, 2011

The Newsgroups team has a 100% Free XBOX 360 that they want to give to you!

All you have to do to your brand new and sealed FREE XBOX 60 is to fill out the Newsgroup Console Giveaway form.

As part of the initiative to bring awareness of the benefits USENET has to offer the gaming community, and popularize further the vast number of gaming newsgroups, Newsgroups has continued on its Gaming Giveaways by offering the XBOX 360 console this month as the grand prize/giveaway.

The Microsoft XBOX 360 is one of the hottest gaming platforms around. With a huge selection of games, it rivals (if not beats) the competitive PS3 and Wii consoles Newsgroup has already awarded several games to lucky winners as part of their giveaways.

In order to secure your chance at winning, simply sign up to the Newsgroup Console Giveaway. Although entries are limited once per day, you can increase your chances by submitting your entry each day until the end of the contest.

The contest runs throughout the month of March and will end on March 31st.

ENTER TO WIN! Newsgroups Giveaway 2 Winner

By Newsgroup Usenet March 4th, 2011

Congratulations to Mr. Butler for winning the Grand Prize!

Mr. Butler is the winner of our Newsgroups Game Giveaway Contest 2 for the month of February. He is being sent out his game of choice, Call of Duty Black Ops for the XBox 360!

The Newsgroups Game Giveaway Contest 2 ran from February 2nd to February 28th, and allowed users to enter once per day and select the game of choice from their favorite platform.

Don’t forget to enter in to the Newsgroups Ultimate Game Giveaway contest this month where we’re giving away a Free XBox 360 Console to a lucky winner! Contest is live for the month of March until midnight on March 31st.

Enter Now!

Newsgroup Retention Increase to 910 Days

By Newsgroup Usenet March 3rd, 2011

910 day binary retention on newsgroups

Another jump in binary retention now puts Newsgroups up to 910 days and counting.

The latest upgrades to the Newsgroups services now allows customers to access articles on all supported 107,000 newsgroups that are over 910 days old. This follows a just recent upgrade to 860 day binary retention increase announced earlier.

The retention increase only enhances the USENET newsgroup experience for members and still includes blazing fast access with secure 256-BIT SSL connections. The completion rate also remains consistent at 99.9%. This confirms that the information of the archived articles are complete. Both the US and EU server farms are included with this recent increase to 910 days as well. For EU customers particularly, Newsgroups has also launched dedicated versions of the service to both UK Usenet and Spanish Usenet members, which also automatically receive the feature of increased binary retention.

As always, the latest upgrades are free of charge to both new and existing customers of Newsgroups. As a premium USENET access provider, takes pride in offering these newly added features to its roster of cutting edge services.

25th Anniversary of Legend Of Zelda

By Newsgroup Usenet February 21st, 2011

One of the most iconic franchises in the business, Nintendo’s The Legend of Zelda, celebrates its 25th anniversary today. This is the day that the original Zelda went on sale in Japan, kickstarting a series that would sell 59 million units worldwide

The series, which was released in Japan on February 21, 1986 on the NES (known as the Famicom over in Japan), ushered in a completely new era of adventure games with its unique expansive overworld that hadn’t been seen in any other games during the time. The series has become one of Nintendo’s most treasured properties with every one of their platforms having a title grace it, save the Virtual Boy.

Created by a legend himself, Shigeru Miyamoto, the game was and is still considered the  title to help start many conventions in action/adventure RPGs – a huge, non-linear overworld, an attack button with animated weapon, and even battery-based saving inside the cartridge to avoid the dreaded scribbling of passwords. The game also gave birth to many recurring elements – including the land of Hyrule itself, the powerful Triforce, Dodongos, Darknuts, Keese, Octorok and Leevers.

As of April 2010, The Legend of Zelda series has sold over 59 million copies since, and the original game ranks as fourth best selling out of any NES game.

Dedicated USENET newsgroups have followed Zelda since the very beginning, first starting in general Nintendo newsgroups and then migrating to individual newsgroups for each game and platform for many of the chapters of the series.

After 25 years, the Zelda universe has stayed around in numerous sequels, TV shows, and merchandise, and you can guarantee, that people aren’t forgetting about this game for a long time.

Nintendo will be continuing the brand with the Summer 2011 release of the Nintendo 3DS port of the classic The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time. Alongside the Wii release of The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword later this year.

Speaking of games, Newsgroups is currently running a Game Giveaway for the month of February. Anyone can register to win a game for either the XBox 360, PS3, PC or Nintendo Wii.

Newsgroups Report 295 Exabytes Stored Online

By Newsgroup Usenet February 14th, 2011

According to the latest technology newsgroup postings, humankind has stored more than 295 billion gigabytes (or 295 exabytes) of data since 1986, according to a new report based on research by scientists at the University of Southern California.  And it comes out to 295 exabytes-  at least as of 2007.

In other words, the amount of data the world stored by 2007 is equal to 1.2 billion average hard drives.

The data doesn’t just take PCs into account, though. A total of 60 technologies, from DVDs to paper adverts and books, were included in the research. To provide a sense of scale, Dr Martin Hilbert of the University of Southern California, has been reported to state in cyber world newsgroups: ‘If we were to take all that information and store it in books, we could cover the entire area of the US or China in 13 layers of books.

The same information stored digitally on CDs would create a stack of discs that would reach beyond the moon, according to the researchers.

The researchers say humankind sent 1.9 zettabytes (1,000 exabytes) of information in 2007 through broadcast technology such as televisions and GPS, equivalent to every person in the world receiving 174 newspapers every day. For two-way communications, cell phones for instance, the 2007 total is 65 exabytes, about equal to every person on Earth relaying six newspapers worth of information per day.

The authors say we can consider 2002 the dawn of the digital age, when digital storage of information pulled ahead of analog storage. By 2007, nearly 94 percent of the world’s memory was in digital form.

To put those numbers in perspective, a zettabyte is 1,000 exabytes. An exabyte is 1,000 petabytes. A petabyte is 1,000 terabytes. A terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes. And you should know what a gigabyte is. Even with an Unlimited USENET account with constant downloading, you’d be waiting a long, long time to complete that amount of data.

Even if you did, the figure will only have increased since the ’07 cut-off date, given that the researchers reckon the storage capacity of the world’s computers doubles every month.

And you thought you were killing it with your 2 terabyte hard drive.

Newsgroup Retention Upgrade to 860+ Days

By Newsgroup Usenet February 9th, 2011

Retention is on the rise again at Newsgroups. Another retention increase puts binary retention to 860 days and growing!

Our latest upgrades to our services now increases retention for all members to a staggering 860 days of binary retention. Retention rate increases allows members to now access articles that are over 860 days old. The increase in retention follows an earlier update of 810 days not so long ago.

The increase in retention affects all subscription and block plans offered by Newsgroups. For some existing members, an update of headers of subscribed newsgroups may be necessary to view the older articles.

New and existing users are automatically set to access the 860 day retention on all supported newsgroups. As another upgraded feature to our users, the increase in retention does not raise the cost to current or new members. Newsgroups is proud to be able to offer this upgrade to its existing line of premium features and services provided by Newsgroups.