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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. Newsgroups Giveaway Winner

By Newsgroup Usenet February 8th, 2011

The first Newsgroups Ultimate Game Giveaway winner has been chosen!

Congratulations to Mr. Krizan for winning the Grand Prize!

Mr. Krizan has been sent out the game of choice, Civilization V for the PC.
We hope he enjoys the game and we thank all of you who had participated.

Don’t forget to enter in to the Newsgroups Ultimate Game Giveaway contest this month where we’ve selected four new games to choose from. Contest is live until midnight on February 28th. Read More Details Here Newsgroups Game Giveaway Contest 2

By Newsgroup Usenet February 2nd, 2011 Newsgroups is doing it again! For the month of February, we’re running a contest to win a FREE GAME for either the PC, PS3, Xbox 360 or Wii!

Just like last month, the contest will allow you the opportunity to win one of four free games of your choosing for any of the supported gaming platforms. No purchase is necessary to enter! Just fill out our Newsgroups Ultimate Giveaway form and you’re automatically entered.

Although we will only accept one entry per day, you can come back each day to enter again to increase your chances of winning! No purchase necessary to enter.

For our selection process, we scoured through the vast amount of gaming newsgroups and picked out the most popular games on USENET for each system to giveaway.

Choose one of the following games for each platform that you want to win:

PS3 – Dead Space 2 – A favorite on Playstation 3 Newsgroups,  In Dead Space 2, Isaac brings the terror to space. Players will take on bigger, scarier and more epic battles that will keep them on the edge of their seats. Delivering a sensory overload of sound, visuals and action sequences, Dead Space 2 will bring the psychological thrills of deep space to a terrifying new level.

PC – DC Universe Online – A massively-multiplayer experience bringing together a host of PC Gaming Newsgroup enthusiasts, DC Universe Online brings high-energy action to the forefront with a combat system designed to deliver a fast-paced action experience with the extraordinary powers of your personally created heroes and villains at your disposal. Battle with or against their favorite DC Super Heroes and Villains including Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and The Joker. For the very first time, players and fans will be able to enter this fabled world as an active force for good or evil.

Xbox 360 –  Call of Duty: Black Ops – Hear the call of duty once again with this seventh entry in this blockbuster first-person shooter franchise that’s been top rated by Xbox 360 newsgroup subscribers. Call of Duty: Black Ops takes you deep behind enemy lines into the world of deniable operations as a member of an elite special forces unit engaging in covert warfare, classified operations, and explosive conflicts across the globe. With access to a variety of exclusive weaponry and equipment, your actions will tip the balance during the most dangerous time period mankind has ever known.

Wii – Donkey Kong Country Returns – Highly rated and discussed on Nintendo Wii Newsgroups, Retro Studios brings Donkey Kong back a side-scrolling adventure with familiar characters and amazing levels that reignite the passion players had for the Super NES original. And For the first time ever, the franchise features the ability for two people to play together at the same time – one as Donkey Kong, one as Diddy Kong. Players can navigate the levels separately or as one unit. Diddy Kong can ride on Donkey Kong’s back and hop off whenever he pleases, allowing novice players to ride on Donkey Kong’s back through more challenging areas of the game.

The contest begins on February 1st and runs through the end of the month by February 28th at 11:59PM. The winner will be chosen at random and will be announced on or about March 1st.

Don’t delay! Enter today once, and come back each day to enter again.


Intel Innovation Director on Newsgroups

By Newsgroup Usenet January 27th, 2011

Verified from posts on USENET newsgroups, innovative musician and producer of The Black Eyed Peas will be bringing his creative talents to Intel Corp. where he will take on his new role of “Director of Creative Innovation” ., whose real name is William James Adams Jr, is not joining the company as a full-time employee but he will be helping Intel “develop the next generation of smartphones and tablets, according to entermainment and technology newsgroups.

The Grammy Award-winning musician will be assisting with the development of devices including laptops, smart phones and tablets, Intel announced Tuesday at their internal sales and marketing conference.

What he’s got to offer to giant Intel is anyone’s guess, but their Vice President seems to think it’s a shrewd move.

Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, hopes to gain the attention of younger generations by incorporating both entertainment and technology, according to Deborah Conrad, the company’s head of marketing.

Deboran Conrad said: “We’re thrilled to tap into the limitless creativity Will.I.Am brings to the table. He’s not only a brilliant artist and producer, but also an innovator pushing the bounds of technology professionally and personally.

The company statement announcing the relationship said it will tie in “with Intel’s “compute continuum” vision, in which more and more devices will compute and connect to the Internet, and the company’s “visual life” initiative that explores how visual experiences such as photos, videos and movies are redefining the relationship consumers have with laptops, smart phones, tablets and other devices.”

“Nearly everything I do involves processors and computers, and when I see an Intel chip I think of all the creative minds involved that help to amplify my own creativity,” Will said in a statement. “Teaming up with the scientists, researchers and computer programmers at Intel to collaborate and co-develop new ways to communicate, create, inform and entertain is going to be amazing.”