The NewsDemon Blog

Newsdemon Now Reaches 175 Day Retention on Binaries

By Newsgroup Usenet December 5th, 2008

Once again, has announced yet another increase in retention in less than a month! members can now access over binaries over 175 days old. The 175 day binary retention is now available to both US and EU members. had previously announced a 70% increase on binary retenion in mid-November.

The retention rate of binaries translates into the longest amount of time an article would be available on any particular Newsgroup.

The increase in retention does not require any modifications from members on either their newsreaders or account settings. Members should immediately see an increase in the age of headers available on any particular binary newsgroup.

This benefit is for all existing and potential new members of at no additional cost. will also continue to provide the same blazing speed through simultaneous, SSL encrypted Usenet access while being completely uncensored as before.

Continuing on progress, works deligently to surpass expectations by delivering premium Usenet access to all of its customers. T-shirt Giveaway Update

By Newsgroup Usenet December 3rd, 2008

In the month of October, gave away a free T-shirt for all new members who had signed up for the unlimited plan. is proud to announce that all T-shirt requests that were made for EU and Canada customers have been shipped out and should be arriving shortly.

We hope all of our customers will enjoy and use the free T-shirts.

Stay tuned, as has other considerations for promotions and giveaways that are currently in the works for the near future.

Yahoo Top 10 Search Review

By Newsgroup Usenet December 3rd, 2008

2008 has been an exciting year for a number of reasons. We’ve witnessed moments that will be recorded boldly in history and those we’d soon rather forget. From Politics to Entertianment, people and events kept much of the 2008 year busy. Many Newsgroups saw a great spike in attendance that cover these happenings.

So what was so hot in 2008? We broke down the top 10 searches throughout the year and compiled them in order of their popularity.

10. American Idol -Saw less of an audience in 2007 but still gained a great amount of interest

9. Angelina Jolie -Vogue to Bohemian actress still gets actively searched.

8. Lindsay Lohan – Rehab. Relationships. Rejected. Lindsay has covered the spectrum in 2008.

7. Naruto – Anime. Manga. Video Game. Naruto managed to beat the likes of most of its Japanimation counterparts.

6. Jessica Alba – The Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards saved her from the fame of the Razzie Worst Actress Nomination she received earlier in the year.

5. RunScape -This videogame may not have had its popularity as big in the US as World of Warcraft, but this game has received international notoriety and it’s pretty big in Japan.

4. Miley Cyrus – Why?

3. Barrack Obama – Everyone is still on the edge of their seat to find out what “Change” this President-Elect will bring.

2. WWE – Wrestling meet soap opera, this franchise threw in a load of drama throughout the year to appeal its audience. It worked.

1. Britney Spears – Hospital stays. MTV. Psychiatric Evaluations. Britney made it a point to stay on top of everyone’s mind, as she lost hers.

Looking through this list, it would be virtually impossible to have predicted these to be the top 10 searches on the Internet. Making it even more impossible to behold to foresee what 2009 has in store. Whatever they might be, we look forward to seeing it all unfold.

Newsdemon Usenet and Internet Activity Increases Brain Power

By Newsgroup Usenet December 1st, 2008

Searching the Internet exercises the brains of older people by activating their neural circuitry, says UCLA’s Memory & Aging Research Center.

Internet searches activate regions in the brain that control complex reasoning and decision making, the Center found in a nine-month study of 24 neurologically normal volunteers, with similar education levels, ages 55 to 76.

The test subjects showed richer sensory experience and heightened attention when conducting Internet searches, as opposed to reading book-like text on computers, said Gary Small, the Center’s director, noting the brain activity was recorded in MRI results.

Not enough research yet exists to show whether Internet use can ward off dementia, The San Francisco Chronicle reported Sunday, noting Alzheimer’s cases in the United States are expected to quadruple by 2050.

Considering the simililarity in application and its sources, searching Newsgroups through Usenet is likely to cause the same reaction as well.

The Center’s findings are to be published next month in the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Youtube Goes Widescreen

By Newsgroup Usenet November 25th, 2008

The continuing transformation of YouTube’s “post-Hulu” era has now taken shape in a new widescreen format, increasing the layout to 960 pixels and 16:9 aspect ratio. After the news regarding YouTube’s move to carry feature-length films, the site-wide move is clearly designed not only to accommodate the incoming new official content, but to upgrade the capacity for higher quality user-generated content as well.

Videos which carry the traditional YouTube layout of 4:3 aspect ratio (which at this point is the majority of them,) will be contained in columns of black bars to preserve the integrity of the original ratio, similar to what one might see while watching a non-HD channel on an HDTV.

It’s no secret that Google has been paying close attention to the revenue figures between themselves and Hulu. They realize that Hulu, while having not as much traffic yet, is making serious money considering the short time it’s been in existence. The question (that has already been asked by many) remains: Exactly WHAT will the YouTube we all know and love transform into?

Scientists ‘Use The Force’ to Combat Cancer Cells

By Newsgroup Usenet November 23rd, 2008

A revolutionary laser which could fight cancer has been developed by British scientists.

The device, which has been compared to a Star Wars light sabre, could be routinely used on patients in NHS hospitals within the next five years, according to the researchers.

The machine – a couple of millimetres square – fires a laser beam so accurately that it can puncture a hole in an individual cell, allowing drugs to enter and do their work much more effectively.

Drug companies are often confounded by the problem that it can be easy to get a medicine into the body by injection or pill – but much harder to get the drug molecules into the cells themselves.

It could mean, for example, that the cells surrounding the spot where a tumour has been removed by surgery would be holed by the device.

This would allow chemotherapy drugs to enter and kill any remaining cancer cells.

It would be particularly useful for hard-to-reach cancers such as that of the pancreas.

The team from the University of St Andrews has managed to mount the ‘light sabre’ on an optical fibre.

The next step is to develop it for use on endoscopes, the tubes used by surgeons to pass miniature cameras through the body.

Newsdemon – Star Trek XI 2009 New Trailer Released

By Newsgroup Usenet November 17th, 2008

If you saw the new Bond movie this weekend, you probably saw the new trailer for next summer’s ‘Star Trek’ reboot. While a bootleg recording of it quickly made its way to the Web, Paramount today finally made a high-quality version available. Unfortunately, it’s hosted by Apple, which tends to not give out codes for embedding it on a page.

You can see the trailer at You want Trailer 2. (Trailer 1 was the one that was attached to ‘Cloverfield’ earlier this year.)

As Kirk and Spock, Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto respectively seem to fill their roles well, but the idea of assembling the Enterprise on Earth seems ludicrous. The ship isn’t meant to land on planets, so wouldn’t you want to assemble all the pieces in space and zero gravity?

Technorati Profile

More Than Meets The Eye – Artist Wants Robot Eye

By Newsgroup Usenet November 17th, 2008

Before and After?

Before and After?

Tanya Vlach a San Francisco artist who lost an eye in a 2005 car accident, wants a Web cam installed into her prosthesis. Vlach, who now wears a realistic acrylic prosthesis says she’s issued a challenge to engineers on her blog: build an “eye cam” for her prosthesis that can dilate with changes of light and allow her to blink to control its zoom, focus, and on/off switch.

“It is possible to build a wireless camera with the dimensions of the eyeball,” said Want, a senior principal engineer at Intel. “You can find spy cams or nanny cams designed to fit into inconspicuous places in the home.”

Want also saw the potential for a system like this to serve as a personal memory back-up saying, “You’d never lose anything. You could ask it, ‘Where was the last time I saw my keys?'”

Once she’s captured some content, Vlach wants the freedom to move it to a PC by Bluetooth, Firewire, USB or memory card. The eye would be powered with a wireless charger. Uploading the content to Newsgroups could be a great channel to share and communicate her content.

Vlach’s challenge, first reported by tech blogger Kevin Kelly, has inspired blog posts from around the world and e-mails to Vlach from dozens of eager engineers. We’ll be keeping an eye out for more details [sic].

Touch Screen Computing No Longer Star Trek Fantasy

By Newsgroup Usenet November 15th, 2008

We’ve all heard the tech world make promises to transform the technology inustry and sometimes the world. Now a new startup company called Oblong Industries which grew out of the Media Lab in MIT demonstrated something that might deliver on that promise.

The Oblong operating system, known as g-speak, dispenses with decades-old mouse technology and allows users to control what’s happening on their screens by gesturing, pointing and other hand motions.

They plucked pieces of images from one display and dragged them to other locations, or drew a pattern on the screen then rotated it to create three-dimensional image. The impression was of an orchestra conductor, using simple hand motions to tell his computer what to do. Los Angeles-based Oblong calls it the spatial operating environment.

Oblong has existed for several years, but had been operating in stealth mode until premiering the technology to advertising, TV and other media professionals at the annual Monaco gathering. “We believe the spatial operating environment is how we will all work in the future,” Mary Ann de Lares Norris, general manager of Oblong Europe, told those present. This is one time that such a bold claim seemed plausible.

Imagine the capabilities of a Newsreader program that would allow drag and drop functions to headers and articles. What this kind of technology can represent could possibly change the way that Usenet and Newsgroups are accessed.

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Newsdemon Review: Newsrover Newsreader Version 14

By Newsgroup Usenet November 11th, 2008


As one of the pioneers in the newsreader market, News Rover remains as one of the most popular newsreaders available today. Currently up to version 14, the automated newsreader has grown to host a multitude of features while still remaining fairly light on system resources.

The program excels when properly setup to download newsgroup posts and attachments. Extremely fast working in the background, some of the automatic functions include being able to download specific files to designated locations unattended.

By scanning each newsgroup the user specifies, News Rover downloads the messages that match the selection criteria – minus the spam. News Rover includes a built-in RAR/PAR processor for handling RAR file posts, MIME and uuencoding.

Like Outlook Express, News Rover is also capable of sending and receiving emails as well via conventional email protocols as well as acting primarily as a Newsreader. The program also includes a JPG picture gallery which can create a thumbnail gallery of images.

On the security side, Newsrover has the option to be password protected and includes file encryption capabilities. The file encryption is dependent on the Usenet providers availability for SSL. Newsdemon accounts are all eligible for this SSL capability.

Running on Windows solely, News Rover is compatible with most Windows versions from 98 to Vista.

News Rover is a robust and trusted name as a Newsreader solution. With each iteration, it has matured. Now at Version 14, and moderately priced at $29.95, News Rover remains a top-tier level consideration for all of your Usenet and Newsgroups needs.

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