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Your old CD-ROMs are probably rotting

The standards for certifying a CD-ROM did not “place any requirement on the chemical or physical stability of the disc,” so depending on the manufacturer and process, the discs you’ve put away on shelves may have wildly different material properties. – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing http://ift.tt/2nqhS7n

How to Download YouTube Videos

So, let’s be clear: taking video from YouTube is a big no-no and you shouldn’t. If you want to share a video, YouTube makes it pretty damn easy to do, from embedding to emailing to sharing via social networks. You don’t really need to download a video most of the time. But maybe you have your reasons. We won’t judge. If you must download a YouTube video—absolutely need to, just for yourself, and not for dissemination, and not to be a total douche-nozzle—here’s how. – Eric Griffith, PCMag

Turn any old, slow computer into a speedy Chromebook with this free software

photo: BGR

It’s worth noting that the name Chromebook is trademarked by Google, so that’s not technically what you’re getting when you install CloudReady on your computer. But Neverware uses Chromium, the open source version of the Chrome operating system, which makes for a nearly identical experience, complete with all the apps and services you’d find on an actual Chromebook. – Jacob Siegal, BGR

Busted Pirate Told to Get 200K YouTube Hits or Face Huge Fine

A software pirate is facing the most unusual punishment ever seen in a copyright infringement action. The man lost a case brought by an anti-piracy group but couldn’t pay damages, so instead agreed to star in PSA showcasing his life as a pirate. If that film doesn’t get 200K hits on YouTube, he’ll be required to pay a large fine. – Andy, TorrentFreak

Amazon Instant No Longer Works on Many TVs: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

photo: Getty Images, Heavy.com

Starting September 14, Amazon is pulling the plug permanently on Google TV. This means that any television that runs Google TV software will no longer be able to stream TV shows and movies from the Amazon Video app, Liliputing reported. Streaming devices that support Google TV software and may be affected include LG, Sony, Vizio, ASUS, Hisense, Netgear, and Hausbell, a user on the Google TV Forum reported. Google has been focusing more on Android TV rather than Google TV lately anyway, but Amazon doesn’t support Android TV set-top boxes yet either. Amazon also doesn’t work with Google Chromecast, TechHive reported. – Stephanie Dube Dwilson, Heavy.com

July Xbox One Update Gets You Ready For Game Streaming And Backward Compatibility In Windows 10

photo : Luke Hayfield, Flickr

Microsoft says that the update, simply called the July Xbox One Update, will be prompting users to download the software starting this week. However, users should not expect any new features to come with the update since it is simply meant to prepare the console for Windows 10 game streaming and for backward compatibility with the titles that are available on the Xbox 360. – Menchie Mendoza, Tech Times
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