Popcorn Time for your browser makes illegal movie streaming even easier

A Popcorn Time developer has made it easier than ever before to stream pirated movies and TV shows by placing the streaming service directly in your browser. Popcorn Time, which operates like Netflix but via pirated media streams from torrent sites, was previously only available as a desktop and Android mobile app users had to download. Now you can use Popcorn Time by venturing over to browserpopcorn.xyz, no login required. The website builds on previous attempts to create a browser-based torrent service, like Popcorn In Your Browser, that ultimately failed because they relied on third party services to function.

The browser version was created by 15-year-old Serbian programmer Milan Kragujevic, who appears to have cloned the original…

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Apple Maps transit directions now include popular Amtrak routes

Apple has added popular Amtrak routes including the Acela Express, Northeast Regional, Pennsylvanian, Maple Leaf, and others to the mass transit section of Apple Maps. They’re all Northeast US routes that are popular among commuters who travel between New York, New Jersey, Washington DC, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, and other cities. MacRumors first reported the newly added Amtrak data, which comes in addition to the subway, bus, train, and ferry routes that first debuted in Apple Maps with iOS 9. Apple’s not yet serving up Amtrak directions for other regions of the US; we’ll likely see availability expand as the transit feature spreads to other cities. Aside from the Amtrak routes, Boston is now officially part of the list of cities…

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Google Maps no longer requires Storage Permission

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With the advent of permissions management in Android Marshmallow, more users will (hopefully) begin scrutinizing the permissions requested by the applications they use. Why in the world would a flashlight app require access to my text messages?

Obviously it doesn’t, but many users put their trust into Google curating the Play Store to prevent malicious apps from data-mining you. However, sometimes a strange permission requested by an application isn’t a result of the developer trying to data-mine you. Sometimes developers are forced to add a permission because Google required it.

For a few years now, Google has required that any developer using the Google Maps Android SDK implement the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE. However, as Android developer Said Tahsin Dane writes in a Medium post, Google no longer requires developers to add this permission. Now, developers hoping to use Google Maps within their application will no longer have to scare their users into accepting a permission their apps seemingly don’t need.

Developers using Google Maps in their applications should take note that the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission is still required for any Android devices < 6.0, but that the required permission will be removed entirely from the next release of Android.

LG G Vista 2 will soon hit AT&T and Verizon stores

LG_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014PhoneArena recently stated that the LG G Vista 2 will be heading to AT&T and Verizon stores in the near future.

Just announced today, the LG G Vista 2 will seek to replace its predecessor from last year’s original LG G Vista. This year’s handset features a similar design language and a majority of the same specifications, however includes an upgrade on the software front.

The LG G Vista 2 will have a 5.7-inch display with an upgraded full-HD resolution, a 13MP rear camera and 16GB of internal storage space. It will also include 2GB of RAM, a 1 W speaker for loud and high-quality audio and an upgraded processor (not specified) in replacement of last year’s included Snapdragon 400.

The device should launch in time for the holidays and will be available via U.S. carriers AT&T and Verizon. The price tag is currently unknown, but it shouldn’t break the bank.

The embedded video below shows off some of the device’s newest features and specifications.

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Via: PhoneArena

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Netflix is working on a Gilmore Girls revival

This news is relevant to the interests of basically every person.

TV Line reports that Netflix is working on a limited revival of the classic mother-daughter dramedy series Gilmore Girls. Having reportedly closed the deal with series creator and head writer Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino, Netflix is now said to be negotiating with key members of the cast (including Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, and Scott Patterson). TV Line says the cast is expected to sign on, but until then, nothing is final.

Rory and Jess forever

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