The Torch Top 5 – September 23rd 2013

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5) Pavarotti gets his award, 6 years after his death

Luciano Pavarotti, the legendary opera singer, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Classic BRTI Awards in 2007, but unfortunately he died in the days between the announcement and the ceremony.
BPI, UK’s recorded music association, has now decided to give him this award posthumously and on 2nd of October he will be the first person to receive this prestigious prize after his death.

4) Doyle’s estate want to reshape copyright law grey zones about Holmes

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s estate has filed many lawsuits over the 100 years that Sherlock Holmes has existed. This year will be no difference, but this time they want to reshape US copyright laws.
The lawsuit is regarding the use of the names Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a new suite of novels about the famous detective, penned by, among others, Lee Child of Dune fame.
The grey zone about the law is whether the name is protected until all of Doyle’s books are in Public Domain or if it expired as soon as the first book entered Public Domain.
If Doyle’s estate wins, copyright laws can become even stricter than it already is, protecting names over the current 70 years of the authors death.

3) iOS 7 released

The highly anticipated update for Apple mobile devices, iOS 7, has just been released. This update introduces many features that former Android, Blackberry and Windows Phone users have been asking for, such as the ability to run more than one app at the same time, but also a load of new features.
Most prominent is the new security, where you use your own thumbprint in a scanner instead of a pin code, however to get this feature you will need the phone that was released with this update, the iPhone 5S, which comes with the scanner built in.
Other mobile hardware developers are said to follow this example, ushering a new age of mobile security, where the thief would have to have your thumb in order to steal your phone.

2) Linden Lab’s Blocksworld hits the iPad

Using hteir extensive knowledge about virtual physics, Linden Lab has created a user friendly game where the user can point and click to build virtually what ever they want.
Blocksworld combines the currently most popular features in gaming, block-based graphics, advanced physics, child friendliness and possibility of creating advanced machinery in a sandbox environment, into one single game.
Blocksworld is currently available on the iTunes marketplace.

1) Sony confirms HDMI recording will be enabled… in the future

edias such as game reviewers have had a problem with recording from game consoles through the HDMI port that all consoles have. This is due to a copyright protection put there to prevent pirating of bluray movies, but the next generation console Playstation 4 will have no other output, making it impossible to legally record from it.
Sony has confirmed that they are working on a system that will disable the protection if no bluray film is present in the machine, thereby enabling players to record their game play.
However, this will not be ready on release, so reviewers and other similar media will have to wait for a while before they can show their own game play footage on screen.

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