Saturday, July 23, 2016
Dubai’s first partially underwater villa—“The Floating Seahorse”—has been completed, marking a major milestone for The World Islands project. A picture surfaced online this week, showing the first of 42 villas located a few miles off shore in a grouping of islands called the Heart of Europe.
Currently available for purchase for $2.7 million, the floating luxury home has a total of three levels, with one being submerged under water. The main floor will feature an outdoor shower, kitchen, and glass-bottomed Jacuzzi. The underwater level is home to the master bedroom and bathroom, with floor-to-ceiling windows complete with views of life under the sea.
Developer The Kleindienst Group not only wants to offer world-class living quarters, but is also on a mission to protect the local marine life. “We are confident it will set a benchmark in the luxury lifestyle market worldwide for outstanding innovation, contemporary design and underwater living at its best," said chief executive Josef Kleindienst at the Dubai International Boat Show last March. “The seahorse is an endangered species and we will create an artificial coral reef beneath the luxury retreats which will be a protected area in which seahorses can safely live and breed."
While the rest of the villas won’t be ready until the end of the year, Dubai is already home to the twin Neptune and Poseidon Underwater Suites at Atlantis, The Palm. For around $8,000 a night, guests have access to similar floor-to-ceiling windows with panoramic views of The Ambassador Lagoon: a three-million-gallon aquarium filled with more than 65,000 marine animals, including sharks and stingrays.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
If you, like so many, used KickassTorrents (KAT) as one of your primary sources for downloading movies, music, and more, you’re out of luck, as the alleged owner of the site was arrested on Wednesday.
According to TorrentFreak, Artem Vaulin, 30, of Poland, was arrested in the Ukraine on a number of charges, including conspiracy to commit criminal copyright infringement, conspiracy to commit money laundering, and two counts of criminal copyright infringement. According to a complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago, the copyrighted material over on the site is valued at over $1 billion. The US is seeing to extradite Vaulin and a federal court in Chicago has ordered the domains to be seized.
Vaulin, also known as “tirm,” is thought to be the person behind the founding of the site in 2008 and was heavily involved in the operations and financials of KAT. Investigators identified a number of servers that could be tied back to KAT, including one in Chicago (hence the complaint being filed there). They also allege that Vaulin was running the company Cryptoneat, which they say was used in part to conceal some of KAT’s operations.
“In an effort to evade law enforcement, Vaulin allegedly relied on servers located in countries around the world and moved his domains due to repeated seizures and civil lawsuits. His arrest in Poland, however, demonstrates again that cybercriminals can run, but they cannot hide from justice,” said Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell in a press release issued by the Department of Justice.
This is a big hit for the torrent community, since KAT was one of, if not the, most popular torrent site, even bigger than the Pirate Bay. According to the criminal complaint, KAT is the 69th most frequently visited website online, and receives over 50 million unique hits a month.
Additionally, the criminal complaint reveals that investigators went undercover to advertise on the site, which revealed a bank account that was used.
At the time of this writing, kat.cr, which is the current domain for the site, doesn’t appear to be loading.
In the meantime, you’ll either have to find another site to get your download of “Ghostbusters” while it’s still in the theaters, or pay actual money to the creators.