Cut the Rope Now Free for Everyone on PCs with IE9

Kuala Lumpur, 8 February 2012 – Cut the Rope, a popular wildly addictive – and cute – puzzle game previously only available on smartphones, is now more fun than ever on PCs. The game, playable directly from the web atwww.cuttherope.ie, showcases the advanced and powerful HTML5 capabilities of Microsoft’s latest and most powerful web browser, Internet Explorer 9 (IE9).

ZeptoLab, the creators of Cut the Rope, collaborated with technology specialists at Pixel Lab and with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Team, to deliver the game to online audiences with HTML5 technology and JavaScript. The developers discussed their technical approach to this project, and the challenges that they faced, in a short blog post including a video interview, which can be found at www.cuttherope.ie/dev/.

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Eighteen (18) levels of the game are playable with most modern web browsers but seven (7) bonus levels are available exclusively to users who pin the game to their Windows taskbar with IE9.

Gamers that pin Cut the Rope to their Windows 7 taskbar, will find that IE9 takes on the look and feel of the game and unlocks unique levels not found in any previous versions of Cut the Rope. For further improvements, with the hardware acceleration enabled in IE9 and Windows 7, the game looks and feels just as rich and immersive as developers intended the game to be. This is the first of many games that Microsoft’s will be bringing to the web via IE9. Hot gaming titles such as Pirates Love DaisiesDisney’s Tron, and The World’s Biggest Pacman are all currently in the pipeline toward release with Windows 7 and IE9.

Microsoft’s IE9 can be downloaded at www.beautyoftheweb.com.

Cut The Rope Developer Candy: Behind the Scenes

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=px_n1pNzEwI]

Stop Online Piracy Act is Working

The Stop Online Piracy Act or SOPA bill announced last year in 2011 was proposed to counter online piracy and apparently, help people keep their jobs. However, announcement of postponing the bill came in January 2012 due to the mounting pressure by the Internet powers – Wikipedia and WordPress to name a few.

All is well but not ends well

Though the SOPA bill may not have been passed, authorities have rained down on 1 of the biggest file sharing websites; Megaupload. It has forced the file sharing service to shut down its operations with follow up arrests of its management and founders.

And the ripple effect ensued. Here’s some quick updates thanks to LowYat members.

FileServe – No longer renewing/selling premium accounts.

FileJungle – Deleting files. Locked in the US.

UploadStation – Locked in the US.

FileSonic – News is arbitrary (under FBI investigation).

VideoBB – Closed. May disappear soon.

Uploaded – Banned in US and FBI went after the disappeared owners.

FilePost – Deleting all materials but will maintain executables, PDFs and TXT files.

Videoz – Closed and locked in the countries affiliated with the US.

4shared – Deleting files with copyright and waits in line at the FBI.

MediaFire – Called to testify in the next 90 days and it will open doors to the FBI.

Org torrent – Could vanish with everything within 30 days as “he is under criminal investigation”

Network Share mIRC – Awaiting the decision of the case to continue or terminate everything.

Where Malaysia stands in all of this?

The Internet community here as well weren’t too happy about SOPA and people were talking about it.

the fall of file sharing sites; now there is no reason to get UNIFI

So what I’m now interested in is will the above ripples affect the broadband user signup rate. Especially services currently pushing fibre to the home.

Updated 25 February 2012

Found an interesting comment on another website made about the status of some of the file hosting providers. Have a look.

  • MegaUpload.com (Down) [TakeDown]
  • Easy-Share.com/Crocko.com (Closed affiliate program)
  • EnterUpload.com (Down) [Redirect]
  • FileServe.com (As good as dead)
  • FileSonic.com (As good as dead) [Closed affiliate program; Sharing/downloading disabled]
  • FileJungle.com (As good as dead) [Closed affiliate program; Sharing/downloading disabled]
  • FilePost.com (Closed affiliate program; Suspending accounts with infringing material)
  • GlumboUploads.com (Closed affiliate program)
  • GrooveFile.com (Dead)
  • MegaShare.com (Closed affiliate program)
  • UploadStation.com (As good as dead) [Closed affiliate program; Sharing/downloading disabled]
  • Uploaded.to (Blocked U.S. Visitors)
  • Uploading.com (Closed affiliate program)
  • VideoZer.com (Closed affiliate program)
  • VideoBB.com (Closed affiliate program)
  • x7.to (Dead)
  • oron.com (Closed affiliate program)
  • turbobit.net (Blocked U.S. Visitors)

The commenter also mentioned US IP traffic is now blocked for most file hosting providers. Interesting.