BestBuy’s Movie Download Service Ready To Launch

BestBuy will provide the service under the brand name CinemaNow. The service will allow users to download latest movies to their connected TV sets, Blue-Ray players and computers at a pay-per-download price. The service is expected to launch by the end of the month and will be powered by Sonic Solutions.  Rentals for new movies will be around $2-$4 while complete purchase would be somewhere between $10 to $20 depending on the title.

Unlike Netflix, the service will not offer any subscription based plans. The website by Sonic that currently already offers movie downloads will also be relaunched under the new ownership with a much more user-friendly interface.  This will put BestBuy in direct competition with Netflix, YouTube, and Hulu, fighting out a market which hasn’t been able to bring in much money yet. Walmart tried a similar thing recently by acquiring Vudu but hasn’t been able to make a big impact in the industry yet.

The only two things that can help BestBuy take over this market is offering latest titles and providing the service on a wide array of devices. Theoretically, BestBuy shouldn’t have a problem with either of these factors and if BestBuy can offer the service on a large number of devices that would make it different than services like Netflix and Hulu that only work on a limited number of devices.

Hollywood Is Making a Movie About Mark Zuckerberg

With all the heat Facebook’s founder is already taking over the privacy issues, being depicted in a Hollywood movie is the last thing he would want. The movie called  The Social Network will depict Mark Zuckerberg as a sex maniac and portray a fantasized version of how and why he created Facebook.

The movie is based on Ben Mezrich’s book The Accidental Billionares and has a budget of 40 Million pounds. The movie is supposed to be a comedy one but will surely add to the ridicule Mark Zuckerberg is already a target of. The movie is produced by Kevin Spacey and is expected to be released this October. The film claims several things about Facebook’s history that might or might not be completely accurate but it definitely sounds like a fun thing to watch.

Mark’s role will be played by Jesse Eisenberg while his co-founder Sean Parker will be played by Justin Timberlake. More details about actual scenes of the movie are available here. A few years ago people were comparing Mark Zuckerberg to Bill Gates or even Steve Jobs but I think recent events have shown that he is not even taken seriously let alone being a tech legend

Bollywood Movie ‘Tera Kiya Hoga Johnny’ Leaked On YouTube

Bollywood Director Sudhir Mishra’s latest film featuring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Soha Ali Khan is set to release for April 2010. However, this didn’t stop somebody from uploading a ripped version to YouTube. According to the Hindustan Times article, the film has been premiered in a number of film festivals, but has not been released yet.

Official complaints were sent to YouTube and the videos have been removed now but not before getting around 500 views. The production company claims that the version uploaded on YouTube is the first rough cut and the final production is quite different from it. Official complaints have also been filed with the cyber crimes cell of local Mumbai police.


Here are the actual YouTube links for the videos. Even though the videos were removed from YouTube before getting a lot of audience, a simple google search reveals that it might have leaked to other sharing sites and forums. The role of YouTube in this case is quite interesting as on one hand people are using it to share illegal content while on the other hand, producers are trying to partner up with YouTube to officially share their content.

Nmap: Network Tool turned Movie Star

Very rarely do movies put a real computer application to do a real thing, even rarely do they actually use it correctly. But, Nmap here, seems to be the hot favourite; be it CIA or NSA or a hot good-guy’s gal, you name it. Nmap has made a number of appearances in some major movies of the last decade and is our movie star of the decade.

Here are some of the movies starring Nmap.


Remember the hacker from Die-Hard 4 that our detective John McClane is supposed to retrieve for breaching into the FBI computers? The hacker Matthew Farrell displays his Nmap skills, giving the real feel of a geek terminal.

Matrix Reloaded

Who can forget Trinity from Matrix? Well, here we have a beauty with brains. She used a real, as in 100% real SSH1 CRC32 exploit to hack into the city power grid. The hack was so real, that the Scotland Yard and the British Computer Society issued a joint notice on it saying,

Viewers of the new box office blockbuster ‘Matrix Reloaded’ should not be tempted to emulate the realistic depiction of computer hacking.

Bourne Ultimatum

In Bourne Ultimatum, the CIA needs to read the mail of a reported they assassinated, so much for death. Nmap and Zenmap, the GUI for Nmap is used to get technical details of the mail server.

13. Game Of Death

In this Thai thriller movie, we see a man willing to complete 13 challenges to win $100,000,000. The tasks grow darker as he climbs up the prize money ladder. Ultimately, one of the protagonist’s friends breaks into the game’s website using Nmap.

I have mentioned only a few of the good movies in this list. This shows one place where Linux can surely be used – for Geek terminals.
Check the rest of the entries at this page on the Nmap website.