Web

What to expect from Kim Dotcom’s Mega, launching tomorrow

mega landing page

Despite the tumultuous legal headache that the government is imposing following MegaUpload’s shut down, Kim Dotcom hasn’t hidden from public eye. We know that he’s been keeping himself busy with MegaBox, the music streaming site which many are anticipating. Then there’s Mega, a file storage platform that resembles the damned file sharing platform MegaUpload and Dotcom’s second chance at resurrecting a file hosting site in the former site’s likeness. 

Given that anything to do with Kim Dotcom has controversy written all over it, a painless launch would be a miracle. Even before Mega’s launch, Dotcom’s Me.ga domain was shut down by the government of Gabon. Lately he’s been running over hurdles when MediaWorks, a media company out in New Zealand responsible for placing Mega’s radio spots on its stations, was pressured to pull the plug on the ad spots. Regardless, Mega is definitely a “go.” Dotcom tweeted, “24 hours until #Mega! One more day! Are you ready?”

Dotcom called for API developers back in August to tinker around with an early-stage Mega and took to Twitter to proclaim “one-click-encryption of ALL your data transfers, on the fly, easy to use, free of charge.” And he’s been brazen about curtailing any chances and reasons that the FBI could come after him. This time around, the servers are hosted outside of the United States, and Mega uses its users’ browsers instead of software, which means that users will be liable for their own actions instead of Mega being faulted. If you recall, to use MegaUpload you had to install MegaManager on all of your devices.

mega screen shot of interface

Based on early looks at the platform, which TechCrunch (who took the screen shot above) and other outlets have been granted, the platform and user experience appears to be straight forward and familiar for those who use Dropbox, Box, or even Drive. 

The Contacts feature isn’t functional yet, but we can get a good sense of the file sharing capabilities of the platform. You didn’t think Dotcom was leaving his file-sharing roots behind did you? What we can deduce is that you’ll be able to keep in touch with users through an in-app messaging platform, and we get the sense that file-sharing between contacts will be an included service. We’ll just have to wait until tomorrow for the grand debut to dig deeper into Mega’s features.

Mega won’t be just a file storage and sharing utility. Through its investor, Instra, which is a domain registry site, domain hosting, and domain names are features that will be included in the Mega package. And you can test out Mega with 50 GB of free storage – the only storage service that comes close to that is MediaFire, with its own free 50 GB offer. If you’re looking for an upgrade, there are three tiers to choose from. The first is 500 GB of storage and 1TB of bandwidth for € 9.99 ($13.29), and the second step up offer 2TB of storage for 4 TB bandwidth for € 19.99 ($26.59). What Mega calls Pro III is a € 29.99 ($39.90) monthly package for 4 TB and 8 TB of bandwidth.

Until Mega launches to the world tomorrow, this first look is just a snippet of what you should be expecting.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Booze-filled ski poles and crypto piggy banks

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix, from 'Haunting of Hill House’ to ‘Twilight Zone’

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Movies & TV

Do you have questions about Hulu? We’ve got answers

Not sure which Hulu subscription is right for you? We're here to help. This is your complete guide to Hulu and Hulu with Live TV, including content offerings for each service, pricing, internet requirements, and more.
Gaming

Hey, Sony! If you make a PS2 Classic, it needs these games

158 million PS2 consoles were sold worldwide during its lifecycle, making it the most successful video game console of all time. It was hard, but we narrowed down the PS2's vast library of games. Here are the best PS2 games of all time.
Mobile

5G: Why everything is about to change

Curious about the many ways 5G will change and enrich your life? Here’s our guide to all things 5G.
Computing

Firefox 64 helps keep your numerous tabs under control

Mozilla officially launched Firefox 64 by placing new features into the laps of its users including new tab management abilities, intelligent suggestions, and a task manager for keeping Firefox's power consumption under control.
Computing

PewDiePie supporters hack printers, hope to boost his subscription numbers

In an attempt to garner more subscribers for their favorite vlogger and secure his status as having the most YouTube subscribers, PewDiePie supporters claimed to have hacked thousands of printers worldwide.
Computing

Email take-backsies! Gmail's unsend feature is one of its best

Everyone has sent a message they wish they could take back. How great would it be if you could undo that impulsive email? If you're a Gmail user, you can. Here's how to recall an email in Gmail.
Computing

Costco members can cut up to $200 off MacBook and iMac price tags

Costco is discounting MacBook Air and MacBook Pro laptops by as much as $200 as part of a members-only sale. It also has deals on select MacBooks and iMacs, with optional Apple Care in most instances.
Music

Here's our head-to-head comparison of Pandora and Spotify

Which music streaming platform is best for you? We pit Spotify versus Pandora, two mighty streaming services with on-demand music and massive catalogs, comparing every facet of the two services to help you decide which is best.
Computing

Our favorite Chrome themes add some much-needed pizzazz to your boring browser

Sometimes you just want Chrome to show a little personality and ditch the grayscale for something a little more lively. Lucky for you, we've sorted through the Chrome Web Store to find best Chrome themes available.
Web

Chrome fights manipulative sites that don’t allow you to hit the back button

Have you encountered a webpage that won't let you hit the back button? Someun scrupulous websites employ what's known as history manipulation, preventing you from hitting the back button, but now Google Chrome will be fighting back.
Smart Home

Holiday shopping: Here are the final dates for Amazon’s free shipping promotion

If you're shopping with Amazon this holiday season, then time is fast running out if you want all of your gifts delivered before December 25. Here are the dates you need to know ...
Business

Google to expand New York City presence with $1 billion campus

Google is following in Amazon's footsteps with plans to expand its presence in New York City. The company announced on Monday, December 17 that it's investing $1 billion on three sites in Lower Manhattan for more than 7,000 workers.