• Depending on who you talk to, downloading music online is either an unscrupulous crime or a free alternative to iTunes. Today's major record labels believe in the former, and they've spent the better part of the last decade trying to protect their property.

    But their latest measure to thwart copyright infringement is nearly the digital equivalent of a schoolmate ratting you out for skipping class.

    As Casey Chan of Gizmodo reports, record labels are using a student task force to seek out fellow students who illegally pirate music.

    "EMI, Sony, Universal and Warner are funneling money to an anti-piracy group called proMedia whose sole purpose is to hunt down copyright infringements," reveals Chan. "The company, according to one anonymous employee who works there, employs around 35 students who crawl and comb through forums, blogs and file hosting sites to find people who pirate music."

    [ Related: Bill C-11 could bring SOPA-like online piracy laws to Canada ]

    The inside man, who

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  • Apple Senior Vice President of Worldwide product marketing Phil Schiller announces the new MacBook Pro.At this year's WWDC, Apple's annual developer's conference in Califorina, Apple's Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing Phil Schiller announced the next generation of Mac laptops, the new MacBook Pro.

    The new notebook is the highest-end computer in the MacBook lineup, blending features of both the MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air. Weighing less than 4.5 lbs and only 0.71" thick, Apple has sought to fit the latest evolutions in their notebook technology into a pint-sized package.

    At first look, The Verge reported in their live chat that the computer looked like an iPad laptop, slimming down the form factor to make it the lightest MacBook Pro yet.

    [ Related: Apple courts developers vital to its popularity ]

    Arguably the biggest selling point of the new MacBook Pro is the graphics capabilities. The screen, which has been made thinner by removing the additional cover glass of previous models, now includes a retina display. The latest iPhones and iPads already include this

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  • Skylanders Giants

    If you've been following Yahoo!'s The Right Click coverage of the recent E3 — the Electronic Entertainment Expo — you'll notice most of the video games profiled from the show are more adult-oriented in nature.

    That is, "Mature"-rated games stole many of the headlines from E3, such as Call of Duty: Black Ops II, The Last of Us, Assassin's Creed III, Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Halo 4, God of War: Ascension and Watch Dogs. After all, the average age of a video game player today is 36 years of age, says the Entertainment Software Association.

    But while in L.A. for E3 I also wanted to give props to some of the kids games on display at the world's largest video game expo. Below, you'll see I chat about Activision's Skylanders Giants, Sony's PlayStation All-Star Battle Royale and WonderBook: Book of Spells, an augmented reality-infused book and game combo, written by Harry Potter's J.K. Rowling, that takes advantage of the PlayStation Move controller and PlayStation Eye camera.


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  • It's being touted as the thinnest and lightest e-reader on the market, but what really makes the Flex ONE special is its inaugural use of Electronic Paper Display (EPD).

    Wexler has become the first to launch a flexible e-reader that features LG's EPD, a revolutionary technology that pundits see as a veritable game changer.

    "The Flex ONE will benefit from the inherent durability of LG's EPD, which reportedly withstood multiple hits with a urethane hammer without a scratch," reports James Holloway in a Gizmag blog.

    "The reader boasts a hefty 8 GB of storage, twice that of the Kindle DX, and four times that of Amazon's new Kindle, despite having a screen of identical size and being only two thirds its weight. As storage: weight ratios go, the Flex ONE is truly remarkable."

    The Flex ONE, with its four millimeter-thick frame weighing a mere 110 grams, has delivered on LG's promise that EPD-based gadgets would soon be on the way. Sang Duck Yeo, head of operations for LG Display's Mobile/OLED

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  • While we've known about the Wii U since E3 2011, at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo we got to see exactly what Nintendo is planning for its new console and what games we can expect. But it seems like there are more questions than answers as speculation runs rampant on exactly how much the Wii U will cost and when we can expect to take one home.

    During the Nintendo keynote presentation, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime debuted NintendoLand, one of the launch titles for the system. The game, which brings together multiple Nintendo worlds in an amusement park, is meant to really showcase what the Wii U is capable of. Nintendo did the same thing at the launch of the Wii, when it was Wii Sports that best demonstrated how to use a Wiimote.

    Fils-Aime announced the launch of NintendoLand to be coming at the same time as the Wii U, during "Holiday 2012." That certainly narrows down the launch window, but gamers likely want something more specific.

    Ubisoft, who is working

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  • Are you ready to play?

    If the 18th annual E3 Expo is any indication, you'll have no shortage of extraordinary entertainment experiences to indulge in over the coming months and years.

    The world's biggest video game trade show has just wrapped up and once again it served as a window to the future of the multibillion-dollar industry. More than 45,000 industry-only attendees packed the Los Angeles Convention Center to play upcoming games and new hardware.

    The sheer size and intensity of the show means it's an exhausting one to cover -- no violins, please -- but after three days of roaming the massive showroom floor and getting hands-on time with games behind closed doors, the following is a look at some highlights of the 2012 E3 Expo:

    Canada takes the lead

    Whether it's EA Sports from Vancouver (FIFA 13, NHL 13), Digital Extremes in London, Ont. (Star Trek) or Ubisoft in Toronto (Splinter Cell: Blacklist), Canadians dominated this year's E3. Ubisoft Montreal, in particular, stole the

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  • If there's one video game that has garnered the most amount of buzz at the 2012 Electronic Entertainment Expo, it's The Last of Us.

    And for good reason — no other game at the show delivered the same level of intense action, gorgeous set pieces, smart artificial intelligence (A.I.) and character interaction.

    Currently in development at Naughty Dog studios — best-known for its Uncharted, Jak & Daxter and Crash Bandicoot series — The Last of Us takes place in the near future, after most of the earth's population has been decimated by a deadly viral outbreak. Mother Earth has reclaimed much of the planet, growing over many of the streets and buildings.

    You play as a hardened middle-aged man, Joel, who vows to protect a 14-year-old girl, Ellie, from a number of threats — including bandits with no regard for human life. While details are scarce about where they're going and why, the duo are making their way across the United States.

    The behind-closed-doors demo of this PlayStation 3

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  • A scene from the new video game "Watch Dogs" is presented at the Ubisoft news briefing.After two days of keynote presentations at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, there has been one company whose name seems to keep popping up: Ubisoft. And it appears that the developer's Canadian studios played a big role in helping it get there.

    In addition to hosting their own keynote on June 4, where Ubisoft announced a number of titles including Just Dance 4, Avengers: Battle for Earth and Rayman Legends, Ubisoft made appearances in all three of the console makers' presentations, too.

    As if a major presence in all of the other presentations wasn't enough (they announced eight new titles for Nintendo's Wii U alone), they also debuted at their own keynote a brand new game which many are already calling the game of the show.

    Watch Dogs is being touted as a mix between Deus Ex and Grand Theft Auto, in which players can hack just about anything they pass to achieve their objectives as a spy. The game, which is rumoured to be in development for both current and next-generation consoles,

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  • A look at the game select screen for 'NintendoLand' from Nintendo's E3 live webcast.In the last of the big press conferences at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo provided some new insight into what gamers can look forward to with the upcoming Wii U console.

    While today did mark Nintendo's official keynote, they began their presentation Sunday night with a special "pre-E3" address from Nintendo president Satoru Iwata, who released more details about the Wii U and showcasing some of its abilities. The June 5 keynote didn't touch on the hardware as much, focusing instead on the games coming up for the new system.

    Shigeru Miyamoto, the game designer behind many of Nintendo's most popular games, was on hand to unveil the new Pikmin game — complete with Pikmin added to the audience using augmented reality. Ten years after the release of the first Pikmin game, Pikmin 3 uses the higher-definition graphics of the Wii U to refine the look of the environments and showcase the more nuanced movements of the Pikmin themselves. As this is the first Pikmin game

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  • Nintendo's Wii U tablet is shown on a large video screen (L) as it is used to play the video game In the past, Nintendo has been known for its incredibly strong roster of first-party titles, like the Mario and Zelda games, but has been notoriously light on impressive third-party games. If their presentation today at the Electronic Entertainment Expo is any indication, they're hoping to finally turn that around.

    Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime took to the stage on June 5 to unveil the latest titles for the new Wii U console and the Nintendo 3DS, and he had plenty of titles to show off. There was the usual array of first-party games like NintendoLand and New Super Mario Bros. U, but titles from companies like Warner Brother Games and Ubisoft may be what boosts Nintendo's newest console in the long-run.

    To kick off their third-party lineup, Fils-Aime announced a new version of Batman Arkham City exclusive to the Wii U. Batman Arkham City: Armored Edition puts Batman in an armoured suit, allowing the player to control its various special functions using the Wii U

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