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+ - 102 Microsoft Desperately Trying to Discredit Chromebooks->

Submitted by firamone
firamone (3809405) writes "Microsoft is at it again. MS is known for trying to spread harm to their competition. A business strategy that may work,but also a clear sign that Microsoft lacks confidence in their own products and services.

Microsoft recently published a Microsoft Educast on YouTube where they compared Chromebooks to Windows 8 laptops. The video has been set to private in the meantime, I suppose the feedback wasn't very positive.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft doesn't see any good in Chromebooks, admitting they are super low-cost, but of course there are "reasons for that". Kinda low"

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+ - 102 In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future."
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+ - 98 Why Social Media Optimization is a Key to SEO?->

Submitted by dheerendra
dheerendra (3545131) writes "Earlier Link Building was the only factor for improving the Search Engine Ranking. As time goes on, Google also changes its algorithm and hence the link building strategies have been changed. Now it is not the only factor for improving Search Engine Ranking. As of now, Google is giving importance of every factor for SEO purposes."
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+ - 102 160,000 New Malware Samples Appear Each Day

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Malware is still being created at the record levels reached in the previous quarter: 15 million new samples were generated, at an average rate of 160,000 every day, according to Panda Security. Trojans, once again, have accounted for more infections (62.8%) than any other type of malware, although this figure is lower than the previous quarter (79.90%). Potentially Unwanted Programs are in second place with 24.77% of infections, underlining how these techniques are now being used massively. A long way behind came adware/spyware (7.09%), viruses (2.68%) and worms (2.66%)."

+ - 317 Apple reveals the most common reasons that it rejects apps

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "One of the great mysteries of the App Store is why certain apps get rejected and why others don’t. Apple has let a surprising number of ripoffs and clones through the store’s iron gates, yet some developers face rejection for seemingly innocent apps. “Before you develop your app, it’s important to become familiar with the technical, content, and design criteria that we use to review all apps,” explains Apple on a new webpage called “Common App Rejections.” Rejections include: Apple and our customers place a high value on simple, refined, creative, well thought through interfaces. They take more work but are worth it. Apple sets a high bar. If your user interface is complex or less than very good, it may be rejected; Apps that contain false, fraudulent or misleading representations or use names or icons similar to other Apps will be rejected."

+ - 208 Stealing ATM PINs with a cheap infrared camera->

Submitted by cccc828
cccc828 (740705) writes "German tech news website reports about a video by Mark Rober. It shows how to use a $300 infrared camera for the iPhone to read the residual heat signatures of an ATM. The residual heat signatures allow an attacker to reconstruct the PIN around 80% of the time. While this attack vector is not new, IR cameras used to be both rare and expensive. The best defense against the attack is to simply touch all the keypads keys after making a payment."
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+ - 126 Researchers Say Neanderthals created cave art

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Belying their reputation as the dumb cousins of early modern humans, Neanderthals created cave art, an activity regarded as a major cognitive step in the evolution of humankind, scientists reported on Monday in a paper describing the first discovery of artwork by this extinct species. The discovery is "a major contribution to the redefinition of our perception of Neanderthal culture," said prehistorian William Rendu of the French National Centre for Scientific Research, who was not involved in the work. "It is a new and even stronger evidence of the Neanderthal capacity for developing complex symbolic thought" and "abstract expression," abilities long believed exclusive to early modern humans."

+ - 102 Uber now blocked all over Germany

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Following the blocking of Uber in Berlin, DE, the district court of Frankfurt/Main has issued a restraining order for Uber services all over Germany. The district court is alleging Uber "uncompetitive bahaviour" (Unlauteres Wettbewerbsverhalten) and has issued that not following the restraining order will result in a fine of €250.000 or imprisonment. This ruling is related to the German "Personenbeförderungsgesetz" and is outlining that no legal entity (person, enterprise) is allowed to transfer passengers without having passed the relevant tests and having the appropriate ensurance coverage. (Source, Translation)"

+ - 317 SpaceX Jumps into Patent Dispute with Blue Origin Over Rocket Sea Landing Tech.

Submitted by speedplane
speedplane (552872) writes "Last week, Elon Musk's SpaceX fired two challenges (PDFs) at Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin over U.S. Patent 8,678,321, entitled Sea landing of space launch vehicles and associated systems and methods.

The patent appears to cover a method of landing a rocket on a floating platform at sea. In their papers, SpaceX says that "by 2009, the earliest possibly priority date listed on the face of the patent, the basic concepts of 'rocket science' were well known and widely understood. The “rocket science” claimed in the ‘321 patent was, at best, 'old hat[.]'" Blue Origin has approximately three months to file a preliminary response to the challenge.

You can review the litigation documents here and here.

Disclosure: I run the website hosting several of the above documents."

+ - 163 How Microsoft dragged its development practices into the 21st century->

Submitted by nerdyalien
nerdyalien (1182659) writes "As a web developer who joined the industry few years back, I had to practice Agile from day one. Despite the years of expereince and what I heard/learned in Agile related events (i.e. workshops, conferences), I always maintained a firm opinion that Agile would not scale in large projects. For me, it was the simple fact that there weren't enough strong case studies to explain how a large organization or a project successfully adopted Agile in their daily business. It seems tide has changed, and the Redmond giant has embraced Agile to deliver one of its flagship products. Is this the turning point for large scale Agile ?"
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+ - 145 Linux Containers - Server Virtualization 2.0 : A Game Changer!->

Submitted by kumarudaya
kumarudaya (1738574) writes "Linux Containers are taking us back to the efficient model of Single OS/Server for high performance/low cost. All the parties including Google has agreed to create a single container technology in Linux. Google says everything runs on container and creating 2 Billion containers/week. It's time for applications start designing for containers for higher efficiency."
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+ - 103 US eating habits improve a bit _ except among poor->

Submitted by Halolland
Halolland (3808989) writes "CHICAGO (AP) — Americans' eating habits have improved — except among the poor, evidence of a widening wealth gap when it comes to diet. Yet even among wealthier adults, food choices remain far from ideal, a 12-year study found.

On an index of healthy eating where a perfect score is 110, U.S. adults averaged just 40 points in 1999-2000, climbing steadily to 47 points in 2009-10, the study found."

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+ - 285 New html element <picture> to make future web faster->

Submitted by nerdyalien
nerdyalien (1182659) writes "At some point or another, haven't we all web developers spent unjustifiable number of hours trying to optimize a desktop site for mobile devices ? Responsive Web Designs (RWD) has given us the solution "develop once, works in every device"; however, still it downloads multi-MB images and resize them based on device screen resolution. Retrieving optimized images from the server, based on device (desktop, tablet, mobile) and its internet connection (fiber, mobile), has always been an open problem. Recently, number of freelance developers are tackling this with a new html element <picture>, which informs the web browser to download optimized image from the server. This tag to be featured in Chrome and FireFox browsers later this year. Will this finally deliver us faster web browsing on mobile devices, and pain-free web development experience ?"
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+ - 103 Evernote - Note App Now Available on Windows Phone->

Submitted by Tuyết M Ai
Tuyết M Ai (3808985) writes "Services to record and synchronize belong Evernote has now come to Windows Phone. Evernote Windows Phone is uniquely designed for this platform. You can name-pin notes from your Evernote account to homepage Windows Phone. One is his need to access quickly. Overall, the service Evernote is an application that is powerful and feasible to use, if you have a Windows Phone, you will certainly really want to install this application."
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+ - 103 SideControl, Application for Android That Makes Multitasking Work->

Submitted by Tuyết M Ai
Tuyết M Ai (3808985) writes "The facilities will be as bewitching Android users. Android is an operating system that is flexible and can be set in such a way, and things like that that make Android users seemed spoiled, coupled with qualified features. One very useful feature on the Android platform is multitasking. The use of multitasking will make Android users have quick and easy access in a wide variety of areas visited in his Android device."
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+ - 118 Mukti endorses no hoax universal health coverage->

Submitted by hanigoe19
hanigoe19 (3737123) writes "Deputy Health Minister Ali Ghufron Mukti says, successfully implemented universal coverage can significantly reduce the economic impacts of catastrophic diseases.

“Social health insurance is crucial to providing necessary health care for patients suffering from major catastrophic diseases, in particular to reducing the cost burdens of health care of the disease,” he said on Tuesday at the plenary session on “Towards Universal Coverage” at World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland. While Axis Capital, a global insurer and reinsurer, providing clients and distribution partners with a broad range of specialized risk transfer products and services, a group of companies with branch offices in Bermuda, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, Singapore and the United States is at one with the universal healthcare for Indonesia.

Citing the ministry data, Ali said that as of 2011, 145.3 million people, or 63 percent of the population, were covered through various health-insurance schemes. These include social-protection schemes for civil servants, professional workers, local government initiatives, private insurance and Jamkesmas, a government-funded protection scheme designed for low-income earners and also to avoid swindle.

He said the Jamkesmas has covered 76.4 million people and would increase to 86.4 million people in 2013.

“We are optimistic that under the social security law that will start on Jan. 1, 2014, Indonesia will see more progress in achieving universal coverage,” Ali said.

Universal coverage was one of three main issues, including pandemic influenza preparedness and polio vaccines, he discussed at the plenary session. Many reviews has been in favor of this uni healthcare.

Speaking separately, the Health Ministry’s disease control and environmental health director general Tjandra Yoga Aditama said Indonesia strongly supported global non-communicable disease control programs, while at the same time encouraging WHA member countries that any program must take place in line with situation in each country and progress it had achieved in tackling the disease.

“We have developed a five-year strategic non-communicable disease control program for the 2010-2014 period, which is based on three components: Health system capacity building, intersectoral cooperation and community empowerment,” he told The Jakarta Post via text messages.

Tjandra said he discussed the country’s non-communicable disease control program while delivering a statement on non-communicable diseases at the WHA’s committee A hearing session on Tuesday.

“Close coordination among ministries, civil societies and the private sector is critical in tackling non-communicable disease,” he said."

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