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+ - New Animated PNG creation tools intend to bring APNG into mainstream use-> 1

Submitted by Kagetsuki
Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "While grainy GIF images can have entertaining uses they aren't the ideal animated image format due to lack of full color support and an alpha channel [for varied transparency]. Animated PNG doesn't have these faults and has been available and incorporated in quite a few browsers since roughly 2004. Lack of tools and recogniting has hurt adoption, so to remedy this there is a campaign on kickstarter to create an Open Source, high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". Even the primary goal includes libraries/modules for C/C++ and Ruby along with a cross platform GUI authoring tool. Aside from supporting the project simply using APNG willl help raise interest and support in the standard and bring us one step closer to a world with cleaner animated images."
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+ - kickstarter campaign to bring Animated PNG into the mainstream with new tools->

Submitted by Kagetsuki
Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create an OSS high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm". If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved."
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+ - apngasm kickstarter to create high quality Animated PNG conversion libraries->

Submitted by Kagetsuki
Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "The same people who ran the Phantom Open Emoji kickstarter are running a new campaign to create a high quality Animated PNG [APNG] conversion library and GUI Editor based on the APNG Assembler tool "apngasm" here: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/apngasm-foss-animated-png-tools-and-apng-standardi . If you're sick of grainy ugly GIF images and want a high quality animated image format with transparency APNG is available for use now, but without better tools APNG images will continue to be difficult to create. If this campaign succeeds that problem should be solved."
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+ - Free Open Source Emoji Project on KickStarter->

Submitted by Kagetsuki
Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "There's a project on KickStarter for a Free and Open set of emoji [the grapical emoticon glyph set which has a block reserved in Unicode]. Currently there are no full sets of Emoji that are completely free (as in beer and and freedom), so if this project gets funded it will be the first and only set of emoji that can, say, be distributed with FLOSS Linux/BSD/GNU systems. Not to mention anyone will be able to incorporate them into any project without any restrictive conditions. Check it out at http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/374397522/phantom-open-emoji ."
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+ - Chinese Anti-Japan Protests Escalate->

Submitted by Kagetsuki
Kagetsuki (1620613) writes "Chinese have been protesting against Japan for the last few weeks over Japan nationalizing the [previously privately owned] Senkaku islands. These islands are internationally recognized as Japanese territory, but when it was discovered there is a large oil field under them China began claiming the territory as their own. More details on this situation can be found here: http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/war/senkaku.htm . Since the protests began the Japanese embassador to China has died under suspicious circumstances: https://rt.com/news/japan-china-island-dispute-protest-244/ and Chinese citizens have taken to looting and destroying every Japanese owned establishment and product they can find: http://www.sankakucomplex.com/2012/09/16/chinese-hate-for-japan-burns-at-fever-pitch/."
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+ - Dealing with the Business Software Alliance? 2

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Kagetsuki
Kagetsuki writes "We've just gotten a letter from an attorney representing the Business Software Alliance stating someone (we're certain it's a disgruntled former employee) submitted information we are using illegally copied software. The thing is we're not using illegally copied software, all commercial software we are using we have licenses for. Still, according to articles on the BSA that's irrelevant and they'll end up suing us anyway. So we now need a lawyer to deal with their claims and we don't have the money — this will surely be the end of the company I've sunk all my savings and 3 years of my life into. My question is has anybody dealt with the Business Software Alliance before? What action should I take? Is there any sort of recourse we can take to try and recover financially, or at least cover our legal fees?

As a side note Adobe is a member of the BSA. As Flash and AIR are some of our primary release platforms all the software we own happens to be from Adobe. We've also been a very pro-Adobe shop and have gone out of our way to defend our choices in using Adobe platforms (AS3 is great, check out the free Flex compiler!). Please, if any Adobe employees read this: do something, anything to get the BSA off of us!"

+ - Sharp NetWalker Sub-Netbook to be released 9/25-> 1

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Kagetsuki
Kagetsuki writes "The Sharp NetWalker (http://www.sharp.co.jp/netwalker/), a tiny netbook with an ARM Cortex core, OpenGL ES2.0, running a custom version of Ubuntu Netbook Remix will be released in Japan on September 25th. Yes, an ARM netbook with standard OpenGL ES 2.0 that runs a fully vendor supported Linux distrobution — and it fits in your pocket! It features a unique optical pointing device that is sort of like a track pad for your thumb (which works great and takes little getting used to), and of course includes a stylus and touchscreen as well. Sharp claims battery life of about 10 hours and the unit includes UBS 2.0 and WLAN. In store demo units can be found all across Japan, and I've personally confirmed it can play full screen ogg theora/vorbis files without dropping frames, ran some GL demos very nicely, and generally found no lag in application response time at all. Perhaps most impressive is application start up time, FireFox started within seconds and gnome-terminal almost instantaneously. I found the keyboard a bit difficult to use due to size, but the keys have a solid click to them which I liked. Prices range from 39,000 Yen to 45,000 Yen (about $400US to $460US) depending on what store you purchase from. I've got mine reserved already."
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