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Submission + - Net Neutrality Developments In India

asvravi writes: People of India are up in arms to save their internet. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put out a public consultation paper on regulations for net neutrality that is 118 pages long and reads like a corporate shill, favoring the big telecom. One month is given for public comment before it becomes regulation. The biggest private telecom company Airtel has introduced a special scheme which seeks to price data differently depending on which sites are being accessed. The nation is up in arms on the social media against these developments that threaten the future of net neutrality. TRAI received more than 12000 emails in a single day criticizing its actions, while the Indian telecom minister too received thousands of emails in a few hours. People started giving 0-star ratings en-masse on App stores to apps of e-commerce sites that signed up for Airtel's plan forcing them to cancel their plans. Yet others have managed to come up with a short summary of the 118 page consultation paper to make it readable and spur public opinion against it. Right To Information (RTI) applications are being filed to find out the process by which TRAI arrived at the biased proposal. Websites have sprung up — some serious ones calling people to arms ( while yet others add in a fun element to educate the common man about the seriousness of the situation ( Here is a video call-to-arms that has gone viral .

Submission + - German Airbus A320 plane crashes in French Alps ->

schwit1 writes: Germanwings A320 aircraft flying from Barcelona to Düsseldorf goes down in southern French Alps with 148 on board

A distress call was made by the aircraft at 10.47am, while the plane was “in an abnormal situation”, the French transport ministry said. The crash happened shortly afterwards, it added. The aircraft disappeared off the radar at around 11.20am, Le Figaro reported. The plane dropped from 11,500 metres to 2,100 metres (38,000ft to 6,925ft) in nine minutes between 10.31am and 10.40am, air radar services said. The distress call to air traffic control in Marseilles was “mayday, mayday, mayday” and the pilot requested an emergency descent, meaning all air space had to be cleared below the route of the aircraft.

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Submission + - Indian Supreme Court strikes down Sec 66A of IT Act->

CalcuttaWala writes: The Supreme Court of India, struck down as illegal, Section 66A of the Information Technology Act that was used by many government agencies to arrest people who used social media to voice opinions against powerful politicians and business leaders. This will allow many people to exercise their freedom of expression on the Internet
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Submission + - Supreme Court of India upheld the freedom of speech on Internet->

kushaldas writes: Today Supreme Court of India has struck down Section 66A of the IT Act that prescribes punishment for sending “offensive” messages through computers or any other communication device such as a mobile phone or a tablet, and a conviction can fetch a maximum of three years in jail. Read more here.
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Submission + - Micromax Remotely Installing Unwanted Apps and Showing Ads

jones_supa writes: Reports are coming in that users of certain devices by Indian phone manufacturer Micromax noticed apps being silently installed without their consent or permission. Uninstalling these apps won't help, as they will be automatically reinstalled. Alternatively, instead of downloading apps, the phone might litter the UI with stack of notifications which are advertisements for online stores and other apps. It turns out that the "System Update" application is responsible for all of this. When starting to tear down the application (which is actually called FWUpgrade.apk on the filesystem), the first thing you notice is that it’s a third-party application. A Chinese company named Adups developed it as a replacement for the stock Google OTA service. The article shows the potential abilities of this app and how Micromax customers can work around the disruptive behavior.

Submission + - Battery with a billion holes->

Taco Cowboy writes: A battery which is made up of tiny nanopores has been created by researchers from University of Maryland. Each of the nanopores holds electrolyte to carry the electrical charge between nanotube electrodes at either end, and acts as if a very tiny battery

According to Chanyuan Liu, a graduate student in materials science & engineering, says that it can be fully charged in 12 minutes, and it can be recharged thousands of time, and that the research team has already identified ways to increase the power of the batteries by ten times

The team consists of UMD chemists and materials scientists who collaborated on the project: Gary Rubloff , director of the Maryland NanoCenter and a professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering and in the Institute for Systems Research; Sang Bok Lee, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemisty and the Department of Materials Science and Engineering; and seven of their Ph.D. students (two now graduated)

Many millions of these nanopores can be crammed into one larger battery the size of a postage stamp. One of the reasons the researchers think this unit is so successful is because each nanopore is shaped just like the others, which allows them to pack the tiny thin batteries together efficiently. Coauthor Eleanor Gillette's modeling shows that the unique design of the nanopore battery is responsible for its success, and the space inside the holes is so small that the space they take up, all added together, would be no more than a grain of sand

The entire design of the battery involves each of its nanobattery components being composed of an anode, a cathode, and a liquid electrolyte confined within the nanopores of anodic aluminium oxide, which is an advanced ceramic material. Each nanoelectrode includes an outer ruthenium nanotube current collector and an inner nanotube of vanadium pentoxide storage material. These together form a symmetric full nanopore storage cell with anode and cathode separated by an electrolyte region. The vanadium pentoxide is treated with lithium at one end to serve as the anode, with pristine vanadium pentoxide at the other end serving as the cathode

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Submission + - Logitech Aims To Control the Smart Home->

An anonymous reader writes: Household devices are getting smarter these days: the so-called internet of things is bringing software-controlled thermostats, lighting, and other appliances into the mainstream. Many companies are fighting for a piece of the pie, but Logitech is taking a different approach. They're mostly known for computer peripherals, but they also make multi-function remote controls, and now they're trying to build remotes that will control all of a home's smart devices. "Logitech doesn’t want to own the device, it wants to own the app experience. But to do that, it had to build a software overlay and a controller that would convince people to put it in their homes. So it’s offering a $100 hub that combines IR, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and RF that will let you use the Logitech Harmony app to control gear that uses those protocols. This means if you have a SmartThings, a Peq or a Lutron hub, the Wi-Fi in the Logitech device will let you control the others’ gear from Logitech, which so far seems to have a much nicer interface." They've worked out partnerships with a lot of companies that are big in the home, like Nest, Honeywell, and Philips, all of whom seem to want this extra layer of control for the user.
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Submission + - How To Talk Infosec With Kids

An anonymous reader writes: If you’re a parent, chances are you’re concerned about your kids using the Internet. Many of those working in tech don’t talk about the dangers they see on their screens at work back at home with their kids. Instead, their strategy is a mixture of hope and worry. They hope something bad doesn’t happen to their kids – they don’t click on a bad link – and then they restrict their kids screen time. Often they say their kids won't understand since it’s hard enough to explain tech jobs to most adults. It’s never too early to talk infosec with kids: you simply need the right story.

Submission + - Extending human vision range into near-infrared with Vitamin A

asvravi writes: A crowd-funded experiment on seeks to extend the color range of human vision into near infra-red by only manipulating the amounts of vitamin A1 and A2 in the diet of subjects.
It has now reported initial success with human eye response at 950nm as compared to 850nm before the diet modifications.
How long until full night vision?

Submission + - Intellectual Ventures LLC wins Lawsuit against Canon; Settles with Xilinx

asvravi writes: Reuters has news of Intellectual Ventures' Lawsuits against Xilinx —

Patent owner Intellectual Ventures has settled a lawsuit against one of its own investors, chipmaker Xilinx, a case that had been closely followed by advocates seeking to change the U.S. patent system. ... Chipmaker Xilinx invested in two Intellectual Ventures funds and licensed a portion of IV's patents, but resisted IV's entreaties to license more patents in 2010, court filings show. Xilinx eventually asked a California federal judge to declare those IV patents invalid, while IV countersued in Delaware, accusing Xilinx of infringement.

More details of the Canon case are over a Image Sensors World — http://image-sensors-world.blo... and http://image-sensors-world.blo...

Intellectual Ventures reports that the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware rendered a verdict finding two Intellectual Ventures’ (IV) image sensor patents valid and infringed by digital camera products of Canon Inc. and Canon USA. adds that "the jury held that Canon’s EOS 1DS Mark III, EOS 5D Mark II and Vixia Camcorders infringe at least one claim of U.S. Patent Number 6,023,081, which Canon failed to invalidate for obviousness."

In one account, Intellectual Ventures has been reported to operate out of 3200 shell accounts to either intimidate or protect industry players making use of a broken US patent system. It has raised about $6 Billion and has amassed a vast portfolio of 70,000 patents and counts many of the biggest consumer industry players among its investors and clientele.

Submission + - SPAM: Microsoft aims to take on Android with affordable Windows Phone Smartphones

nayanP writes: According to a report produced by Gartner last year, only 3% of Smartphone was powered by Microsoft Windows Phone 8 OS globally while on the global Tablet shipments only 2% market share was accounted by Microsoft’s mobile platform.

Both Android and iOS minding their own business on their turf, MS’s platform didn’t attract neither consumers nor manufacturers. Mostly because, Apple produces their own Smartphone and Google made Android Open source OS, so manufacturers don’t need to pay any license fee to Google for the OS. But MS charged $20 for license fees for each device.

So, Microsoft has taken the initiative to increase the adoption rate of its devices and made the license fee free for newly partnered Indian manufacturers to help them make Smartphones cheap without compromising on features.

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