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Submission + - Georgie: Smartphone for the blind, visually impaired (

hypnosec writes: Specially designed smartphone for the visually impaired or partially sighted has been launched in the UK. The device, dubbed Georgie, has a lot many special features including voice-assisted touch screen and apps that will allow for easy completion of day to day tasks like catching a bus, reading printed text and pinpointing location. Designed by a blind couple Roger and Margaret Wilson-Hinds and named after Mrs Wilson-Hind’s guide dog, the smartphone is powered by Android operating system and uses handsets like Samsung XCover and Galaxy Ace 2 notes BBC. The main reason for developing such a phone according to the couple was that they wanted to get the technology across to people with very little or no sight. “It’s exactly the type of digital experience we want to make easily available to people with little or no sight,” said Roger.

Submission + - Valve Continues Recruiting Top Linux Talent (

An anonymous reader writes: Valve Software in their Linux Steam / Source Engine effort, plus the rumored Steam Box, is continuing to hire top Linux developers. So far they have poached the lead developers of the DarkPlaces open-source engine used by Nexuiz/Xonotic, the founder of Battle for Wesnoth, and just yesterday they hired the creator of SDL. According to Michael Larabel, they are still trying to hire more Linux kernel developers, driver experts, and other "extremely talented Linux developers."

Submission + - Asus resolves Eee GPL violation (

Jety writes: "Last week, software developer Cliff Biffle wrote a blog post pointing out certain discrepancies in the source code archive made available by Asus for the Linux-based software platform distributed on the Eee PC.
In response to criticism from Linux enthusiasts, Asus has made additional source code archives available for download with code for the asus_acpi module, BusyBox, and several other components. The code released by Asus brings the company into compliance with its obligations under the GPL and should satisfy most of the critics.
It's always nice to see companies in touch with their audience who are able to respond quickly to issues raised by the community, especially when it involves adhering to the licensing requirements for the software they are distributing."

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