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+ - A 32-bit Development System for $3->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you are too cheap to buy a $20 Arduino or too elitist to not have at least a 32-bit processor, Dr. Dobb's shows you how to take a $2 chip but it on a breadboard with a TTL serial (or USB) cable and be up and running with a 32-bit C/C++ system. Even if you have to buy the breadboard and the cable it is comparable in price to an Arduino and much more capable. The Mbed libraries (optional) make it as easy to use a 'duino, too."
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+ - Foam-Squirting Quadcopter Becomes a Flying 3D Printer->

Submitted by Zothecula
Zothecula (1870348) writes "The swiftlet may not look much different than other little birds, but it has one unique ability – it builds its nest out of its own saliva. Inspired by the swiftlet, scientists at Imperial College London's Aerial Robotics Lab have created a robotic quadcopter that can extrude polyurethane foam while in flight. By targeting where that foam goes, it can build up simple structures, essentially becoming a flying 3D printer. The technology could have some very important applications."
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Idle

+ - Can a court order you to delete a facebook account?-> 4

Submitted by jaymz666
jaymz666 (34050) writes "Can a court really order you to delete a Facebook account?
When Asher initially appeared in court after the July 20 accident, the judge told her to delete her Facebook account, Kittinger said. Asher did not take it seriously, and was charged with contempt of court when the judge learned her Facebook page was still active.

Seems like a big over reach."

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Android

+ - The patent system is destroying innovation->

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rprego
rprego writes "The year 2012 will go down in history as the Year of the Patent Wars. Since January, there have been so many patent lawsuits in the mobile phone market alone that it is nearly impossible to follow who is suing whom anymore. These lawsuits are what makes it impossible to innovate these days."
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+ - Dropbox for source control?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A consultant brought in to do an IT audit recommend Dropbox as a cheap alternative to source control software. Am I out of the loop or is this a real trend? This is for a major, and highly regulated, public company."
Android

+ - Google Talk Enables Video Chat On Android Phones->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "Google recently launched Google Talk with video and voice chat for Android phones. With the service, users will be able to video or voice chat with their friends and family directly from an Android phone. Calls can be placed over 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi connections. According to Google, the new features will first roll out to the Nexus S phones over the next few weeks as part of the Android 2.3.4 over-the-air update. Google Talk with video and voice chat will launch on other Android 2.3 and higher devices in the future as well. The video demo here shows it in action."
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Android

+ - Developing Android Apps Visually->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dr. Dobb's has a three part blog (all three parts are up; this is part 1) about using App Inventor. The focus isn't so much on the technology but rather the discussion of "can visual development let anyone program?" If so, is App Inventor really visual development? And should we be teaching real programmers about visual development. Most of the conclusions are in part 3. As a byproduct, they show you how to put App Inventor output on the Market and there are two games on the market (free) that resulted from the articles."
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Hardware

+ - Worlds first community funded CPU ASIC-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The 32 bit OpenRISC CPU has been available for many FPGAs and was turned into a commercial ASIC in 2003 http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/03/12/08/2326236/Open-Source-Finally-Hits-Real-Silicon. Now, the OpenCores community is asking for donations to create a new ASIC with the openrisc cpu, ethernet, PCI, UART, USB and other peripherals. The goal is to be able to sell these ASICs at a low price to anyone who wants to build a cheap embedded system built completely on open source. The OpenRISC currently runs on linux 2.6.37 and has ports of gcc 4.5.1 among other things."
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