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Open Source

Submission + - Open source Morrowind Version 0.16.0 released (openmw.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The OpenMW team recently released a new version of their open source engine. While the project is not fully playable yet, the goal is to preserve Morrowind, provide modders a better engine and tool kit for creating their works, and make it cross platform. Like most open source projects they are always seeking new contributors. So what do you think; what's the state of FLOSS games that are not first person shooters?
Apple

Submission + - Apple Loses Bid For Emergency Ban On HTC Phone Imports (bloomberg.com)

tukang writes: The US International Trade Commission has rejected an emergency request by Apple to detain some HTC phones (including the One X and EVO 4G) at the border while the agency investigates Apple's claims of patent infringement. In May, HTC's phone shipment was held up at the border and was only allowed to pass after US Customs and Border Protection received assurances that HTC worked around Apple patents, a claim which Apple disputes.
Google

Submission + - US District Court, "'Silly' Apple and Google" (wsj.com)

datavirtue writes: "A recent article in the WSJ details how and why the Seventh US Circuit Court of Appeals gave the boot to both Apple and Google over patent infringement claims/counterclaims that Google "copied" iOS with Android.

There were great expectations when technology giants Apple and Google squared off in court, each accusing the other of violating its patents in competing mobile phones. No one expected this case would end in a whimper, with one of the country's most influential judges dismissing the claims as "silly." In the process, the judge, Richard Posner of the Seventh U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, described a patent law system in "chaos" and needing basic reform.

This is one article you might want to read before commenting!"

Submission + - Full-Color Holograms Send Geeks Running to Kickstarter (stuff.tv)

paulonline3d writes: "Few things can elicit an uncontrollable "happy giggle" from geek-types like the talk of holograms. That's why a DIY Full-Color Hologram Kit project on Kickstarter has Stuff Magazine reporting: "Our geek senses are tingling, and our wallets are begging to be opened. That's right, another geek-worthy Kickstarter project has been picked up by our gadget radars." The successfully funded Kickstarter hologram project will provide the crucial hologram-quality lasers that are necessary for red, green, and blue holograms, taking advantage of the latest laser diode developments from pico projectors. A $235 pledge gets you one of the complete full-color hologram kits."

Submission + - Insects as Weapons (failuremag.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Timothy Paine, an entomologist at the University of California-Riverside, recently “committed to the scientific record the idea that California’s eucalyptus trees may have been biologically sabotaged, publishing an article [in the Journal of Economic Entomology] raising the possibility of bioterrorism.” Specifically, Paine argues that foreign insect pests have been deliberately introduced in the Golden State, in hopes of decimating the state’s population of eucalyptus (especially the two species regarded as invasive, which “are particularly susceptible to the pests.”) In California’s Bioterror Mystery, Paine (and scientists who are sceptical) make their arguments. What isn’t in dispute is that the insect pests have already inflicted hundreds of millions of dollars in damage, making the story a cautionary tale about what might happen if a food or crop were intentionally targeted.

Submission + - Caffeine Linked to Lower Skin Cancer Risk (go.com)

THE_WELL_HUNG_OYSTER writes: The curative effects of coffee continue to be discovered as the Harvard School of Public Health and Boston's Brigham & Women's Hospital published a new study today that links caffeine consumption with reduced skin cancer rates. Quoting:

    The study of nearly 113,000 men and women found those who drank three or more cups of coffee a day had a 20 percent lower risk of basal cell carcinoma than those who said no to Joe.

Caffeine in non-coffee substances was found equally effective. The cause is speculated to be related to caffeine's ability to "kill off damaged skin cells," said Dr. Josh Zeichner, assistant professor of dermatology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. "If you get rid of these cells that are damaged, then they don't have the opportunity to grow and form cancers."

Patents

Submission + - Intellectual property rights: the quiet killer of Rio+20 (patexia.com)

ericjones12398 writes: "Richard Phillips, president of the Intellectual Property Owners Association, sent a powerful message to Washington the day before the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development regarding the U.S. intellectual property community’s stance on sharing IPR with developing nations. Philips argued any language included in the Rio+20 final declaration compromising the existing IP regime would discourage investment and destroy trade secrets. “Any references to technology transfer should be clearly qualified and conditioned to include only voluntary transfer of IPR on mutually agreed terms.” The IPO has no interest in helping developing countries transition to a more sustainable economy if it means sacrificing valuable IPR. And the IPO’s chilly message set the tone for what many pundits and participants considered a disappointing Rio+20 conference yielding few substantive results."
Android

Submission + - Prototype clickjacking rootkit developed for Android (ncsu.edu)

ShipLives writes: Mobile security researchers have identified an aspect of Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and earlier models that clickjacking rootkits could exploit. As part of an effort to identify potential weaknesses in smartphone platforms, the team was able to develop a proof-of-concept prototype rootkit that attacks the Android framework, rather than the underlying operating system kernel. Video demonstration here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RxpMPrqnxC0
IT

Submission + - Dell Scoops Up Quest Software for $2.4 Billion (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Ending weeks of speculation, Dell and Quest Software today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement, under which Dell would acquire Quest, a provider IT management software solutions, in a deal valued at approximately $2.4 billion. Dell says that the acquisition will provide critical components to expand its software capabilities in systems management, security, data protection and workspace management. Quest’s products will fall under Dell’s recently-formed Software Group, and strengthen Dell’s enterprise solutions capabilities.

Founded in 1987, Quest is headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, has 3,850 employees, and claims more than 100,000 customers around the word. The company had $857 million in global revenue based on its fiscal year 2011 results.

Medicine

Submission + - Candy Coating Inspires Lab-Grown Blood Vessels (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Scientists have developed a water-soluble carbohydrate glass based on a decoration used on cakes and lollipops. The material can be cast into a variety of shapes, is completely nontoxic, and, when it has done its job, will dissolve naturally in the moist environment of lab-grown tissue, leaving behind spaces that can carry blood to cells. The advance solves one of the major problems of growing new organs in the laboratory.
Education

Submission + - UK Unversities Launch Cloud Supercomputer For Hire (techweekeurope.co.uk)

judgecorp writes: "Cambridge University and Imperial College London have combined forces to make a cloud-based supercomputer service. Supercomputers have traditionally not been shared this way, but CORE — the biggest Intel-based HPC system in the UK, and in the top 100 supercomputers in the world — will be available on a pay-per-use basis by industry, small businesses and other academic bodies."
Programming

Submission + - Can a language be safe? (mortoray.com)

edA-qa writes: "Some languages hand us sharp knives and encourage us to play with them. Other languages put us in padded rooms and discourage us from doing anything at all. Though it may sound quite negative, it is often how the argument of language safety ends up being portrayed. But we can’t make sense of either of those views until we address the fundamental question: What does it even mean for a language to be safe?"
Apple

Submission + - Should we Boycott Apple For the Sake of Innovation? (techpp.com) 2

SmartAboutThings writes: "What Apple is doing with the Galaxy Nexus and Tab ban is called – pattent trolling. Enough reason to boycott Apple – yes. They’re not protecting the innovation, but their own a$$ and money. For them, this is good – protecting what they’ve crafted in their garage full of bright minds. But what does it mean for us? Why is Apple trying to kill competition? From what I can tell, true innovation can only come out of competition, but Apple doesn’t seem to love that. They want to maintain their position, they want people to blindly buy iPhones, iPads forever. But that’s impossible. Should we boycott Apple for the sake of innovation?"

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