Aristos Mazer writes: At GlobalFishingWatch.org, a digital map is now open to the public that uses satellite data to track the movements of ships in the world's protected fishing zones. By crowd sourcing exploration of the map, the bthe technology aims to reduce the problem of illegal fishing, which accounts for up to 35 percent of the global wild marine catch and causes yearly losses of $23.5 billion, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
In order the make the data available for free, Oceana and its partners negotiated a deal with the satellite company Orbcomm to use its three-day old data, which is described as "near real-time," along with historical records. Although the delay means that any criminals won't be nabbed instantaneously, advocates say they expect the technology will open the world's waters to public watchdogs in a way that has never been done before.
Aristos Mazer writes: Quoting from Ars Technica:
In a tersely worded press release, Oracle announced that it was suing Google for patent and copyright infringement over its use of the Java programming language for Android development. Neither the press release nor the complaint filed in the US District Court for Northern California go into any significant detail. Full article here.
Aristos Mazer writes: iRobot has story and video showing their new robot, a morphing blob that looks like dough that moves by shifting its sides from solid-like to liquid-like states at will, allowing it to pass through cracks by squeezing rather than navigating. iRobot calls the new technique "jamming". Research project funded by DARPA.