Eugenia Loli writes: "The biggest political party in Portugal, the Socialist Party, will present a new proposal for approval in the next government, no matter if they win the elections or not. They support a vision where Creative Commons harm culture, and in this law proposal they intend to turn it illegal. Personally, as a Creative Commons artist (my videography), I find this to be a very disturbing event, and I surely hope such prohibiting and artistic anti-freedom laws don't spread in other European countries too."
Eugenia Loli writes: "After Slashdot reported on the news that music execs now blame streaming for lost revenue, I did some digging about the state of the music industry. Except the known culprits (piracy, free streaming, lack of music and business innovation, financial crisis), I found that the rise of indie music in the mainstream might be more of a cause than previously thought. In the past few weeks, 80% of Rolling Stone magazine album reviews are about indie acts, while in the '90s there was only a single indie band that got reviews (Pavement), and in the beginning of the last decade there were just about 2-3 such reviews per year. But something clicked towards the second part of the decade, and especially after 2009, there's a surge in the press pushing consumers towards indie purchases. Maybe when RIAA complains to the Government about their failing revenue and asks for stricter laws, they should show a more complete picture of music sales, rather than the sales of just a few [ex-]major labels."
Sheep writes: This past week I found it weird that none of the words #wikileaks, #cablegate, #cables, #Assange, etc. were actually "trending" on Twitter. Today, my fears of some secret censorship going on, are slowly coming true. It appears that Twitter is censoring all these keywords, essentially trying to minimize the effect Wikileaks can have on the world through Twitter's democratized popularization of information. It's ironic that last year Twitter suspended their own scheduled server maintenance in order to not interrupt its users from tweeting on Iran's revolution, and now it appears to censor, and manipulate public opinion as it sees fit!
Little Sheep writes: There's now a new issue we can add to the list of problems with the App Store and its governance: Are you an iPhone developer? Do you want a similar, competing application out of the App Store? All you need to do is send an infringement claim to Apple, and they'll happily threaten to remove the competing application without a second thought.
Provataki writes: This editorial discusses the impending explosion of hobbyist artistic videographers, in the same way that happened with digital photography just a few short years ago. The article claims that it's time camera manufacturers create camcorders equivalent in principle to the cheap DSLRs that we currently enjoy. Some beautiful HD footage, shot by amateurs, is shown too.
Provataki writes: OSNews published an interview with Damian Kindler, one of the producers of Stargate SG-1, regarding his new "Sanctuary" project, a 'webisodic' production that uses online sales in HD format as the main distribution method (the first episode was set free to watch via YouTube as try-before-you-buy). Kindler speaks of how the project came to be, the software used to render most of the scenes, future distribution deals and he reveals that there are two more sci-fi web-series coming next year.
Provataki writes: Ardour 2.0, the powerful digital audio workstation, is out. You can use it to record, edit and mix multi-track audio. You can produce your own CDs, mix video soundtracks, or just experiment with new ideas about music and sound. Ardour capabilities include: multichannel recording, non-destructive editing with unlimited undo/redo, full automation support, a powerful mixer, unlimited tracks/busses/plugins, timecode synchronization, and hardware control from surfaces like the Mackie Control Universal. If you've been looking for a tool similar to ProTools, Nuendo, Pyramix, or Sequoia, you might have found it. And it's all free under the GPL. The new version also includes a Mac OS X universal package in addition to Linux/Unix support.
Accepted writes: The first review of Zeta 1.5 to be found was just posted at OSNews.com. Zeta is the true successor of BeOS (based on the original code) and version 1.5 comes out about 2 years after the Zeta 1.0 release. In this new release many new applications are included, lots of new hardware support and most importantly: multi-user support.
Eugenia writes: "After almost 10 long years of hard work the Crystal Space hackers have finally released version 1.0. Check out some of its features which makes it possibly the most powerful community-driven multi-platform 3D engine out there."
Provataki writes: Has the OEM market gone too far? OSNews reviews a taiwanese WiFi phone that was originally announced with lots of fanfare from sites like Gizmodo and Engadget because it is the only such product that can do both VoIP SIP and Skype. Apparently though, the phone is buggy, the Skype functionality requires a PC with an old version of Skype running on it, it has major usability issues but most importantly, it can be hacked and easily fried if someone on the same WiFi network uses a telnet client to login to this almost-unprotected VxWorks-based phone (login/password is 1/1 and the telnet port can't be closed down). Where is quality control for products that are imported in this country?
Provataki writes: Magnatune seems to have the right idea and even the right motto: 'We Are Not Evil'. They are a real record label but they give away 128 kbps mp3s of all their artist's songs for free. If you like what you hear you can purchase higher quality DRM-free FLAC, Mp3, OGG, AAC, WAV versions at a price you set! If you don't, you can always keep, share or delete your legally downloaded 128 kbps mp3, your choice. They are sharing profits 50/50 with their signed artists and they allow consumers to share their purchased songs with 3 friends. What sets them apart from other 'free music' web sites is that they actually sign artists that are able to produce high quality music and are serious about their work (rather than just being a random mp3 hosting site). Also, the artists keep all the rights to their work!
Provataki writes: OSNews has a detailed review of the second effort from Motorola to kill the iPod: the ROKR E2. The phone was officially released just last Monday in Asia and it features a QVGA screen, 1.3 MP camera, full music and video capabilities, FM radio, Bluetooth with stereo sound support and a standard 3.5mm headphone jack.
Anonymous Reader writes: In an interview, Motorola's opensource guru Guy Martin clarifies the future of mobile Linux at Motorola and the rest of the companies that have joined in their consortium. He mentions that eventually an SDK will be released so hackers can write native C++ applications (their framework is based on Qt Embedded, but not on Qtopia) and binary compatibility between phones running on the same platform will be pursued.
Eugenia Loli writes: GEOS managed to offer nearly all the functionality of the original Mac in a 1 MHz computer with 64 Kilobytes of RAM. It wasn't an OS written to run on a generic x86 chip on a moving hardware platform. It was written using immense knowledge of the hardware and the tricks one could use to maximise speed. OSNews has a 14-page introduction with screenshots.
Eugenia Loli writes: Research company Telephia released a study announcing that over 34 million Americans use the mobile web and that the Openwave XHTML browser holds the biggest market share with about 27%. While not very well known, Openwave is one of the driving forces behind mobile SVG, IM and WAP, while they recently announced their Linux browser port on top of Trolltech's Qtopia. Motorola's MiB browser is following closely behind with 24% while Nokia in USA holds only a 13% and Access Netfront a 9%. According the PDF, Americans are mostly interested in mobile email, sports news, maps and weather rather than visiting random web sites.