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Submission + - Visual Studio Express is Alive and Well ( 1

talbott writes: "Visual Studio Express is Alive and Well. I had to write this blog post after reading Peter Bright’s post on Ars Technica called "No-cost desktop software development is dead on Windows 8: You won’t be able to use the free Visual Studio Express to develop desktop apps". In Peter’s article he slams Microsoft by saying that "Redmond has decided not only that Visual Studio Express users should have the ability to develop Metro-style applications: they should have no other choice." This is quite an exaggeration since Microsoft still has 6 versions of Visual Studio Express available for download for building Windows 8 desktop applications (VB 2008 and 2010 Express, Visual C# 2008 and 2010 Express, and Visual C++ 2008 and 2010 Express). Students don't have to develop applications for Metro, they can use the many free IDE's including the 11 from Microsoft and dozens from other companies to build applications either web, desktop, mobile, or whatever for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8."

Submission + - LTE integrated quad-core CPUs on the horizon (

An anonymous reader writes: Around the world, astute watchers of the smartphone market have noticed that despite “quad-core” CPUs rapidly becoming the norm, there is a noticeable absence of quad-core 4G phones. At the moment there are no handsets on the market that combine the highest CPU speeds with the highest network speeds. “Flagship” quad core phones like the HTC One X and the Samsung Galaxy S3 all have dual core versions for their 4G options. As this article explains, battery life issues are partly to blame. One of the big issues comes from the fact that there are no quad-core processors with integrated LTE chips — something that would vastly improve battery life. Both Qualcomm and Nvidia make LTE radios and quad-core processors, but the two haven’t been paired on the die as of yet, although this is being worked on.

Submission + - Google's Chrome OS Aims to Make Android-Size Dent in OS Market (

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Google’s revamped Chrome OS aims to make a significant mark on the OS market, while facing down Apple and Microsoft. But can an operating system that depends so much on always-on connectivity really compete with Mac OS X and Windows? We at SlashBI detail the new Chrome OS and Chromebooks."

Submission + - Online learners (

udaypal writes: "The annual course schedule includes a list of graduate and undergraduate courses for online learners available through the online program. Our annual schedule is published to help students with their degree completion planning."

Submission + - What happens when your car's GPS blows up (

An anonymous reader writes: Someone guy left his car to bake under the warm rays of the sun. Apparantly, his GPS Receiver battery just couldn’t take it, and blew up in his the vehicle

Submission + - Big Media and Big Telcos getting nasty in landmark Australian law Case (

Fluffeh writes: "In Australia, we have the right to record TV and play it back at a later date, we also have the right to transcode from one format to another, so anyone with a media server can legally back up their entire DVD collection and watch it without all those annoying warning and unskippable content — as long as we don't break encryption (please stop laughing!). Optus, Australia's second largest Telco has been raising ire though with the new TV Now service they are offering and Big Media is having a hissy fit. They recently offered the service that does the recording on behalf of the customer. Seems a no brainer right? Let the customer do what they are allowed to legally do at home, but charge them for it. Everybody wins! Not according to Sports Broadcasters who made this statement when Optus said they would appeal their recent loss in an Australian Court to the highest court in the land: "They are a disgusting organisation who is acting reprehensibly again and now putting more uncertainty into sports and broadcast rights going forward I’m really disappointed and disgusted in the comments of their CEO overnight." Is this yet another case of Big Media clutching at an outdated business model, or should consumers be content with just doing their own work?"

Submission + - Fact-Checking Digitimes' Apple Rumors (

harrymcc writes: "Taiwan's Digitimes publishes Apple rumors. Scads of them. And other news sites take them seriously and repeat them. But Digitimes' record for reliability is truly crummy. Over at, I reviewed 25 of its stories from 2006 to the present and found far more ones that involved stuff that never ended up happening — such as Apple releasing touch-screen Macs and iPhones with built-in projectors — than ones which panned out. Why do other tech journalists continue to pay attention?"

Submission + - Facebook Launches App Store Despite Growing Revenue Concerns (

An anonymous reader writes: For the over 900 million people that use Facebook, the App Center will be the new, central place to find great apps like Draw Something, Pinterest, Spotify, Battle Pirates, Viddy and Bubble Witch Saga,” Facebook said in a post, reported by the Guardian.

Submission + - Federal patents judge thinks software patents good (

Drishmung writes: Retired Judge Paul Michel, who served on the Federal Circuit 1988-2010---the court that opened the floodgates for software patents with a series of permissive decisions during the 1990s—thinks software patents are good. Yes, the patent system is flawed, but that means it should be fixed. Ars Technica have a thoughtful interview with him. Ars take: "If you care most about promoting innovation, offering carve-outs from the patent system to certain industries and technologies looks like a pragmatic solution to a serious problem. If you're emotionally invested in the success of patent law as such, then allowing certain industries to opt out looks like an admission of failure and a horrible hack."

Submission + - The other story about Scott Thompson's departure at Yahoo (

An anonymous reader writes: Ex-CEO Scott Thompson's resume puffery was pointed out and used by dissident shareholder Daniel Loeb of the Third Point hedge fund as a pretext to force Thompson out and institute changes to the board. Everyone knows that, and there is a debate whether the punishment in this case exceeded the misbehavior. But the more important story may be that Loeb was correct in seeing that Thompson was the wrong man for the job. Thompson thought and acted like a good accountant rather than as a technical visionary, looking for staff and projects to cut with regards to short term earnings rather than their long-term value to the company.

Now the question is whether Yahoo can find the right man for the job.


Submission + - Ridley Scott Loves Hugh Howey's Wool (

Sasayaki writes: "Hugh Howey's Wool, the self-published sci-fi story that's made him the best selling Indie sci-fi author of 2012 and currently the best selling sci-fi author on, has found its way into the hands of Ridley Scott (director of Alien, Prometheus and others)... who loved it. Rumour is the Hollywool movie will be coming to cinemas in 2013 or 2014. With Fifty Shades of Grey and now Wool getting the attention of Hollywood, it's clear the self-publishing revolution is here to stay."

Submission + - Which Rich Internet Application technology would you choose?

miltonh26 writes: It has been a while since I last analyzed web-based Rich Internet Application development software. Which platform and GUI technology (or combination thereof) would you choose if you were to develop a new application and why? Java with JSF, HTML5, PHP, jQuery, Flex, DotNet, ExtJS, Ruby on Rails, Grails, JavaFX, etc. Criteria should include ease of learning, performance, longevity, active developer community, security, extensibility, cost, licensing and robustness, etc.

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