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Submission + - Samsung unveils Galaxy Camera: Does Android belong in your point-and-shoot? (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Today Samsung joined Nikon in announcing an Android-powered camera. The Samsung Galaxy Camera weighs 305g, features a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, 21x super zoom lens, a quad-core 1.4GHz SoC (probably Exynos 4), 8GB of internal storage, and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This compares with the Nikon S800c which also has a 16MP CMOS sensor, along with a 7x zoom f/2 lens and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Since neither unit has shipped, we don’t know anything yet about how good they are as cameras, but we do know that the companies are trying to regain some of the ground they’ve lost to smartphones by integrating sharing right into their cameras. For photographers, there are a couple of critical questions about these new models: First is whether these cameras will have enough additional functionality to justify the added cost and weight when most people already have a serviceable camera in their phone. Second, and more importantly, there is still a big question mark hanging over Nikon and Samsung’s long-term intentions for Android. If Android cameras are just standard point-and-shoots with a smartphone OS bolted on for sharing, that’ll be a wasted opportunity. It would have been easier to create a camera that instantly tethered to a smartphone instead, and let the phone do all the work. There is an exciting possibility, if Nikon and Samsung do this correctly and allow low-level access to the camera functions via Android, to really unleash the power of Android to enable new photographic solutions."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Ask Slashdot for advice on money 1

An anonymous reader writes: I have about $70,000 in a bank account. I am currently unemployed but have worked for over 12 years as a molecular biologist. I love not working and want it to continue indefinitely. I am a healthy single male and have no debts so I feel like it should be possible to make my money stretch out pretty far. Rent and food are pretty much my only overhead costs as I try to live frugally. I currently spend about $1000/month but would want to lower this much more. Can someone provide advice on making my cash work for me? I.e. What would you do if you were in my shoes?

Submission + - Hackitat - A film about political hacking, world wide (indiegogo.com)

kopimi writes: "On the 29th of November 2009 Malmö's hackerspace Forskningsavdelningen was raided by masked riot police.

Armed with batons and pepper spay they stormed the social center where the hackerspace housed. Among the policemen were people specializing in IT.

One of the people detained was a hacker named mackt. With a background in the Pirate Bay, for him the raid was yet another proof of society’s mistrust and lack of understanding of hacker culture.

After the incident he wanted to do something about the distorted image of hackers. He contacted the film collective RåFILM in Malmö and the idea was born to make a documentary that explains the political aspects of hacker culture beyond the simplifications and preconceptions.

The film will take them out on a long trip to the famous and infamous hackers and activists around the world, hackers that express themselves artistically and politically through technology. What are their motivations? What are the politics and activism hacker culture has shaped out? How does this impact our world? The film will feature unique encounters with people that usually elude the public. It will crash land in the middle of the conflict currently taking place between those who want to keep the technology and the Internet free and those who want to control it.

About Råfilm

The film collective RåFILM has been working with community based films, political documentaries and experimental shorts for over 12 years. They always spread their films free on the web and work to bring films into the public space.



Submission + - YouTube app Removed from iOS 6 Beta4 (9to5mac.com)

TrueSatan writes: iOS 6 beta 4 has removed the YouTube application that existed on iOS since the first version in 2007. Apple confirmed that YouTube is gone from iOS 6. Google is apparently building its own app. "Our license to include the YouTube app in iOS has ended, customers can use YouTube in the Safari browser and Google is working on a new YouTube app to be on the App Store."

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Understanding SNES 3

An anonymous reader writes: As a product of the 90s I grew up loving the classics that kids today know about from Wikipedia and pop-culture references. Games like Super Bomberman, Zelda: A Link to the Past, Donkey Kong Country I and III (II was a sellout, come on) are the foundations of my childhood memories. Now, though, as a fourth-year electrical engineering major I find myself increasingly impressed by the level of technical difficulty embedded in that 16-bit console. I am trying, now, to find a resource that will take me through the technical design of the SNES (memory layout, processor information, cartridge pin layouts/documentation) to get a better understanding of what I naively enjoyed 15 some years ago. I am reaching out to the vast resources available from the minds of the Slashdot community. Any guide/blog series that you know of that walks through some of the technical aspects of the, preferably, SNES (alternatively, NES/Nintendo 64) console would be much appreciated.

Submission + - Photojournalist Dan Chung Captures London Olympics Using Only An iPhone 4S (gizmocrazed.com)

Diggester writes: As smartphone cameras get better and better, many people are starting to act like professional photographers adding filters and effects, then posting all of their work on Instagram. It is an age of, aptly named, iPhoneography, but what if actual professional photographers are actually using their iPhones to capture current events? Well, that is exactly what Dan Chung, a photographer for The Guardian, is doing while covering the Olympics in London.

Submission + - The Pacific Ocean is Polluted With Coffee (sciencedirect.com) 2

An anonymous reader writes: People aren’t the only ones getting a jolt from caffeine these days; in a new study published in Marine Pollution Bulletin, scientists found elevated concentrations of caffeine in the Pacific Ocean in areas off the coast of Oregon. With all those coffee drinkers in the Pacific Northwest, it should be no surprise that human waste containing caffeine would ultimately make its way through municipal water systems and out to sea – but how will the presence of caffeine in our oceans affect human health and natural ecosystems?

Submission + - NASA's Own Video of Curiosity Landing Was Blocked by YouTube 1

derekmead writes: NASA’s livestream coverage of the Curiosity rover’s landing on Mars was was practically as flawless as the landing itself. But NASA couldn’t prepare for everything. An hour or so after Curiosity’s 1.31 a.m. EST landing in Gale Crater,the space agency’s main YouTube channel had posted a 13-minute excerpt of the stream.

Ten minutes later, the video was gone, replaced with an alien message: “This video contains content from Scripps Local News, who has blocked it on copyright grounds. Sorry about that.” That is to say, a NASA-made video posted on NASA’s official YouTube channel, documenting the landing of a $2.5 billion Mars rover mission paid for with public taxpayer money, was blocked by YouTube because of a copyright claim by a private news service.

Submission + - The secret history of the iPhone (edibleapple.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Apple/Samsung litigation has proven to be an Apple enthusiast’s dream. iPhone prototypes, iPad prototypes, and a plethora of fascinating information regarding Apple’s design process and previously undisclosed internal workings of the notoriously secretive company.

This past Friday was no different when Scott Forstall – Apple’s Senior VP of iOS Software — took the stand to testify and discussed at length the origins of the iPhone and how the original version of iOS was developed.

Your Rights Online

Submission + - On trial for receiving an image of legal but "extreme" sex

wwwrench writes: In the UK, it may be illegal to receive an emailed image of legal and consensual sex. The Crown Prosecutation Service is currently trying a man for receiving an image of fisting. Under the U.K.'s 2008 obsenity law it is illegal to view a pornographic image of extreme sex, even if the image depicts a legal act. Questions have been raised about the motives for the case, as the defandent is openly gay, and used to prosecute corrupt police officers. Although the case has been virtually ignored by the media, this is also the first trail in the U.K. where one of the lawyers has been allowed to tweet during the trial (under the hashtag #porntrial).

Submission + - NASA's Bolden Speaks on Future Mars Mission, Chinese Moon Landing (yahoo.com)

MarkWhittington writes: "During an interview with USA Today on the eve of the arrival of the Mars Rover Curiosity, NASA administrator Charles Bolden had some interesting thoughts on why a humans to Mars mission should be international and not American led, how the world should react positively to the Chinese beating America back to the moon, and what he would do (or rather not do) if NASA were to have an "unlimited" budget."

Submission + - Blackberry RIM agrees to hand over its encryption keys to India (indiatimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: BlackBerry maker Research in Motion's (RIM) four-year standoff with the Indian government over providing encryption keys for its secure corporate emails and popular messenger services is finally set to end.

RIM recently demonstrated a solution that can intercept messages and emails exchanged between BlackBerry handsets, and make these encrypted communications available in a readable format to Indian security agencies.

An amicable solution over the monitoring issue is important for the Canadian smartphone maker since India is one of the few bright spots for the company that has been battling falling sales in its primary markets of the US and Europe. In India, RIM has tripled its customer base close to 5 million over the last two years,


Submission + - Cybersecurity Bill Fails Today in US Senate (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: A development following the recently posted story Senate Cybersecurity Bill Stalled By Ridiculous Amendments — The Cybersecurity Act of 2012 failed to advance in the US Senate on Thursday. The measure was blocked amid opposition from an unusual coalition of civil libertarians — who feared it could allow too much government snooping — and conservatives who said it would create a new bureaucracy.

The bill needed 60 votes in the 100-member Senate to advance under rules in the chamber, but got only 52. The failure came despite pleas from Obama and top US defense officials. The US Chamber of Commerce argued that the bill "could actually impede US cybersecurity by shifting businesses' resources away from implementing robust and effective security measures and toward meeting government mandates."


Submission + - Nearly 40% of Mac users no longer getting security updates (msn.com)

bogie writes: With Mountain Lion shipped Snow Leopard has stopped getting security updates as shown in the lack of Safari 6 and its 121 security updates for Snow Leopard. Which begs the question, is it responsible for a company abandon almost 40% of it's users overnight and no longer provide them security updates without any warning or widespread public notification? Apple's silence on the topic and lack of a clear public security update policy has many security experts and end users concerned.

Submission + - Congressman releases draft of legislation on domestic drones and privacy (huffingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Police would be required to get a warrant to use drones for certain types of surveillance under legislation introduced on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. The proposed bill would also tighten regulations on what kind of data can be collected by the government and private companies and how it can be used.

To safeguard against abuses, Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), co-chair of the Bipartisan Congressional Privacy Caucus and a longtime member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released a draft of the Drone Aircraft Privacy and Transparency Act of 2012 on Wednesday.

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