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Submission + - The NES Mini is a $60 single board computer (and it runs Linux)

romiz writes: As the first samples of the NES Mini reach reviewers, its hardware specifications are now easy to find. With a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7, 256 MiB of RAM, and 512 MiB of NAND Flash, it is typical of the hardware found in Linux single board computers, like the RaspberryPi 2. Surprisingly for Nintendo, there does not seem to be any custom components in it, and it looks like it even does run Linux. The GPL license for the kernel and many other open source components is visible in the legal information screen. The source, however, is not available on Nintendo's open source page yet.

But it is the re-edition a 1980s video console: there is no network access, no hardware expansion port, and the 30 games cannot be changed. Changing the system runnning on it will probably be difficult.

Submission + - Will EU forbid the transfer of personal data to the US?

An anonymous reader writes: As the Snowden revelations have shown, personal data stored in the United States of America is not protected from the US government, be it through warantless eavesdropping or national security letters. In light of this, the general attorney for the Court of Justice of the European Union has just issued an opinion requiring the US to be removed from the list of "safe harbors", where the transfer of personal data of European citizens is permitted.

If the court follows his opinion, the change will have deep inpact in the operations of large transnational Internet companies, between a US government that wants to keep on spying, and European authorities that will punish them if they let it happen.
Android

Submission + - Archos Gamepad: The Android console market gets crowded (engadget.com) 1

romiz writes: For years, handheld consoles were a domain where Nintendo reigned without contestation. SEGA and Atari failed in this market, and despite all its efforts Sony remains a distant second. But it is perhaps the end of the closed gaming device.

Until now, the lack of physical controls and the high price was preventing the trending tablets from entering this market. But Archos, a veteran tablet maker, is announcing a 7" Android tablet with physical gaming controls for the end of October. At 150€, it will be compatible with existing Android games. As with Ouya in the living room, Android devices are being opposed to the traditional consoles. Can they really propose an open alternative for game developpers ?

Submission + - A View of the Success of Movie Franchises (economist.com)

romiz writes: Have you ever wondered why it seems that movie sequels dominate the box office? As the eighth movie of the Harry Potter series gets released worldwide this week-end, the Economist produced a chart collecting the numbers for the most successful Hollywood franchises. Their conclusion is that a sequel is the best way to reduce the risk inherent to movie-making, but is it really ?
Transportation

Submission + - AF 447 Flight Recorder Found in the Atlantic (bea.aero)

romiz writes: The memory of the flight recorder for the Air France 447 flight from Rio de Janeiro to Paris, crashed on June 1st 2009, has been found on the seabed of the Atlantic Ocean, and brought back to the surface in good shape. This is the data recorder, that saves the flight parameters. The search is still continuing in hope of finding the voice recorder containing the sounds recorded in the plane's cockpit.

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