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Submission + - Open source organizations can now apply for Google Summer of Code 2017 (

BrianFagioli writes: Open source ideology is changing the world. What was once (wrongfully) viewed as something just for hobbyists, is now a billion dollar industry. In other words, closed source is not the only way to make profits. Open source code is found in many places, including mainstream consumer electronics — look no further than Android smartphones.

Speaking of Android, its creator — Google — is a huge proponent of open source. In fact, every summer, the search giant hold its "Summer of Code" program. This initiative partners inspiring developers (in college, age 18+) with organizations as a way to further the open source movement. Today, Google announces that organizations can begin applying for the program.

Submission + - Mozilla Releases The Internet Health Report, An Open-Source Document

Krystalo writes: Fresh off its brand redesign, Mozilla has released The Internet Health Report, an open-source initiative to document the state of the internet, combining research and reporting from multiple sources. The report, which will be improved and expanded throughout the year, covers five key topics: decentralization, digital inclusion, open innovation, privacy and security, and web literacy.

Submission + - Uk App Store Prices Rise By 25% After Brexit-Fuelled Drop In Value Of The Pound

Mickeycaskill writes: iPhone and iPad apps on the UK App Store will cost the same in British Pounds as in US Dollars after prices were adjusted to address the dramatic fall in the value of the pound since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June.

Essentially, if an iPhone or iPad app costs $0.99 in the US, it will now cost £0.99 in the UK – a rise from £0.79. Changes will take place across all App Store price tiers and will affect in-app purchases. At the time of writing, $0.99 is worth £0.81.

“Price tiers on the App Store are set internationally on the basis of several factors, including currency exchange rates, business practices, taxes, and the cost of doing business. These factors vary from region to region and over time,” an Apple spokesperson told Silicon.

It could be argued Apple has been harsher than most when implementing currency changes as the most recent MacBook Pro and Mac computers were hundreds of pounds more expensive than their predecessors.

Submission + - Climate Change Already Dramatically Disrupting All Elements Of Nature

devinp writes: Global warming is impacting our lives at many different levels. It is an increasingly urgent problem. If we do not act now we could push the climate beyond tipping points. According to a report on Science Bulletin:

"Global changes in temperature due to human-induced climate change have already impacted every aspect of life on Earth from genes to entire ecosystems, with increasingly unpredictable consequences for humans. "

Submission + - Microsoft Raises UK Cloud, Software Prices 22% After Brexit-Fuelled Pound Drop

Mickeycaskill writes: Microsoft is to substantially increase its prices for software and cloud services prices offered in British pounds in order to accommodate the sharp drop in the currency against the US dollar in recent weeks.

Beginning in January 2017 on-premises enterprise software prices will go up by 13 percent and most enterprise cloud prices will increase by 22 percent, bringing them into line with euro prices.

Microsoft said it isn’t planning to change its prices for consumer software and cloud services.

The value of the pound has fallen by about 18 percent since the EU referendum on 23 June.

Submission + - Fedora 25 Beta Linux distro now available for Raspberry Pi (

BrianFagioli writes: The Raspberry Pi computers are extremely popular. It isn't hard to see why people like them — they are small, inexpensive, and very useful for various projects. While they are arguably under-powered for use as, say, a full-time workstation, the diminutive machines aren't really meant for that.

If you do want to use it as a workstation, however, I have good news. Fedora 25 Beta Workstation is now available for both the Raspberry Pi 2 and Raspberry Pi 3. In addition to the Workstation image, Fedora 25 Beta Server is available too. Owners of ARMv6-powered Pi models, such as the Pi Zero, are out of luck, as the operating system will not be made available for them.

Submission + - Talos Secure Workstation with free software from BIOS up

Node writes: After some time preparing, Raptor Computer Systems has made their Talos Secure Workstation available through crowd funding site, CrowdSupply. Previously reported on Slashdot, the Talos workstation is a POWER8 motherboard designed to provide an ATX-compatible desktop workstation with serious CPU power and free software support from the bootloader onwards. For the board controllers, it even uses FPGAs with a free software tool chain. Freedom comes at a price though: the basic motherboard costs $4,100 with CPUs ranging from $1,135 for 8 cores at 3.0GHz up to $3,350 for 12 cores at 3.2GHz. There is a "Desktop Edition" machine with a heavy-duty tower, 128GB RAM, Radeon RX 480 and two 4 TB SATA drives for $7,500, excluding CPU. There is also a top-end "Complete Talos Workstation" with tower, 256GB RAM, 12-core CPU, two 4 TB SAS drives in RAID 1, and a choice of AMD FirePro W9100, Nvidia Quadro K6000 or Tesla K40 GPUs for $18,000.

Along with the recent news about OpenCAPI and the existing OpenPOWER Foundation, it appears that POWER is offering a serious challenge to Intel's crown and using openness as leverage.

Submission + - Met Office Accurately Predicts Winter Weather A Year In Advance

An anonymous reader writes: The UK’s Met Office has revealed new seasonal forecasting capabilities which enable the weather service to predict winter climate changes up to a year in advance. The development has been made possible thanks to supercomputer technology granted by the UK Government in 2014. The £97 million high-performance computing facility has allowed researchers to increase the resolution of climate models and to test the retrospective skill of forecasts over a 35-year period starting from 1980. The forecasters claim that new supercomputer-powered techniques have helped them develop a system to accurately predict North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) – the climatic phenomenon which heavily impacts winters in the UK. Lead researcher Nick Dunstone commented that the ability to now understand and predict the NAO could have significant economic benefits for a range of sectors, including transport, energy, water management, and the insurance industry.

Submission + - Filmmaker Arrested At Pipeline Protest Facing 45 Years In Felony Charges (

walterbyrd writes: The lengths that the oil industry, and their puppet politicians, will go to suppress information is amazing. 45 years is way more than most people get for murder.

Deia Schlosberg, the producer of the upcoming documentary “How to Let Go of the World and Love All Things Climate Can’t Change,” was detained while filming a protest against TransCanada’s Keystone Pipeline in Walhalla, North Dakota. Activists at the event, associated with the group Climate Direct Action, shut down the pipeline, which carries oil from Canadian tar sands to the U.S, for about seven hours.

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