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Sony Patent Could Let You Wirelessly Charge Your Phone From Another Device (digitaltrends.com) 36

One of the biggest downsides to wireless charging is the wire necessary to actually charge your device. You generally need to place your wireless charging-enabled device on a compatible charger, which needs to be plugged into a wall. Well, Sony hopes to make the process of wireless charging a bit easier as it has applied for a patent that will allow you to wirelessly charge your phone straight from someone else's phone. Digital Trends reports: The feature could be very useful. Sure, an ideal situation would be if you had access to a power outlet whenever you needed it, but the fact is we've all experienced being out and about and running out of battery. With Sony's new tech, you could essentially just "steal" power from a friend who might have a slightly more charged up device than you. The patent filling itself was discovered by What Future, and the report notes that the tech may not be limited to phones. Instead, Sony could apply it to things like fridges, microwaves, TVs, computers, and really any kind of electronic device. The idea here is that all of you home devices could eventually become sources of wireless energy -- so your phone will almost always be charging if you're at home, without the need for wires.

Submission + - Malta IT Law Association says new Law is Threat to Internet Freedom in Malta (daphnecaruanagalizia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Malta IT Law Association has stated that the Maltese government’s nebulous bill (it's similar to what Russia and China do) to change the law governing the press and the Internet is “a serious threat to Internet freedoms”.

It will become a crime to operate an unlicensed website.

Submission + - Dear Parliamentary Secretary, Scrutiny is there to keep Crooks Out of Parliament (daphnecaruanagalizia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Deborah Schembri, Malta's Parliamentary Secretary for Lands, caused a stir with her article in the Times of Malta where she argues that politicians should be saved from any scrutiny of their “private life”.
Daphne Caruana Galizia argues against this and explains scrutiny is there against crooks who might abuse of Parliament.

Submission + - Spammer faces decades in prison (suntimes.com)

mi writes: Between 2012 and 2015, Persaud used multiple IP addresses and domains to send spam emails over at least nine networks, including several servers in Chicago, according to the indictment. He sent more than a million spam emails to people in the U.S. and abroad, using false names to register domains and creating fraudulent “from address” fields to conceal the fact that he was the one sending the emails.

Each count carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison — personally, I wish it carried removal of 1 square millimeter of skin for each message instead.

Submission + - Maltese Journalist's bank accounts Frozen by Economy Minister and his officer 2

An anonymous reader writes: In Malta, the Minister for the Economy and his officer have issued libel and filed precautionary warrants to freeze Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia's bank accounts. This after she revealed the bordellogate scandal where the Economy Minister Chris Cardona and his aide Joe Gerada went to a Bordello in Germany. The chilling effect is that her bank accounts are frozen until the case finishes, which may be many years from now. Daphne was listed by Politico.eu as one of the 28 Journalists who are shaping and shaking Europe and who revealed the Panama Papers scandal Malta connection. The EU Minister involved Konrad Mizzi is still a minister one year after that scandal.

The European Federation of Journalists is also taking action on this case. “Daphne Caruana Galizia is facing blatant harassment and intimidation. The financial consequence of the legal action against her is totally disproportionate”, said EFJ General Secretary Ricardo Gutiérrez.

EFJ is submitting the case to the Council of Europe Platform for the Protection of Journalism.

Submission + - Microsoft has it's own Linux finally - it's Bash on Windows (infoworld.com) 1

wolverine1999 writes: Looks like Windows with its Linux Subsystem is going to become a fully fledged Linux Distribution in its own right. Though there are still bugs on the way to get there, it's a promising concept.
WSL (Windows Subsystem for Linux), known as Bash on Windows, is becoming a first-rate feature. It currently supports Ubuntu but will support other distributions in future.

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