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Apple Wins iTunes DRM Case

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:29pm
An anonymous reader sends word that Apple's iTunes DRM case has already been decided. The 8-person jury took only a few hours to decide that the features introduced in iTunes 7.0 were good for consumers and did not violate antitrust laws. Following the decision, the plaintiff's head attorney Patrick Coughlin said an appeal is already planned. He also expressed frustrations over getting two of the security features — one that checks the iTunes database, and another that checks each song on the iPod itself — lumped together with the other user-facing features in the iTunes 7.0 update, like support for movies and games. "At least we got a chance to get it in front of the jury," he told reporters. ... All along, Apple's made the case that its music store, jukebox software, and hardware was simply an integrated system similar to video game consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo. It built all those pieces to work together, and thus it would be unusual to expect any one piece from another company to work without issues, Apple's attorneys said. But more importantly, Apple offered, any the evolution of its DRM that ended up locking out competitors was absolutely necessary given deals it had with the major record companies to patch security holes.

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Sci-Fi Author Neal Stephenson Joins Mystery Startup Magic Leap as ‘Chief Futurist’

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:25pm

American science fiction writer and game designer Neal Stephenson has just joined the stealthy augmented reality startup that’s been getting a lot of buzz lately, Magic Leap.

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Believe It: Co-Working Space Startup WeWork Is Now Worth $5B

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 2:17pm

WeWork, the New York City-based startup that rents out office space to entrepreneurs across the country, has just raised a $355 million round of funding, a deal that values the company at a whopping $5 billion

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Uber Limits 'God View' To Improve Rider Privacy

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:46pm
mpicpp sends this report from CNN: Uber has rolled back employee access to its "God view" mode, which allows the company to track riders' locations and other data. The ride service company was faced with questions about its privacy policies from U.S. Senator Al Franken, following a series of recent privacy debacles. Uber's updated policy is detailed in its response to the senator's questions. Franken sent Uber a letter (PDF, Uber's response) in November after news reports made two things clear: The ride service company collects lots of data on customers — and some executives don't exercise that power responsibly. In one case, an Uber employee using "God View" easily tracked a reporter's movements on her way to a meeting.

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Can We Trust Drug Companies? The Future of Healthcare May Depend On It

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:22pm

Providers’ relationship with life science companies has been difficult, to say the least. But it has become clear that to move the needle on improving healthcare, these stakeholders will have to learn to work together. Providers guard a wealth of physiological data on patient populations within their Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Life science companies have […]

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Virtual Reality Experiment Wants To Put White People In Black Bodies

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 1:04pm
Molly McHugh (3774987) writes with an intriguing use of VR technology: "It's as simple as making a light-skinned person feel connected to a virtual, darker skinned self—a thought experiment pretty much impossible without the immersive potency of VR. The effect is achieved by outfitting participants in VR headsets with built-in head-tracking and motion capture capabilities that sync actual movement to virtual experience." From the article: Evolving from cruder methods, VR is a natural extension of research examining the ways that people think differently when made to feel like they are part of a meaningfully different social group, known as an outgroup. ... What’s most exciting about this channel of research is that it gets at the kind of complex, subtle prejudices that most people can’t even articulate if asked directly.

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Touring a Carnival Cruise Simulator: 210 Degrees of GeForce-Powered Projection

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:25pm
MojoKid writes Recently, Carnival cruise lines gave tours of their CSMART facility in Almere, the Netherlands. This facility is one of a handful in the world that can provide both extensive training and certification on cruise ships as well as a comprehensive simulation of what it's like to command one. Simulating the operation of a Carnival cruise ship is anything but simple. Let's start with a ship that's at least passingly familiar to most people — the RMS Titanic. At roughly 46,000 tons and 882 feet long, she was, briefly, the largest vessel afloat. Compared to a modern cruise ship, however, Titanic was a pipsqueak. As the size and complexity of the ships has grown, the need for complete simulators has grown as well. The C-SMART facility currently sports two full bridge simulators, several partial bridges, and multiple engineering rooms. When the Costa Concordia wrecked off the coast of Italy several years ago, the C-SMART facility was used to simulate the wreck based on the black boxes from the ship itself. When C-SMART moves to its new facilities, it'll pick up an enormous improvement in processing power. The next-gen visual system is going to be powered by104 GeForce Grid systems running banks of GTX 980 GPUs. C-SMART executives claim it will actually substantially reduce their total power consumption thanks to the improved Maxwell GPU. Which solution is currently in place was unclear, but the total number of installed systems is dropping from just over 500 to 100 rackmounted units.

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The Next Big Thing You Missed: ‘Rise’ App Puts a Real-Life Personal Health Coach in Your Pocket

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:00pm

Fitness and diet tracking technologies are great for collecting data about your health. But what should you do with all that data? Rise is here to help.

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Mint’s Latest App Helps You Pay Every Bill on Time

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 12:00pm

Mint Bills lets you track and automatically pay all your bills.

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Apple Pay Recruits Dozens of New Banks and Stores

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:58am

Just two months after its launch, dozens more banks, retailers, and even an NBA arena now work with Apple Pay, the company’s mobile payments system that uses NFC to let users send money from their iPhones to payment terminals in-store, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:43am
An anonymous reader writes Tech giants such as Apple and eBay have given their support in Microsoft's legal battle against the U.S. government regarding the handing over of data stored in an Irish datacenter. In connection with a 2014 drugs investigation, U.S. prosecutors issued a warrant for emails stored by Microsoft in Ireland. The firm refused to hand over the information, but in July was ordered by a judge to comply with the investigation. Microsoft has today filed a collection of letters from industry supporters, such as Apple, eBay, Cisco, Amazon, HP, and Verizon. Trade associations including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Digital Rights Ireland have also expressed their support.

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Why Uber Isn’t the Only Future for the Business of Other People’s Cars

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 11:00am

As Uber gets all the attention, the basic rationale for renting other people's cars still seems worth considering. For so many of us, our cars spend most of their time parked, empty, going nowhere. And isn’t that a waste?

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Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:58am
An anonymous reader writes with this news from the EFF's Deep Links: The public got an early holiday gift today when a federal court agreed with us that six weeks of continually video recording the front yard of someone's home without a search warrant violates the Fourth Amendment. In United States v. Vargas local police in rural Washington suspected Vargas of drug trafficking. In April 2013, police installed a camera on top of a utility pole overlooking his home. Even though police did not have a warrant, they nonetheless pointed the camera at his front door and driveway and began watching every day. A month later, police observed Vargas shoot some beer bottles with a gun and because Vargas was an undocumented immigrant, they had probable cause to believe he was illegally possessing a firearm. They used the video surveillance to obtain a warrant to search his home, which uncovered drugs and guns, leading to a federal indictment against Vargas.

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Godot Engine Reaches 1.0, First Stable Release

Slashdot - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:16am
goruka writes "Godot, the most advanced open source (MIT licensed) game engine, which was open-sourced back in February, has reached 1.0 (stable). It sports an impressive number of features, and it's the only game engine with visual tools (code editor, scripting, debugger, 3D engine, 2D engine, physics, multi-platform deploy, etc) on a scale comparable to commercial offerings. As a plus, the user interface runs natively on Linux. Godot has amassed a healthy user community (through forums, Facebook and IRC) since it went public, and was used to publish commercial games in the Latin American and European markets such as Ultimo Carnaval with publisher Square Enix, and The Mystery Team by Sony Computer Entertainment Europe.

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This Digital Piggy Bank Could Finally Get You To Start Saving

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00am

Digit is like a digital piggybank. It connects to a user's checking account, analyzes the user's spending habits and income history, and uses an algorithm to automatically set aside small amounts of money at times when the user is least likely to miss it.

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Life Under the Microscope: The Year’s Best Biology Close-Ups

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 10:00am

Life is pretty interesting, and at the microscopic scale, it can also be beautiful, strange, intriguing, frightening and gross. The winning photos and videos from this year’s Olympus BioScapes competition span the whole range. From rat brains to butter daisies to weevils and barnacle appendages, these microscope photos will amaze. First prize this year went […]

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What’s Up With That: The Dark Days of Winter Bum You Out

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:00am

There's a link between sunlight and happiness, and in winter time a lot of people aren't getting enough of either.

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Legendary Mad Magazine Illustrator Jack Davis Calls It Quits at 90

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 8:00am

Jack Davis, the legendary Mad magazine illustrator and movie poster artist, is hanging up his pencils.

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Lava Flow Update for December 16, 2014: Fogo, Kilauea, Holuhraun

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:46am

Significant lava flow eruptions are continuing at Fogo, Kilauea and Iceland, with the people and property in danger in both Hawaii and the Cape Verde Islands.

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Angry Nerd: TV’s Most Infuriating Moments in 2014

Wired - Top Stories - Tue, 12/16/2014 - 7:00am

This year, some TV shows made us laugh; others made us cry (in a good way). Then there were the TV programs that made us want to rip our hair out. In his latest installment Angry Nerd runs down 2014's top five most frustrating TV moments, from Doctor Who to How to Get Away with Murder.

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