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Submission + - Skype for iPad Avaialble in the App Store (

An anonymous reader writes: The developers of the application Skype app offer a version dedicated to the Apple iPad. Already available on Windows, Mac, iPhone

Submission + - Samsung wont sell Android tablet in Australia (

An anonymous reader writes: In yet another blow to Android, Samsung has agreed not to sell the latest version of its tablet device in Australia until patent litigation in the country is completed.

Submission + - Apple Chief Patent Lawyer LeavesAfter Android Loss

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "PC Magazine reports that Richard "Chip" Lutton, Apple's current chief patent lawyer, is reportedly leaving the company after failing to block Android manufacturers from using iPhone-like features. "It's possible that Apple's leadership wants the patent department to become more effective, especially in terms of litigation," says intellectual property analyst Florian Mueller. "They are probably disappointed that the first ITC complaint against HTC didn't go too well," referring to Apple's attempts to win an injunction over HTC devices. In addition Apple is aggressively seeking an injunction on Samsung's flagship Galaxy lineup, arguing that the South Korean manufacturer copied the look and feel of Apple iPhones and iPads and Apple also recently joined forces with EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research in Motion, and Sony to block Google from acquiring 6,000 wireless technology patents held by Nortel, before it filed for bankruptcy. "Running Apple's patent department is probably one of the most demanding jobs in the field of intellectual property," adds Mueller. "Apple has recently started a number of lawsuits and may initiate several more. It's also sought out by patent trolls all the time.""

Submission + - Australia ranked fourth in Internet freedom ( 1

mjwx writes: A report published by Freedom House has placed Australia in fourth in Internet Freedom, below Estonia, the United States and Germany. Freedom House highlights the lack of acutal censorship in Australia pointing out that the highly unpopular proposed ISP level censorship has been shelved since the 2010 Australian election.

The freedom house report is available here.


Submission + - Audio and video patents haunt Apple and Android

FlorianMueller writes: There seems to be no end to those smartphone patent suits. This week's special: audio and video patents that its owners claim are key to formats like MP3 and MPEG 2. The targets: Apple and Android. On Monday, Alcatel-Lucent subsidiary Multimedia Patent Trust filed a patent infringement suit in Southern California against Apple, LG (over 64 different phones including some Android-based ones), Canon and TiVo over four video patents. Fortunately for Apple and LG, none of the patents asserted against those two companies are likely to be in force by the time the judge decides, so there's no risk of an injunction. They may nevertheless have to pay for past damages. The same company once obtained a record $1.5 billion jury verdict against Microsoft but saw it slashed by a judge. And on Tuesday, Hybrid Audio LLC filed a suit in Eastern Texas, asserting a patent against various Apple products and certain Android-based products from HTC and Dell.

Submission + - Deceased's social media account to goto estate

An anonymous reader writes: Estate executors or administrators in Oklahama have the power to access, administer or terminate the online social media accounts of the deceased, according to a new state law. "The number of people who use Facebook today is almost equal to the population of the United States. When a person dies, someone needs to have legal access to their accounts to wrap up any unfinished business, close out the account if necessary or carry out specific instructions the deceased left in their will," Kiesel said.

Submission + - Sony VAIO UX Stuffed to the Brim With Great Mods (

Benz145 writes: The famous Sony VAIO UX UMPC may have been cancelled a few years back by Sony, but the community at Micro PC Talk won't let it die. Modder Anh has carefully removed the relatively slow 1.33Ghz Core Solo CPU and installed a much faster Intel Core 2 Duo U7700 (a process which involves reballing the entire CPU). On top of this, he managed to install an incredibly small 4-port USB hub into the unit which allowed for the further instillation of a Huawei E172 modem for 3G data/voice/SMS, a GPS receiver, and a Pinacle HD TV receiver. All of this was done without modifying the device's tiny external case. Great high-res pictures of the motherboard with the modded hardware can be seen through the link.

Submission + - Sponsored Spam Fighting - CAPTCHAs Now Sponsored!

wiredmikey writes: Sponsored Spam Fighting! CAPTCHAs Emerge as Latest Tool for Online Advertisers

Each day 142 “man years” are spent solving CAPTCHAs, a test many Web sites use to help ensure responses are coming from people and not generated by a computer. That calculation is based on the fact that, on average, a user spends 14 seconds to review and enter a response, multiplied by 280 million, the number of times CAPTCHAS are used per day across the Web.

A New York based company has created TYPE-INs, a new form of advertising built into a CAPTCHA system. The system provides an alternative to the traditional CAPTCHA, where instead of completing hard-to-read CAPTCHA authentications, users prove they are human by simply typing in easy to read brand messages...

Submission + - Steve Jobs tries to sneak shurikens on to plane (

An anonymous reader writes: Steve Jobs, while on a family vacation to Japan in July, picked himself up some Shuriken, otherwise known as Ninja throwing stars, as a souvenir.

In his wisdom he decided to put them in his carry on luggage for the return journey. As it was a private plane he probably thought there would be no issue, but he was wrong. Even private plane passengers have to have all their baggage scanned, and the throwing stars were detected and deemed a hazard.

It’s alleged that Jobs argued that he could take them on the plane as no one could steal them on his private jet and use them. Security at the airport disagreed and demanded he remove the stars. Jobs, clearly angry at losing his throwing weapons, stated he would not be returning to the country.


Submission + - Tragedy strikes Sauna World Championships (

aapold writes: Tragedy has struck the Sauna World Championships in Finland, as russian competitor Vladimir Ladyzhensky collapsed and died six minutes into the final, and reigning champ Timo Kaukonen was also hospitalized. The organizers said they used the same rules as in previous years, but also announced the event will never be held again. Rick Reilly of ESPN wrote an interesting piece on the Sauna World Championships last year, detailing his experience entering the competition and his encounter with Kaukonen, who described his training regimen of 20 sessions a day in saunas set to 284 (F) and drinking 10 liters of water a day for several days leading up to it.

The Physics of a Rolling Rubber Band 226

sciencehabit writes "Modern physics can get complicated. Sure, researchers know exactly what forces act on a ball rolling down an incline — an experiment that helped Galileo develop universal laws for movement and acceleration. But what happens when a deformable shape like a rubber band rolls around? A new study reveals that the faster it goes, the more squashed it gets (video included)."

"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth. -- Alfred North Whitehead