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Microsoft Phases Out XNA and DirectX?

January 31st, 2013 01:02 admin View Comments

Graphics

mikejuk writes “It is reported that Microsoft has sent an email to DirectX/XNA MVPs which informs them that they are no longer needed because XNA and DirectX are no longer evolving. What does this mean? If you don’t need MVPs then presumably you anticipate nothing to support in the future.”

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Architecture Firm and ESA To 3D Print Building On the Moon

January 31st, 2013 01:28 admin View Comments

Moon

An anonymous reader writes “Internationally acclaimed architecture firm Foster + Partners built the Hearst Tower, the Millennium Bridge, and the Gherkin here on earth — and now they’re setting their sights on outer space with plans to produce a 3D printed building on the moon. Today the firm announced that it has partnered with the European Space Agency to develop a lunar base for four people that can withstand the threat of meteorites, gamma radiation and temperature fluctuations. Since transporting building materials to space is a challenge, the team is considering using on-site 3D printing as a solution.”

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Nokia Receives $1.35B Grant To Develop Graphene Tech

January 31st, 2013 01:57 admin View Comments

Handhelds

silverpig writes “It now appears that graphene has reached a point worthy of serious, direct industrial attention. The grant money itself comes from the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET), but the work will be done by a large non-governmental company with eyes on developing useful real-world applications. Smartphones contain many components with high potential for making use of graphene From the article: ‘Nokia is leading the electronic firms within the Graphene Flagship Consortium, which includes 73 other companies and academic institutions from a number of mediums. The Finnish handset manufacturer has received a grant of $1.35 billion to research and develop graphene for practical applications, with the European Union for the Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) providing the grant itself.’”

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CES Ditches CNET After CBS Scandal Over Dish’s Hopper

January 31st, 2013 01:00 admin View Comments

Television

An anonymous reader writes in about the latest fallout from CNET’s parent company, CBS banning Dish Network’s hopper from reviews and award lists. “The Consumer Electronics Association has not only today bestowed its Best in Show title upon the same Dish Network product that started this whole mess in the first place — in the same release, the group says it will no longer work with CNET. CES has enjoyed a long and productive partnership with CNET and the Best of CES awards,’ said Karen Chupka, the CEA’s senior vice president for events and conferences. “However, we are concerned the new review policy will have a negative impact on our brand should we continue the awards relationship as currently constructed. We look forward to receiving new ideas to recognize the ‘best of the best’ products introduced at the International CES.”"

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Air Quality Apps and Bottled Air Thrive On Beijing’s Pollution

January 31st, 2013 01:42 admin View Comments

China

itwbennett writes “Here’s a bright spot in Beijing’s off-the-chart bad air pollution: The market for mobile apps that monitor air quality is thriving. ‘When the pollution went beyond the air quality index, all the social networks in China and media began paying attention to the problem,’ said Wang Jun, one of the developers of the China Air Pollution Index app. ‘This caused the downloads to increase 30 times.’” Obviously a Spaceballs fan, a Chinese man is even selling fresh air in cans.

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Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

January 31st, 2013 01:22 admin View Comments

Android

sfcrazy writes “In a nutshell there won’t be a new trial in the Apple V. Samsung case, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won’t be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were ‘undercompensated’ by the jury. The most important ruling was that she found that ‘Samsung did not willfully infringe.’”

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Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

January 31st, 2013 01:22 admin View Comments

Android

sfcrazy writes “In a nutshell there won’t be a new trial in the Apple V. Samsung case, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won’t be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were ‘undercompensated’ by the jury. The most important ruling was that she found that ‘Samsung did not willfully infringe.’”

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Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

January 31st, 2013 01:22 admin View Comments

Android

sfcrazy writes “In a nutshell there won’t be a new trial in the Apple V. Samsung case, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won’t be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were ‘undercompensated’ by the jury. The most important ruling was that she found that ‘Samsung did not willfully infringe.’”

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Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

January 31st, 2013 01:22 admin View Comments

Android

sfcrazy writes “In a nutshell there won’t be a new trial in the Apple V. Samsung case, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won’t be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were ‘undercompensated’ by the jury. The most important ruling was that she found that ‘Samsung did not willfully infringe.’”

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Judge Koh Rules: Samsung Did Not Willfully Infringe

January 31st, 2013 01:22 admin View Comments

Android

sfcrazy writes “In a nutshell there won’t be a new trial in the Apple V. Samsung case, as Samsung wanted, because the judge thinks that the trial was fair despite allegations that the jury foreman could have been biased. She also ruled that there won’t be any more money for Apple as the iPhone maker failed to prove they were ‘undercompensated’ by the jury. The most important ruling was that she found that ‘Samsung did not willfully infringe.’”

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