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Open webOS Adopts Apache Cordova for Hardware Access

January 1st, 2013 01:03 admin View Comments

HP

In their December newsletter, Open webOS announced that they’ve ditched the webOS-specific hardware interface that was part of Enyo 1.x for the Cordova project (formerly PhoneGap). Combined with the portable Enyo 2.0 framework, applications written for webOS are now portable to other platforms (and the other way around). There were also a number of other under-the-hood improvements: “This month we completed and delivered the pluggable keyboard project, WebAppMgr separation and upgrading to Qt 4.8.3. Work continues as planned on upgrading Qt5/webkit2 (more details next month). Also, the complete rewrite of mediaServer has been completed and is now undergoing internal QA testing, look for this to hit the repos in the coming weeks.”

Source: Open webOS Adopts Apache Cordova for Hardware Access

Redbox Set To Compete With Netflix On Video Streaming

December 12th, 2012 12:55 admin View Comments

Media

First time accepted submitter roc97007 writes “Looks like Netflix may be getting some much needed competition in the video streaming market. From the article: ‘Later this month, Redbox will offer an unlimited streaming-video plan that includes movies from Warner Bros. and pay TV channel Epix, along with four nights of physical DVD rentals, for $8 a month, or $9 a month if customers want Blu-ray discs. The offering is a direct attack on Netflix Inc. and is priced even lower than the $10-a-month DVD and streaming plan that Netflix abandoned a year ago. The lowest price plan from Netflix that combines DVDs-by-mail and streaming is now $16 a month.’”

Source: Redbox Set To Compete With Netflix On Video Streaming

SEC Investigates Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Over Facebook Posting

December 6th, 2012 12:20 admin View Comments

Facebook

alexander_686 writes “The SEC is investigating Netflix CEO Reed Hastings over one of his Facebook postings. The agency is questioning his July 1 Facebook posting, seen by 200,000 followers, in which he said customers watched ‘over 1 billion hours’ of videos on Netflix in June. He had previously posted on his company blog that members were viewing ‘nearly a billion hours per month.’ From the article: ‘“We think the fact of 1 billion hours of viewing in June was not ‘material’ to investors, and we had blogged a few weeks before that we were serving nearly 1 billion hours per month,” Hastings said in the filing today. “We remain optimistic this can be cleared up quickly through the SEC’s review process.”’”

Source: SEC Investigates Netflix CEO Reed Hastings Over Facebook Posting

Facebook and Zynga Move Apart

November 30th, 2012 11:02 admin View Comments

Facebook

another random user writes with news that Facebook and Zynga have altered their business arrangement to become less closely intertwined. Zynga.com will no longer be promoted on the social networking site, and Zynga won’t have to show ads for Facebook. “Zynga is the developer behind Farmville, a game once mostly played on Facebook, which at its peak attracted 82 million players a month. Zynga now has its own games platform, but players will no longer be able to share their progress on Facebook. Zynga’s share price fell by 13% in after-hours trading following the news. It is the latest blow for the company, which last month announced job cuts and studio closures. … Facebook said the move would bring its relationship with Zynga in line with other games studios. … Recent figures suggest 80% of Zynga’s revenue comes from Facebook users.”

Source: Facebook and Zynga Move Apart

The Secret To Iranian Drone Technology? Just Add Photoshop

November 29th, 2012 11:30 admin View Comments

The Military

garymortimer writes “Earlier this month, Iran’s news agency provided visual evidence that its government had figured out to make a fancy new drone that could take off and land vertically. What they didn’t tell us is that they used Photoshop to make it stop taking off from the roof of Japan’s Chiba University, which built the aircraft and never had anything to do with Iran’s alleged version of it.”

Source: The Secret To Iranian Drone Technology? Just Add Photoshop

US Offers New Plans 1 Month Before UN Meeting To Regulate Web

November 1st, 2012 11:41 admin View Comments

The Internet

Velcroman1 writes “Slashdotters have been reading for months about the upcoming ITU conference next month in Dubai, which will propose new regulations and restrictions for the Internet that critics say could censor free speech, levy tariffs on e-commerce, and even force companies to clean up their ‘e-waste’ and make gadgets that are better for the environment. Concerns about the closed-door event have sparked a Wikileaks-style info-leaking site, and led the State Department on Wednesday to file a series of new proposals or tranches seeking to ensure ‘competition and commercial agreements — and not regulation’ as the meeting’s main message. Terry Kramer, the chief U.S. envoy to the conference, says the United States is against sanctions. ‘[Doing nothing] would not be a terrible outcome at all,’ Kramer said recently.”

Source: US Offers New Plans 1 Month Before UN Meeting To Regulate Web

The UK’s 5-Minute 4G Data Cap

October 23rd, 2012 10:14 admin View Comments

The Internet

Barence writes “The tariffs have been announced for Britain’s first 4G network and they include a data cap that customers will break within five minutes. EE’s high-speed data service will start from £36 a month — or £21 a month SIM-only — although the lowest package’s 500MB download limit might put data-focused early adopters off. With EE claiming average network speeds of up to 12Mbits/sec, that means users could theoretically exceed their cap in just over five minutes of full-speed downloads — or a little over ten seconds a day. There are no unlimited data deals.”

Source: The UK’s 5-Minute 4G Data Cap

Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

October 1st, 2012 10:25 admin View Comments

Apple

He co-founded Apple Computer, he’s a programmer and engineer who invented the Apple I and Apple II computers, he’s one of our most influential readers, he is known simply as Woz. To kick-off our 15th anniversary month, Woz has agreed to take some time to answer a few of your questions; as with other Slashdot interviews, you’re invited to ask as many questions as you’d like, but please ask them in separate posts. We’ll be running a number of other special interviews this month, so keep your eyes open.

Source: Ask Steve Wozniak Anything

Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

October 1st, 2012 10:25 admin View Comments

Announcements

Slashdot turns 15 this month! You may have noticed that we’ve swapped out the usual logo for the first of the reader-contributed designs we’ll be featuring this month. (If you think you have a better idea, we’d love to see it; all artists whose designs we choose to run will get Slashdot anniversary T-shirts, and one will get a Nexus 7 tablet.) We’re also happy to announce an overdue feature here on Slashdot: a blog with information from the developers and editors. We’ll use it to provide updates and background information about the site’s development (for instance, new features or fixed bugs, or changes in the user interface), and try to answer reader questions about the site at greater length than the FAQ. Shameless tease: today, you can read about the launch of Slashdot mobile in the inaugural post. We might use the blog to expound on story choice or to make non-critical announcements, too. You probably don’t come to Slashdot generally to read about Slashdot, though, so don’t worry &mdash the blog will live safely and quietly in the background until you want to read it. Since this is a new feature, we’re still working out exactly how it should best be used, so feel free to make suggestions below on what you’d like to see. Between now and the end of October, look for a passel of other treats, too, starting with an interview with Woz later today. We hope you’ll get together with other readers at one of the many parties planned for later this month, also. Slashdot exists for and because of everyone who reads the site; thank you for being part of it.

Source: Thanks For Reading: 15 Years of News For Nerds

Python 3.3.0 Released

September 29th, 2012 09:32 admin View Comments

Python

An anonymous reader writes “After just over a month of release candidates, the final version of Python 3.3 launched today. This version includes new syntax, including the yield from expression for generator delegation; new library modules, including fault handler (for debugging crashes), ipaddress, and lzma (for data compression using the XZ/LZMA algorithm); a reworked OS and I/O exception hierarchy; the venv module for programmatic access to Python virtual environments; and a host of API changes. The full list of features and the change log are both available.”

Source: Python 3.3.0 Released

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