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Brazil’s national currency is the real, but you wouldn’t know that by looking at its iTunes storefront. Apple prices everything there in US dollars, which has led Brazil’s Consumer Protection Secretariat to write a formal letter to the company requesting an explanation. We’re not sure why this has taken so long, given that iTunes came to Brazil two years ago, but in any case Apple now has ten days in which to respond or face the threat of a penalty. Other countries that’ve tackled Apple over its pricing policies in the past have generally failed to reach a resolution, and in some cases even urging people to take matters into their own hands.
Source: Brazilian Ministry of Justice
Alt-week has a look at the finest science and alternative tech stories from the last seven days.
The natural world provides some innovative biology that is just possible through numerous, lots of years of advancement. Other concepts, well, they happen through great old-fashioned brain power. We have actually got instances of both in this version. Normally. This is alt-week.
The great news is that after many rumors, Warner Residence Video presentation has actually at last confirmed it’s bringing the TV program Good friends to Blu-ray this fall. The (potentially) bad news is that it’s going to be an all or absolutely nothing affair, with all 236 episodes (90 hours) shoved into a 21-disc BD-50 set with the 17 hours of benefit functions from the DVD releases, plus 3 hours of new unique functions. While the remastered HD episodes (in instance you just weren’t mindful, Friends, like Seinfeld, was taped on movie and has currently been reformatted for HD and widescreen while broadcasting in syndication) will feature DTS 5.1 audio, there’s even a 32-page episode manual shoved into the instance, which features lenticular repositioning artwork that can easily be seen over on TELEVISION Shows On DVD. There’s no rate on Amazon yet however the MSRP will definitely be $ 279.98 when it ships November 13th– determine carefully how much having The Rembrandts “I’ll Be There For You” online video in 1080p is worth.
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EyeRing finger-mounted connected cam captures signs and dollar bills, identifies them with OCR (hands-on)
Ready to swap that diamond for a finger-mounted camera with a built-in trigger and Bluetooth connectivity? If it could help identify otherwise indistinguishable objects, you might just consider it. The MIT Media Lab’s EyeRing project was designed with an assistive focus in mind, helping visually disabled persons read signs or identify currency, for example, while also serving to assist children during the tedious process of learning to read. Instead of hunting for a grownup to translate text into speech, a young student could direct EyeRing at words on a page, hit the shutter release, and receive a verbal response from a Bluetooth-connected device, such as a smartphone or tablet. EyeRing could be useful for other individuals as well, serving as an ever-ready imaging device that enables you to capture pictures or documents with ease, transmitting them automatically to a smartphone, then on to a media sharing site or a server.
We peeked at EyeRing during our visit to the MIT Media Lab this week, and while the device is buggy at best in its current state, we can definitely see how it could fit into the lives of people unable to read posted signs, text on a page or the monetary value of a currency note. We had an opportunity to see several iterations of the device, which has come quite a long way in recent months, as you’ll notice in the gallery below. The demo, which like many at the Lab includes a Samsung Epic 4G, transmits images from the ring to the smartphone, where text is highlighted and read aloud using a custom app. Snapping the text “ring,” it took a dozen or so attempts before the rig correctly read the word aloud, but considering that we’ve seen much more accurate OCR implementations, it’s reasonable to expect a more advanced version of the software to make its way out once the hardware is a bit more polished — at this stage, EyeRing is more about the device itself, which had some issues of its own maintaining a link to the phone. You can get a feel for how the whole package works in the video after the break, which required quite a few takes before we were able to capture an accurate reading.
Gallery: MIT Media Lab: EyeRing
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The Federal shut down of Megaupload did more than jail its founders, scare its competitors and worry its users — it also left Carpathia Hosting footing a $ 9,000 a day bill. The outfit previously agreed to preserve Megaupload’s frozen data, but now that the service’s unpaid bills are piling up, it’s ready to change its tune. In a emergency motion filed with the U.S. Federal Court in Virginia, Carpathia asked the court to either take the data off its hands, pay it for retaining the data or else allow it to delete the data altogether after allowing users to reclaim their files. The hosting service won’t take action on its own, it says, as that might “risk a claim by a party with an interest in the data,” such as the Motion Picture Association of America. With any luck, the matter will be settled in a court hearing next month. If not? Well, we’ll just take it as a lesson: back up locally, you never know when your files might get wrapped up in the legal system.
Microsoft is taking 25% off customers bills who were affected by a recent cloud outage.
A large number of U.S. users of Office 365 and SkyDrive were affected by a three hour service outage on August 17. Microsoft refuses to detail the reason behind the outage, stating it was network related, but is offering compensation to customers who experienced the outage in accessing their email and calendars. The software giant sent the following message to customers according to ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley:
The Office 365 team strives to provide exceptional service to all of our customers. On August 17, customers served from one of our North America data center lost access to email services included in the Office 365 suite. We apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused you and your employees.
We are committed to communicating with our customers in an open and honest manner about service issues and the steps we’re taking to prevent recurrences.
º Preliminary investigation indicates that a networking interruption in one of our North America data centers caused Office 365 Exchange Online to be inaccessible by some customers.
º This incident lasted from approximately 11:30 AM PDT to 2:40 PM PDT, during which time customers were not able to access the Outlook Web App or send and receive email through Exchange Online.
º The Service Health Dashboard was updated regularly during the event to notify customers of the problem, though there was a brief period of intermittent access issues to that dashboard.
• What actions have been taken to prevent a recurrence?
º The data center’s networking facilities have been remediated and we are investigating the root cause.
º We continue to monitor the overall network very closely to maintain high levels of service to customers.
We understand that any disruption in service may result in a disruption to your business. As a gesture of our commitment to ensuring the highest quality service experience Microsoft is proactively providing your organization a credit equal to 25% of your monthly invoice. The credit will appear on a future invoice, and you do not need to contact Microsoft to receive this credit. Please note, processing of the credit may take as long as 90 days.
If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Office 365 community site.
Thank you for choosing Office 365 to host your business productivity applications. We appreciate your business.
The Office 365 Team
Microsoft launched Office 365 worldwide on June 28. Office 365 provides Office 2010, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync all Online in a cloud-based service. The service is a full browser-based solution that incorporates webmail, collaboration and document management. The recent outage was the first of its kind for the new service and may have been related to Cisco networking gear, according to ZDNet. Microsoft’s monthly invoice discount will likely smooth over and negative reactions to the outage.
Microsoft explains recent Office 365 outage, discounts bills by 25% originally appeared at WinRumors.com.
This is a giant (30 picture) gallery of U.S. currency that have had pop-icon facelifts courtesy of artist James Charles (who has two first names). They’re all incredibly well done and are selling at the Shooting Gallery art gallery in San Francisco for $ 600-$ 1,000. But they were already valuable! Granted you could say James is just defacing money, but I’d argue he’s actually refacing it. Zing? No? God I could just die!
Hit the jump for 30 others and the link to even more (there’s over 50).
This is my Lego Technic Robotic Platform made 07/01/08…
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Campbell residents ‘cut the cord,’ save on cable bills
Rising costs for cable television have led some residents to seek other alternatives for home entertainment.