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Believe it or not, it’s still illegal in the UK to tear a favored CD, or even to reveal copyrighted work in distance education– both reasonable usage authorizations that numerous North Americans take for granted. Some sense is at last occurring now that the Intellectual Home Workplace is advancing copyright reforms that accept a digital truth. The measures clearly accept private copying for personal use, making it legal to shift formats as long as it’s to play purchased material. Numerous of the reforms additionally improve the murkiness bordering institutional usage: analysts, specialists and instructors must have access to copyrighted material over networks, as long as it’s for non-commercial purposes. The reasonable usage terms aren’t as generally outlined as they are in the US– these are exceptions, not general guidelines– but they go a long way to legitimizing exactly what numerous wanted all along. Or, let’s be sincere, were already doing.
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RIM’s loss of favor among US government agencies continues as the General Services Administration, which procures goods for other agencies, has announced that it plans to move some of its 17,000 employees from BlackBerrys to iOS or Android devices. The GSA is also testing a program to allow employees to use personal smartphones or tablets on its secure servers. Because the agency is often emulated by other groups, any move away from the BlackBerry platform could augur a larger governmental trend.
Unlike with NOAA, however, the news for RIM isn’t all bad. The GSA says it has no plans to get rid of its RIM email servers, which are a major source of revenue for the company. And it isn’t planning on phasing out BlackBerrys for most users. In…
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Inhabitat’s Week in Green: shifting towers, hydrogen beads, and the shockwave engine for fuel efficiency
It was a big week for alternative energy as Inhabitat showcased a range of green fuel innovations that cut costs while bringing clean energy to the forefront. We looked at hydrogen ‘Micro Beads’ that could fuel cars for $ 1.50 per gallon, and we saw Michigan State University unveil a new shock wave engine that could triple fuel the efficiency of hybrid vehicles. XL Hybrids also got in on the action by releasing an add-on kit that can transform any gas-guzzler into a hybrid, and Google made waves by announcing their investment in biofuels startup CoolPlanetBiofuels and adding EV charging stations to Google Maps. Finally, to round out or green automotive news this week we also have to give a special shout out to Artega, who introduced their hot new SE Electric Sports Car – we can already hear the honks and catcalls!
Off the road and out into the ocean, we showcased a design for underwater kite turbines that harvest energy from ocean waves, and we were wowed by Kinetura’s shape-shifting Kinetower. In other architecture news, construction finally commenced on MVRDV’s massive Amanora Vertical City Apartments in Pune, India — a mixed use development totaling over 4.3 million square feet.
We also saw several new developments on the solar power front – scientists in the United Kingdom are working on a solar-powered kit that could lighten the load of soldiers-and, more important, increase their mobility-by up to 50 percent. That seems like the perfect complement to OS’ amazing GSR 110B – a retractable solar power system that delivers 40 watts on the spot with a combined solar and battery backup. Lightweight and easy to pack, the solar unit is easily deployed in emergency situations as long as the weather permits.
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Your next Toshiba Dynabook — that is if you buy Toshiba Dynabook — might just stand out from the rest. The details are light, but JapanToday states that one of Toshiba’s latest models employs a polyester coating that gives it the magic color-shifting. They say it’s more environmentally friendly than real metal and will probably match beautifully with your Mustang done-up in the same sort of thing. But only one is resellable.
Exclusive: The future of the iPad 2, iPhone 5, and Apple TV, and why Apple is shifting its mobile line to Qualcomm chipsets
We’ve been hearing a ton of rumors about what direction Apple’s next set of products will take, and when they’ll be available — but now we’ve got some concrete information from reliable sources which should make the path a little clearer. And that includes info on the next iPad, the iPhone 5, the second iteration of the new Apple TV, and a big change coming for all of the company’s mobile products. Want to know the scoop? Read along after the break to get the goods.
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When Qualcomm’s FLO TV came out last November, it seemed alright. A bit expensive for the initial investment, but a reasonable device if you didn’t want to stream media over your smartphone. Well, Qualcomm is making the FLO TV a little better with their latest update, due 2Q2010.
Some of the new features are great, some not so much. Specifically, you’ll be able to pre-record your favorite shows (and take them with you wherever), and buy pay-per-day passes that will allow you to use your device as needed, rather than paying that pesky monthly fee. They are also adding interactive capabilities that will allow you to get more information about a show or advertised product. The update was announced today, however don’t expect to see it on your devices until the “second half of 2010″.
From the press release:
LAS VEGAS – April 13, 2010 – FLO TV Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), today announced at the 2010 NAB Show in Las Vegas (Booth #SU1424) that it is working to enhance its mobile TV service with new applications that integrate video with Web-based content and social media tools. The expanded capabilities are in response to the ways in which consumers today are simultaneously viewing and interacting with content.
“With consumers’ mobile entertainment habits evolving rapidly, FLO TV will be integrating its current live linear video with relevant, on-demand content and interactive features that complement the programming viewers are watching in real-time,” said Bill Stone, president of FLO TV. “Our innovative, nationwide multicast network is at the heart of this solution and will allow us to distribute live mobile TV and rich mobile media services to a range of new devices from smartbooks to e-readers and tablets.”
In addition to integrated experiences, FLO TV announced an expanded suite of mobile TV services, including interactive capabilities, pay-per-day and event passes, and time-shifted viewing options. The new features will be available on the FLO TV service across a range of mobile devices in the second half of 2010. New service applications will include:
* Interactive features that will enable users to interact with programming and advertising, allowing consumers to click for more information about a show or click to buy an advertised product.
* Pay-per-day passes designed to offer pay-as-you-go flexibility, providing consumers the ability to watch the FLO TV service without committing to a recurring monthly subscription. Event passes will provide an easy way for existing FLO TV subscribers to add premium content such as limited engagement, special events to their programming lineup.
* Time-shifted viewing, or Ã¢??catch-up TV,’ that will allow popular shows to be stored on FLO-enabled mobile devices, thereby granting viewers the ability to watch their favorite shows on-demand, even outside of a coverage area.
At a time when mobile devices such as smartphones, e-readers and tablets are proliferating and data consumption is increasing, FLO TV’s nationwide network can alleviate cellular network congestion to meet the growing consumer demand for mobile media access across a wide range of devices.
Props to CrunchGear