Washington Post: In New Case, Supreme Court Revisits The Question Of Software Patents

The United States Supreme Court today announced that it plans to revisit the question of software patents. On Monday, for the first time since 1981, the Supreme Court will hear arguments on whether software — or more precisely, computer-implemented inventions — can coninue to be patented. The case, Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank, focuses on software […]

Computer World: Dell’s New Research Division Wants Computers To Detect Your Mood

Pretty soon, it won’t just be your friends asking how you’re feeling. Dell Research, a new division of the recently privatized Dell, is conducting early experiments with brain and body sensors to detect a person’s mood for use in computers involved with education and communications. It could also be used to monitor a person’s mood […]

Reuters: SEC Shuts Down Cloud Computing Scam Targeting Asians, Hispanics

The United States Securities and Exchange Commission today shut down a worldwide cloud computing pyramid scheme designed to target Asian-American, Hispanic, and other foreign investors. According to the SEC, investors were told they could parlay “points” they got for making investments or enrolling other investors into stakes in initial public offerings of 300 high-tech companies […]

Cnet: Microsoft Hopes iPad Users Won’t Exploit Office Loophole

Turns out the $100 annual subscription fee for Office 365 on iOS might be more of a suggestion than a rule. After tinkering with numerous devices and accounts since the debut of Office on iPad Thursday, CNET discovered a loophole in how Office 365 authentication gets enforced on Apple tablets. The loophole allows users who have not paid […]

Cnet: Microsoft Changes Policy In Wake Of Hotmail Snooping

When it came to light that Microsoft read through a Hotmail user’s emails to track down an employee accused of corporate espionage, users were thoroughly outraged. The Richmond, VA company blundered straight into a public relations disaster. Today, they made yet another attempt to rectify the problem, this time completely overhauling their terms of use. […]

Polygon: Sony Plans To Court Indies With Its Project Morpheus Headset

In order to gain traction for Project Morpheus in the game development community, Sony today announced that it plans to focus primarily on independent developers, explained Sony Computer Entertainment head Shuhei Yoshida. “The indie teams typically want to create something not directly competitive with big companies because they know they don’t have the resource to […]

Wired: How A Chinese Tech Firm Became The NSA’s Worst Nightmare

The NSA might not be the unstoppable surveillance juggernaut we once believed. One Chinese tech firm, Huawei, has been repeatedly throwing a wrench in its surveillance plans, owing to its network equipment. That obstacle is growing bigger each year as routers and other networking equipment made by Huawei Technologies and its offshoot, Huawei Marine Networks, […]

Ars Technica: Piracy Notwithstanding, MPAA Enjoys A “Very Strong Year” – Again

Surprising absolutely no one, the Motion Picture Association of America enjoyed a “very strong year,” with overall revenues up 4% to $35.9 billion and the North American Box office up 1% to $10.9 billion. The newest figures show that the industry remains healthy despite continued and over-simplistic rhetoric by the MPAA that the sky is […]

Cnet: Apple v. Samsung – All You Need To Know About The Latest Patent Trial

The legal war between Apple and Samsung yet rages on, this time with the Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S on trial. Cnet today posted a handy guide summing up pretty much the entire legal battle to date: Almost two years after Apple and Samsung faced off in a messy patent dispute, the smartphone and tablet rivals […]

20 amusing Linux commands to have fun with the terminal

The Linux terminal isn’t always dull or boring. If you’re looking to entertain yourself, there actually exists a whole host of amusing commands you can enter. For example: Loop With Yes: The yes command will go on printing the same thing indefinitely until stopped by a Ctrl+C. The command apparently appears to have no use, […]