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Internet outages cost the UK economy £7 billion in 2016

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:20
Organizations in the UK have had a total of three days of Internet outages in 2016 each, according to a new report by Beaming. The UK economy lost £7 billion because of it, while companies lost productivity and had to cover for extra overtime. More than 75 percent of companies polled for the report say they experienced at least one connectivity failure that stopped them from accessing crucial services. In 2016, on average, a company suffered four outages, waiting six hours for each one to be fixed. Some companies managed to use the downtime to get other tasks done, while… [Continue Reading]
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Apple extends VoLTE & Wi-Fi iPhone calling to more carriers in UK, Russia & other countries

AppleInsider - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:19

With the release of iOS 10.3 on Monday, Apple has also extended Wi-Fi and VoLTE (voice-over-LTE) calling to more carriers worldwide, most notably enabling both options for the U.K. branch of O2.
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The Best and Worst Cities To Live in For Tech Workers, Based on Rent and Commute

Slashdot.org - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 20:00
An anonymous reader shares a report: Most cities with a cluster of tech companies can offer those workers either a short commute or low rents -- but not both, according to a study by property consultancy Savills. Berlin is the exception to that rule. Savills found that the German capital offers tech workers some of the lowest rents and among the shortest commutes of 22 cities it surveyed. Commuting is a hugely important factor for worker satisfaction. One study, by the UK's Office of National Statistics, found that each additional minute of commuting increased workers' anxiety and reduced their satisfaction with life. Based on how long it takes to get to work. The five best cities are: Austin (16 mins), Melbourne, Stockholm, Berlin, and Tokyo (24 mins).Five worst cities: Bengaluru (47 mins), Hong Kong, Seattle, Seoul, and Toronto (40 mins). Based on how much tech workers pay in rent (per week). Best cities: Seoul ($153), Santiago, Berlin, Buenos Aires, and Cape Town ($192).Five worst cities: San Francisco (with $775.45), New York, Boston, London, and Singapore ($488.16).

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NETGEAR unveils affordable RBK30 and RBK40 Orbi AC2200 Tri-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi Systems

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:58
Having quality Wi-Fi in your home or office is one of the best investments you can make. Nowadays, having access to the internet and the web are essential for success -- a problematic router that constantly crashes or needs rebooting can be absolutely maddening. Luckily, you do not need to break the bank to get a solid router. In fact, there are even some affordable mesh systems on the market nowadays. Today, NETGEAR announces new two-unit Orbi Wi-Fi systems (RBK30 and RBK40) that are more affordable than the original (RBK50). The RBK40 comes with two Orbi AC2200 Tri-band 802.11ac routers. The RBK30… [Continue Reading]
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Supreme Court Won't Hear Case About Copyright Protection Of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

Techdirt - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:47

For many years now, we've been talking about the copyright questions surrounding pre-1972 sound recordings. There are a ton of ongoing cases about this and it may be a bit confusing to keep up with it all. In short, under old copyright law, copyright only applied to the composition itself, but not the recordings. Many states then tried to step in and created state copyright laws (or common law doctrine via the courts) that gave sound recordings some form of copyright protection -- some of it much crazier than ordinary copyright law. Eventually Congress federalized copyright for sound recordings, but it didn't apply to any sound recordings from before 1972 (and a few at the very, very, very beginning of 1972, but it's easier just to say "pre-1972 sound recordings.") And then, even though the 1976 Copyright Act took away state copyright laws having any power, they still applied to certain aspects of pre-1972 sound recordings. This has... made a mess of things. The easiest solution would be to just admit this is dumb and say that pre-1972 works should be covered by federal copyright law, but lots of folks have been against this, starting with the RIAA (more on that in a bit).

And with things being confusing, some copyright holders have been using the weird status on pre-1972 sound recordings to effectively try to shakedown online streaming music sites into giving them better deals. The various cases have been all over the place, with the first few cases coming out saying that because pre-1972 sound recordings aren't covered under federal copyright law, things are different and copyright holders can sue over them. This upended decades of what was considered settled law.

Last summer, in a related case on a slightly different issue, the Second Circuit completely ripped to shreds the argument from the record labels that the DMCA's safe harbors don't apply to pre-1972 sound recordings. The labels were going on a quixotic attack against the video hosting site Vimeo, and because the DMCA's safe harbors protected that site, it argued that pre-1972 sound recordings didn't qualify. The lower court had ruled the other way, opening up a world of problems for any website that hosted audio. Thankfully, the 2nd Circuit reversed it. Of course, the labels asked the Supreme Court to hear the appeal, specifically arguing that the 2nd Circuit's ruling had to be in error because it was "contrary to the considered view of the United States Copyright Office."

The Supreme Court, thankfully, declined to hear the case on Monday. This is a big win for the DMCA's safe harbors. While the 2nd Circuit's ruling only has precedence in that one region, the 2nd Circuit is fairly well respected and influential on the other circuits -- and having the Supreme Court refuse to take up the issue, at the very least, suggests that the Supreme Court doesn't see that reading as particularly egregious.

Meanwhile, there are other things afoot regarding the legal status of pre-1972 sound recordings. Late last year, we noted that the big win for the copyright holders in NY was overturned, and it was decided that, contrary to what some copyright holders have been arguing, there was no "performance" right under NY's state copyright, and thus they can't magically argue that such a right applies to pre-1972 works. Then, earlier this month, out here in California, the 9th Circuit told the California Supreme Court to explore the issue concerning whether or not California's state copyright law provided some proto-performance right to pre-1972 works.

And, just a few days after that, the state of Georgia's Supreme Court ruled that pre-1972 sound recordings can be played by streaming sites, and some copyright holders can't bring "RICO" claims (IT'S NEVER RICO!!!!!!) just because iHeartRadio plays those songs.

As more and more courts seem to be cutting off this attempted path used by record labels to shake down online services, it appears that maybe even the RIAA is having a change of heart. As you may recall, back at the top of the post, I noted that the RIAA was one of the leading voices insisting that it would be horrible to bring pre-1972 sound recordings under federal copyright law a few years ago. If they hadn't blocked proposals along those lines, none of this mess would have happened. That's why I find it somewhat surprisng, that one of the RIAA's favored front groups, musicFIRST, has been banging the drum this year, suddenly insisting that pre-1972 sound recordings should be treated the same as post-1972 works. Maybe, just maybe, the RIAA should have taken that position originally, rather than hoping to keep the copyrights separate so that it could force internet companies to pay more.

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Daily Deal: Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle

Techdirt - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:45

Even with the rising popularity of Google Drive and other online productivity apps, Microsoft Office is still king in the corporate world (probably due to inertia more than any other reason). You can brush up on your skills with the $39 Microsoft Office Mastery Bundle. They're offering courses in Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook and SharePoint Access (note that you need to have these programs in order to complete the instruction). You will gain access to hundreds of hours of material for 12 months so you can learn at your own speed.

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macOS 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1 und watchOS 3.2.2 in der ersten Beta

MacTechNews.de - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:43
Wie es zu erwarten war, hat Apple kurz nach der Veröffentlichung größerer Updates für alle Nutzer nun erste Beta-Updates der nächsten Versionen freigegeben - ein übliches Vorgehen, wie es auch in der Vergangenheit sehr häufig der Fall war. Öffentliche Betas gibt es noch nicht, momentan richten sich die Builds ausschließlich an registrierte Entwickler. In der Updatebeschreibung hält sich Apple s...
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Apple releases first developer betas of iOS 10.3.2, macOS Sierra 10.12.5, watchOS 3.2.2, and tvOS 10.2.1

AppleInsider - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:38

Just a day after an omnibus release spanning all of Apple's operating systems, the company has released beta versions of macOS Sierra 10.12.5, iOS 10.3.2, tvOS 10.2.1, and watchOS 3.2.2 to developers.
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10 Million Insiders Test And Use Windows 10 Every Day, Says Microsoft

Slashdot.org - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:20
When Microsoft made Windows 10 publicly available to all users in 2015, it said about five million people had signed up for Windows Insider program, and were using the OS every day. That number has grown to hit 10 million now, it said this week. From a report: Microsoft launched Windows Insider in October 2014 with its first public Windows 10 Technical Preview, and by that December the program counted 1.5 million members. It was a solid start, but the company now says that in just over two years numbers have grown 566 percent to 10 million fans. "We count over 10 million Windows Insiders today, many of them fans, who test and use the latest build of Windows 10 on a daily basis," wrote Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group. "Their feedback comes fast and furious, they have a relentless bar of what they expect, but it so inspires our team and drives our very focus on a daily basis."

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Apple Seeds First Beta of macOS Sierra 10.12.5 to Developers

MacRumor News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:10
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming macOS Sierra 10.12.5 update to developers, one day after releasing macOS Sierra 10.12.4, which introduced Night Shift for the Mac.

macOS Sierra 10.12.5 can be downloaded through the Apple Developer Center or through the Software Update mechanism in the Mac App Store.

Apple's release notes don't often provide much insight into what's included in new beta software, so we don't yet know what features it might offer. As the update follows the release of 10.12.4, which was a major update, this one may focus primarily on bug fixes and other small improvements.

The release notes accompanying the beta release say only that the "update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac." Should any new features be found in macOS Sierra 10.12.5, we'll update this post.

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View animated GIFs, TIFFs, MPOs and more with CPix

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 19:02
CPix is an unusual image viewer for Windows with a strong focus on multi-picture formats, including MPO, TIFFs and animated GIFs. The interface is basic. There’s no thumbnail browser, just a simple viewing pane where you can drag and drop one or more images and folders. You’re able to navigate through files and folders using standard keyboard commands: right arrow = next, left arrow = previous, page up = next folder, page down = previous folder and so on. What’s a little unusual here is the ability to play multi-page formats like GIFs, TIFFs and MPO files as animations. Playback… [Continue Reading]
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Kreislaufprobleme im Cockpit: Stewardess ersetzt Co-Piloten

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:59
Alles richtig gemacht: Weil dem Co-Piloten auf einem Flug nach Mallorca schlecht wurde, ist eine Stewardess eingesprungen - und hat dem Piloten bei der Landung geholfen.

Apple Seeds First Beta of iOS 10.3.2 to Developers

MacRumor News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:58
Apple today seeded the first beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update to developers, just one day after introducing iOS 10.3, which included features like a new Find My AirPods feature and Apple File System.

Registered developers can download the iOS 10.3.2 update from the Apple Developer Center or over-the-air with the proper configuration profile installed.

We don't yet know what features or improvements are coming in iOS 10.3.2 as Apple doesn't offer detailed release notes, but as a minor 10.x.x update, we can expect it to focus on bug fixes and under-the-hood performance improvements rather than major new features. Apple does say the update fixes the new SiriKit car commands, which should now work as expected.

Should anything new be found in the iOS 10.3.2 beta, we'll update this post.

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Volkswagen: Aufsichtsrat spricht Audi-Chef Stadler das Vertrauen aus

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:53
Dieselkrise, Gerichtsprozess, Razzia: Audi-Chef Stadler steht unter großem Druck. Der Aufsichtsrat der Konzernmutter Volkswagen hat sich nun hinter ihn gestellt.

Hamburg: Flüchtlingsheim in Blankenese kann gebaut werden

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:52
Knapp ein Jahr dauerte der Streit um ein Flüchtlingsheim im noblen Hamburger Stadtteil Blankenese. Jetzt kann die Unterkunft gebaut werden, aber mit Einschränkungen.

AI will make and break the job market

Beta News - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:51
There’s a heated debate going on whether artificial intelligence will cause people to lose jobs or create new jobs instead. Well, IT consultancy firm Infosys has weighed in on the debate, releasing the results of its own survey. Basically, the firm says jobs will be both lost and created, so workers should not be too worried as long as they’re willing to re-train. However, companies will have reasons to rejoice as AI will boost their revenue, significantly. UK companies, on the other hand, need to do a lot of work, as they’re lagging behind the competition. Four in five companies that… [Continue Reading]
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In sieben Schritten: Wie Hexen G.I. Joe shoppingsüchtig machten

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:44
Im Zickzack durch die Weltgeschichte: Danny Kringiel begibt sich auf eine absurde Zeitreise - und entdeckt, dass irgendwie alles mit allem zu tun hat. Selbst Vanilleschnittchen mit Maschinengewehren.

Brustkrebs-Früherkennung: Welches Verfahren kann was?

Spiegel Online - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:42
In Deutschland erkrankt etwa jede zehnte Frau an Brustkrebs. Was können Ultraschall, Röntgen-Mammografie und Brust-MRT zur Früherkennung beitragen? Der Vergleich.

Apple permits iPhone app chronicling US drone strikes to return to App Store [u]

AppleInsider - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:40

Apple on Tuesday once again approved Metadata -- an app drawing attention to U.S. drone strikes -- for download on the App Store, following a nearly two-year wait after its removal. [Updated with second removal]
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'Sightings' of Extinct Tasmanian Tiger Prompt Search in Queensland

Slashdot.org - Tue, 03/28/2017 - 18:40
Elle Hunt, writing for The Guardian: "Plausible" possible sightings of a Tasmanian tiger in northern Queensland have prompted scientists to undertake a search for the species thought to have died out more than 80 years ago. The last thylacine is thought to have died in Hobart zoo in 1936, and it is widely believed to have become extinct on mainland Australia at least 2,000 years ago. But sightings of large, dog-like animals that are neither dingoes nor foxes have persisted over the decades, despite widespread scepticism. Recent eyewitness accounts of potential thylacines in far north Queensland have spurred scientists from James Cook University to launch a search for the animal long considered extinct. Professor Bill Laurance said he had spoken at length to two people about animals they had seen in Cape York peninsula that could potentially be thylacines, and that they had given plausible and detailed descriptions.

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