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Amerikas Heroinproblem: Erst zum Hausarzt, dann zum Dealer

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:39
Der 24-jährige Brandon aus Pennsylvania muss nach einer Football-Verletzung Schmerzmittel nehmen. Als die nicht mehr helfen, wird er zum Junkie. Kein Einzelfall. Die Zahl der Drogentoten in den USA ist hoch wie nie.

Apple makes fifth iOS 10.3.2 beta available for developer testing

AppleInsider - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:32

For the second time this week, Apple has released an iOS 10.3.2 beta for registered developers only.
Categories: Apple Mac, Computer

Die Apple Watch zwei Jahre lang im täglichen Gebrauch - eine Bilanz

MacTechNews.de - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:28
Sie hat mich rund um die Welt begleitet, war in den letzten beiden Jahren stets mein Begleiter - die Apple Watch. In der doch relativ langen Zeitspanne zeigten sich zahlreiche Vorteile, allerdings wurde auch deutlich, woran Apple noch arbeiten muss. Die Smartwatch hat Potential, das war schon vor dem Kauf meine Überzeugung. Ob sich meine Meinung geändert hat, soll diese Bilanz zeigen. Persö...
Categories: Apple Mac

Early Nintendo Programmer Worked Without a Keyboard

Slashdot.org - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:20
Much like IT guys, every programmer has a horror story about the extreme work environments that forced them to hack together things. But as ArsTechnica points out, not many of them can beat the keyboard-free coding environment that Masahiro Sakurai apparently used to create the first Kirby's Dream Land. From the story: The tidbit comes from a talk Sakurai gave ahead of a Japanese orchestral performance celebrating the 25th anniversary of the original Game Boy release of Kirby's Dream Land in 1992. Sakurai recalled how HAL Laboratory was using a Twin Famicom as a development kit at the time. Trying to program on the hardware, which combined a cartridge-based Famicom and the disk-based Famicom Disk System, was "like using a lunchbox to make lunch," Sakurai said. As if the limited power wasn't bad enough, Sakurai revealed that the Twin Famicom testbed they were using "didn't even have keyboard support, meaning values had to be input using a trackball and an on-screen keyboard."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Early Q2 iPhone estimates hint Apple's sales up slightly over 2016

AppleInsider - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:18

Possibly offering a peek into Apple's March-quarter results due to be revealed May 2, data released on Thursday estimated that Apple shipped some 51.6 million iPhones during the period, a slight improvement over 51.2 million a year prior.
Categories: Apple Mac, Computer

Neue Tomatensorte: Angriff der Saat-Piraten

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:17
Eine neue Tomatensorte soll große Agrarkonzerne ärgern. Sunviva, eine Freilandsorte mit kleinen gelben Früchten, hat revolutionäre Nutzungsregeln: Sie darf niemals patentiert werden.

New report shows the number of requests for user data Facebook receives from global governments

Beta News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:14
Today Facebook publishes its Global Government Requests Report, revealing just how many data requests the social network has received from governments around the world. This time around, the report covers the second half of 2016, and it shows a mixed-bag of figures. While the number of items that had to be restricted due to contravention of local laws dropped, the number of government data requests increased by 9 percent compared to the previous six months. Facebook is well-aware that it faces scrutiny and criticism for its willingness to comply with data requests, and the company tries to allay fears by… [Continue Reading]
Categories: IT news

Terrorverdacht: Flüchtling und Soldat - das Doppelleben von Oberleutnant Franco A.

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:13
Ein mutmaßlich rechtsextremer Bundeswehroffizier soll einen Anschlag geplant haben. Zuvor ließ er sich als syrischer Flüchtling registrieren. Jetzt wurde er festgenommen - wie konnte Franco A. so lange unerkannt bleiben?

Apple Seeds Fifth Beta of iOS 10.3.2 to Developers

MacRumor News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 19:00
Apple today seeded the fifth beta of an upcoming iOS 10.3.2 update to developers, just a few days after seeding the fourth iOS 10.3.2 beta and a little over a month after introducing iOS 10.3, which included features like a new Find My AirPods feature and Apple File System. Apple also released a minor iOS 10.3.1 update in early April, which focused on security improvements.

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

Apple doesn't provide detailed release notes for its beta updates, so we don't yet know what features, improvements, or bug fixes might be coming in iOS 10.3.2, aside from some fixes for SiriKit car commands that were outlined in the release notes for the first beta.

As a minor 10.x.x update, we can expect iOS 10.3.2 to offer bug fixes and performance improvements rather than outward-facing features. No notable changes were found in the first four betas, but if anything new is found in the fifth iOS 10.3.2 beta, we'll update this post.

Update: iOS 10.3.2 beta 5 has also been released for public beta testers.

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Categories: Apple Mac, Computer, IT news

Neues Album "Humanz": Gorillaz im Nebel

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:51
Vielstimmige Endzeit-Party: Auf ihrem neuen Album "Humanz" zelebriert die virtuelle Popband Gorillaz um Damon Albarn mit vielen prominenten Gästen den Irrsinnszustand der Welt - und das eigene Verschwinden.

Razer unveils Lancehead gaming mice

Beta News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:49
PC gamers have many decisions to make when buying peripherals. Price and brands aside, there are various technologies and style choices. For instance, if you buy a mechanical keyboard, what types of switches should you get? The toughest decision is probably when selecting a mouse -- do you want wired or wireless? While a cordless variant may look nicer, a wired mouse doesn't need a battery and can have less lag. Today, Razer announces a new product that might make choosing a mouse even tougher. The Lancehead wireless gaming mouse is chock full of cool features, including a super-high 16,000 DPI… [Continue Reading]
Categories: IT news

Zweite Ehe von Jackie Kennedy: "Sie wirkten wie Freunde, nicht wie ein Paar"

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:40
Als Jackie Kennedy den griechischen Reeder Aristoteles Onassis heiratete, war ihre langjährige Assistentin überrascht. In einem Buch gibt sie Einblicke in die zweite Ehe der Ex-First-Lady.

Xbox Chief: We Need To Create a Netflix of Video Games

Slashdot.org - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:40
Phil Spencer, the man who heads up Microsoft's Xbox division, says that if the video game sector is to grow both creatively and economically it needs to start thinking along the lines of a video-games-as-a-service subscription model. From a report: Over the last five years we've seen the emergence of a new concept: the video game as a service. What this means is the developer's support for a new title doesn't stop when it's launched. They run multiplayer servers so that people can compete online; and they release extra downloadable content (DLC) in the form of new items, maps and storylines -- sometimes free, but very often paid for. [...] So being able to build and sustain a community around a single title takes the risk out of development. However, the costs of renting and running server networks and maintaining the matchmaking and lobby infrastructures make the model inaccessible for smaller teams. Should it be? "This is directly in line with what I think the next wave of innovation needs to be for us as a development platform," says Spencer. His solution, it seems, is to make Microsoft's Azure cloud computing platform more open to smaller studios, so they get access to a large global network of servers. "They don't have to go buy a bunch of servers on their own and stick them under their desks and hope they get enough players to pay for them," he says. [...] Spencer feels that, from a creative standpoint, we need new types of narrative experience -- but from a business standpoint, it's getting harder and riskier to commit to those games. Is there an answer? Spencer thinks there is -- and it comes from watching the success of original content made and distributed on modern TV services. "I've looked at things like Netflix and HBO, where great content has been created because there's this subscription model. Shannon Loftis and I are thinking a lot about, well, could we put story-based games into the Xbox Game Pass business model because you have a subscription going? It would mean you wouldn't have to deliver the whole game in one month; you could develop and deliver the game as it goes."

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Britische Labour-Partei: Die Feiertagstruppe

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:26
Die Wähler laufen davon, die Flügel sind zerstritten, und die Führung will lieber über freie Tage als über den Brexit reden: Großbritanniens Sozialdemokraten versinken vor der Neuwahl in der Bedeutungslosigkeit.

Australia's Copyright Agency Keeps $11 Million Meant For Authors, Uses It To Fight Introduction Of Fair Use

Techdirt - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:24

Even though stories of copyright collecting societies failing to distribute the monies that they collect to artists abound -- we wrote about one just a few weeks ago -- this doesn't seem to discourage others from continuing to bend the rules somewhat. Here, for example, is a story from Australia, where there is a major battle to switch to a US-style fair use approach to copyright. Naturally, the affected industries there hate the idea of allowing the public a little more leeway in the use of copyright materials. So Australia's copyright collection agency decided to build up a war-chest to lobby against such changes. The Sydney Morning Herald explains where the money for that fighting fund is coming from:

Australia's government-mandated copyright collection agency has been diverting payments intended for journalists and authors to a [$11 million] "future fund" to fight changes to the law.

Specifically, the monies come from payments made by educational establishments in order to use orphan works. That's a major change of the agency's policy that was not disclosed to the Australian government's Productivity Commission that oversees this area:

[The Copyright Agency] has been criticised in a Productivity Commission review that is before the government over the transparency of its accounts and its practice of retaining, rather than returning, millions of dollars collected from schools and universities on behalf of the owners of "orphan works" who can't be traced.

An examination of accounts shows that in a change not disclosed to the commission or to its members in annual reports, since 2013 it has been channelling that income into a fund set up to campaign against changes to the copyright law.

Between 2013 and 2016 the fund amassed [$11 million].

In other words, schools and universities have effectively been paying to lobby against changes to Australian copyright laws that would be very much in the interest of themselves, the public, and writers, who could use copyright materials more freely under a fair use system. According to the Sydney Morning Herald article, the top three executives at Australia's Copyright Agency are all paid around $200,000 a year to come up with these kinds of ideas. It would be interesting to know whether Australian authors consider that $600,000 well spent.

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Gasekonzern: Tausende Linde-Mitarbeiter protestieren gegen Fusion mit Praxair 

Spiegel Online - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 18:17
Sie befürchten den Verlust von Tausenden Arbeitsplätzen und ihrer Mitbestimmung: Tausende Mitarbeiter des Gasekonzerns Linde haben gegen die geplante Fusion mit dem US-Konkurrenten Praxair demonstriert.
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