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After nearly 10 years, Adobe abandons its Creative Suite entirely to focus on Creative Cloud
Adobe first launched Creative Suite 1 back in 2003, and now, ten years and six versions later, the company is taking a left turn: Adobe is abandoning its Creative Suite entirely to focus efforts on Creative Cloud.
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Adobe Debuts “Project Mighty” Smart Stylus For Tablets And “Napoleon,” A Digital Ruler And Guide
Adobe surprised everyone by showing off a new hardware effort today at its annual MAX conference, including Project Mighty and Napoleon. Mighty is a pressure-sensitive digital pen that works with tablets and stores a wide variety of settings and preferences in the cloud. Adobe showed it off working on an iPad, and it looked similar to what we’ve seen from existing pressure-sensitive input devices from other companies, but with tighter integration into Adobe products.
Napoleon looks a little like a modern Apple remote, but allows you to easily draw straight lines and arcs via snap tools combined with digital pens like Mighty. It’s almost like having traditional drafting tools including squares and triangles, but better suited to digital media. For precise drafting and more serious, demanding graphics work, these two tools in tandem should help push creativity on mobile devices quite a bit further than what we have available today.
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Viber hits 200m users, rivals Skype with video calling in new Mac and Windows desktop apps
Today, we can really start referring to Viber as an overall, head-to-head Skype challenger as it launches desktop applications for both Windows and Mac OS X that feature support for video calls (in beta).

To date, Viber has been focused squarely on making its service available on as many mobile platforms as possible, releasing apps for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry, Symbian and even Samsung’s Bada.
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BitTorrent goes legit with new ‘gated’ file format
The Bundle format allows creators to require an action before users can download. That means creators can require a payment, a pay-what-you-want fee, or email registration, for example. It’s part of BitTorrent’s effort to disassociate itself from piracy and become a service content creators can use to their advantage.
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OpenStreetMap launches all-new easy map editor and announces funding appeal
OpenStreetMap, the user-created map used by many of the biggest sites on the web, has today unveiled an entirely new editor that makes it easier to contribute than ever before.

The new editor, codenamed ‘iD’, boasts an intuitive interface and clear walk-throughs that make editing much easier for new mappers. By lowering the barrier to contributions, we believe that more people can contribute their local knowledge to the map – the crucial factor that sets OSM apart from closed-source commercial maps.
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Cray brings top supercomputer tech to businesses for a mere $500,000
Cray, the company that built the world's fastest supercomputer, is bringing its next generation of supercomputer technology to regular ol' business customers with systems starting at just $500,000.

The new XC30-AC systems announced today range in price from $500,000 to roughly $3 million, providing speeds of 22 to 176 teraflops. That's just a fraction of the speed of the aforementioned world's fastest supercomputer, the $60 million Titan, which clocks in at 17.59 petaflops. (A teraflop represents a thousand billion floating point operations per second, while a petaflop is a million billion operations per second.)

But in fact, the processors and interconnect used in XC30-AC is a step up from those used to build Titan. The technology Cray is selling to smaller customers today could someday be used to build supercomputers even faster than Titan.

Titan uses a mix of AMD Opteron and Nvidia processors for a total of 560,640 cores, and uses Cray's proprietary Gemini interconnect.
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Seagate launches the 600 SSD, its first solid-state drive for consumers
Seagate has come a long way in its attitude toward solid-state drives: it went from fighting the future to embracing SSDs with open arms, albeit only in enterprise at first. Now, it's launching its first-ever flash drive for end users, the 600 SSD. The storage will seem familiar to those who've gone shopping for regular SSDs, offering a 480GB max capacity, a laptop-friendly width and a 6Gbps SATA interface. Also, it may be just the perfect fit for those with extra-slim PCs: one 600 SSD variant will have the same 5mm height as Western Digital's Blue UltraSlim. Seagate hasn't disclosed its pricing, but the 600 SSD as well as the server-oriented 600 Pro SSD, 1200 SSD and X8 Accelerator should be available now.
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SAP Takes It All to the Cloud
SAP, the German software giant, is making one of the largest pushes into cloud computing yet seen from a large incumbent company. It may even be destroying its own business, in order to build for a new one.
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Hewlett-Packard faces $1bn lawsuit from shareholders over Autonomy deal
HP accused of ignoring evidence on 'vastly overvalued' acquisition while Autonomy founder denies financial impropriety
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Say goodbye to the pin: voice recognition takes over at Barclays Wealth
Advanced voice recognition will detect whether a customer is who they say they are after just 30 seconds of normal conversation, the bank claims.

The system, which is powered by the voice specialists Nuance, who are also widely known to be behind Apple’s Siri technology, could end the frustration of customers who struggle to remember passwords.

“Intrusive security questions have now been replaced by customers simply speaking, in their natural voice, to the banking agent – the customer’s voice is verified after less than a minute making the authentication process quick and secure,” Barclays Wealth said.

Wealth, the private banking division of Barclays, is the first financial services firm to deploy voice biometrics as the primary means to authenticate customers in their call centres. A verified voiceprint is used to identify the caller to the system, which will be rolled out across Barclays in the future.

Customers who have already used the services have already rated it 9 out of 10 for speed, ease of use and security in 93 per cent of cases.
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Android has landed. Beta access open to all.
We are happy to announce that TestFlight today opened its Android private beta to all users. In just 45 days of private beta, 5,000 developers have already uploaded 4,500 apps which have been downloaded more than 50,000 times.

Now, all developers on TestFlight can upload Android apps and streamline their beta testing process. The features include beta app management, distribution, tracking, and centralized feedback. Additional features, such as crash reporting will be coming shortly with the release of the Android SDK. Beginning as early as next week, select developers will start getting access to the Android SDK which will be in closed beta. We look forward to hearing your feedback!
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State Department Demands Takedown Of 3D-Printable Gun Files For Possible Export Control Violations
The battle for control of dangerous digital shapes may have just begun.

On Thursday, Defense Distributed founder Cody Wilson received a letter from the State Department Office of Defense Trade Controls Compliance demanding that he take down the online blueprints for the 3D-printable “Liberator” handgun that his group released Monday, along with nine other 3D-printable firearms components hosted on the group’s website Defcad.org. The government says it wants to review the files for compliance with arms export control laws known as the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, or ITAR. By uploading the weapons files to the Internet and allowing them to be downloaded abroad, the letter implies Wilson’s high-tech gun group may have violated those export controls.
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Mozilla courts app developers to Firefox OS with free Geeksphone Keon handset ahead of launch
In hopes of driving interest in its impending Firefox OS launch, Mozilla is presenting developers with an interesting deal: If you have a great app idea for Firefox OS and you have the skills to build it, Mozilla will send you a phone. A free Geeksphone Keon handset, to be exact.

The Geeksphone Keon is available for purchase now, having launched back in April, but it’ll set you back approximately $120, or €91. Not exactly a steep price point, but Mozilla knows it needs to lure in developers, especially those who’ve already dabbled with the Firefox OS simulator (which recently hit version 3.0) but have yet to make the jump into serious development mode.
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Flipboard Brings Personalized Magazines To Android, Heads To The Web With New Magazine Management Tool
Since the launch of personalized magazines this March, social magazine maker Flipboard has added 6 million new users to its platform, bringing its total number of users to 56 million – and that’s before the feature even arrived on Android, which now comprises roughly half of Flipboard’s user base. Today, that changes as the personalized magazine option arrives on Android phones and tablets, alongside the launch of a new web-based magazine editor designed with the needs of curators and publishers in mind.
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software is simply not an invention in the first place.
Despite what you may have read, New Zealand is not “banning” software patents. Indeed, the country has never explicitly allowed the patenting of software in the first place, and excluding software from patentability would violate New Zealand’s international patent obligations. Instead, today’s amendment to the country’s in-progress patents bill (pdf) skirts international law in a creative way: the country’s government will instead declare that software is simply not an invention in the first place.

Further complicating matters, New Zealand’s amended law will still allow for the patenting of software when it is part of a novel piece of hardware. So, for example, software that does nothing but process legal documents while running on “conventional” hardware is not patentable. But the software that allows a clothes washing machine to clean clothes in a new way is patentable.
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Yammer and Office 365: Aligning for scale
The next area of focus is aligning the Yammer and Office 365 go-to-market efforts. On March 1, we began offering Office 365 and Yammer together as part of Enterprise Agreements. We will further simplify the customer buying experience and increase global scale by fully integrating our sales teams this summer. We're going from about a hundred sellers at Yammer to several thousand Microsoft sellers around the world bringing customers the benefits of enterprise social.

We continue to invest aggressively in the Yammer business and are hiring in sales, engineering, customer engagement and marketing this year.
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MakerBot retail experience New York
Seeing is believing. The MakerBot Store in New York City is the first full MakerBot retail experience in the world. Visitors can watch the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer working live to create new objects, attend interesting classes and workshops, and buy the coolest gifts in New York City. Browse here to see everything currently available to see, experience, and buy at the MakerBot Store.
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White House looks to 3D printing with $200 million plan for military, energy manufacturing
The White House is looking to 3D printing as a model to revitalize the American manufacturing industry. Oh, and to help design new weapons and equipement for the military. That's the basis of a new $200 million public-private initiative announced by the White House this morning, which will create three new advanced manufacturing centers around the country. The White House is opening a competitive bidding process to universities and companies to host these centers, but all three will be modeled after a 3D printing institute launched in Ohio late last year, also funded by the government.
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