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Apple kicks off WWDC 2014 on 2nd June 2014

As for any year, Apple will hold the annual Worldwide Developer Conference 2014 on June 2nd at Moscone West Center in San Francisco. Now you may think “Tickets get sold out so fast that I would hardly be able to have a chance of participating”. No, this year is going to be different. Instead of selling tickets like the usual first come is best served, there is going to be a lottery. That’s right, everyone will be given a fair chance of attending at this year WWDC by submitting an entry on Apple Developer website, requiring to be enrolled in one of the development programs between iOS Developer Program, iOS Developer Enterprise Program, or Mac Developer Program

Hold on! There’s more. Not only working developers are eligible for the lottery. There are going to be two hundred Student Scholarships tickets reserved to students to give them too a chance of showcasing their work. In this case, they’ll only need to be registered as free Apple Developers (no enrollment required) and have created an app, which they’re supposed to be working on. A great chance to learn more about Apple’s development technologies.

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Project Loon; this is how Google wants to bring Internet worldwide using aerostatics balloons

Forget the advanced fibre channel or fast 3G modem and think outside the box; at the moment, most of world countries cannot have Internet access. For Google the next step for bringing the Internet worldwide is not made of pylons for mobile connectivity.

There are many geographical obstacles such mountains, jungles, islands, lakes and stuff and to solve these kind of issues, Google came up with a curious idea by taking  the challenge above the surface; bring at twice the altitude where commercial airplane flies aerostatics balloons to spread the Web around the globe. Difficulty about this project is well known, and the “Loon” name is not a coincidence; nevertheless, in New Zealand Google has already started testing and first results are encouraging for improving this new technology. Read More…

Xbox One and PlayStation 4 available for pre-orders from Amazon at 599$

Xbox One and PS4 (logos)

E3 still has to begin, and worldwide fans of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 are already in pole position for buying the consoles, still distant months from now. Amazon started a while ago to accept preorders for both, setting down an introductory price; 599$. Counting that old generations were very close, probably it will go down when Xbox and PS4 will be on the market.

Here Amazon strikes, by using the lowest Pre-Order Price Guarantee; this means that if the official price once announced will be different until the console release you’ll be charged of the lowest price tag reached in the previous months, to be sure to pay the least possible on each one.

Follows all the preorders prices from Amazon’s stores with their follower’s link;

Xbox One:

PlayStation 4:

More news coming from E3 2013 awaited for next week, stay tuned!

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A Playstation 4 is coming, featuring deeper social integration and a touch-capable controller

Playstation 4 developers

What you see above, are the confirmed developers as of now which will create brand-new titles for the upcoming PS4. The new Xbox is on the line, and PS3 gamers feared until yesterday, where at 2013 international Meeting Sony Computer Entertainment announced that the Playstation 4 is coming. Yes it exist, even if no one saw it.

The new console will be heavily focused on social features, with a totally redesigned controller named Dualshock 4. It features for the first time a touchpad and a share button to take instant screenshots of what’s happening on the screen. It may not be the final model, but it gives an overall idea of its definitive looks. Most important thing, it features a Share button which can take immediate screenshots from the screen or register what’s happening; this means no need for external harness about video capture things.

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Facebook got sued for using the “Like” button; someone invented it in 2001

The like button is the beating heart of Facebook, maybe the most clicked one in the world. Its invention is attributed to Facebook normally, but for a Dutch copyright agency named Rembrandt it’s not true, and sued Facebook for violating a patent registered back in 2001, so twelve years ago, by a programmer named Joannes Everardus Jozef Van Der Meer. He registered two patents regarding an online diary (which you may recall to Facebook Timeline) and the ability to like things on it. He also registered a domain called surfbook.com (remembers anything?, nda), before disappearing in 2004. The family of the programmer sued Facebook over a decade later for using the patent improperly, and now they are trying to demonstrate that Zuckerberg actually knew about that registered patent.
Here’s where Rembrandt get in the scene, by asking to recognize the paternity to Van Der Meer’s family until 2021.

If you ever watched “The Social Network”, you probably know about the first lawsuit for Facebook.The two brothers Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss accused Zuckerberg to stole his idea about a social website for Harvard University. So it’s legit to expect a quite big compensation from Facebook if the court actually accepts the documents deposited by Rembrandt. Although a story like this already happened with the iPad name in China, where Apple had to recognize it to a chinese company near bankrupt.

“If I decide to build I chair, I shouldn’t pay everyone who decided to build a chair”. (cit. The Social Network, 2010).

In italiano
Il pulsante “Mi piace” è il cuore pulsante di Facebook, probabilmente uno dei più cliccati al mondo. La sua invenzione viene normalmente attribuita a Facebook, ma secondo una agenzia di brevetti e copyright olandese chiamata Rembrandt non è vero, citando Facebook di aver usato un brevetto registrato nel 2001, cioè dodici anni fa, da un programmatore di nome Joannes Everardus Jozef Van Der Meer.
Nel corso della sua vita ha registrato presso Rembrandt due patenti relative ad un diario online (la cui idea ricorda la Timeline di Facebook), e la possibilità di mettere Mi Piace su di essa. Ha inoltre registrato un dominio chiamato surfbook.com (ricorda qualcosa?, nda) prima di scomparire nel 2004. La famiglia, oltre una decade dopo, cita Facebook per aver usato impropriamente il brevetto, dimostrando che Zuckerberg ne fosse effettivamente a conoscenza.
Ed è qui che entra in gioco Rembrandt, chiedendo di riconoscerne la paternità fino al 2021.

Se avete mai visto il film “The Social Network” uscito nel 2010, probabilmente sapete della prima causa legale per Facebook. I due gemelli Cameron e Tyler Winklevoss accusarono Zuckerberg di aver rubato la sua idea riguardo a un sito di social network per gli studenti dell’Università di Harvard. È legittimo pensare quindi un notevole risarcimento economico se la Corte dovesse decidere di prendere per vere le accuse depositate. Tuttavia, una storia del genere è già successa con il marchio iPad in Cina in cui Apple dovette riconoscere la paternità a una azienda cinese prossima al fallimento.

“Se decido di costruire una sedia, non devo pagare chiunque abbia deciso di costruire una sedia”. (cit. The Social Network, 2010).

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