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Microsoft announces Windows 10 and Azure for humanity's implacable IoT foes

El Reg - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 3:07pm
If you use a keyboard, forget it

Microsoft has announced Windows 10 for the Internet of Things and an Azure IoT suite.…

Zuckerberg and Gates-Backed Startup Seeks To Shake Up African Education

Slashdot - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 2:35pm
theodp writes The WSJ reports an army of teachers wielding Nook tablets and backed by investors including Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg is on a mission to bring cheap [$6.50/month], internet-based, private education to millions of the world's poorest children in Africa and Asia. In Kenya, 126,000 students are enrolled at 400+ Bridge International Academies that have sprung up across the country since the company was founded in 2009. Bridge's founders are challenging the long-held assumption that governments rather than companies should lead mass education programs. The Nook tablets are used to deliver lesson plans used by teachers (aka "scripted instruction"), as well as to collect test results from students to monitor their progress."

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Improved Apple Watches won't get more expensive? Hmmm

El Reg - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 2:32pm
Hedonic adjustments and valuing stuff over time

Worstall on Monday  It really is true, economists are a bit weird, and this rubs off on those interested in the subject. Most people when confronted with the Christometer seem to think about the bling value.…

More Intel Skylake Graphics PCI IDs Get Revealed

Phoronix - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 2:25pm
Intel's open-source Linux development crew continues working on next-generation Skylake hardware support in a steadfast manner...

BlackBerry makes tablet market return with help from IBM and Samsung

L'Inq - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 2:22pm

Firm's subsidiary Secusmart unveils enterprise-ready Galaxy Tab S

Hackable media box based on the Raspberry Pi compute module: Five Ninjas Slice

El Reg - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 2:02pm
Come and fiddle with our Linux-powered toy

Review  My original idea was to review the Raspberry Pi Compute Module. But the thing about the Compute Module is that it’s not an end-user product: it was designed for manufacturers looking for an ARM-based platform on which they can build devices they can sell.…

HP gets preliminary approval from judge in shareholder Autonomy case

L'Inq - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 1:53pm

Firm spared threat of financial repercussions

Nipples, Terrorism, and Sexual Descriptions - Facebook's List of Banned Content

Slashdot - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 1:51pm
Mark Wilson writes Facebook has updated its Community Standards document, outlining the type of content that is not permitted on the social network. When it's not forcing people to reveal their real names, blocking 'offensive' content, or encouraging users to vote, Facebook is often to be found removing content that has been reported for one reason or another. But what's acceptable, and what's not? A little while back, the site revealed a simplified version of its privacy policy, and now the Community Standards document has received the same treatment. Facebook has set out the types of pictures that are permissible, along with specifying guidelines for other content.

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Enlightenment's Evas GL Now Supports OpenGL ES 3.0

Phoronix - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 1:35pm
Enlightenment's Evas GL component of the Enlightenment Foundation Libraries (EFL) now has support for exposing applications to OpenGL ES 3.0 support through Evas GL...

A Load Of RadeonSI Commits To Kick Off Monday Morning

Phoronix - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 1:00pm
Marek Olšák of AMD has landed a number of improvements into mainline Mesa for the RadeonSI Gallium3D open-source graphics driver for benefiting Radeon HD 7000 series graphics processors and newer...

POCL 0.11 Adds New Portable Computing Language Features

Phoronix - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 12:39pm
Version 0.11 of POCL -- originally known as Portable OpenCL and since renamed to the Portable Computing Language -- is now available for running OpenCL on the CPU in an open-source environment...

Virgil3D Is Still Happening, New 3D Test Harness Created

Phoronix - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 12:15pm
David Airlie at Red Hat continues to be working on Virgil3D for providing 3D/OpenGL acceleration to KVM/QEMU guests...

Divinity: Original Sin Is Still En Route To Linux Gaming Systems

Phoronix - Mon, 16/03/2015 - 12:07pm
Many Linux gamers have been looking forward to Divinity: Original Sin, a single-player and cooperative multiplayer fantasy RPG that was released for Windows and OS X in 2014. For those wondering about the state of its native Linux release, here's an update from the developers...
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