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U.S. Supreme Court building... (via USGOV & wiki)   When it comes to software patents, the waters are pretty murky and there’s an obscure line between what can and cannot be patented. The Foundation for a Free Information Infrastructure (FFII) has defined a software patent as a ‘patent on any performance of a computer realized by means of a computer program’, however there is no legal definition currently on the law books. In the US, current patent laws regarding sof ...
  The standard USB is getting a facelift. Its USB 3.0 Promoter group recently announced development of a new USB cable port, called the USB Type-C connector. The new cable connector will be slimmer, reversible and will streamline virtually all electronic devices.   The new USB Type-C connector will be slimmer without losing its power. It will still rely on the fastest 10GB/S USB 3.1 standard technology, but instead of supporting clunky connectors, like that of the Galaxy Note 3, it ...
littleBits Synth Kit (via Littlebits) A while ago a tech startup, littleBits, designed and developed a series of electronic circuit board modules that can be connected together (using magnets) to perform any number of functions. The idea was to get children interested in prototyping and learning about electronics, which is why the devices require no soldering, wiring or programming. The initial release of those modules, which are still limited in scope, was a huge success and not only inter ...

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