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The desktop is dying and mobile is winning in news, like everything else
top_digital_news_entities_in_the_us_-_ranked_by_unique_visitiors_mobile_desktop_chartbuilder.pngIt’s still startling to see just how dominant mobile devices have become in the dissemination of news. [via Quartz]

quotemarksright.jpgIn the US, 39 of the top 50 news websites now get more traffic from mobile devices than from desktop (and laptop) computers, according to Pew Research’s latest “State of the News Media” report.

Here is a selection of the digital news properties that attracted the most web traffic in the US in January. All of them get more traffic from mobile now, according to Pew’s analysis.

... The rise of mobile as the dominant platform for news consumption echoes another big trend in the publishing industry: the inexorable rise of the social web. These two trends are deeply intertwined. Americans spend a lot of time on mobile devices these days. On those devices, they generally don’t go directly to news websites—they access news via their Facebook or Twitter feeds.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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The Legal Fight to Put Whatever You Want In a 3D Printer
If Stratasys has their way, a hobbyist trying out some new kind of gunk in their 3D printer, just to see if it works, could be at risk of prosecution under US law. Motherboard reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIn late March, the 3D printer manufacturer filed a request that asked the US Copyright Office to deny a petition that would legally protect 3D printer owners who want to “jailbreak” their machines. The petition, filed in November of 2014 by digital rights group Public Knowledge, asked for an exemption to legislation meant to prevent product tampering. Tinkerers need to be able to circumvent the chip-based verification systems on printer feed cartridges, the petition argued, in order to experiment with printing materials not approved by the manufacturer.

The legislation in question is US Code 1201, which makes circumventing technological protection measures (TPMs) built-in to consumer products a crime. Exemptions from 1201 are considered every three years as part of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act rulemaking process, and they’re granted on the grounds that the restriction on a certain class of technologies—in this case, 3D printers—would stymie the creation of works that don’t infringe copyright.

“Right now, there’s ambiguity, and users are anxious about the liability of using outside material,” said Michael Weinberg, the author of the petition. “I actually don’t think that’s a fact, but I realize that it’s enough for Stratasys to come after you, and you’d have to litigate that question. That costs money, and it’s enough to chill most average users.”

The ambiguity arises because US Code 1201 does not govern copyright. Its purpose is to make tampering with products that have digital protections in place against the law, whatever the eventual goal.quotesmarksleft.jpg

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The Good Drone

iRobot co-founder launches Kickstarter for simplified drone that anyone can fly
imgres.jpgConsumer drones in general have finally come down in price enough that most can now afford one if they wish. Actually being able to fly a drone, however, is no easy feat which is where CyPhy’s LVL 1 strives (pronounced sci-fi). Techspot reports.

quotemarksright.jpgIts six-rotor design allows the drone to fly smoothly without ever tilting through a technology called Level-Up. This makes it easier to fly and ensures that photos and videos will always be stable although the feature can be disabled for more advanced pilots.

The CyPhy LVL 1 also uses geo-fencing technology which allows you to create a virtual playground for the drone in which it won’t stray from. This sounds like an excellent feature to use when learning how to fly for the first time and to avoid any potential legal issues.

CyPhy is a robotics startup led by Helen Greiner, co-founder of iRobot which as you know, has found tremendous success with its Roomba line of robotic vacuum cleaners. The company has turned to Kickstarter to fund development of its LVL 1 drone and has already raised more than $76,000 of its $250,000 goal.quotesmarksleft.jpg

Read full article. Watch video. It demos how easy CyPhy is to fly and how to define a perimeter for geofencing. Impressive.

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