In the News: 2012-03-26

Written on:March 26, 2012
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Mac News: Apple offers royalty-free license to nano-SIM patents, a proposed standard backed by most European carriers
Last week, the Financial Times reported that Apple is at loggerheads with Motorola Mobility, RIM and Nokia over a proposed standard called “nano-SIM”, a further miniaturization of the smart cards now known as “micro-SIM” cards. SIM stands for “subscriber identify module”. Nano-SIM cards would be thinner and considerably smaller than micro-SIM cards. Apple has the support of “most of the European operators”, according to the FT. The two camps are heading for a showdown later this week (on Thursday and Friday) at the Smart Card Platform Plenary meeting of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in Sophia Antipolis (Southern France).
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Technology News: The future of technology… who knows?
Predicting the future shape of the technology industry is a risky business. Here’s the chief engineer of the Post Office, Sir William Preece, in 1878: “The Americans have need of the telephone, but we do not. We have plenty of messenger boys.” Or the boss of a major computer manufacturer in 1977: “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in his home.”

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Programming News: RavenDB self-optimizing-IDs
One of the things that is really important for us in RavenDB is the notion of Safe by Default and Zero Admin. What this means is that we want to make sure that you don’t really have to think about what you are doing for the common cases, RavenDB will understand what you mean and figure out what is the best way to do things.
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Standards News: Woman sues Apple after walking into one of its retail store’s glass doors
Just when we thought we had heard it all, this story surfaced. CBS New York is reporting that an 83-year old woman has filed a lawsuit against Apple after she sustained injuries walking into a glass door at its Manhassett Store in Long Island, NY
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