In the News: 2013-05-16

Written on:May 16, 2013
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Apple News: Here’s That Steve Jobs E-Book Email to James Murdoch
Throw in with Apple and see if we can all make a go of this to create a real mainstream e-books market at $12.99 and $14.99.” That’s an excerpt from an email sent by Apple co-founder Steve Jobs to James Murdoch of News Corporation (which owns this site) that figures prominently in the Department of Justice’s looming e-book price fixing case against Apple. The DOJ claims it’s clear evidence that Apple conspired with Murdoch’s HarperCollins imprint and other publishing companies to raise e-book prices and undermine Amazon’s $9.99 e-book pricing model. And, taken out of context, it might be.
Read full story => AllThingsD

Technology News: Will Your Smartphone Become a Tricorder?
The Star Trek universe is a fairly optimistic vision of the future. It’s what we would like it to be – an adventure fueled by advanced technology. In the world of Star Trek technology makes life better and causes few problems. One of the most iconic examples of Star Trek technology is the medical tricorder. What doctor has not fantasized about walking up to a sick patient, waving a handheld device over them, and then having access to all the medical information you could possibly want. No needle sticks for blood tests, no invasive tests, or scary MRI machines, and no wait. The information is available instantly.
Read full story => ScienceBasedMedicine

Programming News: Stop leaky APIs
There are many blogs about how to expose an API for a Rails application and many times I look at this and am concerned about how these examples often leak the application design and the schema out through the API. When this leak occurs a change to the application internals can ripple out and break clients of an API, or force applications to namespace URI paths which I feel is unnecessary and ugly.
Read full story => PivotalLabs

Photography News: Photography composition tips: 3 killer ways you can master perspective
For artists and draftsmen learning how to create a sense of perspective is one of the first disciplines to master. In a nutshell it’s the art of rendering the three-dimensional world that we see around us onto the two-dimensional surface of paper or canvas. Of course, this is also what we do when we take photographs, but because the camera essentially does the work for us it tends to get overlooked.
Read full story => DigitalCameraWorld

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