In the News: 2013-06-02

Written on:June 2, 2013
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Apple News: Apple, betrayed by its own law firm
When a company called FlatWorld Interactives LLC filed suit against Apple just over a year ago, it looked like a typical “patent troll” lawsuit against a tech company, brought by someone who no longer had much of a business beyond lawsuits. Court documents unsealed this week have shown who’s behind FlatWorld, and it’s anything but typical. FlatWorld is partly owned by the named inventor on the patents, a Philadelphia design professor named Slavko Milekic. But 35 percent of the company has been quietly controlled by an attorney at one of Apple’s own go-to law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. E-mail logs show that the attorney, John McAleese, worked together with his wife and began planning a wide-ranging patent attack against Apple’s touch-screen products in January 2007—just days after the iPhone was revealed to the world.
Read full story => ars technica

Technology News: Wall Street Beat: Tech stocks up despite dire PC, server outlook
Despite dismal forecasts for PCs and servers, tech stocks have been doing well on optimism about cloud technology and mobile devices. A fresh batch of dire forecasts for the hardware market came out this week, yet tech stocks have continued to lead markets to new heights this month. The Nasdaq Computer Index, which tracks 394 tech-related companies, was on track Friday to close out May with an approximately 4 percent gain for the month, about 9 percent up for the year. In midday trading, the computer index was at 1689.86, up 5.82 points for the day.
Read full story => PCworld

Programming News: Using a RaspberryPi and Pebble Watch to Control Your Home Theater
For a bit of backstory, around eighteen months ago I decided to start experimenting with and teaching myself electronics. I started working with an Arduino Uno and eventually moved to a RasperryPi. I wanted to build open hardware, open source, web connected devices and these seemed like the right tools for the job. I wanted to ensure that every device I built could, down the road, be controlled in entirely new ways with novel human computer interfaces like the Pebble Watch, Thalmic Labs Myo, Emotiv EPOC EEG Headset, Leap Motion, Google Glass, and others.
Read full story => Alexba

Photography News: Short Light: The Professionals’ Choice for Making Great Architecture and Landscape Photographs
Portrait photographers like David Ziser and Clay Blackmore taught me very early in my career that great portraits are almost always short lit, and that made me happy. Knowing that a simple technique could give me a leg up in making great portraits was music to my ears. Unfortunately, I didn’t really understand what that meant for a long time. Once I realized exactly what short lighting is, I saw that almost every photograph of every subject, from landscapes to libraries, is likely to be more successful if it’s short lit.
Read full story => PhotoFocus

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