As VLC for iPhone, iPad Pulled from App Store, What’s the Future for GPL Apps?

first_imgaudrey watters Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Tags:#Apple#web The iPhone and iPad versions of the popular video player VLC have been removed from the App Store, in what appears to be a showdown between VLC’s open-source licensing and the DRM restrictions placed on apps downloaded from Apple’s store. According to TUAW, the removal of VLC was not a case – as we have oftenseen – of Apple pulling an app because it felt as though it violated the developer guidelines. Rather, the app was removed because Apple received an infringement complaint from VLC developers.GPL versus DRM in the App StoreDeveloper Rémi Denis-Courmont posted on the VideoLAN blog that “On January 7th, Apple removed VLC media player from its application store for iDevices. Thus the incompatibility between the GNU General Public License and the AppStore terms of use is resolved – the hard way. This end should not have come to a surprise to anyone, given the precedents.” The GNU General Public License (GPL) allows people to freely copy, distribute, and modify GPL software, but the digital rights management applied to those apps downloaded from Apple’s App Store prevents that sort of sharing.TUAW says that Denis-Courmont has waged a “one-man campaign against Applidium’s iOS port of VLC, claiming the app violated the GNU public license (GPL) because App Store purchases have Digital Rights Management (DRM) applied to them.” But Denis-Courmont disputes this version of events, detailing his thoughts on the app’s removal in a subsequent blog post. Noting that it has been over two months since the initial claim of copyright infringement, Denis-Courmont minimizes his role in VLC’s removal, instead pointing to Apple’s anti-GPL stance. “All in all, we will probably never know the truth,” he writes. “But I am inclined to believe what Eben Mogel, from the Software Freedom Law Center, foretold me 2 months ago: Apple would remove VLC simply because it cannot stand software distributed under the GPL on its stores.”The Future of GPL AppsVLC’s removal from the store is a shame for iPhone and iPad users, who could use the app to view video in formats not supported by Apple’s video viewer. But the removal, particularly over conflicts with the GPL, highlights the conflicts between open source projects’ licensing and their availability on Apple devices. Now that Apple has an App Store for Mac as well (with popular open source software like VLC noticeably missing), we may see more of these sorts of conflicts, with some developers eschewing Apple and wanting to retain the “purity,” if you will, of the GPL and others simply wanting to take advantage of the popular Apple marketplace. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Study Finds Wind Turbines a Lesser Threat to Birds

first_imgReaction to turbine bird deaths has been mixedThe effect of wind farms on bird populations has long been a point of contention between environmental groups and the wind industry. Last year, wind turbines in 10 states were blamed for scores of eagle deaths.Last November, Duke Energy Renewables agreed to pay a $1 million fine in connection with bird deaths at two Wyoming wind farms, the first time the federal government had used the Migratory Bird Treaty Act to prosecute bird fatalities.Yet the National Audubon Society says it supports “properly sited wind power” because renewable energy ultimately reduces environmental threats to birds by lessening the impact of climate change. The Audubon society reported earlier in the month that hundreds of bird species were at “serious risk” from loss of habitat due to climate change.Some bird species will lose nearly all of their current ranges, that report said, and more than 300 species are either endangered or threatened.Terry Root of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment, told USA Today that wind energy is a “growing solution to some of the more serious threats that birds face, since wind energy emits no greenhouse gases that accelerate climate change.” Although wind turbines are responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of songbirds in North America annually, the combination of cats and cell phone and radio towers do much greater damage, according to a new report. An article in USA Today said turbines are responsible for between 214,000 and 368,000 bird fatalities per year, while collisions with cell phone and radio towers account for 6.8 million deaths. Cats account for between 1.4 billion and 3.7 billion deaths, although about two thirds of the cats were barn and feral cats, not house pets.The newspaper said the peer-reviewed study was written by two federal scientists and an environmental consulting from called West Inc. The study was published at Plos One.“We estimate that on an annual basis, less than 0.1% … of songbird and other small passerine species populations in North America perish from collisions with turbines,” the paper quoted lead author Wallace Erickson of Wyoming-based West as saying.The estimates were based on 116 previous studies in the U.S.and Canada.last_img read more

6 Reasons This Could Be The Most Boring CES Ever

first_imgRole of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts ReadWrite’s Taylor Hatmaker is right about one thing: 2013 should indeed be a unusual year for the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), as the industry struggles to find the next big thing.(Read CES 2013: 5 Things You Won’t See.)Rattled by declining prices and lingering worries over the “fiscal cliff,” gadget makers are likely to be more conservative than ever, focusing on extending tried-and-true trends rather than breaking out brand new ideas.In fact, it’s likely that CES 2013 is going to be, well, boring. As a 20-year veteran of the show, here’s what I am expecting to see in Vegas this year:1. MicrosoftNo, I’m not totally disagreeing with Taylor here. As she correctly notes, 2012 was the last year that Microsoft plans to appear at the Consumer Electronics Show, although Consumer Electronics Association chief Gary Shapiro portrayed the company’s absence as a “hiatus.” Right.Microsoft may not have bought booth space, but it will be represented by its manufacturing partners, which plan to show off Windows 8 PCs, tablets, all-in-ones and convertibles. The personal computer is simply too big to ignore, but I hear that the number of pitches for Windows 8 PC unveilings at CES is down, and that many companies are focusing on trivial matters, such as new colors. (Colors!?) Even the Surface Pro isn’t expected to show up at CES, even though it’s due out soon.2. Tablets – From Off BrandsYes, Taylor’s right that a veritable flood of tablets were launched at the 2012 CES, but history tells us that where the big names tread, the smaller names are sure to follow. Amazon and Google, as well as Apple, have shown that there’s a market for smaller, more manageable tablet form factors, and second- and third-tier providers are likely to try and bleed cost further out of the equation. You’ll still see a number of Android tablets, mostly from by manufacturers you’ve never heard of.Plus, I think we’ll see more purpose-built tablets and peripherals. Last year, Razer showed off Project Fiona, a gaming tablet that ended up being vaporware. But I still believe that some manufacturer will throw out a Nexus 7-sized tablet with a Microsoft-style touch keyboard cover attached to it, and see if anyone will bite. Also look for tablet makers to try and shoehorn their products into some sort of software/hardware ecosystem.By the way, Taylor’s right: most major smartphone announcements are being delayed until Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress in February.3. TVs That People Will Actually BuyPeople aren’t buying 3D televisions. And while manufacturers will likely show off 4K, UltraHD TV technology, Taylor correctly points out that high prices and a lack of content make UltraHD pointless for most people right now. UltraHD doesn’t make sense until cameras, cable and TVs all support it. (Still, while I may not buy the mammoth 110-inch UHDTV Westinghouse will show off at CES, that doesn’t mean I don’t want it.)What people will buy, however, are connected televisions – and ways to connect their TVs – especially if they’re cheap. Westinghouse just announced a television that supports its Streaming Stick, a $100 plastic stick that plugs into compliant televisions. There’s still too much confusion here, which is why peripheral manufacturers like Roku and the small Google TV ecosystem just won’t go away.4. Connected ContentThis is a catch-all category, encompassing everything from connected cars to second-screen apps that fling content to TVs and other devices, as well as peripherals that stream audio from Pandora and other services. This may sound like old news, but connected services creeping into more and more mundane devices is actually a game changer.I’m hoping for more on the automotive front, but everything I’ve heard points to more autonomous automotive safety features, rather than suites of connected services. Blame the carriers’ data caps for this: Streaming high-bandwidth media into your car might quickly blow through your data plan. Sending maps and other low-bandwidth data services makes more sense .5. Digital Health/FitnessThey will never equal the splash of a new big-screen TV or smartphone, but digital fitness products should have an, er, healthy presence at CES. Consumers want things to both track their progress and distract them while exercising, and technology manufacturers are stepping up.6. CrapSeriously, I’ve seen enough smartphone cases to last a lifetime. USB keys, external hard drives, notebook sleeves, USB lights, fans, stickers and the like dominate huge swaths of CES’s show floor. Sure there’s a market for some of this stuff, but there’s a fine line between junk and innovation. You know what I’m really hoping to see? Personal drones. Yes, the ones that we’d otherwise use to spy on enemy soldiers. I’d like to see a whole corner of the show floor devoted to those things, as a tool for tracking game, scouting inaccessible locations, and otherwise just having fun.Would it be controversial? Absolutely. And that’s just what CES needs. Otherwise, I’m afraid this year’s show may end up being the dullest one in years.For more, check out CES 2013: 5 Things You Won’t See.Image source: Flickr/PrimeImageMedia.com. markhachman Tags:#CES 2013#health#Microsoft#streaming#streaming music#Streaming video#tablets#television center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Vimeo Video School: Final Cut Pro X From Start to Finish

first_imgReady to master Final Cut Pro X? Dive into this exhaustive tutorial series by Vimeo Video School that covers everything you need to know about FCPX.Final Cut Pro 7 released in 2009 to wide acclaim and support from the editing community. Apple stopped support for the NLE only one year later and released Final Cut Pro X a year after that. With the release of FCPX, editors and professionals all over the world panned the software. Many felt it was too limiting and too “dumbed” down. Now, four years and 12 updates later, FCPX has become a fully legit NLE that’s used to edit big budget motion pictures like the recently released Focus, starring Will Smith.For a broader view of the differences between Final Cut Pro 7 and FCPX and a look at why editors should consider FCPX, check out this article from Larry Jordan.With all of his firmly in mind, Vimeo Video School developed an in-depth series of tutorials for FCPX from starting a new project to exporting that project for distribution. Let’s get started and learn how to master FCPX.1. Final Cut Pro X IntroductionIn this first tutorial, we get a formal introduction to FCPX and the question is posed to us, “Ready to conquer the complex world of film editing?” Yes. Yes, we are. Let’s get going. 16. Working with StillsDo you have still photos that you need to add to your project? Well, in this episode we learn how to crop, trim and add the always popular Ken Burns effect to our images. 8. Working with MarkersWe’ve browsed our media and we’ve dropped footage into the timeline. Now let’s drop some markers. Markers can be used to add notes, reminders, and chapter separations in order to further streamline the process. 4. Analyzing Your MediaSo, we’ve imported our footage and we’re ready to start editing. However, let’s take a minute to analyze the footage and add meta data and keywords to our clips to help streamline the editing process. 5. Managing Your MediaWe have our footage imported and now it has meta data and keywords attached. Now we need to organize all of this by compiling clips into libraries, events, and projects. This will help create Smart Collections, thus making it easier to add and search for footage later on. 14. Utilizing Visual EffectsYour transitions are added and you’re ready to add the final finishing touches to your project. Here we’ll learn how to jump back and forth between the effects browser and inspector to adjust color presets and how to use the keyer effect. 6. Understanding Playback and SkimmingAll of our meta data and keywords are added and our Smart Collections are definitely making things easier. Now were ready to review some of that footage. So, in this episode we’ll learn about playback and skimming. Want more content covering Final Cut Pro X? Check out these articles from PremiumBeat.How to Integrate FCPX Into Logic Pro X10 Must-Have Final Cut Pro X PluginsThe New Final Cut Pro X Update Brings 3D Text and MoreAre you a new Final Cut Pro X user? Did these tutorials help you learn the software? Let us know in the comments below. 2. Learning the InterfaceNext up, we get a lay of the land and learn everything we need to know about the interface. From the available tools to the streamline functionality, Vimeo gets us ready to tackle any job. 15. Adding TextWe’re getting ever closer to exporting our project, but now we need to know how to add text or a title for the project. In this episode we learn everything we need to know about creating titles, captions, and credits inside FCPX.center_img 13. Using TransitionsWe have all of our footage, audio, music, and sound fx in our timeline. However, all of our cuts are harsh. Let’s learn how to browse through transition options and make moving from one clip to another smooth and easier to watch. 12. Adding Music and SoundYour project is coming together and we have a nice timeline going, but it’s missing something: music and sound. In this episode we learn how to add music, sound effects, record voiceover, and import projects from GarageBand and Logic Pro X. 3. Importing MediaNow that we have a basic introduction and we know the ins and outs of the interface, we’re ready to get started. In this episode, we learn how to properly and easily import our footage for editing. 9. Editing AudioSo you have your footage inserted into your timeline and you’ve begun your edit. However, we can’t forget about audio. So, in this episode we learn how to mute, solo, fade, and adjust the levels of our audio. 10. Editing Video in the InspectorOur clips are in the timeline and our audio levels are good to go, so let’s look at the abilities of the inspector. In the inspector we can adjust effects, add keyframes, rotate or crop our clips, as well as adjust the size and color correct. 7. Starting Your EditNow that you know how to review, playback, and skim through your footage, let’s start dropping it into the timeline. In this episode we’ll learn the process of starting our edit and how to use the timeline effectively. 17. Exporting and Uploading to VimeoWe have finalized our edit and it’s ready to be distributed to the masses. In this final episode we learn how to export our project easily and get it uploaded to Vimeo within a matter of minutes. 11. Editing Audio in the InspectorNow that we know how to edit and adjust our clips in the inspector, let’s look at doing the same for our audio. In this episode we learn that you can do just that. Auto-enhance your audio, apply presets, and make manual adjustments.last_img read more

HC summons top police officers in road rage case

first_imgIn a road rage case that took the twist of threats to the victim’s life, the Rajasthan High Court has summoned Director-General of Police O.P. Galhotra and Jaipur Police Commissioner Sanjay Agarwal to appear in the court and explain faults in investigation after the registration of the first case. The victim has alleged that the accused persons are close to some influential police officers.Following a complaint of the victim, Sanjay Gupta, who was thrashed by some occupants of a speeding SUV on Jawaharlal Nehru Marg here on December 21, 2017, the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had returned the chargesheet filed by the police on February 7 with the direction for reinvestigation.Justice Mahendra Maheshwari at the High Court’s Jaipur Bench summoned over the weekend the two top police officers to appear in the court on July 26 on a writ petition moved by Mr. Gupta, 40, who was peeved by shoddy investigation by the police into the case. Mr. Gupta alleged that the officers at the police station concerned had kept him waiting, instead of getting him medically examined, and exerted pressure on him to enter into a compromise with the accused.Victim thrashedMr. Gupta, working with the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation in Jaipur, was beaten by the occupants of the speeding car when he confronted them following the car’s sudden turn that unbalanced his two-wheeler. His spectacles broke and he bled from nose during the thrashing.The victim later came to know that the car’s occupants were well-connected with the police. “Satya Dutt, who is named in the FIR, is related to Deputy Commissioner of Police (Jaipur North) Satyendra Singh, who influenced other police officers,” Mr. Gupta alleged in his writ petition.Revised chargesheetWith the “extraneous considerations” hampering a free and fair investigation, the police filed a chargesheet against only one accused, Satish Kumar, without getting him identified by Mr. Gupta. After the CMM found the probe incomplete and returned the chargesheet, the revised chargesheet has been filed in the court following registration of a fresh case and seizure of the vehicle in question.The High Court has asked the two police officers to inform the court of the disciplinary or penal action taken against the first Investigating Officer for his lapse or negligence.last_img read more

Key game up for national squad

first_imgThe Philippines will test its sharpness against a lowly Hong Kong side on Wednesday in the hope of scoring an important victory in the Asian Seniors Women’s Volleyball Championships in Biñan City, Laguna.A victory by the all-star national team, led by fan favorites Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago and Mika Reyes, would already ensure the country a spot in the quarterfinals of the 14-nation meet.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. It will also automatically qualify the Philippines for the first time in the Asian Volleyball Cup for women in Thailand next year.“This is a very important tournament for us and the Hong Kong game is the most important match,” said national head coach Francis Vicente, who led the national team in a 17-day training camp in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe country, carried by Foton Pilipinas of the Philippine Superliga, demolished Hong Kong (25-20, 25-14, 25-14) during the Asian Club Championships last year—a game where the Philippines sparingly used imports. LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ceres XI ready to wage battle vs Singaporean side for crown Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers View commentslast_img read more