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An amazing success for the Kickstarter fund raising of project Kano, a computer you can assemble on your own
The Kano project is having a great success raising funds for the project on Kickstarter. It’s a kit that allows you to build a computer based on the famous Raspberry Pi thanks to a series of components and two manuals. Started on November 19 with the goal of reaching $100,000, the pledges exceeded that figure in little time. At this moment, the amount of the pledges is $868.049 but there’s time until December 19 to make an offer.
When in February the news arrived that Michael Dell (photo ©mikeandryan ), founder and CEO of Dell Inc., wanted to buy back his company, it seemed just a matter of time before the deal could be formalized. Instead, it took months of offers and counter-offers before he could see the end of it. Now the transaction has been completed and under the terms of the agreement Dell’s shareholders will receive $13.75 in cash per share plus a special dividend, again in cash, of $0.13 per share. The total transaction amount is $24.9 billion.
The great mathematician and computer science pioneer Alan Turing received a posthumous award, the Icon Award for Outstanding Achievement, one of the Attitude Awards, accepted by two of his nieces. Recently the production of a biopic about the scientist started starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Turing and Keira Knightley as his friend and colleague Joan Clarke.
On Tuesday the computer science pioneer, best known for the invention of the mouse, Douglas Engelbart passed away on Tuesday. He also work on other technologies currently used every day such as a graphical user interface but also on the precursor of the Internet.
The Tianhe-2 supercomputer, developed by the National University of Defense Technology in China, has been recognized as the world’s most powerful in the Top500 ranking updated on June 2013. By the end of the year it’s expected to be installed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China. With its 33,862.7 TFlop/s, it nearly doubled the computing power of Titan, the former king of supercomputers. Its computing power peak can in theory reach 54,902.4 TFlop/s. Continue reading
The president of the U.S.A. Barack Obama has announced plans to reform the laws governing patents to limit the phenomenon of “patent trolling”, which is the use of patents for the sole purpose of restricting competition and to obtain money by legal action or by agreements following threats of such action.