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A success for the fundraiser for the open source retro videogame console Gamebuino

Gamebuino is a project to create a retro videogame console, like the old-fashioned 8-bit ones such as the Nintendo Game Boy, based on Arduino, an electronic platform with circuit diagrams that are distributed as free hardware with a software kit too free as well. The fundraiser with the crowdfunding method on the Indiegogo website, which started on March 12, 2014, is having a great success and will continue until April 28, 2014.
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Google launches Android Wear for wearable computers

Google announced the Android Wear platform, a version of the Android operating system optimized for wearable devices. The first applications are watches, which of course will not only serve to provide the time but will be tiny portable computers. The first models to be put on the market in a few months are the Moto 360 by Motorola and the G Watch by LG.
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A first step by the Obama administration against “patent trolls”

In June 2013, the President of the U.S.A. Barack Obama announced measures to limit the phenomenon of “patent trolling”, which is the use of patents for the sole purpose of restricting competition and to obtain money through legal action or through agreements following threats of such actions. Yesterday came the announcement of the opening of a section of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) website, which is the organism that handles patents, containing information useful for anyone who has been accused of violating someone else’s patents.
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A celebration for Colossus, the first electronic computer

On February 5, 2014, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the activation of the Colossus computer, at the National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park there was a gathering of a group of veterans who worked to decode nazi encrypted messages During World War II. The story of the first electronic computer was also celebrated by re-enacting the decoding process from the interception to the decipherment using a replica of Colossus.
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Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO

The rumors of the past few days have been confirmed with the official announcement that Satya Nadella is the new Microsoft CEO. His predecessor Steve Ballmer remains on the company’s board of directors. Bill Gates, Microsoft co-founder, is leaving his role of President of the board of directors to John Thompson to take on the special role of technology adviser.
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Lenovo acquires IBM’s x86 server division for $2.3 billion

After last year’s failed attempt and the recent rumors of interest from other potential buyers such as Dell and Fujitsu, an agreement was reached between IBM and Lenovo to purchase IBM x86 server division for a total of about $2,3 billion. Of these, about $2 billion will be paid in cash and the rest in Lenovo shares. The company headed by Virginia Rometti will keep on developing its own both Windows and Linux software for those servers.
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