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Google buys Flutter, a gesture recognition startup

Flutter makes a desktop app for controlling various programs through hand motions.

Another borked Microsoft update tells Office Starter Edition users to buy the suite

Microsoft yesterday acknowledged yet another problem with its Sept. 10 updates, confirming that one of those fixes broke Office 2010 Starter Edition by changing the file associations of already-created documents.

Intel's developing perceptual computing chips to help PCs hear, see, and feel

The head of Intel's perceptual computing group says that functions like speech, gestures, and recognition will take advantage of Intel's existing microprocessors, but require dedicated chips as well.

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File hosting service Rapidshare must scan for copyright infringing files, German federal court rules

Online file locker services that, like Rapidshare, have a business model that provides an incentive to share copyright protected materials must monitor incoming links to discover infringing files, the German Federal Court of Justice has ruled.

Hands-on: Parallels Access runs your Mac apps on your iPad

Parallels is best known for letting you run Windows on your Mac. Now, with Parallels Access, it's entering the more crowded niche letting you run your Mac's apps remotely from your iPad. Here's our first look.

on macworld.com

Orb Networks to shut down, suffocated by the cloud

Orb Networks and its streaming technology broke ground in the early 2000s. But the company has quietly been acquired by an anonymous company, and will be shut down.

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Researchers: Popular download management program has hidden DDoS component

Orbit Downloader's DDoS component is used to attack websites and can cause Internet connection problems for users, according to security researchers.

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How Nuance is building a digital persona that loves you

A man falls in love with his digital assistant. It's not just the premise of a new movie. It's a business objective of Nuance Communications.

FileMaker files Bento database app for iOS and Mac under 'discontinued'

The database giant is shutting down its consumer-level app to focus on its main product lines.

on macworld.com

Puppet acquires DevOps startup Cloudsmith

Open-source IT automation software vendor Puppet Labs has acquired Cloudsmith, which provides tools and services that can help administrators and developers more easily use the Puppet software.

Extensis times upgrade of Suitcase Fusion to Adobe Creative Cloud launch

Suitcase Fusion's new features offer access to fonts, lessen's application toggling, and hasten prototyping

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Sony unveils My Xperia phone-finder, fills Google service gap

Google still hasn't baked a remote access and control app into Android, so another third-party phone maker, Sony, has designed its own service.

on techhive.com

Google releases stock Android keyboard as standalone app

If you have a Samsung TouchWiz-skinned phone or a HTC with the Sense UI, you don't need to go to complicated steps to get a simple and functional keyboard -- just download Google's keyboard from Google Play.

on techhive.com