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Byte Into It – 20 June 2012

June 20th, 2012

Episode 267 of 438 episodes

On this week's Byte: The R18+ classification for computer games is now passed into Australian federal law; now it's up to states to implement it. UK government presents a bill, the Communications Data Bill, that requires all data carriers to snoop on everything, in contrast to the opposite sentiment in last year's privacy laws in Britain. Yammer have accepted Microsoft's offer to buy them. Now under Microsoft's stewardship, Skype is to get adverts interrupting into user's conversations; the Skype business unit says its users will like these context-sensitive ads. We interview Alan Chatham from RMIT's Exertion Games Lab about their hardware projects, including the LumaHelm programmable motion-sensing helmet. Prime Minister Julia Gillard holds a blogging tea under the hashtag #PMTea. Free software and commodity hardware drives OpenRelief, a modular robotic camera plane system to help disaster relief teams get up-to-the-minute information. Microsoft announces their tablet computer, the Surface. Facebook changes their billing for applications: no more Facebook credits, and introducing subscription billing. Presented by Keren Flavell, Paul Callaghan, and Ben Finney. http://profiles.google.com/byteintoit http://byteintoitlinks.blogspot.com/ http://twitter.com/byteintoit http://friendfeed.com/byteintoit

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