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Vi Hart, the Mathemusician, explains Net Neutrality

Vi Hart, the immensely entertaining mathematician/piano player and vlogger, has put out a video that, in classic Hartish fashion, explains the cause and the issues behind the attack on Net Neutrality in terms everybody can understand and without actually dumbing down the matter.

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Christmas is coming (III): The Gift of Freedom

It may sound hackneyed, it may sound trite, but many of the best things in life are free. Seriously. Even for Christmas. And not only in the not-costing-any-money sense of the word either. Free Software is on the rise and many apps targeted at end-users are as good, sometimes better, than expensive proprietary alternatives.

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JPEG is Dead… Long Live BPG!

Fabrice Bellard has just introduced the BPG (Better Portable Graphics) format to the world, an image format that achieves amazing quality at a fraction of the size of prior formats.

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GCompris Needs $25,000

GCompris, the free and open sourced educational software used in schools worldwide, is running a campaign which, if successful, will allow them to redo the look of the whole platform. Designed for young children, GCompris helps with motor skills, math, physics, literacy, geography, and much more. Now you can help GCompris to continue improving the…

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The 20th Century through Magazines and Comics

Following up on our item posted on November 27, where we talked about the online repository of the very influential Popular Electronics magazine, today we take a look at three other repositories that store a large chunk of the history of science and technology… Also comics!

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The Coolest Music Apps You’ll See Today

Música Móvel is a group of Brazilian developers and musicians that are creating cool and original mobile apps for music production. The applications take images captured live from the camera, graphical fractal tree structures, or gestures, to generate sounds, melodies and beats, turning your smartphone into a musical instrument.

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Popular Electronics, All Issues Online, for Free

Over at RadioHistory.com they have scanned and put online an enormous collections of radio-related yearbooks and magazines. Amongst them, the full run of the legendary Popular Electronics magazine, from issue 1 released in October 1954, until its last issue in November 1982.

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