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If, like me, you find yourself typing 2911 in place of 2011 entirely too often, you can have Mac OS X (either Lion or Snow Leopard) fix such typos for you automatically. Just open the Language & Text pane of System Preferences, click the Text button at the top, and then add a text substitution by clicking the + button underneath the list. It won't work everywhere (for that you'll want a utility like Smile's TextExpander), but it should work in applications like Pages and TextEdit, and in Save dialog boxes.

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U.S. Supreme Court Deals a Blow to Software Patents

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In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court has declared that “abstract ideas” are not patentable. While this decision doesn’t completely eliminate software patents, it does require that such patents rely on “concrete improvements or new designs, not an aggregation of existing steps.”favicon follow link

 

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Daniel TidBits Kegan  2014-06-19 09:40
Nothing new in that "abstract ideas" are not patentable in the USA. That's the statute, 35 USC 101. What are patentable are "new and useful process, machine, manufacture, or composition of matter, or any new and useful improvement thereof." Plus plants and designs.
What sometimes gets fuzzy is when an invention involving software is more than just the idea.