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Apps can no longer offer marijuana delivery services on the Google Play Store
by Muhammad Jarir Kanji
You will no longer be able to schedule your next delivery of marijuana using your Android smartphone. Google has added marijuana to its list of restricted content on the Play Store, meaning apps that offer delivery services for the psychoactive drug will soon be banned from its platform.
The ban applies to all jurisdictions, regardless of the legality of marijuana in a particular state. The company's updated policies state the following on the matter:
The two most prominent apps in the space are Weedmaps and Eaze, and both risk facing a ban if their apps are not updated within 30 days to remove any aspects enabling the sale of marijuana. Google has also released a statement regarding compliance with its policies, and how apps like Weedmaps can remain on the Play Store in light of the changes:
This could mean that the apps would still be able to promote marijuana and possible even allow you to book deliveries, as long as the developers ensure that the actual sale process is redirected to the browser, for example. What the specifics of the solution are will probably become clearer in the next few weeks as the developers of affected apps update their wares.
The move coincides with updates to the company's Play Store policies to make it safer for children.
Source: Google via Android Police
A US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee on Thursday unanimously recommended approval of an epilepsy drug that would be the first plant-derived cannabidiol medicine for prescription use in the United States.
The FDA will vote in June whether to approve the drug, Epidiolex, an oral solution, for the treatment of severe forms of epilepsy in a small group of patients. The FDA has approved synthetic versions of some cannabinoid chemicals found in the marijuana plant for other purposes, including cancer pain relief.
Cannabidiol, also called CBD, is one of more than 80 active cannabinoid chemicals, yet unlike tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, it does not produce a high.
The committee's recommendation was delivered after reviewing data from the drug's maker, GW Pharmaceuticals PLC, a UK-based biopharmaceutical company.
"We're obviously very pleased by the unanimous recommendation in support of the approval of Epidiolex," GW CEO Justin Gover said. "It's a very important milestone in the approval process."
Vermont became the ninth U.S. state and third in the Northeast to legalize recreational marijuana use on Monday when Republican Governor Phil Scott signed a bill passed by the legislature earlier this month.
The law legalizes possession of up to 1 ounce of the drug, two mature plants and up to four immature plants by people 21 and older beginning on July 1. It does not legalize trade in the drug.
“Today, with mixed emotions, I have signed H. 511,” Scott said in a statement, referring to the measure by its legislative number.
He noted that he had vetoed an earlier version of the bill that would have opened up sales of the drug, saying that a state commission would have time for further study before allowing a retail trade in recreational pot.
Neighboring Massachusetts, nearby Maine and six other states have legalized marijuana use as a result of voter initiatives.
Won't be long before every state has it legalized. I know it is a topic for a lot of states.
By Stergios Georgopoulos
THOR is a hybrid drone that can transform mid-flight from a helicopter to an airplane
by Stergios Georgopoulos
Most consumer drones usually come with rotors, something that makes them very agile but also quite energy-demanding, leading to shorter flights. Bigger drones that are designed to cover long distances usually have wings, which is a more energy-efficient way of flight.
At the ICRA conference last month, a team from the Singapore University of Technology and Design presented a new kind of drone that combines those two flight modes. The device is called THOR, which stands for Transformable Hovering Rotorcraft, and can transition mid-flight from a hover mode to an airplane-like cruising mode by turning its rotors into wings. You can see the drone in action in the video below:
THOR’s creators were inspired by the samara seed, whose unique design allows it to be carried away by the wind farther away than regular seeds. As you can see in the video, the design still needs a bit of tweaking to make the transition from one mode to the other smoother. The team claims that THOR's design can scale to a much smaller size than other hybrid platforms, which will have many applications in areas such as agriculture, surveillance, and package delivery.
Source: The Verge | Image: Singapore University of Technology & Design via IEEE Spectrum
By Cage Appleby
Microsoft's DreamSpark set to be rebranded as 'Imagine'
by Cage Appleby
DreamSpark is a Microsoft program for academic Institutions that offers qualified students access to free Microsoft tools and software, which enables students to effectively produce, build and launch projects from the ground up. The initiative essentially provides students a way to bring their ideas to life, or get familiar with the Microsoft development stack and toolkit, at no cost to the student.
According to an announcement on Microsoft's blog page, DreamSpark will soon be rebranded as Microsoft Imagine. The name complements its annual Imagine Cup competition where thousands of developers are pitted against each other to show off their skills and win great prizes.
The changes Microsoft plans to introduce can be seen below:
Microsoft stated that while Program Administrators will not see any changes to the subscription pricing or the benefits offered, an interface lift will make it easier to access accounts and update their school’s Webstores.
Source: MSDN Blogs