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Friday Five: Digg out of a hole, Monopoly’s iron bumped

Chris Mayer
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A quintuplet of irreverent stories from the world of tech and elsewhere

The week has flown by at JAX
Towers, likely due to the excitement at announcing the initial
speaker lineup for
JAXConf (cheap
plug over). Here’s some reasons to be excited ahead of the
weekend…

1. LibreOffice 4.0 lands

OpenOffice’s successful fork LibreOffice hit its

fourth major release
yesterday, bringing several
new features to the office suite. The most interesting update
appears to be in how you can contribute, introducing Gerrit
for
code
submissions and review
, which should break down
some boundaries. Check out the release notes for other new
features.

2. Digging itself out of an early grave

Reboots of mid-noughties Web 2.0 companies have been all the
rage recently, but more often than not fail to capture the success
of the original (see: MySpace, Delicious). News aggregator Digg may
have bucked the trend however, with The Verge reporting


a 40% referral traffic rise month
on month
in the six months since its redesign.


The in-depth feature
explains how Digg has
managed to pull users back to the social news site, after the 2010
Reddit exodus. It may not be seeing traffic levels akin to its
heyday, but it’s a solid recovery nonetheless.

3. Cat trumps iron

Facebook fans of the real estate board game Monopoly
have

chosen to oust the iconic iron
token in
favour of a feline option. The month-long Facebook vote held by
makers Hasbro ended with the cat beating
a robot,
helicopter, diamond ring and a guitar to the lucrative spot, while
the iron was the loser of a survival vote against
the
dog, car, shoe, thimble, and wheelbarrow.

“I think there were a lot of cat lovers in the world that
reached out,” Hasbro’s Jonathan Berkowitz told the Associated
Press. However, not all were impressed: iron fans took to Twitter
to campaign for it to be reinstated, although their tweets may fall
on deaf ears. After all, on the internet, cats will always come out
on top.

4. Tumblr of the week – Menswear Dog

We freely admit that the JAX Editorial team isn’t exactly
well versed in fashion, but we recognise the importance of
this
Tumblr. All
the latest looks styled by a three year-old shiba inu from New
York. Pure genius. Our favourite is the Ryan Gosling
look.

5. Open source for good

And finally… South African five-year old Liam was born with
Amniotic Band Syndrome, meaning he has no digits on his right hand.
However, thanks to two generous engineers, Liam has been granted a
series of new prosthetic hands, designed using MakerBot 3D printers
and open source software.

Ivan Owen and Richard Van As have open-sourced their design
on
Thingiverse
as a digital download, allowing those without access to
expensive prosthetics an alternative option. The backstory,
reported by

Ars Technica
, is fascinating and really
demonstrates the potential of 3D printing – not to mention the
power of open source.

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Image courtesy of SkilliShots

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