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Project Ara: Google modular smartphone in the works (0)

For Google, the future will have consumers assembling their own smartphones from individual parts. The tech giant is set to introduce the Project Ara, which aims to make that happen, in its three developer conferences. According to the Ara website, the first of three conferences will take place on April 15 and 16, which will be held online. This allows any interested developer from all over the world to join in the conversation. Google will also host a more intimate gathering at the Computer History Museum, located near its headquarters in Mountain View, California. When Google sold its Motorola unit to Lenovo, it kept Moto's Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP) group. Its aim aligns with Google's so-called "moonshot" projects, or technology that pushes through leaps and bounds instead of increments. This includes the Google modular smartphone, which breaks the usual handset down into its components such as the camera, processor, and storage among others. The idea behind modular phones is to be able to purchase components separately to upgrade or enhance their mobile device according to their preference. Reports claim that Google wants to sell a stripped-down base phone, which does not even come with a cellular connection, for $50. Users would then add up more modules to enhance their phone's abilities as they see fit. There are no dates yet for the other two conferences, but Google says both will be held within this year. You can follow the progress of the Google modular smartphone on the @ProjectAra Twitter account. http://mashable.com/2014/02/27/project-ara-conference/ Read More

Google smartwatch leaked? (0)

The tech world was abuzz when photos of what seems to be an early prototype of the Google smartwatch leaked online Tuesday. Citing an anonymous source, Android Police claims the Motorola-made Google Watch, which goes by the codename "Gem," falls under the Nexus line of devices. The images look grainy at best, but they show what to expect from the Google smartwatch: a square display, a capacitive back button, and two buttons. One of the photos shows the prototype displaying a settings menu. It remains unclear when the photos were taken, although Android Police believe it existed in 2013, before Google sold its Motorola business unit to Lenovo recently for $2.9 billion. Meanwhile, Motorola confirmed on Twitter that the company was developing a watch that they aim to release "this year." It is not yet known if the two devices are related Rumors of a Google smartwatch also circulated last October, when the tech giant was reportedly close to completing the device with the help of Google-acquired Android watchmaker Wimm. Google has yet to respond on the issue. Source: Mashable Read More

Google acquires Nest home automation for $3.2 billion (0)

Well, this is a surprise. Nest, the company behind a line of home automation device, has announced its acquisition from Google. It comes as mild shock because founders Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers were part of the original iPod team; even the Nest Thermostat is sold at Apple stores. Still Google acquires Nest for a whopping $3.2 billion. With that said, Google assures users that Nest will continue to operate under its own brand, like what happened to Motorola. "Google will help us fully realize our vision of the conscious home and allows us to change the world fater than we ever could if we continued to go it alone," Fadell said in a statement. "We've had great momentum, but this is a rocket ship." Despite its acquisition to the company behind the Android operating system, Nest will continue to offer apps for iOS and Android. This means iPhone users will still be able to manipulate their smart thermostats and smoke alarms even after the acquisition gets approved. There is also a possibility of integrating Nest's technology into Google's hardware, but both parties remains tight-lipped about it. "Nest's product line obviously caught the attention of Google and I'm betting that there's a lot of cool stuff we could do together, but nothing to share today," Rogers said. Source: Engadget Read More

Google Chairman Confirms Moto X Launch Date (0)

Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt has confirmed that Motorola's latest flagship smartphone, the Moto X, will be unveiled to the public for the first time on August 1st. The Moto X launch event would be the first time Google introduces its newest hardware after the company's acquisition of Motorola. The unveiling is said to be done differently from the usual product launches we see from other companies. The Moto X launch event will provide an oppportunity for the press to experience the new smartphone not on the stage, but through several small groups. In an earlier interview this year, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside revealed some details about the Moto X, like how the Moto X would be aware of its surroundings and would operate in a different manner depending on its environment. For example, the smartphone can sense if it is in a car, wherein the device would offer different ways to interact with it. “Motorola has always been good at managing power on the device, but we're really good at managing sensors,” Woodside said during the interview. “We know when it's in your pocket, we know when it's in your hand, and it’s going to know when you want to take a picture and fire up the cameras.” The Google Moto X is also said to have an "always-on" voice command support, enabling it to respond to everything you say. The device, which will be manufactured in the United States, also allegedly sports a 1.7GHz dual-core processor and a 10-megapixel rear-facing camera. Source: Mashable Image source: Tinhte, Techradar Read More

Google Launches Chromebook Pixel Touch-Screen Laptop (1)

Google has unveiled its first touch-screen laptop that runs on its own Chrome operating system. The new high-end laptop, called the Chromebook Pixel, was designed and built by Google in collaboration with a hardware manufacturer in Taiwan. The search engine giant has been pushing hard on churning physical devices, especially after acquiring Motorola Mobility to develop Google's smartphones and tablets. The Chromebook Pixel boots up in just a few seconds and comes with 32GB of storage on the WiFi-only model (the LTE version has 64GB), as well as 1TB of cloud storage via Google Drive. This 12.85-inch laptop features an Intel Core i5 processor, an improved touch pad and keyboard, and what Google claims to be the "highest resolution screen that's ever been shipped on a laptop." Google's hardware have been hit-and-miss. The Nexus Q, Google's media-streaming device, was quickly pulled out of Google's online shelves after it was unveiled last year due to questions about its $299 price tag and usefulness. The Pixel is now on sale, costing $1,299 for the WiFi-only version and $1,449 for the version that comes with WiFi and LTE connectivity options. The latter version will go on sale in April, with Verizon offering special wireless plans for Pixel owners. Source: The Wall Street Journal Image source: CNET Read More

Nokia CEO Teases About Windows-Based Tablet (1)

Nokia CEO Stephen Elop hinted during an interview with Australian Financial Review that his company will be venturing once more to the tablet category. Back in 2007, years before the iPad, Nokia introduced the N800 Internet Tablet, which was followed by the N801 the year after. They looked more like phablets by today's standards and like other tablets before the iPad, they did not take off well. "We haven't announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely," Elop told the newspaper. "We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time." It is pretty inevitable that Nokia's future tablet will run on Windows, especially that Microsoft is Nokia's partner in its Lumia line of smartphones. However, Elop is not discounting the possibility of developing a Nokia tablet that runs on Android, but they might be late in the game. "On the Android side, we were very worried that we would be entering Android late relative to everyone else in the industry, that perhaps one vendor was already well on the road to being the dominant Android vendor at the expense of everyone else," Elop added. "If we look back two years to when we made the decisions, then Samsung was big, HTC was pretty big, and Motorola was pretty big. Of course, what has happened in the two years is that Samsung has captured the lion's share of it and the others have been squeezed down to much smaller market share. We were worried about exactly that pattern forming." Source: Australian Financial Review, via TechCrunch Read More

Boombotix Boombot REX Ultraportable Bluetooth Speakers (0)

Most people nowadays are no longer just satisfied listening to music in a single fixed place. A mobile option has become more in demand for people who are always on the go. And since mobility is a priority in such cases, devices should not only produce good quality audio but also be rugged and tough enough to handle the constant daily grind. For those who wish more than just headphones, the new Boombot REX Ultraportable Bluetooth Speakers from Boombotix may provide a good alternative. Boombotix, a maker of popular portable speakers for people on the go, has recently introduced the Boombot REX, an ultraportable Bluetooth speaker that can do more that what you expect. You can consider it as a unique wireless speaker in terms of both design and function. The Boombot REX comes in a unique octagon shape exterior made out of tough ABS housing. It is designed to be tough and water resistant. This feature is important as it houses a pair of 36mm drivers that provide full sound fidelity and a bass woofer that maximizes low frequency sounds without increasing power consumption. What makes the Boombot REX relevant for many mobile users is that it is wireless, thanks to Bluetooth technology. It also comes featured with a built-in noise cancelling mic to make the Boombot REX as an ideal speakerphone. This way, users can both listen to music while the speaker syncs with their smartphone and answer calls at the same time whenever one comes along. The Boombot REX is also designed to interact with Siri on your iPhone. Users can press a button on the speaker to make a request to Siri. The adorable Siri can then respond to the request via the speaker. This ultraportable Bluetooth speaker also comes with rechargeable batteries that can last from 4 to 8 hours of playing time, depending on conditions. It can also be used as a wired system for those who prefer to do so. The Boombot REX Ultraportable Bluetooth Speaker is currently available for pre-order on Kickstarter for US$80. Image Source: Boombotix Read More

Samsung to Offer Tizen-Based Smartphones (0)

In an apparent attempt to loosen its dependence on Android, Samsung has confirmed it plans to offer a line of devices based on Tizen mobile OS in 2013. In an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg, a Samsung representative stated that the company will "keep expanding the (Tizen) lineup depending on market conditions." The rep did not reveal any more details about the upcoming devices or their prices. Tizen is a Linux-based, open-source mobile operating system that supports both Intel and ARM processors. Meanwhile, its SDK and API allows developers to utilize HTML5 when writing applications. The OS is aimed to work in tablets, smartphones, GPS devices, netbooks, smart TVs, and in-vehicle infotainment systems. The move may have to do with the Google's recent acquisition of Motorola, as the South Korean electronics giant is weighing its options about decreasing its reliance on Google's own mobile OS, Android. Samsung already has its own mobile OS called Bada, but apparently this software has been shelved in favor of Tizen. Several Bada-based smartphones from Samsung were launched in 2011, but none followed the year after. Source: Bloomberg, via Mashable Read More

U.S. Patent Office Finds Apple’s Multitouch Patent “Invalid” (1)

The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued a preliminary notice indicating that Apple's patent that covers multitouch technology, including scrolling, might be invalid. The ruling, however, was not issued with finality and Apple still has two months to file an initial response and several appeals before the patent would be struck out. And even if this particular patent be rendered invalid, the Cupertino-based company would still have a number of multitouch-related patents to troll... sorry, use against other companies such as Motorola and Samsung. This was not the first time Apple's previously-approved patent has been revoked. Its patent regarding a "rubberband snapback effect" on movable content on touchscreens was declared invalid. Source: FOSS Patents, via TechCrunch Read More

Republic Wireless Opens $19 Unlimited Plan for Everyone (0)

In these days when you look for ways to save a lot of bucks, you might want to ditch your expensive mobile service and give Republic Wireless a try. We have heard about this wireless carrier last year, announcing that subscribers can enjoy free international calls courtesy of its own country code. This time, Republic announces that it is accepting pre-orders for the Motorola DEFY XT (pictured) starting today. You can order up to four units, with shipping expected to begin in mid-December. But the best reason to subscribe to Republic is its mobile plan, wherein you can experience unlimited talk, text, and data, for an astonishingly low flat rate of $19 per month. Now out of beta, the service is available for everyone and you are free to sign up whenever you want and everywhere in the US. Unlike other wireless carriers, Republic enables you to make calls, send text messages, and browse the Internet by connecting to WiFi hotspots instead of the traditional cellular towers. There is some amount of setback, though. The Motorola DEFY XT costs $249, as well as an extra $10 service fee, which includes shipping and handling. The first monthly fee will be charged once your smartphone is shipped. By that time, you would have paid $278 and that's just for one phone. Once you get past the hefty initial payment, you will only be paying $19 monthly for unlimited talk, text, and data, just as long as your area has a WiFi hotspot. Source: Republic Wireless, via Slashgear Read More



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