Google Project Ara Prototype Shown Off (video)



The Google Project Ara smartphone is due to launch early next year, this modular device has now appeared in a new video from Phonebloks.

In the video below we get to have a look at the latest Project Ara prototype, and some of its modules, which include the LED display, battery, the CPU and more.

Google are expected to launch the Project Ara smartphone in January of 2015, and the company is also said to be launching a new hardware store which will be similar to Google Play, where you will be able to purchase modules for the device.

This will allow third part hardware makers to produce modules for the Ara Phone and then sell them in this new Project Ara store, which could end up making the device popular.




For example if Qualcomm decided to produce processors for the device, then you would be able to choose a range of different processors depending on how much power you want.


Source Le Journal Du Geek
Friday, October 31, 2014

Microsoft Health Mobile Fitness Platform Announced



The Microsoft Health platform comes with a cloud service which will allow you to store your health and fitness data, and Microsoft will launch a new Microsoft Health app on Windows Phone, iOS and Android.






Today we’re announcing a new platform called Microsoft Health. Within health and fitness, there is rapid innovation occurring around wearable devices with smart sensors that are telling us more about our lives. A vibrant marketplace of devices and services is giving us access to a wealth of data about our nutrition, health and fitness. We see an opportunity to bring these devices and services together to allow you to combine the information they collect and use the power of the cloud to turn that data in to something more valuable.


Source Microsoft

U.S. Cinemas Banned Google Glass And Other Wearable Devices



The news was announced by Motion Picture Association of America and the National Association of Theater Owners, who announced that wearable recording equipment is now banned during the showing of a movie in cinemas across the U.S.

The ban is targeted at devices like Google Glass and other wearable gadgets which could potentially be used to record a movie in the theaters.

The National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) and the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) have a long history of welcoming technological advances and recognize the strong consumer interest in smart phones and wearable “intelligent” devices. As part of our continued efforts to ensure movies are not recorded in theaters, however, we maintain a zero-tolerance policy toward using any recording device while movies are being shown.

The MPAA and NATO also announced that if they suspect anyone is using a device for recording in the cinema, or if anyone refuses to turn off a device when asked to by cinema staff, then they may call law enforcement.

Source NATO, Engadget

Twitch Has New Rules for Broadcasters 'dress code'



Some users on Twitch like to show off their physique while streaming, but that is no longer acceptable thanks to a change that Twitch has made in its Rules of Conduct. The new rules say that those who are using the service to stream gameplay must dress “appropriately,” and the rules go further into detail as to what is and what isn’t acceptable. No, this isn’t a joke.

According to the new Rules of Conduct for Twitch, broadcasters who wear no clothing or sexually suggestive clothing, which includes and may not be limited to “lingerie, swimsuits, pasties and undergarments,” will have to look elsewhere since this is now prohibited. Full nude torsos are also not allowed.

What do you think do, should you be allowed to choose what does or does not constitute as an “appropriate” dress when you’re broadcasting gameplay?

Source Ubergizmo

AeroMobil 3.0 Flying Car Prototype Announced (Video)



The AeroMobil 3.0 is actually being tested at the moment, and according to the creators of this flying car, it is very close to the final production model.



“I’m very happy with what we were able to achieve in such a short time with the team of only 12 people. AeroMobil 3.0 is not the end of a challenging project, it’s the beginning of a whole new adventure which may change the way how we look at the personal transport in the future.” – says Stefan Klein, Co-Founder and CTO of the AeroMobil company.


“I believe that AeroMobil will inspire new ways of thinking about personal travel. It may really enable new ways of travel, advancing it to a new level. We are set to reinvent the flying car without constraints and deliver excitement through unique technical solution and design.” – says Juraj Vaculik, Co-Founder and CEO of the company.

In the video below we can see the AeroMobil 3.0 in action, with its folding wings which are tucked behind the car when it is not in flight model, and we can actually see it taking off and landing.




Source AeroMobil

Skype 7.1 For Mac Updated With Yosemite Support



Skype has release a new version of the VoIP and messaging software for Apple’s OS X, the latest version of the app is Skype 7.1 for Mac.

Skype 7.1 for Mac now offers support for the latest version of Apple’s desktop OS, OS X Yosemite, and the update also brings a number of improvements and fixes.

Today we’re releasing Skype 7.1 for Mac, which now supports OS X 10.10 Yosemite. The full list of features and fixes include:
Features
Mac OSX 10.10 Yosemite support
Enhanced group profile- making it easier to copy a link or to leave a group conversation

Skype 7.1 for Mac is now available to download, and it will run on MacOS X 10.9 and above.

Source Skype

Google Play Movies & TV App is Updated



Google has announced that they are releasing a new version of the Google Play Movies & TV app for Android, the latest version of the app comes with a new look and feel with Google’s material design.

As well as a new design, the Google Play Movies & TV app also comes with a range of new features, which will bring actor or soundtrack cards on your phone or tablet whilst you are watching a movie on your Chromecast of Nexus Player.

Now when you cast your favorite movie or show to your TV using Chromecast or the new Nexus Player, you’ll get actor or soundtrack cards on your phone or tablet while you are watching, with extra information about what’s playing on screen. Next time you’re burning to know where you’ve seen that actress before, or want to remember a song for later, you don’t have to hit pause or fumble with your controller. It’s at your fingertips—just like your popcorn. Look for the Info Cards badge on the Google Play store to find movies and TV shows that offer this feature.

Source Google

Xiaomi Is The World’s Third Largest Smartphone Maker



Xiaomi aka ''Chinese Apple'' is now the world’s third largest smartphone maker behind Samsung and Apple, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics.

Samsung shipped a total of 79.2 million smartphones in quarter three 2014, this is down from 88.4 million for the same quarter last year.

Apple shipped a total of 39.3 million smartphones, which is up from 33.8 million handsets in the same quarter last year. Xiaomi has seen a significant increase in their handsets sales since Q3 of 2013, last year in this quarter the company sold 5.2 million handsets, and in Q3 2014 they sold 18.0 million devices.

LG and Huawei have also seen increases over last year, with LG selling 16.8 million devices in Q34 and Huawei 16.5 million devices in quarter three.

Samsung has seen their overall share of the smartphone market drop from 35 percent to 24.7 percent, Apple has also seen a small drop from 13.4 percent to 13.3 percent.

Overall smartphone sales for the quarter grew 27 percent, with a total of 320.4 million smartphones shipped for quarter three of 2014, you can find out more details at the link below.

Source Strategy Analytics

BMW X5 M And X6 M Gets Official



BMW has announced its latest high end SUV’s, the BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M, and both modes come with BMW’s new M TwinPower Turbo engine.

Both models comes with the new BMW 4.4 litre V8 engine which comes with 575 HP and they have a 0 to 62MPH time of just 4.2 seconds with the eight speed M Steptronic transmission.


When the previous generation of the two cars arrived in 2009, it was the first time the high-performance character distilled by BMW M GmbH had been transplanted into an all-wheel-drive BMW X model. The result was class-leading dynamics. The new BMW X5 M and BMW X6 M pull no punches in writing the next chapter in this success story with another significant step forward in dynamic excellence, emotionally rich M design and outstanding efficiency.


The new BMW X5 M and new BMW X6 M combine the characteristic features of the successful BMW X family – exclusivity, robustness, agility and everyday usability – with the commitment to high performance that defines an M car.



The company has yet to give an exact launch date for the BMW X5 M and X6 M, although they have revealed some pricing, the X5 M will retail for $99,650 and the X6 M will retail for $103,050.

Source BMW
Thursday, October 30, 2014

Lenovo Now Officially Owns Motorola



Motorola has announced today that the Motorola Lenovo deal is finalized, and Motorola is now owned by Lenovo, the company announced the news in a blog post.

Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google in a deal which was worth $2.91 billion, which was made of of $660 million in cash and $750 million in stock, the rest of the $1.5 billion is being paid to Google over the next three years.

''Over the past two years we have transformed Motorola by focusing on what matters most — consumers. We’ve made huge strides in bringing the mobile Internet to millions of people around the world and improving their lives through exceptional technology, experiences and value. While we’re proud of the progress we’ve made, we recognize that there is still much more we can achieve — in innovation, reach and impact.
In Lenovo we have a partner that shares our mission and that brings global scale, a diverse product portfolio and a track record of seizing strategic opportunities and making the most of them. Together we will go farther, faster. With an impressive portfolio of smartphones, wearables and PCs, our two companies will be uniquely positioned to push the boundaries of choice and value, and bring exciting new experiences to people everywhere.''

You can find out more details about the Motorola and Lenovo deal over at the Motorola blog at the link below, we are looking forward to seeing what new devices the company launches now it is owned by Lenovo.

Source Lenovo / Motorola

CyPhy Works Pocket Flyer - Tiny Tethered Drone Unveiled (video)



CyPhy Works has this week unveiled its new Pocket Flyer drone in the form of a tiny tethered drone which has been designed to fly for more than two hours on a single charge.

The new Pocket Flyer is a tethered drone that uses a microfilament for power and to stream HD videoback to the user up to a range of 250 feet or 76 meters. Watch the video after the jump to learn more about the Pocket Flyer drone project and see it in action.

CyPhy Works founder and CEO Helen Greiner explained in an interview with IEEE Spectrum a little more about the design of the tiny tethered drone that has been specifically designed for military applications.

“If you see these wireless systems, you can look at the signal, and potentially take control of the vehicle. If you’re not that technologically sophisticated, you can actually just put noise into the environment and jam the signals, and the drone will lose control. The microfilament is impervious to that.”
“We took [our robots] to special forces and IED guys, and they loved them, they wanted them, but the feedback that we also got was, ‘We’d like to carry it more easily.’ It fits into a backpack, and that’s great, but what are you going to leave out of the backpack? They need all this stuff. The Pocket Flyer fits in a cargo pants pocket. The best robot is the one you have with you. And that’s exactly what this robot will be; it’ll be the one you have with you when you get to that dangerous situation. You don’t know when to expect these things, so you’ll need this robot always with you.”



Source: IEEE
Wednesday, October 29, 2014

DJI Phantom FC40 Drone with WiFi Camera



The Phantom FC40 is the beloved Phantom, all grown up. It comes with its own built in DJI designed smart camera with 720p/30fps HD video support, and iOS or Android app control. Using a 2.4G Wi-Fi connection, it provides a full FPV experience at up to 100m. It’s the ideal choice for those getting started with aerial cinematography.




Additional Phantom FC40 perks include:
- A Built-In Smart Camera. The 2.4G camera shoots 720p/30fps HD video, plus provides a live WiFi feed up to 980 feet away.
- Ready to Fly Design. The drone requires minimal GPS setup, which is handy for people who don't really know how to do GPS setup.
- Remote Control Unit. A 5.8GHz remote control operates up to 1,640' away.
- Failsafe Autopilot. Including an automatic GPS-based "go home" landing feature.




Source DJI 

The Scooter Belt



Designer Adam Torok has created a scooter which can also be worn as a belt, the device was created as part of Adam’s final project at the University of West Hungary’s Institute of Applied Art.

When not being used as a scooter, the device can be wrapped around your waist like a belt, making it extremely portable when not in use, it is also designed to be ultra lightweight weighing in at just 1.7kg.



The most efficient vehicles that bridge these two points in the shortest time are those powered by leg power, whose need for specific pathways is a must in every developing city. There is one thing even more important, and that is storage. A vast range of methods has been developed in recent in years but these will all become obsolete if the vehicle is developed that is entirely portable, even wearable as part of our clothing.

The Belt Scooter was shown off at the 2014 Budapest Design week, and Adam is already working on a new version of the device.

Source Behance, Design Boom, Slashgear

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Gold Edition



It looks like Samsung has a new version of their Note 4 on the way, the Galaxy Note 4 Gold Edition, and the handset features a metal frame which is plated with 24k gold.

The Galaxy Note 4 Gold Edition can be seen in the video below, the handset is expected to come with the same specifications as the existing Note 4.

As a reminder, the Galaxy Note 4 comes with a a 5.7 inch Quad HD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, processing is provided by either an eight core Samsung Exynos 5433 or a quad core Snapdragon 805 processor.


Other specifications on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 include 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 420 GPU, the handset also comes with a choice of 32GB or 64GB of built in storage, plus it features a 3.7 megapixel front camera and a 16 megapixel rear camera, and comes with Android 4.4.4 KitKat.


Source Gforgames

Video Credit:Youtube; Schannel

World's first accessories for Apple Watch by DWISS hits Indiegogo



The Apple Watch may be months away still, but Swiss watchmaker DWISS is already planning its own range of accessories.

DWISS’ traditional business is creating limited edition mechanical watches but the company is looking to mimic the success of Griffin and Proporta by getting into the Apple accessories market.

The company has launched an Indiegogo campaign to create covers, straps, lugs and even watchfaces for Apple’s wearable device – and it's looking for eager backers.




The covers – which are unfortunately called Cover Candy – come in a range of Thermoplastic Polyurethane protectors that pull over the watch, much like neoprene iPhone covers today. They're available at the bargain basement price of $19.

The straps and lugs also add a certain ostentatious edge to your Apple Watch, if you opted not to go for the Apple Watch Edition. These start at $49 for the sporty Toucan strap, and up to $79 for the blingy Albatross.

Finally, you can choose from a range of custom watchfaces, which the company is selling for $1 a piece.



Source Indiegogo

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