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Nokia Will License And Release New Phones Again…Soon

20150128_143544The word comes from none other than current CEO of Nokia (post-Microsoft acquisition and integration): “We will look for suitable partners,” said Rajeev Suri in an interview with Manager Magazin. He went on to say that:

“We would simply design them and then make the brand name available to license.”

Essentially, the devices would carry familiar Nokia aesthetics (polycarbonate, PureView cameras) but with evolution, and ownership by Microsoft and the building of devices by another party. It will be interesting to see the execution of this plan in the coming year.

Via: Reuters, Manager Magazin

Intel Buys Recon, The Company That Started “Glass For Fitness”

Screen Shot 2015-06-17 at 12.49.11 PMWhat a fun turn of events!

Recon Instruments, the Canadian tech company renowned for the development of the unreleased “Google Glass for fitness” was just bought out by Intel. If any of you were keeping up with me on the company’s exploits like I was with their PR agents, then you’d know that Intel injected some cash into the project in 2013 — but now reports indicate that INtel bought the company for “around $175 million”.

From here on out, Recon has the money, hardware and expertise of one of the most important companies in tech. Intel meanwhile, has the opportunity to partake in a very interesting (in progress) eyewear wearable war.

ViaRecon Instruments, Intel

Former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop Is Out At Microsoft As Company Restructures

stephen-elopIn what can only be called unexpected (and maybe a little sad), former Nokia CEO will soon be leaving Microsoft as part of a restructuring of the company near the end of the fiscal quarter. This is what Microsoft is calling a “designated transition period”; Elop served as the executive vice president of the Devices and Services group (after Nokia was purchased by MSFT), so to take his place, operating system head Terry Myerson will take charge of a new, combined division called Windows and Devices Group.

Via: Microsoft

Oculus Will Team Up With Microsoft To Bundle Xbox Controller With The Rift

oculus_stepintotherift1It’s a very interesting partnership and further cements Oculus’ place as the first solid purveyor of VR gaming. The Oculus Rift final consumer model has been unveiled as part of a press conference today, and with it, the consumer bundle. An Oculus Rift kit will include a wireless Xbox One controller, the Rift headset, and a small table-top camera that observes LED markers to track head movements.

Some notes on the new Rift headset: Oculus managed to include a pair of headphones capable of 360 immersion, a low latency tracking system that’s been refined over the course of the past few years, and finally, two OLED screens.

On top of all of that, Rift will work natively with Windows 10 come its launch in Q1 2016.

Via: Oculus

Leica Q Announced: A Full-Frame, 24MP Camera With 10FPS Shooting

_IGP0538Today, Leica is unveiling the Q, a full-frame camera with a 24 megapixel sensor, full 1080p HD video recording at 60 fps, shooting at ten frames-per-second, an f1.7/28mm Summilux lens, integrated WiFi and remote shutter control via a dedicated Leica Q app on iOS and Android, an ISO range of up to 50,000, a 3″ 1.04 million-dot LCD screen, and finally, a high-res EVF that has a built-in sensor which automatically switches to the mode when held up to the user’s eye. Built in Germany and using aluminum and leather as build materials, the Q is a quintessential Leica, as well as being a modern camera capable of some serious shooting.

Asking price? $4,250, available starting today. Leica will also be producing a variety of accessories to accompany the Q, including an external grip accessory and a cross-body carrying case.

Press release after the break.

Samsung Unveils It Has Mirror And Transparent OLED Displays

Samsung-Display]-55-inch-Transparent-OLED_1_1Straight from the future, indeed.

Showcased in Hong Kong, Samsung’s new mirror and transparent OLED displays are less a thing of concept and more a preview of the company’s plans to come. The displays are going to be integrated with Intel’s RealSense technology, meaning that the mirror display, for example, can be used as a “virtual fitting room,” made possible by Intel’s own 3D cameras and an “automated library of stored perceptions” — basically, a user can try on clothes, and jewelry before actually trying them on, to see if they fit.

The transparent OLED displays? Well, Samsung has plans for that also: interactive ads, again making use of Intel RealSense technology and gesture control.

It will take Samsung time to bear fruit of this cutting-edge tech, bu tit will happen; after all, this is Samsung we’re talking about here: a paragon of screens across all ranges.

ViaSamsung

Windows 10 Will Launch July 29th, And There Will Be Lots To See

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Microsoft has outed the street date of the Windows 10 launch: July 29th. With it, Windows becomes a service that caters to all screen sizes and hardware, rather than the arguably static most-used computer operating system it has been, until this point.

Of course, this aggressive release date is of some concern: bugs and finalized features will all but have to be ironed out in less than two months. Available as a free upgrade (for the first year) for Windows 7 and 8.1 users, Windows 10 will revitalize Microsoft’s crown jewel, with Cortana, a new browser, the return of the Start menu, and a few more bells and whistles.

Time to put a reminder on the calendar, meanwhile.

Via: The Windows Blog