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Motorola Announces The New Moto G: A Mid-Ranger With Customization

motog-2015The Moto G is no longer a secret — it never really was anyways, with a litany of leaks during the past few days. From the Altman Building in NYC, Motorola has brought in new devices, one of which is the Moto G. A Snapdragon 410 chip, a 5-inc 720p screen, a 13-megapixel back camera, 1GB RAM (2GB on the 16GB model) and 8GB of internal storage, with Android 5.1 Lollipop and some Motorola additions, per usual.

In terms of durability, the Moto G is now IPX7 water resistant and goes on sale around the world, starting today for $179.99 for the 8GB model.

Motorola Is Holding A Big Press Event On July 28th

moto-invite-28thIt’s about time Motorola got onto our radars again. Press invites have been sent out for an event at 9AM ET in New York City, on the 28th of July — and I’ll be attending, of course. While most educated guesses would point towards the next version of the Moto X and refreshes of all other hardware, no one honestly knows what the Lenovo-owned smartphone (smart watch) manufacturer is up to.

Oh, and as Motorola put it: “your relationship status is about to change.” I kind of don’t need help in that department, but moving forward is always fun, no?

Samsung Developing 11K Mobile Displays That Give 3D Illusion

L1010577 copyYes, Samsung is taking the screen game to next-gen levels. Currently their flagship phones have quad-HD displays, but the South Korean conglomerate is looking to increase that state to 11K — yes, higher than a 4K display, which is just gaining traction, and even more pixel-dense than an 8K display, which is just making its technological debut. 11K would represent a whopping 2,250 pixels per inch and in doing so, would replicate a 3D effect sans glasses, so says Samsung.

That’s one of the main reasons Samsung is partnered with 13 companies to work on the “EnDK” project, and with the South Korean government investing $26.5 million over five years — this isn’t a science fair project, by any stretch.

Via: Electronic Times

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