Motorola Teases The Moto X Developer Edition, “With A Look All Its Own”

Screenshot 2013-08-25 at 10.28.25 AMInteresting. As much as the Moto X can appear in different color combinations, there will always be a step ahead to make, it seems. In this case, Motorola just started teasing the Developer Edition of the phone, which would allow you to change the bootloader and other software — basically messing with the core functionality and software of the phone.

What makes this noteworthy however, is Motorola stating that this particular Moto X will “have a look all its own”, alongside the 32GB of storage. We dig it.

Via: PhoneDog

iFixit Takes The Liberty Of Tearing Apart The Moto X

moto-x-in-piecesIn doing so, iFixit’s engineers found out that the Moto X is actually quite easy to repair, despite the fact that ere are no visible screws on the outside and no removable battery pack, thus giving the mid-range smartphone a 7 out of 10 in “repairability” score — which is good, considering other gadgets out there.

Besides finding a complex use of glue to hold the internal parts together, iFixit also found that the camera flash actually has its own assembly, along with a motherboard that contains most, if not all the critical components.

Via: iFixit

The Moto X Is Now On Sale At AT&T

Moto X ReviewThe first truly universally awesome Android phone just went on sale at AT&T. After heavily reviewing both in-store and customized models, I can totally suggest the MOto X, in the ranks of the iPhone 5 and HTC One. It’s well-rounded, without taking too much of a dive into any negative territory in terms of its camera, battery life, or specs.

Best of all, despite the fact that the Moto X is launching on AT&T first, further releases will be made on Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile, making it across the entire consumer spectrum.

Via: Motorola

Steve Ballmer Will Retire As Microsoft CEO In 12 Months

steve-ballmerIt’s the end of an era at Microsoft: current CEO Steve Ballmer, like BIll Gates before him, will leave as head of the company. According to the press release seen after the break, with all of its marketing jargon, Ballmer simply decided to retire.

Meanwhile, the committee is searching for the next CEO of Microsoft, with Thompson, Bill Gates, Chuck Noski and Steve Luczo also taking part in the search, but Steve Ballmer in his typical head held high fashion, went on to say the following in an internal email to Microsoft employees:

“There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time. We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”

NASA Creates An Animation Illustrating How They’d Capture An Asteroid

nasa-captureBy capturing an asteroid and having astronauts depart from the Orion spacecraft, NASA could actually break off chunks of rock for examination back on Earth. But, the whole process is much more detailed than that, because NASA’s true goals is actually to find, capture, re-direct and study the asteroid.

The path for human astronauts to embark upon would require a robotic asteroid capture vehicle, where they would spacewalk to get the job done. Pretty awesome; watch it after the break.

ViaNASA

Check It Out: A Custom Moto X Built Using Moto Maker

moto-xThis is the Moto X that I received thanks to the great Moto 137 set of emails that went on internally before members of the media had the chance to beta test the Moto Maker, which is an online builder for Motorola’s flagship phone, the Moto X.

Launching later this month for AT&T versions of the phone (with other carriers incoming), it will let you customize the back with a choice of 18 different colors, two front colors, and several accent colors — and eventually, engraving of a personal message on the back.

My customized Moto X sports a fiery red back, with metallic accents, black front, a custom “Moto 137” boot screen message, and a wallpaper that I chose to be pre-loaded onto the device. A bug (that most likely will get fixed) is that you opt to sign in to a Google account, so that when the phone arrives, it has all of your information on it. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case when I received mine, so I can only suppose that it’s a pre-production issue.

Otherwise, everything went great, and my email address was etched to the back of the Moto X. For my full review of the stock white edition, check it out here.

Google Keep Gets Updated With Reminders And Fixes

google-keepIt’s been a personal favorite app of mine ever since it released, and while Google Keep is incredibly simple for note-taking and checklists, it still needed some extra muscle to make it a complete app worthy to leave competing options like Evernote.

Consequently, Google gave us just what the doctor ordered: the addition of reminders, depending on time or location, easier ways of adding images to notes, and general fixes. Integration with your Google Drive is still kicking and the app remains free on the Play Store, exclusively for Android devices.

Via: Google

Google Announces Helpouts: Buy And Sell Time With Experts Of Things

g-helpoutsIf you need help or face-time with an expert of a particular subject, or of anything in general, Google will soon have your back. Currently, they’re in the process of speaking “with expertise across a number of topics” to sign up in advance of the public release.

Powered by Google+ Hangouts, the Helpouts will basically be video chats with people that can assist you with advice, give lessons, or confer to. The expert’s service will manage the time costs, by the minute or by the session, and whatever amount it is, Google will take a 20% cut out of it. Current help categories include: Home & Garden, Computers & Electronics, and Cooking.

Better yet, Google isn’t just letting anyone become an expert: qualifications in both academic and professional categories are required, so partnerships with Weight Watches and Sears allow Google to also get major companies on board to provide their own paid help.

Currently, there’s no official release date for Helpouts, but whenever it is, there’s a big chance it will be a success considering how straightforward and useful it could be.

Via: Google Helpouts, TNW