Nexus 9 Review: Some Things Need Work Here

20141102_114141Say hello to the Nexus 9, the first 64-bit tablet by Google, and the first true tablet built by HTC for the Nexus program. This is a wonder-fest of high-end specs and straightforward design. Also included is Android 5.0 Lollipop, in its unchanged, vanilla form ripe with features and the latest features and designs from Google. But there is something that is off-putting here, and that’s what this analysis aims to find out.**

Android Creator Andy Rubin Will Be Leaving Google

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But why? Andy Rubin apparently wants to start an incubator for hardware startups.

Meanwhile, his role will be taken over by James Kuffner, a research scientist at Google company and a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Google CEO Larry Page gave the usual parting ways speech in regards to Andy Rubin, with added thanks: “I want to wish Andy all the best with what’s next,” Page said in a statement. “With Android he created something truly remarkable-with a billion plus happy users. Thank you.”

Best of luck to you, Andy. And thanks for helping with the construction of one of the world’s strongest and best mobiel operating systems.

Via: WSJ

HP Tries To Be Futuristic, Unveils The Sprout — With A Projector-Based Keyboard

hp-sproutThe HP Sprout is a very unusual personal computer. It has all the regular things you’d except from a decently-powered machine: an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, Nvidia graphics, and a 23-inch, full HD touchscreen with Windows 8.1.

But the famililarity stops there: a 20-point touchscreen workmat that’s brought to life by a DLP projector aimed straight down from the top of the workstation, the Sprout ditches a mouse and keyboard setup altogether.

The projector housing also holds a 3D camera and a 14.6 megapixel traditional camera to take real-world objects into 3D represenation inside of a project you’re working on in the computer — on paper, it at least sounds pretty cool.

Asking price? $1,900.

Via: HP Sprout 

Tim Cook Tips His Hat, Says He’s ‘Proud To Be Gay’

tim_cook_suit-800x533While it’s been known within tech circles that Apple CEO Tim Cook is gay, he never publicily addressed it, instead keeping the same level of discreetness that Apple keeps with its products — top-level privacy. But no matter, because he states the following:

“Throughout my professional life, I’ve tried to maintain a basic level of privacy,” and,”While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven’t publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I’m proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.”

The Apple CEO said the aforementioned in a letter published by Bloomberg Businessweek. With that out fo the way, Cook can go back to running one of the world’s most profitable tech companies — Apple.

Via: Bloomberg Businessweek 

Microsoft Band: A $200 Fitness Tracker, And It Might Be Alright

microsoft-bandOh, yes. Microsoft is in on the wearbles race now: the Band, a $199 fitness tracker is their first shot in 2014. Sync apps exist for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Fitness tracking variables include tracking steps (thanks to built-in GPS, it’s phone independent), heartbeat, calories burned and sleep quality. It can also display notifications from your mobile device or take notes and set reminders with Cortana (not bad).

A little history: the Microsoft Band was designed by Quentin Morris (who also developed the Xbox One controller), so of course, it carries ten sensors onboard to measure things from heart rate to UV exposure and even stress levels, while lasting 48 hours on a single charge — in its best case scenario. Availability; $199 Thursday in its online and physical stores, to US customers only.

Via: Microsoft Band

Project Ara Team Posts Progress, Google Books New Dev Meeting

tumblr_ne7rtfKOMA1skm0sgo1_1280The modular smartphone concept went from idea, to presenation, a new elite division at Google, and now a functioning model — just for the show of progress. While it’s nothing close to the polished concepts that Motorola showed off with Google and Phoneblocks earlier on, it does actually boot and feature some functionality.

Meanwhile, Google has booked its second Ara conference for January 14th at Mountain View; topics included an updated module development kit, showing off some unseen prototype, and details on how the pilot launch will work.

Via: Phoneblocks