Google: Glass Explorer Program Will Shut Down, Graduate, And Be In Tony Fadell’s Control

Google Glass TableTony Fadell, the leader of Nest, which was acquired by Google for $3.2 billion in 2014, will now have control over the Google Glass program. Within recent months, the hype surrounding Google Glass has dropped significantly, and Google hasn’t done much about it, in public at least. Turns out, the two-year-old Explorer program is closing, allowing Glass to “graduate” and become its own, independent division that will still be directed by fashion expert Ivy Ross; she will still report to Fadell.

Meanwhile, those who still wish to buy class in its current, $1,500 form can still do so until January 19th. However, moving forward Google Glass is going to be significantly tweaked.

After all, Tony Fadell was leader of the iPod and iPhone projects at Apple — whatever happens to Glass next, will be interesting. 

Via: TM

Fujifilm X-A2: Another Mirrorless Camera, This Time Great For The Selfie Folk

fujifilm-x-a2A $1,000 Carl Zeiss lens is the best way to take your selfies, at least according to Fujifilm and their newest mirrorless camera. Included is a 175 degree flip screen for easier self-framing. It also carries face/eye detection features that are activated automatically when said 920k dot screen is flipped.

Meanwhile, the 16.3-megapixel, APS-C sensor with full HD recording capability comes in a body that is black, brown or white for $550 with a 16-50 f/3.5-5.6 lens (24-75mm 50mm equivalent). Alternatively, a $699 with a 50-230mm lens kit exists — if you’re into shooting things and people, other than yourself.

Can I just say it? This is a gorgeous camera.

Via: Amazon

Google Will Field Test The Project Ara Platform….In Puerto Rico

project-ara-spiral-2-prototypeThe newest iteration of the prototype Project Ara smartphone is here. For a refresher: Project Ara is a smartphone platform where integral pieces can be swapped, including the processor, camera, ports, battery (with layover time), screen and other components.

Thus, Google has a lot of testing to do and they’ve chosen an interesting location to field test Project Ara: Puerto Rico. Being that the island is “well-connected” and has a designated free trade zone, developer modules could easily roam. Puerto Rico is also under FCC jurisdiction, thus it would benefit being a test market for the US. The first two carriers to offer Project Ara will be Open Mobile and Claro, both of which offer 4G LTE coverage along with 3G — at least, when Spiral 3 (the third prototype) is reached, which introduces the LTE function.

Keeping reading, because Google’s strategy is so unique: the phones will be sold via “food trucks” in popular parts of the island. Each truck will have a 3D printer and dye sublimation printers.

Customizing the phone will (or is supposed to) be easy and can be done during the sale; the process is aimed to be under 5 minutes. But, if you’re into making the Ara your own, a ready-to-go bento box version will also be available.

PR vid, after the break.

Forza Motorsport 6 Is On Its Way, With The New Ford GT As Cover Car

d89b6691-3c4b-42c6-89a0-00420eb3bcb2It makes total sense to announce the next iteration of a famous racing simulator at a famous auto show, doesn’t it? Well, Turn 10 Studios, now owned by Microsoft, took the inititave to announce Forza Motorosport 6. And the cover car? The new 2016 Ford GT — of course.

It’s interesting to see from an importance (and PR) perspective about how car manufacturers see racing simulators nowadays. They take them rather seriously, because they stand not only as a form of promotion and fan-finding, but also as a testament to the integrity of their vehicles.

Ford’s Raj Nair, who leads the company’s global product development, had this to say about Forza 6 and the new GT:

“When we started working on the GT, probably a year ago, we were already thinking along these lines,” and, “I think that’s a reflection of how important Forza‘s become to the automotive industry, an exposure to so many customers — often, their first exposure to the brand or their first exposure to a specific vehicle is actually through Forza. So early on, we know this would be a part of the plan.”

A final release date for the game isn’t set in stone, however there is hope that it might launch this year.

Via: Forza

The New Acura NSX Supercar Must Live Up To (And Surpass) Its Name

new-acura-nsx--0012.0The Honda NSX was a hand-built, all aluminum masterpiece of a car that stayed in production for 15 years — the new Acura NSX has tons to uphold and live up to, then. While the exact engine specs are still being decided withheld, Acura/Honda is saying it will be a hybrid, using a twin-turbo V6 paired to a 9-speed dual-clutch transmission. A center-mounted dial will let the driver choose the driving modes and thus, engine power.

The first delivers will occur later this year, with customizations starting inthe summer; a price in the “mid-150,000 range” will be set on the Acura NSX.

Goodness: it’s beautiful. More shots after the break.

The New, 2016 Ford GT: A Crazy Carbon Fiber American Supercar

2016 Ford GTAn ultra high-performance vehicle, the 2015 Ford GT is a beautiful machine. Designed to compete in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s also going to be a road-legal supercar. Its body makes use of lightweight composites and carbon fiber, with improved aerodynamics over the previous generation.

Oh, and its mid-engined, yet environmentally-firendly EcoBoost speed source is truly that of a supercar: a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, producing over 600 horsepower. The new Ford GT will go into production late next year for “select markets”, for undoubtedly, a high price.

Image of the rear-end, after the break. Via: Ford

New York City Will Lift Its Ban On Cell Phones In High Schools — Finally

20140819_172340Time to break out of the typical writing voice I use here on LaptopMemo.

As a high school senior, currently on the college applical prowl, I’ve always hated the fact that bringing a cell phone to high school in my four years in the system has been prohibited. I’m smart and crafty however, so I’ve gotten around it (and have also brought my laptop everyday, to boot).

But finally, the ban will be lifted, officially. While it hasn’t been enforced consistenly — some schools, including mine, have given up on trying to enforce the ban — it has had a lasting impression from Mayor Bloomberg on students here in NYC. And now, Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Farina are finally undoing it.

Some might argue legitimately that it’s cause to summoning trouble, theft, and distractions  — but they’re most likely not high school students.

And also, if you’re without the discipline to balance your education while also having a device on your person, then you’ve no business doing either.

Via: NYT

Sennheiser Made Its Epic Momentum Headphones Wireless And Noise-Cancelling

Sennheiser Momentum 2015One of the best headphones on the market are Sennheiser’s — the Momentum — according to users and critics alike. The widely-sucessful over-ear headphones were transformed last year into a smaller on-ear version, but 2015 is all about business. The updated Momentum 2.- has foldable muffs, so now it’s acutally portable.

But the best part? The Momentum Wireless, which has NFC pairing, Bluetooth connectivity with apt-X tech to handle “superior unaltered sound”, NoiseGuard active noise cancellation, and a solid 22 hours of use before needing a charge.

Pricing and availability hasn’t been announced yet, but honestly, I cannot wait to try them — they have to be good.

Via: Sennheiser