Google Plans To Make The Modular Ara Phone Cost $50

arafeaturedIn order to appeal to customers, Google, who just recently sold off Motorola to Lenovo, and kept the Project Ara Modular phone division, wants to make the simple version of the device just $50. It would basically be a “grayphone”: barebones at first, with nothing more than the frame, screen, and a WiFi radio.

Funnier yet, Google would even have them “designed to be sold at convenience stores”, so that users could easily find them. To customize and truly turn the frame into a full-fledged smartphone, Google would also design kiosks that could fit into shipping containers, which include all the parts and tools required to make modifications and additions.

As for the user interface? A built-in tool will allow you to make considerable changes. So yes, this is a completely customizeable phone, in just about every sector. Ambitious, indeed, but Time is saying that Google’s paul Eremenko wants it to be “great, not profitable”.

It will happen — there’s an Ara developers conference set this Spring, so get ready.

Via: Time

MakerBot Will Sell A Replicator Mini 3D Printer For $1,375, This Spring

makerbot-miniWhile they are still in their early years, 3D printers are quickly catching speed, becoming a staple in the places of creativity for fashion, engineering, weapons, schools, and personal use. However, most 3D printers are bigger than their ancient 2D printer counterparts — until MakerBot showed up with their newest model.

Exact dimensions of the machine are as follows: 11.6″ W x 12.2″ D x 15.0″.

The Replicator Mini 3D printer is the smallest 3D printer the company makes, and is small in comparison to just about every other appliance of its kind on the market. Specs include a resolution of 200-microns, support for filament in 17 different colors, a built-in camera (so that a user can monitor progress of the build), and a maximum build size of 3.9″ l x 3.9″w x 4.9″ h.

Users can create 3D models using the MakerBot Print Shop tablet app, or buy 3D models to test the 3D printer from MakerBot’s own model store. MakerBot will produce the Mini in Brooklyn, New York, for $1,375, starting this Spring.

Via: MakerBot

Spotify’s Windows Phone App Gets Some Much Needed Love In Spring Update

spotify-windows-phone-2014Those of you who use Windows Phone (yes, you do actually exist) and love music streaming, and use Spotify (very specific, indeed) will love to hear that the app is finally being updated this spring. Being on par with the Android and iOS apps means discovery, playlist browsing, and radio features, plus a complete redesign.

Also planned for the update, is Spotify’s free mobile listening solution — shuffling of the artist that you pick, rather than just a myriad of music you’re probably not interested in (i.e. a radio station).

Via: Spotify

Microsoft Thinks A $500 Titanfall Xbox One Bundle Is A Good Idea, It Mostly Is

XboxOne_TitanfallBundle_US_ANL_RGBBy throwing in a $60 game at launch date, plus the Xbox One, controller, mono headset plus a Kinect 2, Microsoft just sweetened the $500 bundle they’ve recently announced for March 11th. It’s apparently become a “limited edition” model, so select retailers will carry it at first. With news of the Xbox One not competing as handily as the PlayStation 4 has in the United States, this might just be the boost that Microsoft needs to even out the tide.

Via: Xbox Wire

Samsung Galaxy S5 Announced: Fingerprint Scanner, New Design, And Lots Of Pixels

galaxy-s5Straight from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, comes Samsung’s next flagship smartphone. The Galaxy S5, part of Samsung’s enthusiastic Unpacked 5 event. It’s important to know what’s what with the GS5, and that of course is its size, and what makes it tick, internally.

Specs-wise, there’s a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor in the United States or 8-core Exynos in Europe, 3GB of RAM, a 16-megapixel sensor with 4K video capabilities, plus real-time HDR processing for better photos in mixed lighting, while the front-facing is a 2MP shooter. Android 4.4.2 with Touchwiz modifications, S Voice, and the usual plethora of Samsung apps will come along for the ride.

Sony’s Xperia Z2 Tablet Brings Lots Of Thinness And Power To The Party

xperia-z2-tablet-hero-blackAn iPad Air is a stark 7.5mm thin — very sleek, no doubt about that. But, it’s 2014 Sony says, and the design philosophies have to change; start by trimming some fat. The Xperia Z2 tablet is 6.4mm thin, which is insane, but that’s besides the fact that it can spend half an hour fully submerged in water, while weighing only 15 ounces. Gamers be on alert: it has wireless support for the DualShock 3 controller, for gaming.

Internally, the Z2 tablet is impressive as well, with a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 3 gigs  of RAM, and you’ve got a tablet that can both show, and tell. A 10.1 Triluminous 1080p HD display, 8.1-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 6,000 mAh battery round off the rest of the specs of the Z2 Tablet. Available in March, in black or white; Sony has not provided a price, quite yet.

Press release, after the break.

Via: Sony

Sony Announces Its New Flagship Smartphone: Xperia Z2, Reporting For Duty

xperia-z2-hero-white-1240x840-3e10d78449d87fa41b4b9126a53ff806The Xperia Z2 is no slouch, in any terms of the word. First of all, besides being fully waterproof, the Z2 has a litany of specs that are in its favor, in a sea of variety: a 1080p 5.2-inch display, 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 3,200 mAh battery and a 20.7-megapixel camera (!) with 4K video recording and slow-motion capture. As Xperia devices before it, the Z2 will include Sony Entertainment apps such as music, video, and games, but otherwise will stay a 100% Android 4.4 KitKat device, with a Sony design layer, of course.

Currently, a price hasn’t been placed on the X2, but it will launch sometimes in March, in white or black paintjobs. Press release, after the break.

Via: Sony

Nokia Outs The “X” Family Of Three Different Android Smartphones

nokia-x-nokia-x-mwc-2014This day has come: yes, Nokia is releasing not one, but three different entry-level Android phones. The first being the Nokia X , with a 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480 resolution,) 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, microSD support, 5-megapixel camera, 1500mAh battery and Android OS layered with a Nokia UI that looks very tile-like.

Meanwhile, the only differences to make note of between the three models is that the Nokia  X+ has extra memory and storage, while Nokia’s  XL has a bigger 5-inch WVGA display, 5-megapixel camera and 2-megapixel front-facing camera. But that’s not all that Nokia has put in terms of effort: they’ve replaced all Google services on the devices with Nokia’s own, including maps, email, Microsoft apps and bonuses, and even their own apps store. Also, all three models lack 4G LTE data capabilities, instead going for 3G.

The Nokia X launches now in various markets outside the United States, and the other two models will launch in the second quarter. Prices are as follows, in Euros:  €89 for the X,  X+ at €99, and the Nokia XL at €109.