Google And Audi Are Teaming Up To Bring Android To Cars

audi-04Starting at CES 2014 next week is a myriad of crazy tech announcements, one of which will be between Audi and Google: Android-powered systems in Audi cars. By using Android to power an in-car entertainment system rather than just a phone and by enhancing its visual capabilities with backing from NVIDIA, Audio and Google could have really great thing going on here.

Now of course, it also takes one to consider this a treaty of war against Apple and its partnership with BMW, Daimler, and others to include iOS in their vehicles; all in due time, we’ll know how this will play out.

Via: WSJ

NSA Agents Can Clone Consumer Hardware And Have It Bugged

hacking-codeThis is insurmountable in terms of violation of one’s privacy, but the NSA can do it all, and do it does.

According to famed German newspaper Der Spiegel, NSA agents have a catalog — basically, a list of tech items Seagate, Samsung, Cisco, Huawei, Dell and others — that if ordered by a “target”, can be intercepted during shipment, then replaced with a bugged version of the item.

For example, a new hard drive could be ordered by an individual, then installed per one’s own accord, and automatically activating access and monitoring for the NSA agent that started the operation. The same technique can be applied to popular websites, bringing up a rigged version of an authentic site before the server is beaten to the punch.

It’s incredible, but it is also horrifying. This is the work of NSA the elite hacker unit, called Tailored Access Operations (TAO). Bear in mind this sort of activity is not in place for every single American, but for specified targets alone.

Of course, who is to say that doesn’t change on a whim?

ViaDer Spiegel

Google Glass Prescription Models Are Coming In A Few Weeks

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So far, the only optometrists who have signed on with Google to make prescription-fitted Googel Glass headsets are those from Rochester Optical.

In fact, a questionnaire was sent out the company’s customers, asking them what their preferences would be when using the Glass headset, as well as listing what the possible colors might be, when asked further about what shade would be most appealing to them:  Shale, Tangerine, Charcoal, Cotton, Sky, Green, Yellow, Pink, and Purple.

Even more detailed is the intel is Glass will be offered in three different frame options: Basic Plastic (CR39), Impact Resistant (Trivex), and High Index (Thin & Light).

Meanwhile, the holiday season is getting along with Earth rather nicely, and announcements such as Glass becoming widely available might be some of the first big tech news of the new year.

This should be interesting.

Via: SG

Apple Reaches Agreement With China Mobile To Sell iPhones

iphone-5s-and-5cNo matter how long overdue it’s been for China Mobile and Apple to reach an agreement to legitimately sell iPhones on their network, everyone will come out a winner. Why exactly?

China Mobile has over 700 million subscribers.

Right.

Obviously, we’re speaking of the current generation of iPhones, the 5S and the 5C, both of which will reach China Mobile by  January 17th, 2014 and supports the country’s TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA networks, so there will be no skipping around over there.

ViaBusiness Wire

Oculus Rift VR Headset Will Get Publishers On Board Thanks To Former EA VP

OculusRift1Virtual reality headset maker Oculus Rift just got a major shot of adrenaline after months of popular appeal and developer unit sales.

By the way, that “adrenaline” is a $75 million investment and the addition of former Electronic Arts senior VP, David DeMartini, to assist with the publishing arm of the company, allowing for game developers to feel encouraged to build games for the headset, and also receive support for game production to speed up the process.

Till then, Oculus Rift will be under steady development going into 2014, when the headset launches.

ViaGamasutra

The New Mac Pro Is On Sale, Ships On The 30th

mac-proThe new Mac Pro, shaped like a small trash can, is actually more of a design feat than you might think for a computer. Quad-core and six-core models start at $3,000 and $4,000 respectively. , Meanwhile, Apple says it’ll ship your new Mac Pro by December 30th, if you order on-time.

Oh, and the base model will get you a 3.7GHz quad-core Xeon CPU, 12GB DRAM, two AMD FirePro D300 GPUs, and a 256GB SSD — all of which would allow you to connect to three 4K displays, or six Thunderbolt displays. However, if you max out every setting, you’re looking at around $10,000, sans mouse, keyboard, monitor, speakers, or anything else that you’d need to make use of your new Mac Pro.

ViaApple Mac Pro

Spotify Rolls Out Redesigned Desktop And Android Apps

spotify-desktop-updateEvery time the team at Spotify publishes a desktop update, a user thinks they’re getting a fantastic new and fresh design. That never happened, until today.

Completely refreshed, with new artist pages and a darker user interface, the Spotify desktop and Android app redesigns look absolutely fantastic, where Spotify was lacking. Users on Mac are seeing the update roll-out gradually, while Windows users are receiving theirs at a slightly slower pace.

Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for our desktop update, eagerly and with much anxiety.

Via: TNW

Motorola Adds Wood To The Moto X, But Makes It A $100 Premium

We Are The RhoadsClient: MotorolaGot wood? OK, that doesn’t really matter, in this case.

Well, if you do, then Motorola has the phone for you. With finally adding the wood option to the Moto X that launched months ago, the Moto Maker lets users have more of a say of what their phone might look like, besides just different colors.

Besides the $100 catch (added on top of the Moto X’s existing price), there’ s two week waiting list. So, yeah; that’s that.

ViaMoto MakerThe Official Motorola blog