Nokia Is Now Officially (And Finally) Integrated With Microsoft

SatyaNadellaandStephenElop_PageAnnounced months ago, but taking some time for federal approval and complete integration, Nokia is now part of Microsoft. Being an ally is different than being the same entity, but that doesn’t stop Nokia and Microsoft from making separate press releases about the deal.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s statement:

Today we welcome the Nokia Devices and Services business to our family. The mobile capabilities and assets they bring will advance our transformation. Together with our partners, we remain focused on delivering innovation more rapidly in our mobile-first, cloud-first world.”

Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO, now head of Microsoft hardware:

“As Microsoft and Nokia Devices and Services come together as an expanded family, we will unify our passion, dedication and commitment to bringing you the best of what our joint technologies have to offer.


Meanwhile, The Entirety Of The Country Of Denmark Has Been Recreated In Minecraft

downloadHonestly, I am amazed and also blown out of my own mind. Somewhere, somehow, a crazy challenge was accepted, and because of the natures of the internet, certain individuals thought it would be a great idea to make a 1:1 realistic version of the entire country of Denmark inside of Minecraft. Dynamite is disabled on the map to prevent radical changes, so that takes care of that. But if you read into the detail, you’re figure out why it’s so accurate.

“This means that all of Denmark is now a virtual world in the ratio 1:1 inside Minecraft,” the mod’s description (translated with Google) reads, “thus you can freely move around in Denmark, find your own residential area, to build and tear down as you can in whichever any other Minecraft world.”

The creators? Simon Kokkendorf and Thorbjørn Nielsen of Geodatastyrelsen, the Danish Geodata Agency — indeed, the right people from a company such as that one to do something such as this.  Check out video of it in action, after the break.

Via: Danish Broadcasting Corporation

The Leica T: A Mirrorless Camera Made From Aluminum

Leica-T_black_frontBeing as well-designed as it is (thanks to the assistance of Audi), Leica has created a new mirrorless camera priced around $1,850 (without a lens), called the Leica T. Constructed by chiseling a single block of aluminum, the Leica T has a 16-megapixel APS-C sensor, a 3.7-inch high-res touchscreen, a 12,500 top ISO, 1080p video capture, decent 5 fps continuous shooting mode and a pair of top-mounted control wheels for adjusting exposure. Also, there’s integrated WiFi and an optional electronic viewfinder.

The silver version of the camera is expected arrive next month, while a black model should be available in early August. Needless to say, it looks good.


Major Technology Companies Create An Alliance To Defend Against Heartbleed

heartbleedCalled the Core Infrastructure Initiative, major tech companies including Facebook, Google, Intel, Amazon and others have all pledged cold hard cash in an effort to create a multi-million dollar project with the Linux Foundation to ensure that something like Heartbleed doesn’t happen again (i.e. realizing that major parts of the internet were open to hacking, surveillance, and theft).

Considering that the past two years had only netted OpenSSL (the tech that Heartbleed exploited) $2,000 in donations; by providing additional funding, it makes it possible for a proactive stance to be taken against future threats, rather than a reactive one.

Via: Linux Foundation 

Recon Made A Deal With The ‘Other’ Motorola To Push Their Glass Competitor

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Recon Instruments, the company behind the Recon Jet has received backing from Motorola Solutions, the version of the mobile company behind rugged enterprise solutions. In wanting to produce wearable computing technology where it is too dangerous to use a phone or laptop, Motorola Solutions found a worthy partner to open its checkbook and pledge to share its product development and distribution know-how to assist in building up the company.

Oh, and as for Intel? They’ve already been backing the Canada-based Recon Instruments, by giving cash and manufacturing expertise.

Press release after the break.

OnePlus One Is A $299 Nexus 5 Assassin, Complete With CyanogenMod

gsmarena_003There’s a Snapdragon 801 processor running at 2.5GHz in a quad-core configuration is one of the top bullet points for OnePlus’ One, a smartphone priced at $299 — a price bracket that immediately puts it against the Nexus 5. But why the Nexus 5 and not every other smartphone? Because, it specifically runs Cyanaogen 11S (software layer), on top of stock Android 4.4.2 — that’s the perfect way to get an enthusiast’s attention.

5.5-inch full HD resolution screen with 401ppi, 178-degree viewing angles, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 is what the user would stare into most of the time, with 3GB of RAM to back the processing power of the Snapdragon. 16GB of storage in white or 64GB of storage in black versions are available. 

Oh! Don’t forget about the power source: there’s a humongous 3100 mAh LiPo battery. A Sony Exmor IMX 214 13MP camera sensor is used for the rear camera with a dual- LED flash with 4K video recording or 720p video at up to 120fps. Otherwise, you get the usual crop of wireless features: WiFi, LTE support, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS+GLONASS.

Via: OnePlus

Lytro’s New Light Field Camera, The Illum, Is A Pro-Grade Masterpiece

lytro-illumLytro introduced its original camera two years ago, and with it light field technology: being able to shoot one picture that can be refocused to create several new angles and other pictures. Fast forward to 2014, and Lytro has a new professional-grade camera with software.

The new $1,600 Illum camera. shipping in July, is like a high-end DSLR and computer rolled into one sleek and futuristic package: there’s a 40-megaray light field sensor (which is untranslatable to a more standard megapixel number), 8x optical zoom range, and high-speed shutter, with a lens that can capture a wide variety of subjects, include the ones very, very close to it.

The control interface is all done through the touchscreen: tapping on where you want to focus and hitting the shutter button — voila, the image is taken. It’s an incredibly futuristic take on what photography could become for the masses and the pro-photographer, and Lytro seems to be leading that charge.

Via: Lytro