Meanwhile, At Sony: Former Headquarters Up For Sale

Sony-Old-HQIt’s old in terms of news factor, but its impact is to be felt, nonetheless. I’m talking about Sony selling its former headquarters in central Tokyo, after selling its VAIO PC division and taking losses in a few other areas in the company, but still seeing worldwide success with the PlayStation 4. A little background info on the building: Sony moved to the building in 1947, after launching the company a year earlier.

The cash collected by selling off this old building? $146.5 million. Not bad.

Via: WSJ

Chrome Hands-Free Search Is Coming Very Soon To All Users

okaygoogtest2 (1)If you ever wanted to Google search like one can on the Now launcher inside of Android, then Chrome will bring you that opportunity. Instead of downloading an extension, Google is bundling the feature in the beta version of Chrome, and soon will move it to the main stable channel that most people use.

From scheduling reminders, to asking general questions, as well as searches, Hands-Free Search can be a great addition to the browser; a complete roll-out should be in the next few weeks.

Via: Google Chrome Blog

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