Google Sells Motorola To Lenovo, But Keeps The Project Ara Division And Patents

Moto X SoftwareThis isn’t some crazy technology joke like many are taking it at first. In fact, Google and Lenovo have confirmed it: the sale of Motorola to the latter. However, Google will keep the “vast majority” of Motorola’s patents, as well as the Advanced Technology and Projects division — currently responsible for Project Ara (a modular smartphone) — and will integrate it into its Android team.

And for those of you questioning the aspect of money changing hands, Lenovo purchased Motorola from Google for a steady $2.91 billion (a fraction of what Google paid $12.5 billion for in 2012), which is a mixture of $660 million in cash and $750 million in stock, while the remaining $1.5 billion will be paid out over three years.

As for patents, Lenovo will receive a license to the ones that Google will hold dear, but also will receive 2,000 Motorola patents of their own.

After the deal is closed, and regulatory approval is met, Lenovo plans to enter the U.S. market under the Motorola banner.

Via: Google, Motorola

Google Unveils Official Glass Prescription Frames

homepage_04Crafted from titanium, Google has a line of frames built for those that wish to equip Google Glass with their prescription lenses. Priced at $225 a pop, these frames go alongside the $1,499 beta tester price that Google Glass Explorers are already accustomed to, a high price tag which will be drastically reduced come the consumer launch later this year.

Google says that the frames were designed in-house, and that the four of them — Curve, Thin, Split, Bold — were meant to be simple, but also attractive and functional. Attaching the frames take several screws, but otherwise, that seems to be the only inconvenience. VSP, the largest optical health insurance provider in the US, is working with Google to offer subsidized frames and lenses for those who qualify.

So that settles that for Glass. Now, onto making it more streamlined, less expensive, and publicly available, while also refining the operating system. Video after the break.

Via: Google Glass (Plus)

Apple’s Q1 Stats: 51M iPhones, 26M iPads, And 4.8M Macs


Apple has done an excellent job of moving lots of stock for the first quarter of 2014. Statistically, it’s a marvelous outcome: 51 million iPhones sold, with 26 million iPads and 4.8 million Macs to supplement the sales.

But what is interesting is the slight decline in comparison to last year’s results; remember, the first quarter in Apple’s terms is October through December, in this case of 2013. iPods continue down a path of irrelevancy, with only 6 million units, vs. 12.7 million in the year ago time frame.

Still, it’s a win for the Cupertino-based tech giant, as Q1 of 2013 saw 47.8 million iPhones and 22.9 million iPads sold, meaning that this year’s numbers are up 6.7% and 13.5%, respectively.

Per usual however, Apple hasn’t distinguished which models of iPhone (5S or 5C), Mac (notebooks or desktops), iPods, or iPads (Air or mini) outsold the other.In which case, we will leave that to the reader to estimate.

Via: Apple PR

Microsoft Buys Gears of War Franchise, Will Produce New Title

GoWLogo1020x540Microsoft has purchased the acclaimed game series from the studio (Epic Games) behind the Gears of War franchise, including “rights to all existing and future games, entertainment experiences and merchandise,” and simultaneously is creating a new game (likely for Xbox One) at Black Tusk Studios in Canada.

Perhaps Microsoft can make good use of the series, rather than just spewing out endless sequels of a famed title, which collectively reduces its value (like a lot of game series out there)?


Long Term: Google And Samsung Agree To License Patents For The Next 10 Years

DSC01435Google and Samsung are good friends, no matter how much it seems that Samsung wants to branch off and create their own smartphone operating system (again). Without further ado, it takes some guts to come to the following agreement: Samsung and Google have agreed to license patents between the two companies for the next 10 years — indeed, a decade. Besides accelerating product research, this arrangement also reduces the chance of patent lawsuits.

Sounds solid, on paper.


Pope Francis: The Internet Is A “Gift From God”

Pope Francis meets the media

In a report published today by The Associated Press regarding the coming of technology and the mingling of such with the Catholic Church and the Vatican. It’s an interesting statement that will undoubtedly spur discussions on Reddit and all over the world about the opposing factions: science and the church.

Specifically, Pope Francis stated the following: ”To dialogue means to believe that the ‘other’ has something worthwhile to say, and to entertain his or her point of view and perspective,” and continuing with, “Engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and traditions, but the pretense that they alone are valid and absolute.”

Ultimately, he said, “This is something truly good, a gift from God.”

We have to agree with you on that, Pope Francis, no matter how religious or lack thereof a person is in this world.

Via: NY Times

Lenovo Buys Some More IBM: The x86 Server Business, For $2.3 Billion

Lenovo-LogoThe Chinese PC maker Lenovo has continued to make great strides worldwide, first with the IdeaPad brand, then a wave of ThinkPad laptops, bought as an entire brand from IBM many years ago. Today however, the shopping spree from IBM continues, with the $2.3 billion purchase of the American company’s x86 server business — low-cost servers for managing and hosting enterprises.

Meanwhile, more than 7,500 workers employed by IBM in that division will be offered jobs to their new Chinese bosses, once regulatory work and the rest of the formalities are complete.

Via: Lenovo