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HTC study says beauty and functionality make users happy

It might sound so obvious, but some prefer to have some numbers to back it up, and that is exactly what a research commissioned by HTC provides. The scientific study has concluded that a well-designed object, which is not only functional but also beautiful, can reduce negative emotions considerably.

Miniscule windmills could charge smartphones in the future

The mobile industry is always in search of alternative and more environment-friendly sources of power for mobile devices, with solar energy being the most common. But what if you can harness something slightly more ubiquitous like wind? That's what a pair of researches are trying out with these new "micro-windmill" energy generators.

Motorola’s Project Ara modular smartphones tap 3D Systems for manufacturing

The idea of easily upgradeable smartphones isn't an entirely new topic. We have seen a project from Phonebloks and more recently, Motorola unveiled something called Project Ara. Motorola made that announcement back towards the end of October and at the time they introduced Ara as the answer to how they could bring the "benefits of an open hardware ecosystem to 6 billion people."

Self-healing rechargeable batteries will lessen battery replacements

Lithium ion batteries used in mobile devices might have gotten more powerful, or, in some cases, less flat, but there's no escaping the fact that, sooner or later, they will lose their life and need to be replaced. But thanks to researchers from Standford University and Tsinghua University in Beijing, that time might come later rather than sooner.

Motorola Project Ara takes on the modular smartphone challenge

While smartphone mobile platforms have, to some extent, somewhat peaked, the same cannot be said about the hardware that runs the software. And while open source software has pretty much become a part of our lives, in no small part thanks to Android, open hardware is still pretty much an unreachable dream. A group within Motorola's research arm, however, might just have the answer to that with Project Ara.
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