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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.

Stanford study shows accelerometers can be silently tracked

People these days are afraid, even to the point of paranoia, with all the news, and sometimes misinformation, going on about snooping and violations of privacy. It seems that we will have more to worry about now that researchers from Stanford have discovered that even your smartphone's most basic components can be used to identify and track you down without your knowledge.

Google Open Project simplifies collaboration on large screens

Google is always looking for innovative ways to integrate its Chrome and Android platforms deeper into our lives, especially in the way we work. With Open Project (as in projection), Google is getting close to offering an easy, low-cost solution to one of the most difficult problems technology problems: face-to-face collaboration.

Google Glass QR code exploit quietly patched

Google Glass had a security issue that dealt with QR codes. Google has already taken care of the issue, which means those wearing Glass shouldn't be afraid of QR codes. But perhaps more important here, given Google has patched the issue means it can be further discussed. The exploit was originally discovered by Marc Rogers, a Principal Security Researcher at Lookout Mobile Security.

Gartner: Tablet shipments to pass 200 million units in 2013

At the expense of the PC market, tablets will continue to see an increase of sales and shipments this year and pass the 200 million mark. At least according to the well-known research firm Gartner. With 2012 being a strong year for the tablet, this year is looking even better with shipments looking to increase 68%. At the same time PC's are on a decline and are expected to drop 10% or more.

Samsung wants future tablets to be controlled by our thoughts

The rapidly evolving world of technology in our smartphones and tablets isn't slowing down anytime soon. Now that we're getting close to perfecting how we interact with our devices using voice thanks to Google Now and Siri, a few researchers think using our brain and thoughts is the next step. The folks from Samsung want to lead this charge, and have a group of researchers doing just that.
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