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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.

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.
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