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Project Ara ready for commercial launch by Q1 2015

Project Ara ready for commercial launch by Q1 2015

It seems that Google is dead serious about pushing its modular phone concept into a commercial business as soon as possible. DARPA alumnus Paul Eremenko, who now heads Project Ara, has revealed that they are planning to commercially launch the intriguing and rather controversial product as early as the first quarter of 2015.

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Google Project Ara will be detailed for devs in April

Google Project Ara will be detailed for devs in April

Google will hold its first Project Ara Developers' Conference in April, the company's ATAP team has announced, detailing the modular Ara smartphone and kicking off a competition for developers of new components. Held predominantly online but with a small number of developers invited on-site at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, the conference will see Google's Ara team do a detailed walkthrough of the current prototype and the alpha Ara Module Developers' Kit (MDK).

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Motorola teases smartwatch later in 2014

Motorola teases smartwatch later in 2014

Motorola is working on a smartwatch for launch in 2014, the company has confirmed, with execs confirming the new wearable during a press conference at Mobile World Congress today. Details on the upcoming gadget are scant, but Motorola did say that it would be aiming to address "consumer issues" such as the style of the wearable tech, and the longevity of its battery, two factors that many have argued are still widely unsolved in the smartwatch segment.

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Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirms March departure for Dropbox

Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside confirms March departure for Dropbox

Motorola Mobility CEO Dennis Woodside has confirmed he will step down as chief exec at the end of March, revealing he will be joining Dropbox as its chief operating officer. The news of Woodside's departure, rumored yesterday, comes perhaps as little surprise given Google's sale of Motorola to Lenovo, but also sees Dropbox effectively create a new position in its executive ranks for the exec to occupy.

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Gears of War Microsoft buy gets original creator blessing

Gears of War Microsoft buy gets original creator blessing

Today Microsoft announced that they'd be buying the Gears of War franchise, moving it to their own developer studios for further work on their own platforms from here on out. Lead designer Cliff Bleszinski, of the first three titles in the franchise, spoke up this afternoon on his experience with this purchase, made all the more interesting due to the fact that he hasn't worked with the games since the release of Gears of War 3.

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SlashGear 101: Google Smart Contact Lens

SlashGear 101: Google Smart Contact Lens

There's no doubt now that the wearables trend is in full swing, with devices like Motorola's digital tattoos and Google's announcement this week: smart contact lenses. These lenses work with a "miniaturized" glucose sensor that's so very tiny it's able to fit between two layers of contact lens material and fit around your eye, just as a normal lens would. The glucose sensor is there to test the eye's tear-duct liquid to help users with diabetes accurately and simply track their sugar levels.

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Motorola talks Android, Wearables & Nest: The SlashGear Interview

Motorola talks Android, Wearables & Nest: The SlashGear Interview

It's fair to say Motorola had a big 2013, and SlashGear sat down with Steve Horowitz, senior VP of software engineering, and Steve Sinclair, VP of product marketing, at CES last week to talk wearables, contextual ecosystems, and the Internet of Things. The Google-owned company kicked off a new smartphone strategy, epitomized by the always-listening Moto X and the shockingly-affordable Moto G, arguably just as notable for what it left out of its products as what it chose to include. Meanwhile - and topical, given Google has just acquired Nest - we also talked about Motorola's place in the smart home, and where former Android project lead Horowitz sees the smartphone fitting in. Read on for the full interview.

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Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue-driven wheelchair uses high-tech power piercing

Tongue piercings may be associated with rebellion, but one researcher is aiming for revolution instead, creating a Tongue Drive System that allows paralyzed wheelchair users to more easily navigate than traditional hands-free control options. The handiwork of a team at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the system uses a magnetic tongue stud which is wirelessly tracked by a headpiece, with up to six instructions differentiated by tongue position.

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