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Google Glass now under Tony Fadell, exits Google X

Google Glass now under Tony Fadell, exits Google X

The Google Glass Explorer Program has officially been tapped by Google to shut down. That doesn't mean that there won't be any more Google Glass - in fact the opposite, more than likely - it's just part of the transition process. When a group exits inside Google X, Google's experimentation lab, it generally has more of a "not quite ready for the real world" vibe to it - now Google Glass is being brought into that real world. The real working world - not necessarily as a consumer product.

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Project Ara hands-on: Mauling the Modular Mobile

Project Ara hands-on: Mauling the Modular Mobile

Whether you agree that modular phones are the future of mobile or otherwise, you can’t argue that Google’s Project Ara isn't intriguing, and so I was keen to get my hands on the highly flexible handset. Google had three Spiral 2 devices to show at its second Ara Developer Event in Mountain View today, and while time and functionality was limited, it was a good opportunity to see how well the idea of piecemeal feature blocks works in a practical sense. Turns out, there’s good and bad as you might expect at this pre-production stage. Read on for some first-impressions.

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Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Here’s how you get a Project Ara modular phone

Today at the 2nd annual Project Ara Developer Conference at Google's Mountain View, California home, the launch of the project has been revealed - sort of. You getting a Project Ara device in your hands isn't going to be as easy as heading to your local mobile carrier or department store. It's also not likely that you're going to be in a launch city from the start. In fact, unless you live in Puerto Rico, you're going to have to wait at least a few months more. Project Ara "launches" in 2015, but not necessarily for you and your pocket.

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Ten new Ford GT details we love

Ten new Ford GT details we love

Ford dropped jaws and set supercar fans twittering when it revealed the new Ford GT at the Detroit Auto Show today, a classic name reborn for a 600+ horsepower monster. While we'll have to wait until next year for Ford to actually put the 2017 GT into production, what particularly impresses is just how how detailed the car is today. Incredible aerodynamic contouring, lamps like precious jewels, and a level of finish that we're simply not used to seeing from concepts and prototypes, we couldn't help but whip out the zoom lens to share some of the more delicious details from the new GT.

Update: If you want to see the full car in all its glory, our original Ford GT article has plenty of live images. Past the cut, we're going to focus in on some of our favorite details.

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This is it: The 2016 Acura NSX

This is it: The 2016 Acura NSX

It's the car Acura fans have been waiting over two decades for, a new Acura NSX, and it's finally made its debut at the Detroit Auto Show today. Powered by the combination of a twin-turbocharged, 75-degree DOHC V6 engine with a 9-speed dual clutch transmission (DCT) and trio of electric motors making Acura's Sport Hybrid system, the 2016 NSX will be built in Ohio, America, and was designed - both outside and under the sinuous design - predominantly by a US-based R&D team. The result is a new supercar contender created over the course of the past three years.

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Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford GT reborn as 600+ HP uber-coupé

Ford has revealed its new GT, an all-new carbon fiber supercar set to push the limits of its EcoBoost turbo technology, and set to go into production in 2016. The new coupé, revealed at the Detroit Auto Show alongside the 2017 F-150 Raptor today, has the most powerful EcoBoost turbocharged engine Ford has ever produced, a twin-charged 3.6-liter V6 good for more than 600 horsepower. Final performance figures are yet to be confirmed, but the incredible - and modern, unlike the GT40 - design is striking from the outset.

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Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: 200 miles for $30k

Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept: 200 miles for $30k

Chevrolet's new 2016 Volt wasn't the only EV the company had to show at the opening of the Detroit Auto Show today, with a new Bolt EV Concept previewing a more affordable version of the car. Dubbed the EV for not just California, but the remaining 49 states in the US - as well as "select locations" further afield - the Chevrolet Bolt EV Concept previews a roughly $30,000 car with the same battery pack and range-extending drivetrain technology as featured in the 2016 Volt.

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Philips hue heats up to fight smart bulb tide: Interview

Philips hue heats up to fight smart bulb tide: Interview

You could hardly walk five paces through the halls at CES 2015 without stumbling over a wireless light bulb. Connected lighting seems determined to be the point of entry to domestic home automation, and there are plenty - startups and larger - hoping to corner the market. Ironically, then, the company which arguably created the market, Philips, had decamped to a nearby hotel, outfitting a suite with a full array of hue bulbs and lamps. I stopped by to get a demo of the newest 12 Monkeys hue light-soundtrack support, as well as to find out what's coming up next as the smart home accelerates.

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SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015

SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015

It’s the biggest technology show of the calendar, and so expectations of CES are always high. Each year, companies compete to bring their A-game, but there’s inevitably some that stand out as more innovative, more feature-packed, more beautifully designed, or just more lust-worthy than their rivals. They’re the products we want to celebrate in SlashGear’s Best of CES 2015 - read on for the full list of this year’s winners.

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Renovo Coupe EV hands-on with NVIDIA Tegra X1 digital cockpit

Renovo Coupe EV hands-on with NVIDIA Tegra X1 digital cockpit

NVIDIA's Tegra X1 processor paired with NVIDIA DRIVE CX studio technology had the company suggesting they'd be powering the smart consoles of the next generation of smart vehicles. But what good is a system like this without actual, real integration? Surprise - NVIDIA's been working with the Renovo group to bring a Tegra X1-powered smart console to their prototype EV Coupe over the past several weeks. It's not only impressive to see in action - it's a testament to the quick optimization and integration powers of NVIDIA's software system.

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