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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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Audi TT 3rd-gen teased with retro details

Audi TT 3rd-gen teased with retro details

Audi has begun teasing the new TT coupe ahead of its official debut at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the third-generation of the car, and one which promises some of the sharper design of the original. Previewed by a series of design sketches, the new Audi TT will also feature styling cues from the R8 supercar, such as moving the company's logo from the grille to the hood, while Matrix LED lights will be an option.

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Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo and Cigarette Racing Vision GT Concepts shown in Miami

Mercedes AMG Vision Gran Turismo and Cigarette Racing Vision GT Concepts shown in Miami

One of the coolest cars that Mercedes has produced in a long time was a digital concept car made specifically for the racing game Gran Turismo called the Vision Gran Turismo. That virtual supercar spawned a real world concept car that looks every bit as sexy as the virtual car. Mercedes in the past created a show car that went along with a Cigarette racing boat inspired by the C63 AMG SUV.

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iPhone 6 leak confirmed rendered fakery: seek the smudge

iPhone 6 leak confirmed rendered fakery: seek the smudge

This week several news outlets - including our own - were quick to the gun with posting some iPhone 6 images that very much appeared to be the real deal. As it turns out, some smudges on the displays of these units gave them away: the same smudge patterns were used on previous renderings, also giving these images away as renderings as such. The whole lot was mocked up by 3D illustrator Martin Hajek.

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Audi Sport Quattro concept production likely plus R8 e-tron reprieve

Audi Sport Quattro concept production likely plus R8 e-tron reprieve

Audi may give its eye-catching Sport Quattro concept the green light to hit production, the company's chief engineer has teased, though the show car's 700HP V8 hybrid engine is unlikely to make it to forecourts. The slope-backed all-wheel-drive concept was first shown off at the Frankfurt auto show last year, as well as at CES 2014 in January, with Audi describing any production potential likely seeing the Sport Quattro positioned as a "boutique" model with a price tag in the region of $160k+; now, though, there's chatter of an altogether more realistic positioning for the car.

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Glass UI concept trades minimalism for wearable workability

Glass UI concept trades minimalism for wearable workability

Google's Glass may be a self confessed work-in-progress for the company, but that hasn't stopped early-adopters from coming up with their own alternative visions for how the wearable should work. Disappointed by the shortcomings of Glass' minimalistic interface, one explorer has cooked up a new UI of his own, trying to cut down on the amount of needless touchpad swiping, make media easier to find in the timeline, and make better use of voice commands.

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Renault Kwid Concept debuts at Delhi Auto Expo 2014

Renault Kwid Concept debuts at Delhi Auto Expo 2014

At the Delhi Auto Expo, Renault has unveiled its Kwid Concept car, a snazzy little vehicle it says is aimed at young buyers and their unique needs. The design comes from Renault Design India in part, and features things like oversized wheels and clipped overhangs, all of it culminating to give the concept a "playful" and strong look at the same time.

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Motorola’s digital tattoo developing skunkworks will stay at Google

Motorola’s digital tattoo developing skunkworks will stay at Google

Google will keep hold of Motorola's Advanced Technology & Products group even after handing over Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, it's been confirmed, the skunkworks team behind the Project Ara modular phone and high-tech treats like digital tattoos. The news, revealed during a post-announcement call by Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing, means Google will keep hold of the experimental team working on projects like a smartphone which can be upgraded in pieces, and digital pills that can wirelessly deliver health information after being swallowed.

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Project Gutenberg takes the home bar digital

Project Gutenberg takes the home bar digital

Robot bartenders aren't new, but Pernod Ricard wants to take them out of the DIY realm with Project Gutenberg, a modular drink mixer-and-dispenser that comes with a companion iPhone or iPad. Named after the original printing press because of its resemblance to a row of books, Project Gutenberg will consist of up to six different types of liquor, with proportions dispensed courtesy of instructions on the smartphone or tablet app.

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BMW connected car concept finds parking and deals as you drive

BMW connected car concept finds parking and deals as you drive

BMW has shown off its vision of the connected car, blending location-based services with individual driver needs for what the German company believes is the virtual marketplace of the future. Currently a working prototype, the system built into a BMW 7 Series filters through local coupons, offers, and parking spaces to figure out where the driver should shop, where they might want to park to be nearest their intended destination, and even where to get the best coffee en-route.

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