Google, Linaro develop custom Android edition for Project Ara

Written on:July 30, 2014
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Google is working with open-source development organization Linaro to develop a special edition of Android for the Project Ara customizable smartphone.

Project Ara is Google’s ATAP project for providing modular phone system. i-e users can get configurable smartphone with  empty phone frame and screen by paying $50, and they can snap on or take out modular parts from the rear of the handset to add or remove features.

Watch the below video to see the prototype of project ara.

 

A special edition of Android had to be created for the unique customizable design of Project Ara, said George Grey, CEO of Linaro.

Android can already plug and play SD cards. But Grey said additional OS functionality is needed for storage, cameras and other modules that are typically inside smartphones, but can now be externally added to Project Ara.

UK to allow driverless cars on public roads in January

Written on:July 30, 2014
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The UK government has announced that driverless cars will be allowed on public roads from January next year. It also invited cities to compete to host one of three trials of the tech, which would start at the same time. In addition, ministers ordered a review of the UK’s road regulations to provide appropriate guidelines. UK engineers, including a group at the University of Oxford, have been experimenting with driverless…

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WalmartLabs acquires Luvocracy

Written on:July 30, 2014
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WalmartLabs has acquired Luvocracy, a social marketplace startup based in Silicon Valley. “we’re acquiring Luvocracy, an online community that helps people discover cool products recommended by people whose taste they trust, such as family members, friends and online influencers”,Ben Galbraith Walmart said. “We’re incredibly eager to take our learnings and discovery-based shopping experience to an audience of over 140 million weekly shoppers online and in-stores at Walmart”,Luvocracy said in a…

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Google’s Baseline Study will try to define Healythy human being.

Written on:July 25, 2014
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Google’s Baseline Study will try to define Healythy human being.

Google’s research division “Google X” has started another moonshot project named as “Baseline Study”. According to this Wall Street Journal article, the baseline study project will collect anonymous genetic and molecular information from 175 people and later thousands more to create the complete picture of what a healthy human being should be. The baseline study will help researchers detect killers such as heart disease and cancer far earlier, pushing medicine…

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Google acquires 3D graphics firm drawElements

Written on:July 23, 2014
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Google has acquired a Finnish firm specializing in mobile 3D graphics analytics to boost its development capabilities with mobile 3D graphics.The exact amount behind the transaction is not disclosed. “We’re excited to announce that we’re joining Google. Thanks to everyone who has helped us along the way; we’re grateful for your support,” drawElements said in it’s website. Google has yet to officially announce the deal. drawElements is a computer graphics…

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Yahoo acquires Mobile advertising company Flurry

Written on:July 22, 2014
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Yahoo has acquired a mobile analytics company Flurry, to boostadvertising revenue from smartphones. “We have reached a definitive agreement to acquire Flurry, the industry leader in mobile analytics,” Yahoo said in a blog post. “As part of Yahoo, Flurry will continue to serve the application developer community in the way we always have, only better,” said Simon Khalaf, President and CEO, Flurry. Following the closing, the Flurry team will remain…

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Ebay to Shutdown Magento Go and ProStores

Written on:July 21, 2014
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EBay has announced its decision to shut down its ecommerce software products from Magento Go and ProStores. The announcement came because of the changes in the market requirements and according to EBay the decision was unavoidable. Keeping in consideration the holiday shopping season, the ecommerce giant has offered to keep the store open till February 1, 2015 after which the Magento Go and ProStores will be closed. The decision has…

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Google celebrates Nelson Mandela’s 96th Birthday

Written on:July 17, 2014
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Google is celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 96th birthday, with an interactive doodle. His famous quotes are shown against a backdrop of the history of South Africa and impotant incidents in his life. The Doodle is showing below Quotes of Nelson Mandela. “No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion.” “People must learn to hate, and if they can learn…

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Developers can now apply for Google’s Project Ara Dev Board

Written on:July 16, 2014
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Developers can now apply for getting Google’s Project Ara Dev Board by filling the form available at http://www.projectara.com/dev-board-form According to Google Terms, Developers from Cuba, Iran, North Korea, and Syria can not get this Board. And, only one Dev Board is allowed for a company. Applications will be reviewed in stages; the current review period ends on July 17, 2014. The next review period will start on July 18 and end…

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Google and Novartis team up to develop ‘smart’ contact lens

Written on:July 15, 2014
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Swiss drug maker Novartis has agreed a deal with Google to develop “smart” contact lenses to help diabetics to track their blood glucose levels and for people living with presbyopia to restore the eye’s ability to focus. The smart lens technology involves non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturized electronics which are embedded within contact lenses. “We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and…

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