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Apple, Google and more commit to smartphone kill switch

Apple, Google and more commit to smartphone kill switch

Apple, Google, HTC, Motorola, Nokia, Samsung, and the main US carriers have committed to implementing a cellphone "kill switch" on every new device made after July 2015, allowing owners to remotely wipe, lock, or brick their smartphone if lost or stolen. The agreement, dubbed the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment", will mean every participating vendor and carrier will offer an app for managing remote device security, and is intended to challenge the market for stolen phones.

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Google Q1 Earnings tap Motorola as “discontinued operations”

Google Q1 Earnings tap Motorola as “discontinued operations”

As it has been for the past several years, Google has reported a quarter in which they’re growing substantially. One of the more interesting things to have happened to the company in the first quarter of 2014 - also Google’s financial first quarter - is the sale of Motorola Mobility to Lenovo Group Limited. As such, the company began their presentation this week with a note on how they’ll be handling Motorola’s profits and losses from here until the final sale of the group.

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Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Why you might not want a $50 Google Project Ara

Over the past several days it’s become apparent that Google’s next big release - Project Ara - is one aimed for a $50 price point. The idea that you’d be able to buy a $50 smartphone is pretty exciting - but it’s not that simple. In fact, not only is the $50 price point not set for consumers, but the device that’ll come with a point anywhere near that amount of cash will be so extremely basic, you’ll consider it a Feature Phone.

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Google’s Glass designer talks less-is-more in wearables

Google’s Glass designer talks less-is-more in wearables

Google designer Isabelle Olsson has a challenge on her hands: making Glass appealing enough to wear every day. Olsson is the subject of a new Google Design Minutes video, discussing her horror coming face to face with some of Glass' early prototypes - one less than ergonomic example of which you can see here - and how she's particularly proud of the way the frame and the Glass hardware itself look separate.

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Glass sales cease but Google quiet on how many sold

Glass sales cease but Google quiet on how many sold

Google has ceased sales of Glass, bringing its one day invitation-free event to a close with news that all its spare spots in the Explorer Program are filled, but staying tight-lipped on exactly how many were sold. The Glass free-for-all - well, as "free" as a $1,500 developer device can be considered - kicked off yesterday morning, and supplies of at least one color version were exhausted a few hours later.

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Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google Project Tango teardown exposes 3D camera secrets

Google's Project Tango 3D mapping phones are in short supply - only around 200 out in the wild for developers to try - but that hasn't stopped a teardown on the camera-smothered prototype to reveal its hardware magic. A non-functioning unit was loaned to iFixit to suffer its screwdrivers, exposing the various lenses which Google relies upon to create real-time 3D renders of the environment around it.

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Google I/0 2014 registration starts today, chosen at random

Google I/0 2014 registration starts today, chosen at random

Starting at 4PM PDT today - that’s California time - you’ll find Google’s registration for their developer conference opening their doors. This registration is unique in that previous years had hopeful attendees signing up as fast as their buttons would click, while this year all is random. The times are set, but the choosing of who goes is said to be done with a selection up to the fates.

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Google Ara tablet tipped in creation lead-up

Google Ara tablet tipped in creation lead-up

For those of you watching the Google Ara developers conference live feed, today you may have seen a momentary glance at a slide which describes how the devices will be made. Made as in constructed, made with creatively combined elements which make what’s still called a "Project Ara" smartphone today. Here we’re also seeing the first suggestion that Project Ara could make its way into a tablet, as well.

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Google Ara event spills 3D printing details

Google Ara event spills 3D printing details

This weeks’ Google Project Ara developer event, details shared by the group are appearing as much as a call to action as they are a push for excitement. As made clear by Paul Eremenko, head of Project Ara: "We have to archetype a new type of product support system." It’s not about jumping in and porting developers’ already-made systems, that is to say, it’s about making something new.

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Google icon update incoming: cleaner, flatter

Google icon update incoming: cleaner, flatter

This week there’s word that Android - if not the web as well - will be getting a full makeover by Google in the icon department. Evidence suggests that the icons being added to the world of Android and the web will be flatter, a bit more well organized, and sized relative to one another.

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