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Google unveils Android Wear and Motorola the Moto 360
Motorola Mobility is trying to bring the sexy back to wearables with the Moto 360. And you know what? It looks pretty cool.
Motorola confirmed in a blog post Tuesday that it will join the ranks of hardware partners who have lined up to use Google’s Android Wear, a modified operating system designed for wearables. The company had previously disclosed at a press conference in Mobile World Congress that it had plans to build a smartwatch.
That watch is the Moto 360, which the company said would launch in the summer, starting in the US. Motorola only offered a small glimpse, but the device looks like an actual timepiece. The company bragged that it would use a round face and premium materials.

"The wristwatch has been through several evolutions since it first became a popular fashion accessory more than a 100 years ago," the company said in the post. "Our vision for Moto 360 was to celebrate that history as we re-imagined the wristwatch for the future."

Motorola said that you would be able to get alerts on emails, missed calls, and calendar appointments with the twist of the wrist. Like other devices running on Android Wear, it responds to the “Ok Google” command.
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Google unveils Android Wear and Motorola the Moto 360

Motorola Mobility is trying to bring the sexy back to wearables with the Moto 360. And you know what? It looks pretty cool.

Motorola confirmed in a blog post Tuesday that it will join the ranks of hardware partners who have lined up to use Google’s Android Wear, a modified operating system designed for wearables. The company had previously disclosed at a press conference in Mobile World Congress that it had plans to build a smartwatch.

That watch is the Moto 360, which the company said would launch in the summer, starting in the US. Motorola only offered a small glimpse, but the device looks like an actual timepiece. The company bragged that it would use a round face and premium materials.

"The wristwatch has been through several evolutions since it first became a popular fashion accessory more than a 100 years ago," the company said in the post. "Our vision for Moto 360 was to celebrate that history as we re-imagined the wristwatch for the future."

Motorola said that you would be able to get alerts on emails, missed calls, and calendar appointments with the twist of the wrist. Like other devices running on Android Wear, it responds to the “Ok Google” command.

Check it -

More on Motorola.

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Mobile World Congress, 2014
We’re off to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress today - a week in slightly sunnier climes!
Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest mobile show, with more smartphones, tablets, wearables, and gadgets than we’ll be able to see in a week. And this year, it will be home to some of the biggest announcements from Samsung, LG, Sony, and everyone in between.
Plus there are keynotes for Mark Zuckerberg and Jan Koum, hot on the heals of Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp; Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman of IBM; Lance Howarth, CEO of Raspberry PI; Jon Matonis, Executive Director & Board Member Bitcoin Foundation and many, many more.
Check back for updates throughout the week.

Mobile World Congress, 2014

We’re off to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress today - a week in slightly sunnier climes!

Mobile World Congress is the world’s largest mobile show, with more smartphones, tablets, wearables, and gadgets than we’ll be able to see in a week. And this year, it will be home to some of the biggest announcements from Samsung, LG, Sony, and everyone in between.

Plus there are keynotes for Mark Zuckerberg and Jan Koum, hot on the heals of Facebook’s purchase of WhatsApp; Virginia M. Rometty, Chairman of IBM; Lance Howarth, CEO of Raspberry PI; Jon Matonis, Executive Director & Board Member Bitcoin Foundation and many, many more.

Check back for updates throughout the week.

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Can this app make you a better driver?

The Dash app connects your phone to your car and translates data about your driving habits. But the most interesting thing may be what it could do to the future of driving.

The app, which rolled out on Google Play for Android at the end of January (and is coming soon for iOS), connects your phone to your car and relays detailed, real-time data about your driving habits back to you. It is a Techstars New York-backed startup, and its investors include Foursquare cofounder and CEO Dennis Crowley and Makerbot CEO Bre Pettis.

Inspired by existing smart data technology like the Jawbone Up wristband and the Nest thermostat, Jamyn Edis and his cofounder, Brian Langel, saw an opportunity to bring data analysis to cars.

"We were viewing cars as a platform, and we really hadn’t seen anything in the market in summer of 2012 that was really creating interesting new experiences based off the data around driving"

- Jamyn Edis

The idea is that, by making people aware of their driving habits, they will take the necessary steps to improve those habits, leaving us with safer roads and lower fuel emissions.

You can read much more on Fast Company.

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A rubbish idea

Instagram is known for injecting a little warmth or interest to even the dullest of compositions, but Jeff Kirscher hopes it can, quite literally, brighten up the world with pictures fit for the bin.

His San Francisco-based project, Litterati, encourages people to photograph trash, give it a hastag and then dispose of it properly – and over 30,000 people have posted images of everything from plastic forks to stuffed monkeys.

Apart from the immediate impact of a social campaign to engage the public to tidy up after itself, Kirscher also hopes the data collected by the initiative can help cities by, for example, identifying litter hotspots and advising on bin placement. Or simply shaming them into action.

More details, including a surprisingly engaging pile of digital landfill, at the Litterati website.

@paulrgn is a regular contributor to Found Things.

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Don’t play on the road

Well this is irritating. A brilliant new app from Volkswagen that composes music based on your driving style - but you can’t download it yet.

The project began with data collection from a Golf GTi, which was used by electronic tunesmiths Underworld to create a musical soundscape that reacts to locations and driving behaviours.

Using an iPhone’s accelerometer and gyroscope to measure car movement, the app builds an individual soundtrack mapped to the way the vehicle is being driven, rather than a simple linear composition.

The teaser video above looks amazing, but for now VW is restricting the tech to a series of track events - only invited drivers will be able to write music with their right foot.

True, a general release might encourage some inappropriate street speed in pursuit of a perfect composition - and I guess this way VW can retain the publicity a bit - but in the hands of the social community this would fly.

Via @paulrgn.

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A better way to navigate while cycling

If you’ve ever tried to navigate using a smartphone while cycling, you’ll know that to do so is quite literally putting your life in your hands. By the time you’ve focused on the map and your brain has decoded what you’re looking at, you’ve traveled far enough to be in the hedge, careening into the side of a car or worse.

What’s needed is a way to get directions from your smartphone without having to lose your focus and possibly your life.

Hammerhead Navigation have one of the most interesting answers we’ve seen.

Shaped like “T” the Hammerhead communicates with an app running on your smartphone to indicate which way you should go to reach your destination using daylight visible LEDs that run across the bar of the “T”.

For example, a right turn is indicated by the lights appearing to the right while the direction of your destination is shown by a single red LED.

The Hammerhead

With a battery life of around 20 hours, a built-in compass, off-road navigation, and integrated social sharing it’s a pretty amazing package with a retail price of around £50.

You can find out more and order here.

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Fuck your selfie
Via nevver

Fuck your selfie

Via nevver

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Stupid no-phones on planes rule abandoned
American’s have been celebrating the fact that they don’t have to stow their Kindles during takeoff and landing anymore, but the EU has gone a step further and will not be requiring passengers to switch their phones to “airplane” mode anymore.
If you’re on an airplane with a Network Control Unit that regulates cellular connections, you can now text and make calls over standard 3G and 4G networks. You’ll want to watch out for roaming charges, though, especially if you’re on a flight crossing national borders.
I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Perhaps they’ll drop some of the security theatre next…

Stupid no-phones on planes rule abandoned

American’s have been celebrating the fact that they don’t have to stow their Kindles during takeoff and landing anymore, but the EU has gone a step further and will not be requiring passengers to switch their phones to “airplane” mode anymore.

If you’re on an airplane with a Network Control Unit that regulates cellular connections, you can now text and make calls over standard 3G and 4G networks. You’ll want to watch out for roaming charges, though, especially if you’re on a flight crossing national borders.

I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. Perhaps they’ll drop some of the security theatre next…

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A car after your own heart
Car lovers, rejoice - Toyota is revealing a concept at the Tokyo motor show that will love you back. The FV2 uses voice and image recognition to determine the driver’s mood and develop ‘aspects of trust and understanding’ much, apparently, like the relationship between rider and horse.
Unlike a horse, though, you steer by standing on the FV2’s back and leaning in the direction you want to go. And so you can show the rest of the world how grumpy you are, the body colour and exterior display can be changed at will.
Confused? Us too. So take a virtual test drive of all the tech with an app download for iOS or Android.

Via @paulrgn

A car after your own heart

Car lovers, rejoice - Toyota is revealing a concept at the Tokyo motor show that will love you back. The FV2 uses voice and image recognition to determine the driver’s mood and develop ‘aspects of trust and understanding’ much, apparently, like the relationship between rider and horse.

Unlike a horse, though, you steer by standing on the FV2’s back and leaning in the direction you want to go. And so you can show the rest of the world how grumpy you are, the body colour and exterior display can be changed at will.

Confused? Us too. So take a virtual test drive of all the tech with an app download for iOS or Android.

Via @paulrgn

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After I saw this, I put down my phone and didn’t pick it up for the rest of the day

Via @welovestokey

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Project Ara
Remember the Phonebloks concept from a few months back? Well, Motorola are building it.
How very cool.

Project Ara

Remember the Phonebloks concept from a few months back? Well, Motorola are building it.

How very cool.

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Teens, social media & privacy
The Pew Research Center produce some of the most interesting and valuable research on how we use the internet. This thorough report looks at how teens use social media, and whether they care about privacy (spoiler - they don’t).
Via @Storythings

Teens, social media & privacy

The Pew Research Center produce some of the most interesting and valuable research on how we use the internet. This thorough report looks at how teens use social media, and whether they care about privacy (spoiler - they don’t).

Via @Storythings

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The one-off, crowd funded, cutting edge Linux phone
Canonical has kicked off a crowd funding campaign to raise $32 million - ! - in 30 days to make its own smartphone, called Ubuntu Edge.
The Ubuntu Edge can be hooked up to a monitor and used as a full PC. If it meets its funding target on Indiegogo - to succeed it needs to raise several times more cash than any other crowd-financed project has done before - the phone is scheduled to arrive in May 2014.
Want one? Backers must contribute $600 (£394) on the first day or $810 (£532) thereafter. And Canonical will only make 40,000 of the devices.
I love it. And have backed them. You should too.

The one-off, crowd funded, cutting edge Linux phone

Canonical has kicked off a crowd funding campaign to raise $32 million - ! - in 30 days to make its own smartphone, called Ubuntu Edge.

The Ubuntu Edge can be hooked up to a monitor and used as a full PC. If it meets its funding target on Indiegogo - to succeed it needs to raise several times more cash than any other crowd-financed project has done before - the phone is scheduled to arrive in May 2014.

Want one? Backers must contribute $600 (£394) on the first day or $810 (£532) thereafter. And Canonical will only make 40,000 of the devices.

I love it. And have backed them. You should too.

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Free phone charging stations to be installed in New York City
No longer will we see traversing urbanites with mobile devices huddled over an unsuspecting outlet like it’s the last source of energy on Earth. Or rather, that’s what the very near future holds. New York-based design agency Pensa has teamed with solar company Ground Zero and AT&T to launch 25 self-sufficient, solar-powered charging stations across New York City.
Dubbed “Street Charge,” each station employs three solar panels that allows the 10-foot-tall flower-like structure to work remotely anywhere, be it on the sidewalk, in a park or at the pier. The 25 units will run for 90 days on an exclusive contract with AT&T. There’s no word as to whether they will become permanent after the trial period.
Via @hypebeast

Free phone charging stations to be installed in New York City

No longer will we see traversing urbanites with mobile devices huddled over an unsuspecting outlet like it’s the last source of energy on Earth. Or rather, that’s what the very near future holds. New York-based design agency Pensa has teamed with solar company Ground Zero and AT&T to launch 25 self-sufficient, solar-powered charging stations across New York City.

Dubbed “Street Charge,” each station employs three solar panels that allows the 10-foot-tall flower-like structure to work remotely anywhere, be it on the sidewalk, in a park or at the pier. The 25 units will run for 90 days on an exclusive contract with AT&T. There’s no word as to whether they will become permanent after the trial period.

Via @hypebeast

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An app that taps your phone for personal clues to your happiness
Researchers at Cambridge University have developed an application that tries to track happiness by combining smartphone data with users’ perception of mood.
EmotionSense collects information about where users are, how noisy the environment is and whom they are communicating with. It then combines this data with the user’s own report about mood.

"Any smartphone now comes with numerous sensors that can tell you about aspects of your life, like how active you are, or how sociable you have been in the past 24 hours."
In the long term, we hope to be able to extract that data so that, for example, it can be used for therapeutic purposes.”

All very interesting, but is this a good idea?

An app that taps your phone for personal clues to your happiness

Researchers at Cambridge University have developed an application that tries to track happiness by combining smartphone data with users’ perception of mood.

EmotionSense collects information about where users are, how noisy the environment is and whom they are communicating with. It then combines this data with the user’s own report about mood.

"Any smartphone now comes with numerous sensors that can tell you about aspects of your life, like how active you are, or how sociable you have been in the past 24 hours."

In the long term, we hope to be able to extract that data so that, for example, it can be used for therapeutic purposes.”

All very interesting, but is this a good idea?