Several U.S. states consider banning Google Glass while driving

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A number of U.S. states including Wyoming, Illinois and New Jersey, are looking at a ban on wearable computing devices while the user is driving. Among the affected devices is Google Glass.

Wyoming state senator, Floyd Esquibel, drafted the bill, saying that he wanted to ensure safeguards are in place before Google Glass is widely available. “Common sense would tell you that really you don’t need to look at a little computer while driving, that it endangers you, your passengers and other drivers,” Esquibel stated at the introduction of the bill.

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NFL Now gets announced, personalized video service slated for 2014 season

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The NFL Network and ESPN may not be doing enough to give fans a premier football experience. Enter NFL Now. Today in New York City, home of Super Bowl XLVIII (which is really in New Jersey), Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the fully personalized video service that will launch in time for the start of the 2014 season.

NFL Now will deliver news, highlights, interviews, and analysis content to computers, smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles. To create the personalized experience, users select their favorite team(s) and fantasy players in addition to liking and disliking videos. In the United States, the league and Verizon will team up to make NFL Now available through the NFL Mobile app. Gillette, Microsoft, and Yahoo are all partners aside from Verizon. NFL Now will launch for free; however, a premium version will be available delivering premium content for a monthly fee.

Source: NFL

Marvel Run Jump Smash! bursts into the Play Store

If Jetpack Joyride is your kind of mobile game, then here is another that may be appealing. Marvel Run Jump Smash! is an endless running game that puts Marvel’s heroes in your hands. Included are the usual bunch — Iron Man, Hulk, Captain America, Thor, Hawkeye, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man and Black Widow. Each has their own special abilities and special attack to utilize as you climb through levels. Unlike Jetpack Joyride, Marvel Run Jump Smash! costs some money ($0.99).

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Google has a strong Q4 thanks to big sales from Chromecast, Nexus 5, and the Play Store

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Google’s fourth quarter earnings are in, and they look pretty good. Despite rumors swirling around about Google cancelling the Nexus line, Google says the Nexus 5 was a very strong performer for the company. The Nexus 5 and Chromecast built a lot of good momentum for the company, and although the search giant didn’t disclose exact numbers, it’s pretty clear they turned a profit. Google did note that the Chromecast was their best selling product during Q4.

The Play Store was also a very strong revenue driver for Google, which were likely helped out by the Chromecast’s huge numbers. Chromebook sales through the Play Store weren’t great, but most of those are sold through places like Amazon and Best Buy. Read more

Geeksphone provides more info on the Revolution smartphone

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Last week, we saw a leak of the Geeksphone Revolution, and today they released more details. The Revolution will be a dual-OS smartphone running both Android and Firefox. Android will be the default OS, but users will be able to switch to Boot2Gecko by Mozilla using their own MultiOS technology. You can use another ROM of choice in place of Mozilla, plus you will stay updated thanks to their 1-click OTA system. Boot2Gecko is just a brand name and operates the same as Firefox, but due to the fact that “Firefox” can’t be licensed to independent manufacturers, that is the name Geesksphone chose.

As far as specs go, it has a 4.7-inch (unknown resolution) IPS display, a 1.6GHz Dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and 2,000mAh battery.

source: Geeksphone
via: PhoneArena

Why did the Google-Motorola marriage end so quickly?

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Sometimes the tech world surprises us, and yesterday’s announcement that Google sold Motorola to Lenovo was just another example. At the same time, let’s not forget that the same people that were shocked yesterday were almost equally as shocked when Google bought Motorola for a lot more than they sold them for. Now that Google decided to divorce so quickly, it almost seems as if this marriage was a result of a drunken Las Vegas weekend. Or maybe both parties had the right intentions, but just like with many marriages, they don’t always work out. So you part ways, and keep the stuff that you want and move on. That’s exactly what Google did.

So why did Google buy Motorola in the first place? Was it the patents? Everyone seems to think so, but if that was the case, couldn’t they have just bought the damn patents? I am sure patents were part of the equation, but Motorola was an American innovative company that had a lot of talent. Google knew of things that Motorola was working on long before we reported on them (ie modular phones), and they probably thought the organization would make a great fit. However, Google was never a hardware company, so they allowed it to run separately.

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Samsung device appears in Bangalore for testing, could be Galaxy Tab 4

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Zauba, an Indian website listing imports and exports, listed a device titled “SM-T330” as having arrived in Bangalore for testing. Sporting an eight-inch display, the same device recently underwent Bluetooth certification. The model number suggests that the device could be the Galaxy Tab 3’s successor, the Galaxy Tab 4, but we’ll know for sure soon enough.

Source: SamMobile

 

Lenovo chimes in on deal to buy Motorola

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Yesterday Android fans around the world were stunned by news that Google had agreed to sell Motorola to Lenovo in a deal valued at $2.91 Billion dollars. Many have been wondering why Google would agree to such a move after only a couple years of ownership and signs that Motorola was gaining in popularity. On the flip side, the question is out there regarding what Lenovo hopes to gain from the deal. In a new interview with the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing and CFO Wong Wai Ming shared some of the thought process and what Lenovo has planned for the future with Motorola. Read more

Google adds ability to scan loyalty cards to Google Wallet app

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Google has announced a new feature for their Google Wallet app, the ability to scan a loyalty card with your device’s camera in order to add it to the wallet. According to Google, once you grab a pic of the card with your smartphone or tablet, the app will auto-populate the appropriate data fields. Currently the app will let you scan the barcode to add that to your wallet, but does not add the rest of the information like the merchant name or type of program. Google also indicated in their posting on their Google+ page that the program will now alert you via a notification if you are close to any merchants you have stored. Google says the update will be rolling out over the next few days and includes support for Android 4.0 or higher.

source: +Google Wallet