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Dual screen YotaPhone2 unveiled

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While the first generation of the twin-screen device has only recently launched outside of Russia, the second generation of the device has been shown at MWC, and it looks waaay more slick.

Magic keyboard appears from flat touchscreens.

The Tactus system allows raised buttons or shapes to appear from a flat touch screen when required, helping users navigate keyboards, gaming controls, or other UI features.

Tactus has created a thin layer that can replace the Gorilla Glass on top of the touch sensor and display layers of a smartphone or tablet. The surface of that layer is a semi-elastic polymer under which there are little channels filled with a special transparent micro-fluid. To make buttons appear (for a keyboard, a game controller, whatever), you can increase the fluid pressure in a certain area. The added fluid physically stretches and raises the polymer surface.

Presto! Real buttons on your previously flat screen.

Check out this demo video for more.

Next-gen USB to be reversible.
The group behind USB standards has revealed that the next generation of the plugs will be able to be connected either way up, removing one of the biggest frustrations with the plug. A standard USB plug will also become smaller, becoming about the size of a Micro USB used today in Android phones and tablets.

You won’t have to wait too long for the new spec to hit the market, as Type-C will be up for industry review in the first quarter of 2014, and the final product will hit during the middle of the same year, making next summer one of the most exciting times for tech.

Next-gen USB to be reversible.

The group behind USB standards has revealed that the next generation of the plugs will be able to be connected either way up, removing one of the biggest frustrations with the plug. A standard USB plug will also become smaller, becoming about the size of a Micro USB used today in Android phones and tablets.

You won’t have to wait too long for the new spec to hit the market, as Type-C will be up for industry review in the first quarter of 2014, and the final product will hit during the middle of the same year, making next summer one of the most exciting times for tech.

YotaPhone to go on sale for Christmas.
The YotaPhone specs list reads like a standard Android phone, with a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 4.3” screen, and 2GB Ram, but it has one extra feature - a second electronic paper display on the back.
Users can press a button to have their front display mirrored on the back - useful if the battery is running low as the EPD uses far less power to run. Users can also have the time, messages, social media updates or other information set to show on the back, allowing it to be checked without even turning the phone on.
The rear display only needs power to update, so if the battery goes flat the display will still continue to show the last updated information - handy if you need to have a map when your phone battery goes flat.

YotaPhone to go on sale for Christmas.

The YotaPhone specs list reads like a standard Android phone, with a 1.7GHz dual core processor, 4.3” screen, and 2GB Ram, but it has one extra feature - a second electronic paper display on the back.

Users can press a button to have their front display mirrored on the back - useful if the battery is running low as the EPD uses far less power to run. Users can also have the time, messages, social media updates or other information set to show on the back, allowing it to be checked without even turning the phone on.

The rear display only needs power to update, so if the battery goes flat the display will still continue to show the last updated information - handy if you need to have a map when your phone battery goes flat.

Neurocam Records Only When You’re Interested.

The prototype device measures wearers interest by analysing brain waves and rating interest from 1-100. When that number goes over 60, a 5 second long animated GIF is recorded and stored on the phone automatically.

Motorola working on modular phones

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Motorola has announced a new research and development team called Project Ara, which aims to develop an ”open hardware platform for creating highly modular smartphones”.

Android 4.4, Nexus 5 released.
Google has quietly slipped the Nexus 5 into the Play Store, running a new version of Android - version 4.4, or KitKat.
Among other features, the new version of Android features:
Voice activated search with no button presses required - just say “OK Google”.
Faster multitasking.
Combined SMS/MMS/Hangouts messaging app.
Printing from mobile devices to any Google Cloud pront connected printer.
Check out the full list of features here.

Android 4.4, Nexus 5 released.

Google has quietly slipped the Nexus 5 into the Play Store, running a new version of Android - version 4.4, or KitKat.

Among other features, the new version of Android features:

  • Voice activated search with no button presses required - just say “OK Google”.
  • Faster multitasking.
  • Combined SMS/MMS/Hangouts messaging app.
  • Printing from mobile devices to any Google Cloud pront connected printer.

Check out the full list of features here.

Photos: New Glass Coming Later This Year.
Google’s ‘Explorers’ will be getting these later in the year as part of an update program. The main change is a removable mono ear bud to make hearing audio easier, particularly for calls, after user feedback that the previous edition was hard to hear in noisy situations. They are also designed to work with prescription glasses.
Glass looks like it now won’t be available until 2014 for most people, although US residents can still join the Explorer program to try and get their hands on a pair. Current ‘Explorers’ can also invite three friends to join the program.

Photos: New Glass Coming Later This Year.

Google’s ‘Explorers’ will be getting these later in the year as part of an update program. The main change is a removable mono ear bud to make hearing audio easier, particularly for calls, after user feedback that the previous edition was hard to hear in noisy situations. They are also designed to work with prescription glasses.

Glass looks like it now won’t be available until 2014 for most people, although US residents can still join the Explorer program to try and get their hands on a pair. Current ‘Explorers’ can also invite three friends to join the program.

LG begins mass-production of flexible displays.
LG have announced that they are beginning production of flexible displays for use in smartphones, and expect to extend the technology into “diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices”, according to the company.

LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is built on plastic substrates instead of glass. By applying film-type encapsulation technology and attaching the protection film to the back of the panel, LG Display made the panel bendable and unbreakable. The new display is vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm, opening up a world of design innovations in the smartphone market. And only 0.44mm thin, LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is the world’s slimmest among existing mobile device panels. What’s more, it is also the world’s lightest, weighing a mere 7.2g even with a 6-inch screen, the largest among current smartphone OLED displays.

LG begins mass-production of flexible displays.

LG have announced that they are beginning production of flexible displays for use in smartphones, and expect to extend the technology into “diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices”, according to the company.

LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is built on plastic substrates instead of glass. By applying film-type encapsulation technology and attaching the protection film to the back of the panel, LG Display made the panel bendable and unbreakable. The new display is vertically concave from top to bottom with a radius of 700mm, opening up a world of design innovations in the smartphone market. And only 0.44mm thin, LG Display’s flexible OLED panel is the world’s slimmest among existing mobile device panels. What’s more, it is also the world’s lightest, weighing a mere 7.2g even with a 6-inch screen, the largest among current smartphone OLED displays.