Motorola and Google to release stock Android phones with less overlay and smaller form-factor in second half of 2013

via skattertech.com

via skattertech.com

Since acquiring Motorola for $13 billion last May, Google has been expected to launch a Motorola smartphone running stock Android, but the most recent Google-branded Nexus 4 device was made in partnership with LG.

Motorola’s design chief Jim Wicks tells PC Mag, though, that Google and Motorola have been working closely during that time on multiple devices running stock Android with less overlay that we should expect later this year.

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Google Chairman Eric Schmidt’s book ‘The New Digital Age’, available for pre-order shipping April 23

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Eric Schmidt and Google Ideas’ Jared Cohen (author of Children of Jihad) have penned a book about how technology will profoundly affect the lives of everyone in the coming years. It gets some pretty impressive reviews from some pretty impressive people, below. You can pre-order it for shipping now April 23rd from Amazon for $18 Read more

More than triple your Samsung Galaxy S3 battery with $34, 7,000mAh pack

One of the benefits of having a removable back plate and battery is that you can do crazy things like add more than 3X the 2100mAh battery size for those extended outings.  It just so happens Amazon currently has this 7,000mAh add on for $34 in a variety of colors (Black, White, Blue).

This is the same amount of battery you’ll find in a Typical tablet and as you can see in the video above, pushes the S3 to 4+ days of battery life. On the downside, you now have a brick in your pocket.

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Funny or Die does HTC One ‘Bachelorette’ ad

Funny bit from the makers of the Steve Jobs biopic.

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Google picks up talent from Behavio, a company that uses sensors in smartphones to learn about users

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Update: Google has confirmed to us that it has not acquired Behavio, but rather just picked up some talent from the company that will now be joining GOOG.

Behavio, a software company that uses sensors in mobile devices to compile data how users live and interact with one another, announced today (via TheVerge) that it has joined Google. The company will work on building its platform at Google while shutting down its current closed alpha and continuing to run its open source Funf project for Android that allows developers to take advantage of the technology. No word on whether or not Google has big plans for the technology or if the move was simply an “acquhire,” but Behavio’s statement noted it “couldn’t be happier to be able to continue building out our vision within Google.”

Behavio doesn’t just use traditional sensors in smartphones to learn more about its users, the software also utilizes data such as if a phone is turned on or off, what apps are installed on a device, or if a phone is currently charging or not.

There were no financial details disclosed in Behavio’s press release, and Google is yet to make an official announcement. Below is an interesting interview with Behavio co-founder from Nadav Aharony where he explains how the software works and the MIT project where Behavio was first developed: Read more

Deal: Get a 14-inch HP Chromebook for $205 shipped ($75 off) at Staples

From 9to5Toys.com:

We don’t normally see Google Chromebooks on sale but today at Staples, HP’s version is a whopping $75 off putting it near the price of the much smaller ARM Samsung 550s.

Not only is the HP Pavilion 14-c01us Chromebook more expensive, it’s also heavier than Samsung’s offering at 4lbs compared to 2.5lbs. Battery life is unfortunately the same story with an approximate 4.25 hours quoted compared to the 6.5 hours Samsung’s Chromebook offers. If you can get past that, the new HP device packs in a 14-inch diagonal HD BrightView LED-backlit (1,366-by-768-pixel), 1.1GHz Intel Celeron 847 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB SATA SSD, HDMI, USB 2.0, as well as an Ethernet port.

Staples is offering the HP Pavilion Intel Celeron 847 14″ Chromebook for $330.  Enter the coupon code: 45582 and get an additional $75 off at checkout making the total only $255 before tax with free shipping. (Expiring Soon)

Update: Throw in another $50 via rebate to get it down to $205.

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Sprint launches $99 Galaxy S III in Amethyst Purple for Mother’s Day promotion

With Mother’s Day just around the corner on Sunday, May 12, Sprint today announced it is launching a special promotion that will allow you to get the Galaxy S III in Amethyst Purple for $99 on the usual two-year contract, upgrade, or new line. The savings come via a $50 mail-in rebate, and Sprint also noted that it is also offering a “16GB Galaxy S III FREE with an additional $100 instant savings through a port in credit” for a limited time only for customers that switch their number from another carrier.

The Samsung Galaxy S III in special Amethyst Purple is pictured above and available through Sprint’s website now.