Saturday, 7 February 2015

Silicon Saturday: February 7th

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Once again, it's time for our weekly look-back at the week in tech, where this time, we look at the first Ubuntu phone and a huge update for the Raspberry Pi, but first, an update in the Google Glass development....

Google Glass Reset
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After Google Glass was pulled from sales and relocated to a different area in the Google HQ a couple of weeks ago, a lengthy New York Times article has explained that the Google Glass project is going to be reworked and redrafted under its new leadership consisting of famous jeweler Ivy Ross and inventor of Nest and the iPod, Tony Fadell. This seems like a pretty good idea, as I've said before, as Google need to find a reason for people to buy a Glass instead of using a phone or smartwatch, and they need to develop Glass again so you don't look like a super-creep (Or chronic daydreamer) when you're watching films or reading books in public. WHAT'S WRONG WITH PAPER???

Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition
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After failing to launch an Ubuntu phone just over a year ago, creators Canonical have struck up a deal with Spanish tablet and e-reader maker BQ (And another with Chinese company Meizu) to finally release the first Ubuntu Touch phone. The Aquaris 4.5 Ubuntu (Reported on by BBC) is solid-looking phone in its own right: an 8MP camera, 1GB of RAM and 36GB of storage, as well as looking good, but its real selling point is the Ubuntu Touch interface that replaces apps with Scopes sorted into different categories that contain certain apps. For instance, the Video Scope contains apps like YouTube and the other video services that no one cares about, while the Nearby Scope provides traffic details, routes to places and other helpful tidbits. One to watch.

Raspberry Pi 2 
Raspberry Pi 2 Model B
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Prepare yourself for specs that will make you scoff, as Raspberry Pi have released a second model of the much-loved mini computer with some upgraded parts that bring it closer to the power a mid-range smartphone: this new version has 1GB of RAM, a Quad-Core CPU running at 900MHz, compatibility with the first model and the usual USB, HDMI and other assortments of ports. It may have a growing list of rivals, but the Raspberry Pi 2 still tops the pile, thanks to its remarkably cheap $35 price tag and prominent use in education overseas.

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EE are by far the UK's biggest and best mobile network, and now, according to multiple news outlets, BT are planning to buy them for an astonishing £12.5 billion, in a move that will surely benefit them. EE will bring in a huge source of income for British Telecoms, and it's also better news for the public, as EE's mastery of 4G should help BT develop their planned premium 500MBps-1GBps service, and vice versa. BT are quickly becoming the Google of British internet.

What do you guys think? Will you buy an Ubuntu Phone? And is the EE acquisition a good thing? tell us in the comments!

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