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Motorola Project Ara is Nearly Complete

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Dennis Woodside, the CEO of Motorola, confirmed this weekend that the Project Ara prototype is nearing its final stage according to Slash Gear. If this is true, then, it would present Motorola’s customers new customization options for their Smartphones.

What is Project Ara?

Project Ara is a collaboration between Motorola and 3D Systems, which is a known provider of 3D content-to-print solutions. Its aim is to produce Phonebloks which are modular Smartphones with components that can be easily replaced or assembled like the popular Lego toys.

Phonebloks Advantages

Primarily, the Phoneblocks under Project Ara would provide consumers numerous ways to customize their Smartphones into something that would exactly tailor to their requirements and needs instead of settling with the ones that the market offers today that are usually packed with features that average users may find to be too much for their preferences. Aside from the numerous customization options that these provide, these would also offer consumers ways to save a lot of money.

One of the main problems that Smartphone users are experiencing today is the quick wear and tear of the components of their devices. This usually force consumers to buy new phones almost yearly. But with Phonebloks, instead of replacing the whole unit, users will have the option to replace only the defective part.

Another good thing about Phonebloks is that it allows the easy installation of crucial hardware updates too which current Smartphones do not offer as of the moment. For example, users can easily switch between a device with Wi-Fi or SIM only features. They can even opt for a device with both features by simply snapping the required components.

The Release

Although Project Ara was announced to be near completion, there is no word yet about the release of Phonebloks in the market. It seems to be a long shot as of the moment. But based on the promises that the project has in store for consumers, it will be definitely worth the long wait.

Source: Slash Gear

Review: Lego App4+

Available On: Android

Price: Free

Download: Google Play | iTunes

I don’t know if you’ve been looking for a game to install on your tablet or smartphone to fit your children’s likes or dislikes, but you may be interested in taking a look at a game made by the Lego Group called Lego 4+. It’s quite a simple game and isn’t something that’s extraordinary or anything. You can tell that it was catered for children or “a playful spirit” as the application says. The game is free, so it might be something to look at real quick and see if your children or husband that happens to be a child at heart will like the game or not.

The game does not boast “amazing” graphics or amazing sounds or anything like that. It’s simply a game made for Children or a “playful spirit” as the application says in it’s description. As I was playing it, I felt it was very simple. You could look at as a side scroller for children. The goal of the game is to simply build a car or helicopter and collect all the coins that look like lego’s. You can probably see why it’d be fun for Children now. You’ll also be able to build up environments that you’ll get to see in the background as you collect coins. You’re essentially playing the same level over and over again but each time you’re collecting new parts to add to your vehicle.

With these parts you’ll be able to make things like a truck or even a police car. The police car is the first legos you’ll unlock at the end of two or three levels (you’ll unlock a helicopter addon before this, but the police car is the most notable.). Aside from that, there isn’t much to this game, but the graphics and different unlockable lego parts will intrigue children. The child like puzzles at the end of every level will also intrigue them, I think.

The Lego Group made this game for Children. It’s obvious. It’s also free so your children may just like this game. The Lego Group usually makes games like these for Children but I do wish they would make an app for adults or something just a bit more mature in general. I personally, love lego’s and like to collect them so seeing a more “mature” and quality app wold be nice to see from the Lego Group.

Aside from that, this is a great free game that I think your children (if you have any) will love. Who knows, I may be completely wrong and it may just be intriguing to you too! The cool thing about this game is all the different combinations that children will be able to create. There are tons of different combinations for them to go through and unlock. Like I said earlier, unlocking Lego parts is basically just going through the same level over and over again making sure to collect all the golden Lego coins.

The application is stable and hasn’t crashed. I did find a minor freeze in the game where it just locked up. It was rather random, but aside from that, it is definitely a stable game.

The Lego Master Builder Program (CE Week NY)

Warning this has absolutely nothing to do with Android so if that’s going to upset you for some crazy unknown reason stop reading…

Every geek loves Lego’s right? And while we all wish we had the Lego sets coming out now as a kid, at least many of us can live vicariously through our kids. That’s why $99 for a Lego program is going to be no big deal.

The Lego Master Builder Program is a new subscription based program from Lego designed for more experience Lego builders aged 8 and up.  The projects in the Master Builder program are a little harder and more intuitive than other sets.

The Lego Master Builder Program is a subscription based service. You can sign up completely online and have all 6 sets mailed to you (one every 2 months for a year) or you can go to your local Lego store and get the first set for $99 and the other five in the mail for more instant geeky gratification.

Master Builders get a more advanced project set along with a thick, book filled with project ideas, instructions, tips and the information you need to know to design your own Lego project.  Once you sign up online you’ll find a community where you can share pictures of projects and progress.

So if you’re a Lego fan or your kids are, this is a really good deal.  The sets that come in the Lego Master Builder Program are about the size of Lego sets that retail for $45-55 dollars in the Lego store or Toys R Us, so not only do you get access to the program, you’re saving some money too.