Wednesday’s Recommended Reads

Some recent saved favorites from Pocket:

Motorola Announces The Moto G: What The iPhone 5C Should Have Been: Motorola today announced the Moto G, a mid-market smartphone designed to give consumers a high quality experience for the fraction of the price. – by Dan Rowinski –

Playstation 4: In the seven years since the introduction of the PlayStation 3, we’ve seen our gaming consoles transform into living-room hubs through constant evolution and software updates. –

This could get messy: Giphy brings animated GIFs to your Twitter timeline: Animated GIF support is now available on Twitter. Giphy, seemingly the online database of GIFs, announced today that it is now integrated with Twitter’s Media Cards. All you need to do is simply share a GIFs URL and when it’s displayed in your Twitter timeline, it will automatically animate. – by Ken Yeung –

Newly launched Smithsonian X 3D Collection offers historical models you can print at home: We’ve already seen first-hand that the Smithsonian has a keen interest in 3D printing and modelling, and it’s now turned that interest into something of a public service with a new online collection that’s just launched today. – by Donald Melanson –

What if Our Hair Dryers and Blenders Worked Like Open Source Code?: Open E-Components is a collection of appliances that combines consumer electronics functionality with Lego-like construction mechanisms. Photo: Ming-Han TsaiThe system is comprised of five basic modules: a light socket, rotating motor, air heater, immersion heater, and a heated surface. – by Joseph Flaherty –

Facebook Says Its New Data Center Will Run Entirely on Wind: Facebook passed another milestone in the green data center arms race today with the announcement that its Altoona, Iowa data center will be 100 percent powered by wind power when it goes online in 2015. – by Klint Finley –

PS4 declassified: How Sony used its PS3 mistakes to build the ultimate developer’s console: It’s the fall of 2006 and Sony has a problem. PlayStation 3, the company’s eagerly awaited and hyperbolically marketed successor to the best-selling video game console of all time, has not been well-received. The major issue is cost. – by Tim Stevens –

How Twitter’s new expanded images increase clicks, retweets and favorites [New data]: I recently covered some big changes that Twitter has made, and here is another one. Twitter just added inline images to tweets so that you don’t need to click a link to see an attached image, but rather the Tweet itself expands. – by Belle Beth Cooper –

Samsung smartphone with flexible wraparound display, that actually has a good reason to be. Launch next year: The first smartphones with flexible displays – Samsung Galaxy Round and LG G Flex, are pretty pointless devices. Samsung and LG did them for bragging rights, and simply because they could. Not because there’s something those phones can do better than handsets with traditional, flat screens. – by Stasys Bielinis –

Under Armour Buys MapMyFitness for $150 Million: Athletic clothing brand Under Armour is buying workout app MapMyFitness for $150 million. The company plans to use the purchase to “broaden its existing digital offerings,” according to The Wall Street Journal. – by TODD WASSERMAN –

Intel Opening Retail “Experience” Stores Starting November 23rd: Intel wants to give you a chance to get up close and personal with its PCs. – by Avram Piltch –

The Dual-Screen YotaPhone Will Launch Internationally In December: Russia-based Yota Devices has been working on a curious beast called the YotaPhone for years now, and it’s gained quite a reputation for itself because of its split personality. – by Chris Velazco –

Made by ex-Nokians, the first Jolla phone will go on sale this month: November 2013 is definitely the month for new technology launches, with Microsoft, Sony, and Apple all releasing some of their most anticipated products of the year within weeks of each other. – by Aaron Souppouris –

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