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Last week, Google showed off its vision for the future of smartphones: Project Ara — a modular device with interchangeable hardware pieces that snap in via electro-permanent magnets.

In other words, it’s a device not unlike a desktop PC, which can be upgraded by installing new components, such as a new graphics card, or a fresh top-of-the-line processor. But upgrading Ara is idiot-proof, while building and upgrading your own PC requires a fair bit of technical know-how — at least, enough to deter the average consumer.

What if it didn’t?… [Read more on Wired]