Google Glass Available in UK

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on June 23rd, 2014

Google Glass Available in UKGoogle has released their wearable Google Glass product in the UK, making it the second country after the U.S. where someone can pick purchase the device. Despite some concerns with the Department of Transportation over potential distractions by wearers while driving, Google has released the product again targeting developers more than general consumers and requiring the buyer to be 18 or over.

The basic prototype development kit is available for £1,000 from those in the UK through Google’s website. Google Glass was first released in the US in April of 2012 and was initially available to developers, but has generally been released in May of this year in the U.S. for around $1600.

Google Unveils Project Tango Tablet Dev Kit

Posted in Tango by Darrin Olson on June 6th, 2014

Project Tango TabletIn this case the rumors have held true and Google has announced a tablet device as part of project Tango from the Google ATAP group. This latest gadget is a smart tablet with technology on board to allow the device to “see” the world around it in 3D, giving it a greater understanding of its surroundings.

Applications of these Tango devices are fairly vast and sometimes seem a little obscure, but some examples given are the possibility of enhanced gaming involving your actual surroundings, assistance to the visually impaired or even just helping to locate items on shelves in a store you just walked into. The announcement allows developers to sign up for notification when the Tango Tablet Development Kit is available, stating a time frame of sometime later this year and a serious price tag of $1,024 USD.

Google Glass Gets Fashionable, Finally

Posted in Google Glass by Tam Yue on June 3rd, 2014

Google GlassFor all you fashion conscious people out there who want Google Glass but just can’t bring yourself to buy one because fashion – it is not. You now have options in Google Glass.

Google announced yesterday that they teamed up with American fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg to their Glass Explorer Program. Beginning June 23rd, you can purchase your own fashionable pair of Google Glasses. You can choose from multiple titanium frames and you can get those with or without a prescription.

As with all things fashionable, these are not going to be any cheaper. They will run you about $1600. From sunglasses to hipster glasses, if it is important to you to be on the cutting edge of technology and look good while doing it, these are for you.

via Techcrunch

Google’s Self Driving Car

Posted in Google by Tam Yue on May 28th, 2014

Google's Self Driving CarNo brakes, no steering wheel, no gas pedal? Well, believe it or not, that’s no problem for Google’s self driving car.

Google announced the prototype for their self driving car on Tuesday night at the Recode Code Conference. Their hope with this type of vehicle is to end human error behind the wheel and to see if self-driving cars be significantly safer than human-driven cars in the next few years.

The prototype is a two-seater car that relies mainly on software and a built-in sensor system to drive the vehicle. Between the sensors and the software the car can find a GPS location, identify obstacles, classify obstacles and react. It will be able to tell the difference between a cyclist and a pedestrian, and then be able to predict their next move. Since it only travels at 25mph it …

Rumors of Tango Tablet from Google

Posted in Rumors by Darrin Olson on May 23rd, 2014

ATAP Project Tango from GoogleSources in the know have reports that Google is planning to release a 7″ Tang-enabled table in the next couple of months. This tablet would be a larger scale version of the Tango released back in February, equipped to identify and track objects as three dimensional objects in your environment.

Project Tango is part of Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group and is creating the devices to bring our real 3D world to our mobile devices instead of the device only understanding the limits of its screen. The possibilities might seem a little narrow at first but it will be interesting to see what it opens. Google provides some example uses such as immediately finding the product you are looking for when you enter a store, helping someone who is visually impaired or having a more interactive game with your real, dynamic environment.

Google in Talks for Buying Twitch

Posted in Digital Video by Darrin Olson on May 19th, 2014

Twitch LogoAccording to Variety, YouTube has already acquired the video game streaming service Twitch in a $1 billion dollar deal. Twitch has been called the ESPN of video games, bringing live streaming video content of video games while they are being played.

YouTube has been the foremost giant in providing streaming video of saved content but has not had as much success in the live streaming market, especially with gamers. Twitch on the other hand has done very well with live streaming content and is well-known among the gaming population. Both have been making moves into the others territory in the recent past and some good competition was expected between two in the way of content and service offerings. The talk of this deal has brought concern to many who had hoped for better offerings as a result of competition that will …

Google Glass Offered for Sale, Again

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on May 14th, 2014

Google Glass Explorer Edition BlueGoogle is offering its Google Glass Explorer edition for sale again starting on Wednesday. This is the second time Google has offered the product for sale to the public, while supplies last. Currently there is only one model in a single color being offered, and anyone can scoop them up by shelling out a spare $1500.

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Motorola Launches Inexpensive Moto E Smartphone

Posted in Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on May 13th, 2014

Motorola Moto E SmartphoneMotorola took the wraps off of a new Android smartphone on Tuesday with a price point that targets those who might be just looking for a cheap cellphone. The Moto E comes with a no-contract price of just $129 and focuses on durability and basic features to bring more users into the smartphone market.

The mobile phone features a water-resistant coating with a gorilla glass screen similar to what Apple has used on the iPhone. The display is 4.3 inches and it comes with a 5-megapixel camera and 4GB of storage – not enough to store much of anything these days, but plenty to get someone new into a smartphone.

Buy Google Glass – Today Only

Posted in Google Glass by Darrin Olson on April 15th, 2014

Google Glass On Sale for One DayIf you’ve been longing to be one of the elite, hand-selected by Google to try out their new Google Glass product, today is your chance. Google has offered Glass up for sale to the general public for one day only.

Google did not specify how many will be available for purchase today, but did say that they plan to have the product open to the mass consumer market later this year. Today you can purchase Glass and choose from a variety of 5 colors (charcoal, tangerine, cotton, shale and sky), and 5 different frame styles for clear lenses and 3 styles of tinted shades. The extra charge for the frame styles have been waived, but the product itself will set you back $1500.

There are also some Glass accessories available for purchase from Google as part of …

Google Announces Developer Conference on Modular Phones

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on February 27th, 2014

Project Ara Modular Phones Google announced on Wednesday that it will host a series of three developer conferences, focusing on the alpha release of the Project Ara Module Developers Kit (MDK). Project Ara is an initiative to move the idea of modular smartphones into a reality.

Instead of purchasing a whole, new pre-configured smartphone every time your device (or part of your device) is outdated you would have the option of purchasing just a single component of the device, and mix and matching it as you would like.

The first of the series of conferences will be based on a slower prototype implementation of the Ara on-device network, and will be held on April 15-16 in Mountain View, CA. There is a $100 ($25 for students) attendance fee with developers having a priority at the show, or you can watch a live stream …

Google Glass Prompts Fight in San Fran Bar

Posted in News by Darrin Olson on February 26th, 2014

Woman claims attack for wearing Google GlassA woman posted on her Facebook page that she was attacked by fellow patrons as a result of wearing her Google Glass in a local San Francisco bar on Friday. Sarah Slocum posted that while wearing the device she was confronted by two women and then had the wearable device ripped from her face by a man.

“OMG so you’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some *** Google Glass haters …”

wrote Slocum.

From witness reports, it appears many people were interested and excited to see the new technology in action however others nearing the “last call” expressed concern about being video recorded in public which prompted a fight outside the bar between another man and Slocum’s male companion. …

Google Chromecast Review

Posted in Chromecast by Darrin Olson on November 7th, 2013

Google ChromecastGoogle rolled out its Chromecast media device earlier this past summer and after using it this fall I’m sorry I didn’t get to it sooner. This small device was easy to setup and provided a great solution for viewing my Google Play purchased media on my TV.

The device was very easy to install, simply by installing Chromecast on my Android device and then plugging it into an HDMI port on the TV. the device does need some external power however and comes with a USB cord that can be run from a power outlet or a USB port on the TV (if there is one available). From there the Chromecast software found the device and walked me through a few simple steps to connect it to the internet and get going.

Once setup, users can cast media from their Android phone …

Nexus 5 leaked on Google Play Store

Posted in Google by Darrin Olson on October 18th, 2013

Google Nexus 5On Thursday Engadget has reported seeing the anticipated Nexus 5 appearing on the Google Play Store website, if only briefly. For a time the advertisement for the existing Nexus 4 was gone and replaced with one for the Nexus 5, listing at $349 for a 16GB model.

The display was short-lived and not appearing any longer today, but enough information has been leaked this month to give a good overview of what is expected to come. The Nexus 5 is anticipated to sport a 1080p, 4.95 inch display, storage up to 32GB and the 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU.

We had been anticipating the release of the Nexus 5 by now, but there is no official word of the release date. Engadget is speculating the release to coincide with a the possible release of the Android 4.4 KitKat OS later in …

Rumors of Google Smartwatch Leaked

Posted in Google,Smart Devices by Darrin Olson on October 15th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_72037" align="alignnone" width="500"]Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch Samsung Galaxy Gear launched the smartwatch revolution[/caption]Google could have a smartwatch just around the corner according to reports from 9to5Google, with an official announcement as soon as the end of October. The device is codenamed Gem and would be announced as a Nexus watch from Google.

The watch would benefit from the features of Google Now, could integrate nicely with Google Glasses and show information such as emails, texts and calendar alerts on the display. This news comes hot on the heals of the announcement of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch utilizing the Android OS, along with talk of Apple releasing their own smartwatch sometime in 2014.

Google’s recent purchase of smartwatch maker WIMM Labs also adds some validity to this talk. According to the rumor Google is just finishing up on final touches with improving the battery …

YouTube Comments Section Upgrade

Posted in Google,YouTube by Tam Yue on September 24th, 2013

YouTube Comment Section UpgradeYouTube recently teamed up with Google + to come up with a way for YouTube users to control the comments that are posted on their videos.  It was rolled out to a select few users today, and will be available for all users by the end of the year.  “We are moving from comments to conversations.” said YouTube product manager Nundu Janakiram,

What is going to change? Currently, you see the last person to comment on the video; with the change you will see the most relevant conversations or comments first. Those comments that are relevant are determined so by the owner of the video.  Owners of the video will have the option to “blacklist” certain words that they do not want to see and also will be able to flag people as …