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    What's next for Google Glass? It was supposed to be the next big thing, it arrived in limited form... and then it seemed to lose a lot of its momentum. Was interest in the project being killed by the rise of smartwatches, delivering on the wearable dream while doing so through a much more approachable form factor? In the latter months of the 2014, it sounded like there could still be a future for Glass this year, even despite uncertain interest from the public – one of the few specific things we heard concerned a partnership with Intel. Now a new report asserts that Glass will indeed ...

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    One of the biggest questions of the year, and even last year if you think of it, is the status of Google Glass. It's amazing that Google began to tease a future of Glass since 2012, and now that we're reaching the end of 2014, we still don't have a product that's ready for consumers. If you're still considering taking the plunge to a "Minority Report" future, new reports don't paint a pretty picture. Reuters has just published an extensive study of the status of Google Glass, and according to some sources familiar with the matter, the product might not be launched until 2015, that's if it ...

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    The entertainment industry's got a bit of a love/hate relationship with tech. While the rise of portable devices, higher-than-ever internet speeds, and ubiquitous connectivity, it's become incredibly easy these companies to sell you content. Suddenly feel the urge to watch Caddyshack? Hop on a service like Google Play Movies, and you're just a tap or two away from a streaming copy. But that same tech also makes it easy for pirates to capture and distribute extremely high-quality copies of the same media. As such, media companies have taken a hard-line stance against tech they view as ...

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    What's next for Google Glass? We just heard about a minor hardware upgrade earlier this summer, but we're talking big moves: when's Google going to come out with a commercially viable sub-$1000 Glass that shoppers can pick up from retail stores? The question's been hanging over our head for literally years at this point, and Google doesn't seem to be in a big hurry to answer it. But putting aside that sales question for just a moment, what about the Glass hardware itself? A little more internal tinkering aside, are we looking at the final design? Maybe for this wave of hardware, perhaps, ...

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    When Google first started selling Google Glass, availability was highly limited; potential buyers had to make their case for why they should be allowed into the Glass Explorer program, before even getting a chance to fork over $1500 for the wearable. And Google, having gone to all the trouble of cherry picking users like that, made it very clear in the terms of use for Glass that anyone caught renting, selling, or even giving away their headset faced Google remotely deactivating their hardware. But now with Glass availability greatly improved, is that restriction necessary, or even ...

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    Even though Android Wear products have now hit the market, monthly updates for Google Glass have continually been rolling out -- and this month is no exception. The Google Glass XE19.1 update, released yesterday evening, brings improved connectivity and more features to the ambitious face-mounted wearable. Right off the bad, network connectivity has been improved. Considering that this has found its way onto the changelog, we're thinking this has been improved pretty greatly -- and rightfully so, considering that issues were reported with connectivity on the previous Glass firmware ...

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    For all the talk we make about wanting Google to open the floodgates on Glass, lowering the price and making it widely available to users interested in embracing this brave new world of wearable technology, it's easy to forget that Glass still isn't a finished product. Last fall, for example, we learned of some minor changes Google was making to Glass's hardware, tweaking how Glass would work with prescription lenses and other small adjustments. Today, on the eve of Google I/O 2014, Google's got another Glass refresh to announce, with some improved hardware specs. So far, the Glass ...

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    Wearables are shaping-up to be a major focus of Google I/O this year, and with the conference just about ready to get underway, we're not far from learning what Google has to share. One rumor we recently checked out concerns availability of Glass, and instead of tackling the usual “when will this become affordable and easy to buy” question, it looked to the issue of international availability: when would anyone but curious wearables enthusiasts in the US get a change to call Glass their own? We heard about a couple nations that might be on the short list for getting Glass next, ...

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    Sales of Google Glass feel like they're approaching a crossroads. Google's removed the initial exclusivity from its Glass Explorer program, opening sales to any eligible shopper with $1500 to spend. We've been wondering if Google could finally be ready to move Glass forward into its next phase, targeting even broader audiences with a lower price. It's still unclear just when, how, (or hell, if) that might happen, but a new rumor has arrived to offer another stab at what Google could be up to for its next big Glass expansion, finally bringing the headset to users abroad. Our mention of ...

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    The Google Glass updates keep rolling on in, with the version XE18.1 update just announced to add more features to the face-mounted wearable. The team from Mountain View has thrown in better photo sharing, Google Now cards for the World Cup, to track packages, and, so you don't forget where you parked, and a low battery notification. First off, the MyGlass app has been given an update. Whenever you take a picture with Glass, it instantly becomes available on the Android MyGlass app for quick editing and sharing. While some may protest the move of features away from the Glass unit itself, ...

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    Right now, Google Glass is stuck in this unusual middle ground, somewhere between a pre-release prototype and a finished consumer product. Certainly sales are a lot more open today than they were with early days of the Glass Explorer program, but we've yet to hit that tipping point where the wearable's price drops to an approachable level and it sees the scope of its sales greatly expand. For well over a year by now, we've been wondering about just how that shift might happen, and a lot of the conversation has been centered around possible plans for Google retail stores. But now we're ...

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    People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones - but what about people with glass smartphones? Pocketnow Power User is a series of videos and articles aimed at the "average Joe", explaining core concepts that might seem confusing, even daunting. On this episode of the Pocketnow Power User, we're going to talk about the glass that covers your smartphone, tablet, or wearable. Almost all of our smartphones, tablets, and wearables have a screen. Some are very small, like on your smartwatch or Google Glass, others are very large, like on your iPad or Surface. Still more are somewhere in ...

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    Google Glass has been chugging along, routinely receiving updates, and this next one brings a new experimental feature -- Notification Glance. The feature is in testing, but should already be available as an experimental option in the latest XE17.3 update. Should you choose to turn Notification Glance on (by moving into the Settings bundle and calibrating everything as prompted), you can now just glance at your screen to view notifications after hearing the notification chime. In the past, you would have to nod your head or tap the touchpad, but all of that has now changed. The feature is ...

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    Summer's right around the corner, and its arrival is always a good excuse for picking up a new pair of sunglasses. But just as the spread of smartwatches has us rethinking our options when it comes to buying a new timepiece, the rise of wearables also has us thinking about glasses in a whole new light. Google already has a number of custom options available for Glass users, including both prescription frames and sun-blocking shades, and today it reveals plans to add a whole bunch of new ones, going up for sale later this month. Beginning June 23 (just a couple days after the formal start ...

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    After a long period of time with no software updates for Glass Explorers, Google is back in full force. Today we are seeing a new update for the wearable, bringing with it some bug fixes along with a niftier low battery warning. First of all, the update includes miscellaneous bug fixes that we can only hope are actually present. The fun part is the actual new feature -- a low battery warning for when your Glass unit is too deprived of juice to even turn on. You will see a lovely flashing red light letting you know to get the thing on the charger as soon as humanly possible, which is neat. ...

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    Google Glass may be facing some hurdles even before it becomes available to the public. Adrian Wong, lead electrical engineer for Google Glass, is heading over to a new company -- Oculus. Wong, who was at Google since 2010, has made the departure to begin "Building the Metaverse" over at Oculus (which, by the way, was recently acquired by Facebook). He officially departed on May 2, posting his au revoir on Facebook, fittingly. According to Wong's LinkedIn profile, he was the Senior Hardware Engineer for Google Glass's Explorer edition, working on "end-to-end rapid prototyping, display ...

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    Google Glass has been in the news quite a lot -- most recently, it received a firmware update, became available to the public in open beta, and saw the fancy Minuum keyboard added to its Glassware lineup. The latest addition to said lineup is the TripIt travel organizer app. The app is marketed by TripIt as a way to leave your phone in your pocket and enjoy your surroundings through Glass, while still keeping on top of all things travel. At the airport? Your flight details will conveniently pop up. Have any other reservations, be it for a car, hotel, or anything else? Those will show up ...

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    If you have had your eye on Google's face-mounted wearable, Glass, you have probably purchased it by now, as numerous opportunities to purchase the device have come our way. If you have not, though, you will be pleased to know that Google has now made the Explorer edition Glass device available to many more people. Of course, you will still be dealing with pre-release hardware, and with that the same $1500 price tag, but if you like to be on the cutting-edge, this is the way to do it. One thing to note is that only residents of the United States aged 18 and up will be eligible to buy the ...

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    Google Glass is still one of those products that many of us want to love, but that isn't really reaching the appeal that Google would want from it. So far, it's a product that's cool to have, but that hasn't proven to be quite useful since you can only interact with it through your voice in limited ways. The cool thing is to see developers hard at work in giving Glass the extra functionality it needs, and today we see its first keyboard. The Minuum keyboard has proven to be quite the thing for Android. It's a complete paradigm shift in the way keys are staggered, and how well it can ...

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    If you have Google Glass, and need to quickly send money to someone, you may soon be in luck. A report allegedly from sources close to Google states that the company is testing Glassware letting users do just that, and there is even a reported voice command associated with it -- "OK Glass, send money". The feature is similar to one we have seen rolled out to users of Gmail, so we would not exactly be surprised to see a similar feature land on Glass. Many use-cases can be thought up for the functionality a Wallet app would provide on Glass, including splitting bills with friends and family, ...

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    When you think of Google these days, you think of a lot of things: search, Android, Chrome, and even a digital content store, aptly named Google Play. The last thing you would likely ever tie Google directly to is a physical retail location, a brick and mortar store. No less, a report surfaced late last week suggesting Google was about to do just that … again. Currently, Google has Android stores in Australia, which go by the name Androidland. This time, Google is looking for a physical retail location for all things Google in New York City, according to Crain's NY. It's looking at an ...

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    The All New HTC One won't grace us with its presence until the end of the month, and at this point we're beginning to wonder if HTC will have anything left to reveal at the announcement. From a sales guide to promotional materials to yet another undercover hands-on video, the leaks surrounding one of the year's most anticipated Android handsets refuse to let up – and we're here to talk about them in our latest pre-#ANHO podcast! Before that, of course, we've got the usual news of the week, including a duo of Samsung tablet reviews, rampant speculation about a brick-and-mortar Google ...

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    You'd think that Google would make a dent in the universe with its Google Glass project, which is currently on trial by certain people that don't have anything better to do with $1,500, but that's actually not the case. I'll admit that I'm personally disturbed by people having a conversation with me and using Google Glass, since you really don't know if they're recording the conversation while looking at you. Still Samsung seems to find more use for the concept created by Google Glass, and its new patent envisions more uses as part of its Galaxy line-up as well. The company has just ...

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    Guys, our apologies for the late upload. Hopefully these technical issues will get solved this week. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new Galaxy Camera 2, and the reasons why it's worth and not worth your money. We then continue talking about Samsung, this time because of the possible launch rumors of the Galaxy S 5. Motorola is next as we go through the Moto X and Moto G discounts that just landed. Sony takes the spotlight next with a possible Windows Phone during 2014. We end today's show talking about Google Glass and its possible retail price. All this and more ...

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    Not everyone sees the world in the same way. Of course that's plainly obvious if you've ever spent time in the dungeons comment sections of the internet, but it's easy to forget that it's also true in a literal sense. Not everyone sees or hears the same way you might … and that's as true for smartphone users as for anyone else. So what kind of considerations go into buying and using today's mobile technology products when you're visually impaired? What kind of brand wars exist in the world of the blind? Are we going in the right direction with audio cues and glass screens, or were the ...

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