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    We've given him our reverence more than once around here. But it's another thing to sit down and talk with the man who made the smartphone possible. The man who –with the help of some very talented teams– made the cellular phone possible. The man who essentially made this site, our work and your thoughts on all of it possible. And our own Michael Fisher had the privilege of doing just that. Dr. Martin Cooper, born in Chicago in 1928, graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1950. He left his first job out of school at Teletype Corporation (which would soon get entangled ...

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    Google Glass is in the middle of a transition period. After its very public test run with the Glass Explorer Edition, Google took its vision for the wearable back to the drawing board, and has been working on a new Glass experience – one with new hardware, as well as (presumably) new software. We've been checking out evidence of this Glass headset over the past several weeks, while hearing rumors that the new Glass could be positioned as an Enterprise Edition with the intent to sell it to businesses. That account picks up new support from additional sources, as rumors attempt to describe ...

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    Google Glass is still moving forward, even after the initial hardware failed to find broad mainstream success, and we've been looking forward to the introduction of a new Glass headset at some point later this year; we've certainly seen FCC evidence that appeared to confirm work on that very project. Now some new rumors have been suggesting a very different direction Google could be pursuing for this new device, one that's focused mainly on business users. Today we pick up some rumored new hardware details about the changes that may be in store for Glass. Reports from earlier this month ...

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    Google Glass managed to get plenty of people excited, and for good reason. Far more than smartwatches, the tech seemed practically right out of science fiction, yet here Google was not just developing it, but giving the public a chance to experience it for themselves. While the original Glass momentum may have seriously slowed down (publicly, at least) since its heyday, work on the project has continued, and we've heard that a new generation of Glass hardware is on the agenda for sometime later this year. Today we have what might be our first run-in with some real evidence of that device, ...

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    Google Glass was a grand experiment, but the combination of a wary public and sky-high price tag ended up standing in the way of the wearable becoming the next big thing. But while those initial efforts may have petered out, there's been the promise of bigger, better things from round two – and indeed, we started off this year hearing reports that the Glass project had found new management and would be producing a new Glass headset for release sometime later this year. That idea's since been supported by additional statements from Google, talking in particular about finding ways to make ...

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    It all started in Palo Alto, California back in 2003 - a little company named Android, Inc. was founded by Andy Rubin, Rich Miner, Nick Sears, and Chris White. The purpose of the venture was to create "smarter mobile devices that are more aware of its owner's location and preferences", and was originally aimed at digital cameras. That market proved not to be large enough, so the focus shifted to smartphones that could compete against Microsoft's and Symbian's offerings. Google acquired Android, Inc. in 2005 and speculation began to swirl that the search engine and email giant was ...

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    As much as the folks at Mountain View did their best in making Google Glass something cool to wear, we all know that the end result was far from positive. Many people debated if paying $1500 for a pair of unproven glasses was worth it, and those who did prove their bravery in the initial Explorer program, didn't like to be called "glassholes" at all. Google Glass was a true challenge for public etiquete, but the company has now come on record to confirm that the project is not done. Google's Eric Schmidt was recently interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on the topic, and he was clear ...

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    Here’s the thing. I don’t get Google Glass. I never have. At first, it seemed like a Bluetooth headset, only more pretentious. It was a vague concept that you can use to “connect without disconnecting,” or while “staying in the moment” or some other kind of marketing drivel. Then it was priced at $1,500, and I only stopped laughing about that last week, which is when they coincidentally pulled Google Glass off the shelves, presumably with a dust buster close at hand. Earlier, we were introduced to Microsoft Holographic. At first, when they used the word “holograms” I perked ...

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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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    Google Glass hasn't necessarily taken the world by storm, and the reasons go beyond Google's price tag. People still debate if this is a product worth buying, and even worth using at times when the public has a hard time accepting that you permanently use a camera to face them. We've already heard that Google is pushing the launch of Google Glass until 2015, but the changes go beyond just changing the date. Sources familiar to the matter claim that Google is partnering with Intel and ditching the existing Texas Instruments processor that powers Google Glass. We don't hear any specifics as ...

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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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    Amazon has proven to be one of the most unpredictable companies in the world lately. From bashing tablets with its e-readers, to launching tablets, to claiming it wouldn't launch a phone, to actually launching one, there seems to be no limit to the scope Amazon plans to reach lately. The only frontier we haven't heard Amazon working on is wearables, but that could change very soon. You may not recognize the name Babak Parviz on the street, but if we told you he's one of the project leaders of Google Glass, then things start to ring a bell. Parviz is also famous for leading another Google X ...

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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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    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 is one of those products that's definitely cool, but that is struggling to find the popularity it deserves in the market. Reviewers have struggled to like it, mainly because of how useful it can and can't be, and those who have tried it recently after it went on public beta find it awkward to achieve public etiquette through it. Google definitely needs to do more than just sell this product, and that's what the company just did with its new hire. Google has appointed Ivy Ross as the new head of Google Glass. This would be her first position at Google, and judging by her ...

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