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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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    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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