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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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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about how Android is getting closer to true voice control. Then we cover the rumors of HTC building new colors for the One M8. Samsung then takes the spotlight as we hear more details on its Galaxy S5 mini. A leaked video then shows us what to expect from the iPhone 6 in a dummy that was built from the leaked schematics. We end today's show talking about a recent teardown of Google Glass to reveal its astonishing low cost. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Android gets closer to voice-controlled phone settings - HTC One M8 new color ...

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    Google's clearly put a lot of time and effort into the development of Google Glass – it's rare we see products linger for so long in this seemingly-ready-to-launch mass-testing phase before a more traditional start to commercial sales. As such, it's pretty clear Google has invested a lot of money in Glass, and that's something we see reflected in the headset's $1500 price tag. Presumably, we'll see that number drop significantly at some point, but how low could we hope for it to get? $1000? $500? A recent teardown suggests things could dip even lower, as estimates place an incredibly low ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Google's at-home Glass trial program, and how this might push the platform. Apple follows the news as the company is reportedly working with Shazam to add more iOS 8 functionality. HTC is next as it seems the company is planning to bring optical zoom to smartphones in the future. HTC also makes headlines because the company apparently hired a Samsung marketing guru to push the One line-up. We end today's show talking about Google's probable plans to bring us a more affordable Nexus smartphone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - ...

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    Rumors have been knocking around for a while now suggesting that Google intends to get into the retail business and set itself up some storefronts. One running theme attached to these claims was that Google really needed some in-person experience to sell Glass, considering both how unfamiliar products like it are to shoppers and the substantial sum of money Google's been asking buyers to drop on the wearable. It still remains to be seen if any of that will pan out, but today we learn about a different way Google is tackling those issues with Glass, starting a new program to provide in-home ...

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    Last week, we heard a rumor that Google was about to take Google Glass down from the lofty realms of exclusivity and make the wearable broadly available for one day and one day only, putting it up for sale to anyone in the US still interested in being a tester before the full-on retail launch. Shortly after we shared that rumor with you, Google stepped up to confirm the news, and now we're just hours away from these Glass sales going live. Here's what's happening: starting tomorrow morning at 9am Eastern (6am Pacific), Google is opening up the Glass Explorer Program. In order to ...

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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Samsung Galaxy S5 in stores, aside from the Samsung Gear line-up. HTC is next as the company takes a stab at the Galaxy S5 by comparing it to the HTC One M8, at least secretly. Microsoft is next as we get more rumors of a Surface Mini to be launched soon. LG follows as we get more reports of a 2K display coming on the LG G3. We end today's show talking about the launch of Google Glass to the public, at least temporarily. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Galaxy S5 availability draws big crowds (in some places) - HTC leak makes ...

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    Google Glass has been available to participants in Google's Glass Explorer program for over a year by now. Participants willing to be Google's real world Guinea pigs and fork over $1500 for the headset have been able to get an early start on enjoying this next big wave of wearable technology, but the path to getting your hands on Glass hasn't been entirely straightforward. With broad commercial sales not yet open, buying Glass first meant being chosen specifically by Google, though later we saw availability open up a little. While we're still waiting for that day when Glass might be ...

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    Google's brief experiment with being involved in smartphone hardware manufacturing (or at least, doing so at arm's length) is about to wrap up, but as we know, the company's still got plenty of hardware interests elsewhere. Those take the form of things like Chromecast or Google Glass, with the latter generating a whole lot of buzz as we near a presumed commercial launch. Alongside Glass, we've been hearing rumors now and then of Google's interest in smartwatches, and according to a new report, these wearable gadgets are precisely the direction Google is plotting for itself. According to a ...

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    When you can kick off a tech podcast with a string of expletives taken right from your publication's teamwide chat records, you know it's been a crazy week in the news. The Lenovo Motorola deal, announced late yesterday afternoon, threw our whole week -and perhaps our whole world- into disarray, and we're grateful for the chance to sit down and talk it through on today's show. But the news doesn't stop there. Galaxy S 5 speculation is still coming fast and furious, with details like Samsung's rumored fingerprint scanner beginning to take shape; we're starting to catch wind of Nokia's plans ...

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    When talking with Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky at CES, one thing he said stuck with me: Pebble's vision is not to replace smartphones, but to remain a peripheral. It's a controller or remote for your smartphone – nothing more, nothing less. The company prides itself in how simple and "out of the way" its wrist-mounted notification device is. Frankly, that's one of my favorite features of Pebble. I set it up and it just works, reliably … for days and days on a single charge. When I get a text message, Hangouts message, email, or social notification, Pebble buzzes and previews the ...

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    As Google Glass continues to mature on its way to a broader commercial launch, we've seen Google tweak the headset's design and offer more and more options. Already, that's led to the introduction of accessories like an earbud and a basic snap-on sunglass shade. Overnight, Google took that one shade option and really ran with it, introducing not just two new shades, but four frames, as well. In addition to the original “Active” shades, Google has new Edge and Classic alternatives – and unlike Active, these two have visible rims, if that's the look you prefer. The four frames (Thin, ...

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