Everything you need to know about Google Glass

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What is a Google Glass?


Google Glass (styled "GLΛSS") is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass.

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It is an attempt to free data from desktop computers and portable devices like phones and tablets, and place it right in front of your eyes.

Essentially, Google Glass is a camera, display, touch-pad  battery and microphone built into spectacle frames so that you can perch a display in your field of vision, film, take pictures, search and translate on the go.



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What all can a Google Glass do?


Though Google's has its own list of features, a Google Glass can be put up for a number of uses from taking photos and film which require no explanation to using the Google hangout software to video conference with your friends and show them what you're looking at.

You'll also be able to use Google Maps to get directions, although with GPS absent from the spec list, you'll need to tether Glass to your phone.

To do that, Google offers the MyGlass app. This pairs your headset with an Android phone. As well as sharing GPS data, this means messages can be received, viewed on the display, and answered using the microphone and Google's voice-to-text functionality.

That functionality will also bring the ability to translate the words being spoken to you into your own language on the display. Obviously you'll need a WiFi connection or a hefty data plan if you're in another country, but it's certainly a neat trick if it works.


There are rumors that Third parties are also already developing some rather cool/scary apps for Google Glass - including one that allows you to identify your friends in a crowd, and another that allows you to dictate an email.



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Google Glass specifications

Hardware

Camera 
Google Glass has the ability to take photos and record 720p HD video. While video is recording, a recording light is displayed above the eye, which is unnoticeable to the wearer.
Touch-pad 
The side of Google Glass is a touch-pad  allowing users to control the device by swiping through a timeline-like interface displayed on the screen.

Software


Applications (Glassware) 
Google Glass applications (Glassware) are free applications built by third-party developers. Glass also uses many existing Google applications, such as Google Now, Google Maps, Google+, and Gmail.
Voice actions
Other than the touch-pad Google Glass can be controlled using "voice actions".

To activate Glass, wearers tilt their heads upward or say "O.K., Glass." 
Once Glass is activated, wearers can say an action, such as "Take a picture", "Record a video", "Hangout with [person/Google+ circle]", "Google 'What year was Wikipedia founded?'", "Give me directions to the Eiffel Tower", and "Send a message to John". 


Many of these commands can be seen in a product video released in February 2013.
Battery life is apparently a day, although that's with the usual "typical use" caveat, which probably excludes a lot of videoing.
The device will sync to your Google Drive in the cloud
Bluetooth and WiFi will be built in, but no GPS chip - so the Glass will probably work best alongside an Android phone, although you can pair with any Bluetooth enabled phone.

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Technical specifications

For the developer Explorer units:
No official information about display resolution, 640×360 suggested, as it is recommended for app developers
  • 5-megapixel camera, capable of 720p video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.911b/g
  • Bluetooth
  • 16GB storage (12 GB available)
  • Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 SoC 1.2Ghz Dual(ARMv7)
  • 682MB RAM "proc".
  • CPU: OMAP 4430 SoC, dual-core
  • 3 axis gyroscope
  • 3 axis accelerometer
  • 3 axis Magnetometer (compass)
  • Ambient Light sensing and Proximity sensor

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How much will Google Glass cost?


The Google Glass Explorer (the developer version being sent out now)costs $1,500.

The consumer versions, which are expected to arrive by the end of 2013, are expected to be a little cheaper, although any actual prices remain speculative.
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Have a glimpse of Google Glass below - 


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Photo albums are stupid. Moju Labs taking it to the next level

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The company isn't yet talking about its product .

Founded by the former chief scientist at PayPal and current entrepreneur-in-residence at North Bridge Venture Partners, Mok Oh says, “We’re always carrying around a device that’s called a smartphone, but it’s really a sensor device and we’re capturing so many things – not just photos, but audio and visual, too”, hinting at what’s to come from Moju. “And on top of that, we’re wearing wearable computing stuff, and quantified self gadgets.”

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All these things are constantly being used to capture and measure data about you, but this is “dumb data,” Oh explains. It’s information, but it’s not stories. “And what really matters is people’s relationships and stories,” he says.

“Photo albums are so stupid. Timelines are so stupid. Social media posts – not the content, but the way we consume them – are so stupid,” he adds. “It’s all very linear and time-driven, but it shouldn't be that. It should be a collection, brought to together as a story.”

“I think we have a much better chance of success here than anyone else in the world,” he says.

MojuLabs has a very experienced team of entrepreneurs from Google, PayPal, MIT, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon. It’s surely going to take the concept of photo albums to a whole new level.

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The company is building early prototype products and getting feedback and trying to build a team that has the right culture and tech DNA.

As the tag line of this organisation says: 

We're building wonderfully fun, beautiful, and smart ways to explore and rediscover your precious memories.

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Lets wait to see what interesting they have in the store for us.

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BlackBerry set To Launch BBM On Android And iOS This Summer

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UPDATE

BlackBerry just released the "breaking" news via its blog that BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) will be released this weekend i.e. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 for Android and Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 for iOS.

Today at BlackBerry Live, CEO Thorsten Heins announced BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) will soon be available on Android and iOS platform. The messaging app will launch globally this summer. This is a huge move for BlackBerry as it brings BB10′s strongest feature to literally hundreds of millions of potential users. 
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“It is a state of confidence,” Heins explained. “The BB10 platform is so strong and the response has been so good that the time is right for BBM to become an independent mobile messaging platform.”
The app will be free on both Android and iOS. Much like other messaging apps, BBM will support iOS hardware running iOS 6 and above; the Android version will be compatible with version 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and above.
Initially, only messaging and group features will be available. But Heins promised that the rest of BBM will eventually make its way to the Android and iOS versions including screen sharing, BBM voice and the just-announced BBM channels.
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In the first version of multi-platform BBM, iOS and Android users are expected to be able to experience the following BBM features:
  •  The immediacy of BBM chats
  • Multi-person chats
  • Voice note sharing
  • BlackBerry Groups, where BBM users are able to set up groups of up to 30 people and share calendar, photos, files and more

In a press release, BlackBerry notes that BBM's successful move to iOS and Android depends upon the approval of Apple and Google. Assuming things go according to plan, BBM will face no shortage of competition from WhatsApp and other messaging apps that already enjoy enormous success across mobile platforms.
We are making the BBM platform more powerful than ever”, Heins proudly stated. And with this very bold move from BlackBerry, it’s hard to argue against his statement.

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BBM Quick Facts:
  • More than 60 million monthly active users
  • More than 51 million daily active users who are connecting with friends or colleagues an average of one and a half hours every day.
  • BBM users send and receive more than 10 billion messages each day, nearly twice as many messages per user per day as compared to other mobile messaging apps
  • Almost half of BBM messages are read within 20 seconds of being received; indicating how truly engaged BBM customers are

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Seagate & Corsair launches Wireless Storage devices

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Seagate Wireless Plus


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The new Seagate Wireless Plus looks like any other external hard drive from the company  that can be accessed by up to eight computer devices through its own Wi-Fi network. It is small enough to fit inside your coat pocket if needed, though it needs a strip like dock to connect to the USB cable. It has a power button at the side, which also activates the wireless. The device creates a wi-fi network of its own and this is indicated by the blue LED glowing solid. While you can copy files to the device using the USB, to access the content from an iOS or Android device you will need to download the Seagate Media app. 

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Once the app is downloaded just link your phone or tablet to the Seagate Wi-Fi and you are ready to go. The app has a different folder for the files on the 1TB hard drive and you can play them directly on a mobile device without any buffering. However, when the device is low on power the Wi-Fi has a tendency to switch off itself. The one terabyte capacity Wireless Plus has a 10-hour battery life and is accessible by Apple devices that run on iOS as well as all Android-powered devices through an app, it said. Other computers can access the storage by connecting to its Wi-Fi network and opening the web browser.

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Designed to wirelessly stream content for up to eight smartphones or tablets, the device aims to extend the limits of today's mobile lifestyle. The integrated 1TB drive offers enough space for storing 500 HD movies and a 10 hour battery backup.

Seagate Wireless Plus

The company has also announced the Seagate Central shared storage that delivers automatic backup for the entire home, access to digital movies and music from networkdevices along with the remote access from outside a home network. 
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Corsair Voyager Air

This drive comes with a removable SuperSpeed USB 3.0 adapter for quick content loading. The Wireless Plus can also be used to enjoy video, photos, music and documents on the big screen via Apple Airplay, DLNA or using the app specially designed for Samsung's Smart TV. 
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In terms of connectivity options, the Voyager Air is as versatile as can be. It can create its own Wi-Fi hotspot, so you can transfer files over a wireless network, but it can also connect to a public hotspot and pass that Internet connection through to its own clients. Other wireless hard drives require you to log out of their network in order to switch to an Internet hotspot. The Voyager Air is also outfitted with a USB 3.0 port, for direct connection to a PC, and a gigabit ethernet port, so you can use it as either a wired or wireless NAS. 
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On the downside, the Voyager Air currently lacks a Web portal for viewing media, and since it’s not DLNA compliant, it’s not the best for smart TVs, Blu-ray players, and other media-streaming devices that might be in your home-entertainment system. It works just fine with PCs, however, and there are Android and iOS apps available for relevant smartphones and tablets. Corsair has promised a firmware upgrade that will add a Web portal and DLNA compatibility, but it hasn't offered a time-frame  For now, you simply open, view, and play files as you would from any other external storage device.
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The Voyager Air’s battery lasts for just over five hours while streaming a high-bit rate movie. An LED indicator glows orange when the battery level drops below 50 percent and red when less than five percent is left.

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The Voyager Plus ships with a carrying bag, a standard USB 3.0 cable, a USB-to-power cable, a USB wall charger, and even a 12-volt auto adapter. You can power off the Wi-Fi function to preserve battery life, and plugging into a USB port will do so automatically (attaching the unit via ethernet will not).

Both the wireless storage devices have some common and some unique features; and its up to you to decide which one suits best for your needs.

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