Survey shows that over 70 percent of people don’t want Glass due to privacy worries

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google-glass-xlGlass is having a rough go of it in regards to privacy concerns. There’s been a back and forth involving the worries that Glass violates the privacy of those around people wearing the tech. While there have been countless of stories involving the fact that, no, Glass does not actually violate privacy and isn’t always recording folk, people are still apprehensive. It’s only going to get worse.

In a study done by market research firm, Toluna, 72 percent of the American populace won’t be purchasing Google Glass because of privacy worries. They’re worried that there will be hacking, unwarranted photography and video filming and so on. While the initial buzz about Glass showed that people were genuinely interested in the product, its public presence has been a bit jaded as of late. With misconceptions by mainstream media furthering people’s apprehension, Google’s gone on the offense with a post showcasing everything Glass isn’t.

As we see more businesses open and shut the doors to Google Glass users, privacy will continue to be a concern for people. How accurate this survey is of speaking for people as a whole is anyone’s guess. What the survey does show is that there’s still a concrete lack of understanding with the new tech. Something Google will mostly likely work on before the product goes retail.

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[Rumor] LG working on SoC that will enter mass production soon

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LG_Logo_02_TA_CES_2014LG is rumored to working on a homemade SoC that is based on the ARM architecture. Odin, as it’s being called, is rumored to come with four 2.2 GHz Cortex-A15s and four Cortex-A7s clocked at 1.7GHz. They will use a 28nm manufacturing process.

Rumors started back in the original Optimus G days but didn’t even make it into the G, G2, or G Pad 8.3. Even though it’s rumored to enter mass production soon, the SoC probably won’t be in the G3 either. LG looks to be having issues with the final design. It wanted to internalize the development and didn’t want to base the new SoC on Qualcomm Snapdragon processing that it was going to do initially. It’s rumored that LG wants to test out the concept on low-end devices first, rather than risk anything with the G3.

If rumors pan out, we may see a device packing the Odin SoC in the second half of the year.

source: ET News
via: Phone Arena

Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff is now available in the Play Store

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Fans of Family Guy — myself included — can rejoice in the freakin’ sweet news that Family Guy’s The Quest for Stuff is now available in the Play Store. Much like The Simpsons: Tapped Out, the game starts with the premise that after some shenanigans that destroys the entire town of Quahog you’re to rebuild the town, house by house — with hilarity along the way. Of course, like Tapped Out, you’re bombarded with in-app purchases with one of the quests being to purchase clams, the monetary unit that’s used to buy premium products and speed up building times. Some of the features include:

  • Create a living Quahog that fits enjoyably in your pants
  • Unlock hilarious outfits for your characters like Mermaid Peter, Bikini-Clad Quagmire, and Rambo Lois
  • Send your characters on ridiculous quests
  • Keep Quahog safe from pirates, evil chickens, and other invasions
  • Peterfy your town with decorations such as The Petercopter, The Peterdactyl, and The Hindenpeter
  •  Unlock hundreds of brand new and classic animations
  • PS: You can play this game in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, and Brazilian Portuguese!

To begin the game, you’re treated to a mini episode where Family Guy get’s cancelled by the new FOX president, the Evil Chicken. After the battle that pits Peter against the Evil Chicken, it’s your time to fix Quahog one hilarious quest after another. For those that are interested in taking on Quahog we have a gallery, QR code and download links after the break. Enjoy!

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[Rumor] – Google’s Hera could unite Android, Chrome and Search

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nexusae0_Hera_thumb1From time to time, Google will change the course of Android that both adds functionality and changes the way we use our most favorite mobile OS. Honeycomb brought us Android on the tablet. Ice Cream Sandwich changed up the UI and brought us guidelines that made Android a more unified experience, Jelly Bean brought us Project Butter with it’s buttery smoothness, and KitKat added Svelte, the ability for Android to run on a wide variety of devices, to the mix.

According to a rumor that Android Police discovered, the next iteration of Android, whether it’s 4.5 or 5.0, will be bringing the experience of Android, Chrome, and Search together on a more unified front for the first time.

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Google is struggling with the trademark for the word “Glass”

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GlassTopGoogle is working on trademarking the word “Glass” for it’s wearable computer but the U.S. trademark office isn’t to keen on the idea at the moment. Google was successful in trademarking “Google Glass,” but the company, that happened to file an application for “Glass” last year, is struggling to get the trademark office on board. A letter from a trademark examiner last fall raised two concerns regarding the trademark.

The first concern was that the trademark is too similar to other pending or existing computer software trades with the word glass in it. This could potentially create a risk of consumer confusion. The second concern suggested that “Glass” — even with its futuristic font — is “merely” descriptive. The reason that this is an issue is that the federal law doesn’t protect generic terms.

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Spotify launching a brand new look and new features with update

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Users of Spotify will notice a new coat of paint for the music streaming and management service. Besides that new coat of paint, Spotify added more ways to manage music. They include:

  • Content is king. Our new design makes accessing your favourite music smoother than ever before. The new dark theme and refined interface lets the content come forward and ‘pop’, just like in a cinema when you dim the lights.
  • It’s Your Music collection. Save albums and browse their beautiful cover art, gather your favourite artists and create playlists for every mood and moment. Found a song or album that you like? Just hit save to add it to your collection. It’s that simple.
  • We know you’ll love it. We’ve listened to all your great feedback to ensure that everything looks and feelsjust right. You told us you preferred a darker interface – so here it is.

Spotify’s browse feature is also getting an upgrade. The upgrade will help deliver more more localized and relevant content. The update will roll out starting today and you should see it really soon. We have a video for you after the break. Enjoy!

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[Rumor] Google toying with the idea of an Android Silver program

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While there has been chatter that Google is planning on axing the Nexus program a new rumor discovered by the folks at Android Police suggest that Google may be toying with the idea of a premium line of phones and services. Slides discovered from a presentation one last year suggest that Google will be working on an Android Silver program designed with carriers in mind.

In order to qualify for the program, a hand set must “run the latest version of Android with no or very limited customizations.” Think either the Nexus 5 or Moto X. However unlike the Nexus 5, none of these handsets will be Google made/designed. There would be displays in carrier stores with the silver devices available on their respective networks.  Unlike the Nexus program, Google will have complete control of how the experience is designed and staff of those stores must be trained/certified in selling Android Silver devices.

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[Video] Galaxy S 5 trumps S 4 in drop test

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S5S4Everyone has that moment. They’re sitting there and go to pull their phone out of their pocket, only to not grab it the way they should have and have it drop out of their pocket and hit the ground. That cringe worthy moment is enough to make anyone’s heart sink as that device worth anywhere from $400 – 700 falls in slow motion to the floor. While most phones end up surviving a drop or two, sometimes they don’t.

Of course when you’re looking at buying a new phone, one of the specs that never gets mentioned is how well it will survive a drop. That’s why we have the Internet and people who do nothing more than show us what to expect should we drop that expensive new device. This time around, we have a drop test video pitting the new Galaxy S 5 against last year’s Galaxy S 4.

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Development of the LG G Flex 2 and the Samsung Galaxy Round 2 diverging

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While currently filling a niche market, smartphones with flexible displays haven’t really taken off. Even so, companies like LG and Samsung are still working on devices with this tech. However, the companies seem to be taking different directions in what they want to accomplish with their devices.

LG appears to be working on improving the performance of its AMOLED screens. It will do so by increasing the resolution while also shrinking the panel to 5.5 inches. Other areas up for improvement include solving an issue with “ghosting” images as the display heats up.

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Verizon variant of the Galaxy Tab 4 arrives at the FCC

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samsung_galaxy_tab_4_10.1_leakPictures leaked yesterday of the Galaxy Tab 4, and it looks like the Verizon variant has made its way to the FCC. It sports the model number of SM-T537V and has been certified on LTE bands 4 and 13. Dimension show it as being 10.1 inches. Although there isn’t official information regarding specs of the device, it’s been rumored to have some that aren’t really going to wow anyone.

Rumors have the display pegged at a 1280×800 resolution and a Snapdragon 400 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz. It will have 1 to 1.5 GB of RAM with 16 GB of internal storage — of course a chunk of that won’t be usable. It will come with a 6,800 mAh battery and will have a rear camera (probably around 3MP). It will come with Android 4.4.2 out of the box.

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