Watch life through the eyes of a tennis player at Wimbledon thanks to Google Glass

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Google has uploaded a new video to their Glass YouTube channel demonstrating how the wearable technology can fit into people’s lives. In the video, you get to see Bethanie Mattek-Sands using Google Glass to organize her entire tennis experience, from using the device to make packing lists and daily schedules to organizing healthy recipes and recording footage of her practice sessions.

It’s a pretty cool video that definitely puts a more human touch on Google Glass. If Google wants Glass to succeed with the average consumer, they’re going to need more advertising like this that shows that anybody can integrate Glass into their lifestyle. Hit the break to check out the video and let us know what you think. » Read the rest

Google’s Waze acquisition being investigated by FTC

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After announcing last week Google’s acquisition of Israel-based Waze, a “social mapping” service, word is now coming out that FTC regulators have decided to step in and conduct a review. Apparently some in the FTC believe Waze’s claim that they were a competitive threat to Google’s mapping services and thus the acquisition would run afoul of current law. Meanwhile, Google indicates the deal, which closed June 11th, did not require Federal review and approval because Waze’s revenues in the U.S. were less than $70 million.

While the review is underway, Google will likely have to delay efforts to integrate the service with their own mapping tools. If the FTC rules the acquisition should not have occurred, Google would be forced to divest themselves of the Waze unit even at a loss. Some potential buyers could include Apple, Facebook and Microsoft, all of whom have expressed an interest in the past.

Both Google and the FTC have declined to comment.

source: New York Post

First Google Glass-recorded surgery performed by Dr. Rafael Grossmann of Eastern Maine Medical Center

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Dr. Rafael Grossmann of the Eastern Maine Medical Center recently performed a gastrostomy (placement of a feeding tube) with Google Glass in tow, streaming live to a private Google+ Hangout. Plenty of surgeries have been recorded and uploaded to YouTube, but nothing like this has been done before via Google Glass. Although gastrostomies are relatively low-risk surgeries, this is a huge step forward for education via technology in the medical field.

Dr. Grossmann said that ”by performing and documenting this event, I wanted to show that this device and its platform, are certainly intuitive tools that have a great potential in Healthcare, and specifically for surgery, could allow better intra-operative consultations, surgical mentoring and potentiate remote medical education, in a very simple way.”

He went onto explain that ”I was able to show not just the patient’s abdomen, but also the endoscopic view, in a very clever, simple and inexpensive way. I think that there should be ways to directly stream the endoscopic view thru Google Glass (My friend @Julianmb, also a Google Explorer, and his team of experts from @Droiders are working on that!) but this was a “Poor’s Man’s” set up.”

Source: PC Magazine

Google rumored to be preparing “Google Mine” organizational service

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google_mineAn unofficial Google blog just discovered a new service Google is preparing called Google Mine. Mine is allegedly integrated with Google+, and serves as a way to keep track of your belongings and share them with your cicles. It’s an interesting concept that even further blends real life with the internet. More specifically, users will be able to:

  • Catalog your belongings and track what you have
  • Review your belongings for your friends to see
  • Control who sees what and track conversations
  • Send requests to borrow or try out friends’ stuff
  • Share stuff you wish for, get recommendations
  • Share stuff you are giving away, find takers
  • Follow, browse, and search items that friends share

Currently, Mine is available only on Google’s internal marketplace, Bazaar, and is just being tested internally, so obviously no release date is scheduled. In addition to the Google+ integration, an Android app is also in the works. We’ll be sure to let you know when we hear more of the new service.

source: Google System Blog
via: Android Guys

Google to open Android Nation retail stores in India

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Google took a step today to improve its presence in India with the announcement that it will be opening brick and mortar stores called Android Nation. Google’s retail locations in India will follow the opening of two such stores in Jakarta, Indonesia last year. The stores carry Android powered tablets and smartphones from several manufacturers like Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and ASUS. Besides buying the latest in Android devices, customers can visit Android Nation locations to get expert help with their devices and the Android operating system, get info and help with the latest apps, or browse the aisles and shelves for accessories. The stores in India will be opened in partnership with Spice Global. » Read the rest

RSS readers like ‘Feedly’ growing, end of Google Reader looms

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Competing RSS readers are starting to gear up for the imminent ending of Google Reader’s long and successful life, and users are scrambling to find a new RSS reader that they can rely on for their daily dose of news.

Feedly, which used to be a Google-supported RSS app, is transforming itself into an independent RSS service, and recently launched a browser-based version of the service called ‘Feedly Cloud.’ In order to upgrade to Feedly Cloud, users have to update Feedly on all of their devices and computers to version 16 of the service.

Right now it’s looking as though Feedly is on top of other competitors as it recently hit 12 million users, but Digg announced earlier this week that it is cooking up an RSS reader of its own (set for launch on June 26), and rumors have been stirring that Facebook is creating an alternative as well. Only time will tell who will be on top in the end… but of course if you don’t want to wait, hit the break and download the Feedly app now and get it up and running on your computer as well. » Read the rest

Finding a Chromebook just got easier with expansion of retail availability

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Google revealed on their official blog today that they have reached agreement with several retailers to start carrying Chromebooks on their retail shelves. The devices have been available at Best Buy locations and through Amazon.com. Probably the biggest outlet added to the list is Walmart, which will carry a $199 Acer version of the Chromebook in 2,800 locations throughout the U.S. » Read the rest

Google introduces Project Loon, hoping to bring the entire world internet access via balloons

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Loon-mission-controlGoogle is no stranger to outlandish ideas, and it appears they will stop at nothing to make sure the whole world is connected. In that tradition, Google has announced Project Loon, a crazy (hence the name Loon) idea that plans to bring the world internet via high-altitude balloons. The idea is that in many parts of the world, internet access costs more than rent and is out of reach for the average citizen. The plan is to launch a ring of balloons orbiting the globe on stratospheric winds, broadcasting an internet signal comparable to that of most 3G connections. On top of connecting rural areas and other parts of the globe that previously didn’t have internet access, it could also aid in disaster relief, providing a means to stay in contact with devastated areas. Hit the break for videos breaking down how the technology will work.

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Be part of Chrome’s latest experiment with Cube Slam

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Google sure loves to give their users that good old nostalgic feeling pretty often don’t they? This time it’s classic Pong in the form of Cube Slam. The Chrome team always finds nice and fun ways to have their users test out Chrome with these fun old-style games. The game can use your webcam to take a picture and can be used as your avatar/backdrop and vise-versa if you’re playing against a friend. Controls are simple as it’s just classic Pong. Hit the break for a video and let us know your experience with it.

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Google+ app for Android receives a fairly huge update

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Today Google updated their Google+ app for Android and gave it some pretty cool new features. First off, notifications are now systemwide, thus when you swipe away a notification or access it, it won’t be repeated on another device that you may own. I know how annoying that can get for some. They’ve also changed the look of notifications by giving you a bell icon if there’s a new notification that needs to be attended to. Along with the update is also a revamped notification tray to match Google’s other apps. For a complete changelog, hit the break!

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