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

Missed Samsung’s Premiere 2013 event? Watch the full recording here!

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Good news if you didn’t catch Samsung’s Premiere 2013 event— you can view the entire thing here at your leisure. Samsung released some pretty cool devices at the event, ranging from Galaxy cameras to ATIV tablets. They really did a good job focusing on specific niches, releasing products for many different types of customers. Samsung also released a bunch of new colors for the Samsung Galaxy S 4. Check out the video below for the full event recording. 
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Vine for Android updates to version 1.1 bringing some much needed improvements to the popular video-sharing service

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The increasingly popular video-oriented companion to Twitter, Vine, has updated their new Android app to version 1.1 bringing some very important improvements to the app, which currently has an average rating of 3 stars. Today’s update brings huge improvements to performance including quicker capture speed, higher quality and improved audio/video synchronization. Users now have the ability to clear their local cache in the app’s settings, search for users and hashtags and share videos to Facebook. Finally, the developers have included some bug fixes and tweaks to the UI. 
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Sony teases new SmartWatch with an announcement expected at Mobile Asia Expo

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Sony are no strangers to technology innovation, especially in the portable space. The same company that brought us the WALKMAN also brought us the first “smart” watch in 2007, two points they made very clear in recent tweets with hashtags #itstime and #MAE13 (short for Mobile Asia Expo). These tweets and a couple more in the same vein seem to indicate that Sony have a new SmartWatch up their sleeve (pun absolutely intended).

Aside from the Mobile Asia Expo, Sony has some upcoming media events in Shanghai and Europe in the coming weeks, where they are expected to announce their hotly anticipated 6.4-inch phablet, presumably alongside an updated SmartWatch. The timing is perfect as multiple companies including Google and LG have stepped into the smartwatch arena, and as Sony knows, there is always room for innovation.

Source: Xperia Blog

Android 4.2.2 test build for Samsung Galaxy S III leaked

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As the summer solstice was drawing to a close, SamMobile released a leaked test version of Android 4.2.2 firmware for the Samsung Galaxy S III. According to sources, Samsung is still testing the Android 4.2.2 build and may still be in the process of adding features such as the Samsung Galaxy S 4‘s camera features. The official release of Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S III is expected some time in July or August.
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Another possible image of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hits the internet

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A Chinese source has leaked another image of what appears to be the highly-anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It carries Samsung’s signature plastic design with a prominent home button and a huge (possibly 6-inch) screen with virtually no bezel. Rumored specs for the device look promising including a 1080p display, Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel rear camera and S-Pen functions.

The device will presumably run Android 4.2.2 and could be announced at this year’s IFA event in Berlin September 6th. All of you phablet enthusiast let us know in the comments if this is the phone you’ve been waiting for.

Source: Ameblo

TalkAndroid Daily Dose for June 21, 2013

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With hectic schedules, it can be hard to keep track of everything in your news feed. That’s why we created the TalkAndroid Daily Dose. This is where we recap the day’s hottest stories so you can get yourself up to speed in quick fashion. Happy reading!!

Apps

Gameloft’s Gangstar Vegas released for Android

Sega announces sale on four popular ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ games in Play Store

Google

Google rumored to be preparing “Google Mine” organizational service

Phones

Korean Samsung customers upset over rumored Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800 CPU and LTE Advanced support

Miscellaneous

HTC CEO Chou says company to rebound to highest level ever with 15% of market

Tokyo court rules Samsung infringed on Apple’s “bounce-back” patent

 

Gameloft’s Gangstar Vegas released for Android

gamestar_vegasA little while ago we showed you the trailer for Gameloft’s new game, Gangstar Vegas. Today Gameloft has released the game to the Play Store. Gangstar Vegas can best be described as a Grand Theft Auto clone, allowing players to take a dangerous, violent trip through Sin City in over 80 missions to win mafia wars. This is a much bigger and more sophisticated game than oter Gameloft games – the city is over 9 times the size of the previous Gangstar game.

The app is hefty, both in price and size -it’s $6.99 and a crazy 2.5 GB. If it’s worth it, go check out the trailer again and download Gangstar Vegas from the link after the break.


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Google rumored to be preparing “Google Mine” organizational service

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

Korean Samsung customers upset over rumored Galaxy S 4 with Snapdragon 800 CPU and LTE Advanced support

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By now, most of us have heard the rumors of that new Galaxy S 4 that’s sporting an ultra-fast Snapdragon 800 processor and radios for LTE Advanced networks. On one hand, that’s definitely going to be an extremely fast device. On the other hand, it’s only been a few months since the release of the original Galaxy S 4, so some Korean customers in Samsung’s home market are (understandably) upset that their top-of-the-line device may not be top-of-the-line for much longer. Between unhappy customers and the perception of slowed down Galaxy S 4 sales and Samsung might have a tough situation on their hands.

In Samsung’s defense, I doubt most casual users who buy the Galaxy S 4 would be able to notice too much difference between the Snapdragon 600 and 800 in everyday use, and LTE Advanced is still really new technology that hasn’t been deployed in too many markets as of right now. It always sucks to have your device obsoleted within a few months, but these are still just incremental bumps and not really a whole new device.

What are your thoughts? Are any of you upset that Samsung is releasing a better Galaxy S 4 so quickly?

source: Unwired View