With Google Glass beginning mass production in the next year, a lot of interesting cases are going to come up regarding etiquette. Nick Starr, a network engineer from Seattle, walked into the Lost Lake Cafe, a 24-hour diner in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, and was forced to either take off his Google Glass headset or leave the diner. According to Starr, he had visited Lost Lake multiple times wearing Glass, with no problems until the most recent visit.
Starr was very vocal about the treatment he received, stating on Facebook that he would “love an explanation, apology, clarification, and if the staff member was in the wrong and lost the owner money last night and also future income as well, that this income be deducted from her pay or her termination.” Apparently, the owner of Lost Lake made headlines in March for banning Google Glass from another establishment he owns – 5 Point Cafe, saying that it’s “about privacy.” The owner, David Meinert, had a staff meeting at Lost Lake telling all servers to ask anyone wearing Glass to remove it because they want their customers “to feel comfortable.”
This clearly isn’t the last we’ll hear about Google Glass etiquette controversies. It’s definitely an interesting topic, and we’ll keep you updated on other interesting stories like this.
Source: The Verge
If you haven’t already opted in to the new Google Maps, you might want to now. Along with so many great new features and an updated UI, you can now easily embed a map with easy access to the HTML snippet.
Click on the gear icon on the bottom right and then go to “embed map.” Once the map is embedded, users can sign into the maps to see their own relevant content such as saved places— they can also save a place from your own embedded map so they can see it later on on their device. Usage limits are non-existent as well.
Source: Google Geo Developers
Pantech is rumored to be working on another phone in their Vega lineup with a 5-inch screen and a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint recognition thing seems to be the hot new feature on smartphones, since we’re seeing it on many new flagship phones and even Pantech’s Vega Secret Note. There’s not much else known about the device, except that it will likely have a full HD screen (also a standard for smartphones now) and we’re expecting a December release. I’m sure we’ll hear more about it as we get closer to the launch date.
What do you guys think about fingerprint scanners? Are you happy that it seems like it’s becoming a standard feature, or does it seem gimmicky to you?
via: Unwired View
A photo of Oppo’s R829T back-side has been released online, and shows off a reflective material used on the back panel. Oppo is reportedly calling it a “holographic mirror design.” There also appears to be a metal frame around the device. The top left corner features the 13MP shooter and LED flash, and internally, the phone has a MediaTek MT6589 processor, which is a quad-core Cortex A7 clocked at 1.2GHz. The phone also has 1GB RAM.
Launch date and price are not yet available but stay tuned for more information.
HTC has another One variant coming down the pipeline, and this one has a dual-SIM option. The device, which has a removable back, has access to a microSD slot as well. You’ll be able to switch easily between SIMs and have up to 64GB storage.
However, the new variant does not have LTE support. Otherwise, the device is exactly the same. The phone is up for pre-order right now for $809 (w/o a new 2-year contract).
When the Nexus 7 (2013) was introduced earlier this year, it did not take long before reports of problems like touchscreen inaccuracies and GPS issues surfaced eventually leading to some fixes from Google. Another group of early adopters may be going through the same thing as Nexus 5 owners are discovering some problems with audio quality. The problems seem to be connected to the built-in microphone with the biggest impact being on call quality during phone calls. Read more
One of Google’s selling points on KitKat was that it could run on low-power devices and phones with as low as 512 MB of RAM, but no one realistically expected extremely old devices to get official KitKat support. Of course, that’s never stopped Android’s developer community, and as of today both the Nexus One and Nexus S (yeah, remember those?) have unofficial KitKat ROMs. Best of all? They actually run pretty well. Read more
Last week Google made some changes to Google Play to help users with tablets find apps that were optimized for their devices. Another change in Google Play has been discovered, this one aimed at Chromecast owners. When you drill down into the App section of Google Play, you will discover Google has added a new button for Chromecast apps. In landscape mode the button is readily apparent along the top of the screen. In portrait mode, a swipe from left to right to view the “Categories” choices will reveal the button as well. Read more
Since announcing Google Play for Education at Google I/O earlier this year, things got quiet related to the initiative. However, last week we saw the official launch of the project including the addition of a specific app to support school administrators who want to deploy Nexus tablets to their students. Read more