Will Google ditch Glass?

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Google Glass has been around for a couple of years now, but it hasn’t made its way to the general public yet because it’s still in the “testing” phase for developers. Now Google has opened things up a bit more, allowing more people to purchase it, but they are still charging the same $1,500, which isn’t all that affordable.

Google has certainly had their fair share of devices and services they have dropped. Could Google Glass be one of them? It’s doesn’t seem plausible to me, but Robert Scoble is starting to wonder that in his latest Google+ post. It all started with the fact that Larry Page was on stage at TED, and he wasn’t wearing Glass. Is this enough of a reason to think that Google is done with Glass?

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Give the Android Wear launcher a try on your phone or tablet

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The Android Wear SDK was announced just a few days ago, and the actual launcher was extracted from the emulator. This means that you can install it on your phone or tablet as a third party APK. Now don’t expect this to end of up being your new launcher of choice, but it will give you a decent look at and how it works.

The folks over at Android Police also did a teardown of the APK to see if there was anything interesting that we didn’t already know. It looks like Wear will most likely support daydreams. There is also a mention of Google Ears functionality as well as TV controls.

We also have all the icons as well as some other pics of the UI and APK download after the break.

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TalkAndroid Daily Dose for March 19, 2014

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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!!

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Buying a Chromecast in the UK? BBC iPlayer already supports it

Pandora announces subscription pricing changes

Dropbox will add multiple account support to its app in April

Turntable.fm shuts down, founder launches ‘Ketchup’ social app

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OUYA changes course to give devs choice about free-to-try model

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OUYA has announced a change to their service that will be implemented in coming weeks to let developers choose whether they want to distribute free-to-try games or just go for an up-front fee for gamers to grab a new title. In a blog post titled “It’s about CHOICE” the company says they had resisted allowing developers to offer anything other than free-to-try games. However, this appears to have been dampening enthusiasm for the platform and could be seen as not being entirely open, one of the principles the company is based on. Read more

New Google easter egg is a cheat code for unlimited free searches

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Google has included a number of great easter eggs into search over the years, and the latest one is quite a doozy! Google has used the Konami code for a couple things before, but now it can be used, or at least part of it can, to unlock unlimited free searches!

To unlock it, simply do a voice search for “up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right”, and Google will speak back to you saying “Cheat mode unlocked. Unlimited free Google searches.” The easter egg can be unlocked on desktop, and both Android and iOS. Hit the break to watch the video!

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Xiaomi Redmi Note will cost $130 in China

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The Redmi Note, confirmed on Monday, will be released in China with a price tag that equals roughly $130 in the United States. The device has a 5.5-inch display with a 720p resolution. Inside is an octa-core processor with either 1GB or 2GB of RAM depending upon the clock speed. Keeping it going through the day is a 3200mAh battery. As noted by the CEO of Xiaomi, this device will focus on performance and battery life. Clearly the display/processor combination shows it.

The variant clocked at 1.4GHz will cost $130 and the 1.7GHz model will cost $160. Both come in a variety of colors — black, olive green, dark blue, light blue, and hot pink. The release date is March 26 and pre-ordering opened today.

Of course, the Redmi Note will not be released in the United States. But if it was, would you buy it? If it cost $199 off-contract, would you still buy it? I know I would!

Via: GSMArena

Vueling is a boarding pass you can wear with the Sony SmartWatch 2

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Sony’s SmartWatch 2 now has more than three hundred compatible applications to choose from. And the latest, which Sony announced today, has to do with boarding passes. In what Sony is calling “world’s first wearable boarding pass,” Vueling aims to put all user information on the wrist. The application will provide a 2D barcode that can be scanned and it contains the same information found on a boarding pass. The Vueling app for the Sony SmartWatch 2 will land in the Play Store later this month.

Source: Sony Mobile

Google Keyboard 3.0 brings personalized word suggestions

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Google’s own keyboard has been updated to version 3.0. Despite the change to a full new version number, this isn’t a huge update. The update brings a few minor bug fixes and tweaks, such as a dedicated “ABC” button to switch from emoji. In addition, perhaps the biggest change is a new personalized suggestions feature which uses data from other Google Apps and Services to improve suggestions and corrections.

The personalized suggestions feature is disabled by default, so you’ll need to turn it on through the settings. The update is currently available in the Play Store, and you can download via the link past the break.

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New Google Now voice command will launch your camera

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Google Now constantly has new updates to enhance the service’s functionality, and the latest one will let you open your device’s camera by simply tapping the microphone and saying “Ok Google,” then “take a photo” or “take a video.” It’s a simple addition that probably should have been included a while ago.

The update is launching through one of Google’s infamous staged rollout programs, so if you don’t have the Google Search update now, you will eventually.

Source: +Google

Turntable.fm shuts down, founder launches ‘Ketchup’ social app

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Last November, Turntable.fm made an announcement on its blog that its shutting down to focus more on the ‘Live experience’ and develop its new Turntable Live service. “For over 2 years, we’ve improved and evolved the turntable.fm experience. We made rooms expand to unlimited sizes, made thousands of UI improvements, launched GOLD, built a mini-player, designed tons of avatars and listened to our community, trying to make the experience as wonderful as possible. Over those two years, the community has played over 400 million songs in about a million rooms.”

Now, a few months later, the company is shutting down that service as well. As for the future plans, the company’s CEO, Billy Chasen, is going to start small. A month ago, he released a social app, Ketchup, designed to allow users to keep their friends and families updated on their status without having to spread it on their wider social network. Read more