The New York Police Department is testing the use of Google Glass to find out if it aids in criminal or terrorist investigations. According to VentureBeat, the Police Department received a few pairs of Google Glass to test out.
“We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes. We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”, a NYC law enforcement official told VentureBeat.
Remember those slap-on watches that were popular years ago? Well, LG of all people looks like they want to bring them back. According to a recent patent by the company, they’re working on a smartwatch that can wrap itself around your wrist, looking more like a bracelet than a watch (as pictured above). Not just that, but the strap will be able to be fully extended and used as a stylus. Quite an idea.
There’s no guarantee that this will evolve into anything real for LG, but LG does have a smartwatch in the works, according to reports.
Source: US Patent & Trademark Office
ASUS isn’t alone in announcing a new Chromebox this week. HP decided to unveil its own today. Available in Smoke Silver, Ocean Turquoise, Snow White and Twinkle Black, the HP Chromebox is powered by a Haswell processor just like ASUS’ offering. The HP Chromebox has HDMI, DisplayPort, Bluetooth and 4 USB 3.0 ports.
Like the ASUS Chromebox, this one has the same price — $179. HP says that it will be offering an Intel Core i7 model and it will presumably be offered in a Chromebox for Meetings package in the near future. Expect this Chromebox to arrive in the United States this spring.
Earlier today, the Dayframe app was updated with Chromecast compatiblity, but we just got word from the folks at cloud.tv that they had to remove it at Google’s request. When Google announced the release of the Google Cast SDK a few days ago, they mentioned that the SDK wouldn’t be released until the updated Google Play Services app (4.2) was completely rolled out.
The Google Cast SDK for Android will be available in a few days as part of the Google Play services 4.2 update, which is currently rolling out to Android devices.
Earlier today, HTC Product Manager Mo Versi tweeted that the Android 4.4 KitKat/Sense 5.5 update for the HTC One was approved by Verizon. He also said the update would be rolling out shortly. While many would assume this means days, the update has gone live. Verizon posted the changelog and the update is being rolled out to HTC One owners today.
Let us know if you received the update!
Source: @moversi, Verizon [PDF]
Google is putting the new ASUS Chromebox to work right away. This Chromebox for Meetings system comes with a Logitech webcam, Jabra speakerphone, and remote with a keyboard on the back. These components are all centered around the already mentioned ASUS Chromebox. This Chromebox, however, will be powered by Intel’s Core i7 processor.
The setup will cost a whopping $999 and 24/7 support will cost $250 annually after being free for the first year. To allow the video conference call, a Google account is required to run Hangouts. While ASUS’ Chromebox is the only one available today, Dell and HP are both said to be joining within the next few months.
Source: Google Official Blog
Thanks to @evleaks, we now have a look at what BlinkFeed will look like on the HTC M8. The image, posted just a little while ago, also shows how the company will approach Android 4.4 KitKat. Below are transparent on-screen buttons, something present on a device like the Nexus 5. Also, the notification bar has all white icons on top of a transparent background. As for BlinkFeed, it seems more modern and clean. Stay tuned for more information about the HTC M8 as it is nearing a rumored March announcement. Read more
First it was Samsung that signed a cross-licensing patent deal with Google. Then it was Cisco. Now, Samsung and Cisco have paired up. The deal gives the companies access to their patent portfolios for the next decade, avoiding as much patent infringement as possible. With all three now having deals with one another, it shows how companies want to innovate while avoiding any sort of lawsuit.
Source: Samsung Tomorrow
Rovio has rolled out an update to their Angry Birds Star Star Wars II title adding some characters, new telepods and reward levels. To get the new characters though, you will first have to melt a frozen carbonite pack. Sadly, melting the carbonite will not melt poor Han Solo as his character remains frozen in the substance. Read more