Google expands frame offerings for Glass with selections from Diane von Furstenberg

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As Google continues the slow march towards making Google Glass a viable consumer product, one of the issues they are addressing is the fashion statement the devices make. They have announced some new offerings to help potential fashion conscious users of Google Glass with five new frames and eight shades from designer Diane von Furstenberg. Dubbed the DVF | Made for Glass collection, the new choices will be available starting June 23rd through the Google Glass store and Net-A-Porter, an on-line luxury fashion retailer. 
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2013 Nexus 7 WiFi model Android 4.4.3 update rolling out OTA

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Yesterday Google finally started to roll out the Android 4.4.3 update for the 2013 version of the Nexus 7 tablet. However, the update is only available for the WiFi-only version of the tablet. The update is being rolled out as an over-the-air update. This comes after yesterday’s release of the images and binaries for the Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices.

We expect it should be a short wait for owners of other versions of the Nexus 7 to start receiving an update. In the meantime, owners of the WiFi version will have to wait for the update to become available for them via Google’s phased rollout. If you just cannot stand to wait and want to give sideloading a try, you can hit the source link for more information from XDA.

source: XDA Developers

Tech-friendly cities prefer iOS over Android devices

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Crittercism, a company that works to improve mobile application performance, has found that tech-friendly cities have a clear preference as to what mobile operating systems are more favorable. A tech-friendly city is one that is, unsurprisingly, technologically advanced. The cities that made the list are some of the largest in the United States.

The results of the study were mixed as some cities favor Android and others went the way of Apple’s iOS. The top two iOS cities were San Francisco and New York. Being in the New York Metropolitan Area, I can firmly agree that iOS devices are predominantly carried around. San Francisco, on the other hand, is nearby Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino. Other cities that were more so leaning iOS include Chicago, Fort Worth, and Jacksonville. Cities that heavily prefer Android are San Antonio, Phoenix, and Detroit. Even Houston and El Paso were high on Android’s side, but it was basically split even with iOS.

What have you noticed? Is your area Android and iOS favorable?

Source: Re/code

Google reveals new page to handle data suppression requests in EU

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Earlier this month a European court created a new “right to be forgotten” for citizens living in the European Union covered by the court’s jurisdiction. This new right means users can request search engines suppress information that may be returned by a search query. After the ruling was issued, Google started to receive a flood of requests for application of the new right. Google indicated at the time that they would create an online mechanism for users to submit these requests. That process has debuted via a help request form accessed on Google support pages.
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Google releases Stars Chrome extension and web interface

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Google has reinvented the Chrome bookmark system, and called it Google Stars. The new system was first spotted almost a month ago, and just today it briefly went live, until it was pulled back by Google. It looks like the system is still in its testing phase, and Google hasn’t yet made any official announcements.

The new bookmark system essentially collects data about things you’re interested in and things you’ve bookmarked, and these things are then arranged by date. Users can easily organize bookmarks, or “stars” into folders for easy access, and even share the folders if they want to.


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Android TV will be showcased at Google I/O, packs a secret weapon

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Google eagerly wants a piece of your living room. A few years ago, they attempted to do so with Google TV and that completely flopped. The Google TV team was separate from the Android team, despite the service running the same operating system. Google TV was trying to bring television components to the forefront rather than relying upon online services like almost everyone else does. There was a lack of focus on the services that people really cared about. But according to GigaOm, that is all set to change at Google I/O when the company unveils Android TV.
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Google clarifies UFOs were not seen in Kentucky, merely a Project Loon balloon

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For now on, second guess yourself if you saw an unidentified flying object (as if you don’t already). Over in Pike County, Kentucky in 2012, residents believed they saw some UFOs soaring in the sky. Those residents were wrong. A year after the alleged sightings, Google has stepped forward to claim the blame.

A Project Loon balloon that was launched in California somehow made its way eastward to Kentucky. Something went wrong with the controls and Google had no chance to recover the it. Despite Google providing an explanation saying that it was a prototype with a lengthier body, some of Pike County’s residents still believe they saw something much different than a balloon.

Source: Space
Via: BGR

Google Maps Android update brings elevation levels for bikers and hikers

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Last week, Google brought elevation levels to the desktop version of Maps. Of course, it would make the most sense to have something like this on your phone, and that is exactly what Google did. The Maps app for Android was updated to 8.1 bringing this feature, so if you are a biker or a hiker, you will now be able to see exactly how hard you will need to work to get to where you’re going.

As usual, this update is rolling in stages, but we have the APK download for you after the break, as well as the old fashioned Play Store links.


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Tony Fadell discusses plans for home infiltration with Nest

nest_protect_blackWhile Nest has made headlines for its smart thermostats and smoke detectors but it didn’t gain the traction it deserved until Google plunked down the few billion dollars it did for the company. However, the company isn’t just sticking to thermostats and smoke detectors as CEO Tony Fadell, a former iPod executive, says that it’s exploring a variety of other areas as well.

In an interview at the Code Conference, Fadell mentioned that the company was looking into various things associated with the home including security and health. As he said in the interview:

“I think there are a lot of unloved categories in the home. Like Elon [Musk] has done with Tesla, you can go in and rethink how you re-do electric motors in those products.”


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