Buoyed by strong iPhone sales, Apple reported a $7.5 billion profit on $37.5 billion of revenue in the fourth quarter. [TechCrunch]
Instagram has un-banned racy hashtags #thinspo, #underboob and #dildo. Sadly, #pen1s still appears to be blocked. [The Data Pack]
One Kings Lane is rolling out its own in-house line of bedding and towels. A shower curtain will set you back $69. [Wall Street Journal]
Google Glass owners will be available to swap out their current devices for a newer version, which now fits over prescription lenses. Also, you can invite three friends to the Explorer program. [Ars Technica]
There’s a “Social Media All Stars” event at Disneyland and Grumpy Cat will be there, so avoid the area on Nov. 5. [Laughing Squid]
We’re still months away before Google Glass makes its splashy public debut, but the search company turned wearable tech manufacturer is already expressing confidence that it’s going to be a hit. In a recent speech, an employee of its top-secret development department said her team is Read More
A Japenese tech company’s answer to Google Glass has a lot of rad abilities, like translating written text and recognizing faces.
But it’s hard to focus on anything but the clunky, Star Trek-y look of NTT Docomo’s Intelligent Glass. Frankly, it makes Google Glass wearers look positively chic.
If you’re filling up your calendar with concerts and festivals this fall, make sure you leave some room for the Google Glass Tour. Load your empty water bottles with vodka and find your most business-casual zip-up because it’s on, bitches!
Europe to No Good
Maybe you are a privacy fanatic. Maybe you think face computers are unforgivably dorky. Maybe you just really like crepes. Either way, you’ll be glad to know that Google Glass will not be available in Europe for years, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Europeans “have traditionally been more concerned about privacy and hesitant to adopt new, potentially disruptive personal technologies than Americans,” WSJ says. True, we Yanks are suckers for anything new, especially if it has a sleek and shiny ad campaign.
Out and About
An unusual sight greeted us when we walked into General Assembly on Saturday: a large chalk mural of Coco Chanel. ”Success is often achieved by those who don’t know that failure is inevitable,” read a quote from the designer who’d probably have more right to call herself a “disruptor” than most of the yahoos out in Silicon Valley.
“For me, the most exciting [development] is 3D printing, in terms of–if you can imagine getting custom measurements and printing your own garment, or your own shoe, or designer licensing a shape then you can download and print it,” speculated designer Rebecca Minkoff before she breezed out the door to keep her busy Fashion Week schedule.
With all that head nodding and inexplicable talking to an inanimate object, controlling Google Glass can conjure up some suspicious looks from people around you. Now there’s an app for Android-powered phones that covertly controls Glass for you so you don’t look like a total cyborg.
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Yesterday evening AllThingsD broke the news that one of Google’s top VPs was departing the search giant for Xiaomi, a company widely regarded as China’s answer to Apple. It seemed a strange and sudden move until this piece of news surfaced in tandem: Mr. Barra was reportedly involved with a fellow Googler, and that Googler is now dating 40-year-old married Google cofounder Sergey Brin.
We’d imagine using Google Glass can be fun, but it definitely isn’t as fun as mocking the people who walk around in public with computers strapped to their faces. And now, even Siri is getting in on the fun, throwing some serious shade at potential glassholes.
If you were planning on wearing your Google Glass to Guantànamo Bay to casually record some trials in the controversial facility’s war camp, you’re out of luck: the powers that be have reportedly posted a fancy sign alerting visitors that Glass is not allowed.
Specifically, the sign reads, “No Binoculars Or Other Visual Enhancement Devices” and “Leave these outside please NO GOOGLE GLASSES!!!” with an arrow pointing to a Glass model’s face computer.