Google recently announced that later this year, Glass Explorers will get a chance to swap out their prototype future specs for an updated model.
Yesterday, the company released photos of what they’ll be receiving. It looks pretty much the same, except now it’ll come with a “mono earbud” that will make the apparatus look, if possible, even dorkier. The good news is it’s detachable, so get excited about another addition to your tangled sack o’ electronics.
Philadelphia has finally beat its big bro New York City at something–the historic city leads the nation in smartphone theft :(. Their mayor is joining Pennsylvania and New York attorneys general on an initiative to curb the burglaries. [CBS Local]
Google+ has seen a 58 percent jump in users, meaning the social network no Read More
Over the weekend, rumors swirled in San Francisco about a mysterious, Google-owned barge that was creeping around (actual name!) Treasure Island. Speculation as to the nature of the four-story, windowless structure ranged from floating data center to, our guess, a Crossfit studio for Sergey Brin’s biceps.
Stop guessing because KPIX-TV has it all figured out: It’s a giant store for Google Glass.
We live in a world where Google’s whopping third-quarter revenue of $15 billion is considered “satisfactory.” [Forbes]
This year, 40 percent of YouTube’s traffic comes from mobile–up from 25 percent in 2012. [TechCrunch]
Hulu made the worst kept secret that former Fox exec Mike Hopkins is its new CEO official yesterday. [The Verge]
Netflix is experimenting with DVD-like extras for its original programs. Get excited for that Orange is the New Black blooper reel! [Engadget]
The Fifth Estate, that riveting moving about Wikileaks, is unlikely to rake in more than $5 million this weekend. “It’s pretty scary at this point,” said one analyst. [Variety]
Ever find yourself wishing you could CTRL + F your messy desk for your cough drops? Log off and get help. But you’ll probably be delighted to learn that Google has landed a new patent that, if ever implemented, would basically allow you to favorite something in the real world.
After a decade and a half of the Internet wreaking havoc on the way we live our lives, the literary world has decided it’s time to tackle its influence. Hard on the heels of Bleeding Edge, Thomas Pynchon’s take on Silicon Alley’s first tech boom, we have The Circle, a patched-together dystopian fantasy by Dave Eggers, who is quite clearly very worried about the pernicious influence of Facebook and its ilk.
Many, many words have already been devoted to the ways Mr. Eggers misunderstands Silicon Valley, and they’re justified. The novel reads like it’s cobbled together from what Mr. Eggers has overheard in the bars, coffee shops and parks of San Francisco. He’s nailed the sound of the tech world’s delusions of grandeur, but he doesn’t see them for the delusions they usually are.
YouTube Killed the Video Star
YouTube appears to be down for some users, according to anecdotal data and the pretty reliable Downrightnow.com.
“It blows,” a local woman said of the outage via Gchat.
startups are annoying
When giant tech companies try to lure fresh talent, they tend to do wacky, attention-grabbing stunts. Remember when Google installed a billboard in Silicon Valley with a mysterious mathematical equation that, once figured out, pointed smart people (a.k.a. engineers) to an employment page?
million dollar listing
Soon, Chelsea is going to be one, big Googleplex. The search behemoth is close to signing a 360,000 square-foot lease at 85 10th Ave for space that wasn’t even listed as on the market.
the robots are coming
The prospect of driverless cars is enough to make a commuter weep with joy. Imagine sleeping on your way to work, then kicking back with a Bud Light Lime on your way home. Pretty trill, right?
Well, the chairman of Toyota doesn’t want you getting your hopes up.