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Google Maps Now Connects Directly to Uber

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As if the temptation to give up on the subway and splurge on an Uber cab weren’t great enough already, Google Maps is now connected to the on-demand rideshare app.

An update of Google Maps released yesterday includes the Uber integration, as well as a few more enhancements. Now, when you look up directions on your device and select the walking or public transportation options, a prompt reading “Get an Uber” is at the bottom of the list of possible routes. The app also highlights the Uber travel time in a bright color, just to reinforce how much time you’d save by taking a car. Read More

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Google’s Chromecast Won’t Support Your Crippling Porn Addiction

He's pretty cute though. (Google)

Sorry Chromecast users, but you can’t stream live footage from the Playboy Mansion to your living room just yet.

Yesterday, Google released the Google Cast SDK (short for software development kit), which lets developers make their apps compatible with Google Chromecast. (Until now, Chromecast users could only enjoy a select few apps, including Netflix, Pandora, and YouTube.) Read More

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Google Goes Deeper Into Your Head With Smart Contact Lenses

Just pop this lil' guy in your eye and you're all set! (Youtube)

At first, we were excited to hear that Google was finally developing a smart contact lens. At last, we thought, we’ll be able to get all the benefits of Google Glass without looking like a complete and utter ass hat. 

But sadly, you won’t be able to use Google’s new lenses for finding the nearest Jewish deli or detecting your whiny girlfriend’s emotions. They’re actually only meant for people with diabetes, and are designed to read the user’s blood sugar by measuring the glucose levels in their tears. Read More

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Googler Wants to Kickstart a ‘Nonviolent’ Occupy Wall Street Militia

Ms. Tunney (Photo: Twitter)

Justine Tunney is a New York-based software engineer at Google, but she’s also a prolific activist who was and continues to be instrumental to the Occupy Wall Street movement. A “transgender anarchist,” she founded OccupyWallStreet.org and continues to maintain the @OccupyWallSt Twitter handle; her Github account has an Occupy Wall Street specific repository that boasts the tagline, “Stomping out capitalism, one line of code at a time.” And she also has an interesting new approach to crowdfunding. Read More

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Google Glass App for Traders Will Let Them Watch Stock Prices Plummet While They Buy Their Hermès Ties

Testing, testing. (Photo: Getty)

As if being a Wall Street i-banker and working in a power suit till 4 a.m. every morning isn’t already appealing, now you can do it with a computer strapped to your face.  As Quartz reported yesterday, Fidelity Labs—sort of like the mad scientists’ division of Fidelity Investments—has developed a “market monitoring app” for Google Glass. Read More

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Thanks to Google, You’ll Never Search for Food Porn Again

Good or bad? Starting today, this will happen when you search for food on Google. (Google Inside Search)

If Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban freaked you out, you’re going to drool over Google’s new search feature.

This morning, Google announced it’s going to start incorporating nutritional information into its search results. Apparently they’ve collected stats for over a thousand fruits, vegetables, meats and meals, and they’ll show up in a sidebar whenever you search a particular food. In other words, you’ll never be able to search “Nutella recipes” without feeling guilty again. Read More

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Google Picks 8,000 #ifihadglass Winners and None of Them are You

Yeah, these look great. (Photo: YouTube.com)

Today Google announced 8,000 winners in its #ifihadglass essay contest. Apparently contestants with the willpower not to troll the hashtag were handsomely rewarded.

Google launched the contest last month, soliciting 50-word applications on how users would use their Internet-connected creepshot devices. Lucky winners were given the chance to shell out $1,500 to humblebrag about the future—or get called an asshole, depending on your perspective. Read More

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Google Reportedly Enlists Warby Parker to Make Glass Look More Hipster, Less Neckbeard

Who cares about fashion, you're in a hot-air balloon! (Photo: Screencap)

Google Glass certainly isn’t lacking in the whiz-bang factor. The gadget was publicly introduced with a skydiving stunt; just yesterday, the company released a video from the point of view of a user, demonstrating how seamlessly the spectacles can capture your exciting life of hot-air ballooning and snake charming.

But now comes the hard part: Getting normals to want the damn things. Unlike many software developers and/or Betabeat reporters, most of America isn’t likely to be sold on the pitch that hey, it’s just like what Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge wore on Star Trek TNG!

Hence, step one is to make the things a little sleeker. The New York Times reports today that sources say, as part of a stab at style, Google is currently in negotiations with Warby Parker to get some design help with the project. If the company plans to start selling Glass to the wider world later this year, such a partnership would come not a moment too soon. Read More