After Betabeat tried Google Glass for the first time at Google HQ in New York, both writers experienced a sharp pain after about ten minutes, which went away shortly after we took it off.
As of today, FourSquare, OpenTable, and TripIt are all available on Google Glass, adding to the suite of travel and exploration apps like Field Trip and Word Lens. So now, Google Glass can manage your itinerary, find attractions close to you, translate signs, book table, and check you in where you arrive.
Granted, these are all things you can just do with your phone — but Google says that at least with Glass, you can actually look at the sights around you while you figure out how the heck to get to the Colosseum.
Google Glass ambassador (amb-Glass-ador?) Timothy Jordan demonstrated the new apps for Betabeat at Glass Basecamp in Chelsea. Read More
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
Doesn’t it always feel like Gmail is having trouble when you absolutely need it most? Turns out it’s probably just your imagination.
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
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
It’s a few bikinis and glasses of champagne short, but it appears Google is very close to recreating the yacht seen in Jay-Z’s Big Pimpin’ music video. KPIX-TV is reporting that Google is operating a catamaran to shuttle employees between San Francisco and Redwood City as another mode of transportation to get people to work. Read More
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
Google Glass App for Traders Will Let Them Watch Stock Prices Plummet While They Buy Their Hermès Ties
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
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