Referred to as “Glassware”, Google Glass apps are coming together as part of a storm for Explorer users. Starting with delivering CNN breaking news alerts, then Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook posts, along with Evernote reminders and articles from Elle Magazine. The New York Times and Path were the only two Glassware apps available for the headset, until now. The apps will roll-out soon, and with thousands of others in development for the public Google Glass launch next year.
Via: Twitter, Evernote, The New York Times
Google and NASA see it fitting to join forces and launch the Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab, based at NASA’s Ames Research Center in California, which will be home to a quantum computer from D-Wave Systems. Researchers will work to, in Google’s own words, “study how quantum computing might advance machine learning”.
In reality, what Google wants to do with quantum computing is refine and perhaps completely revamp how search and voice recognition technology interact and work, so that an artificial intelligence (AI) more advanced than Apple’s Siri or Google own Now engine could exist. The same could be said for predicting and addressing climates and diseases. Don’t get excited yet, since this is in its very early stages, but still, if there is a time to use “cutting edge”, this is it.
It’s actually really humble of Google to show off the six prototypes of Google Glass (considering that the current version is still a prototype, after all). From strapping a smartphone to your head, to circuit boards and wires, Google has tried almost everything until they reached the current evolution. It’s needless to say that you’d look like a real Glasshole wearing the early prototypes, if you would even want to at all.
If you’re interested, check out the Glass section of yesterday’s Google I/O presentation (beginning at the 6:13).
Via: Danny Sullivan (Twitter)
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The new Google Maps has access to everything it should have been before. In retrospect, more context, better ratings systems, a refined interface, and a feature to further understand what places you like to visit and populates your map with relevant information. Besides featuring a “flat” interface, the web app has been redesigned from the ground up, with a great new search box and layers that can add a rich user experience, plus Earth View, which features real-time clouds and a great angle of the planet, without the use of a plugin.
On Android and iOS, refined Photo Tours, Street View, and all of the aforementioned features will debut as well. It’s just a never-ending stream of excellence. On desktop, you can sign up for a preview of the upcoming revamped Google Maps.
Starting at $10 a month (or $8 for those who sign-up within the next few days/weeks), Google’s new music streaming service has big muscles, supported by the likes of Sony and others, with the ability to integrate with your existing Google Play Music songs, while integrating with the existing software interface. Available on tablets, laptops, or smartphone, Google Play Music All Access will also debut a 30-day free trial for new users.
It’s a crazy, wonderful new project that actually makes sense, since no music streaming service has also allowed you to upload your own songs to the cloud. And of course, it’s just one bit of news coming out of Google I/O that will ensure the superiority of the big G for a while longer.
Via: Google Play
If you’re one of the special Google Glass Explorers (then first of all, I dislike you, because I don’t have one myself), then you’re going to be happy to know that an update exists for your Glass. The major new feature is Google+ integration, but the following is also included:
- Change to sync policy: require power + WiFi for background uploads
- Crash reporting
- Incoming G+ notifications (direct shares, comments, +mentions), including ability to comment and +1
- Incoming Hangout notifications
- Transcription of queries & messages is now wicked-fast
- Long-press to search from anywhere in the UI (no longer just from off)
- International number dialing + SMS
- Hop animation on disallowed swipes in the UI
- New On-Head Detection calibration flow
- Show device Serial Number on Device Info card
- More reliable estimation of battery charge remaining
- New recipient-list mosaic
For those of you wondering, the update is called “XE5″, and should be available immediately. Who said you couldn’t teach a prototype product new tricks?
It’s been a while since the Google Nexus 10 came out, but it only serves it justice to still review it. It’s a beast of a tablet, with a Samsung-built Exynos 5 processor at 1.7GHz dual-core, 2GB of RAM, a 10.055” 2560 x 1600 (300 ppi) screen with Gorilla Glass 2, a 5MP back-facing camera, flanked by a 1.9MP front-facing, a quad-core Mali T604 graphics processor for playing games, 9000mAh battery, WiFi/Bluetooth/GPS/NFC/micro-HDMI/Barometer plus the usual crop of tablet sensors, a weight of 603 grams and thickness of 8.9mm.
All of those specs may not mean much to the average consumer, but in real-world performance, coupled with the sheer awesome resolution of the Nexus 10′s screen — which rivals the Retina display iPad — it becomes something special.
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It turns out Google just keeps dominating the news streams, but most if not all the news is actually pretty good. In this case, it’s Google Keep, the very simple yet powerful and colorful note-taking app available for desktop and Android. The web app for Chrome simply opens a standalone window where you can add notes, to-do lists, photos, and anything else for later on Keep. Offline support also comes along for the ride, so your Android phone can take you notes wherever you need to go. Google has to add more features to Keep in the future, but for now, it’s pretty great.
The long list of developer innovations for the Google Glass dev program is growing. From rooting, to a lockscreen, and now a new app that allows you to — wait for it — wink to take a photo. Google Glass user and developer Mike DiGiovanni created and app called ”Winky.” Once activated and calibrated, a simple wink of the eye allows you to capture a still of whatever you’re looking at, in high contrast to pressing the camera button or making a gesture on the Glass touchpad; DiGiovanni says that the aforementioned solution, “takes you out of the moment. Currently, the app only exists as source code, to protect users’ persona info, so if you happen to have Glass, you’ll need to compile and run the app as an APK first.
Via: Mike DiGiovanni (Google+), Eng