Google Glass For Explorers Gets Updated, Google+ Integration Added

Google Glass on Stefan!

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?

ViaPhandroid

The Cost of SSL Certificates: Making the Right Choice for your Budget

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Should there really be a price tag on the security of your online business? Surely, ensuring that your business is safe and secure should be a major priority because without this protection, potential customers will place their trust elsewhere.

This is where the acquisition of SSL certificates, such as the Symantec SSL Cert, comes in. Despite the economy being the way it is, online security shouldn’t be considered as luxury you can do without, particularly if you’re in the ecommerce world, expecting customers to input sensitive data into their web browser without a second thought.

Luckily, SSL certificates, including the Secure Site Pro with EV, are reasonably priced and well worth the investment. Many people with a tight budget may prefer to use self-signed certificates or free SSL certificates but, in reality, these just won’t cut the mustard if you intend to expand your business into the dizzy heights of the big guns.

In brief, a SSL certificate provides up to 256-bit encryption for sensitive data that may be transferred between your customer and you – credit card details, login passwords and personal information etc. When a SSL certificate is in place, the https:// protocol comes into force, confirming that the customer is viewing a secure connection. With this, any attempt of compromise will prove worthless as the information being transferred will be indecipherable. In simple terms, customers’ details will be safe, you will be trusted and will have a better chance of a transaction.

SSL certificates are usually valid for between 1 and 3 years, and once the expiry is imminent, you will need to apply for renewal. Often, if you have the budget to pay for a longer term up front, you will have the fortune of substantial discounts which can be very attractive.

Costs can vary from £259 a year for a standard SSL, £899 for Extended Validation and £1299 for Wildcard SSL, demonstrating just how broad a range of options there are to suit any budget. Take a look at the SSL features and decide which you should invest in, today.

 

B&O’s New H6 Headphones Are $400, But Oh So Pretty In-Person

DSC00433Bang & Olufsen invited New York City press to come in and see a couple of different stuff — most importantly, for now, the B&O H6 headphones. Made with cow leather from New Zealand, and sheep’s wool for cushioning, the ear cups even have memory foam to boost the comfort. Aesthetically, they’re probably the best headphones ever. Using them in-person on a Galaxy S 4 with Spotify’s “Extreme quality” is actually a pretty relaxing experience, but they’re not the best cans I’ve ever used.

Nokia’s Lumia 928 Photographed And Camera Get Tested

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Nokia is pulling off a “worst-kept secret” campaign with the upcoming Lumia 928 Windows Phone. Besides what appears to be an aluminum body, as stated yesterday, a new video has appeared, pitting the new Lumia’s camera against that of the Galaxy S III’s and the iPhone 5’s. Most likely it also has the same screen size, but not the same half-a-pound bulk of the previous device. Also, an 8.7 megapixel Pureview camera rounds off the specs currently known.

Video after the break.

Windows 8 Successor, Codenamed ‘Blue’ Will Be Part Of Public Preview In June

windowsbluesleakedThe next Windows iteration is actually not a complete numerical jump, but instead is just Windows 8.1, codenamed “Blue”. During June 26th to the 28th, Microsoft developers in attendance will hear more about the next Windows iteration, and as a result, so will the public. During this whole time-frame, a public preview will be released, bringing cosmetic updates and other features, such as a new side-by-side app view and Internet Explorer 11, by the end of the year.

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Nokia Confirms The Existence Of The Lumia 928, Not Much Else

lumia 928In a little bit of promo marketing, Nokia has confirmed the existence of a Lumia 928 smartphone running Windows Phone 8.x as the operating system, with what seems like an edgier design than previous Lumias due to the aluminum casing. There’s also the typical Carl Zeiss camera lenses with Pureview technology. Other than all that, Nokia wants us “to stay tuned”, because there’s nothing else to tell us, for now.

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US Officially Blames China For Cyberespionage In Military And Government

pentagon-china-accused-doj-imageThe Pentagon has officially made what is the first official accusation of China’s military and government performing acts of cyberespionage against the United States government, military, and companies. The Wall Street Journal reports that the Pentagon issued the report yesterday, remarking the following from the the report:

China is using its computer network exploitation capability to support intelligence collection against the U.S. diplomatic, economic, and defense industrial base sectors that support U.S. national defense programs.

As you continue to read more of the report, it states that, “China’s cyberespionage was designed to benefit China’s defense and technology industry and to gain insight into U.S. policy makers’ thinking on China”. It’s a clear cut accusation that hasn’t been responded to by Chinese officials, but it’s going to be fuel for heated diplomacy.

ViaWSJUS Department of Defense

Adobe’s Photoshop And Creative Suite Are Now Subscription-Only, Forever

creative-cloudAt least “forever” what we think Adobe’s new arrangement refers to. From now on, Photoshop and the rest of the Creative Suite are now only available through subscriptions, which start at $20 a month for individual apps, or $50 a month for the entire Creative Suite, which is now actually called the Creative Cloud — standalone copies of the original Creative Cloud apps that are still available for sale will no longer be updated, all in the effort to reduce piracy.

To add to Adobe polishing of its platform, Photoshop now has access to a new camera shake reduction feature, several new editing features that help sharpen and edit images, plus the usual bug fixes. To add to the Creative Cloud’s functionality, syncing of files to the desktop and the creation of online portfolios of your work.

Adobe’s new strategy seems well-rounded so far, but it will be up to the Creative Cloud professionals to decide whether or not it’s a sink-or-swim operation.

Via: Adobe