Google Announces The Android Wear Project, Wearables Inbound


So, Google is finally making great strides with its partners in wearable technology, making the Android Wear a possibility. The companies who are ready to don wearable Android technology in their portfolios are Asus, HTC, Motorola, LG, and Samsung.

It’s worth noting that all Android Wear gadgetry will not only be able to use Google Now to suggest and offer information, but engage in control of other connected devices. Fitness and health reminders are also included in the Android Wear package, with the Moto X-esque “Ok, Google” command, which will allow for use of the device without physically touching it.

Expect the whole host of devices to be announced at Google I/O, at the end of the quarter. Promo video after the break.

Via: Google

Brevity Review: Helly Hansen Vorse Mid Shoe

IMGP3409Besides the fact that Spring better poke its head out for all of us New Yorkers to see — and not a single day, mind you, like it has happened for the past few weeks — it means that we’ll all have to don some less winter-inspired clothing. Enter, the world of sneakers, chinos, jeans, and for once, hats and scarves that you actually want to wear, not just to stay alive, but to live.

So, I think it’s a nice way of ushering the upcoming change of weather with some kicks that can reflect that. Enter, Helly Hansen’s Vorse Mid shoe, a sort of loafer, sneaker, and deck shoe mix.

Apple Underlined The “C”, iPhone 5C Even Cheaper With 8GB Option

iphone-5-c-whiteIn order to make the iPhone 5C more competitive, thus cheaper, Apple is introducing an 8GB version of the iPhone 5C, worldwide. It is identical in every way to the previous models, sans the storage of course: a  4-inch Retina display, Apple’s A6 processor, and an 8-megapixel camera. In the UK, the new 8GB 5C is priced at £429, so if this new model was brought to the United States, it would retail for about $499.

Until then, it shows that Apple is finally willing to change with certain market trends in order to not only stay competitive, but to fill in price-oriented needs.

Via: Apple (UK)

Apple’s Sir Jony Ive Talks About Design And Copy-Cats


Apple’s VP of Design doesn’t very often take part in interviews, but when he does, it seems to be based around designs and numerous life experiences he’s had. Over the weekend Sir Ive had an interview with The Sunday Times, talking about the conception of a product, as well as other subject. He says a new product first needs to have a purpose, then a design is introduced, and finally, a complete revision if necessary. Sir Ive even spoke of where he draws inspiration from (everywhere, including candy manufacturers in Northern Japan).

Jony speaks of copycats rather directly, also:

“It’s theft … what’s copied isn’t just a design, it’s thousands and thousands of hours of struggle. It’s only when you’ve achieved what you set out to do that you can say, ‘This was worth pursuing.’ It takes years of investment, years of pain.”

Also, he says he’s bad at mathematics. Interesting.

Via: The Sunday Times

Swatch Chrono Nitespeed Review: It’s All About Time, And Plastic

IMGP3425Let’s not get off on the wrong foot: the Swatch Chrono Nitespeed itsn’t a top-tier watch, but it is a very pretty watch. It’s a chronograph, but it isn’t laden with aluminum, or some other aesthetically-superior material — its body is primarily made of plastic.

But, despite all of its flip-flopping between high-quality and mid-range, the Swatch Chrono Nitespeed is a timepiece, first and foremost. Secondly, it’s a Swatch, so that means it’s Swiss. That’s pretty much all you need to know; it’s a great piece, and if you go on with the rest of the brevity review, you will get a gist as to why so.

Firefox for Windows 8 Tablets Gets Dumped; No One Really Likes It


It’s it a sad story: not too long ago, I talked about how Firefox was finally making the move to a fully Windows 8-compliant version, with touch controls and the like.

Well, it turns to that due to lack of interest, Firefox is dumping the project, and the responsibility that comes with it.

Specifically, there aren’t enough testers of the beta version, and by missing feedback, Mozilla would publish a buggy version, which then would mean lots of fixing — all of which takes time, manpower, and money.

So, in the long-run it’s better to go along and leave it in the archives.

ViaMozilla Future Releases

In Truth, The US Government States It Will Surrender Administration Of The Internet

icannThe first thing that comes to mind is: “Did the US really have administration over the internet?”.

Well, they do have all the initial rights of ownership: originally a Defense Department project in the 1960s called ARPANET, the Web as we know it has been furthered by countless scientists and brilliant minds around the world.

However, the United States government has had a long-standing contract with the Commerce Department and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) — that’s right, where all registered domain names pass by, including full control of .com, .org, and the rest.  Meanwhile, everything will function as normal.

By terminating the contract with ICANN, the administrative arm of the internet is up for debate, among the world’s leaders, who are tasked with finding a compromise. One thing the U.S. did make clear in its relinquishment of control: the responsibility will should not go the United Nations.

Perhaps a new international organization will? We’ll see about that.

Via: WPost

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Personally Calls Obama Over Internet Surveillance Concerns


Mark Zuckerberg is taking the debate to the President of the United States, and with haste. Among the concerns looming around the world of internet surveillance and the NSA collecting and abusing information of individuals on social media and on the internet in general, Zuckerberg stated that he was “confused and frustrated”, despite futile attempts by the NSA and even Obama over quelling fears on the subject during the past few months.

Zuckerberg wrote:”When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government.” Naturally, he posted all of this and more on his Facebook profile, but better yet, he made his case as clear as day:”

The US government should be the champion for the internet, not a threat” Zuckerberg said. “They need to be much more transparent about what they’re doing, or otherwise people will believe the worst.”

Well said.

Via: Facebook, TC