Google Glass Updated: More Voice Controls, Video Player, Movie Listings, Etc.

Google Glass Man & Woman

To make Glass development move forward, per usual Google has released their monthly device for the prototype headset and its few thousand Explorers. The update brings one major feature: voice controls that can be tapped in by third-party developers, along with fixes.

So, you could tell Evernote to “take a note” for example, and that would finally render a response, or Path, where you could say “post an update”.

Besides those two apps, there aren’t any other voice commands available besides the usual bunch, but that will change. Other things to make note of: the additions of movie listing, a video player with seek/play/pause controls, and new Google Now cards — -reservation reminders, showtimes for nearby movie theaters, and local emergency alerts.

A small step forward, but one nonetheless.

Via: Google Glass (+ Post)

And That Does It: BlackBerry Is Looking For A Buyer

All The BlackBerriesWe all knew it might come to this, but never exactly knew how soon. Well, it turns out that BlackBerry is looking for a buyer, right now. A special committee has been assembled in Waterloo, Canada for BlackBerry to find the right strategic company to merge with or be purchased by, since everything they’ve tried: a tablet, a new classic BlackBerry, a new touchscreen BlackBerry, new operating system, and a company name change didn’t help the company out.

Of course, this doesn’t confirm anything, just as they put it in a statement:

“There can be no assurance that this exploration process will result in any transaction. The Company does not currently intend to disclose further developments with respect to this process, unless and until its Board of Directors approves a specific transaction or otherwise concludes the review of strategic alternatives.”

But as it stands, we know all we need to know: BlackBerry cannot keep living on this way, and they need help in order to survive. Privatizing like Dell did isn’t going to work, either.

Via: Market Share

HTC Begins Its $1 Billion ‘Change’ Campaign Starring Robert Downey Jr.

htchold-this-catgNot bad for a campaign investment: $1 billion dollars has just been thrown together by HTC to make their complain louder, more apparent, and boost sales of the One series of smartphones. Starring Robert Downey Jr. of Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man fame.

The campaign will be worldwide and will span anywhere from the next 24 to 36 months. Three phases will define that time period, where in the first phase, Downey Jr. and other actors will play in short 2-minute TV scenes figuring out what “HTC” stands for: “Humongous Tinfoil Catamaran,” “Hipster Troll Carwash,” “Hold This Cat” and more — in order “to invoke interest and talkability amongst consumers.” Superseding ads will then mention the mobile devices that HTC actually produces.

Promo video after the break.

So, It Begins: Google Maps Gets Ads On Both iOS And Android

maps_adsPromoted results, rather. To distinguish themselves from a sea of results in the same area, general business locations can now have their listing featured over others in Google Maps. The user will recognize these changes to their results by a small purple “Ad” label, along with the entire result itself being shaded violet.

It’s a thing that has been present on desktop Google Maps for the longest time now, and despite the inconvenience, hopefully doesn’t become too much of a problem.

Via: TNW 

Sony Creates Special Red Editions Of Their VAIO Laptops, Starting At $2,000

red-vaios-2013We hope you like red. Actually, you have to.

All the new, special edition VAIO laptops sport new Core i7 processors and 1080p touchscreens, sans the Fit 15 has 12GB of RAM, a 2GB GPU, Blu-ray drive and 256GB SSD, in comparison to the two smaller models have only 8GB of memory and 512GB SSDs. Anyways, the red Fit 15 goes for $2,000, the red Pro 13 for $2,600 and the red Duo 13 for $3,000.

Also, all three models include a UV coating on top of the paint to prevent fading or chipping and so on. You wouldn’t want to hurt your nearly manicured laptop, now would you?

The BMW i8 Will Use Gorilla Glass For The Windows

bmw-i8While the current BMW i3 is a nice nod towards the future of cars and transportation, the i8 coming in 2014 is a better representation of what a fast energy efficient and and smart car might be like. So, in order to start that process, BMW had to take a look at materials that could better benefit from the plug-in technology. Enter, Gorilla Glass (technically).

The BMW i8’s windows will use the same strengthened glass typically used on smartphones, keeping the car lightweight as possible while also blocking out noise. Sounds like a good idea.


Hands-On With The LG G2 At The NYC Press Event

DSC01114After some initial deliberations with LG, I’ve gotten my hands on the LG G2, in both black and white. First off, I’ll say that it is very much what I expected in terms of build quality: well put together, but made of thin glossy plastics. It’s not the best feeling in the world, by any means, but it is sturdy and very grippy.

Overall, a very admirable and actually capable effort from LG.

LG Announces The LG G2 In NYC With Snapdragon 800 And 5.2″ Display

lgg2The LG G2 is the latest smartphone from the South Korean manufacturer. It contains a 5.2-inch full HD IPS display with back mounted controls, a 13-megapixel camera designed to be used in moving situations thanks to Optical Imaging Stabilization technology, and multitasking applications like Slide Aside and QSlide, built onto Android 4.2.2 with LG’s own customizations. A 2.1MP front-facing camera is also included, along with a massive 3,000 mAh battery, 24 bit/192kHz HiFi playback via the G2’s speaker, 2GB of RAM, and either 16GB or 32GB built-in storage.

Powering the G2 is a Snapdragon 800 system-on-a-chip, clocked at 2.26Ghz in a quad-core setup — in other words, it is one of the fastest mobile processors on the market. Software features part of the Android 4.2.2 build include answering calls by just holding it up to the ear, Plug & Pop which gets the device ready for audio listening, and Text Link, which collects text info and allows you to easily setup calendar dates or directions, without going through tedious steps. Guest Mode is a child-friendly experience on the device, which tailors the device for use by anyone else besides the owner.

Pricing and availability for the G2 will be shared in the coming weeks, but as confirmed by LG during the presentation, the G2 will be available on AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint with 4G LTE.

And of course, what appears to be the most striking feature of the LG G2 is the fact that its physical button controls are on the back, rather than on the side. In actual usage, it’s quite interesting to experience, but also takes some getting used to.