Google Glass might be the wave of the future but to some it’s just a petty annoyance that could be a potential invasion of privacy. Google’s wearable tech has already been banned from establishments like movie theaters, strip clubs and casinos and to David Meinert, the owner of two eateries in Seattle, Washington, this type of tech doesn’t quite cut it. At one of his cafe’s he’s banned the device outright. This created a bit of a stir in the area and became an interesting topic for discussion among the tech community. A recent incident at his second location also made a few people take notice. It seems that a customer wearing the Google Glass was asked by a server as well as the manager to remove the tech or to leave. This obviously did not bode well with the customer who walked out and aired his grievances on Facebook asking for an apology and, worst case scenario, that the server or night manager be sacked. The management seemed to be quite amused but unaffected by the post and have chosen not to do anything.
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Tolkien’s the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are just about the most intense works of fiction and fantasy to ever be written. After the movies, the stories have brought so much more details to what we imagined in our readings of the tales. The locales and vast spaces of Middle Earth – Trollshaw, Dol Durdul, Rivendell and other places in Tolkien’s fantasy realm were reimaged on screen and gave us a perspective unlike we’ve seen before. Google, in all its goodness, has sought to make the stories even more entice and, keeping with today’s technology traditions, have made it more interactive as well with their – Journey Through Middle Earth page.
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The Google Glass GDK (Glass Developer Kit) has been updated and with it comes a whole new set of goodies for the glasses. The app developers are testing five news apps for the wearable technology by the search giant. The new GDK tool kit has opened up new horizons for developers and could make things more exciting for the consumers when the product finally hits the shelves.
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Chip manufacturer AMD has teased a new a 12GB version of its Firepro S10000 graphics processing unit (GPU), which was launched in November last year and available in 6GB version, designed for big data high performance computing (HPC) workloads. AMD claims the Firepro S10000 12GB is the industry’s first supercomputing server graphics card. The new 12GB GPU features ECC memory plus DirectGMA support, which according to the company allows developers working with large models and assemblies to use parallel processing capabilities of AMD GPUs, which are based on the AMD’s Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture.
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Google Now is undoubtedly much faster than Siri when it comes to returning search results but it badly lacks in finesse. Right on schedule, Google rolled out updates for its Search app for Android on Wednesday evening which powers the Google Now. In addition to new features which include update cards for websites you follow, a news topic card and recommendations for currently playing movies and televisions shows, the update has brought a more noticeable change to Google Now. It has become more interactive and for the first time will ask users for clarification when their queries are too vague.
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Google released a heartwarming ad on the 13th November which has already crossed half a million views within 24 hours of being uploaded on Youtube. The three and a half minute emotional ad is hugely refreshing from the usual adverts that come from the immensely competitive tech world featuring playful banter or even resorting to murky mud-slinging between rivals. The video advert named ‘Reunion’ is a part of a series has gone viral on Youtube and other social networking sites. It shows how Google helps two childhood friends separated by the 1947 India-Pakistan partition are reunited. Those who are unaware of the demographics and the politics of the subcontinent: The two countries, post-partition, share a love-hate relationship, clipping only the extremities of the spectrum, and Google India has tried to hit a soft spot by picking up this topic.
[catch the ad after the jump]
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If the Nismo smartwatch was any indicator, Nissan is clearly betting big on the wearable technology market. The Japanese automaker might be an unlikely participant, but is beating many bigwig tech companies in their own game by introducing wearable computing devices before them. Prior to the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show, the home ground for Nissan, the company has teased a Google Glass like head gear through an online video. Named the 3E, which stands for 3rd Eye as per sources, the eyewear looks like a bigger yet more futuristic incarnation of the Google Glass.
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The ultra-competitive technology industry sometimes becomes the breeding ground to historic rivalries. Some of these rivalries spawn amazing marketing campaigns like the recent ‘thanks for copying us’ twitter meme created by Nokia mocking Apple iPhone 5C. But at times things go overboard and rivalries get nasty with bad-mouthing each other, running attack ads and filing lawsuits which unearths the murky side of the business. Recently, Microsoft has launched a scalding attack on Google by creating a website that criticizes the privacy issues of Gmail. The website with a snappy name ‘www.keepyouremailprivate.com’ accuses Gmail of spying every email sent or received to look for keywords and target Gmail users with paid ads.
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LA may be first truly high-speed city with plan for citywide gigabit speeds for homes and businesses, Google Fiber not considered yet
The city of Los Angeles is prepping up for a big move in the internet space. The goal is to offer all businesses the essentially the entire Los Angeles populous high speed broadband via fiber. It’s been reported that the City Council of LA voted to move what’s called the RFP (request for proposals) draft, for the fiber systems, forward and then take another vote later on to determine if it’s a go.
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Who said that the days of original comic superhero glory have faded. A few loyal cronies and myself still pride ourselves in the collections of age-beaten copies we have hoarded and keep ‘doodling’ new concepts of possible super heroes we could introduce to the world. All said and done, this is a great way for everyone to enjoy a share of good things that are steadily rolling in from the likes of Marvel and DC Comics. In fact, the former has tied up with Disney recently to announce a new Creativity Studio app. Armed with an accompanying stylus, the app allows folks to develop their very own and original comic character. The duo have achieved this through a collaboration with eKids. Disney have an existing Creativity Studio app but have upgraded it in order to make it compatible with the stylus.
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