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Google Wallet Coming To Glass Allowing Users to Speak ‘Payments’ On the Go

There is already much controversy over Google Glass being an invasion of privacy for some with its advanced camera and instant sharing features. It seems Google will stir the pot even more with the integration of Google Wallet, which will be part of Glass soon.

Reportedly, Google is testing a way for Glass to send money to friends through Wallet by simply using their voices to ask Glass to “send money.” This service is said to be in testing currently.

I knowing how Google has already rolled out similar features for Gmail users for sending of money to others, it is no big surprise that Wallet will be shared with other devices like Glass. The day where you are in line waiting to pay for something you simply walk away after you have instructed Glass to “pay your bill” or do the same at a restaurant when you just get up and leave after you have “sent money” to the waiter or waitress including a nice tip.

Of course with Google’s hands in your Wallet, in a literal sense, they will be charging a 2.9% fee for the Wallet transactions or .30 cents, whichever is higher.

Would you adopt Google Wallet integrated into Google Glass? How about more Wallet features on other devices like your smartphone?

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Smart Contact Lenses to Trump Google Glass


Google Glass has been a hit for some, but the idea of having to tote or wear some extra device does not jive with a large percentage of the population. As an answer to this high-tech fashion fopa, eyewear startup Innovega has announced a prototype of iOptik lenses at the CES 2014.

The Innovega eyewear system is made up of two parts, glasses and content lenses. The contact lenses are in a way like Google Glass shrunk into a contact lens. Basically, the smart contact lenses allow you to the ability to enhance and focus in on objects your eye cannot define as clearly. With an accompanying set of glasses the company has created, the system displays apps and media much like a full Google Glass experience. Using the glasses with the high-tech contact lenses will enhance your vision even further.

The advantages of the smart contact lenses over Google Glass are its ability to combine a set of glasses for enhancing an image that appears to be like looking at a huge flat-screen TV in high resolution. Google Glass is like looking at the screen of your smart phone to put it into perspective.

The iOptik glasses, the name of the full system combining smart contact lenses and a set of glasses, could ultimately replace your smart phone one day and your prescription glasses/contact lenses. Yes, that is right, it is said that you may fill the smart contact lenses with your desired prescription for your eyes. It is basically a two-fold or three-fold solution system.

This could really work and be the replacement for a few devices you have to carry around on a daily basis – and zoom in on ‘things’ you want to secretly see close up.

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Senior Plant Turns Grandparents Into Computer Savvy Tech Wizzes

The folks at the Senior Planet Exploration Center, a technology-themed institute for older adults, are in the business of teaching people who are 60 years old or older how to become tech savvy. Through a free membership, studends at Senior Plant can learn how to use their iPad, computer, internet or just find out how to search for something on Google.

Since opening January 2013, they have taught upwards of 20,000 seniors in almost 15,000 classes. The only requirement for admission is that the student be at least 60 years old.

Senior Planet’s whole goal is to connect Seniors to the technology revolution, which has naturally progressed much faster than those in the senior category could keep up.

Tom Kamber, the founder of Senior Planet and executive director for Older Adults Technology Services (OATS), says the center is the first of its kind. The classes run in 5 or 10 weeks and are completely free. It is said that over half of Americans using the internet are aged 65 and older, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center report.

“Anything that seniors need technology for, they can come here and learn,” Kamber says. “We’re in the middle of an aging revolution. But we’re also in the middle of a technology revolution, and seniors have not yet connected to that.”

Do you think the Senior Plant idea is something that should expand across the globe and how would it benefit you at your current age?

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Sony Internet TV Rolling Out First HDTVs Powered By Google TV

sony-internet-hdtv-google-tv-1Cable and Satellite TV better watch out because there seems to be a new sheriff and deputy in town by the name of Sony and Google. Sony is finally rolling out details on the first HDTV sets that will support a new Google TV (internet TV) platform. The new ‘Sony Internet TV’ comes in 1080p LCD and LCD LED flavors under $1,500 and will be available later this month around October 24 at local Best Buy stores to start off.

The new Sony Internet TVs will have built in Wi-Fi and an included keypad remote with integrated mouse and keyboard for navigating the Google TV interface.

There will be a starting line of 24-inch ($599) Sony Internet TVs along with 32-inch ($799), 40-inch ($999) and 46-inch ($1,399). LED (LED backlit) models will also be included in the lineup with a slightly higher price of course. Each TV will have pre-installed apps including Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, YouTube and Sony’s Qriocity streaming-video service. The Google TV integration may be the forefront hit of these new TV sets. There will also be apps available to control your Google TV through an Android powered phone.

In the world of ‘Internet TV’, we have yet to see anything ‘sure-shot’ thing to stick and take off. Google TV may be the answer to cutting the cord but we won’t really know until we see these new Sony TVs on the market, faster and not-so-expensive ISP (Internet Service Provider) support and a large library of available TV programming and movies available.

Due to this news the question arises, would you dump your current cable or satellite subscriptions in place of Google TV/Internet TV service offered on one of these new Sony Internet TVs if the price is ‘right’? What would it take for you to leave your current cable or satellite TV? Is this the wave of the future?

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Google’s Self-Driving Car Captured on Video and Revealed

google-self-driving-car-1Google has revealed a self-driving vehicle on their blog explaining how they have been testing this type of technology for over year now. The cars, so-far, have logged over 140,000 miles where about 1,000 of them have been fully-automated runs.

Over year ago, Ben Tseitlin was able to capture a video of one of the test cars which happens to be a Toyota Prius, one of the many fleet vehicles Google is using for the self-driving test. In the videos, shown below, you will notice a big spoiler rig with a rotating device and cameras mounted on the roof of the vehicle. At the time Ben captured this video he simply thought it was another Google-Street-View car capturing the landscape. Little did he know, it was an autonomous driving vehicle manned by one of Googles technicians.

Since the spotting of the ‘test cars’ Google has notified the public of them conducting such tests and assured everyone that a human being was always present in the driver’s seat in the event that a manual override is needed.

Google Computer-Driven Prius from Ben Tseitlin on Vimeo.

Do you think we will ever have self-driving vehicles for sale on the automotive market in our lifetime? What about the next generation? How close do you think Google is to actually releasing this technology for a fully self-driving car?

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Google Instant Instantly Blocks ‘bad’ Search Terms

google-instant-search-blacklistSo you are in a public library and you decide to Google “Paris Hilton” because your next book report you have to write about celebrities who did nothing to deserve their fame. You use Google and start typing in “Paris Hilton” and you start to get results for “Paris Hilton Sex Tap” and other obscene sites. Well, that simply isn’t going to happen because Google has blacklisted several search terms from utilizing the ‘Google Instant’ feature. Instead, for those ‘other’ blacklisted terms you will have to go through the long drawn-out process of hitting the enter key. That’s right, you must strike ENTER because Google Instant will not instantly give you results for a very long list of blacklisted terms which most are slang, vulgar language, porn related or the term “Google is evil”.

To view the full list of blacklisted terms from Google Instant go to http://www.2600.com/googleblacklist/

An interesting bit from the Inquirer says the following about Google Instant blacklisting certain terms:

A lot of the words are urban slang, so for example, camel podiatrists will find searching for information about their wards a less than Instant process, as will anyone looking for work in a factory that packs fudge. Unemployed altruists looking for a position as a missionary will also be stymied, and anyone with a rusty trombone that needs polishing will have to go through a laborious, old style Google search process.

Have you tested out Google Instant against some crazy terms that you think may be black listed? Did it meet your expectations?

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Introducing ‘Google Instant’: No Search Button Required, Google.com Now Streaming Search Results

Have you done a Google search today? If not, check it out… Google is now streaming results. That means by default, as you type in a search term on Google.com, it will start displaying or streaming the results right away. This setting can be changed by clicking the ‘Instant is on’ to the right of the search button on Google.com.

To learn more about Google Instant visit the Google Instant about page here.

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Google To Launch Music Service by Christmas

google-music-serviceIs iTunes getting on your nerves lately due to the mounting spam found on their PING service? How about the time that you attempted to burn an MP3 CD from the music collection that you purchased via iTunes and couldn’t? Well, there may be an answer in the form of a music service offered by Google due out by Christmas of this year.

According to reports from Reuters, there have been talks between Google and record labels to have the Google Music Service up and running by Christmas which will be an iTunes challenger. The Google Music Service will be massively connected to the Android mobile OS as you can only imagine.

The Google Music Service will be a cloud-based subscription service with the ability to stream music to Android devices. Do I smell a new Android iPod replacement in the works here? Who knows?

The recent launch of iTunes 10 has put Apple into a better position for pumping new life into music offerings. The new Ping social network in iTunes so far has not been as big of hit as some speculated. This may give Google some wiggle room to enter into the market and do some serious damage, to your ears!

Do you think Google’s Music Service will be as big as iTunes one day? Will you use the Google Music Service to at least see what it is all about? Do you think Apple is at all the least bit concerned?

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How To Create Your Own Fancy Slideshow Screen Saver for Free

If you are like me, then you don’t want to waste time when it comes to creating a decent slideshow screen saver for your PC. Sure there are some pricey applications out there that you can buy for displaying your favorite pictures in a slideshow as your screen saver. Did you know there are a few ways that you can do this for FREE?

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One application that I use for free is Google Photos Screensaver which is included in the Picasa program. If you install the free Picasa application, then you will have an option to setup a Google Photos Screensaver. After it is installed, you can either select your own photos from Picasa, an online Web Album, photos from public sits or your own personal photos located on your computer. The best part of this screen saver app is that it has dual monitor support meaning it will display a different image on each monitor simultaneously. Visual effects can also be changed including Pan, Zoom, Wipe, Collage, Push and others. This is by far one of the better screen saver options that you can find for free and customize to your likings.

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Flickr also has a nice screen saver option for free. The tool is called Flickr.NET Screensaver. If you download the small application, then you will be able to configure it similar to Picasa’s Google Photos Screensaver.

There are other ways of customizing a slideshow screen saver but have proven to be much more difficult. One of those ways is using Flash via the app InstantStorm. Picasa and Flickr provide modern options that are fully compatible with all versions of Windows including Windows 7.

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Sound The Alarm: Google Is Watching Every Move You Make Online

google-watching-you-sound-alarm-2Do you ever get the feeling someone is watching every move you make on the internet? I do and I found out that my measly five senses are not letting me down because someone is actually watching me and their name is Google.

Call me paranoid but I don’t think it is safe to surf the internet any longer. Maybe Prince the singer is right, we should just abandon the internet, it is no longer any good. Well, it is still good and I am still going to use it till the day that I die but in the meantime, Google is probably going to continue to watch virtually every move that I make so it is time to sound the alarm.

The Free Art and Technology (FAT) Lab is promoting a new browser plugin that gives you a visual notification and audible alarm every time it notices data being sent to Google from your computer (web browser). Alarmingly, no pun intended, just about every single website that I go to an alarm sounds because I am sending information to Google. Demonstrated in the video below is how this creative plugin for Firefox works.

Google Alarm from Jamie Dubs on Vimeo.

As you can see in the video above is that Google is getting information from your internet usage whether you like it or not. Pretty scary huh? Sure it is! I think I will join Prince and never use the internet again because Google is going to bust me for pirating his latest album which happens to suck. Okay, I really didn’t pirate it, I just downloaded a sample from a reputable MP3 site which when I navigated to, I also got the Google Alarm!

And you thought that your boss at work was the one watching what you did on the internet!

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