Google Glass Launches New Version, Allows
An updated version of Google Glass is slated for launch later this
in a blog post on its social network Google+.
The company is offering its Explorers -- a select group of
consumers who've signed up for, accepted, and been able to purchase
Google Glass -- a one-time option to upgrade their Google Glass
hardware. The updated hardware will able to be worn with "future
lines of shades and prescription frames." It will include a mono
Google also announced the Explorer Program will be expanding. In
the next few weeks, Explorers will be able to invite three friends
to join the program and purchase the $1,500 smart glasses.
"More Explorers means more feedback, and more feedback means better
Glass," says Google in the post.
Theories Emerge About Google Barges in Portland and San
A mysterious barge that has appeared in San Francisco Bay could be
a floating Google data center,
CNET. A similar structure has showed up in Portland, Maine. The
barges are both owned by an entity named By and Large. A fellow
named Tim Brandon, the reported point of contact for By and Large,
is tied directly to Google, according to article author Daniel
Terdiman's research. Additionally, Google CEO Larry Page's yacht
was seen docked alongside the barge at the same pier in San
Sources close to Google told CNET that Google launched a project to
build a large-scale backup data center in case of a natural
disaster a few years ago. Plans saw dozens of barges being built
worldwide. This could be a prototype for such a project.
Another report, from San Francisco CBS-affiliate KPIX, proposes the
four-story structures atop these barges may not be floating data
centers but instead, floating Google Glass stores. A source,
unnamed but "well connected in Silicon Valley," told CNET that
Google is planning to float the Glass stores from city to city.
Seem far-fetched? Maybe. But despite any clarity on the intended
use of these structures, evidence is clearly pointing to Google's
Google Smartwatch Ticks Closer
An Android OS smartwatch is in late-stage development and Google is
working with Asian suppliers to begin production, sources close to
the matter have told
. The smartwatch will feature Google Now, the company's answer to
) iOS's Siri. The smartwatch will be able to communicate with other
Android devices, and it will not require frequent battery charges.
Several smartwatches are currently on the market from companies
), and Pebble. However, smartwatches have yet to reach widespread
adoption, facing criticism for functionality and battery life.
EU Officials Weigh Google Offer
The European Union's antitrust case against Google could
potentially have an end in sight, as officials currently consider
Google's latest settlement offer,
New York Times
. In November 2010, the EU launched an investigation into
accusations Google was abusing its popular stance among online
Google's latest offer, made in September, proposes that shaded
boxes containing links to at least three competing services appear
alongside search results. Officials have asked for interested
), to share their opinion of the offer, including the seemingly
trivial matter of how these boxes should be tinted.
Google controls 90% of the online search market in some parts of
Europe. In the US, its market share is lower at 70%.