Opinion: Three reasons Glass isn’t ready for mass consumption

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In 2012, Google unveiled a teaser video for what would eventually become Google Glass. About two and a half minutes long, the short walkthrough highlighted a day in the life of a “Project Glass” owner. Aside from working the internet into a nerd-fueled frenzy video, the confirmed popular rumors that Google’s super secret X lab was laboring away on a new piece of wearable technology.

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Galaxy S5 “Prime” reportedly coming this June with quad-HD display as model number leaks

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The Galaxy S5 may have just hit store shelves and the hands of users, but it seems as if Samsung is already planning an upgraded version of its flagship device. According to a report from SamMobile (via Phandroid), the Galaxy S5 Prime will launch in June. In addition to the quad-HD (2560×1440) display, the device would also feature higher-end specs than the Galaxy S5: Read more

Samsung Mobile Instagram teases Galaxy K camera phone announcement

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Samsung Mobile posted a video on its official Instagram account today, advising followers that it will unveil its next Galaxy device tomorrow at 11AM SGT. The company’s cryptic clip shows a highly detailed camera zoom in on the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore where the media event is going to be held. It’s widely believed that Samsung will announce the heavily rumored Galaxy K, also said to be called the Galaxy S5 Zoom.

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HP preparing to announce first Google-blessed touchscreen Android notebook

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A hidden video (embedded below) discovered on HP’s website by Notebook Italia shows off HP’s upcoming Slatebook 14. As the name implies, the machine comes with a 1080p 14″ touchscreen display. What’s really interesting about this computer is the software. Instead of the usual Windows or Chrome OS options, the Slatebook will reportedly run Android.

The machine has apparently been given Google’s blessing, since according to the video it will feature the Play Store and all of the company’s first-party apps, along with the entire catalog of third-party Android apps.

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Acer Chromebook 710 and 720 roundup: starting at $120 shipped (+Free Chromebook switchers ebook)

From 9to5Toys.com:
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chromebook-bookChromebooks are inherently great deals with their free 100GB of Google Drive space ($48 value) for 2 years on new models often a great incentive to buy alone. But we’ve found some additional savings around the web. Not sure about making the switch to a Chromebook? Have a free Ebook that can help make the transition:

Like any device, Chromebooks have their advantages and their disadvantages.

Chromebooks are Google’s take on the laptop. They run a slimmed-down operating system optimized for getting on the web with just the Chrome browser and Chrome apps. If you can do everything in your browser with web-based services and online storage, you can switch to a Chromebook.

Many Chromebook users haven’t actually “switched” to a Chromebook — they’ve purchased a Chromebook as an additional device, not one that replaces their current computer entirely. A Chromebook is the simple laptop you pick up when you need to browse the web, watch videos, type emails, write documents, and do other things you can accomplish in a browser. But let’s assume you actually want to switch to a Chromebook.

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The Acer Chromebook Deals:

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Report: Google to expand capabilities of “Ok, Google” command, introduce new navigation buttons

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen rumor after rumor regarding new features for Android, as well as interface tweaks. And with Google I/O 2014 right around the corner, we don’t expect them to slow down at all. Android Police this evening published a new report detailing some more design changes coming to Android, as well as a new big feature.

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HTC One (M8) Review: It’s almost perfect (Video)

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The HTC One (M8) has been one of the most anticipated smartphone releases in 2014. Following the success of the One (M7) wasn’t going to be an easy task, but somehow the company pulled it off. Well, almost. This is nearly one of the best smartphones for your money, but there are a few things that hold the HTC One (M8) just inches away from Android perfection.

With the M8, you’re getting an even better build quality than its predecessor. HTC claims that the One (M8) has a body constructed of 90 percent metal, which is a 20 percent boost over last year’s model. There is nothing about this device that feels cheap. It’s an epic win in the quality department. It may be a little slippery (and look like a stainless steel refrigerator), but overall I’m very happy with the build quality here.

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Samsung acknowledges Galaxy S5’s camera killing bug

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The Samsung Galaxy S5’s camera is a major selling point for the company’s new flagship smartphone, however a newly discovered bug may soon turn would-be buyers away from the device. There have been several reports across the web documenting an issue with the handset’s shooter — most notably its Verizon version  — that completely breaks the phone’s camera.

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HTC’s Senior Vice President of Design is leaving to focus on other projects

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Shortly after shipping its new flagship (and generally well received) smartphone, HTC’s Senior Vice President of design is departing from his role at the company. Scott Croyle, who HTC hired when it acquired his company One and Co. studios six years ago, will be transitioning out of his role as he prepares to focus on non-HTC projects, The Verge reports. As part of his exit, Croyle will consult with the company as his #2, Jonah Becker, takes over his responsibilities, HTC confirmed to the site. The report also shares that Drew Bamford, who leads development of the widely-critiqued Sense user interface, will now be in charge of all software and services… Read more

Google possibly courting Nike Fuel Band castaways to join Nest team

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Google recently started selling its Nest Thermostat at its Play Store, but after acquiring the climate controlling device’s parent company for $3.2 billion, Mountain View appears to be ready to expand its brand and it’ll need some new talent to make this happen. Right now the careers section of the Nest website has plethora of job openings for engineers that could be filled by folks from Beaverton, Oregon… Beaverton, Oregon?

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