Okay Glass, Will You Sell?

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Google Glass

Wearables seem to be all the rage today. With CES dominated by fitness trackers, smartwatches and iron man-esque augmented reality glasses, things you can put on your person, have finally pushed laptops and mobile out of the limelight. Undoubtedly the wearable category is now full of initial offerings, but none has made as much of a splash as Google’s Project Glass. Yes, the sheer presence of “Google” implies that Project Glass is bound to turn more heads than similar products from never heard of companies, but that’s far from the only reason.

 

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Google, Nest and 3.2 Billion Dollars

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Nest and Google

Google, resolute to grow its portfolio of acquisitions, has just entered into an agreement to acquire Nest, the company responsible for the worlds smartest thermostat and smoke alarm. CEO of Nest, ex-apple employee Tony Fadell, will continue to lead Nest as a separate brand under the umbrella of Google.

Google has paid 3.2 billion dollars in cold hard cash to acquire the company and most seem to be reacting negatively to the acquisiotn. However Nest and Google share a fairly long standing business relationship which started with Nest obtaining investments from Google Ventures, and through a blog post on Nest’s website, Tony Fadell emphasizes that Google possesses the resources to give Nest a better standing to produce great hardware and software to enable Nest’s growth.

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The Byte House: Why The SOPA Was A Big Deal

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SOPA

Like every other transient cause for outrage, the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, has now been forgotten. While in the past it generated ripples across the Internet and the corporate world alike, with numerous popular blogs and websites going dark on the day it was to be discussed in the senate, now the SOPA isn’t even Google Instant’s first autocomplete suggestion. Yes, it isn’t ephemeral, but that in no way negates the impact it did have when it was out there. So, the question remains what about the SOPA did cause such a ruckus and was the general community’s reaction justified? Jump past the break to find out.
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DIY: Niche Surveillance Set-Up With an Old Android Device

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2013 has been the year of the NSA. With their PRISM surveillance program and constant infringement of individual privacy, the NSA did create waves of outrage across the world. However, all this talk of surveillance has made me wonder. Why should surveillance be the individual right of paranoid national security agencies or big corporations with deep pockets- can’t I, the surveiled, become the “surveiller”?

The answer is ‘yes’, I can. And here’s how.

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Onewheel, A Self-balancing, Uni-wheeled Toy for the Future

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OneWheel

Somehow all of humanity shares an ingrained fascination for unicycles. Be it on account of their unusually comical nature, their association with clowns, or the fact that they’re just so ‘hipster’ that most of us would be hard pressed not to turn our heads, if we were ever privileged to see one passing by.  However, the days of the Unicycle are gone and today seems to be the day of the Segway. Anyone, who has ever ridden one will know just how satiated for entertainment and transport one feels after getting off a Segway and those who are lucky to own one are sure to be met with lingering glances towards their ‘ride’. The last esoteric mode of transportation, a fan-favorite with graffiti artists and hooded teenagers is the skateboard. A simple derivative of the surfboard, as popular flick Lords of Dogtown will tell you, the skate-board has always been synonymous with the youth. Now, picture the love child of all three modes of transport mentioned above and you get the Onewheel.

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The Byte House: Google’s Trust Falls With The EU

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Google's Monopoly

 

Google’s famous motto ‘don’t be evil’ has long been a reflection of the search giant’s ethos and ideals. Dedicated to connecting people to information, Google Search has undoubtedly been the biggest internet revolution of the 21st century’s first decade, and quite understandably Google has made quite a name for itself, maybe too much of a name for itself. Today, ‘Don’t be Evil’ is the company’s biggest double edged blade, being used by many to substantiate supposed hypocrisy and contradiction to those very words. The European Union is no exception.

 

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Introducing “The Byte House”

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While we all love to see whats new in the consumer tech scene a lot goes unnoticed backstage. Keynotes from CEO’s, hands on’s from big guns like Engadget and The Verge and product reveals are undoubtedly the crux of the tech world but it is also our duty to shed light on the world on the other side of the camera. To achieve this goal, say hello to The Byte House.

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The Pebble Steel Might Just be Smartwatches’ Messiah

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Pebble Steel

Wearables are all the rage in the consumer technology world and riding the peak of the wave, and the focus of our last few posts, is the Pebble Smartwatch. It’s been about a year since Eric Migicovsky first took the wraps off the original Pebble at CES 2013 and now at CES 2014, the Pebble has a more refined, polished and luxurious sibling. Say hello to the Pebble Steel.
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App Highlight: Pebble Edition

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Pebble Apps

While reviewing the Pebble Smartwatch a few days ago, we promised a highlight of the best third party apps available for the Pebble. Now it has already been asserted that the Pebble is heavily dependant on a third party developer community, and we can see why. There are some great developers out there, and while this is to help all the new Pebble owners out there get the most out of their new wearable, it’s also a shout out to the developers who put their blood, sweat and code into these apps.

Finally, to quote Pebble’s slogan, “It’s about time, and Apps”. Without further ado, here’s our highlight of great Pebble Apps and Watch Faces.

 

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Pebble Smartwatch Review: Everyone’s Tocking About It

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Pebble

 

Eric Migicovsky did so much more than raise 10 million dollars and 69,000 backers on kickstarter. He created the first glimmer of hope for a product category that has been struggling since the time of the Casio Wrist Camera. Migicovsky’s product, the Pebble Smartwatch galvanized attention towards Smartwatches in general and Pebble’s success has snowballed into similar offerings fom Wimm, Samsung and Sony and purported offerings from Apple and even Google. Pebble now sells in Best Buy for $150 and is literally adorning wrists everywhere. What is it exactly that makes the Pebble tick with consumers (not an attempt at humor)? Jump past the break for a full detailed Review.

 

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