There are many cheaper ways to look like a complete and utter prick...
Google is opening up the sale of its Glass head-mounted computers to customers outside the US for the first time, and the UK is the first country to get them. "Beginning today, we're extending our open beta Explorer program to the UK. The world sees the UK as a center (actually, a centre) of innovation," said the Chocolate …
As excited as I am about having an internet embedded heads up display in my glasses.. and .. considered buying the first tranche of devices once formally released in Europe, I saw a chap wearing a set yesterday at the train station and initial thoughts were 'what a complete tw@t'. Ironically, he was staring at his mobile for 20 mins through his glass, which appears to defeat the object of the exercise.
Miniaturization and total concealment are required before I put a set on my head in public.
These things illicit the same emotions of pity as wearers of bluetooth headsets.. that bad.
"These things illicit the same emotions of pity as wearers of bluetooth headsets.. that bad."
Methinks you mean "elicit"(*), but for me it isn't so much pity as a sort of diffuse contempt.
(*) "To elicit" is more or less equivalent to "to provoke", while "illicit" is an adjective meaning not licit, more generally carrying a sense of dodgy dealings.
I guess I'll add this to my list of pairs and triplets of frequently-confused approximately homophonic words, alongside ours/hours, you're/your, their/there/they're, accept/except, affect/effect, lose/loose and a host of others.
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> Double the lumps and put extra battery or features in there like a laser pointer.
I read that as "laser printer", which is (a) funnier, and (b) more practical. A laser pointer that you aim with head movements? "Look, Glasshole, an aeroplane! Ha ha, now the plod are coming for you."
I can't wait for the first You Tube video of someone being relieved of their gleggs by a mugger / promising young footballer / up & coming DJ.
"But you have a video of the mugger taking them from me and a GPS read out on their location!"
Sorry sir, but the CPS feel there may be insufficient evidence to warrant an arrest or a search warrant.
...I can ask them politely to remove it. When the Glass bit get so small that it's hard to tell whether it's just a fancy frame or Glass, I will be bothered.
I recently read an article on Google Glass, suggesting newbie salespeople could be mentored by their managers via Goggle Glass while they were talking to clients, and also how salespeople could collect lots of useful info (photos) while face to face with clients, making a pitch. How many clients would permit themselves to be Glassed? How many clients will say 'first take off the Glass, then we will shake hands and talk.' I'm thinking maybe...100% ?
Sadly, most probably not.
Given that Facebook has, reportedly, half a billion users, and that millions of said users are continuously posting whatever inane stupidity happens to cross their diminished brain cells, there is a fair chance that any of them seeing their host with a Glass is first going to think "cool! I'm going to be on YouTube!" before a one-in-a-million starts asking "but do I want to be?".
And let's not mention Twitter.
Hopefully not. You know what else serves as a great sat nav? A sat nav. And it occupies a fixed point in your vision so it won't obstruct your view of, say, children dashing out from between parked cars.
Obviously sat navs are a distraction, but they're only distracting you when you choose to stare at them, rather than constantly floating in front of the real world.
They're ugly, and they're expensive.
Call me when it's a nice pair of glasses with augmented reality.
I want to be able to slip a pair of these on, and have GPS arrows on the road, or a terminator-style HUD with scrolling emails, text messages, calendar reminders etc. Then if I get on a train for a long journey, I should be able to turn up the opacity and watch a movie in 3D. All on a nice pair of designer sunglasses or glasses (why not both, with LCD).
In fact, if you think about it, Google's self-driving cars have to have in-built hazard perception. A pair of sunglasses that were sensitive to peril could be a money-spinner...
Now if there were software that allowed superimposing what the camera sees over information from a service manual these would be the ideal way to carry and use service information in an industrial situation.
I know everyone will po-po this use mainly because they have a down on Google but something like I describe will eventually arrive and make the service engineer's life a little easier.
I am sorry edge_e but I don't 'get' what you are talking about. How will it make service engineer's salaries smaller?
If you are charging per job (as we do) and you do more jobs per month then the salary goes up not down.
The only way it would go down is if your contract of employment was so worded that any increase of efficiency on your part was somehow penalised, in which case more fool you for signing such a contract..
by a factor of two in every dimension. I'd like to see a reporter ask. Why not make bars, and obnoxious people totally unaware of the enhanced peripheral awareness Glass provides. Why not clunk the mugger first when you see him coming up from the rear. Why not clock the jerk trying to blind side you. Why not have court ready chain of evidence assured files ready at the DA milliseconds before assault turns into assault and battery?
I've just had a great business idea. Did you spend £1,000 on a pair of Google Glasses, and have been walking around London for hours waiting for someone to ask you to take it off, but no-one actually cares? Did you spend ages planning how you were going to educate the ignorant masses on public recording rights, only to find that none of them actually give a shit? Have you spent hours sitting in Shoreditch bars waiting for someone to drunkenly assault you, but have got nothing more than a pitying glance?
Then simply pay me £1,000 and I will walk up to you in a location of your choosing and publicly ask you to take your GGlasses off. I can do aggressive, passive-aggressive or Victorian politeness. ("Sir, I must remind you that a gentleman does not wear his hat or his Google Glasses indoors.") For another £1,000 I will actively engage with you in a long and ill-informed argument about whether or not you're allowed to wear them. For £5,000 I will pretend to knock you senseless, and you can use the YouTube footage to get yourself in The Independent.
Act now before I'm fully booked. Contact me on Twitter at @LookAtMyGoogleGlassesPleaseImLonely.
Google has a fresh list of reasons why it opposes tech antitrust legislation making its way through Congress but, like others who've expressed discontent, the ad giant's complaints leave out mention of portions of the proposed law that address said gripes.
The law bill in question is S.2992, the Senate version of the American Innovation and Choice Online Act (AICOA), which is closer than ever to getting votes in the House and Senate, which could see it advanced to President Biden's desk.
AICOA prohibits tech companies above a certain size from favoring their own products and services over their competitors. It applies to businesses considered "critical trading partners," meaning the company controls access to a platform through which business users reach their customers. Google, Apple, Amazon, and Meta in one way or another seemingly fall under the scope of this US legislation.
Special report Seven months from now, assuming all goes as planned, Google Chrome will drop support for its legacy extension platform, known as Manifest v2 (Mv2). This is significant if you use a browser extension to, for instance, filter out certain kinds of content and safeguard your privacy.
Google's Chrome Web Store is supposed to stop accepting Mv2 extension submissions sometime this month. As of January 2023, Chrome will stop running extensions created using Mv2, with limited exceptions for enterprise versions of Chrome operating under corporate policy. And by June 2023, even enterprise versions of Chrome will prevent Mv2 extensions from running.
The anticipated result will be fewer extensions and less innovation, according to several extension developers.
A year after the Dutch data protector said there were too many "legal obstacles" for its civil servants to use Google Workspace, a re-worked agreement will permit the public sector to fire up the productivity suite.
The United Kingdom's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) on Friday said it intends to launch an investigation of Apple's and Google's market power with respect to mobile browsers and cloud gaming, and to take enforcement action against Google for its app store payment practices.
"When it comes to how people use mobile phones, Apple and Google hold all the cards," said Andrea Coscelli, Chief Executive of the CMA, in a statement. "As good as many of their services and products are, their strong grip on mobile ecosystems allows them to shut out competitors, holding back the British tech sector and limiting choice."
The decision to open a formal investigation follows the CMA's year-long study of the mobile ecosystem. The competition watchdog's findings have been published in a report that concludes Apple and Google have a duopoly that limits competition.
Google Cloud and other internet service providers are recovering from network issues attributed to a network cable cut that began in the Middle East and Asia just before 0700 PDT (1400 UTC).
The cable, Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1), is a 25,000km submarine cable operated by a telecom consortium. It connects South East Asia to Europe by way of Egypt.
According to Doug Madory, director of internet analysis at network monitoring biz Kentik, problems with AAE-1 affected internet connectivity in various countries in East Africa, Middle East and South Asia, including Pakistan, Somalia, Djibouti, and Saudi Arabia.
The UK's Competition and Markets Authority is lining up yet another investigation into Google over its dominance of the digital advertising market.
This latest inquiry, announced Thursday, is the second major UK antitrust investigation into Google this year alone. In March this year the UK, together with the European Union, said it wished to examine Google's "Jedi Blue" agreement with Meta to allegedly favor the former's Open Bidding ads platform.
The news also follows proposals last week by a bipartisan group of US lawmakers to create legislation that could force Alphabet's Google, Meta's Facebook, and Amazon to divest portions of their ad businesses.
The Internet Engineering Task Force on Monday published the RFC for HTTP/3, the third version of hypertext transport protocol.
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Google Cloud Platform (GCP) roped the Lone Star State into its cloud empire this week with the launch of its Dallas, Texas region.
The $600 million datacenter campus, which broke ground in 2019, is located approximately 25 miles south of the Dallas metro. The site, Google’s 11th in the US and 34th globally, is the latest in an ongoing effort to expand the cloud provider’s reach to new markets.
“We’ve heard from many of you that the availability of your workloads and business continuity are increasingly top priorities," Stacy Trackey Meagher managing director for Google’s central region, said in a statement. “The Dallas region gives you added capacity and the flexibility to distribute your workloads across the US.”
Even in the waning days of the pandemic, extended lead times and delayed packages are an inescapable reality. Logistics giant XPO this week picked Google Cloud to try to change that.
XPO is among the largest freight-transport brokers with more than 42,000 employees operating in 731 global locations. In a collaborative effort with Google, the company plans to deploy workloads on Google Cloud Platforms’s (GCP) AI/ML and data analytics platforms to mitigate supply-chain disruptions and improve package delivery and tracking services.
“We’re bringing out innovative AI/ML and data analytics solutions to XPO to help it transform supply chain management, ensure its deliveries are on time, and give its customers an accurate, up-to-date view on the location of their freight," Hans Thalbauer, managing director for global supply chain logistics at Google Cloud, said in a statement Monday.
Right-to-repair advocates are applauding the passage of New York's Digital Fair Repair Act, which state assembly members approved Friday in a 145–1 vote.
The law bill, previously green-lit by the state senate in a 49-14 vote, now awaits the expected signature of New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D).
Assuming the New York bill becomes law as anticipated, it will be the first US state legislation to address the repairability of electronic devices. A week ago, a similar right-to-repair bill died in California due to industry lobbying.
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