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Google secures pay-per-gaze patent

Google secures pay-per-gaze patent

Google recently secured a patent for pay-per-gaze technology that may influence the cost of advertising for products like Google Glass. The patent notes that eye tracking systems already exist but have been limited to mostly research applications. They have never been leveraged for practical applications used in everyday life and this patent may make it possible to bill based on how many times a user looks at an advertisement, both online and off.

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Google Glass Crystal Shopper barcode scanner poised to boost scanning app relevance

Google Glass Crystal Shopper barcode scanner poised to boost scanning app relevance

The Crystal Shopper app was created by Lance Nanek as a part of the Breaking Glass Glassware hackathon and makes it quick and easy for users to scan barcodes, compare prices, check Amazon ratings and reviews, and much more, all packed within the convenience of the Google Glass eyewear. Combined with the convenience of other wearables like the Memoto, it will be interesting to see how this affects usage rates.

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Minecraft Creator halts ‘0x10c’ progress; launches ‘Shambles’

Minecraft Creator halts ‘0x10c’ progress; launches ‘Shambles’

Markus "Notch" Persson's plans for a space simulator called 0x10c are no more. The Minecraft creator revealed he no longer intends to pursue the space-themed title under his game development studio, Mojang, during a Team Fortress 2 livestream on Reddit, stating there "are no future aspirations for 0x10c."

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Tesco supermarket prepping tablet launch

Tesco supermarket prepping tablet launch

British supermarket giant, Tesco, is looking to enter the competitive tablet market with their own brand of device. Likely to run Android, the tablet will be similar to the iPad and be available for the public around the holiday season, says The Sunday Times, and go on sale alongside the Kindle Fire, iPad mini, and a selection of low-cost Android-based models already stocked by the retailer.

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Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall gets bug report from hacker

Zuckerberg’s Facebook wall gets bug report from hacker

A hacker who goes by the name of Khalil says he was forced to submit a bug report via Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook wall today after his attempts to submit through traditional means were ignored. The Palestinian information system expert says he found a vulnerability in Facebook's security system that wall posts from non-friends.

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E Ink Holdings sales drop could spell tablet takeover

E Ink Holdings sales drop could spell tablet takeover

While consumer electronics sales hit peaks and valleys, when a manufacturer like E Ink Holdings reports a significant loss, it’s time to stop and pay attention. The display manufacturer reported a 46% decline in sales over the past year, with a net loss totalling $33.6 million to boot.

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Moto X shipping to Rogers stores today

Moto X shipping to Rogers stores today

Those of you in Canada who are anxious to get your hands on the MOTO X have reason to rejoice. A leaked internal document from Rogers stores indicates a small amount of inventory will be available today. While there is currently no indicator as to how many units will be available and at which stores, it’s a good idea to check out the Rogers Reservation System to reserve yours and/or give a call to your local Rogers store if you want to get your hands on one today.

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iPhone 5S 128GB storage option rumored

Rumors are abundant about the iPhone 5S and they just keep coming. In fact, AppleInsider got the scoop from Ming-Chi Kuo, a KGI analyst, on several rumors, including the prediction that the next-gen iPhone will feature a 128GB option along with the gold casing we previously reported on.

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Sony Xperia Honami pre-IFA unveil gains traction

It looks like all the rumors and leaks about the new flagship Sony Xperia Honami announcement date are true. According to Businessweek, the Sony Xperia smartphone, code-named Honami, is being revealed on September 4, confirming speculation that the Sony press conference invite being distributed, is in fact for this product reveal.

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Flexible OLED viewfinder and camera array combine for panoramic FlexCam

Flexible OLED viewfinder and camera array combine for panoramic FlexCam

The Human Media Lab at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario in Canada just released a video showing off the FlexCam, a new panoramic camera that combines a flexible OLED viewfinder with a camera array. The lenses are located on the back of the device, allowing users to bend and flex it to take panoramic photographs. The original research was published in 2012 but a video detailing its function just showed up on YouTube.

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Samsung ST45 camera is super thin

Samsung revealed a brand new point-and-shoot camera today called the ST45. This device is actually super thin, measuring in at its thickest point only 0.63-inches and offers a slim handy package to carry around for any event or outing.

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BenQ reveals two CULV notebooks

BenQ has just announced they have or will be launching two CULV notebooks soon. These notebooks are the 13.3-inch Joybook S35 and the 14-inch Joybook S43, both of which sport the Consumer Ultra Low Voltage or CULV processor.

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