Google Glass has lost a Business Development Executive, as Kelly Liang leaves for a position with SmartThings. Liang, who came to Google with the YouTube acquisition, was most recently the Director for Business Development with Google X.
At GDC 2014 we’re getting our very first up-close look and feel of The Chooseatron, a built-it-yourself mini-arcade kit. This is no ordinary video game, mind you, it’s a multiple-choice text-based adventure that works with a tiny printer and paper on which you’ll find your adventure printed. This is like printing your own Choose Your Own Adventure right before your eyes.
Back when Apple was a new company in the computer market, it needed third party retailers to get its products to the masses. This was decades before Apple was the retail juggernaut that it is today with its own fancy and efficient retail stores around the country. The very first batch of Apple computers went to a retail store in Minneapolis called Team Electronics.
Target ignored warnings of the massive credit card hack from the $1.6m security system it had installed specifically to watch out for data thefts, insiders claims, with signs of abuse being flagged weeks before the company recognized the breach. 40m credit card numbers, as well as the personal details of around 70m customers, were stolen late in 2013, costing the retailer $61m already in setting up advice hotlines and taking other measures, but which could well run to the billions once compensation and lawsuits are settled.
The extent to which Aereo brings the live television and DVR universe to the public this week has extended to reach Android. Android devices are now part of the family of machines able to partake in the Aereo subscription model, allowing users to work with internet, using TV signals broadcast over the air and seen by users in their home or around town. The Android app that allows this all to happen will be available from the Google Play app store starting on the 22nd of October - at that time a public beta will be released for Android phones and tablets running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher.
Internet services provider C Spire announced this week it will begin rolling out gigabit Internet service to homes in Ridgeland, Mississippi sometime in 2014. Billing the move as a step towards creating the "Silicon South", C Spire chose Ridgeland because government officials and civic leaders had stepped up to welcome the company in. That model - in which customers, not companies, are placed in a position to lobby for the contract - echoes Google's approach when it started announcing Google Fiber last year.
Despite its struggles with cable companies, Aereo still seems to be going strong. The company announced today that they'll be launching their live television streaming service in Dallas, Houston, and Miami next month, along with Chicago, which was confirmed back in June. This brings the total city number to seven as of next month.
The curved television era has officially begun, with LG announcing US availability for their new Curved OLED HDTV, which is the first of its kind to reach the US. LG's 55-inch class model is going on sale starting today at select Best Buy locations. However, you'll want to save up and go through your piggy bank to make sure you have enough cash, because these things aren't cheap.
Elon Musk's next big idea has been making the rounds lately. It's actually an idea that's been around for a while, but it's just now gaining some real steam across the internet, mostly thanks to an announcement by Musk that he would be unveiling plans for the Hyperloop system by August 12, leaving us waiting in anticipation. While the idea sounds really cool and it makes sense on paper, is Hyperloop something that can realistically happen?