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Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

Google Stars spilled: collections for your internet things

This week the system known as Google Stars - also known as Google Collections - has been revealed in enough detail that we’re able to move forward with some thoughts. Though not entirely public, Google has let loose a few details in code on what Google Stars might be, and how it might be integrated with several services in play already. Google addict Florian Kiersch has done the lion’s share of investigation into this system - we’ve had a chat with him this afternoon about his findings.

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Google I/0 2014 registration starts today, chosen at random

Google I/0 2014 registration starts today, chosen at random

Starting at 4PM PDT today - that’s California time - you’ll find Google’s registration for their developer conference opening their doors. This registration is unique in that previous years had hopeful attendees signing up as fast as their buttons would click, while this year all is random. The times are set, but the choosing of who goes is said to be done with a selection up to the fates.

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Google I/O 2014 ticket registration set back for fairer spread

Google I/O 2014 ticket registration set back for fairer spread

Google has postponed Google I/O 2014 registration by a week, having decided at the last moment to change the way would-be developer attendees could get tickets. Registration for the July event - at which we're expecting to hear about Android TV among other projects - was initially to open today and last until April 10th, but Google now says it won't be taking place until April 15th.

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Google I/O 2014 registration in April with random selection

Google I/O 2014 registration in April with random selection

Supposing you’ve been frustrated in the past with Google I/O and the registration process which always leaves developers wanting without a quick trigger-finger, today may make you happy. Google has just made clear their intent to implement an April 7-9th (OR April 8th-10th, there seems to be some confusion at the moment between presentations) registration period. Inside that period you may register on the Google I/O registration site once, and applicants will be randomly selected after the 9th.

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Google smartwatch Motorola proto leaks as OS launch tipped soon

Google smartwatch Motorola proto leaks as OS launch tipped soon

Details of Google's smartwatch development have emerged, along with photos of an old Motorola-made prototype, and whispers that the final version could be unveiled at Google IO 2014 in June. Chatter of the company's ongoing research into wearables other than its Glass head-worn computer has continued for the past twelve months or so, though most recently have suggested the company will make Google Now its focus on the wrist by delivering timely and contextually-relevant information from a connected smartphone.

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Google I/O 2014 sign-up to be random: June 25-26th in SF

Google I/O 2014 sign-up to be random: June 25-26th in SF

It’s just 126 days until Google I/O 2014, the company’s annual developers conference that’ll once again be taking place at Moscone West (aka the Moscone Center) in San Francisco, California. This event will be largely the same as in past years with a similar setup and subject matter - as far as we know - while the sign-up process will be entirely different.

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Google Glass color choices: will yours be custom coded?

Google Glass color choices: will yours be custom coded?

As Google's introduction of Glass as the premiere wearable face-based computer starts the world thinking about what they'll be placing on their head in the near future, so too do the creators of these machines begin to consider what forms they'll come in. When you create a device that rests on the temples of the user, you've got to consider more than just the components inside - color, comfort, and everyday usability are real concerns. Lead Industrial Designer for Google Glass Isabelle Olsson spoke up this month on the development of the final (and first) form of Google Glass, specifically on its first five colors.

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Google Glass team talks hardware principles: Lightness, Simplicity, Scalability

Google Glass team talks hardware principles: Lightness, Simplicity, Scalability

As a sort of a "Part 2" or even "Part 3" of the Glass chat series SlashGear has appearing this week and last, today's words with Google Glass' lead industrial designer Isabelle Olsson lend some insight on the device's road to final hardware. Speaking on how the original Glass prototypes eventually became the device you see today, Ollson shared three principles that allowed the team to solidify their process.

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Google Glass Original Prototype eyes-on with Isabelle Olsson

Google Glass Original Prototype eyes-on with Isabelle Olsson

At this years' Google I/O developers conference, a Fireside Chat with several members of the core Google Glass team proved to reveal much on not just the future of the device, but its origins as well. While earlier in the day a single slide had been shown depicting a set of six original prototypes of what was then called Project Glass, here lead industrial designer Isabelle Olsson had one key prototype on hand to show SlashGear in the plastic, as it were.

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Google Glass creators talk of final consumer device release

Google Glass creators talk of final consumer device release

As Google's first wearable computer Glass edges in past its initial run of devices, members of the general public begin to ask: when will the device be delivered in a form that any non-developers will be able to get their hands on? At a Google I/O 2013 "Fireside Chat" with several members of the main Google Glass team, this question was addressed more than once. In short: soon, but not nearly as soon as they'd like.

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