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Are $1,500 Google Glasses a bargain?

Are $1,500 Google Glasses a bargain?

Being an early-adopter is seldom cheap, but is Google having a laugh with its $1,500 Project Glass Explorer Edition? Put up for surprise pre-order at Google IO today - though not expected to ship until early next year - the search giant demands a hefty sum for those wanting to augment their reality early. Cutting edge costs, sure, but there's the potential for significantly more affordable options that could be here just as soon as Google Glass is.

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ASUS CEO: Building Nexus 7 “is like torture”

ASUS CEO: Building Nexus 7 “is like torture”

ASUS CEO Jonney Shih has given a blunt summary of the development process for the Nexus 7 tablet launched at Google IO today, saying that Google "demand a lot" from their hardware partners. Building to a strict target price without cutting corners led to no small number of headaches on the R&D team, apparently; "our engineers said it is like torture" Shih told AllThingsD. To meet those demands, ASUS had to assign at least forty extra team members to the project.

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Google Nexus Q hands-on

Google Nexus Q hands-on

This week we've gotten our first look at the Nexus Q, a device that's made to be Google's "first social streaming media player." This device has been revealed in its final form at Google I/O 2012 where attendees will all be given the device for free in their very own Developer Pack. This device is made to be a hub, running Android, for all of your Android devices to connect to and push media galore to your home audio system and/or HDTV.

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Google Nexus 7 hands-on

Google Nexus 7 hands-on

This week at Google I/0 2012 we've gotten the opportunity to take a bit of time to get some hands-on time with the brand new ASUS Nexus 7 tablet by Google. This device has been given out as a part of the free Developer Pack delivered to all attendees at the I/O 2012 conference, and it's quite the powerhouse. This device is made to be handheld, has a soft back so you've got fully comfortable experience, and the whole shebang is made to show off not only the newest bits of Google Play, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as well.

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Google IO 2012: Project Glass wrap-up

Google IO 2012: Project Glass wrap-up

Make no mistake, Project Glass dominated the Google IO 2012 keynote, with a blockbuster entrance worthy of a James Bond film, and the shock news that the wearable is actually up for preorder. Google's Sergey Brin interrupted the presentation with news that Glass-wearing skydivers were floating in a blimp above the Moscone Center, and would be jumping down while live-streaming through a Google+ Hangout. Check out the must-see video after the cut!

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Google offline Maps update now live: YouTube adds preloading

Google offline Maps update now live: YouTube adds preloading

Google is on a roll today. In addition to introducing the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, the company has updated some of its services to add new features. Maps is one example, with the Android version of the app seeing an update that will let users save maps offline to their devices. The update has gone live on the Play Store, with version 6.9 supporting a customizable map area that can be saved offline.

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Google IO 2012: Android Jelly Bean wrap-up

Google IO 2012: Android Jelly Bean wrap-up

Google didn't stint on Android news at the IO keynote this morning, and Jelly Bean is shaping up to be a significant improvement to the platform despite the .1 version change. The most important detail is probably the release date, with select devices getting Jelly Bean 4.1 in July and the SDK arriving today for developers, but that's nowhere near the only interesting tidbit. Read on for the full wrap-up.

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Project Glass unleashes the iPhone snark

Project Glass unleashes the iPhone snark

Google's Project Glass demo may have kicked off with a skydiving extravaganza, but it seems the company couldn't quite resist some snark directed at Apple. Speaking of how the head-worn computer terminal allows users to check information naturally, rather than get obsessed in what's happening on their smartphone display, Google opted to demonstrate the difference in approaches with a frustratedly-tapping iPhone user.

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