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Google I/O 2013 on-site Wrap-up: Glass, Developers, and Services on tap

Google I/O 2013 on-site Wrap-up: Glass, Developers, and Services on tap

It's a return to form here at Google I/O 2013, with none other than Google’s own Vice President of Android Product Management Hugo Barra letting us know that he'd personally fought hard for a more developer-focused single keynote address. As past years had been notably more consumer and product-focused than 2013, it's not a flash-bang the company has gone for here, it's a return to form: Google I/O in its purest form.

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Google Maps-driven Map Dive 3D-tracking hands-on

Google Maps-driven Map Dive 3D-tracking hands-on

This week the folks at the development studio known as Instrument have brought a virtual reality demonstration to Google I/O 2013, complete with a multi-display drop from the upper atmosphere down toward the earth in freefall. What this demonstration consisted of was seven 1080p displays, each of them run by their own Ubuntu PC working with a full-screen version of Chrome version 25. A motion tracker works to track the user, their arms, and the angle at which they're standing - or leaning and falling, as it were.

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Mary Lou Jepsen encourages Google X attitude in hardware engineering

Mary Lou Jepsen encourages Google X attitude in hardware engineering

This week at a fireside chat during Google I/O 2013, Mary Lou Jepsen - currently the head of the Display Division at Google X - let it be known that "there's no more silicon in Silicon Valley - it's all iPhone apps." She quickly added - "or Android apps, I should say." An overarching theme from her set of words in the extended chat made it clear: she's not satisfied with the current atmosphere for hardware innovation, particularly when it comes to startup funding.

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Google I/O and the year of the Context Ecosystem

Google I/O and the year of the Context Ecosystem

We went into Google I/O hoping for hardware and gadgetry; instead, we got three and a half hours of software and services - gaming, messaging, Larry Page wistfully envisaging a geeky utopia. You can perhaps excuse us for getting carried away in our expectations. I/O 2012 was a huge spectacle, with lashings of shiny new hardware only overshadowed by skydiving Glass daredevils and Sergey Brin looking moody on a rooftop. In contrast, 2013's event brought things a whole lot closer back to the developer-centric gathering that the show had originally been established as. Glass was conspicuous by its on-stage absence, and the new Nexus tablets that had been rumored were also no-shows; the emphasis was firmly on how the components of Google's software portfolio were being refined as the mobile and desktop battles waged on.

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NVIDIA SHIELD pre-orders up today: partners rally for early bump

NVIDIA SHIELD pre-orders up today: partners rally for early bump

Due to an apparent collaborative request from NVIDIA's retail partners aiming to carry their new SHIELD device, it would appear that the device's pre-order date has been bumped. But where situations such as these generally have delays in mind, this change in the minds of the market rulers is in favor of an earlier time for consumers to join in on the purchase of this device. In other words: where the pre-order date for SHEILD for the public was the 20th of this month, it's now today, May 17th.

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Google Glass installed with Ubuntu in warranty-voiding demonstration

Google Glass installed with Ubuntu in warranty-voiding demonstration

It has been a busy couple days, and we've seen a lot so far at Google's I/O event, including quite a bit of Glass news. Earlier today, the Internet giant held a Voiding your Warranty session detailing the process of putting Ubuntu on Glass, showing the process with a screencast from the device beneath the Terminal. The process isn't terribly involved, but does take a few steps for those willing to risk messing something up and rendering Glass effectively bricked.

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Google Glass lead industrial designer talks modular fashion at I/O 2013

Google Glass lead industrial designer talks modular fashion at I/O 2013

This week at Google I/O 2013, the company's yearly developer conference, the wearable technology device Glass was discussed as a scalable fashion platform by the project's lead industrial designer. In a fireside chat with several other creators and head minds from Google on the Glass project, Isabelle Olsson let it be known that Glass has come a long way since its first day in the lab - she had one of the original prototypes on hand to show off in-hand.

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Google Glass developers make Mirror API simple with Cat Facts

Google Glass developers make Mirror API simple with Cat Facts

Google's 2013 developer conference this year didn't give immediate attention to Glass, at least not at its one and only keynote address - but behind the scenes, development ran deep. Speaking together at a developer chat session centered on "Building Glassware" with what the company calls its Google Mirror API, Jenny Murphy and Alain Vongsouvanh made the case for the future.

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