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Should I become a Google Glass Explorer?

Should I become a Google Glass Explorer?

So, it happened: Google e-mailed me last week and asked me if I’d like to join the Glass Explorer program. Although I immediately jumped at the chance to become of the few Explorers, I took a step back when I looked at the $1,500 price tag (before tax) and tried to decide whether it’s really worth it right now.

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Google Glass prescription frames spotted but concerns linger

Google Glass prescription frames spotted but concerns linger

New in-the-wild photos of prescription frames for Google Glass have emerged, showing a custom set of eyeglasses that integrate with the wearable, though questions still remain about how practical Google's solution will be for everyday use. The images - which show a mostly standard set of frames aside from a replacement right arm, at which point the Glass assembly attaches - were briefly shared by Google employee Brian Matiash before being pulled, though Google is in the midst of replacing the first public release of Explorer Edition Glass hardware with an updated version that it says will work with eyeglasses.

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Google Glass driver pleads not guilty to digital distraction

Google Glass driver pleads not guilty to digital distraction

The first Google Glass Explorer issued a traffic citation for distracted driving has pleaded not guilty, arguing that the wearable was not in fact active or even covered by the citation code while she was in motion. Cecilia Abadie was stopped by the California Highway Patrol in October 2013 for speeding, but had a further citation added on, USA Today reports, for a reason more normally associated with in-dashboard video screens being active during driving. In a San Diego court today, Abadie pleaded not guilty to both charges.

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Google Glass scores official Play Music glassware

Google Glass scores official Play Music glassware

Tis a happy day for Glass owners, who can now grab the official Play Music app for their Google wearable. The announcement was made by Google's Stephen Lau on Google+, where he dropped a quick and humor-infused note informing Explorers of the update. The Music app can be grabbed from the MyGlass page, but those who are using a sideloaded apk will need to uninstall it first.

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Google Glass invitations heading out to developers

Google Glass invitations heading out to developers

Google has once again expanded the gates for its Explorer Program, sending out invitations to developers in an opportunity to nab a pair of Google Glass. This follows a few times the program has been expanded in various ways, and makes good on a recent promise the company made to provide additional chances to get into the program. The invitations coincide with the availability of a Glass Developer Kit sneak-peak, and will spur the development of Glassware.

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Google Glass chats with VSP Global for doctor’s approval

Google Glass chats with VSP Global for doctor’s approval

The world of wearables - specifically with Google Glass - isn’t exactly a widely accepted one as of yet. That may all change in the near future as Google has been chatting with the eye care insurance group VSP Global, making a plan for the future in which training optometrists in fitting patients with Glass could become a reality. At the moment, Glass is fitted to users as their own separate piece of hardware while prescription lenses are still only in their infancy.

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IFTTT Google Glass channel integrates your online life with Glass

IFTTT Google Glass channel integrates your online life with Glass

As if on cue following this week's demonstration of the new Google Glassware development kit at the San Francisco Hackathon, online automation service IFTTT has released a new Google Glass action. Beginning today, you can have IFTTT (If This, Then That) send a notification to your Glass timeline whenever one of your specified triggers fires. For example, anytime SlashGear publishes a new post, you'll know about it right away via your Glass timeline.

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Google Glass development kit demo video shares newest Glassware

Google Glass development kit demo video shares newest Glassware

It's time to get a handle on the Google Glass development kit - the SDK that is - readied for developers to start making their own GlassWare apps. This week at a Glass Hackathon event, Glass Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan shared about 30 minutes worth of new information on the Glass SDK. What you'll see today as a consumer - or a potential or current owner of Google Glass - is what developers are about to be working with in the near future.

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