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Google Glass XE11 software update hits “home”

Google Glass XE11 software update hits “home”

Owners of Google's Glass headset will find a software update awaiting them when they initiate wearing the machine this week, one by the name of XE11. This most recent update to the machine includes both improvements both to the basic usability of the device and to the software features it carries onboard. The first - and perhaps most important - of these is the complete axing of the "long press".

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Google Glass secondhand sales no longer disabled

Google Glass secondhand sales no longer disabled

In the original FAQ for the Google Glass Explorers program, it was made clear that the company did not, under and circumstances, want users to go around selling their headsets to strangers. One of the ways Google chose to prevent the selling of Glass units on the secondhand market was to assure users that their headsets would be deactivated if it was discovered that they'd been sold online. This week the FAQ for the program has been updated to reflect a slight change in rules.

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Google Glass prescription lenses to arrive early 2014, says Venture Glass

Google Glass prescription lenses to arrive early 2014, says Venture Glass

Venture Glass has announced new plans by Rochester Optical on Google+ today, revealing that the company will be producing custom-made prescription lenses designed for Google Glass. The work won't be limited to just prescription lenses, it seems, with both fashion and sport lenses also being pegged as additional options. If all goes as planned, the offerings will be available in "early 2014."

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Google Glass Explorers program goes remote

Google Glass Explorers program goes remote

Google is no longer requiring new Google Glass Explorers to pick up their Glasses in person in Los Angeles or New York for a one-on-one walk-through. Instead it will mail Glasses to new Explorers and conduct walk-throughs via Google Hangouts. This marks an expansion of the Explorer program as it up-to-quadruples its participation roster over the coming weeks.

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Google Glass’ new design shows up with first buyer

Google Glass’ new design shows up with first buyer

The second full generation of Google Glass has begun to appear in homes officially as one Det Ansinn breaks out the box this morning. This fellow is one of a group called BrickSimple, LLC, developers of Glass apps specifically. They've created such oddities as the GlassBattle game - a Battleship-like title for Google Glass. Describing the new Glass headset, Ansinn suggests that it "looks identical" from the outset - below you'll see a photo of another BrickSimple employee Kel Bucey sporting the new headset.

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Google Glass version 2.0 hardware shown off

Google Glass version 2.0 hardware shown off

We've all received a good look at Google Glass at this point, but the version known today won't be what arrives in the average consumer's hands when the device is officially launched. This we knew, as well as having an idea about what to expect from later versions, but now we have a first visual of what the next version will look like thanks to a post on Google Glass's Google+ account.

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Google Glass hardware update soon with three more invites for Explorers

Google Glass hardware update soon with three more invites for Explorers

Google will swap Glass Explorer Edition users headsets for an updated model from November, an optional refresh of the hardware that will support prescription lenses among other things, along with adding a broader invite system to get more testers up and running with the wearable. "We are always improving the software based on Explorers’ feedback," Google said today and this time, we’ve made some improvements to the hardware." Meanwhile, all Explorer Program members will be offered the chance to invite up to three people to buy Glass of their own.

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Samsung Glass design filing tips growing wearable ambitions

Samsung Glass design filing tips growing wearable ambitions

A potential design for Samsung's rumored Google Glass rival has been revealed in a Korean filing, a sports- and media-centric wearable complete with a monocular eyepiece. Samsung's "sports glasses" would apparently have fixed lenses, according to the design filing spotted by the WSJ, rather than the interchangeable visors of Google's Glass Explorer Edition, as well as more traditional earpieces for music playback.

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