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Google Glass gets official hard case to protect notorious weak spot

Google Glass gets official hard case to protect notorious weak spot

Google has quietly introduced a hard case for its Glass headset, addressing a design issue notorious among early-adopters of the headset where the right arm could easily snap, even when in the standard pouch. Glass' design features a narrow plastic stem between the battery section, which sits behind the wearer's right ear, and the body of the wearable; unlike most of the body, it goes unreinforced by the titanium headband. Now, albeit only with the new Glass frames collection, there's a hard case to address that shortcoming.

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Motorola’s digital tattoo developing skunkworks will stay at Google

Motorola’s digital tattoo developing skunkworks will stay at Google

Google will keep hold of Motorola's Advanced Technology & Products group even after handing over Motorola Mobility to Lenovo, it's been confirmed, the skunkworks team behind the Project Ara modular phone and high-tech treats like digital tattoos. The news, revealed during a post-announcement call by Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing, means Google will keep hold of the experimental team working on projects like a smartphone which can be upgraded in pieces, and digital pills that can wirelessly deliver health information after being swallowed.

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Google Glass mini-games “hacked together” to demo possibilities

Google Glass mini-games “hacked together” to demo possibilities

We've seen some small demonstrations of games for Google Glass in the past, but today Google itself added some small bits of amusement to that list, rolling out five small games it "hacked together" to demonstrate possibilities for future games. None of them are too exciting, and one can't help but smirk at the idea of someone repeatedly saying "bang, bang" at seemingly nothing, but each demonstrate a different game element that utilizes the hardware.

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Google’s Glass frames are pretty but dumb

Google’s Glass frames are pretty but dumb

Google has finally revealed its frame options for Glass, the Titanium Collection, with four styles and the chance to have prescription lenses fitted. It addresses a long-standing complain about the wearable computer, and something Google knew it had to fix before the consumer launch before the end of 2014. Problem is, as a Glass Explorer and someone who wears prescription glasses to correct my vision, it feels like Google hasn't thought through exactly how the frames will work in everyday use.

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Evernote gets 4x sync speed boost as note app preps for wearables

Evernote gets 4x sync speed boost as note app preps for wearables

Evernote has supercharged its note synchronization, making the system around four times faster across both mobile and desktop versions. The new speed boost required a complete redesign of the company's sync architecture, CEO Phil Libin says, though the differences will be most noticeable for those with a huge number of existing notes or shared notes. However, it's also said to be just the start of the changes Evernote has in mind.

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Pebble Steel Review

Pebble Steel Review

Pebble might not agree that 2014 is set to be the year of wearables: the smartwatch startup closed out last year with one of the most compelling devices in its category, taking the original Pebble from Kickstarter hit to shipping product and finally developer's darling. Now there's a second version, Pebble Steel, on sale alongside the first smartwatch for those who want a little more bling with their wrist-mounted apps. With high-spec alternatives like Samsung's Galaxy Gear, and the constant chatter of an Apple iWatch on the horizon, you could've forgiven Pebble for going all-out with the spec list, but in fact Pebble Steel shows surprising restraint. Method or madness? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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Google Glass prescription frames official in four styles

Google Glass prescription frames official in four styles

Google has revealed its prescription frames for Google Glass, the much-anticipated accessory which will make the wearable computer more user-friendly to those who already wear glasses. Dubbed the Titanium Collection and offered in four styles - Thin, Classic, Bold, and Split - all are made from lightweight titanium, like the original Glass band, and will be supplied with non-prescription lenses suited for those who don't need their vision corrected, but can be optionally fitted out to suit a prescription.

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Intel goes local for Jarvis voice control to outspeed Siri

Intel goes local for Jarvis voice control to outspeed Siri

Intel will rely on local processing grunt not cloud crunching for the voice control its Jarvis wearable will use, using a specially-created voice recognition system designed to run on the compact earpiece. Revealed at CES 2014, Jarvis aims to usurp Apple's Siri and Google Now by reacting to spoken commands and remotely controlling a smartphone, as well as delivering contextual information direct into the wearer's ear. However, unlike both of its rivals, Jarvis will be able to do that even if it doesn't have an internet connection.

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Narrative Clip Review – A wearable camera with context

Narrative Clip Review – A wearable camera with context

Can you remember what you were doing last week? How about last month, or a year ago? Life-loggers like Narrative's Clip promise to make that possible, a wearable camera snapping a photo every thirty seconds and then curating the best moments for you to look back through. The Swedish start-up took Kickstarter by storm back in late 2012, and has finally begun shipping the Clip, but does it do enough to warrant room on your lapel, or is it just all too creepy? Read on for the full SlashGear review.

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