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Google Glass prescription frame option priced up for Explorers

Google Glass prescription frame option priced up for Explorers

Prescription lenses for Google Glass will be priced from $99, one start-up has confirmed, with Rochester Optical revealing early cost details ahead of preorders opening after CES 2014 next week. The company, which confirmed its prescription option for those wanting to use Google's wearable as their regular spectacles was due "in just a few weeks" courtesy of a questionnaire last week, will offer a number of packages that clip onto Glass rather than requiring it be dismantled and attached to a new headpiece, as Google's own system looks to involve.

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Glass invites offered to Google Play Music All Access subscribers

Glass invites offered to Google Play Music All Access subscribers

Google has broadened its Glass invitations to a new group, paid subscribers to Google Play Music All Access, though they'll still have to stump up the not-inconsiderable $1,500-plus-tax sticker price on the beta wearable. The invitations, which are being emailed to All Access subscribers, bills the deal as being to mark the addition of Play Music streaming support to Glass earlier this month.

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Should I be ashamed of wearing Google Glass?

Should I be ashamed of wearing Google Glass?

I love new technology, and I love wearables, and I love Google Glass, but I can't wear it out in public. Google's head-mounted computer is gradually proliferating, as the company opens up its pyramid-scheme of invitations, but the numbers are still small, and though I appreciate the functionality Glass brings, I'm struggling to sport it out in the wild without extreme self-consciousness. As a geek among geeks in San Francisco, there should be nothing holding me back; as a vocal advocate of wearables, I ought to be flying the flag with my fifteen-hundred-dollar early-adopter beacon. So what's taking the gloss off Glass?

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MyGlass for iOS released (again) but lacks iMessage support

MyGlass for iOS released (again) but lacks iMessage support

Google has released the MyGlass for iOS app, giving iPhone users the same navigation and other functionality with the Glass headset as their Android counterparts have, after prematurely setting it wild earlier in the week. Whereas iPhone users would previously have to use the web-based interface to adjust their Glass settings, and did not get the same turn-by-turn directions support as with Android phones, the new app allows the wearable to access the iOS smartphone's GPS among other things.

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Glass XE12 released: Wink photos, iPhone MyGlass incoming

Glass XE12 released: Wink photos, iPhone MyGlass incoming

Google has released XE12 for Glass, including paving the way for the iPhone MyGlass for iOS app briefly previewed earlier today, with YouTube video sharing, wink-triggered photos, and more. The new firmware, one of the more significant updates to Google's wearable, also retires the little-loved "Sent Through Glass" signature that was automatically appended to all messages and social posts published from the headset, something Glass Explorers have been requesting for some time.

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MetaPro AR glasses pack Iron Man tech into Aviator style

MetaPro AR glasses pack Iron Man tech into Aviator style

Wearables startup Meta has revealed its latest headset, the MetaPro, a consumer version of its Meta 1 developer device that amps up Google Glass by overlaying full digital graphics over the real world. Expected to ship in June 2014, for the not-inconsiderable price of $3,000, the MetaPro glasses look far less geeky than their dev-focused predecessors but still manage to fit two 720p HD lenses with 40-degree field of vision. That, Meta says, is 15x the screen area that Glass delivers.

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Foxconn wearable incubator tipped to find the next Glass

Foxconn wearable incubator tipped to find the next Glass

Foxconn, perhaps best known as Apple's manufacturing partner of iPhones, iPads, and Macs, is making a push into wearables with a new investment fund for innovative startups in the segment, it's reported, with business said to kick off in early 2014. The financing scheme will begin selecting potential candidates in the first quarter of the new year, two sources tell Bloomberg, though operations won't supposedly get their own dedicated premises until Q4. Foxconn demonstrated a smartwatch prototype of its own earlier in 2013, though the incubator will be intended to facilitate third-party projects.

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Narrative Clip life-logger finally shipping

Narrative Clip life-logger finally shipping

Narrative, the life-logging crowdfunder formerly known as Memoto, has finally begun shipping its Clip clip-on camera. Delayed by hardware glitches and manufacturing issues after raising, at $550,000, more than eleven times the amount it initially targeted on Kickstarter, Narrative's Clip is now shipping out to the first backers, though the company warns that it may still involve a further delay for some.

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