At the Frankfurt auto show in September, Nissan showed a concept called the Nismo Watch, an odd footnote to its usual display of new models and concept cars. Now, Nissan shows its serious about wearable computing, as it will unveil the 3E, a personal head-up display similar to Google Glass.
Very little information is available at this time. The video Nissan released has no dialogue, just dynamic music playing over images of a man throwing his head about. After about 30 seconds of movement, the 3E wearable display assembles itself over the man's left eye.
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If you've ever wondered which of your 200 browser tabs is making all that racket, the latest Chrome Beta can lend an ear.
When a tab is streaming audio in Chrome 32 Beta, an indicator will appear next to the close tab X. The indicators will change depending on the source, so streaming audio will be denoted by a speaker icon, a red circle will indicate a Web cam, and Chromecast's box icon will notify you when you're broadcasting a tab to your television.
Another change in Chrome 32 Beta gives some attention to Windows 8 Metro … Read more
In Android 4.4 KitKat Google has finally given users an option to quickly and easily switch between home screen launchers. With previous versions of Android users would set the default launcher, use it for awhile, then get tired of it and want to change. That change required digging through Application settings and clearing system defaults. The entire process was far from obvious.
On Android 4.4 KitKat users can now switch between launchers with less than three taps. After installing your first third-party launcher on the new OS, a "Home" setting will be added to the Settings … Read more
Never has the phrase on Google's home page "I'm feeling lucky" seemed more appropriate.
On Veterans Day, everyone should feel lucky that there are people prepared to risk their lives, while many of those whom they're defending (and most of those who send them into battle) do not share the same level of courage.
For November 11, Google is presenting a simple, conservative, and patriotic doodle.
The Google logo is enlarged, and a Veterans Day parade is depicted.
When you click on the logo, it brings you to search results for Veterans Day. … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- On the occasion of what would've been Aaron Swartz's 27th birthday, the hacker who was driven to suicide earlier this year by government prosecution was memorialized with a clay statue of his likeness at the Internet Archive.
The half-sized representation of Swartz bears his scruffy, unshaven likeness and neck-length hair, but also an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) T-shirt and a laptop with an inscription on its lid: "10,000,000,000,000,000 Internet Archive 2012 bytes archived." The Internet Archive crossed 10 petabytes of data archived for free in October 2012.
Employees … Read more
By saying the words "OK, Google" when the phone is unlocked, you can launch any of Google Now's actions -- like searching the Web or dialing a number -- without having to touch the screen. Several Motorola phones, like the Moto X, did this prior to the Nexus 5's Android 4.4 KitKat OS.
Voice-activated Google Now is a terrific little convenience that can save time or … Read more
Plans to break ground on a massive, $82 million private jet terminal at Mineta San Jose International Airport that's expected to host Google's planes will get under way in January.
Signature Flight Support, a fixed-base operator that provides services such as plane fuel and aircraft maintenance and is building the terminal, has subleased much of the space to Blue City Holdings, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company that runs aircraft for Google's executives.
The terminal apparently will dedicate five of its seven wings to Google, which means that other companies will have some kind of limited access. … Read more
Available from the Google Play store, Sprint, and T-Mobile, the Nexus 5 is one of the most highly anticipated and low-cost Android phones of the year. For customers on T-Mobile who use a Wi-Fi connection to make phone calls, however, the carrier has confirmed with CNET that the Nexus 5 will not support that feature.
Having a phone with voice-over-Wi-Fi technology comes in handy to make phone calls, particularly when you're in an area where reception is weak or inconsistent.