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How Android Wear dodges the 'Glasshole' bullet | Cutting Edge We're still in the infancy of the age of smartwatches, but give Google credit for nudging the concept forward with its long-anticipated announcement of Android Wear. With a little luck -- and a clever hardware design or two from Google's partners -- maybe we're about to bear witness to one of those Very Big Things that cross the tech horizon occasionally. Maybe. For now, all we have is a glitzy promotional video filled with a variety of bouncy, well-scrubbed -- and obviously well-heeled - folks living the bright future envisioned by Larry Page and Sergey Brin (particularly). No coincidence that Google's video clip showed a lot of bouncy athletic people as if they were plucked away from a Frisbee game on a tech campus in Northern California. For now, this announcement was a PR plug for coming attractions that may or may not arrive. Google also gets props for not bringing out another product that's going to invite popular derision, if not worse. "It's not the end of the game.

World's Strongest Coffee About / United Visual Artists UVA is a London based art practice that combines a wide range of disciplines including sculpture, installation, live performance, and architecture. The studio has an open approach to collaboration, uniting diverse skills to continuously evolve new technologies and materials, which in turn suggest new artistic directions. The studio’s lines of enquiry include the tension between real and synthesised experiences – the questioning of our relationship with technology, and the creation of phenomena that transcend the purely physical. UVA have been commissioned by Artwise Curators, The Creators Project, La Gaite Lyrique, National Maritime Museum, Opera North, Royal Academy of Arts, Victoria & Albert Museum, Manchester International Festival, The Serpentine Gallery, Barbican and YCAM Japan. Their designs for live performance have led to commissions for venues such as the Tate Modern Turbine Hall, Serpentine Gallery and Madison Square Garden in New York.

+ Castro Rivoluzione Google Glass Secondo alcuni sarà il primo passo verso la cosiddetta singolarità, cioè il passaggio del genere umano a “qualcos’altro” rispetto a ciò che è stato finora. Secondo altri invece sarà solo un’effimera moda tecnologica, destinata a essere presto dimenticata, un po’ come accaduto al Segway o a Second Life. Più probabilmente, i Google Glass si posizioneranno da qualche parte nel territorio tra questi due estremi e contribuiranno a cambiare un po’ la nostra vita: così come in passato hanno fatto la televisione, il computer, Internet, la telefonia mobile. Lo scopriremo nel corso del 2014, quando il dispositivo verrà lanciato negli Stati Uniti a un prezzo probabilmente non lontano da quello dei più evoluti smartphone. E poi più avanti, quando arriverà in tutto il mondo, Europa compresa: anche le date d’uscita, al momento, non sono ufficiali. Il nuovo aggeggio, fondamentalmente, è un computer da indossare, inserito in una montatura da occhiali. ACQUISTA Ok glass, l'e-book completo.

CrimeLab | PUTTING BRANDS IN THE SPOTLIGHT Google’s Location History Browser Is A Minute-By-Minute Map Of Your Life Quick! Where were you last Tuesday at 6:35 PM? If you’re anything like me, your answer is probably along the lines of “I… have absolutely no idea.” Most people’s brains just don’t work that way. But odds are, Google knows. They probably know where you’ve been most other days, too. If you carry any Google-filled gear (like, say, an Android phone or tablet), there was a prompt during the initial setup that asked if Google could transmit your location data back to the mothership. Now, something to note: if you’ve been paying close attention, you might have seen this before. I use “awesome”, here, instead of “terrifying and creepy”, because this is all opt-in. Google launched the first version of this tool around the same time that they launched Latitude. One particularly cool bit: scrub your mouse cursor over the graph at the bottom. Oh, and that graph? If you missed the link above, here’s the link to the location history browser.

Work | Street & Co How Google and Nest could get the smart home all wrong | Cutting Edge Welcome to the Google smart home: You walk up your steps and use your Android device (or iOS app) to open your smart lock and signal to the network that you've arrived, whereupon your Nest thermostat turns the heat up to a comfy 71 degrees and Nest smart lights adjust the brightness to optimize energy use. Meanwhile, your Samsung refrigerator that now relies on Android -- earlier models having proven that the native Samsung smart appliance software just couldn't cut it -- sends you a notification to let you know you have just enough parmesan for tonight's recipe, but will have to buy some more next time you shop. Scratch that. It already noted that on your Google Doc grocery list. It's a starry-eyed vision that glosses over all the gritty details that underlie what a Google-wound network of smart appliances might look like down the line, birthed by Monday's news that Google has acquired Nest Labs, maker of smart appliances, for $3.2 billion. "I think it's a decade.

THE COUNCIL Internet al tuo servizio: ecco IFTTT, la vita reale si controlla dalla Rete "INTERNET delle cose", social network, le nostre vite che diventano sempre più digitali, applicazioni indissolubilmente legate proprio a queste esistenze. Se ne sente parlare anche e persino nell'Italia arretrata e ancora ampiamente disconnessa che si preoccupa prima degli equi compensi e poi della diffusione di internet, anche se per l'Onu la Rete è un diritto fondamentale di tutti. Se ne sente parlare perché internet è ormai da diverso tempo uscita dai confini degli schermi dei computer e anche da quelli dei tablet e degli smartphone, e si è diffusa come un liquido in tutto ciò che ci circonda, dai mezzi di trasporto agli elettrodomestici, dalle luci di casa ai termostati, dagli orologi agli occhiali. E' diventata un vero e proprio sistema linfatico del presente, che porta informazioni da noi al mondo e viceversa attraverso gli oggetti che usiamo tutti i giorni. undefined [x]

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