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Google Glass online orders are still apparently open

Update: Aaaaaaand it's gone. Google's store is now marked as out of stock. TechCrunch got details. Last week Google Glass ditched the invites and went on sale to anyone and everyone for just one day. That meant that whoever wanted to snag Glass could do so without any caveats, like having to...
Anyone can buy Google Glass tomorrow — so ... will you?

Anyone can buy Google Glass tomorrow — so ... will you?

Tomorrow, for one day only, anyone can buy Google Glass. That is anyone who hasn't been able to score an "invite," which hasn't been all that hard anyway. And anyone who has $1,500 to drop on the pseudo-prototype. You'll be able to get them here. And, so, we ask: Are you buying? Are you buying...
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Google might just let anybody buy Google Glass in one-day promotion [Update: It's official]

Website goes live at 6am PT on the 15th to take orders from anyone in the U.S. Update: Well, that didn't take long — Google has just confirmed that April 15th is the date when anyone will be able to plop down their $1500 and buy Google Glass without any kind of invite or crazy qualification....
Google Glass XE16.1 update

Google Glass updated to XE16.1 with no noticeable changes

Following up on the big jump from XE12 to XE16 last week that brought Google Glass up to running KitKat, a small bugfix update to XE16.1 is now hitting the wearable. We have no official word on what the update brings, but given the relative instability we've noticed on Glass since the XE16 update...
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Ellen pokes fun at Google Glass one-day sale to public

Skip to about 0:55 in to see what Ellen thinks of her new Google Glass she bought. Though I think the bit with the giant pencil was more amusing. Source: @TheEllenShow
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Google starting try before you buy program for potential Glass Explorers

Anyone interested in trying out Glass without shelling out the full $1500 for the privilege will be interested in hearing about this offer that Google is extending to potential Explorers. For a $50 deposit, Google will ship you four non-functioning dummy units from the Titanium series frames in...
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San Francisco woman attacked and robbed for wearing Google Glass in a bar

Bar owner was excited to see the technology, some of the patrons, however, were not Bay area resident Sarah Slocum says she was verbally and physically assaulted at Molotov's on Haight Street in San Francisco Friday night, and it was because she was wearing Google Glass. Slocum was able to...
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Google Glass available to everyone today and today only

Today and today only, anybody in the United States with the drive to click a few buttons and $1,500 burning a hole in their pocket can buy their very own Google Glass headset and earn the vaunted title of "Glass Explorer". It's an exclusive-ish club, previously reserved for those who Google so...
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US Air Force testing Google Glass, building battlefield Android apps

Military researchers are toying with the idea of using Google Glass on the battlefield. The U.S. Air Force’s Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge research group has been testing two pairs of Glass for search and rescue missions, communicating with ground forces, and targeting enemy...
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Glass update XE16 now rolling out

XE16 is pushing out right now to Google Glass users. As we mentioned yesterday, this brings the platform to KitKat and has a handful of changes and new features. First you'll be updated to XE 12.1, which gets things prepared for the real update, which comes right after. It's a big download and a...

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Update: Aaaaaaand it's gone. Google's store is now marked as out of stock. TechCrunch got details.

Last week Google Glass ditched the invites and went on sale to anyone and everyone for just one day. That meant that whoever wanted to snag Glass could do so without any caveats, like having to sign up for the Explorer program or wait on an invite. While the Glass page is currently showing the program as closed once again, it appears that Glass may still be available for purchase directly from Google.

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A quick heads up for those of you whose Google Glass might have gone south with the XE16.1 update: Google's on it, help is on the way, and we recommend you head on into the private Google Glass forums for more. Some of ours updated just fine, others didn't. So if you're down, you know where to go. And for everyone else, look for XE16.11 now. Hey, we're Explorers, after all.

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Following up on the big jump from XE12 to XE16 last week that brought Google Glass up to running KitKat, a small bugfix update to XE16.1 is now hitting the wearable. We have no official word on what the update brings, but given the relative instability we've noticed on Glass since the XE16 update we're not surprised that a quick point released bugfix update was required. As far as user-facing changes go we don't immediately notice anything, so let's hope there are some good under-the-hood changes being made.

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Google pushed out a substantial update for Google Glass just last week, along with making the headset available to all to buy for one day — and they're following up with another update this week that will enable new functionality. iPhone users will see their text messages show up in their notifications, and all Glass users will get to see their calendar in front of their right eyeball.

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Anyone interested in trying out Glass without shelling out the full $1500 for the privilege will be interested in hearing about this offer that Google is extending to potential Explorers. For a $50 deposit, Google will ship you four non-functioning dummy units from the Titanium series frames in charcoal, tangerine, shale, and sky paint jobs. Apparently these are returned Glass units that have had all the working elements stripped out of the devices. This pilot program is being made available under the radar through e-mails sent directly to users that have shown interest in Glass.

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The Google Glass XE16 update that started rolling out earlier this week is now available as a factory image, for those interested in tinkering with the software on their Glass (or had been tinkering and broke it back enough that you need to start fresh). Photo replies in Hangouts and Bluetooth 4.0 LE are the biggest additions in the XE16 update, which also upped the base OS to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

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If you just picked up Google Glass from the one-day sale yesterday and you’re planning a vacation, you’re in luck (and not just because you’re going somewhere sunny with a shiny new gadget). Starwood Hotels has announced that they’ve got a beta app ready to go to book your room. The app offers calling, reservations, GPS directions, and photos, though it’s still in beta, and is likely to add more features over time. For those without Glass, Starwood also has an app for Android handsets and tablets as well.

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Skip to about 0:55 in to see what Ellen thinks of her new Google Glass she bought. Though I think the bit with the giant pencil was more amusing.

Source: @TheEllenShow

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Glass XE16 update

XE16 is pushing out right now to Google Glass users. As we mentioned yesterday, this brings the platform to KitKat and has a handful of changes and new features.

First you'll be updated to XE 12.1, which gets things prepared for the real update, which comes right after. It's a big download and a long install, but things do change noticeably afterward.

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Google Glass

Today and today only, anybody in the United States with the drive to click a few buttons and $1,500 burning a hole in their pocket can buy their very own Google Glass headset and earn the vaunted title of "Glass Explorer". It's an exclusive-ish club, previously reserved for those who Google so anointed and those to whom the anointed sent invites.

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Tomorrow, for one day only, anyone can buy Google Glass. That is anyone who hasn't been able to score an "invite," which hasn't been all that hard anyway. And anyone who has $1,500 to drop on the pseudo-prototype. You'll be able to get them here. And, so, we ask: Are you buying?

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Website goes live at 6am PT on the 15th to take orders from anyone in the U.S.

Update: Well, that didn't take long — Google has just confirmed that April 15th is the date when anyone will be able to plop down their $1500 and buy Google Glass without any kind of invite or crazy qualification. Simply live in the U.S. and be 18 years old, and you'll be able to buy Glass starting at 6am PT on the 15th from the Google Glass website.

Original story: Google will soon open up their Google Glass Explorers program to anyone in the United States for a very limited time. The expansion could start as soon as Tuesday, April 15th. This is not intended as the consumer launch of Glass, and the program will only be open to the public for about a day. Google will apparently throw in one of their Glass accessories with the purchase, according to The Verge:

It’ll be a limited-time offer, only available for about a day, and only US residents will be eligible to purchase the $1,500 device. Google will also include a free sunglass shade or one of its newly-introduced prescription glasses frames along with any purchase. An internal Google slide shows that the promotion may be announced on April 15th, though all the details of this program have yet to be finalized.

If Google opens up Glass to the public, even for a limited time, will you get it? Let us know below in the comments.

Source: +Google Glass; Via: The Verge

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Military researchers are toying with the idea of using Google Glass on the battlefield. The U.S. Air Force’s Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided Knowledge research group has been testing two pairs of Glass for search and rescue missions, communicating with ground forces, and targeting enemy bogeys.

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While the the Google Glass Explorer Program hasn't yet reached British shores, Google has begun gifting trial versions of the connected eyewear to various organizations around the world ahead. One of the first institutions to get hold of Glass was the UK's Newcastle University, which used its five devices as part of a program to help Parkinson's disease sufferers.

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Livestream for Google Glass

Battery and heat may be a bigger hurdle than a data connection, though

Apps for Google Glass — Glassware, don'tcha know — can be hit and miss. And quite often it falls into the latter category. Livestream today put forth its official piece of Glassware, and it's surprisingly good. That is, considering it makes it possible to stream video live from your face, from a $1,500 wearable whose battery is but a fraction of what you have in your smartphone.

Consider our interest piqued.

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Folks in the Pacific Northwest can try out Glass for themselves with no strings attached

Google has been hitting the road over the past several months, going to major cities around the U.S. to show off Google Glass to the public. Falling in behind Durham, Detroit, Austin and Atlanta previously, the latest stop is Seattle.

Just like previous events, you'll have the opportunity to try on Glass and talk with some Googlers about the device and the experience of using it on a regular basis. This is a bit more than your standard "showroom" experience and should give you a better look at the head-mounted wearable.

The event is being held at a place called "Sodo Park," which despite the name isn't actually a park at all but just a cool old building that's often used as a wedding and event venue. It's a handful of minutes south of the downtown core of the city, and should be easy to get to for folks even if they're not familiar with the area.

If you live in the area and want to give Glass a try, this may be a nice event to attend. While you're in town, you can swing up to the downtown area and grab some Starbucks, a Top Pot doughnut (or five) and walk through the Pike Place Market — there are certainly worse ways to spend a weekend afternoon. Anyone can RSVP for the April 5th and 6th event at the source link below.

Source: +Google Glass

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Nobody has ever said they were pretty

Ready for a pair of Google Glass that has a bit more style and flair? You may have your chance, as Google has partnered with Luxottica — the parent company behind Ray-Ban and Oakley glass and sunglass frames — for an undisclosed amount of money. We bet it was a whole helluva lot.

Not only do folks at Luxottica have design chops, but they have retail presence as well. The Italian company has controlling interest in LensCrafters, Sunglass Hut and other smaller retail outlets.

Both some redesign with an eye for mainstream style and a retail channel where people can see what they are buying are great moves forward for Google Glass, which has seen its share of bumps in the road. While nothing is certain, we still expect Google to announce retail availability and pricing of Glass sometime this year.

Source: +GoogleGlass

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Unit still costs $1500 and you'll need to have it shipped within the U.S.

It seems as though Google is ready to make another round of people into Glass Explorers, as email invites for the $1500 headwear are rolling out to folks who signed up on the Glass website. It's a pretty standard email, and one that lots of folks have received over the months in relation to one promotion to get in on the program or another:

The Glass Explorer Program brings together bold, creative individuals who want to help shape the future of Glass. When you asked us how to get Glass on this site, we told you there would be more chances to join the Explorer Program. Well, here's your chance. Spots in the Explorer Program are limited, so join us soon.

The same qualifications for picking up Glass will still apply here — that means $1500 plus shipping (or heading to a Google office), you must be 18 years of age and reside in the U.S. If you signed up for the Glass Explorer program and haven't been notified, keep holding out.

Thanks, Ramy!

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Bar owner was excited to see the technology, some of the patrons, however, were not

Bay area resident Sarah Slocum says she was verbally and physically assaulted at Molotov's on Haight Street in San Francisco Friday night, and it was because she was wearing Google Glass. Slocum was able to retrieve her Glass unit during a fist fight between her attacker and her male companion, but her handbag and her cell phone are still missing.

Witnesses say the bar owner and several of the patrons were excited to see a demonstration of the new technology. During the demonstration, other patrons expressed their displeasure at the possibility of being recorded by throwing dirty bar rags and firing off insults to Slocum. One of the unhappy barflies then grabbed the Google Glass unit and pulled it off Slocum's face. Her companion retailiated with his fists, and during the scuffle Slocum was able to retreive her Google Glass.

Police are looking for the gentleman who pulled Slocum's Glass off her face, and the fact that she was showing other patrons how Glass can record video will come in handy. Hopefully there's a nice, clear picture of the fellow for the police to have a look at.

Growing pains are one thing, but this is taking it a bit too far. Two things need remembered here — your right to "privacy" stops the minute you're in a public place, and violence is never the right reaction. Hopefully, the perpetrator is found and punished accordingly. Wanting the government to make Google Glass "illegal" in public is one thing, but taking the law into your own hands is another.

Source: CBS Local San Francisco

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Heathrow Upper Class concierge kitted out with Glass to assist passengers as part of a trial

Considering Google Glass isn't officially available outside of the U.S, Richard Branson has been especially kind to Virgin Atlantic's London Heathrow check-in agents. The members of staff looking after the airline's Upper Class passengers are being given Google Glass as part of a six week trial to guide their customers through the check-in process. 

Glass can identify the passenger, see their flight details and selected preferences and present the necessary flight information to the concierge. Glass then proceeds to check the passenger in for the flight and can update with travel information, as well as details such as the weather and local events at the destination. 

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