Google Glass Briefly Went On Sale For Everyone

It has almost been two years since the Mountain View based internet search giant showed off its wearable device, the Google Glass. Since then the device has gradually been sold to a group of selected people called Explorers. Though recently Google started loosening the grip a bit as it offered invites to Play Music All Access subscribers. Earlier today the order page on Google Glass website went live and anyone could purchase a unit without needing an invite. That might have been a mistake as the page has now been pulled.


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HTC One (M8) All In One Toolkit Performs Near Automatic Rooting A certain hasoon2000 has just rolled out a Graphical User Interface (GUI) for Windows-based devices that would allow those of you who own the pretty solid HTC One (M8) to root your smartphone in a near automatic manner with but a few clicks. This would be something that some of us have dreamed of in the past, which admittedly, saw rooting as a whole lot more complicated process than just a few mouse clicks.


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Huawei Ascend P7 Case LeakedIt does seem as though the nature of the flagship smartphone market has accelerated to such an extent where an annual refresh cycle does not sound crazy at all, leaving the general public to chase after the coat-tails of technological advancement so that they do not end up being left behind. Huawei, who recently outlined their plans to spend $300 million on marketing alone in 2014, has the Huawei Ascend P7 to follow up on the Ascend P6. @evleaks has tweeted about this new device.


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Unreal Engine 4.1 Brings Support For Next Gen Consoles And More

Back at GDC 2014 Epic Games demonstrated its new Unreal Engine 4 features as well as an entirely new business model. It is now a subscription based product. Anyone can access all UE4 engine, editors and source code for $19.99 per month. Today Epic Games released the first major update for Unreal Engine 4 since its public launch at the Game Developers Conference.


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Opera Coast For iPhone LaunchedWhen it comes to mobile web browsers, there is a number of options to choose from, regardless of whether you’re rocking on an Android or iOS operation system (the two most dominant mobile OSes at the moment). Well, those who are using iOS devices might want to check out the Opera Coast web browser for iPhone, where this browser is said to be perfect for your favorite Apple smartphone.


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Sour Grapes Calls SWAT Team Upon Call Of Duty OpponentIt was the classic case of sour grapes, where a Call of Duty player was rather downcast and disappointed at losing a match, that he actually called in the SWAT team on his opponent. After the call, Long Island police who took it seriously dispatched with some helicopters and emergency vehicles to the particular supplied address. Much to their surprise (and a certain degree of annoyance, I would presume), it turned out to be a hoax after all.


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Android 4.4.3 Might Bring A Redesigned Dialer

Rumor has it that work on Android 4.4.3 is already underway. Even though its meant to be an incremental update, Android 4.4.3 is expected to bring a redesigned dialer application. There is no official confirmation of this just yet, however screenshots of the redesigned app have appeared on XDA forums. Granted that its quite easy to fabricate such images, but that shouldn’t stop us from considering the possibility.

From the looks of it Google isn’t going for subtle user interface tweaks. It is a full blown redesign that is actually quite different from the existing dialer UI. Contacts are no longer displayed in the conventional list. Instead there’s a separate card for each contact with users apparently having the ability to assign photos to each card.

If a photo hasn’t been assigned to a card then it will simply be a colored block with the contact’s first initial. This is similar to how contacts are displayed in Gmail app, so it really won’t come as a surprise if Google replicates that in dialer as well. Dialer search box is at the top where it has always been. There’s a blue action bar at the bottom which contains buttons for call logs, dialpad and overflow.

It would certainly be odd for Google to push such a major redesign with an incremental software update. The company hasn’t commented on this as yet, so we might have to wait until Android 4.4.3 drops to be absolutely sure.


Apple CEO Tim Cook Continues To Tease New Products

There is a lot of speculation about Apple’s future products. Some believe that the company has lost its touch, that it has simply run out of ideas for revolutionary products like the iPhone and iPad. Others are of the view that coming up with such a product takes time and Apple will probably not rush to the market until it gets it just right. Since January, Apple CEO Tim Cook has been teasing the possibility of new product categories. In an interview following the company’s second quarter earnings report Cook once again teased new products without actually revealing too much.


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PlayOn Supports Chromecast Now, Delivers 100+ ChannelsPlayOn, the media server software from MediaMall Technologies which does its job of streaming online videos to TVs and mobile devices, have recently announced that PlayOn and PlayLater are now available for Chromecast. PlayOn’s support for Chromecast would see the introduction of online content from over 100 channels in the blink of an eye to Chromecast users, where some of these content would include segments from CBS, NBC, ABC, Comedy Central and Hulu (without the need for any Hulu Plus subscription, now how about that?).


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Apple Display Tech Serves Up Interactive HologramsIt does seem as though Apple is working on an interactive three-dimensional display system which would see users gain the ability to manipulate those “objects” in mid-air, which would be part of the illusion of an advanced hologram. Details on this patent application from Apple were published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where it has been described as an “Interactive three-dimensional display system.”


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