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Originally posted on Hasoob:

Google has it’s hands firmly dipped in the mobile market with Android, they’re tackling the augmented reality market quite publicly with Google Glass and now they’ve released Android Wear.

Android WearWhat you need to know in a nutshell:

  • It’s a SDK (Software Development Kit), that means developers have a platform like Android to build their apps and release wearable devices such as watches, heart rate monitors etc.
  • It will allow developers and manufacturers to create wearables that adhere to guidelines like Android, essentially a platform
  • It will sync with your devices via Bluetooth
  • It’s highly contextual, it’s based on Google Now, it’s aimed at giving the user quickly glanceable information when it’s relevant
  • It’s interface is controlled by gestures and voice
  • It’s aimed at also monitoring your health and fitness

See the video below so that you can get a good idea of what you can expect from it

Before you…

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nickriggall:

I concur. It is indeed awesome.

Originally posted on BGR:

The Jawbone UP was the best fitness tracker I had ever used. From design, to accuracy, to the accompanying software, everything about the UP was fantastic… except for the quality control standards employed by Jawbone and its manufacturing partner. After going through five defective UP bands in the course of seven months, I had no choice but to give up on Jawbone’s UP and switch to the vastly inferior Fitbit Flex. At the time, I also said I probably wouldn’t try any future fitness bands Jawbone might release, since my experience with the UP was so disappointing.

Well, it turns out I lied.

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nickriggall:

We’re breeding a nation of cross-eyed technophiles.

Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Fresh off its update to Android KitKat, Google Glass is getting a couple of new features later this week.

Until now, iPhone users with Glass weren’t able to receive text messages on their devices. Starting later this week, Google will roll out an update that will finally allow them to see text messages right in front of their right eyes. It will not, however, allow them to send text messages. “You won’t be able to reply from Glass due to some limitations with iOS,” Google says. Android users, of course, don’t have to worry about that, because text messages always worked on Glass for them.

The other new update the team announced today is the addition of a Calendar to Glass. Once it’s turned on, it will show your agenda to the left of the home screen and from there, you can change the title, time and location of an event, as…

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

Facebook’s deal to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion happened relatively quickly and the negotiations were hammered out over the last five days during the industry’s Game Developer Conference in San Francisco, according to sources familiar with the deal.

Mark Zuckerberg had been by Oculus’s Southern California offices just once before to hang out earlier this year. He played with the company’s DK2, or second development kit.

Spark Capital and Matrix Partners, which co-led the company’s $16 million Series A round, and Andreessen Horowitz, which led the company’s $75 million Series B round, have an equal stake in the company, according to the source. We’re hearing from multiple sources that the IRR or the internal rate of return on this deal is one of the higher ones in venture history for the Series A investors.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, who sits on Facebook’s board of directors, recused himself from the…

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