Google Glass, other wearables may give the disabled a new measure of independence (WashingtonPost)
It’s been 18 years since Tammie Lou Van Sant held a camera. But nearly two decades after a car accident left her paralyzed from the chest down, Van Sant is shooting again — thanks to a device that could be part of technology’s next big trend. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Glass headset, which connects to users’ smartphones and displays information on a screen that hovers above one eye, is the first of what analysts say may be a boom in wearable technology — headsets, watches, fitness trackers and other devices that are worn rather than slipped into a pocket.
U.S. appeals court revives Apple patent claims vs. Google (Reuters)
A U.S. appeals court ruled on Wednesday that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) should be able to renew its arguments at the International Trade Commission that Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Motorola Mobility unit violated two patents relating to the iPhone. The Federal U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. found that the ITC erred when it invalidated one Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent and found that Motorola didn’t infringe another. The court returned the case to the ITC for further analysis of those issues, under different legal standards. An Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) spokeswoman declined to comment, and a Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Google search update highlights in-depth topical articles (DNAIndia)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is slowly rolling out a new feature on its search engine that caters to people who like reading long and in-depth articles about a particular topic. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) believes that roughly 10 percent of people using its search will benefit from this new feature. What this feature will essentially do is highlight in-depth articles when you search a certain topic. As seen in the picture above, a search for the term ‘censorship’ throws up articles from The New Yorker, Guardian and the Wall Street Journal. At the moment it isn’t clear how Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) will define an in-depth article, but chances are if an article follows these guidelines, they will be scoured by Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s search engine.
Google brings Spotify rival All Access to the UK (PCPro)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has launched its All Access streaming service in the UK, giving users on-demand access to 18 million songs through their Android device or web browser. The service joins Spotify, Deezer, Rdio and a host of other on-demand streaming options in an increasingly crowded market. Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s hoping to undercut rivals with a 30-day free trial and a discounted monthly subscription fee. Those who sign up for the free trial before 15 September will only pay £7.99 a month thereafter, where most rival services cost £9.99.
Google releases its own “Find my iPhone” for Android devices – but doesn’t go far enough (Grahamcluley)
Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has responded to concerns about the rising number of smartphone thefts, by releasing a tool which can help you locate and wipe your lost Android phone or tablet. Android Device Manager offers a similar service to Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s “Find my iPhone” facility, showing you on a map where your smartphone was lost spotted, and giving you the option to make it sound its ringer at maximum volume (even if its in silent mode) or even wipe its contents. …n fact, some have even cynically intimating that some manufacturers might quite enjoy benefiting from smartphone theft as it can lead to more sales of devices to victims.