There has been a lot of hype over one of Google’s latest gadgets – Google Glass. The multi-billion dollar company never fails to create huge excitement around their products, which is evident in this case by their impressive video trailer “How It Feels [through Glass]”
It’s easy to get really excited about Google Glass after watching something like this. The song alone almost makes you want to go ski-diving and start living a fuller life.
However, since Google Glass became available to more ordinary folk (at a price tag of $1500), several videos have since surfaced that highlight the inherent flaws in this technology. A Google Glass review by Engadget mentions some of these shortfalls.
Google Glass Review: Functions & Flaws
First and foremost, there are MAJOR concerns about privacy. Google Glass wearers could be filming you while in the bathroom or recording your daily movements. Stalking would be taken to a whole new level.
It is also not mentioned that Google Glass requires a wireless connection to your smartphone (which comes at an additional cost). Users have also reported that battery-life is really only a few hours and that the device needs to be charged often via a micro USB.
Functionality also seems to be quite limited with this early edition of Google Glass. You can’t browse webpages or make use of any apps at this point. What Google Glass does allow you to do is check weather forecasts, take pictures and videos (and share these), do basic searches, read and reply to emails or messages, hang out on Google+, get directions, tell you the time and respond to voice prompts. I’m sure there are a few more functions of Google Glass, but at this point, it is essentially a low-end smartphone for your face.
There’s no doubt that Google Glass will evolve into something more impressive over time, but it is also most likely that credit for this will be due to non-Google developers and rather users of the technology – a cheap and effective method of outsourcing. But at least Google has planted the seeds for a possible future behind a screen.
Article originally posted on cDs Global Blog
Posted in Gadgets & technology, Reviews
Tagged Engadget, gadgets, glass, google, Google Glass, Google Glass Engadget, Google Glass Flaws, Google Glass Functions, Google Glass Review, Google Glass Reviews, Google Glasses, latest gadgets, Sergy Brin, Technology
INFOGRAPHIC: Control of your personal data online
I’M not usually a fan of these ‘shocking’ infographics as it’s quite difficult to check their sources and verify the information contained within. But as someone who receives scam emails via Gmail on a regular basis, this one seems more or less accurate (or at least believable).
Posted in Online tips & tricks
Tagged Gmail, google, infographics, Information graphics, internet, online security, Password, Password Hints, Passwords, Personally identifiable information, Safety Online, security, Security Online, Shareware
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SEO SECRETS: What you likely know already but will read anyway
Yes, it’s another damn article on SEO secrets. I’ve been pondering this one for a while, but thought I might be able to add 1 or 2 useful SEO tips to the thought-pool.
For starters, I don’t consider myself as an SEO guru or pharaoh, as I believe anyone can teach themselves how to do good SEO. It’s not overly complex and shouldn’t be thought of as such. It merely takes practice and a willing attitude.
Note: This SEO guide is largely intended for bloggers who use WordPress
Posted in Online tips & tricks
Tagged best SEO practice, blogging, google, keywords, Search engine optimization, SEO, SEO guide, SEO plugins, SEO Secrets, seo tips, SEO tricks, wordpress, wordpress plugins
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ARGUMENT: The Internet impairs our ability to contemplate and concentrate for long, sustained periods of time
AN ex-colleague of mine (Ryan Calder) started an interesting debate about the Internet on Facebook. He was asking whether or not people thought that the Internet (and cyber culture in general) impairs our ability to concentrate. Some of the comments were quite interesting.
Posted in Virtual reality & cyberculture, web 2.0
Tagged Brain Development, cyber culture, Facebook, google, internet, internet addiction, internet brains, Internet freedom, internet technology, mxit, psychology, skype, Technology, television, The Internet, Video game, Video Games, web 2.0, web addiction