Jan 09

Would you wear Google Glass if it looked like this?

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LAS VEGAS — Of all the problems with Google Glass, the biggest one was social acceptance. No matter what they did for you, the device simply looked too dorky for the vast majority of the public to consider wearing.

But what if it had looked almost exactly like a regular pair of glasses? That’s the dream of smart glasses, and companies like ODG and Vuzix have been working toward that goal for years. There’s been progress, but there hasn’t been a smart-glass concept that addresses what consumers ostensibly want: A device that looks like a regular pair of glasses.

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Jan 06

DigiLens helmet adds augmented reality view for motorcyclists

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While companies like Microsoft are showing off augmented reality tools like the HoloLens, which is designed for stationary users, a company called DigiLens has just unveiled a kind of mobile AR tool that motorcyclists will soon be able to use to navigate the road

At first glance, the easiest way to describe the device is as “Google Glass for motorcycle helmets,” except the viewing lens is significantly larger

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DigiLens’ device magnetically fastens itself to the rider’s helmet, just in front of the eye, delivering real-time updates on information including traffic warnings, fuel usage, speed and engine functions. The outside world data streamed into the lens is culled from a 360-degree view of traffic and road conditions around the biker Read more…

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Dec 28

4 exciting Australian startups to watch in 2016

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2015 was a big year for Australian startups — the government decided it wanted an “ideas boom,” announcing a A$1.1 billion (US$799 million) innovation fund, and Sydney-based software darling Atlassian went public in a big way.

Startup fever has hit Australia, and 2016 should be just as eventful. Here are 4 startups — some big, some up-and-coming — to keep an eye on in the new year.

1. Canva

It’s been a bumper year for Sydney-based graphic design startup CanvaFounded in 2012 by Melanie Perkins, Cliff Obrecht and Cameron Adams, Canva this year claimed 5 million users who have created more than 35 million designs on the platform. Read more…

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Dec 28

This is what Google Glass 2.0 looks like

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Google’s not done with Google Glass just yet. We finally have our first look at what the rebooted augmented reality glasses will look like. Spoiler alert: Not very different.

The first images of Google Glass 2.0 have appeared online courtesy of documents posted to the Federal Communications Commission website.

The augmented reality glasses shown in the images are reportedly for the Google Glass “Enterprise Edition,” the rebooted version of Glass being worked on by Tony Fadell and his team

Whereas the original Google Glass “Explorer Edition” was aimed at consumers, the Explorer Edition is designed to help in the workplace. As previously reported, the new version of Google Glass has a larger glass prism, a faster Intel Atom processor, 5GHz Wi-Fi for more bandwidth-intensive tasks such as video streaming, and a more rugged and waterproof design. Read more…

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Dec 02

Buying a smartwatch as a gift this holiday? Here’s what to get

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The smartwatch market is still in its infancy, and as tech companies and traditional watchmakes alike scramble to capture the interest of would-be buyers, consumers have almost too many options

Do you opt for the high-priced wrist candy advertised by Apple as the Tiffany of wearable tech, or do you wade into the world of a hundred notifications and apps that typify Android-powered devices? The choices can be daunting, especially if you’re rushing to get a holiday gift for the techie in your life

But fear not: The following is all you need to know about buying a smartwatch in late 2015. Read more…

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Dec 01

Google Glass could come back with a less intrusive, flexible design

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The next iteration of Google Glass could get a whole new look.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Google a patent on Nov. 24 for a “wearable device with input and output structures” that could be Glass’ redesign.

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An illustration in the patent, above, shows a snake-like device that only occupies one side of the face. It looks like it rests on one ear, and the display extends to the front, hovering above the eye. The patent says the band is adjustable for each user and can maintain that configuration for later use. Read more…

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Nov 24

Google shows it’s serious by making its most ambitious projects pay for themselves

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Google is about to make its famous moonshot projects a little more grounded.

Alphabet, the newly created parent company for Google, is planning to make its most ambitious — and some would say unrealistic — divisions more fiscally responsible by requiring them to pay for “backoffice” corporate necessities like recruiting, finance and marketing rather than simply mooching those services off the mothership. The move was first reported by reportThe Wall Street Journal

Google, er, Alphabet (we’re still getting used to this too) have a range of standalone moonshot companies, including Google X, a secretive lab that previously developed projects like self-driving cars and Google Glass, and Google Life Sciences, for ambitious healthcare research Read more…

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Oct 23

I will now boycott all Lionsgate studios content #LionsgateGate

Big studios like Lionsgate are using thing like DMCA to bully little people around.  I am including myself in the “little people”.  Here is my story.. that you won’t find on the internet because Lionsgate filed a FALSE claim against this site.

As most of you know I mainly use this site to share information about my time being a Google Glass Explorer.  There is other miscellaneous content as well.  One of the tools that I employ is something called IFTTT, If This Then That.  It is handy utility that allows me to post something one time and have it show up on multiple different platforms.

August 1st 2015

One of the IFTTT recipies I utilize is a script that says  IF “Google Glass” is mentioned on Mashable.com THEN post the information on my site.  The reason I set up this script was all so I could keep track of articles being written about Google Glass.  Well my little automated script found “Google Glass” in an article on Mashable about Lionsgate going after pirates of their movie. Original story on Mashable.

Here is a screenshot of the article as it was seen on my website.  I have since taken down the article for the purposes of having my site indexed again.

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August 10th 2015

Lionsgate studios files DMCA take down notices against sites distributing Expendables 3 … but not just sites illegally distributing the movie. They also filed take down notices against everyone that mentioned they were coming after the pirates.  Way to shut down freedom of speech Lionsgate studio!

Here is a link to the notice they filed. As you can clearly see they mostly report the offending URL but for some reason they submitted the root domain lizagere.com.  So they have cut off all search traffic to my domain from Google because I just spoke about them going after pirates. I am being treated like a pirate for doing nothing wrong!

As you can see unlike other domains they submitted my whole domain!

As you can see unlike other domains they submitted my whole domain!

By submitting my root domain they made it impossible for me to use the automated form Google provides.  How can I remove a root domain?!

August 14th 2015

I received this email from Google.

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Message summary

Webmaster Tools sent you the following important messages about sites in your account. To keep your site healthy, we recommend regularly reviewing these messages and addressing any critical issues.

Notice of DMCA removal from Google Search

Hello,

Google has been notified, according to the terms of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), that some of your materials allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. The URLs of the allegedly infringing materials may be found at the end of this message. The notice that we received, with any personally identifying information removed, may be found at http://www.chillingeffects.org/notice.cgi?sID=1932198.

Please note that it may take several weeks for the notice to be posted on the above page.

The DMCA is a United States copyright law that provides guidelines for online service provider liability in case of copyright infringement. We are in the process of removing from our Google Search results the materials that allegedly infringe upon the copyrights of others. If we did not do so, we would be subject to a claim of copyright infringement, regardless of its merits. See http://chillingeffects.org/dmca512/faq.cgi for more information about the DMCA, and see http://www.google.com/support/bin/static.py?page=ts.cs&ts=1114905 for the process that Google requires in order to make a DMCA complaint.

If you feel that your sites or pages were mistakenly removed due to a DMCA request filed against you, or you have taken the necessary steps to remove the infringing content, Google can reinstate these materials into its search results upon receipt of either a DMCA Counter Notification form, or a Content Removed form.

To request reinstatement for a URL where the allegedly infringing content is still available, please fill out our DMCA Counter Notification form:

https://support.google.com/legal/contact/lr_counternotice?product=websearch&hl=en

If you have removed the allegedly infringing content, you may fill out our Content Removed Notification form:

https://support.google.com/legal/contact/lr_contentremoved?product=websearch&hl=en

If you have legal questions about this notification, you should retain your own legal counsel. If you have any other questions about this notification, please let us know.

The affected URLs are listed below:

http://lizagere.com/

Regards,

The Google Team

This email wasn’t discovered until a few weeks after I received it.  So I immediately submitted a counter response to Google.  By submitting a request for reinstatement I also had to agree to deal with this in court if Lionsgate still accuses me of piracy.

September 14th 2015

I submitted a request for reinstatement of my domain to Google Search and this was the response:

From: removals@google.com
To: ME
Hi,

Thanks for reaching out to us!

We have received your legal request. We receive many such complaints each day; your message is in our queue, and we’ll get to it as quickly as our workload permits.

Due to the large volume of requests that we experience, please note that we will only be able to provide you with a response if we determine your request may be a valid and actionable legal complaint, and we may respond with questions or requests for clarification.  For more information on Google’s Terms of Service, please visit http://www.google.com/accounts/TOS

Regards,
The Google Team

October 6th 2015

I received this follow up from Google:

From: removals@google.com
To: ME
Hello,
Thanks for Reaching out to us.
As described in 17 U.S.C. 512(g), we will forward the counter notification to the complainant. If we do not receive notice that the complainant has brought a court action within 10 to 14 days, we will reinstate the material in question.
Regards,

The Google Team

October 23rd 2015

 

So now I wait.  Maybe at this very moment Lionsgate studios is going to file a lawsuit against me for something I had zero part it.  I can also prove this as I have all the traffic files from the web server since it was first turned on.

This is a prime example of abuse of power.  Everyone said this wouldn’t happen when the DMCA was passed in congress.  So I ask, where are my rights?

Where is my right to free speech?  Why didn’t the studio contact  me or have to provide some sort of request or even show a burden of proof that I had done something wrong.  Also if I had contemplated distribution of pirated material I most definitely would not have used my personal web site that has my very name in the domain. That would just be idiotic.  Also why did they submit my whole domain?  Does someone at the studio have a personal vendetta against me?

Here is another piece of irony.  Anyone that knows me can attest to the fact that I don’t watch many movies.  I never download them off the internet.  Every once in a while I will watch a movie on Netflix but even that is rare.  If I am in front of my TV it is to play video games as I much prefer an interactive experience.  My friends find it impossibly hilarious that I got accused of pirating movies.  Here is another fact: I haven’t even seen the movie “The Expendables 3”!  Nor will I ever.

I know I am just one small consumer among many but now I am going to let my voice be heard.  I will no longer watch any Lionsgate content!  Maybe just maybe some other people out there will vote with their dollars as well.

SAY NO TO EVILCORP! #LionsgateGate

Lesson: Say the words Lionsgate and piracy in the same sentence and you will be made to pay!

 

Sep 17

Google Glass, formerly Project Glass, is now reportedly called Project Aura

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Google’s smart glasses just can’t keep a name. The project, initially called Project Glass, was subsequently renamed to Google Glass, and is now called Project Aura, according to multiple reports.

According to Business Insider, whose report was confirmed by The Wall Street Journal, Project Aura started in June, with Google hiring electronics experts from Amazon’s research division, Lab126, to revive the Glass project

Aura should result in a next-generation Glass, but other wearables are also a possibility. The Aura team will work hand in hand with several other research groups within Google, including those behind Project Soli and Google Cardboard Read more…

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Jul 30

Report: Google is delivering next-generation Glass to businesses

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Don’t call it a Google Glass comeback… yet.

Google has been quietly delivering its new generation of Glass to a variety of businesses, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The new enterprise Glass differs from the first iteration in that it attaches to a set of glasses, rather than having its own wire frame.

Google discontinued the first version of Glass in January, placing Nest founder Tony Fadell at the head of developing the next generation. The first generation was a bit of a failure for Google, both in terms of its limited functionality and its image; many found it pretentious and creepy. Read more…

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