From smartphones and tablets to our first wearable item, we've cracked open a lot of tech this year. And as we do at the end of each year, it's time to take a look back -- this time with a twist. During this special episode of Cracking Open, I'm counting down my top five most annoying teardowns of 2013.… Read more
2013 was a busy year for the Android ecosystem: phones got bigger, faster, and more robust. Tablets grew numerous, and Android moved into electronics like smartwatches and a gaming device. Looking ahead to next year we should expect the same trends to continue, but on a slightly different trajectory.
Android will likely have a decent showing at the Consumer Electronics Show with announcements from a handful of hardware makers. Jumping ahead to February and Mobile World Congress (MWC), things should start to heat up for the next generation of Android. While this may sound like business as usual, 2014 will … Read more
On Tuesday, Google released its latest firmware update to Google Glass. Bringing the software version to XE12, a long list of features were included in the update. Full Hangouts support, a lock screen, YouTube uploading, and the ability to snap a photo by winking are all pretty big features. But there's one feature that's sure to make many Glass Explorers, and would-be Explorers, happy: iOS compatibility.
In the past Glass owners who refused to switch over to Android were forced to give up two pretty big features of Glass. The first was the ability to send text messages … Read more
Google continued its promise to update Glass on a monthly basis by releasing XE12 on Tuesday. The last update of 2013 is packed full of features Glass Explorers have been requesting, and in some cases begging for, the last few months.
The update includes full support for Hangouts conversations with a single person or a group of contacts. Glass users can now share photos through Hangouts, something that was previously only possible with social networks.
Beyond Hangouts support, the ability to upload videos recorded with Glass directly to YouTube was added. A lock screen, Play Music improvements, and the return … Read more
Wearable tech often feels like either a wide-open horse race or the Star Wars cantina of consumer electronics, and at January's CES in Las Vegas things should get a whole lot crazier. After a year in 2013 where tons of gadgets emerged but none dominated, expect a lot more players into a multifaceted landscape that's still not all that well-defined.
What is wearable tech, for instance? We give it that name because these gadgets are generally small and body-worn: watches, wristbands, clip-on devices, or glasses. They have sensors and possibly screens. They connect with other devices, or phones, … Read more
They're the perfect modern, renegade couple.
So many people want them banned that it's a wonder they haven't gotten together before now. Each, in its way, is said to be a vast threat to a civilized society.
But if they join forces, won't things just be unbearable?
An enterprising YouTuber with the handle "cheekflapperer" (you ask him why he's called that. I won't. He's got guns) decided to see what it would be like to shoot a variety of weapons with Google Glass perched on his nose.… Read more
The revolution won't be televised, but it may get livestreamed over Google Glass.
At least, it's taking a step in that direction on Wednesday as writer and artist Molly Crabapple livestreams her latest drawing project with a hacked pair of Google Glass. Inspired by Edgar Degas' paintings of dancers, Crabapple will be drawing the adult film actress and aerialist Stoya as she moves through her warm-up routine.
And yes, Stoya will be clothed.
The project, called "Glass Gaze: An online performance with hacked Glass and Stoya," is multifaceted. It looks at the relationship between the artist'… Read more
A wink can convey all kinds of meanings. But what if you're looking at someone and their eyeglasses wink back at you?
Wink Glasses 2013 spectacles aren't designed for flirting or sharing inside jokes. But they do "wink" by fogging up for a split second.