Google also unveiled the developer API for the system, enabling eager coders to start crafting their wares, and so too did the MyGlass Android companion app launch in Google Play. Through this, lucky users can customize their new headware to their heart's content before taking to the streets and making the world incredibly jealous -- or, at least, curious.
Last week's big news was Google Fiber coming to Austin, Texas, thus doubling the markets in which the company's ultra-fast internet access is available. This week, another market was announced with rather less fanfare. Provo, Utah is to be lit up next, though nobody's saying exactly when just yet. The deal is still pending some local approvals, but with the mayor enthusiastically on board, it's seemingly secure.
How fast? Try 2 Gbps download speeds and 1 Gbps uploads.
If that has you feeling flush with pride about the state of American internet access, let me take you down a couple of notches with the news that Japanese ISP So-net has announced a fiber-based service called Nuro, supposedly the fastest in the world. How fast? Try 2 Gbps download speeds and 1 Gbps uploads. Humbled? I sure am. Let's move on.
The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Microsoft is cooking up a smartwatch with a 1.5-inch touchscreen. Little more is known at this point, but one can certainly expect that Redmond's latest wearables will pack a lot more functionality than the SPOT watches that came before and never quite caught on.
Microsoft is also rumored to be taking a bit of a half-step back from some of the more radical UI tweaks made in Windows 8, starting with the return of the dearly departed Start button. Additionally, Windows 8.1 is said to enable the option to boot directly to the desktop, which would save me at least one click every morning.
Windows 8.1 is said to enable the option to boot directly to the desktop, which would save me at least one click every morning.
HP announced that it would start bundling the Leap Motion controller with a select few of its laptops and desktops, ahead of a broader move to start integrating the gesture-detecting hardware right into future devices. This signals a bright future for hand-waving computing, but with Microsoft's Kinect for Windows also having a strong presence on this nascent scene, I can't help but wonder if these competing technologies will slow each other down on the way to mainstream adoption.