Gadgets & Gizmos

Google Glass is back with an update

Google Glass

Did you throw away your Google Glass? Or were not just using it anymore? Well get up and put em on once again, as Google just revived the Glass project with two new updates!

Over the last two days, Google released updates to it’s Glass App and Hardware. These updates come almost after a good long 3 years, in which most people considered Google having killed off the project, but it seems Google still kept it going and with the global interest rising in AR and VR related projects, both at Hardware and Software level, Google might have just decided to jump back on the AR bandwagon with it’s long forgotten Glass Project.

Google Glass which was last updated to XE22, has now gotten updated to XE23 along with update to its “MyGlass” companion app, some bug fixes and now support for Bluetooth! This means now your Glass can be synced up to bluetooth devices such as keyboards & mouse. So next time you want to give a presentation, all you would require is your Glass and Bluetooth enabled presentation controls, no more need for monitors to do all the work.

To get this latest update, all you need to do is grab your Glass and plug it in, and you should see the update drop in via OTA update.

Google possible is reviving the Glass project on the heel of Snapchat Spectacles as well as Apple’s possible interest in a similar wearable.


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Google Duo surpasses 5 million installs

Google Duo

Google CEO, Sundar Pichai revealed via a tweet earlier in the day that Google Duo, a competitor to Facetime and other popular 1 on 1 video based messenger apps like IMO and Facebook Messenger has surpassed 5 million installs in just 1 week!


It was also rumoured that Google Duo will soon support audio-only calls, according to a Google employee, in responding to a question on Google+, Amit Fulay – Google’s Product Lead for Communication – confirmed that audio-only calls will come to Duo “soon.” Audio-only option is a feature that is already supported by Duo’s main competitors such as FaceTime, Whatsapp and Facebook Messenger. Audio-only calls are especially useful when you don’t want to consume too much data. Or when it’s just simply not appropriate to video chat.

Unlike FaceTime, however, Duo is available for both Android and iOS.

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No Home Button on iPhone 7?

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Following a report from the WSJ, a new report from Bloomberg today mentions that the iPhone 7 to be introduced in 2017 may not feature “Home button”.

WSJ earlier had mentioned that Apple wants to create a device that has a full single piece of glass on the front. More reports earlier in the month have claimed that Foxconn is developing all-glass casing for an upcoming iPhone. KGI has also had a reported on the next iPhone plans, noting that the company is working towards an all-glass design similar to that of the iPhone 4.

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The new iPhone 7 model could use ‘force touch’ screen and built in fingerprint sensor instead. The move would allow the entire front of the gadgets to become a screen. Instead of a button, fingerprint sensors would be built into the screen to allow the firm#s Touch ID system to work.

‘Apple is internally developing touch and display driver integration (TDDI) single-chip solutions for its iPhones, according to sources in Taiwan’s IC design industry,’ claimed DigiTimes

It’s still unclear as to how Apple will make up for the lack of a Home button, but the functionality is likely to be implemented into the home screen in one way or another.

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Earlier in May LG announced technology which allows a smartphone display to be used as a fingerprint sensor therefore eliminating the need for a separate button altogether. LG states this technology will be ready for commercial products “within the year”.

Apple’s next iPhone will be released on September 25th, it has been revealed by Vodafone.

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Prisma for Android (Beta) Released


Prisma the popular and hugely viral photo app has just unveiled its beta app for Android users.

It has been available on iOS for over five weeks, yet it’s already the number one app in 40+ countries, and has been downloaded over 7.5 million times, generating 1.5 million daily active users.

Prisma has a lot of cool new features, and a ton of them more in the pipeline, a Prisma Video feature, 360-degree Prisma images and new ‘styles’

Given the huge demand, buzz and photos going viral online, Android users have been a frustrated lot, as Prisma is only been available for iOS and on Apple’s App Store, however today Prisma had announced that it’s going to release a beta version of it’s Android App and users can request an app invite via Prisma’s website, however soon after putting out this update as well as the huge influx of users accessing the app via an APK file uploaded online, Prisma has decided to close it’s beta Android app until further notice.

Those who downloaded and installed the APK, or had legitimately being using the Android beta via an official Prisma invite, will now find they’re no longer able to access the app.

 Here’s what Prisma said about this on its Facebook Page today.

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