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Google Glass is back in the news Google Glass Goes On Hiatus, Legally Share Movies Via Wavelength [Tech News Digest] Google Glass Goes On Hiatus, Legally Share Movies Via Wavelength [Tech News Digest] Google Glass is dead, Wavelength offers free movies, KeySweeper spies on keyboards, using Facebook at Work, YouTube interviews Obama, and an iPhone 6 doesn't get lost in space. Read More , and not in a good way. Google is shuttering the Explorer program, taking control of the project away from Google X, and deciding which direction to take Google Glass Google Glass Review and Giveaway Google Glass Review and Giveaway We were lucky enough to get a pair of Google Glass to review, and we're giving it away! Read More from here.

Perhaps you have the answer Google is seeking. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.

Verbal Privacy Nerds

To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “Do You Use A VPN? If So, Which Do You Use, & Why?

Out of a total of 632 votes, 50.6% chose Yes, occasionally, 22.9% chose No, but I may do in the future, 20.3% chose Yes, always, 3% chose No, never, and 3.2% chose What is a VPN?

Overall, more than 70 percent of the readers who voted in the Poll use a VPN The Best VPN Services The Best VPN Services We've compiled a list of what we consider to be the best Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers, grouped by premium, free, and torrent-friendly. Read More , either all the time or occasionally. And with a further 22 percent declaring that they may use a VPN in the future, it seems the vast majority of our readers are keen on this method of maintaining their privacy and preserving their anonymity.

Comment Of The Week

We received a lot of great comments, including those from Jan F., K.I. Matthews, and Fraser Smith. Comment Of The Week goes to The Geek Boss, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment Do You Use A VPN? If So, Which Do You Use, & Why? [MakeUseOf Poll] Do You Use A VPN? If So, Which Do You Use, & Why? [MakeUseOf Poll] The use of a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to add privacy, anonymity, and/or freedom from regional blocking, is becoming more common with each passing month. Read More :

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This has been an awesome post/feedback – I find it very interesting to see the variety of VPN’s out there that I didn’t know existed. Some of which I had tried before – others I will try. Why?

I’m not saying that my online activities dictate that I should use a VPN, it’s just that I prefer what I do online to remain private, and/or any person spying/logging my activity is, in my view, ‘not on’.

Also, more than any other reason, I like to set which country I am in when making purchases online, that way I avoid taxes, and 90% of the time, it’s cheaper than buying from overseas. EG: A book from the UK will cost me $30 here, $14-16 online, or $9 if purchased over a VPN set in the UK, with free delivery to my country!

We chose this comment because it offers both a valid reason for using a VPN VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video VPNs Are Old: Better Ways to Access Region-Blocked Video Internet users outside of the United States are blocked from accessing the wealth of streaming video and music content available to Americans. Even Americans are deprived of international services like BBC iPlayer. Faced with this,... Read More and a much wider point about online privacy. Even those who haven’t got anything to hide still don’t generally want any Tom, Dick, or Harry from knowing their business. A fact which governments around the world don’t seem to have properly grasped.

Google Glass Is Now A Farce

The future of Google Glass is very much in doubt Google Glass Goes On Hiatus, Legally Share Movies Via Wavelength [Tech News Digest] Google Glass Goes On Hiatus, Legally Share Movies Via Wavelength [Tech News Digest] Google Glass is dead, Wavelength offers free movies, KeySweeper spies on keyboards, using Facebook at Work, YouTube interviews Obama, and an iPhone 6 doesn't get lost in space. Read More . Google is stopping selling the wearable tech with which almost all of us are familiar, offering nothing but a vague suggestion that Google Glass will be back in another form. Somewhere, somehow, at some indistinct point in the future.

Google Glass offered so much 5 Reasons Why Google's Project Glass Is The Future & Why That's Awesome [Opinion] 5 Reasons Why Google's Project Glass Is The Future & Why That's Awesome [Opinion] Google’s Project Glass has everyone talking. It’s a glimpse of the future of augmented reality, wearable computing, and better integration of the Internet and technology in our day-to-day lives. Imagine replacing your smartphone with a... Read More but has so far delivered very little of its early promise. The question is whether Google would be better off shuttering the whole project or persevering with it under new leadership and with redefined ambitions. So, what would you do if it was up to you?

Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way.

Tell us what you would do with Google Glass Is Google Glass the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread? [MUO Debates] Is Google Glass the Best Thing Since Sliced Bread? [MUO Debates] Join us as Justin and Matt face off in a debate about whether or not Google Glass is the next big thing that's going to transform the world of technology and mobile applications. Read More if you were a bigwig at Google with the power to make such decisions. Is the technology worth persevering with? Or does the future of wearable technology lie in different form factors? Would lowering the price to bring it into reach of mainstream consumers make all the difference? Or should any redesign be based on feedback from the early-adopters who paid $1,500 for the privilege of wearing Google Glass?

The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.

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  1. Xoandre
    January 19, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    Google could make a huge impact on the world if they collaborated with or funded the the seen here: http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/device-lets-blind-see-with-tongues/
    "A pair of sunglasses wired to an electric "lollipop" helps the visually impaired regain optical sensations via a different pathway."

    It's a camera technology (sunglasses) that would be easy to incorporate into Google Glass tech and includes an electrode a person places on the center of their tongue. After a few hours of calibration, their brain optical nodes start receiving electrical signals from their tongue, allowing them to see what the camera sees.

    Combining the technologies and using Google Glass to identify objects with audio cues as well as digital signals to the brain - via the tongue receptor - would take the technology of allowing the BLIND TO SEE to the next level.

    This is just one possibility, but should be taken very seriously and looked into.

  2. Eric
    January 19, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    From the beginning the look of this device has been ridiculed and rightly so. It just looks ridiculous. It would have looked much less obnoxious if it was more representative of real glasses with a full frame and lenses on both sides. I also feel the camera created much of the antagonism so I would have scrapped that feature.

  3. Jordn
    January 19, 2015 at 4:46 am

    I honesty dislike the idea of Google Glasses. I like to be private. I would feel unconformable if someone with Google Glasses is walking around me.

  4. jan
    January 18, 2015 at 10:57 pm

    Google cannot even perfect email and online services and if you check with complaints nationwide and apparently world wide its proven to be so.
    It is slow and cumbersome to sit and wait for google to come up and for email to come up even with chrome. Maybe Chrome is the crux of the problem?

  5. David Lymn
    January 18, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Sailors love data
    Time to line,sog bearing, distance to buoy, distance away from charted course, all the information about the port you are entering.
    What better way to keep informed than with a voice controlled screen attached to a helmet or cruising glasses

    Get them into the Americas cup. Let me work with your team to give every sailor feedback about their performance

  6. Deere
    January 18, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    It takes entirely new level of stupid to come up with yet another surveillance device when anti-surveillance themes are omnipresent.

    ...and demand craptons of money to wear one.

  7. mathew
    January 18, 2015 at 7:28 pm

    it was great in theory but not in real life.

    • dragonmouth
      January 18, 2015 at 8:02 pm

      DITTO!!!

  8. Paul
    January 18, 2015 at 4:53 pm

    Why have Virtual Reality for one eye....they are half-way there.
    A VR connected wirelessly to your cell-phone; they have the technology.
    Just find a quiet place, sit back, browse, or watch a movie.

    • dragonmouth
      January 18, 2015 at 8:01 pm

      Because the ID10TS want to watch movies whilst doing other things, like walking, driving, maybe even talking "face to face" with other people. You can't drive with a VR headset on.

  9. Hildy J
    January 18, 2015 at 4:33 pm

    First, it needs to be less clunky. I'd consider linking a Glass display and earbuds, via a wire, to a box with a CPU, battery, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4G. Potentially that could be your phone with appropriate hardware/software.

    Second, focus a camera model primarily on vertical markets (e.g. equipment maintenance, surgery) with purpose built software.

    Third, I'd strip the camera from the consumer model since the masses seem to have a problem with random nerds taking their picture (but not with the constant and pervasive government and private industry surveillance). This would be sold as a portable HUD linked to Navigation, Street View, and Earth, as well as general screen for alerts, texts, email, and browsing.

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