Google Glass Going Cheap, Share Your Kindle Books, & More… [Tech News Digest]
Also, Skype For Web, Spotify kills App Finder, Flickr Wall Art goes global, and the alternate ending to Far Cry 4.
The Future Of Google Glass
Serious questions are being asked over the future of Google Glass, with early adopters rapidly losing interest in Google’s wearable device. The most damning evidence Project Glass may not be the future of computing Google once imagined it to be is the fact that Google Glass can be bought on eBay for as little as half the price originally paid.
In investigating the supposed death of Google Glass, Reuters also finds that app developers are abandoning ship due to the lack of potential customers. And with no mass market launch on the horizon, Glass is looking increasingly like being a niche product. Key Glass employees have also left Google in recent months, and the company seems more focused on Android Wear than Glass.
This all points to Google Glass facing a tough future. Google, app developers, and the general public are all less interested in Glass than they were previously. So unless a major announcement is made soon regarding general availability, it seems Google Glass’ days may be numbered.
Amazon Launches Kindle Family Library
Amazon is rolling out a new firmware update for its Kindle e-readers, and one of the features included is the ability to share Kindle Books with a partner through the Family Library. Other features include Word Wise (offering definitions of difficult words), deeper integration with Goodreads , and enhanced search functionality.
The Kindle Family Library is by far the most interesting new feature. It allows family members to share their Kindle books with each other in the same way they would share physical books. Accounts are linked together, allowing both parties to read their partners’ purchases, and those with kids can also share selected content with their children.
As a related aside, Amazon is offering some Prime subscribers the chance to trial a Kindle for free for 30 days. The device is delivered and returned for free, with the customer only being charged if they decide to keep the Kindle beyond the 30 days.
Skype For Web Launched In Beta
Microsoft has launched the Skype For Web beta. Skype For Web brings the service to browsers, with Internet Explorer, Chrome, Firefox, and Safari all included. Browser-to-browser voice-calling, video chat, and instant messaging will all be available in the future, but for now a plug-in is required.
Skype For Web is being rolled out slowly, and offered only to a select few customers at the present time. A wider launch will reportedly commence sometime in the next few months. Assuming Microsoft sticks to its promises.
Spotify Drops Apps, Kills Soundrop
So Spotify has quietly discontinued Spotify Apps. Very sad for music tech innovation. It’s a red sea out there, filled with dead startups.
— Sagee Ben-Zedeff (@sageeb) November 14, 2014
Spotify has axed the App Finder and stopped supporting the development of apps for its desktop client . As a result, Soundrop is shutting down, with the company actively looking for a buyer for the technology associated with its listening rooms.
Flickr Wall Art Goes Global
Flickr Wall Art, which was launched in the United States in October , is now available globally. The canvases are still being produced in the U.S., but can now be shipped to anyone, anywhere in the world.
As the name of the service suggests, Flickr Wall Art lets you turn your favorite photos into artwork to hang on your wall. To celebrate the start of global shipping, Flickr is offering a 40 percent discount until December 23.
Trigger Far Cry 4’s Alternate Ending
[Video Contains Spoilers!]
And finally, Far Cry 4 hasn’t officially been released yet, but that hasn’t prevented players discovering the alternate ending. Without giving too much away, triggering the hidden ending involves doing nothing for approximately 10 minutes at the start of the game. If you don’t mind minor spoilers then watch the video above for full details. [H/T Kotaku]
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