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.
Google Glass Is Dead, Temporarily
How much can I sell my mint condition, only worn as a Halloween costume Google Glass for? Not asking for a friend. Need actual estimate.
— Josh Constine (@JoshConstine) January 16, 2015
Google is changing course with Google Glass, halting production and ending the Explorer program. Google Glass has, up to this point, been a work-in-progress under the command of the Google X division. It will now be moved to its own division, with the team reporting to Tony Fadell.
This clearly means it isn’t the end of Google Glass for good, but it does suggest Google will be taking a new approach to the wearable technology which promised so much but delivered so little . No more orders for the current version of Google Glass will be taken beyond next week, but with Google changing things up it would make little sense to nab a pair at this stage anyway.
There is much speculation over what direction Google will now take with Google Glass , but one thing is very clear: Google Glass has no future in its present form. Look out for this week’s MakeUseOf Poll in which we will be discussing the future of Google Glass.
Wavelength Makes Movie Sharing Legal
Wavelength is a new service promising a way of sharing movies online, legally, and for free. Which means it’s unlikely to last very long. Wavelength is powered by Ultraviolet, a cloud locker service the movie studios created to allow people to share movies with friends. But “friends” is such a tricky term when applied online.
Ultraviolet enables the buyer of a movie to stream it to multiple devices and share it with up to six other people. Wavelength utilizes this system, with random strangers sharing their legally-bought collections with other random strangers. Which essentially means it uses Hollywood’s own technology against itself.
Spencer Wang, the brainchild of Wavelength, knows the studios will move against him and his service with extreme expediency. However, he’s hoping that enough people will sign up in the meantime to persuade the studios and their retail partners that Wavelength offers a legitimate alternative to piracy . We wish him luck… and he’ll need it.
KeySweeper Spies On Wireless Keyboards
A security researcher by the name of Samy Kamkar has created a fake phone charger capable of sniffing out and storing any and all keystrokes made on Microsoft-branded wireless keyboards. The device, which Kamkar has dubbed KeySweeper, would be cheap to make and virtually impossible to detect.
KeySweeper looks exactly like a phone charger plugged into the wall. However, it’s actually sniffing out keystrokes , which it can then send via SMS to whoever planted the device. Luckily, this only works on Microsoft keyboards originally manufactured before 2011. Unfortunately, Kamkar maintains these are still being manufactured and sold today. Oops.
Facebook At Work Could Replace Email
There’s already a product that serves as a Facebook used all day by people at work. It’s called Facebook.
— Dave Pell (@davepell) January 14, 2015
Facebook has launched Facebook at Work, a new product designed to allow businesses to create self-contained social networks for their employees. Facebook at Work looks and feels very much like the regular Facebook , albeit with no ads and no tracking of your personal data.
This strongly suggests that Facebook at Work will not be free, as Facebook isn’t a charitable organization offering services out of pure kindness. What is free is email, but Facebook still believes Facebook at Work could replace that age-old method of mass communication .
The Facebook at Work app is now available on Android and on iOS, but only those working for a handful of companies will actually be able to download it during this testing phase.
YouTube Stars Interviewing Obama
U.S. President Barack Obama is set to be interviewed by YouTube next Thursday (Jan. 22). Just two days after delivering his State of the Union address, Obama will sit down for a series of interviews with YouTube stars Hank Green, Bethany Mota, and GloZell Green.
While the YouTube stars will be conducting the interviews, the YouTube community is supplying the questions via the hashtag #YouTubeAsksObama. The three interviewers have very different sets of fans, and the questions asked should reflect that fact.
An iPhone 6 Goes To Space & Back
And finally, one lucky iPhone 6 got to do what so many of us mere humans wish we could do: travel to space and back. CNET considers this to be the ultimate drop test, which it probably is, but it’s also a viral video ad for the composite iPhone 6 case from Urban Armour Gear.
Regardless, it’s amazing to watch an iPhone fall from a height of 100,000 feet and survive intact. Especially as the iPhone 6 Plus can get bent just from being kept in a trouser pocket.
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