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Google Glass Will Return, Woz Predicts The Singularity, and More… [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 24-03-2015

Google Glass will return, Woz warns humanity, Twitch gets hacked, Netflix has arrived down under, embedding Reddit comment threads, and Siri and Netflix clash.


Schmidt Silences Glass Naysayers

Google Chairman Eric Schmidt has denied claims Google Glass 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 is in any way dead. The company suddenly stopped production of the wearable technology in January, killing the Explorer program 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 in the process. However, Schmidt has sought to set the record straight regarding the future of the product.

Schmidt told The Wall Street Journal that the next step with Google Glass is “to make it ready for users.” He continued, “It is a big and very fundamental platform for Google, We ended the Explorer program and the press conflated this into us canceling the whole project, which isn’t true. Google is about taking risks and there’s nothing about adjusting Glass that suggests we’re ending it.” He finished by drawing parallels between Glass and Google’s continuing effort to develop self-driving cars How Self-Driving Cars Work: The Nuts and Bolts Behind Google's Autonomous Car Program Being able to commute back and forth to work while sleeping, eating, or catching up on your favorite blogs is a concept that is equally appealing and seemingly far-off and too futuristic to actually happen. Read More , analogizing, “That’s like saying the self-driving car is a disappointment because it’s not driving me around now. These things take time.

Google Glass is now in the hands of Tony Fadell, previously responsible for driving development of the Apple iPod and designing the Nest smart home products Nest Protect Review and Giveaway Read More . It could be years before we see Google’s second attempt at selling this particular wearable to the public, but with Fadell in charge it surely stands more chance of succeeding than the first attempt.

Steve Wozniak Fears the Future

Steve Wozniak has added his voice to the growing concerns over the acceleration of artificial intelligence. In an interview with the Australian Financial Review, Woz, who co-founded Apple alongside Steve Jobs, declared, “Computers are going to take over from humans, no question.

Woz went on to say, “Like people including Stephen Hawking and Elon Musk have predicted, I agree that the future is scary and very bad for people. If we build these devices to take care of everything for us, eventually they’ll think faster than us and they’ll get rid of the slow humans to run companies more efficiently.


The technological singularity What Happens When Robots Can Do All the Jobs? Robots are getting smarter fast -- what happens when they can do every job better and cheaper than human beings? Read More is a hypothesis that’s been explored in countless movies and television shows, and yet humanity is still actively working on developing increasingly complex robots 5 Advanced Humanoid Robots You Have to See to Believe Here, we count down some of the most impressive humanoid robots ever created. The future of robotics is coming, and it's weirder than ever. Read More . If we as a species choose to ignore Hawking, Musk, Wozniak, and others, then perhaps we deserve the frightening fate we’re creating for ourselves.

Your Twitch Account Has Been Reset

Twitch has reset all passwords on all user accounts after declaring there “may have been unauthorized access to some Twitch user account information.” Twitch is using vague language, suggesting it’s currently unsure as to the size and scale of the hacking incident.

In the email sent out to all users, Twitch warns that the following information may have all been compromised: “possibly your Twitch username and associated email address, your password (which was cryptographically protected), the last IP address you logged in from, and any of the following if you provided them to us: first and last name, phone number, address, and date of birth.” Which is actually rather a lot of potentially sensitive information. Oops.

Netflix Lands in Australia & NZ

As teased at the back-end of last year, Netflix has arrived in Australia and New Zealand. This is the first port of call for Netflix in the Asia-Pacific region, with Japan set to follow in the fall. Netflix hopes to be available in every country around the world Netflix Plans World Domination, Facebook Improves Search Options [Tech News Digest] Also, President Obama learns to code, Google releases Android Studio 1.0, using copyrighted music on YouTube videos, and 3D-printing The Imperial March. Read More within five years.


Subscribers in Australia and New Zealand are being offered less content than their American cousins, with The Sydney Morning Herald reporting that the 220 TV series and 900 movies available in the two countries compares unfavorably to the 940 TV series and 6,170 movies available in the U.S.

Still, it’s early days and Netflix is known to constantly change its line-up of content. And the monthly fee of AU$8.99 (US$7) still seems reasonable for the variety of films and series available to stream.

Reddit Comments Can Now be Embedded

Reddit comments can now be embedded on other websites, just as the comment from Sir Tim Berners-Lee about the Internet has been embedded above. Reddit has been testing the feature for a couple of months, and it’s now available on all comments made on public subreddits.


Getting the embed code is as simple as clicking the relevant option on the permalink of the comment you want to embed. Unfortunately, there is an opportunity for trolling Why The Internet Provides A Thriving Environment For Hate & Trolling [Opinion] Aidan Dwyer entered and won a science competition. What happened next is something that those of us that have been on the Internet for a long time now would not find very surprising. The story... Read More given that any edits will be respected. So, use common sense when choosing which comments to embed. I’m banking on Berners-Lee not editing his comment to be a stream of curse words. He wouldn’t, would he?

Siri & Netflix: Best of Friends

And finally, while Siri is often a very useful tool 8 Things You Probably Didn’t Realize Siri Could Do Siri has become one of the iPhone’s defining features, but for many people, it’s not always the most useful. While some of this is due to the limitations of voice recognition, the oddity of using... Read More to have in your arsenal, it’s not so great when you’re watching Parks and Rec on Netflix and one of the characters says, “Hey, Jerry.” Siri thinks you’re summoning her, and responds accordingly.

Even worse, Netflix rewinds the content by a couple of seconds every time you stop watching, meaning the line will be repeated ad infinitum. Surely Apple should have foreseen this problem and prevented Siri from reacting to audio output from the device itself?! [H/T Reddit]

Your Views on Today’s Tech News

Are you optimistic about the return of Google Glass? Will Steve Wozniak be proven right with his predictions for the future? Should Siri and Netflix just learn to get along?


Let us know your thoughts on the Tech News of the day by posting to the comments section below. Because a healthy discussion is always welcome.

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  1. Koshy George
    March 24, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    I don't see what is the big deal about AI taking over, it is the next step in the evolution of Intelligent beings. Does it really matter if its human or not ? I don't think we should constrict AI and stop it from achieving it's full potential.

    Can Monkeys do Trig ?

    • Charlie
      March 24, 2015 at 8:17 pm

      Except if AI finds there is no use for us and the world will do better without us. In the movie Ultron coming out May 1st, the AI says humans look for and want peace. The only way for peace is with their DESTRUCTION! AI says there will be peace with OUR DESTRUCTION!

    • dragonmouth
      March 24, 2015 at 11:44 pm

      @Koshy George:
      "I don’t see what is the big deal about AI taking over, it is the next step in the evolution of Intelligent beings."
      It is a big deal if that future does not include humans.

    • Koshy George
      March 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm

      @dragonmouth I don't see why you need Humans in the future. How does matter if future is just AI. The only difference between humans and AI will AI will be smarter. Does it solve the problem if I changed the name from AI to human. Human is just a name, it just a phase of in our development as an intelligent society.

      Can Monkeys do Trig ?

    • dragonmouth
      March 25, 2015 at 7:17 pm

      " How does matter if future is just AI. "
      But then it would no longer be "AI", it would be just "I" for Intelligence. :-)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      I guess it depends on whether you care about the future of the human race. I certainly don't want to think about my potential offspring being slaughtered by robots.

    • Koshy George
      March 30, 2015 at 1:18 pm

      Why does you "offspring" have to be human ? You can just adopt a robot as your child.

  2. Scutterman
    March 24, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlords.

    • dragonmouth
      March 24, 2015 at 11:42 pm

      What if the robotic overlords consider humans an infestation to be eradicated?

      Read Fred Saberhagen's Berserker books.

    • Scutterman
      March 24, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      I wasn't serious, it's just a snowclone that was popularised when it was parodied in a Simpsons episode.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 30, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      The robots will read this comment and keep you around as a pet, Scutterman. Good thinking!