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Google Glass For All, Xbox Live Refunds, Edward Snowden Movie, GoT DOS [Tech News Digest]

Dave Parrack 15-05-2014

Today in Tech News Digest, Google Glass for all, Xbox Live refunds, Edward Snowden movie, Spell Up on Chrome, Flappy Bird returns, Mozilla Webmaker Training, and Game of Thrones on DOS.


Google Glass For All With New Apps

Google Glass is now available to everybody who wants it. However, there are some caveats: Google Glass is still in beta, still limited to the U.S., still costs $1,500 a pair, and is only offered as long as stock is available.

Still, this represents a move to a more open beta ahead of a “wider consumer release.” It follows on from a successful one-day sale Amazon Prime Air Update, OpenSSL Author Speaks, Google Glass For All [Tech News Digest] Amazon Prime Air progress report, OpenSSL Heartbleed culprit speaks, Google Glass for everyone, gamers get frustrated, Amazon buys ComiXology, Skype TX arrives, and S.E.L.F.I.E. automates the selfie-taking process. Read More and Google Glass being sold through a booth set up at the Players Championship Net Neutrality Niggles, Amazon Patents, Google Glass Golfers, Live-Action Akira [Tech News Digest] FCC backtracks on net neutrality, Amazon wins a photography patent, Netflix raises its prices, piracy in the UK, Google Glass golfers, Adobe finds its Voice, and a live-action Akira movie trailer. Read More .

To encourage more people to become Google Glass Explorers, Google has released three new Glassware apps designed exclusively for keen travelers. This trio of Glassware apps, from Foursquare, TripIt, and OpenTable, should make Glass more desirable to adventurous types.

One possible reason for Google’s sudden resolve to get Google Glass out there is the rumor that Samsung is preparing to launch a big-name rival. Business Korea claims Gear Glass will be unveiled alongside the Galaxy Note 4, which is due to be released in September.

We’re currently asking, “What gadget do you really want right now?” Is Google Glass on your list of desired consumer tech products? Click through and let us know, and you could win a T-shirt for your troubles.


Microsoft Offering Xbox Live Refunds

Microsoft has taken the unusual step of offering refunds it’s really not obligated to offer. The refunds for Xbox Live Gold subscriptions come in light of media apps such as Netflix and YouTube being removed from behind the Xbox Live paywall Right To Be Forgotten, Xbox One Kinect, Popcorn Time On Android [Tech News Digest] The "right to be forgotten," major Xbox One news, Popcorn Time for Android, Dogecoin robbery, new Google Hangouts, and Beats audio is just the beginning for Apple acquisitions. Read More .

The refunds are being offered to those consumers who, if they exist, only used Xbox Live Gold to access these media apps. If, after the update is delivered on June 9, they want to cancel their subscription, Microsoft will refund the amount paid for the number of days between then and the original date the subscription was due to end.

It’s a nice gesture, but we can’t see many people taking Microsoft up on this offer, can you? Microsoft would be better served offering refunds for those who paid a premium for having Kinect bundled with every Xbox One. Which is now no longer a necessity Right To Be Forgotten, Xbox One Kinect, Popcorn Time On Android [Tech News Digest] The "right to be forgotten," major Xbox One news, Popcorn Time for Android, Dogecoin robbery, new Google Hangouts, and Beats audio is just the beginning for Apple acquisitions. Read More .

Sony Making Movie About Edward Snowden

Sony Pictures has acquired the rights to turn Glenn Greenwald’s book No Place To Hide into a film. The book details Greenwald’s dealings with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, while the film adaptation will be produced by James Bond staples 3 James Bond Gadgets You Can Make From an Old Smartphone The smartphone is the most sophisticated gadget we carry with us everyday. And while we don’t have our own Q Branch working for us in a secret lab, thanks to a few intrepid DIY-ers and... Read More Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.


Let’s just hope it’s a better film than The Fifth Estate, which was all about Julian Assange and Wikileaks 5 Worst Examples Of The WikiLeaks Sites Banned Or Censored At first, the releases coming out of Wikileaks were shocking and exciting. They brought us news of civilian casualties in Iraq, and they brought us embarrassing diplomatic cables. Here let's take a little stroll down... Read More . And was really quite dull.

Spell Up With This Chrome Experiment

Google has released a new Chrome experiment designed to help you improve your English. Titled Spell Up, the game acts like a virtual spelling bee, using your microphone to determine your mastery of the language.

To add a frisson of fun to proceedings the more words you spell correctly the higher the tower of blocks climbs. Until you get one wrong and the whole thing comes crashing down. Which, as anyone who played with LEGO Google Announces New LEGO Project: Build With Chrome Ever wanted to build something out of LEGOs but avoid the danger of stepping on one of those foot-destroyers? Well, the Chrome team and LEGO Group have a treat for you: Build With Chrome. Read More as a child will know, is the most fun part of all.

Flappy Bird Back In August

It’s official, or at least as official as it’s ever likely to be. Flappy Bird The Short Story Of Flappy Bird [Weird & Wonderful Web] Few mobile games enter into the collective consciousness of the mainstream in the way Flappy Bird has done. It passes into Internet folklore, but these videos will help to preserve its virality. Read More is coming back, with creator Dong Nguyen telling CNBC the game will return, complete with new multiplayer elements, in August. Does this game hold any interest for you at this stage or is it too little, too late? Let us know in the comments section below.


Mozilla Offers Webmaker Training

Mozilla has launched a free course designed to help spread digital literacy. Mozilla Webmaker Training, which began on May 12, gives people the skills required to teach others to use the Web more successfully and productively. Webmaker Mentor badges are available to those who complete the course.

George R.R. Martin Is A DOS Geek

And finally, George R.R. Martin is already loved and revered for bringing Game of Thrones to life, but it turns out he’s a fan of DOS, which should endear him more to the geeks here at MakeUseOf. At least the ones who appreciate old-skool operating systems 8 Classic Operating Systems You Can Access in Your Browser Feel nostalgic? You can still relive some of the operating systems of old. Enjoy these classic operating systems in your browser. Read More .

Martin has DOS installed on the computer he uses just for writing Game of Thrones Game Of Thrones Meets Tumblr: 12 Must-Follow Blogs The sheer amount of content on Tumblr makes it a joy to browse, though sometimes you really do have to filter through a lot of repetitive content to get to the good stuff. For that... Read More , with WordStar 4.0 his word processor of choice. His reasoning, as explained to Conan O’Brien, actually makes sense. The hat he always wears, less so.

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