Subject: General Tech, Displays | May 18, 2014 - 03:19 AM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: oculus vr, Oculus, facebook, google glass
Who would have thought that John Carmack would have opened the flood gates of talent to Facebook. Apparently, not only was he the first in a long list of people to join Oculus, a large chunk of his coworkers at id Software followed him over (if a Glassdoor review is to be trusted) in Februrary. Their latest grab is Adrian Wong, former senior hardware engineer for Google's Glass Explorer program.
Didn't see that one coming...
Clearly, something is happening at Oculus VR. This acquisition by Facebook is giving them a warchest to grab as much top talent as possible. Ironically, without Oculus, I doubt that most of these hires, if any, would happen. Without knowing the internal structure of Facebook and Oculus, it is hard to predict how much benefit the parent company can gather, but the acquisition could be paying for itself in raw talent.
The Oculus Rift DK2, announced at GDC, is currently a $350.00 pre-order and expected to ship in August.
Subject: General Tech | July 19, 2013 - 02:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: google glass, security, wifi
The originally reported vulnerability was based around a specially designed QR code causing Google Glass to connect to a WiFi network not of the owners choosing which would allow monitoring of data flowing to and from the effected Google Glass device. While this issue was indeed patched there you still need to be aware that connecting to random WiFi can be a big security risk thanks to an unpatched spoofing bug effecting essentially all browsers. As The Register reminds everyone, unless you are at least encrypting your traffic or using a VPN your data transmission should not be considered secure.
"AUGMENTED REALITY EYEWEAR Google Glass is still vulnerable to attacks via connected WiFi networks allowing hackers to capture user data sent from the device, security firm Symantec has said, despite Google having quietly patched the eyewear last month."
Here is some more Tech News from around the web:
- AMD fools Wall Street, posts smaller loss than expected @ The Register
- Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust @ The Register
- The ARM Diaries, Part 2: Understanding the Cortex A12 @ AnandTech
- Goal Zero Bolt hack lets your flashlight use non-proprietary batteries @ Hack a Day
- Rosewill RSVA-12001 Security Camera DVR System @ Benchmark Reviews
Subject: General Tech | July 1, 2013 - 11:29 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: web browser, hands-free, google glasses, google glass, google
Later this week, Google is updating its Glass, well, glasses to add new features. Among the new features, Google is including a full web browser and a couple of new voice controls.
The full web browser will output to the Glass display and can be accessed by hitting the appropriate button. Users will be able to access the web using the Wi-Fi chip, and it will be controlled by the touchpad and motion controls. For example, users can scroll pages by moving a single finger forward on the touchpad. Zooming is handled by using a two finger guesture on the touchpad. Finally, while zoomed in, users can move their head around to pan around the page.
The motion control bit is actually an intuitive idea, though I expect bystanders will find those browsing the web on their Glass a bit odd as they hold two fingers to their glasses and move their head about. (Hopefully people do not try browsing reddit while walking, however.)
The upcoming Google Glass update also adds a few more voice controls to the mix. Using voice commands beginning with "ok glass," users will be able to reply to text messages, answer calls, and send photos to other people on their contact list.
Finally, Google has lifted the contact list restriction from a list of ten friends. Users can now access their entire Gmail contact list.
I'm glad that Google is continuing to improve the Glass software. According to The Verge, this new update will be rolled out over the next few days to the Explorer Edition units currently in the hands of developers. I'm looking forward to the final consumer release.
Read more about Google Glass at PC Perspective.
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