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Facebook launches app for Google Glass

The app allows users to upload photos from Google’s computing eyewear directly to their Facebook timelines.

Google Glass users will know they’ve shared a photo on Facebook by receiving to a notification in their Glass Timeline of the photo with a Facebook icon in the corner.
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Facebook on Thursday launched a version of its app for Google Glass, becoming the latest technology company to release software for the computing eyewear.

The app allows users to upload photos from Google Glass directly to their Facebook timelines. They also can add optional photo descriptions, just by saying the information out loud. Right now, users can’t tag people in photos from Glass, but they can tag the pictures after sharing them by going on a computer or mobile device.

“We look forward to exploring Facebook experiences across new types of mobile devices,” Facebook’s Erick Tseng said in a blog post. “This is only a first step.”

The news came in conjunction with Google’s developer conference, Google I/O. The confab made headlines around the world last year with the surprise debut of Google’s wearable, Internet-enabled Glass via an extreme sports spectacle. Since that time, Google has released Glass to a limited number of people in its “Explorer” program, and Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said that pricing and availability of Google Glass will be announced by the end of the year.

Google Glass
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While Google’s Internet-connected eyewear has generated a lot of buzz, it’s still too early to know if it will take off. The glasses currently come with few apps and limited functionality, but many more developers are working on creating software for Glass. Twitter on Thursday also said it has created an app for Glass. And Google confirmed it has video streaming and a development kit for Glass in the works.

To access Facebook via Glass, a Glass user has to first enable Facebook for Glass by visiting the MyGlass page. Users also must set up sharing contacts via MyGlass. After taking a photo, the user must tap the touchpad to select “share” and then decide who to share it with — only the user, friends, or the public.

Users receive a notification — the photo with a Facebook icon in the corner — in their Glass Timeline to tell them that they’ve shared the picture on Facebook. And they can add a description by tapping on the photo, swiping to select “add description,” and then speaking the information out loud. Users see a preview of the description and can choose whether to post it.

Originally posted at Internet & Media

Download HD Movie In One Second (Samsung Claims 5G Mobile Breakthrough)

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Samsung Electronics said Monday it has made a breakthrough in developing mobile technology for fifth-generation networks, though it expects it will take years until the service is brought online for subscribers.

The South Korean company said it has found a way to transmit large volumes of data using a much higher frequency band than conventional ones in use, which would eventually allow users to send massive data files at a much faster speeds through their mobile devices, “practically without limitation.”

The technology could easily gain fans among phone users routinely sending and receiving large amounts of data. With 5G networks, for example, users would be able to send super-high-definition movie files in a matter of seconds, according to Samsung.

The fastest wireless technology in operation – 4G or long-term evolution – has yet to be widely adopted world-wide, and the next immediate phase for the standard is likely to be a shift to “4.5G” networks, analysts say. Many networks still employ 3G.

Samsung has eyes on commercializing 5G technology by 2020, matching a recently set target by the European Union. The EU announced earlier this year a plan to invest 50 million euros in research to deliver 5G mobile technology by 2020.

Many mobile operators are still transitioning to 4G wireless technology and they would have to be as swift in deploying the next-generation wireless data networks for the transition to 5G to materialize as planned, analysts note.

“The competition for technology leadership in next-generation mobile communications development is getting increasingly fierce,” and Samsung “believes it will trigger the creation of international alliances and the timely commercialization of related mobile broadband services,” the company said.

YouTube reportedly near launch of paid channel subscriptions

Video-sharing site could launch a paid content platform for some of its specialist video channels as early as this week, according to The Financial Times.

 

YouTube reportedly could launch its paid subscription service for some of its specialist video channels as early as this week.

The a la carte service, which could involve as many as 50 video channels, would allow single channel subscriptions for as little as $1.99 a month, people familiar with the plan tell The Financial Times. YouTube confirmed to CNET in February that it was developing such a service but did not indicate when it would be ready for subscribers.

A paid content platform could give the Google-owned video site another revenue stream while allowing channel operators to finance different content production, such as TV shows and movies, a source said.

YouTube declined to comment on a target launch date for the service, reiterating earlier statements on the topic that it had “nothing to announce,” but that it was “looking into creating a subscription platform that could bring even more great content to YouTube for our users to enjoy and provide our creators with another vehicle to generate revenue from their content, beyond the rental and ad-supported models we offer.”

YouTube has approached a handful of producers about developing content for a subscription platform that might the video-sharing site hoped to launch this year, according to an AdAge report in January. YouTube was also mulling a plan to charge for other items, such as entire libraries of videos, live events, and even self-help or financial advice shows, AdAge reported.

Not long after that report, two lines of code appeared in YouTube for Android that referred to paid channel subscriptions. The code, apparently intended to generate messages on users’ screens, say: “You can only subscribe to this paid channel on your computer,” and “You can only unsubscribe from this paid channel on your computer.”

(Via Mashable)

Hate Facebook mobile ads? Now you can hide them

The social network lets users hide some mobile ads, with even more ad-nixing options on the way.

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Facebook is letting mobile users hide ads in their News Feeds, the company confirmed today.

This applies to the ads that Facebook Pages share featuring photos or links, and is available on iOS, Android, and the mobile Web (Pages are Facebook profiles for brands or public figures). The feature, which was already available on the desktop, has been live for about six months now, according to a representative. Just click the “x” button in the top right of the advertisement.

The Atlantic noted this change after writing an article about how annoying the Facebook mobile ads were.

Additionally, more options are on the way. In the next two or three weeks, Facebook will start offering the “x” button for ads designed to get people to install mobile apps, and for ads that show up when your friends have “liked” a page.

These features will land on iOS first, followed by Android.

According to Facebook, it’s about enhancing people’s control over the content they see, while also letting advertisers better target customers. Targeting is important to Facebook, hence one of its latest ad products, custom audiences. That’s a targeting tool that keeps “x-out” rates down by 15 percent, according to Facebook.

via: Cnet

Google Fiber heads to Shawnee, Kansas

The service was approved last night, so Google does not yet know when it’ll have the service available to customers.

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Google Fiber is making its way to another part of Kansas.

The search giant on Thursday announced that Shawnee, a city right outside of Kansas City, has voted to bring Google Fiber to its residents. Google Fiber is already available in Kansas City, which is quite close to Shawnee.

Google Fiber has been expanding its footprint slowly across the U.S., with the company recently announcing that it’ll be made available to Austin, Tex. residents. Provo, Utah will also receive Fiber service.

Google on Thursday did not say when its service will be available to Shawnee residents, since it still has “a lot of planning and engineering work” to complete before bringing Fiber to the city.

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Verizon beefs up Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with Android 4.1.2

The king-sized phone has gotten a shot of Android 4.1.2 along with a host of other surprises.

Samsung's Galaxy Note 2.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2.
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Verizon subscribers who own the Galaxy Note 2 may find a major update waiting for them the next time they power up their phone.

Rolling out on Friday, the latest update from Verizon graces the large-screen phone with Android 4.1.2 along with several security patches from Google. The update also brings improvements to such apps and features as VZ Navigator, SMS text messaging, Verizon’s Backup Assistant Plus, ISIS Mobile Wallet, Exchange Active Sync, and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Galaxy Note 2 users will now be able to use the Multi Window View to juggle more apps, such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter, and Kindle. Ring tones can be downloaded through the preloaded VZTones app. Downloaded languages can be accessed directly from the keyboard. And the dialer now offers a way to search or filter by name.

A few bug fixes also come along for the ride.

Users are now notified if the device is in Airplane mode. Duplicate calendar events will no longer appear when synced through Facebook and other apps. And the Back Up Assistant Plus can now be set with an automatic backup time.

The update weighs in at around 246 MB and takes a good 10 minutes or more to install. Owners of the Note 2 can update their device by following the instructions on Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Software Upgrade page.

(Via DroidLife)

Warren Buffett joins Twitter, gains 10,000 followers in 10 minutes

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Warren Buffett is an avowed avoider of high technology, but even the world’s most famous investor cannot dodge Twitter.

The 82-year-old “Oracle of Omaha” joined the service and sent his first tweet on Thursday.

“Warren is in the house,” Buffett said under the handle “@WarrenBuffett” which garnered more than 10,000 followers in the first 10 minutes.

Buffett’s digital debut came during a live webcast hosted by Fortune magazine, which earlier on Thursday published an essay by the Berkshire Hathaway Inc CEO calling on men to help boost women in the workplace.

Buffett will preside over Berkshire’s annual shareholder meeting in Omaha this weekend, an event that draws more than 35,000 investors – many of whom typically tweet everything Buffett says over the course of the day.

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