News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Gartner ranks Druva #1
in overall product rating for enterprise endpoint backup
for the second year in a row!
You are here: Home / Apple/Mac / Wink for a Photo, But Don't Get Hacked
Next Generation Data Center Is Here!
Google Glass: Wink for a Photo, But Don't Get Hacked
Google Glass: Wink for a Photo, But Don't Get Hacked
By Barry Levine / NewsFactor Network Like this on Facebook Tweet this Link thison Linkedin Link this on Google Plus
PUBLISHED:
MAY
03
2013



For a product that is still about a year away from a full release, Google Glass is certainly generating a lot of rumors and reports about its capabilities. The newest round indicates the device is well on its way to becoming a new platform.

A developer named Mike DiGiovanni has confirmed release of one of the first third-party developed apps, called Winky. Released Friday, the appropriately-named software lets you take a picture by winking your eye.

In a statement, DiGiovanni said that one "might now think it's not hard to say, 'OK, Glass, take a picture,' or even just tap a button," the two current ways to take a photo using the device. But, he added, either of those actions is "a context switch that takes you out of the moment, even if just for a second." He added that he's "taken more pictures today than I have the past 5 days" through winking, although one hopes the app can clearly distinguish between a wink and a blink.

iPhone Owners

There's also a new report that iPhone owners who get Glass will not be left out in the cold. Google has said that users wishing to employ text messaging or navigation would have to pair it with an Android phone and then install the companion app on said phone. But this week Google's New York office said those features will be available via a variety of companion devices, not only Android ones.

Glass does not interact with the Net directly, but is connected in its current incarnation through a companion device. Glass can currently work with iPhone via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, so it's just the turn-by-turn navigation or text messaging that is in question here. Eventually, Google Glass may evolve into a completely standalone device. The developer's model has a built-in compass, for instance, but not its own GPS receiver.

Meanwhile, the law of gravity -- what goes up must come down -- is beginning to assert itself for Glass. After months of breathless adoration for the concept and the emerging product, backlash stories are beginning to emerge.

Won't 'Pay More Than $150'

For instance, Alyson Shontell of the San Francisco Chronicle wrote a story Friday about her stint with the device. She first described it as "very cool," but went on to mention people's laughing reactions to her wearing it, the disorientation caused by having a digital screen over one eye, the wearer's focus on what the screen shows instead of the surrounding world, and the induced headaches.

All in all, Shontell said, it's like "wearing Siri on your face," and added that she wouldn't "pay more than $150 for the device right now."

Which means that Google is going to have to generate some pretty significant savings during scale-up in order to get to that price from the current $1,500 price tag for the developer's model.

Meanwhile, some observers are pointing to the lack of security on the device. Technology consultant Jay Freeman, also known as saurik, creator of the Cydia marketplace for jailbroken iOS devices, has posted on his blog that the developer's model has virtually no security. If a Glass is hacked, the attacker has access to what you see and do, and can overlay inaccurate information directly onto your field of vision.

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Like Us on FacebookFollow Us on Twitter
TOP STORIES NOW
MAY BE OF INTEREST
Protect 100% of your Data The prevalence of laptops and mobile devices in the enterprise makes corporate data increasingly vulnerable to loss and breach. And yet, workforce productivity is now inextricably linked to mobility. Click here to access the white paper "Top 10 Endpoint Backup Mistakes" to learn more about how to confidently protect data across platforms and devices while also providing features designed to enhance the end user experience.
MORE IN APPLE/MAC
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Russian Gang with Stolen IDs Hacks Hosting Company
In August, a Russian cyber gang obtained what researchers called “the largest cache of stolen data." Now, those hackers may be putting their ill-gotten gains to criminal use.
 
Dairy Queen Latest Retailer To Report Hack
Known for its hot fries and soft-serve ice cream, Dairy Queen just made cyber history as the latest victim of a hack attack. The fast food chain said that customer data at some stores may be at risk.
 
Lessons from the JPMorgan Chase Cyberattack
JPMorgan Chase is investigating a likely cyberattack. The banking giant is cooperating with law enforcement, including the FBI, to understand what data hackers may have obtained.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
AMD's New FX Series CPU Breaks Processing Speed Record
The new FX-8370 processor from Advanced Micro Devices has set a record for silicon processor speed, the company announced. Overclocked, the eight-core chip was measured at 8722.78 MHz.
 
Intel Intros Lightning-Fast PC Processors
Call it extreme. Intel just took the covers off its first-ever eight-core desktop processor, which is aimed at hardcore power users who expect more than the status quo from their computers.
 
HP Previews ProLiant Gen9 Data Center Servers
Because traditional data center and server architectures are “constraints” on businesses, HP is releasing new servers aimed at faster, simpler and more cost-effective delivery of computing services.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Rumor Mill Puts Mobile Wallet in iPhone 6
Apple is moving toward the mobile wallet world with its next iPhone. The tech giant has partnered with retailers, banks and major payment networks to make it happen, according to Bloomberg.
 
Will iPhone Finally Catch Up with NFC Mobile Payment Ability?
Apple's latest version of the iPhone may have a mobile wallet to pay for purchases with a tap of the phone. The iPhone 6 reportedly is equipped with near-field communication (NFC) technology.
 
Visual Search To Shop: Gimmick or Game Changing?
Imagine using your phone to snap a photo of the cool pair of sunglasses your friend is wearing and instantly receiving a slew of information about the shades along with a link to order them.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech | Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.