We can’t decide if hitting our 30th episode is an amazingly-special feat or not, so we roll with the punches anyway. At long last, we take a serious look at Google Glass, and look at a variety of rather interesting practices by certain tech companies.
Our tech headlines this week:
- Twitter account parodying mayor leads to heavy police raid
- Apple’s Passbook passes are being used by Windows Phone 8.1 and Microsoft Wallet
- Aereo Streaming Service Defends Itself at the Supreme Court; Aereo launches “spin” site on Supreme Court case
- Google’s New Street View Image Recognition Algorithm Can Beat Most CAPTCHAs
We turn to discuss Google Glass (“Yes, We’re Gonna Attempt to Take This Seriously” Edition), after Google Sold Its Explorer Edition of Glass for one day to interested beta testers with $1500 of disposable income. Josh had the chance to briefly try a Google Glass himself recently, and he shares his reactions.
But Google Glass still has some societal hurdles to deal with; a Google Glass user was attacked in San Francisco recently, specifically targeted because of wearing the Google Glass. Meanwhile, Google may be developing contact lenses with microcameras, which could represent a significant miniaturization of the Google Glass system.
Josh issues a FLUNK to General Mills, for insisting that if you “like” Cheerios on Facebook, you waive your right to sue them. Then in a Be Patient… This Gets Confusing segment, Douglas notes a Georgia Tech study of website Terms of Service agreements for social media services, which they found are written at the reading level of a college sophomore or higher.
Episode Duration: 1:07:38
On This Episode: Douglas Bell and Josh Feldman
Download: Tech tAUk Reloaded #30 (32.5 MB MP3)