The $1,500 Google Glass Explorer Edition is now on sale through Google Play

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The long, slow rollout of Google Glass continues. Back in May, Google started selling its $1,500 Glass “Explorer Addition” to anyone who wanted it after months of exclusive, invite-only availability. Now, Google’s made it an official part of its biggest storefront, the Google Play store. Of course, it’s still the expensive Explorer Edition, rather than some finalized (and less pricy) consumer product — but the more places Google sells Glass, the harder it is to make that distinction. Most people who stumble upon Glass in the Play store won’t necessarily understand that “Explorer Edition” is just another way of saying “beta,” but developers who want to start building good Glass apps should still get a lot of milage out of the headset….

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Shutterfly Brings Its Online Boutique Tiny Prints To The iPad

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photo 1 Shutterfly is expanding its lineup of native iOS applications today with the launch of Tiny Prints for iPad, a mobile version of the online stationary boutique the company acquired in 2011 for $333 million. Like its web-based counterpart, the app allows customers to create and customize stationary, cards and other gifts via a variety of personalization options, including by occasion, paper… Read More

San Francisco: visit the public domain arcade, play games, learn about threats

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Elliot from Creative Commons writes, “Your readers might remember the Public Domain Game Jam from a few months ago — next Tues, Sep 9 people in San Francisco will be able to play the games from it and discuss them with jam organizer Nicky Case and then Parker Higgins from the Electronic Frontier Foundation will be talking about why the public domain is under attack, and what you can do to defend it.”

CC Salon in San Francisco: Public Domain FTW!

(Thanks, Elliot!)

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Apple developer document might hint at the iWatch

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One of the biggest things that we still don’t know about the iWatch is what it’ll actually look like, but Apple developer documents from Apple may just be laying out a hint. As spotted by Punchkick Interactive, Apple uploaded a document yesterday that features a “media remote” that looks suspiciously like a round-faced smartwatch. It’s a pretty simple image and could certainly be referring to any number of other watches, but it’s still something to go on. It’s particularly worth considering given that right beside it is the silhouette of an iPhone acting as the “media source,” so Apple clearly has some interest in using its own products as illustrations here.

That all said, Apple’s been using this image for a little while now, so it may…

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Marvel begins to reshape Thor’s future, one ‘s’ at a time

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Whosoever holds this hammer, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.

Marvel’s new Thor will be a woman. With the launch of a new storyline next month, Marvel has begun teasing the new (note: not gender-swapped) God of Thunder, including this shot of hammer Mjolnir’s new, ever-so-slightly changed inscription. Marvel.com has a collection of behind-the-scenes sketches from the first issue, as well an interview with artist Russell Dauterman (minor spoilers). Thor #1 is out October 1st.

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Attend TechCrunch Disrupt For Free #TCDisrupt

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Good news! You still have a chance to win a ticket to Disrupt San Francisco with our next giveaway. You can earn extra entries to the contest by sharing the giveaway link with friends and following our social accounts. This weekend’s contest ends on 9/7 at 11 AM PST – so you have a few more days to enter and share with friends to increase your chances of winning a ticket to… Read More

Farming Startup FarmLogs Triples Marketshare In Last Six Months

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3c32d15 Michigan-based FarmLogs is announcing today a significant milestone in the young company’s history. In just two years since its founding, the company has seen incredible growth and now counts customers in all 50 states and over $11 billion worth of crops under its management, a number that has tripled in the last six months. FarmLogs estimates 15% of the farms within the United States… Read More

Chrome for Android now features Google’s new Material Design language

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One of the most anticipated parts of Android L isn’t even a feature, per se — it’s Material Design, Google’s new vision for how its software looks. It was easily one of the most well-received demos at Google I/O this year, and while Android L still doesn’t have a release date, the company has started spreading touches of the new design throughout its apps. The Google+ Android app already looks up-to-date with Material Design language, and today Chrome has been similarly updated.

It’s not a dramatic change — the textures and gradients in the older version are gone, and then upper-right menu swoops in and out with a pleasing animation. The view showing your open tabs has also been slightly tweaked, but overall it still feels like the same…

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Rounding up: the blood, sweat, and tears behind Moto 360

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I want a brown strap for the Moto 360, but there’s none available at launch. “Patience, grasshopper,” Jim Wicks tells me, looking over a colorful sample book of leather swatches.

I get the sense that patience is a concept Wicks knows well. As Motorola’s senior VP of design, he’s overseen a near-total reboot of the company’s design language over the past two years, and the 360 seems like the ultimate embodiment of that: it’s simple, round, and beautiful. It just took a long time to get from…

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From sketch to wrist: the evolution of Android Wear

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The Android Wear that’s shipping on the Motorola Moto 360, LG G Watch, and Samsung Gear Live is a far cry from where Google started when designers sat down to start sketching it out. “It was a long process of really trying to understand what people wanted from these kinds of devices,” says Dave Singleton, Wear’s director of engineering.

On the heels of the 360’s launch — the first round Android Wear device — Google gave us an exclusive peek at the concepts, mockups, and use cases that went…

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Hacker proposed using Flappy Bird clone to harvest photos from phones

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We’re still not sure how hackers obtained sensitive photos from celebrities’ phones in the massive privacy beach known as Celebgate. The attackers may have used a phishing attack, researched the answers to their security questions, or simply guessed their victims’ passwords by brute force. But here is another possible venue for hackers looking to grab private photos from targets’ phones: a piece of malware, in the form of an Android game that surreptitiously downloads a user’s photos.

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Pinterest’s Latest Chrome Extension Lets You Decorate Your New Tab Page With Beautiful Photos

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2014090501 Pinterest wants to insert itself further into its users’ everyday workflows, so the company has rolled out today a new way to jazz up your Google Chrome web browser with a little bit of “inspirational” imagery. With its second Chrome extension, Pinterest can now insert a full-color Pin onto your New Tab page, which you can click on to be redirected to Pinterest’s… Read More

A User’s Guide To Disrupt SF 2014

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Hard to believe that Disrupt SF is just around the corner! As always, TechCrunch has partnered with an amazing array of folks who promise to make your experience at the conference better than ever. Party with TechCrunch and New Relic: Join us on Monday for the Official After Party at Mighty, sponsored by our friends at New Relic. Custom Disruptor Awards, yes plural: This year five sponsors… Read More

GoPro Fetch Review: You Will Envy Your Dog’s Work/Life Balance

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DCIM999GOPRO For you today, we have a video a little over six minutes long of a dog experiencing a happiness more pure than you or I will ever know. Please enjoy.
Seriously, though, this footage caught using the new GoPro Fetch mount for canines during a holiday weekend cottage trip was only one small part of a much longer series that kept me and my family entertained for far, far too long.
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PCIe SSD Faceoff: Samsung XP941 (128GB & 256GB) and OCZ RevoDrive 350 (480GB) Tested

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We are currently on the verge of PCIe transition. Nearly every SSD controller vendor has shown or at least talked about their upcoming PCIe designs, and the first ones should enter the market in early 2015. In the meantime, there are a couple of existing PCIe drives for the early adopters, namely Samsung XP941 and Plextor M6e, and a variety of RAID-based PCIe SSDs like the OCZ RevoDrive 350. We already reviewed the 512GB Samsung XP941 in May and found it to be the fastest client SSD on the market, but today we are back with the 128GB and 256GB models along with OCZ’s RevoDrive 350.

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