Google Glass could come back as a snake-like flexible headband

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Google’s wearable tech outfit was granted a patent this week for a Glass-like heads-up display that could be affixed to a person’s head with a flexible band. The “wearable device with input and output structures” would be adjustable and only sit on one side of the wearer’s face. That’s a departure from the original iteration of Glass, which resembled a thin pair of metal glasses without the lenses.

Though Google discontinued Glass earlier this year, it revived its wearable efforts as Project Aura in June with the intention of developing a successor or perhaps multiple successors to Glass. The Information reported earlier this month that Google had as many as three different prototypes in the works. One of those prototypes was described…

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Vtech breach dumps 4.8m families’ information, toy security is to blame

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Vtech is a ubiquitous Hong Kong-based electronic toy company whose kiddy tablets and other devices are designed to work with its cloud service, which requires parents to set up accounts for their kids. 4.8 million of those accounts just breached, leaking a huge amount of potentially compromising information, from kids’ birthdays and home addresses to parents passwords and password hints.
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This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Happy Thanksgiving!

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gadgets151125 Though we’re in the midst of the holiday season, we’ve still made time to talk about the latest in gadgets news. The Samsung Gear VR went on sale last week, which is a relatively big deal in the world of VR. Sony, meanwhile, announced that it sold more than 30 million units of the PS4 since launch. Plus, we talked about some more cool gift guides. This week’s episode of the… Read More

Not A Hobby — Disrupt London Lets Loose The Drones Of Awe

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Commercial Drones We don’t just plan to talk about the Cloud at TechCrunch Disrupt London in two weeks time on December 7th-8th (Agenda, Tickets). The conference will also cover the booming world of Drones that are literally in the clouds. Here are our panelists for the discussion.

Chris Blackford
Chris is driving the strategic development of Sky-Futures operational and technology frameworks and the… Read More

Even Apple seems to be skipping Black Friday this year

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For years now, Apple has joined retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart in celebrating Black Friday with rare discounts on its flagship products (2014201320122011). This year, however, it seems Apple is skipping the party.

It’s not that you can’t find Apple products on sale — Best Buy, for example, is offering $100 off the latest iPads — it’s that the company’s own retail machine is not participating.

It isn’t clear exactly why Apple decided to forego deals today, but it might have to do with the overall decline of Black Friday itself. As noted by The New York Times, retail sales for this holiday weekend have been in decline since 2012, and sales from Cyber Monday haven’t offset the downward trend.

Black Friday has been on…

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Cortana for iPhone is rolling out now to beta testers

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As expected, Microsoft has begun to roll out a beta version of Cortana for iOS. The digital assistant app is being distributed via Apple’s TestFlight, according to TechCrunch, which potentially means the pool of testers is limited to just 2,000 participants.

While Cortana’s trademark sass is still present, the app will be more limited than its Windows Phone and Android counterparts (“hey Cortana,” for example, is not supported). No word on a public release date for the app, but Microsoft previously said it would be coming later this year.

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Instagram is reportedly testing support for multiple accounts

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Fact: 94 percent of all college graduates end up becoming social media managers [citation needed]. Instagram knows this and is now testing support for multiple accounts, according to both Android Police and Droid Life. The option seems to be available to only select users on version 7.12.0, which itself is only available for Android beta testers, and can be found by scrolling all the way to the bottom of settings.

Right now, the only way to switch between your personal account, your small business’ account, and your novelty account of cheap food mocked up to look like fancy food, is to log out of Instagram entirely before inputting new credentials. Of course, a feature appearing in beta is no guarantee that it’ll make it to the…

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‘Moments’ Are Selling The Promise Of VR Right Now

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Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 11.10.38 AM When explaining some of the nuances of virtual reality to friends and family, they want to hear about the “games” or the “apps.” Yes, full experiences, or “titles” are an exciting part about any platform’s growth. Unfortunately, there aren’t that many full titles that are going to get people excited yet. Yes, there are some great games adapted… Read More

Founders Fund on Its Processes, Deal Flow, and Newest Big Bets

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Screen Shot 2015-11-27 at 11.29.31 AM Founders Fund, founded 10 years ago, wasted little time in establishing itself as a venture firm that’s willing to make unusual and often outsize bets.
Recently, we sat down with the firm’s chief scientist, Aaron VanDevender, and partner Scott Nolan, to talk about some of those investments, how the highly iterative firm operates today, and which of its portfolio companies best… Read More

Holberton Wants To Be A Different Kind Of Coding School

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holberton-logo-horizontal By now, there are plenty of coding schools that will happily train you to become a junior programmer within a couple of months. Most of them will teach you the basics, but to become a full-stack engineers, a 12-week boot camp usually just isn’t enough. Neither are most online courses. The team behind the “Holberton School of Engineering” wants to take a different approach… Read More

Cortana For iOS Begins Rolling Out To Testers

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9679230 Microsoft has now made good on its earlier promise that it would soon roll out a beta version of its Cortana personal assistant – a rival to Apple’s Siri and Google Now – to users of iOS devices. This week, a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana was available for download. The beta version of… Read More

Romain Jerome Creates A Watch For True Mario Fans

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Romain-Jerome-Super-Mario-Bros-watch Do you like Nintendo? Do you have $19,000? I think we found you a watch. The Romain Jerome Super Mario Bros. the watchmaker’s take on good old Mario and his mushroom-induced adventures and is aimed at collectors who aren’t afraid to drop twenty grand on nostalgia. The watch is RJ’s third arcade-themed piece and joins his Pac Man watch as well as his Space Invaders piece.… Read More

Maker Faire Hong Kong Features Collaborative Builds Galore

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mfhongkongWhile Shenzhen may be a mecca for Makers, Hong Kong is the first city in China to host a large-scale featured Maker Faire. The first annual Maker Faire Hong Kong, will take place this weekend, November 28 and 29.

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Amazon Is Giving Away Unlimited Cloud Storage For $5.00

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cloud-drive-devices Amid a slew of deep discounts appearing on the web today as a part of the shopping holiday Black Friday, Amazon has introduced one deal that’s sort of a no brainer. The company is giving away unlimited online storage on its cloud servers for just five dollars. The normal price for this is $60 per year, so this – 92% off – represents a significant savings. The deal is… Read More

This is your next jam: a 2015 money-spending soundtrack

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Welcome back to The Verge’s weekly musical roundup. I’m Jamieson, I’m still your host, and this week’s column is going to focus on a specific theme: this year’s best songs about money.

Depending on where you’re reading this, you might be taking a break from the yearly commercial bacchanal known as Black Friday. Maybe you’ve picked up a new phone, a new TV, or that gaming console you’ve been watching for a while; maybe you’ve settled in for a TV series binge; maybe you’re getting ready to head to the movies with your family after spending an hour trying to find a film everyone could agree on. Why not spend the year’s most profligate day listening to a bunch of music that celebrates the accumulation and spending of wealth?

I’m not going…

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