WPTV: Google Glasses records video of gun pointed at driver during road rage in Miami-Dade County. “Police in South Florida arrested a suspected gunman after Google Glasses recorded him pulling out a gun during a road-rage incident.” I guess in that kind of situation Google Glasses would beat the heck out of a dash cam.
Ars Technica: Google buys Fitbit for $2.1 billion. “t’s official: Google is buying Fitbit. The company announced the move in a blog post this morning, and reports say the deal is worth $2.1 billion.” I don’t feel great about this; Google does not have a good track record of successfully integrating hardware companies (NEST), and its own hardware has had its problems. I’m trying to think of a company that’s good at making hardware that isn’t primarily hardware-focused, and I’m not having any luck.
iFixit: Rebble with a Cause: How Pebble Watches Were Granted an Amazing Afterlife. “In the early summer of 2018, you could buy an Apple Watch with built-in GPS, wireless payments, and speakers that buzz water out after a swim. Meanwhile, Katharine Berry was hustling to keep five-year-old watches with black and white screens alive.”
The Register: Deus ex hackina: It took just 10 minutes to find data-divulging demons corrupting Pope’s Click to Pray eRosary app. “The technology behind the Catholic Church’s latest innovation, an electronic rosary, is so insecure, it can be trivially hacked to siphon off worshipers’ personal information.” The article also notes that the issues are “more embarrassing than life-threatening.”
Mashable: The Vatican wants you to pray with this smart rosary. “The Catholic Church is taking a page out of Silicon Valley’s playbook: inventing gadgets in hopes of attracting devoted followers. The Click to Pray eRosary is a smart wearable device from the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network, a Vatican organization that mobilizes Catholics to ‘address the challenges facing humanity’ through prayer. “
Engadget: Google’s Daydream VR experiment is over. “Google is bringing the Daydream VR experiment to a close. The Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL smartphones it announced today don’t support the platform, and it won’t sell Daydream View headsets anymore. The Daydream app and store will still work for people with other Pixel devices, however.”
Mashable: Facebook: ‘We are building AR glasses . “Augmented reality glasses from Facebook are actually happening. But we still don’t know when you’ll be able to wear a pair. At the Oculus Connect 6 event Wednesday, the Facebook-owned company confirmed AR glasses are in the works, and showed how live mapping can blend the physical world with digital imaging.”