Intel apparently thinks that geeks get too far lost into the technology of things without thinking about fashion. The solution? MICA, or My Intelligent Communication Accessory, which is Intel's fancy name for a smart bracelet intended for highly connected women. Described by Intel as a "fashionable luxury accessory," the bracelet is composed of precious gems and Ayers snakeskin.
Rather than continue to watch from the sidelines, Microsoft just made a move into the wearables category by introducing its Microsoft Band, a $200 fitness band that works with Windows Phone, iOS, and Android devices. Coinciding with the launch is a new platform called Microsoft Health, which includes a cloud service for consumers and the industry to store and combine health and fitness data.
Microsoft, which first flirted with smartwatches through its Smart Personal Object Technology (SPOT) initiative all the way back in 2004, is rumored to be on the verge of re-entering the smartwatch market. A new report suggests that the company could launch a wearable device within the next few weeks.
For those of you who had better things to do today than watch an Apple press event -- you know, like work, play games, sleep, etc. -- we have your recap. Short and to the point, the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is real, and yes, Apple also unveiled an even bigger model, the iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5-inch display. According to Apple, these new releases are "the biggest advancements in iPhone history."
Device makers are banking on smartwatches being the next big thing, and while we wait for a verdict, LG has begun shipping its G Watch to a global audience. The LG G Watch is one of the first to sport Google's Android Wear platform and is the only one so far to feature a button-free design with a display that's always-on. That means you can keep up with what's happening in your connected world with a simple glance at your wrist.
Google Glass comes with twice as much RAM as before, but only for new orders
Being an early adopter comes with its own set of risks and rewards, as some Google Glass "Explorers" are finding out. In a Google+ post today, the Mountain View firm announced that all new Glass orders will ship with 2GB of RAM. That's twice as much as the 1GB of RAM all previous Glass orders contained, and with no plans to upgrade existing users, some early adopters are feeling burned.
Here's another chance to join the Explorer Program
Google's Explorer Program is once again open to the public, just as it was last month. Like before, cost of entry is $1,500, which in return makes you an "Explorer," which is Google's clever way of avoiding the term "beta tester." Not that there's anything wrong with being a beta tester, especially when the product is fairly refined, but Explorer sure does sound a whole lot better when you're being asked to plunk down one and a half large to join the party.
You may have seen reports indicating that the bill of materials (BOM) associated with Google Glass is a mere $79.78, well short of the $1,500 price tag it costs to join the Explorer program and bring a set home. Sounds like highway robbery, right? Even after factoring in other expenses that have nothing do to with the actual component costs, the markup seems downright obscene. But is it? Google denies its Glass device cost just $80 to make. So how much is it really?
Google made available its Glass Explorer program to the general public for a single day on April 15, and while we don't know how many of the $1,500 wearable devices it managed to sell, we do know that the "Cotton White" (white) version proved most popular. That color option sold completely out by mid-day, so anyone who purchased a Glass device afterwards had to choose from Charcoal (black), Tangerine (orange), Shale (gray), or Powder Blue (light blue). Now that the sale is done and over with, what comes next for Google Glass?
Google today will get its first real test of consumer interest towards its wearable Glass device. To date, there are about 10,000 Glass devices in the wild, the vast majority of which include hand selected journalists, developers, and celebrities. Google decided to make Glass available to the general public today for one day only, and if you're interested in becoming a Explorer, there are still units available at the time of this writing.