Today in Tech: Why Google Glass is the future

September 14, 2012: 6:00 AM ET

Why the iPhone 5 won't be juggling calls and data on some carriers; what Yahoo's Marissa Mayer should do.

Is Google Glass the future?

Google Glass and the future of technology [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

But the potential is already amazing. Mr. Pariz stressed that Glass is designed for two primary purposes — sharing and instant access to information — hands-free, without having to pull anything out of your pocket.

You can control the software by swiping a finger on that right earpiece in different directions; it's a touchpad. Your swipes could guide you through simple menus. In various presentations, Google has proposed icons for things like taking a picture, recording video, making a phone call, navigating on Google Maps, checking your calendar and so on. A tap selects the option you want.

Why the iPhone 5 on Verizon and Spring won't juggle calls and data [THE NEW YORK TIMES]

The explanation for this, it turns out, is complicated. The technology in 4G LTE networks does not currently handle voice transmissions; it only does data. So when you place a phone call on a 4G LTE smartphone, it's actually rolling back to the carrier's older second- or third-generation network, according to AnandTech, a Web publication that does deep analysis on hardware.

The math says HBO shouldn't go direct, but they left innovation out of the equation [TECHDIRT]

There's been plenty of talk about HBO and its ongoing refusal to offer a standalone internet offering for its content (unless you happen to live in the lovely Nordic region). A few months ago, this discussion took something of a viral turn with the website TakeMyMoneyHBO.com, which tried to calculate how much people would pay for standalone internet/mobile access to HBO content -- which suggested people would be willing to pay an average of about $12 per month. Now, we can all take online internet surveys with a pretty big grain of salt, but there clearly is a lot of interest in people getting such a service. The straight math says that at $12, it would be a good deal for HBO, which is rumored to actually get about $7 or $8 per subscriber via cable and satellite.

With $4.5 billion to spend, Marissa Mayer should forget the small deals and find a PayPal or a YouTube [PANDODAILY]

Instead, Mayer needs to look to the handful of Internet acquisitions that have actually gone well, where the product has continued to grow, and, by-and-large, both the acquirer and the acquired have both benefitted. Exactly two come to mind...

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JP Mangalindan
JP Mangalindan
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JP Mangalindan is a San Francisco-based writer at Fortune, covering Silicon Valley. Since joining in 2010, he has written on a wide array of topics, from the turnaround of eBay to the evolution of net neutrality. A graduate of Fordham University, Mangalindan has also written for GQ, Popular Science, and Entertainment Weekly.

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