Today in Tech: Why Google Glass is the futureSeptember 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.
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.
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.
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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