Source: USA TODAY
This week we looked at innovations from Google, heard a mysterious tech mogul break his silence and tested the newest products in the tech world. Here’s what you need to know about the week in Tech:
There was little sign of Google Glass on stage at the company’s I/O event on Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean Google is slacking. CEO Larry Page announced a wide range of new Google services and updates for existing services.
• Google Now: The search feature, originally an Android exclusive, recently made its way to the iPhone. Among new features on tap: Reminders, which will remind you of something when you arrive at or leave a specific location.
• Games: Google Play game services will allow members to invite other Google+ users to join in multiplayer games.
• Music: Google launched a streaming music service, Google Play Music All Access. The service will cost $9.99 per month, but if you sign up before June 30 it costs only $7.99 per month.
• Phone: Google will start selling a specialized version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 through its Google Play store for $649.
USA TODAY’s Ed Baig was able to spend some time with Glass recently. He said that “while Glass still has elements of the unfinished project that it is, you can’t help but be impressed by what it can already do, and can’t help but be seduced by its boundless possibilities. In other words, it’s really cool.”
The basics: Glass can take a picture, record a video, give you directions, handle searches, send a message, help you perform a Google hangout or make a call. It connects to the cloud wirelessly through Wi-Fi. The device is worn like a regular pair of glasses and turns off automatically after 10 seconds of inactivity.
Baig says even though it’s still in early stages, “[I've] seen enough already to know that I want a pair of my own.”
Former tech mogul John McAfee sat down for an exclusive interview with USA TODAY’s Jon Swartz to share his side of his own sensational story. McAfee was named as a “person of interest” last year in the shooting death of Gregory Viant Faull, his neighbor in Belize. McAfee fled to Guatemala and chronicled his adventures on Facebook, Twitter and his personal website. He was eventually detained by Guatemalan authorities and deported to the U.S. He currently lives in Portland with his girlfriend.
Here’s what McAfee wants the public to know about him:
• He isn’t a criminal: “People ask me, ‘How did it feel to kill a man?’ ” he said. “And I can honestly tell them I wouldn’t know, because I never have.”
• He’s not crazy: “I am not a madman. I am eccentric, gracious, attentive, kind, humorous. We humans are funny creatures.”
• He’s ready to share more of his story: There are books and movie projects in the works about his time in Belize.
Retailers and customers are in for a much-improved store experience. Mobile-payment service Square unveiled Square Stand earlier this week, a device that turns an iPad tablet into a digital cash register.
The stand works with Square’s Square Register app and features a built-in card reader, an outlet for a receipt printer and a bar code scanner. Best Buy will be one of the first retailers to carry the stand in July. Square co-founder Jack Dorsey said the stand might also make its way to Starbucks.
YouTube wants to put a shine on one of its most popular genres — laughs — with a week-long, star-studded comedy festival beginning Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
Guests on the initial two-hour live stream include film stars Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn and Seth Rogen, Comedy Central’s Tim and Eric, TV’s Conan O’Brien and Rainn Wilson, comedians Ricky Gervais and Sarah Silverman and homegrown YouTube stars The Gregory Brothers, Rhett & Link and Ryan Higa.
After the live show, the Sunday performances will be archived at youtube.com/comedyweek. New shows will continue each night next week at 8 p.m. ET through Saturday.