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23 Jun 2017

Google Glass is alive and well, much to our surprise

Google Glass is not dead, it's just elsewhere

Last time when we heard about Google Glass it was sitting comfortably on a display in the Museum of Failures, that marvelous place where all products that have failed get displayed.

But geeks, take note! Google Glass is not only back from the dead but has apparently received an update, a pretty comprehensive one, according to reports. Here's all you need to know.

In context

Google Glass is not dead, it's just elsewhere
One update after three years

Update

One update after three years

This comes three long years after its last update in September 2014. It has now got a "MyGlass" companion app and firmware update, some bugs have been taken care of and it also supports Bluetooth.

However, before you scurry to get yourself a pair, remember Google has shut down the concerned website in 2015, but it seems like it didn't give up all hope.

Business

Where have you been all this time?

Google is still pursuing widely lampooned Google Glass and it didn't die, it just closed down the consumer end of things and moved to businesses.

Apparently, there it has found some solid footing and according to its blog entry, there will be future versions of Google Glass.

I won't even be surprised if it comes back for normal consumer again, to try its luck.

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Clear out the data sharing hiccups

Law

Clear out the data sharing hiccups

Alphabet, Google's parent company, has requested US lawmakers as well as the international community to update their laws in order to provide clarity on how governments intend to access customer data, which is stored in servers, located outside their countries.

This move comes in light of legal uncertainty on how governments want tech firms to comply when it asks for foreign-held data.

Improvement

Why is this needed?

At several occasions, this uncertainty has been the cause of various key criminal and terrorism investigations becoming a long drawn procedure, as the data sharing method is outdated and moves at a snail's pace at the time of urgency.

This urgency plea comes from Google after Microsoft voiced the similar concerns to the US Congress, asking it to rejig its outdated electronic communications law.

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