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XE16 Stability Patch Rolling Out
FYI, I was issued another Glass update just 30 minutes ago - still XE16, but seems much more stable.
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I look forward to this, I had many restarts today
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I'm going to Google I/O! So excited to see what Google is working on, talk with Googlers, and enjoy one of the best tech conferences out there!

Context: Google hide short links throughout the development documentation (including as watermarks on images such as the banner on which give you a registration code to skip the lottery - the catch: only one person can get a code per link so finding one is only going to get harder.
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Very clever!!
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Mmm KitKat on +Google Glass. Tasty.
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+Daniel Velazco I was thinking about basically doing exactly that a few days ago. Unfortunately, that functionality would have to be Android-only. But I suppose that most Glass Explorers use Android anyway
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Yay Android 4.4 for Glass! I was hoping to hear something about Google Play Services and better account authentication, but those aren't necessarily user facing features.
#GlassUpdates are back with Kit Kat for Glass, photo bundles & more  

You’ve been asking us when the next round of updates were coming. Well, they’re coming later this week! We know it’s been a little while, but this is a big one and we think it’s well worth the wait. Here’s what you’ll find in the new release:

Kit Kat for Glass – Our most exciting update is subtle, but big. We’ve been working on a significant upgrade to a new version of the Glass software. It’s not a change you can see, but it brings improved battery life and makes Glass more reliable and easier to update in the future. And now that Glass runs Android Kit Kat, developers can write Glassware using the latest Android SDK goodness, along with new features from our GDK.

Photo bundles – This one has been a long-standing request from our Explorers: now when you scroll through your timeline, your photos, videos and vignettes from each day will be organized in bundles so that you can swipe less and see more.

Photo replies in Hangouts – Photo sharing has been really popular amongst our Explorers, so we’ve added new ways to send photos in Hangout messages. The next time someone asks “what’s up,” tap “Reply” and then take a photo to show them. (If you already took the perfect photo, you can still tap to “Send” it in a Hangout message.)

Sending feedback – We always want to hear feedback from you on ways we can make Glass better so we’re making it even easier. Tap on the device info card in Settings and tell us what’s on your mind. If you need help, you can still send us an email, call us, or post in the Explorers Community.

Voice command sorting – With new features and Glassware, your voice command menu has grown pretty long. When you tap or say “ok glass,” voice commands are now sorted by recency and frequency, making it easier to see the commands you use most often and faster to access them from the touch menu. 

Video calls – We hold ourselves to high standards for the features that we build, and video calls aren’t living up to these standards. Explorers have told us so directly, and fewer than 10% of them use video calls. For this reason, we’ve made the hard decision to remove video calls from Glass until the experience is better. We don’t know when that will be, but in the meantime, keep an eye on MyGlass as more Glassware is built and released – we’re already seeing the developer community work on other video streaming services. We’ve always said that feedback from Explorers shapes Glass, and this is no exception.

…and more – This is a massive update and we couldn’t fit all the changes into this post, so watch the Glass Journal in the Explorers Community to see the rest.
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+Ian Lake agreed, can't wait to see more. Although I haven't been using Glass lately as much due to the anti-tech stuff in SF, it's really aggravating... I only wear them on weekends mostly, and if I don't go to the city.
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Probably twice as powerful, twice the battery life, and half the price of our Samsung S 5 550. Amazing what a difference just under 2 years makes.
+The Verge on the new Dell Chromebook: "There's a new king"
#chrome   #chromeos   #chromebook  

I haven't yet gotten my hands on the new Dell Chromebooks, but the review has me definitely curious. As +The Verge says, "anyone can order the Chromebook 11 for $299 from Dell’s website today — and get possibly the best Chromebook ever made."

And if you're someone who, unlike me, has doubts about ChromeOS, they add, "Chrome OS has matured enough to be a suitable computing platform for the vast majority of things people do with their computers... there’s little I can’t do with the Chromebook." 
Chromebooks are the simplest computers you can buy today, but they’ve proven a tricky formula for manufacturers to get right. The perfect Chromebook is cheap, fast enough, well-built, and lasts...
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Such a big improvement, particularly in UX - no more floating options menu!
Today we’re launching Google Camera, a new app for your Android phone or tablet that makes it easy to take quick photos and videos. And being behind the lens just got more fun with new creative picture modes.

Sleek Design. The 100% viewfinder gets out of your way while capturing the maximum resolution of the scene (no dropped pixels). And the extra large capture button is easy to press so your eyes never lose sight of the subject.

Lens Blur. Emphasize the subject while blurring the background for an SLR-like shot with shallow depth-of-field (or bokeh). You can even change the subject in focus after taking the shot.

Improved Panorama. New higher resolution panoramas capture the full width and detail of a scene.

Photo Sphere. Immersive 360 degree photo spheres let you look up, down and all at up to 50 megapixels! For the first time available on non-Nexus devices.

Google Camera is now available on the Play store (, and works on all phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat. We’re just getting started, and in the months ahead we'll make Google Camera available to more devices, helping make photography easier, faster and more fun.

Check out our Research Blog to learn more (
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Finally. Not the biggest fan of this stipulation though: Currently, you can only test and use this API after we've uploaded your APK to MyGlass, which happens during the review process.
Well this is cool.

Authentication on #XE16
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So you need to get through the review process without actually testing your implementation? Good luck with that. ;)
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So my Glass just got updated to XE12.1. Has anyone else seen this? No apparent differences at first glance.
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+Khurram Mujtaba thank you!
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Google Glass Open Tomorrow Morning
Tomorrow, April 15th, starting at 6am PDT, Google is temporarily opening up the +Google Glass Explorer program to anyone (in the US) who wants to buy Google Glass for $1500+tax, throwing in a free pair of prescription frames (worth $250) or sunglass shades.

I've had my pair since October 2013, wear it consistently all day (particularly thanks to the prescription frames), and love it.

What I like:
- They are surprisingly light
- Being able to see your text messages, email, and phone calls and respond via voice (very handy when driving hands free)
- Taking pictures and videos of my daughter is so much easier than trying to pull out my phone (which she always wanted to steal from me)
- Getting breaking news updates via RSS feeds, NYT, or CNN
- Working out with a virtual personal trainer via +LynxFit  or out running with Strava
- Being able to get instant answers via Google by voice (who is the author of I am Legend? What is the movie about guy going into a place with contact lenses to get past security?)
- Walking/biking directions and navigation
- The prescription frames definitely move it from totally nerdy to half way respectable, particularly if you get a darker color Glass

And those are only 'approved' Glassware (apps designed for Glass). There's a huge community building custom apps such as +DriveSafe  (head tilt detection to prevent falling asleep while driving) and +David Vávra's Glasquare (Foursquare checkin). And of course, it is an Android device so any Android developers can hack your own native app or, if you are more familiar with web development, use the Mirror API to push information directly to Glass via an HTTP endpoint.

My only complaint at this point is the battery life (generally ~8 hours of my usage). And, of course, the initial price.

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I can't wait for it to be available outside US.
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Really amazing what you can do with technology. Timely, important information being available right at your fingertips can really make a difference.
+Wearable Intelligence's incredible demonstration of +Google Glass in Healthcare

I'll let the video speak for itself. Watch and share.
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That's what's called a 'killer app', pun intended.
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Android Software Engineer
  • Facebook, Inc.
    Android Software Engineer, 2013 - present
  • Phunware
    Senior Android Software Engineer, 2013 - 2013
  • Boeing
    IT Finance Software Developer, 2011 - 2013
  • Boeing
    IT Finance Project Manager, 2010 - 2011
  • Boeing
    IT Rotation Program Participant, 2008 - 2010
  • Lockheed Martin
    Software Development Summer Intern, 2005 - 2007
  • Golden Helix
    Software Development Intern, 2008 - 2008
  • RightNow Technologies
    Software QA Intern, 2007 - 2008
  • Montana State University ResLife
    Resident Advisor, 2005 - 2007
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Android Dev and Runner
Android Developer at work and at home, and Runner everywhere else.

By day, I work at Facebook as an Android Software Engineer.

By night, I am an Android developer, having published two applications to the Google Play Store and working on many more.

In between, I spend the majority of time running with my Vibram Five Fingers and completed my first marathon in 3 hours, 45 minutes in February 2013 and recently completed my second marathon in 3 hours and 30 minutes in October 2013.

I am also a huge fan of Guild Wars and Guild Wars 2 and play the later whenever I have the opportunity.
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Completed Masters in Computer Science while working full time
  • University of Southern California
    Masters in Computer Science, 2009 - 2011
  • Montana State University - Bozeman
    BS Computer Science, BS Physics, 2004 - 2008
  • Mount Hood Community College
    2004 - 2004
  • Sam Barlow High School
    2000 - 2004
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