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To their credit, Google hasn't given up on the Google Glass concept.

It's still nothing like the aspirational video that introduced the world to the Google Glass concept (https://youtu.be/o-qjhU6PB5U), but there is still some promise to having relevant information available in a convenient, hands-free presentation as you need it.

To some degree, that introductory video was one of the greatest problems with the original Google Glass. It set the expectations so high that the limited hardware couldn't possibly match what people imagined they were being "promised". Specifically the video shows like an augmented reality overlay on your normal field of vision, when the actual device showed as a chip-sized area at the edge of your vision.

Add to that the enthusiasm of the early advocates who became known as Glassholes and that first incarnation was doomed.

But with a possible name change and a more limited set of uses that are tailored for specific categories, there is a chance that it will find its place in the tech world. In time that might grow to something closer to that video.
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Interesting story cover. I wonder if the artist was inspired by the Azhanti High Lightning.
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Well, Dean Wesley Smith is in the midst of a challenge to write a short story every day in the month of July. He generates titles by mashing together two "half titles" from old magazines.

In this case, '_From some 1980s F&SF I had a half-title “The Fifth Year.” Then I noticed a half-title from Ellery Queen’s 1940s issues. “Matter for a.”_'

In this case, I think that the title fits reasonably well for a story in his Seeders Universe setting.
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Very nicely done and great makeup to get the characters looking right.
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Interesting idea from @MicahelSteeber of +9to5Mac.  I would still appreciate having a continuous widgets area on that larger screen for a very few items that would continuously update.

I have long had an argument with the Windows Live Tiles concept, particularly when applied to larger PC screens, because there just aren't that many information feeds that most people need to update continuously.  Most people would be hard-pressed to name more than 6 such items, let along more than a dozen. But a few would still be definitely useful.
At Apple’s special press event this past September, we witnessed the introduction of several new user interface paradigms, in the form of Apple Watch. Perhaps one of the most interesting was Apple ...
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Just a great episode of this podcast. Interesting and with some very insightful points about particular scenes.

This was another Pixar movie that brought a tear to my eye. That's something that Pixar has been able to do better than almost any other movie studio.

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Pixar’s “Inside Out” - Pixar’s latest film, “Inside Out,” tells the unlikely story of the conflict of emotions inside the head of a young girl. Join us as we draw a circle around our own parental sadness and instead focus on the joy of an instant Pixar classic. Host Jason Snell with John Siracusa, Merlin Mann, David J. Loehr and Andy Ihnatko.
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Though I would hesitate to call this a "good news" article, it certainly does point out that despite the noisy reports of the daily news, there is a trend of improvement that is not just a few years, but decades long.
It’s a good time to be a pessimist. ISIS, Crimea, Donetsk, Gaza, Burma, Ebola, school shootings, campus rapes, wife-beating athletes, lethal cops—who can avoid the feeling that things fall apart, the center cannot hold? Last year Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, testified before a Senate committee...
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And I'm perfectly willing to give one of my rare +1s for this. Like with so many crimes of this sort, it ultimately pulls the public together rather than apart.
The hostage situation in Sydney's busy city district has crossed over into day two, with the identity of the hostage taker revealed as Man Haron Monis. The..
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Hmm... The concept of a Peace Bubble, courtesy of the Pax Americana fits in well with what +David Brin has been saying about world wide development in the 20th and 21st century.
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You have to love the audacity of the advocates of Space Solar Power. It may well become the long-term solution for our energy needs, but the pace of change that is described in this article makes me think that it isn't going to be what we see in the near future.

If you can get through the engineering speak at the beginning, it sounds like it would be a perfectly logical and easy method to handle the growing energy needs of the world. It is when you start getting to the requirements for launches and the scale of mass that will be involved that you hit that boggle of incredulity.

Let me say that I want a world where launching 500,000 tons into orbit every year is both doable and becomes routine (as it would need to). By the time we reach that capability, we may have other solutions for the world's problems.
People have looked resource (and now climate change and global warming) disasters in the face so long that I am not entirely sure they are actually able to deal with something llike good news. It will be interesting to see how much flack I get for this article.
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Though this isn't much of a picture, for writers it is certainly an illuminating one. That graph represents the daily sales for this author's new book.

She is able to draw some interesting conclusions about the nature of Amazon's automated promotion tools and how they may work. Importantly, those promotion tools do a much better job at finding readers/purchasers for your book than what happens at other book platforms. In this example, the book sold at nearly a 10-1 ratio on Amazon compared to Barnes & Noble and other platforms. Amazon's overall portion of the market would suggest only a 3-1 ratio, so Amazon is doing something much better (for this book) than is taking place elsewhere.

If you are an independent writer, this is a worthwhile article to read to see what is happening behind the scenes as your book is selling at Amazon.
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To go a bit further with this, I wonder if Apple is doing similarly with their App Store (if not the iBooks store).
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5 Marketing Mistakes That Beginning Fiction Writers Make.

Just an excellent article about the basics of book marketing by James Kong at The Book Designer.

The points he makes can't be repeated enough. Too often new writers are focusing on the wrong things when promoting their books and become disappointed when things don't take off like they wish.

I can't think of a better two minute read for someone new to fiction publishing.
5 Marketing Mistakes That Beginning Fiction Writers Make by Jason Kong explains why connecting the proper readers with your fiction is part of being a writer, as much as the craft of storytelling itself.
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