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I just got my Google Glass last night, and it's been a long time since a tech gadget has had me grinning ear to ear so often. I was at the #tech4dem  event, and let +Marci Harris and +Macon Phillips try on my Glass. Both of them quickly got the same big grin!

It's not at all what people expect!  It's a magical experience.  I haven't yet been quite able to put my finger on why it feels that way, but I think it's the immediacy. Rather than fumbling for your phone, then opening the camera app, you can take a picture or a video with a touch, and share it with another touch. You can also talk to the device, taking pictures, doing google searches, getting directions, or sending emails or texts, without ever touching the devices. (You can wake it up with a touch or by tossing your head slightly.)

A couple of comments:

1. People have this notion that it's privacy-invading.  It really isn't. It's pretty easy for people you're interacting with to see when the device is on - the lit-up screen is viewable from the other side.  Yes, you can quickly take a photo or video, but only with either  a voice command, or a push of a button on the frame, so it's clearly noticeable. 

2. People also have the notion that you won't be able to tell when someone is talking to you and when they are on the device. Again, that's just not true. It sits above your eyes and it's very clear when someone is looking up at the screen rather than looking at you.

3. Speech is the natural interface for this device, but there are also a lot of gestures on the frame that control it.  It's elegant and intuitive. But some of the magic is the immediacy of talking to it, or touching it, and having something happen.

So far, there's a lot that's still buggy, so it isn't ready for consumer adoption. For example, it is supposed to integrate with your contacts, so you can text and email contacts from the device, but so far, I've found it not integrating well with my contacts.  It picks the first phone number from the contact, rather than looking at the field that says "mobile," and there isn't an easy way to change that. And when I edited the contact (something the management app lets you do), the edited contact doesn't appear to sync with Glass.  So there's a lot more integration to do.

On the other hand, photos seamlessly upload into G+ along with the stream from your phone.  Photos and videos are remarkably good.
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First Look: Workspaces - Simplifying Your Find & Fix Workflow With The Chrome DevTools

The typical web app development workflow involves using some clever window arrangement to display your editor and the DevTools side-by-side, or having to switch back and forth between them. This can sometimes feel cumbersome and time-consuming. Wouldn't it be useful if you could instead just edit the source for your web apps directly in the DevTools?

Just find an error, fix it and save to the file from just one place.

This workflow becomes easier today with Workspaces, an in-progress experimental feature that’s landed in Chrome Canary. Workspaces allow you to select custom directories in your file system which are always available for you to edit within the Sources panel. This can be the directory for an app you're working on or even a whole list of different projects.

Workspaces can greatly simplify your workflow, however they're certainly not for all types of development. For those scenarios when you just want to be able to debug and bug-fix, you may find not having to leave the DevTools a time-saving experience and we hope this is where they will help the most.

To get started with Workspaces in Canary, enable the DevTools experiments in chrome://flags then head over to Settings > Experiments and enable  “File system folders in Sources Panel”. Next, restart the DevTools by closing and re-opening them. You should now see a “Workspaces” tab in Settings.

Under this tab, you will see an “Add file system” link allowing you to add local file systems for editing. Directories you would like to add as a workspace require an “.allow-devtools-edit” file to be present (for now), which you can create via “touch .allow-devtools-edit” at the command-line or using your text editor of choice. When you’ve added a file system, you’ll be able to view and edit files within that directory anytime you’re working in the Sources panel.

No having to leave the DevTools - just find issues, fix them and save. This better enables workflows like the one +Remy Sharp described in his “Never having to leave the DevTools” video http://remysharp.com/2012/12/21/my-workflow-never-having-to-leave-devtools/.

We hope that Workspaces will open the door to fully developing within the DevTools, without the need to switch to other applications. Stay tuned for more on this in the coming months

Please note that Workspaces are highly experimental and are subject to change.

Written by +Addy Osmani. Reviewed by +Paul Irish 
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James Mellers hung out with 7 people.Daniel Blackman, Bobby McKenna, Justin Lafontaine, Tim Beitz, Evan Stremke, Douglas Richard, and Greg Christman

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Made my vanity URL for my G+ profile:

http://verture.net/+

It's a simple line in your .htaccess file:

Redirect 301 /+ https://plus.google.com/<your profile id here>

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Google Apps getting a little nip 'n tuck. Come get a look at the fresh new interface we'll be rolling out this summer. http://goo.gl/H52VF

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Ok, this is pretty impressive. If you've not had a look yet take a peek in the Account Settings -> Data Liberation area. Lots of options for getting all your data.
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