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As +Barbara Krasnoff  says, I love the specificity of the reasons Matt Lake gives for finding Google Glass unsatisfactory. That and lines like "Glass's voice recognition can be about as responsive as your average 6-year-old after soda and cupcakes."
 
A fun (and actually very informative) article from Matt Lake on his experiences trying out Google Glass. Some of these (such as the reaction of folks you're talking to) I had sort of surmised, but it's good to have some direct (very direct) feedback from somebody who actually tried a pair out.
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+Barbara Krasnoff -- I think Glass has a bit of a hearing problem, or at least, a filtering problem. I tried to get it to work in the open air, in empty auditoriums, and in rooms with background noise--not so much for a torture test, but because that's where I work. 
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Delightful takedown of marketers' "sexy phone" hyperbole by +Barbara Krasnoff:
 
I attended the introduction of the new HTC One M8 today, and besides the specs and appearance of what HTC is obviously hoping will be a new standout phone, I couldn't help noticing the obvious affection with which the device was described -- to the point where I started wondering if I had stepped into a romantic novel.
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Some really useful advice from +Johanna Ambrosio  here.
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Ever wonder what it's like to use a 3D printer? +Lucas Mearian goes hands on.
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Do you use a Web ad blocker? Why or why not? +Robert Mitchell dives deep into the pros and cons.
 
Ad blockers can take a major bite out of a site's ad revenue. Are they a solution or a problem?

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I have both Disconnect and Adblock Plus installed. However, I keep them turned off most of the time. I don't feel right blocking every site, whether the ads are intrusive or not. Ad Blocking is the nuclear option.
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+Sharon Gaudin writes about meditation and mindfulness at Intel, Google and other tech companies:  http://bit.ly/1bduYGU
 
Here is a meditation garden Google created for employees on its Mountain View campus. A growing number of tech companies are offering employees mindfulness, meditation or yoga classes to help them clear their minds, be creative and balance work and home life. Would this work for you or do you think it's just a fad?
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Last year, +Rebecca Linke rounded up a bunch of portable battery chargers that give your smartphone or tablet juice when you're far from an outlet. It was wildly popular with readers -- clearly these are gadgets people need.

Well, Rebecca has just rounded up an all-new batch of portable chargers that are lighter and more powerful than last year's group. Which one will you pick?
 
The latest chargers for smartphones and tablets offer more power but less weight than last year's. Here are 12 that will help keep you powered throughout the day.

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When will we start taking security seriously?
It seems like every week we hear of a new breach and another cache of credit card data stolen. Isn't it time to finally admit that we need some new security methods and leave the password behind once and for all because it clearly doesn't work.  http://bit.ly/1rnEym4

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California's drought, the worst in over 100 years, offers Silicon Valley a new opportunity. Enter big data, cloud computing, sensors, the Internet of Things, and hackathons.

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Tons of useful info for Android users here.
 
Whether you're shopping for a new Android gadget or looking to make your current device do more, this guide's got plenty of stuff to keep you busy this holiday season.
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One last plea for help from IT folks of all levels to take our annual salary survey. It takes less than 15 minutes, and we could really use your input. Many thanks!
 
Last chance to take Computerworld's quick 2014 IT Salary Survey and be entered for a chance to win 1 of 3 $500 gift cards! #itjobs  

https://www.computerworld.com/salary2014M

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Have you seen Computerworld's new special report, "IT Careers Turned Upside Down"? We explore why the CIO title is losing its luster and look into how some IT pros are taking matters into their own hands and paying for their own training. Also, did you  know the help desk is hot again?
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