Google has released an update for Google Glass. When paired with an Android phone, there is a new option to see public transit directions when navigating. Helpful information is displayed such as where to change trains, how far to walk to the bus stop and how long it should take to reach the destination. Learn more here.
Google has also partnered with Microsoft, Facebook and many others to launch the Alliance for Affordable Internet (A4AI), which aims to bring affordable Internet to areas of the world where Internet is unavailable or very expensive. Learn more on Google.org Blog here.
Google has announced it is testing Project Loon in California’s Central Valley and is accepting applications to have a Loon Internet antenna attached to their house, which will load test the balloons as they pass over the area.
Living in Central Valley and want to participate? Click the image and then fill out the survey in the Google+ post here.
After much public outcry, Microsoft has announced it is changing its Xbox One policies. After a one-time setup of the Xbox One, disc-based games can be played without ever needing an Internet connection as long as the disc stays in the Xbox.
Microsoft has also removed regional restrictions and there will also be no limitations on trading in, lending, reselling, gifting or renting disc-based games. To accommodate these changes, Microsoft no longer allows downloaded games to be shared or resold.
Interested in learning more? See the Xbox Wire blog here.
As part of Project Loon, Google has begun launching solar-powered balloon into the stratosphere to provide Internet access to areas of Earth without it. The balloons communicate with ground stations and other balloons to coordinate so there is always at least one balloon over an area.
Google is starting small with 30 balloons launched from the Tekapo area of New Zealand’s South Island and 50 pilot testers equipped with special Internet antennas to try to connect to the network. If everything works as planned, Project Loon could help bring online education, doctors and websites to areas of need.
Interested in learning more? See the Google blog post here.