Google Glass prescription lenses now available

Google has revealed its Titanium Collection of frames for Google Glass, the frames are specifically made for the Augmented Reality headset.

In a blog post the Glass team admitted that “If we had a nickel for every time someone has asked about prescription lenses for Glass we’d have a lot of nickels.”

With a variation of styles and lenses, from hipster chic to sportswear, you’re bound to find something to like. Google has also played around with the colours of the device, too.

As well as the new frames Google has started to support prescription lenses, as well as looking into users with vision insurance plans. This means that there’s a chance that policies may help cover your new frames. We can guess that the latter will have some pretty specific T’s&C’s though…

Glass has been designed to be integrated with everyday life. Users can take photos and record videos in true first-person, something that was previously restricted to devices like the GoPro Hero 3.

Google Glass also allows users to (completely hands free) access Google services, such as being able to access directions, and Google+ features, like Hangouts and Calendar notifications.

Undoubtedly, this list will grow with the arrival of new software updates resulting in a true Augmented Reality experience that makes Arnie’s Terminator look like a caveman.

Glass Explorers can access Google’s Titanium Collection from tomorrow afternoon. Get yourself to for more info.




New computer is the size of a pack of index cards, costs $100

CompuLab, an Israeli maker of embedded computing products, has announced a tiny, bare-bones computer called the Utilite that will sell for $99 and up.

It’s just 5.3 inches by 3.9 inches by 0.8 inches, which means it is just slightly larger than a pack of 100 index cards. Yet inside it has a powerful Freescale i.MX6 system-on-a-chip, with an ARM Cortex A9 processor at its heart, with one, two, or four cores. The device will have up to 4GB of RAM and can contain a hard drive with up to 512GB plus a microSD card with up to 128GB of storage.

Now the “up to” phrasing: That comes from the company’s spec sheet, which is vague on what the minimums will be, or what the device will cost at various configurations. All we know is that the (undefined) minimum configuration will cost about $100. It will run Linux or Android.

What’s not so vague: CompuLab has packed a lot of I/O capabilities into a tiny, elegant-looking box, including two Gigabit Ethernet ports, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, four USB 2.0 ports, stereo line-in and line-out, and HDMI and DVI-D ports for your display. Its draws just 3 watts to 8 watts of power. In short, this is pretty much everything you’d need in a desktop computer in a space about one third the size of its keyboard.

For the promised price, however, you could buy four Raspberry Pi computers — but remember that the Raspberry Pi is very bare-bones and doesn’t even include a case, so with the Utilite you’re paying for the packaging.

Still, it looks like this could be an economical and convenient way to stick a computer anywhere you might need one: under your dashboard, in your backpack, next to your TV, or in a kitchen cabinet.

Leaked! Sony smartphone with 20MP camera

Sony has been launching smartphones at a fast clip recently, with eight handsets being launched in the past six months. The latest upcoming Sony smartphone on the radar is one that rivals cameraphones like Nokia Lumia 1020 and Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom.

The upcoming phone, being developed under the code name Xpeia i1 Honami, will have a 20MP Exmor RS camera on the back, according to a report in This camera will have a ½.3″ sensor, Sony G-lens and Bionz image processor. The screen of the upcoming smartphone will measure 5-inch and the operating system would be Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).

The report claims that the upcoming Xperia i1 Honami will have 16GB internal storage and microSD card support. It is said to run on a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, backed by 2GB RAM. The phone will have a 3,000mAh battery, 8.3mm thickness and 2MP secondary camera. Sony’s upcoming handset is expected to be IP57 certified, making it resistant to water and dust.

Sony has sent out press invites for a launch on September 4, the first day of IFA 2013. The report claims that Honami will be unveiled at the event.

Nokia last week launched the Lumia 1020 with a 41MP camera, while Samsung launched its Galaxy S4 zoom with 16MP unit in June.


HTC: Forget raw specs, the One remains our flagship

If it walks like a flagship, and quacks like a flagship…that doesn’t make it so. At least that’s the case at HTC, where the upcoming HTC Butterfly S (and expected successor to the Droid DNA in the U.S.A.) holds all the raw numbers over the HTC One but will not be stealing its place as HTC’s premier handset.

The Butterfly S features a faster 1.9GHz Snapdragon 600 processor than the HTC One, a 5-inch 1080p screen (with newer Super LCD 3 and Gorilla Glass 3), a microSD expansion slot, a huge 3,200mAh battery, plus all the new HTC features like BoomSound speakers, BlinkFeed, Sense TV, and the rest.

Apart from the HTC One’s higher-PPI screen and the all-metal chassis, compared with the Butterfly’s car-paint-finished plastic casing, there isn’t a spec the HTC One is stronger on. On matters of pure specifications most might argue the Butterfly S is the strongest phone in HTC’s lineup. So why doesn’t it become the new flagship?

At HTC’s Frequencies Asia event in Bangkok on Wednesday, Justin Zhang, head of product portfolio, South Asia, for HTC, said this is a reasonable question but HTC feels comfortable that the HTC One is still very much the flagship in the company lineup.
“It isn’t just about specs anymore, it’s about design and experience. Consumers want different things,” Zhang said. “Some are looking for the best thing out there, some are following other trends. Then there are the enthusiasts who know what they want. For them it’s the screen, or it’s battery life. The One is still our flagship phone, but the Butterfly had its own success and we heard a lot of its fans saying they’d really love to see all the new HTC One features in a Butterfly, so we are giving them that.”

“Interestingly we always thought the Butterfly would attract the ‘high-end geeks’,” Zhang said. “That’s who we thought it was for. But it turned out the Butterfly has been more successful with female consumers than ever for us. Because they love the design.”
HTC also confirmed the Butterfly S will be released in 4G versions in the regions that support such an option. The original Droid DNA was LTE-capable, so this confirmation should come as no surprise in the U.S. market.

The Butterfly’s mixed global branding is also likely to play a role in keeping the One on top, as well as the One’s metal unibody enclosure as a standout signature design choice. HTC earlier confirmed it will continue to use and refine its metal unibody production process introduced for the HTC One in future phone designs.