Google has been promising to deliver a version of Google Glass that will work with prescription lenses for a while, and now we’ve got a first glimpse of what that will look like.
The company is reportedly working to partner with at least one eyewear company, and there may be more — so we could actually see several different types of prescription Google Glass frames, but a Googler posted (and then removed) some images of one of the first.
Here’s a roundup of tech news from around the web.
- Google Glass with prescription lenses doesn’t look bad (or maybe I just need new glasses)
Google is starting to test a new version of its wearable computer designed to work with prescription lenses — and the technology is basically built into one side of the frame. It might actually look a bit better than the standalone version of Google Glass — although it’s going to be a lot harder to take off when not in use unless you want to carry around two pairs of glasses. Contact lenses might be an easier solution. [Droid Life]
- Update on the not-quite-ready-for-prime-time multi-process version of Firefox
Chrome does it. Internet Explorer does it. Eventually Firefox will also run each browser tab as a separate process, letting you kill one without shutting down the whole browser. You can try it out now with a nightly release, but it’s not yet clear when a stable version of Firefox will support multiple processes. [Bill McCloskey]
- Bluetooth 4.1 to offer better connections, etc
Bluetooth 4.1 is on the way, and it’s designed to offer automatic re-connection to networks when you come in range, better coexistience with LTE radios, and data transfer improvements. [Bluetooth]
- 11 HP computers now have Leap Motion gesture controls built-in
Leap Motion’s technology lets you control some PC apps without touching your computer at all. You can pick up a Leap Motion controller and plug it into pretty much any PC, or you can buy one of these HP desktops and all-in-one PCs that come with the tech. [Leap Motion]
- AnandTech reviews the Google Nexus 5
There’ve been roughly a half billion Nexus 5 reviews at this point — but few folks review a phone the way AnandTech does. Here’s an in-depth look at the technical and design aspects of Google’s latest phone for folks who like a really comprehensive review. [AnandTech]
- Google Play Music can now store cached or pinned music on an SD card
Good news: You can now save music from Google Play Music on an SD card. Slightly less good news: only Android 4.4 is officially supported for now, and if you’ve got a phone with Android 4.4 there’s a decent chance it’s a Nexus 4… which doesn’t actually have an SD card. [Google Play]
- Minix Neo X7 Android TV box hits the FCC
The Minix Neo X7 from J&W is an Android mini PC with a Rockchip RK3188 quad-core processor, an external antenna, and a decent array of ports. [FCC]
- Google Voice Search for Android goes international
Up until now if you’ve wanted to speak questions to your phone by tapping the mic icon (or by saying “OK Google”) you’ve needed to do it in English. Now Google is also supporting French, German, and Japanese with more languages on the way. [Google]
- Google now lets you download and save Gmail and Google Calendar data through Google Takeout
Google Takeout is a service that lets you export and save your data from many popular Google apps and services. But two of the biggest were missing… until now. You can now save backups of your Gmail and Google Calendar data, which gives you a bit more control of your data (if you’re worried about Google losing it), as well as an escape route should you plan to leave Google, cancel you account, while keeping access to your data for posterity. [Google]
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