What’s Google up to?

Jody Victor’s crew came across a few news items about Google that we’d like to relate to you:

Google Glass
Google Glass will not longer be available in its present state after today. They are pulling the plug on the Explorer Program. You can still purchase it at $1,500.00 through the Play store. With this, if you have already purchased it, don’t expect any updates.

Searching Bands, Events
Google is making it easier to search for your faves. Try entering a band name – you will see on the right of the search places to hear the band’s music (or even purchase it), a list of upcoming events with links to the different areas, a row of their public profiles with social media, Google+ posts and links to a search for each of the members. In some cases you can even purchase tickets to the event from the search. Any company can add the social media to their official site by following these instructions.

Yesterday while wondering who won the latest football games, we simply put “football” in the search bar and the latest scores and game times popped right up.

Google may be positioning itself to compete with Apple Pay as it is rumored it is in talks with Softcard. They would integrate Softcard with their Google Wallet to create a creditable rival with Apple Pay. (The first thing I would do is get rid of “Tappy”, their “spokesperson” that is reminiscent of the old Microsoft paperclip office assistant.)

A new use for Google Glass

By now, you may have seen some articles about Google Glass. Well the NYPD may take to using it as a crime-fighting tool. They have bought a few pairs for testing. They would be able to see any info they have on a potential suspect by instantly reviewing their history: mug shots, warrants, etc. They have purchased these through Google’s Glass Explorer program as they are not available for consumers yet. The Glass Explorer program allows you to sign up and if a spot opens up for you to try it, you will be contacted. Maybe “RoboCop” isn’t so far-fetched.

~ Jody Victor