We've followed smartpen maker Livescribe's path to Android compatibility, starting with their announcement at CES that they would finally bring their app to the platform. It then released as a preview less than two weeks ago in select locales. Starting today, they are both dropping the "preview" label and making the app available globally.
Livescribe+ and its companion app collectively manage the connection and notes taken with their newest smartpen, the Livescribe 3.
The U.S. announced on Tuesday that it will halt its use of anti-personnel landmines with one major exception – their ongoing deployment on the Korean peninsula.
Officials had said in June that in accordance with the 1999 Ottawa Convention, the U.S. would stop producing or acquiring "anti-personnel munitions," and they characterized Tuesday's announcement as another step in that process.
As part of the change, the U.S. also will not assist or encourage other nations in the deployment of deadly landmines and would destroy all landmines "not required for the defense of the Republic of Korea."
More than 160 countries had already signed onto the anti-landmine agreement on humanitarian grounds, but the U.S. had previously withheld its support. Caitlin Hayden, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, cited "the unique circumstances" of its decades-long commitment to Korean security as a reason for the exception.
Even as we take these further steps, the unique circumstances on the Korean Peninsula and our commitment to the defense of the Republic of Korea preclude us from changing our anti-personnel landmine policy there at this time. We will continue our diligent efforts to pursue solutions that would be compliant with and ultimately allow us to accede to the Ottawa Convention while ensuring our ability to meet our alliance commitments to the Republic of Korea."
While the rest of the world is having a field day critiquing (or just plain making fun of) Google Glass, there’s still a sect of people are who are generally unfamiliar with the latest in tech: the elderly. While it’s true, my abuelita enjoys playing a good hand of rummy on her iPad, wearables like Google Glass are as foreign to her as top 40 music.
So what happens when you give Google Glass to a group of elderly people? Well, TheFineBros looked to find out in their latest “Reacts” video. In the video, these older folks are given a quick intro on what Glass does, even how to wear it (one man initially pointing upwards into the air). Glass functioned as intended, accurately performing actions given by its users. One lady couldn’t figure out how she could hear feedback when nothing was in her ear (bone conduction speaker).
After trying it out first-hand, the general sentiment was that Glass was pretty nifty and in their words, they felt like they “were in the future.” In our modern age, it’s easy to forget how far technology has come in such a short amount of time. Because of this, we’ve seen technology slowly drifting over the bounds of individuals’ comfort levels.
One lady said that while neat, she felt like there should be rules on where you could wear Glass. Not so much over privacy, mind you, she equated it to her resentment over people having their noses buries in their phones all the time (a “problem” Glass actually looks to solve). Others said Glass could be distracting while driving (something courts seem to agree with), while another lady said she could see the front facing camera making people feel “uncomfortable.”
Finally, when it came to actually buying (something tells me they weren’t told it’s current beta price), 4 out of 5 of the elderly said they could actually see themselves buying the “Google Eyes.” To see for yourself, check out Elders React to Google Glass below.
You can print to your home printer, or your office printer, from anywhere, using any of your devices, if you use Google Cloud Print. It is far simpler than you would imagine to set up, and to use.
This short video walks you through the process of setting up Google Cloud Print and using it.
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