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Google roundup: Glass, Calico, NSA, Android/ARM

  • Google (GOOG) is working with vision benefits provider VSP Global to create prescription Google Glass lenses, as well as alternative frame designs.
  • The efforts highlight Google's interest in driving broader consumer adoption for Glass, which critics have argued is a product made by, of, and for geeks. Glass microdisplay supplier Himax (HIMX) has much to gain if the eyewear proves a mass-market hit following its commercial launch (set for early 2014).
  • Google's Calico anti-aging startup has been busy recruiting a team of "genetics superstars." Among them: Hal Barron, the chief medical officer for pharma giant Roche (set to be Calico's R&D chief); senior Genentech oncologist Robert Cohen; and renowned anti-aging researcher Cynthia Kenyon.
  • Google has reportedly committed "hundreds of millions" of dollars to Calico, and has hired Apple/Genentech chairman Arthur Levinson to be its CEO.
  • Eric Schmidt says the NSA scandal led Google to seriously consider moving all its U.S. servers out of the country. Though ultimately deeming such a move "impractical," Schmidt says it's still "an interesting idea" given U.S. surveillance efforts. For now, Google is settling for encrypting all traffic moving between its data centers.
  • Benedict Evans takes a look at the massive proliferation of cheap hardware running on Android and ARM-based (ARMH) CPUs, a trend that now extends well beyond smartphones/tablets. "Android/ARM has become a new de facto platform for any piece of smart connected electronics ... The cost of putting a real computer with an internet connection into a product is collapsing."
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  • omarbradley
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    is it "smart and/or connected" or "networked"? good communication skills is greatly valued by me and of course "we're all part of the network now."
    22 Nov 2013, 07:32 PM Reply Like
  • Stephen Tips
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    True, perhaps. However, those glasses may be required to decipher the massive communiques.
    22 Nov 2013, 07:52 PM Reply Like
  • Mike Maher
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    "Eric Schmidt says the NSA scandal led Google to seriously consider moving all its servers out of the U.S. Though ultimately deeming such a move "impractical," Schmidt says it's still "an interesting idea" given U.S. surveillance efforts."


    Now we know what Google's secret barge building project is.
    22 Nov 2013, 08:31 PM Reply Like
  • haschultz
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    Great comment Mike and way to put two and two together.


    The ocean would also be a great heat sink...............and the shear mass of the sink (pun intended) would minimize any ocean heating concerns (and who would require the environmental impact statement if outside the USA ocean limits).


    The only issue would be data transmission but there are transocean cables.


    Sure seems like a plan.
    23 Nov 2013, 08:51 PM Reply Like
  • Papa of Four
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    Yeah, covered the google , Himax stuff here

    22 Nov 2013, 09:47 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Schmidt would know given the amount of data gathering/mining Google does everyday. They're not the only ones thats for sure.
    23 Nov 2013, 02:29 AM Reply Like
  • DavyJ
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    Moving the servers off-shore would make them fair game for NSA, wouldn't it?
    24 Nov 2013, 09:08 PM Reply Like
  • Tellme2
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    Given the facts exposed thus far, it would be hard to argue with the logic of Google!
    24 Nov 2013, 04:39 AM Reply Like
  • Luggie
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    Hi Omar - Agree, and appreciate the HIMX observations. Google should take a look at Argex - seems titanium is used in all sorts of applications.
    24 Nov 2013, 04:44 AM Reply Like
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