Episode 49: Moto X goes socialite, high-tech parking, and a Glass mini-rant!

Parking: revolutionized. Google Glass: not ready for prime time. Moto X: karaoke girl's best friend? Watch and see.

This week's episode marks our first cross-brand promotion! I talked about our high-tech parking story on the Marketplace Tech Report from American Public Media, which aired the same day as this new episode.

I was quite proud of that bit of synergy, and of course it means the story is just that cool. Between apps that let you pay for parking and re-up when you run out to sensors embedded in the ground that collect data about parking patterns in an entire city, parking is about to undergo a welcome revolution. I, for one, think marriages could be saved -- maybe even lives. That's no exaggeration.

Every good happy hour ends in karaoke. (Sigh.)
Every good happy hour ends in karaoke. (Sigh.) CNET

Also this week, the Moto X comes out on the town with me and a girlfriend (supervising producer Allison Tom) to see if its customizations, voice recognition, and cute little camera tricks make it the right phone for a night out -- because let's be honest, selfies and party tricks are the best possible uses for smartphones at this stage in the game.

And introducing a new segment here on Always On that I think you'll enjoy: Mini Molly Rants! My target this week is Google Glass, which I really, really wanted to love, and which I now think is a danger to pedestrians, drivers, and almost all human relationships. Enjoy!

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Motorola Moto X

The Bottom Line: While in screen quality and storage capacity it lags behind rival superphones, the Moto X's superbly compact and comfortable design, whiz-bang voice controls, and long battery life make it a worthy Android contender. / Read full review

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Google Glass

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About the author

Molly Wood is an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.



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