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CNET Update: Glass may be controlled by winks, pinches

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CNET Update: Glass may be controlled by winks, pinches

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Code discovered in a Google Glass app hints at gesture control, Nokia hasn't abandoned the keyboard, and the end is near for TweetDeck apps.

-It's time to wink, pinch, and head bang. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. If you see someone testing out the Google Glass headgear and they start blinking their eyes rapidly and pinching the air, don't be alarmed. This could be a normal way to use the wearable computer. Some interesting phrasing of code was discovered in the MyGlass companion app such as the phrase "eye gestures, wink, take photo" which means you might be able to blink to take a photo and browser two finger zoom which could mean moving the thumb and index finger to zoom in and out. There's also a code labeled "head gestures head wake." So, maybe, shake your head a certain way and it will wake up the device. We'll find out soon enough as the first units start to be shipped out to testers and developers. Nokia wants you to get excited about a new smartphone with a physical keyboard. That's right kids. Phone makers still see a market for phones with real keyboards. And Nokia is teasing that it will release one soon with this mysteriously cropped picture of a bright yellow phone. Nokia will release more info about it on Wednesday. 'Tis the season for keyboards. BlackBerry's new Q10 with a keyboard will also be arriving soon. TweetDeck apps have a death date. On May 7th, the TweetDeck apps for Apple and Android devices as well as the Adobe desktop program will cease to work. That gives you two weeks to get used to a replacement Twitter management app like HootSuite or use the browser version. If you use the Tumblr app to keep up with your favorite blogs and animated gifts, you'll start to see advertisements for the first time. The ads are similar to Twitter's Promoted Tweets or Facebook's Sponsored Stories. On Tumblr, the paid post will have a sponsored label with a dollar sign icon. Here are some new apps that might make your life easier. Take a look at BrightNest. It's free for Apple devices. It tracks the household chores that you always forget about, like replacing the air-conditioner filter and checking those smoke alarm batteries. The app reminds you to schedule home maintenance jobs, but it also offers new tips on how to save energy, save money, or save space with creative tips. It's a good way to kick off a spring cleaning weekend. There's also a new Yahoo app for Apple devices and you might like it if you're someone who just wants to quickly scan headlines from around the web. If you turn on the visual option, the app will show headlines on top of the main photo of the story and the app uses new technology that can summarize the texts of the story into a one paragraph without any human interaction, but you can click the headline to read the full story. The app also has improved video and image search. Yahoo has been putting lots of energy into mobile lately. That's your tech news update and you can find more details at CNET.com/update and you can follow along on Twitter. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.
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