Google looking for Glass ExplorersGoogle shows new ways to operate Glass and holds a contest for a chance to buy a $1,500 prototype; Yahoo wants to look more like your Facebook feed; and SwiftKey's app offers a new way to type with Flow.
The next time I do a barrel roll, I hope I have Google Glass to record it. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. Google really wants you to love the idea of wearing a computer on your face. By that, I'm talking about the Google Glass prototype that has been talked about for a long time now. To court you into craving one, Google keeps making promo videos for it, even though it's still not an actual product you can buy, and it probably won't be something you could buy until 2014. The latest video gives us a hint at how you might use it. You'd say "Okay glass" to turn on the voice commands followed by another command to record video or take a photo. The video has a bunch of creative ideas for wearing a camera to show point of view action. It's something people do now with a GoPro but this glass is of course, much lighter and easier to wear. The video also shows that the glass can launch a live video chat hang out but who's to say that it will appear as clear to our eyes as it does in that video. This is just a concept and frankly doesn't mean a thing to me until we can see how it works for ourselves. It's just more hype. Google began selling a few prototype models to developers for $1500 and those developers will get them sometime this year. But if you wanna judge it for yourself, Google has a writing contest where you can win a chance to wear a prototype if you'll explain why you should be on the creative testing team. But yes, still gotta pay $!500 and pick it up in person. The evolution of Yahoo continues as the sight unveiled a new homepage design that borrows on the concept of the social media feed. Yahoo now shows an endless list of news articles to scroll through and it's customizable based on your interest and what your friends are sharing. If you think the new BlackBerry 10 predictive keyboard features are cool, they you should check out the new version of the SwiftKey for Android. SwiftKey learns how a user types and predicts what you're most likely to write next. It's all with the goal of making you faster, more efficient at typing and in the SwiftKey 4 upgrade, users can do hold their figure on the keyboard and drag it to different letters, it's kinda like swipe but they call it SwiftKey flow. And you can mix it with regular touch typing. You also don't have to lift your finger to write a whole sentence by including the space bar. SwiftKey gets more accurate the longer it's used and if you give an access to your e-mail and social media profiles, it can better learn the way you write. If you're bilingual like my friends who type in Spanglish, it can mix up to 3 languages. In total it supports 60 languages. It's in the Google Playstore now on sale for $2 and it's normally $4. That's your Tech News Update, you can find more details on all these stories at our blog cnet.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.