KARYNE: Hey, I�m Karyne Levy.
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This week, I'll definitely round up what we did and didn't get
in the new iPads, but first, another Google Glass competitor
might be on its way, and LG might be gunning for its own
piece of the Chrome OS pie. Let's get started!
STORY 1: First up, can't go a single week without someone
wanting to put something on your face. Sorry, that sounded
A couple weeks ago it was a rumor that Samsung was
working on Gear Glass, which is supposedly its version of
Google Glass, which came out earlier this year.
And now, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal,
Microsoft could be working on a Glass contender as well.
The report doesn't say anything about how the glasses
would work, but I could imagine a strong tie-in with the
Xbox. And Microsoft has already been pushing its second-
screen feature integration with Xbox Smartglass. Maybe this
would be Xbox Smartglasses.
I'm not going to lie, I'd buy a pair if they would work really
well with my normal glasses and if they would allow me to
play Assassin's Creed 4 at all times without anyone
STORY 2: Up next, LG recently filed for trademarks on three
names that contain the word Chrome -- ChromeOne,
ChromeDesk, and ChromeStation.
Remember that LG already manufacturers the Nexus 4
smartphone and will create the upcoming Nexus 5, soooo�
what do you guys think?
Is an LG-branded Chromebook heading our way? Let me
know in the comments.
STORY 3: And finally, lets round up what we did and didn't
get from the Apple event earlier this week, but that's kept
the rumor mill churning: we did not see new iPods, new
gaming accessories, an HDTV, which we've been talking
about for 100 years. And nope, sorry, no iWatch. Maybe next
The bad news is that we can't put those rumors to rest just
yet. The good news is JOB SECURITY. *wink*
We did get new MacBooks, as expected, and also no
surprise, we got new iPads.
The new full-size iPad isn't called the iPad 5 as everyone in
the world thought it'd be called. It's called the iPad Air which
is, let's face it, WAY better than "new iPad," which is what
they called the iPad 4.
The iPad Air is still 9.7 inches, but is now thinner than the
iPad 4 and weighs less, at just a pound.
It comes with the same 64-bit A7 and M7 chips as in the
iPhone 5S, but unlike the iPhone 5S, it doesn't have Touch
Remember that 4 out of 5 CNET Council members said it
would have Touch ID, so congrats to the one editor who
went against the grain! You win.
As for the second-gen iPad Mini, it finally has a Retina
Display we all knew it would. Other than that, and the new
A7 chip, it's basically the same as the first-gen Mini. And
that's a good thing, since that device is pretty awesome.
Neither tablet comes in candy colors, or even gold, but the
black of yesteryear has been replaced by that space gray we
first saw on the iPhone 5S.
What do you guys think? Did Apple fulfill your iPad wish
list? Are you going to get one? I'm still rocking a first-gen
iPad and think it's time for an upgrade. Which one do you
think I should get?
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