Google Glass Isn't Dead… And Other Digital News To Know This Week

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Every Monday morning at 7:10 am, I am a guest contributor on CHOM 97.7 FM radio broadcasting out of Montreal (home base). It’s not a long segment – about 5 to 10 minutes every week – about everything that is happening in the world of technology and digital media. The good folks at CHOM 97.7 FM are posting these segments weekly to SoundCloud, if you’re interested in hearing more of me blathering away. I’m really excited about this opportunity, because this is the radio station that I grew up on listening to, and it really is a fun treat to be invited to the Mornings Rock with Terry and Heather B. morning show. The segment is called, CTRL ALT Delete with Mitch Joel.

This week we discussed:

  • Google Glass isn’t dead… even if you heard it was. Google decided to no longer sell Glass to consumers. It will instead focus on business applications for the time being. Many headlines are ranting that it’s dead. It’s not. In fact, they are moving Glass out of the experimental lab (known as Google X) and placing it under the leadership of Tony Fadell. Fadell is best known for playing a role in the birth of the iPod and he then went on to found Nest (which Google bought for $3.2 billion). So, Fadell is leading the charge in the connected home space and now he has Glass too. Hmmmm… 
  • Just when you thought the Internet was all about Tinder,  hooking up, and more nefarious things, something like Be My Eyes comes along and you regain faith in humanity. It’s a simple app to help the visually impaired get immediate assistance for simple tasks. The app has two groups: “helpers” and the visually impaired. When there is a match, the app launches their iPhone’s rear-facing camera and connects them with a helper who can provide assistance. Genius!
  • Want to advertise to teens on Snapchat? It’s going to cost you. How much? How about $750,000 a day. Yes. You read that right… and, remember, those ads disappear! 
  • App of the week: Evernote’s Scannable.

Listen here…