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This is What Google Glass Teaches Us

This is What Google Glass Teaches Us

Google Glass is an interesting concept that has made a lot of waves, if not a whole lot of sales. The emergence of the futuristic eyewear technology from one of the biggest software and hardware companies in the world has drawn a lot of attention from the media and tech fans, but since its introduction, Google Glass has been plagued with a number of missteps that now leave its future dubious. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to learn from the history of Google Glass. Here are five lessons the wearable technology has taught us in the past few years.

1. Privacy still matters to people

Glasshole: A person who constantly talks to their Google Glass, ignoring the outside world.

That definition is courtesy of Urban Dictionary. It’s a pretty good one for the name given to Google Glass wearers by the unimpressed, but it leaves out probably the number one reason people are opposed to Glass: it invades their privacy. A Google Glass Explorer, the descriptor for someone who purchased an early (and expensive) version of the hardware, described being harassed in February of 2014 for wearing her Glass. Sarah Slocum went to a bar in San Francisco and, while showing it off, had her Google Glass literally taken off her face by someone unhappy with the new tech. She was able to recover her hardware but, when she went back inside the bar, she found that her purse had been stolen. There’s a really visceral reaction to Glass from a not-small percentage of people afraid of being recorded without their consent. The Bay Area incident is a fairly extreme example of the problems that can be caused if people feel like their privacy is being violated.

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2. Technology needs to be subtle

As amazing as the technology is, Google Glass still looks like you’re wearing a small computer on your face. That’s less than ideal, to say the least. The most successful products tend to be ones that fit seamlessly into people’s lives, instead of sticking out. A number of Google Glass owners say they’re leaving their Glass at home nowadays because they’re embarrassed to be seen in public with it.

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3. Third-Party support is crucial

One of the major occurrences that made people doubt the future of Google Glass was when Twitter stopped updating its app for its operated system. That’s the most prominent service to discontinue its support, but not the only one, and even more are likely to drop out if progress isn’t made soon. That so many people think this signals doom for Google Glass highlights how important it is that smart devices inspire confidence in those who are adding extra value to their product. Namely, the third-party software developers. In this case, Twitter lost hope in Google Glass, and that’s cause for concern. Be sure to inspire confidence in the people who provide value for you.

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4. You have to be patient

Google Glass probably debuted too early. It was released as a Beta product, with more than its share of software issues in the past two years. Even worse, the people Google disappointed were the ones most excited to use its product. The Glass Explorers who paid a lofty $1,500 for the privilege of owning a Google Glass before the rest of the world dealt with all the kinks that come with a beta and then some. Keep in mind that, either in the business world or your personal life, it’s often better to deliver something of high quality eventually than something of shoddy quality a little sooner.

5. Something doesn’t have to be successful to be inspirational

No, Google Glass wasn’t a success. But it certainly inspired developers to continue working on wearable technology. Google itself has their Android Wear, and the Apple Watch is supposed to come out at some point in 2015. Even though Google Glass doesn’t seem to have a bright future ahead of it (after all, creator Babak Parviz left the project and Google for a job at Amazon), the work was hardly in vain. Remember that, even if something you do doesn’t take off initially, some ideas just don’t die.

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5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

5 Killer Online Journal Tools That Make Journaling Easier and More Fun

Journaling is one of the most useful personal development tools around. Not only does it help us process emotions and experiences, work through internal conflicts and improve our self-awareness, it also provides us with a way to keep a day-to-day record of our lives. Traditionally an activity limited to pen and paper, the expansion of consumer technology has enabled journaling to go digital.

Saving your journaling entries online enables you to access them from anywhere, without having to carry a notebook and pen around, and provides you with digital features, like tagging and search functions.

Here are a list of five online journaling tools you can use to bring your practice into the modern age:

1. 750words

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750 words

    750words is a free online journaling tool created by Buster Benson. The site is based on the idea of “Morning Pages”; a journaling tool Julia Cameron suggests in her creativity course The Artist’s Way. Cameron advises aspiring creatives to start each morning with three pages of stream-of-consciousness writing to clear away the mental clutter, leaving you with a clearer mind to face the day.

    750 words is the three-page digital equivalent (assuming the average person writes 250 words per page) and lets you store all your journaling online. Each morning, you’ll receive a prompt asking you to write your 750 words, and the site keeps track of various statistics associated with your entries. The site uses a Regressive Imagery Dictionary to calculate the emotional content from your posts and provides feedback on features like your mood, and most commonly used words.

    750 words is simple to set up and is ideal for anyone who finds it challenging to maintain a consistent journaling practice. The site uses a number of incentives to motivate users, including animal badges awarded to journalers who complete a certain number of days in a row, leader boards, and opt-in monthly challenges.

    2. Ohlife

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      Ohlife is designed to make online journaling as easy as possible. Once you’ve signed up for your free account, the website will send you an email each day asking “How did your day go?” Simply reply to the email with as much or as little detail as you like, and your response will be stored on your account, ready to view next time you log in.

      Ohlife’s appeal lies in its simplicity: no stats, no social sharing, no complicated organisational systems—the site is designed to provide you with a private, online space. Simply respond to the email each day (or skip the days you’re busy) and Ohlife will do the rest.

      3. Oneword

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        OneWord is a fun online tool that provides you with a single word as a prompt and gives you sixty seconds to write about it. The concept’s aim is to help writers learn how to flow, and the prompts range from the everyday mundane to the profound.

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        Oneword is not a private journaling tool: if you sign up, your answers will be published on the site’s daily blog, which contains a stream of users’ answers, and might be used by Oneword in the future. If you’d rather keep your answers to yourself, you can still use the tool for fun without giving out any personal details.

        4. Penzu

          Penzu is a journaling tool that allows you to store your journaling notes online. The service also offers mobile apps for iOS, Android and Blackberry, so you can journal on the go and save your notes to your account. The basic service is free, however you can upgrade to Penzu Pro and get access to additional features, including military-grade encryption and the ability to save and sync data through your mobile, for $19 per year.

          With either version of Penzu, you can insert pictures, and add tags and comments to entries, as well as search for older entries. You can set your posts to be private and viewable by you only, or share them with others.

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          5. Evernote

          Evernote isn’t a purpose-built journaling tool, however its features make it perfect for keeping your journaling notes in one safe place. With the ability to keep separate “notebooks”, tag your entries, include pictures, audio and web clipping, Evernote will appeal to journalers who want to include more formats than just text in their entries.

          Available online within a web browser, and as a stand-alone desktop app, the service also comes with a series of mobile apps covering almost every device available. These allow you to make notes on the go and sync between the mobile and browser versions of the app.

          For additional features, including text recognition and the ability to collaborate on Notebooks, you can upgrade to Evernote’s premium service, which costs $5 per month.

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