The Week In Tech and Gadget News

Another fun week in the books in the realm of technology and gadgets.  I don’t always get a chance to post every sinlge bit of news that I can so sometimes I like to wrap things up with a pretty bow for you.  Let’s take a look at some of the bigger bits of news that happened this week.

Google testing heads-up display units

This is what geeks have been looking for a long time.  To look like Geordi LaForge and gets all the information you want right in front of you.  Well thankfully Google is bringing this to life.  It’s called Project Glass, and what Google has done was bring augmented reality to your face.  They look like wrap around glasses with a small piece of glass just above your eye that displays tons of information for you to view.  It comes with a small camera and microphone to record video and send messages using voice commands.

A video released by Google on Wednesday, which can be seen below, showed potential uses for Project Glass. A man wanders around the streets of New York City, communicating with friends, seeing maps and information, and snapping pictures. It concludes with him video-chatting with a girlfriend as the sun sets over the city.  All of this is seen through the augmented-reality glasses.

Who is to say that in the near future you won’t be wearing these glasses as you walk around downtown Philadelphia, looking at the museum or Franklin Institute and unique information begins to stream to your glasses.  Better yet you can be at the Linc watching an Eagles game and get NFL news right to your face without having to take out your phone or tablet.  The possibilities are endless.

AT&T to unlock your iPhone if you meet certain criteria

Starting today select AT&T customers will be able to unlock their iPhones and use a non AT&T sim card in the device.  So long as that carrier frequencies are supported.  This is something I never thought a major phone company would ever allow, as it basically lets your customer choose which carrier they want and takes them away from you.  Basically it sounds as if you are being thanked for coming to the party with your girlfriend but allowed to leave with someone else’s.

Here’s AT&T’s official statement on the matter:

Beginning Sunday, April 8, we will offer qualifying customers the ability to unlock their AT&T iPhones. The only requirements are that a customer’s account must be in good standing, their device cannot be associated with a current and active term commitment on an AT&T customer account, and they need to have fulfilled their contract term, upgraded under one of our upgrade policies or paid an early termination fee.

Hello Instagram welcome to Android

Finally after debuting on iOS devices Instagram makes its debut on Android devices.  Sure it has some bugs to work out but the Android Community is more than happy to voice them to the developer.  For those who don’t know about Instagram it is a hugely popular app that allows you to take a picture with custom filters applied to the photo to create unique and at times an old school look to your photo.  Then you can upload your photos to various websites and share them with your friends.  If you are sick of the Instagram effect on photos you are seeing everywhere, I am sad to report it won’t be getting any better anytime soon.  This thing is a monster that can’t be stopped.

Basically if your Android phone is running Android 2.2 or above you are good to go.  However Android Tablets are not compatible.  Maximum resolution support of 2,048 x 2,048 and the company assures us that the “exact same filters and algorithms are implemented in both iOS and Android”.  So both iOS and Android devices are equal in raw image quality.