Google Glass Now Available to All, No Invitation Needed

If you're among those who have been hoping to get your hands on Google Glass, but could never score an invite or missed the one-day sale, we have good news: Glass is now available to all. Google announced on Tuesday night that it is finally opening the door to any Glass fan who has been waiting to score the device, according to a post on its Google+ page. See also: Finally, a Real Business Use for Google Glass "We learned a lot when we opened our site a few weeks ago, so we’ve decided to move to a more open beta," reads the statement from the Google Glass team. "We’re still in the Explorer Program while we continue to improve our hardware and software, but starting today, anyone in the U.S. can buy the Glass Explorer Edition, as long as we have it on hand." Read more...More about Google, Tech, Apps Software, Dev Design, and...

Who Is the Average Gmail User?

Gmail, the popular email service hosted by Google, turns 10 years old on Tuesday. By 2012, it reached 425 million active global users, making it today's most in-demand email service. And it's only climbing upward, now estimated to have more than 500 million active accounts. But who is the average Gmail user? See also: 6 Tips for Sorting Your Gmail Contacts Google will occasionally share background data, but does not share specific statistics about its users (when reached by Mashable, Google reps declined to share metric data, or say why they release data so infrequently). With information culled from email analytics companies such as Litmus and MailChimp, and data company Statista, we put together a rundown of who the average Gmail user is. Read more...More about Google, Email, Gmail, Features, and...

Google’s Project Tango: Old Ideas, New Packaging

It’s fun to watch everyone gushing about and heaping praise on Google's Project Tango, the world’s first 3D-mapping smartphone. The phone looks so unusual and the images it displays are otherworldly. Personally, I’m not that impressed — yet. See also: 20 Searches Made Ridiculous by Google Autocomplete As soon as I saw Google's video (below), I recognized the familiar look of the 3D mesh mapping system, most likely based on infrared or near infrared image capture technology. The Tango video even shows off the board responsible for the 3D image capture. It reminded me of the pencil-thin Capri 3D sensor I saw at CES in 2013. It’s not the same board, mind you. Capri came from PrimeSense, the company also responsible for Microsoft’s early Kinect sensor tech and now owned by Apple, which pretty much rules out a collaboration with Google. Read more...More about Google, 3d Map, Op Ed, Tech, and Dev...