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Google goggles?

Posted: February 26, 2012 in fashion, Google, hardware, Rumor Rage
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If you were tuned into some recent technology news, you have probably heard of Google goggles. Rumors say, that Google is working on prototype glasses that would have a heads-up display and are compatible with features like GPS, web, weather, time, content, etc. This means that if you wear the glasses, you will see a small heads-up screen. This screen will probably be transparent and flexible and will replace the lenses or be implemented inside a layer of the lenses. On this screen you would see the web, GPS, and other things like that. This would be amazing if this were to really come out.

What about the ease of use and how to even use it. Rumors have it that you can control the interface with tilts of your head. If this were to happen, the glasses should be easily controlled without that much head movement. This would mean that the sensors would have to be really sensitive and accurate, but this could make control the interface harder too because of the sensitivity.

Also a big thing about the glasses is the GPS feature. Rumors say that the glasses will have geo-location technology and turn-by-turn GPS navigation. Imagine that when you’re walking around NYC.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is, is it stylish and fashionable. Well you don’t want to walk around with big and heavy glasses that look bulky and just not cool.

Google said that it won’t comment on any of the rumors about the glasses. This is really a challenging thing to design and test. How to make the user interface look good and actually work and how to fit all the guts and electronics inside the glasses, while keeping the design sleek and light.

Maybe we will never see these come out or we might as well will, but it’s all to come. What are your thoughts about it? You you actually want to wear these glasses? Will they actually help you? Will they harm your body because of the cellular radiation? Do you even care about this?

First off, what is a Hackintosh? Well a Hackintosh is a normal PC but with a modded or hacked version of Mac OS X  installed on it. Normally, you can’t install OS X on any PC (excluding Macs) without some sort of hacked boot-loader or kernel mods. A Hackintosh doesn’t have Apple’s hardware or components and is build inexpensively. It’s a cheap method of running OS X without buying a Mac.

I am not a fan of Hackintosh nor never built a Hackintosh before. It’s not because I don’t know how to do it but because I have respect for Apple’s EULA for OS X and in my opinion, it wouldn’t be very stable and it would support any drivers.

The most unwanted thing that could happen, is that Apple will sue you for not following and agreeing to the EULA but this could only happen if you sell OS X illegally. This happened when Psystar actually sold computers pre-designed to accept OS X as the main operating system. Apple’s won sued Psystar because of the EULA. Apple won and Psystar was permanent barred from selling the computers.

What if a normal person wants to try out OS X and installs it onto his computer. Let’s get this all into view. Basically you don’t own a copy of OS X, even if you bought it on a USB thumb drive, legally obtained from the Apple App Store (OS X Lion) or bought the DVD (Snow Leopard and previous editions). You still do not own OS X. It’s like Apple is renting you the software for life when your pay the license fee. When you purchase a Mac, you are also purchasing the licence for the operating system for that specific computer.

If you would like to read the OS X Lion EULA click this link:

http://images.apple.com/legal/sla/docs/macosx107.pdf

Here an excert from the EULA that states the licencing matter.

The Apple software (including Boot ROM code), any third party software, documentation, interfaces, content, fonts and any data accompanying this License whether preinstalled on Apple-branded hardware, on disk, in read only memory, on any other media or in any other form (collectively the “Apple Software”) are licensed, not sold, to you by Apple Inc. (“Apple”) for use only under the terms of this License. Apple and/or Apple’s licensors retain ownership of the Apple Software itself and reserve all rights not expressly granted to you.

Basically it is illegal to make and build a Hackintosh from the privacy of your own home. OS X sends usage statistics to Apple and Apple may or may not, catch you on a Hackintosh. Apple may or may not sue you but the chances are really slim to not get caught. Again I’m not saying that you should make a Hackintosh, just get a Mac already if you want to try out OS X. There nothing to lose. OS X is a really good operating system, just like Windows. You just cannot really compare them both. If Apple were to sue you, you will never win, because they have the EULA and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to back them up. Some might way that Apple is wrong but it’s Apple, they do what they want to do.

Take Microsoft and Windows for example, they don’t make the hardware and computers to run Windows. They only licence the software for it to run on a PC.

Always remember that you don’t own a copy of OS X even if you buy it or if it came with your computer. Running OS X on a PC is a violation, it is legally made to run on Macs and it need to run on Macs. OS X is only intended to run on Apple hardware and platforms. Again the chances of being caught are really, really slim.