Weekly News Round-up: What You May Have Missed in the World of Android

We’re just a few short days away from Google I/O, where we’re hopefully going to hear more about the possible merger of Android and Chrome. Google I/O will happen in San Francisco on May 15-17. Still want to attend? Too bad. I/O 2013 sold out quickly.

  • California personal injury lawyer, Mitch Jackson posted this great hypothetical on how trial lawyers will use Google Glass for jury trials.
  • In more about the possibilities of Google Glass, Googler, Steven Lau says, “we intentionally left the device unlocked so you guys could hack it and do crazy fun sh*t with it.  I mean, FFS, you paid $1500 for it… go to town on it.  Show me something cool.”
  • Google appears poised to release a Google Glass-like watch, affectionately called “the Smartwatch.”
  • If you’re an Instagram user, the newest update to the Android app allows you to tag photos. Tagging’s cool, so now Instagram app has it, I guess.
  • Here’s a cool hack for your Nintendo Wii that turns the fit board into a scale.
  • Paul Miller took a year off from the internet. He writes about his experience here. Paul has some interesting insights on living away from the wires and wireless.
  • I love connecting my Gmail with Google Calendar, especially since you can add events directly to Calendar from Gmail.
  • I’m using Google Keep on my phone, tablet, Chromebook, and now my desktop. Google Keep won’t replace Evernote for most users, but I like the program.
  • The Electronic Frontier Foundation released its annual “Who Has Your Back?” report for 2013. Verizon does nothing to help protect your privacy and data from the government, while Twitter and Sonic.net received superior commendations for public access to government requests.
  • The Pentagon will (hopefully) soon use Samsung devices to send and receive internal emails.
  • Here’s a story about Jeff Dean, who is one of the key minds behind the development of Google Now.
  • Microsoft hopes that you’re going to jump from Android to Windows Phone, so MS released the “Switch to Windows Phone” app. No thanks.
  • And just as I got into the Chromebook game, ASUS and Acer both announced new Chromebooks slated for release toward the end of 2013.
  • Keep your eyes on November 12. That’s the scheduled start date for the damages retrial in the Apple v. Samsung debacle. Groklaw has more.
  • Futurelawyer reminded me of why I love Gmail with this post on condensed replies in email messages.
  • Wondering when you’re going to be able to grab a Galaxy S4? Here’s a pricing and release date list for all the carriers.
  • And finally, because its been one of those weeks:

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