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Yes, Google does want Glass users to scare you on the street

If there's one thing Google is trying to achieve with Google Glass, it's normality.

It wants you to believe that it's nothing special for someone to walk down the street wearing odd glasses, with a camera attached.

Why, it's even trying to make the glasses look less odd for prescription wearers (with limited success).

Here's a scenario, though. You're walking down the street. In the opposite direction walks a man wearing Google Glass. He is constantly shouting: "Bang! Bang!" … Read more

The 404 1,416: Where some developers just want to watch the world burn (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Verizon Wireless service now available in 35 New York City subway stations.

- Long-rumored Amazon console set for 2014 at sub-$300, says report.

- Nintendo President offers to take 50 percent paycut to atone for disappointing financial results.

- Is this real? Pittsburgh news claims cold weather drains smartphone battery life.

- Rumors point to a February 14 release date for Titanfall beta.… Read more

The 404 1,415: Where we watch you while you sleep (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Why one man watched every episode of "Law & Order" and took over 11,000 screenshots.

- Every fake URL on "Law & Order."

- Pebble Steel Review: The first smartwatch worth wearing.

- South Korea's online craze, "Watch me eat."Read more

Concept combines Pebble and Fitbit into an iWatch fantasy

The world is going wild for wearables (at least that's what we were told ad nauseam at CES this year). But as companies like Google, Samsung, Nike, and Pebble hone their pitches for ways we can strap their latest offerings to ourselves, Apple has remained deafeningly silent on the question of an iWatch or some other iWearable.

Such a vacuum is likely to get filled, not only with constant speculation, leaks, and rumors, but with the occasional concept rendering from a design pro like OpenKit's Todd Hamilton.… Read more

The 404 1,414: Where a podcast is just a story we tell ourselves (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- Google reportedly acquires AI company DeepMind for $400M.

- Here's how you can vastly increase the number of shows and movies viewable to you on Netflix.

- And who says eSports competitions aren't heated?

- The velociraptor cage from "Jurassic Park" is for sale on eBay.… Read more

Fund this: Charged-Card puts a mobile charger in your wallet

It happens to everyone: Your phone's battery runs dry right when you need to make an important call, answer an important e-mail, or see the crucial last few minutes of an episode of "Sherlock." And there's no outlet or charger nearby to give you that little bit of extra juice.

Enter Charged-Card, a mobile charger that's slim enough to slip in your wallet. It's an Indiegogo project with a goal of $6,000 in funding.… Read more

The 404 1,412: Where we game the system (podcast)

Leaked from today's 404 episode:

- How a math genius hacked OKCupid to find true love.

- Did the mathematician who hacked OKCupid violate federal computer laws?

- This is the most awkward feature on the Internet -- so why is it still around?

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Apple's original Mac can fetch $1,598 on eBay

When Apple released its first personal computer, the iconic Macintosh 128K, the price tag was a whopping $2,495. A steal at the time, really.

Since then, the Mac, like other Apple products, floated around eBay's marketplace, losing value as other personal computers took its place, according to eBay, which released a few sales stats to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Mac this week. It seems this computing artifact has been climbing in value lately, fetching an average sale price of $605 in 2004 to $1,598 this year. eBay said its sellers sold five of these models last year. … Read more