Google Glass Store Reportedly Being Built On A Barge In San Francisco Bay

Google Glass Store Reportedly Being Built On A Barge In San Francisco Bay

Here’s a crazy news. Apparently our favorite internet search giant is building a Google Glass Store in San Francisco Bay, this according to KPIX which claims that it has learnt that Google is building a “floating marketing center” just to promote its wearable gadget. Only recently a rather mysterious barge was spotted moored to Treasure Island, San Francisco. There’s a large structure built on top of the barge that’s raising obvious questions. CNET weighed in as well, voicing the possibility that perhaps its a new data center for Google. But doesn’t a “floating marketing center” have a better ring to it?

KPIX further claims that Google will actually tow the completed structure from Treasure Island to SFO’s Fort Mason, there the barge will reportedly be anchored and the facility opened to the public. Apparently construction has been stopped since Google doesn’t have a permit. A BCDC, that’s the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, official is quoted as saying that discussions with Google have been held on “hypothetical operations” on the water, but it hasn’t clarified exactly what it intends to use the facility for. The director of the commission is quoted as saying that to warrant a permit, Google will have to satisfy them that what it is building can’t be built on land. A project like this would obviously be heavily funded, and if a permit fails to come through, Google might end up losing a substantial amount of money. Google itself hasn’t commented on this report, it hasn’t acknowledged that it has anything to do with this barge structure or that it is indeed building a “floating marketing center” for Google Glass, which by the way, isn’t due until 2014.

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    Samsung Galaxy Gear Reportedly Has 30 Percent Return Rate

    Samsung Galaxy Gear Reportedly Has 30 Percent Return Rate

    Back in September, Samsung unveiled its much rumored smartwatch, the Galaxy Gear. Up till now the device has only been compatible with two Samsung products, both of which were announced alongside it. The Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab 10.1 2014 currently support Galaxy Gear, but Samsung is going to add support to S3, S4, S4 Active and Note 2 through a software update that rolls out in the near future. Apparently customer returns of the Galaxy Gear particularly at Best Buy are climbing, trending above 30 percent.

    A memo, apparently meant for Samsung employees working at the Samsung Experience Stores within Best Buy retail locations, has leaked which reveals the over 30 percent return rate of the Galaxy Gear. Apparently the memo asks employees to weigh in their opinions as to why the return rates are so high. Does this mean that despite the initial reviews, the device isn’t doing as well with the customers as Samsung would have hoped? The company has marketed it as a companion to its high-end smartphones and tablet, and it is already rumored to be working on a Galaxy Gear successor. Is the smartwatch bubble bursting already or does Samsung really need to improve upon its existing wearable gadget? Time will tell.

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    Xiaomi Denies Smartwatch Claims

    Xiaomi Denies Smartwatch Claims

    It was rumored recently that perhaps Xiaomi was building a smartwatch of its own. Xiaomi, often referred to as the Apple of China, has never actually confirmed that it is working on such a product. As per the rumor, the company’s smartwatch would have been priced significantly lower than existing smartwatches, and that it was likely to run on the same MIUI interface that has been found on a number of Xiaomi devices in the past. The company has now officially denied claims that it is building a smartwatch.

    The denial comes from Xiaomi co-founder Liwan Jiang, who says that at this point in time, the company is going to focus on its smartphone and TV business. He didn’t flat-out deny the possibility that a smartwatch might be developed somewhere down the line, but it appears that the company has no immediate plans of jumping on the smartwatch bandwagon. Only recently Xiaomi launched a new smartphone as well as a 3D smart TV, the company has seen considerable success in those markets. Its smartphones are some of the best selling devices in China, though the company is yet to make its mark on the international market. It has hired ex-Google executive Hugo Barra to lead its expansion in international markets, perhaps Xiaomi first wants to expand its global presence before diversifying its product portfolio.

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