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Google Glass is adding Meet so remote supervisors can see through field workers’ eyes

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You probably haven’t thought about Google Glass in a while, but the Enterprise Edition of its heads-up display is getting a neat new trick: it’ll be able to use Google Meet (formerly Hangouts Meet) to let remote supervisors see through the eyes of their workers in the field and help them complete tasks with live chat.

It’s an idea Microsoft has been pursuing since the very first HoloLens demos, where it walked us through the process of fixing a light switch via a Skype video call. But Microsoft has since discontinued its Skype for HoloLens app. Instead, it charges between $20 and $65 per user per month for access to its newer Dynamics 365 Remote Assist program. (See the video below.)

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In its official blog post, Google says the new Meet functionality is only for paying Google Workspace (formerly G Suite) customers, and even they will need to apply for the beta as of now, despite the fact that Google opened up direct sales of the Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 in February. I suppose you could just point your phone with Google Meet at your work, but then you wouldn’t be hands-free.

An illustration of what Google Meet should look like in Glass, showing a small semi-transparent image of a video chat overlayed atop a picture of the inside of a data center.
An illustration of what Google Meet should look like. Google says it dogfooded the app in its own data centers.
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Both Microsoft and Google already have a variety of enterprise customers for their headsets. One notable early win for Google was Boeing, which used it to help build airplanes by augmenting the PDF assembly guides they had to view on laptop screens.

Google has been pushing Meet a lot since the COVID-19 pandemic hit, which makes sense given the rise of rival teleconferencing platforms like Zoom and Microsoft Teams. The company recently shoehorned the video chat platform into Gmail, rolled out its own Meet conference room hardware bundles, and added group calls to its Nest smart displays.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Charcoal) | $200 | Best Buy

Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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This 55″ 4K TCL Smart TV Hangs on Your Wall for $200

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TCL 55″ S434 4K Smart TV | $200 | Best Buy

Best Buy has an insane deal going for a brand new 55″ 4K TCL smart TV. It’s the S434, which is pretty baseline for TCL’s lineup, but at just $200, there’s little to complain about. TCL’s panels are plenty sharp and accurate, and with this set, you’ll get HDR10 compliance for enhanced color and brightness in supported games and video content. This model has Android TV onboard for all your app needs, and with an included voice remote, all your favorite content is just a shout away with the help of Google Assistant.

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