Adam Berry/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A mystery Google product described in a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission could very well be the next iteration of Google Glass.
It's no secret Google's team has been back at the drawing board to come up with Google Glass 2.0 and the new filing first spotted by Droid Life seems to point to mystery product that could be another version of Glass.
Called "GG1," it's unclear whether the product is a wearable, although the FCC filings indicate the product will be equipped with Bluetooth LE and support 5G Wi-Fi. It will be powered by rechargeable batteries and be able to transfer data to a computer via a USB cable.
First available in April 2013 to people who qualified for Google's "Explorer" program, Glass went on sale to the public in May 2014. Google announced in January it would cease sales of Glass to individual consumers for the time being.
"Glass was in its infancy, and you took those very first steps and taught us how to walk. Well, we still have some work to do, but now we're ready to put on our big kid shoes and learn how to run," the Glass team said in a blog post.
The company has continued to sell its Glass at Work devices, which have been used everywhere from at sporting events to in operating rooms.
Glass was moved earlier this year from the Google X research lab to a separate group, reporting to Tony Fadell, the CEO of Nest Labs, which the technology giant acquired last year for $3.2 billion.
Google said the plan is for the group to "build for the future," and promised new versions of Glass will be available down the line.
iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Following the Greek people's majority rejection of creditors' terms for austerity and the resignation of the country's finance minister, Greece's future in the European Union is more tenuous than ever.
"At this point, the pressure is on [Prime minister Alex Tsipras] to come up with a plan to stay in the euro, but time is running out," Lindsey Piegza, chief economist with Stiefel, wrote in a note to investors Monday.
Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, 54, resigned Sunday, which many, including Tsipras, view as a stepping stone to further negotiations with creditors.
Here's what's next for Greece: 1. Who is next finance minister?
Varoufakis, an economist, announced his resignation on his blog under the title "Minister No More!"
"Soon after the announcement of the referendum results, I was made aware of a certain preference by some Eurogroup participants, and assorted ‘partners’, for my… ‘absence’ from its meetings; an idea that the Prime Minister judged to be potentially helpful to him in reaching an agreement," he wrote. "For this reason I am leaving the Ministry of Finance today."
Varoufakis didn't state who would fill his shoes in the meantime, nor how the next finance minister would be selected. The former economics professor was elected in January with the Syriza party.
"The departure of controversial Greek finance minister Varoufakis has created some optimism that the climate has improved and that there might be a deal," said Rice University economist Ted Loch-Temzelides. 2. European leaders scramble
Deputy finance ministers from the Eurozone will meet today, as leaders frantically schedule this and other last-minute meetings. The Eurozone monetary union includes 19 of the 28 European Union member states that have adopted the euro as their currency.
Eurozone leaders are scheduled to meet on Tuesday for an emergency summit to discuss the result of the referendum. But before then, German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be meeting French President François Hollande tonight.
"This meeting will be crucial," said Loch-Temzelides of Merkel's meeting. "There are some differences between France and Germany, with France eager to adopt a more flexible stance in order to get a deal. The fact that finance ministers are not meeting prior to these meetings increases the chances of a breakthrough. The two sides were already close prior to the referendum."
The Eurogroup, which is comprised of the ministers of the euro area member states, will also meet on Tuesday. 3. ECB debt deadline
While Greece failed to meet the IMF's deadline of paying 1.5 billion euros last month, the bigger deadline is to pay the European Central Bank 3.5 billion euros by July 20. It's still possible the two sides could reach an agreement ahead of that deadline. If there's a sovereign default, the Greek banks could be ruled insolvent.
"The ECB will then stop the lifeline to Greek banks, leading to a collapse of the banking system in Greece," Loch-Temzelides said. "Banks will need to be nationalized and a new currency will be introduced. This would be a catastrophic scenario for Greece."
Loch-Temzelides predicts that there is a more than 50 percent chance that the beginnings of a deal will emerge prior to this deadline and allow for a new bailout package that will avoid this scenario. 4. No more cash in ATMs
Greek banks could run out of cash by the coming weekend, Loch-Temzelides said.
"This would force Greece to issue IOUs, thus, making a big step towards leaving the euro," he said.
Varoufakis told ABC News' "This Week" before Sunday's referendum that banks are running out of money through a "politically engineered liquidity crisis."
"The European Central Bank got its margin orders from the Euro group, from our negotiating partners, to switch off liquidity. And this is why there -- there is no money in the banks. The moment we have an agreement with our partners in the Euro group, the liquidity will be switched on again," he said.
ABC News(NEW YORK) — It’s been a busy year for Oreo: Red Velvet and S’Mores flavors debuted, with much speculation of what’s coming next.
Well, the wait is over, because as of Tuesday, there’s a brand new version hitting shelves: Oreo Thins.
These new and improved cookie sandwiches are identical to their bulkier older brother, but they’ve been on a strict workout plan to lose a whopping 7 calories and 4 millimeters in thickness.
Here’s how these skinnier snacks stack up to the original: Size
The original Oreo is 1 3/4 inches wide and 9 millimeters thick, while an Oreo Thin is 1 7/8 inches wide and 5 millimeters thick. Twistability
You can twist the Oreo Thin, but three out of every four cracked when we tried — unlike the original, which as we all know, usually separates with ease. Dunkability
Dunk away to your heart’s content, but the Oreo Thin will need a little more time than the original to saturate with milk. The original softens at 19 seconds, while the Oreo Thin takes 37 seconds to soak. Nutrition
The original Oreo is 42 calories each, while the Oreo Thin is 35 calories each. Taste
Throwing journalistic objectivity out the window, this writer much prefers the Oreo Thins. They’re crispier and more chocolaty because of a higher cookie to cream ratio. One ABC News editor noted, though, that they’re a lot more fragile than the original, and many in the package were already broken upon arrival.
Oreo Thins come in original, golden and mint flavors and are a permanent addition to the Oreo roster.
Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Burt Shavitz, co-founder of Burt's Bees, has died at the age of 80.
The company posted to its Facebook page saying that Shavitz "has left for greener fields and wilder woods." The company described its leader as "a bearded, free-spirited Maine man, a beekeeper, a wisecracker, a lover of golden retrievers and his land."
The North Carolina-based personal care company was founded in 1984 and was purchased by Clorox for $925 million in 2007.
icholakov/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Southwest Airlines reached an agreement with its flight attendants this past week to increase their wages and extend the current contract through May 2019.
According to a press release from the airline, flight attendants will also get bonus opportunities and work-rule adjustments in addition to higher wages. "I applaud the efforts of everyone who worked so hard to craft an agreement that rewards our Flight Attendants for their excellence," Southwest Executive Vice President and COO Mike Van de Ven said in a statement.
The union that represents the airline's flight attendants will be presented with the details of the agreement in the coming weeks. A vote will be held to ratify the new rules.
Ren You, 29, has offered $10,000 to anyone who can find him a long-term girlfriend.(Courtesy Ren You)(BIRMINGHAM, Ala.) -- Ren You is a 29-year-old with a Harvard MBA and a job at a private equity firm. He is also someone who does not like to be inefficient and does not want to miss out on opportunities. Those two character traits led You to develop a novel way to find love.
The Birmingham, Alabama, resident is offering $10,000 to anyone who can find him a girlfriend of six months or more. He is accepting applications now on his website, DateRen.com.
“I’ve done dating websites and I’ve met people through friends,” You told ABC News. “I’m sure if I stuck with those ways that, down the road a few years, maybe I’d find someone, but that seems very time consuming and not efficient.”
“I don’t know if this is an improvement,” he said of DateRen.com. “But it’s something new so I thought I’d give it a shot.”
Ren says he is consumed by 12-hour days at work, leaving little time for dating and even less time for fun and relaxation, “the bottom tier items” that “usually get cut.”
“Look at it this way: if you work 12 hours/day, how would you want to spend the few waking hours you have left?,” You explains on DateRen.com. “Probably not standing around in a bar with your fingers crossed. This is way more fun for me.”
The University of Virginia alumni says he received a handful of submission after launching the website earlier this week but now has around 400 potential dates in his inbox thanks to media coverage from around the world.
“Apparently it got picked up by a news outlet in China so I’ve gotten bombarded with a lot of mothers recommending their daughters, which is a new thing ,” You said. “One mom linked to her daughter’s Rhodes Scholar write-up.”
You says his own mom is supportive of his unique approach to love, as is his dad.
“They’re’ a little bit a-typical as far as Chinese parents go,” he said. "They’re relatively hands-off and no pressure to get married. Whatever I’m doing is of my own volition.”
You also ran the idea by his coworkers and his bosses before putting himself in the spotlight.
“They’re pretty open-minded and they thought it was hilarious and a creative idea,” he said. “So when this surprisingly got picked up and got back to them, it wasn’t a shock.”
You had been replying to each submission individually because he knows, “how crappy it feels to not get a reply on a dating website,” but now is weeding through to reply yes or no to the most thoughtfully-written messages, and may hire an intern to sort through them all.
The replies so far are about half from women nominating themselves, and half from friends, or moms, recommending someone. To You’s surprise, many of the entries have said they would not take the $10,000 should their nominee find love with You.
“They’ll say, ‘I just want this person to meet a good guy…I don’t care about the reward,’” You said. “I’m happy to pay if it works out because it’s a small amount of money for a big reward, but if someone preemptively says no, then it gives me some comfort that they just think I’m a pretty good dude.”
“The $10,000 offer made me come off rich but my family is very middle-class,” he added. “I did a lot of stuff for my parents after I graduated, of transferring their credit card debt, helping pay off loans, buying them a house…they know I have things under control. “
Instead of listing his most desirable qualities or what he wants in a woman, You says he just wants everyone to know he is a very normal guy who has taken an abnormal approach to hopefully finding love.
You also has an answer for those wondering if he could be defrauded by a girl who breaks up with him the day after their six-month anniversary.
“I think given the six months, I’ll be able to tell if you’re a fraud because that’s a long time to be my girlfriend and spend time with me,” You said. "If two people are going to split the $10,000 and one work basically to spend time with me, it’s a lot of time over six months.”
“If you do the math, I’m not sure who is willing to do this in lieu of a minimum wage job when you could probably make more in the job,” he said.
iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) -- Will Greece run out of cash? A vote on Sunday will decide.
Millions in Greece are struggling as they try to deal with high unemployment and limits on ATM withdrawals. A vote Sunday will allow Greek voters to decide whether or not Greece should accept an international bailout plan after months of talks.
The plan has austerity restrictions in exchange for aid, but many voters find the plan confusing.
"If you read the ballot, nobody can understand it," said Secretary General of the Greek Chamber of Commerce Nikos Sofianos. "I hold a master's degree from the London School of Economics and I don't understand it."
Sofianos also said the plan has the country "divided" as many opinion polls show a nearly even split for both "yes" and "no" votes.
Steve Snowden/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Carmelo Mercado, a retired New York firefighter who sacrificed his health as a 9/11 responder, is now getting something back from New York, through the form of a lottery ticket.
The 63-year-old father, who lives in Orange County, New York, started buying scratch-off tickets when he retired from the fire department 11 years ago, he told ABC News Saturday. He usually buys a few tickets a week.
"My mother always told me... life here in America is expensive, especially in New York; play lotto," Mercado said.
He usually doesn't play on Sundays, he said, but he bought two tickets May 17 in Sunnyside, Queens.
When he got into his van, he started scratching from left to right, and found he had a winning ticket for $5 million.
"I got confused. My mind became blank," Mercado said.
"I had to verify it because it could have been a printing error. I went back to the store and I verified it with the machine and sure enough, it said 'See New York state lottery officials.'"
And Mercado certainly has a loyalty to New York. He worked at a firehouse in Queens, including the morning of September 11, 2001.
"That morning ... when the first plane hit ... you thought it was an accident, a pilot made an error," he said Saturday. "But when the second one hit, there was no error. On the intercom there was a fireman who was trapped on a fire truck. He was about to cry. He said, 'Please come and help me.' When we heard those words ... we rushed down there.
"When I rushed there ... I saw grown firemen hugging each other and crying. And when I saw that, I said, 'This is bad,'" he said.
"As a fireman from 9/11, I inherited injuries, illnesses," he said, which led him to retire a few years later.
Now, with his new winnings, Mercado said he'll get to keep about $3.3 million, which will first go toward paying off a mortgage "hanging over my head," as well as other bills.
But he said he wants most of the money to go to his children. Mercado, a father of four, has three children in their 30s, and his oldest daughter has a son of her own.
He also has a daughter who is 10. Every August he takes her to Disney World, he said, and now Mercado may even buy a house in Florida for his children and grandson to enjoy.
"This time around I might buy something permanent," he said. "Hopefully, she [the 10-year-old] will still want to go Disney World when she's 18.
"Once I pay my house off, that's my main priority. ... The rest, I'll feel good that I put something away for them," he said.
Mercado added he now plans to "just enjoy the summer" with his young daughter.
A representative for the New York Gaming Commission did not immediately respond to ABC News' request for comment.
ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Oh, say can you see ... a giant American flag made from LEGOs?
It’s the largest of its kind, constructed from over 100,000 LEGO bricks.
Earlier this week in Washington, D.C., children and their families lined up to help build the flag at the National Museum of American History. The Smithsonian Institution, which includes the museum, and LEGO partnered to set a record ahead of Independence Day.
The thousands of bricks were stacked together to build the giant stars and stripes. The father-son team of Dan and Chris Steininger, who are LEGO “master builders,” designed the flag back at LEGO headquarters.
“This is massive but it’s a pretty simple pattern to follow,” Dan Steininger said. They brought their plan to life with the help of kids who put together bricks that were used for the final product.
A total of six master builder teams travel around the world to put together projects for LEGO. Dan and Chris are the only father-son duo. Dan said he began to build LEGO projects when he would bring home LEGOs for his son for the holidays. He has a background in sculpting and said he realized “what a sweet medium LEGOs are.” This hobby morphed into a 26-year career that he now shares with his son.
The record-breaking flag project was also meant to highlight the opening of the museum’s new innovation wing, a 45,000-square-foot interactive learning space. The wing features exhibitions on the history of American business, “hot spots” of invention and the National Numismatics Collection -- a showcase of coins and currency.
rypson/iStock Editorial/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- JetBlue is taking advantage of the thawing tensions between the U.S. and Cuba.
In a press release out Friday, JetBlue announced they had operated their first charter flights between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport.
The flights make JetBlue the first major airline to operate between the U.S. and Cuba since travel restrictions started easing months ago.
“As interest in Cuban markets grows, JetBlue is positioning itself as a leading carrier to the island nation by operating more convenient flight options than ever," said Scott Laurence, senior vice president airline planning at JetBlue, in the release.
In May, JetBlue announced they would be offering the charter service shortly after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, JetBlue Chief Executive Officer Robin Hayes, and other New York business leaders went on a trade mission trip to Cuba to discuss connecting New York businesses with Cuba.
ehaurylik/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- When it comes to burgers, everybody's got one. An opinion that is.
But some voices are louder than others and TripAdvisor, which bills itself as the world's largest travel site, has announced the nation's 10 best burger restaurants, based on millions of reviews.
Featured restaurants have a minimum of 100 reviews and 10 or fewer locations.
And if your summer road trips take you anywhere within 100 miles of Greensboro, North Carolina, you'll want to factor in a bite at Hops Burger Bar, named the No. 1 burger restaurant in the nation.
1. Hops Burger Bar -- Greensboro, North Carolina
"Serving premium Angus burgers on buttery brioche buns, this popular eatery pairs each patty with a side of crispy fries salted to perfection. Guests can choose from a variety of burger options including the Hops Classic, or the Hawaiian topped with sweet and spicy chili sauce, blue cheese and grilled pineapple," TripAdvisor said. One comment reads: "Best burgers in Greensboro and beyond! If you like a thick and juicy burger, then this is the place for you." 2. Black Hills Burger and Bun Co. -- Custer, South Dakota
"This small, family-run establishment serves up big taste with its homemade burgers and buns," TripAdvisor said. "Guests rave about the 'Fat Smitty,' a premium cut patty piled high with delectable toppings including a fried egg, bacon, and tangy garlic aioli." A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “Possibly the best burger restaurant I’ve been to. The food is always freshly cooked, tasty, satisfying and they have lots of options.”
3. Nic’s Grill -- Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"Known for its piquant patties smothered with flavorful accouterments, this burger haven frequently has a line that extends out the door," the site said. "Reviewers rave about the famed Onion Burger that is perfectly grilled and served with fresh and savory curly fries." Reads one review, “One of Oklahoma's iconic meal experiences. The food, the smell and the ambiance grab you by your taste buds!”
4. Billy Bob Dairyland -- Branson, Missouri
"Decorated in 1950s décor, this retro American diner prides itself on its half-pound juicy burgers and creamy malt milkshakes," according to TripAdvisor. "Guests can devour a succulent single or double stack while enjoying classic tunes from the jukebox."
A TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, “The best ‘mom and pop’ place in town. Fresh large homemade burgers and shakes with lots of sides to choose from.”
5. Stock and Barrel -- Knoxville, Tennessee
"The Stock and Barrel is lauded for its fresh, locally-sourced ingredients used to create its mouthwatering meals," the site said. "Travelers can choose from traditional beef patties, or opt for a smoked salmon, turkey or black bean quinoa burger." A TripAdvisor reviewer noted, “The burger was cooked perfectly with high-quality meat. The toppings and seasonings were delicious and not so overpowering that you lose the taste of the hamburger.” 6. Coyote Bluff Café -- Amarillo, Texas
"This quaint saloon-style hotspot boasts a menu of hearty 'Prairie Patties' made with lean ground beef and a variety of buns," according to the site. "Spicy food fans can test their taste buds with the “Burger from Hell,” smothered with sautéed jalapeños, Coyote Hell Sauce, and Tabasco." One review noted, “They have the most delicious burgers you could ever taste. The portions are large and the atmosphere is wonderful -- everyone is so friendly. It may be small, but leaves a big impression.”
7. MELT Gourmet Cheeseburgers -- Leesburg, Virginia
"This distinguished burger bistro crafts its own patties using all natural Angus beef," said TripAdvisor. "Diners also recommend the golden French fries, sea-salted onion rings and stout beer milkshakes." A TripAdvisor reviewer wrote, “They have traditional and gourmet burgers. I had a lamb burger which was absolutely amazing! The hamburgers are humongous. And the taste, well let's just say you need to try one.”
8. Village Burger -- Waimea, Hawaii
"Using local sourced ingredients, this island gem embodies the spirit of aloha by proudly supporting its community," according to TripAdvisor. "Their signature patties are made with select cuts of fresh chuck and brisket and can be topped with a variety of fixings including fresh avocado and Ahualoa chipotle goat cheese." One review noted, “Everything is grown right here on the island. Their beef is amazingly fresh and absolutely delicious. I recommend you try this place – you won't be disappointed!” 9. Brook’s Gourmet Burgers and Dogs -- Naples, Florida
"Offering more than 15 gourmet creations including the “Fig and F.I.N.E” burger paired with buttered onions, fig jam and goat cheese, and the 'Donut,' a patty served between two sweet glazed rings, this Sunshine State eatery is anything but ordinary," said the site. A TripAdvisor reviewer commented, “One of the best kept secrets in Naples. No question they offer an amazing choice of delicious and juicy burgers. The staff is as wonderful as their food.”
10. MacPhail’s Burgers -- Jackson, Wyoming
"Set against the majestic Teton mountain range, this rustic restaurant serves authentic tastes of the Old West," said TripAdvisor. "Travelers are invited to dine upon a grass-fed Angus burger or a succulent buffalo patty; each made daily to ensure savory satisfaction. One review stated: “We ordered the Buffalo Meal and it was wonderful; an excellent value. Everything was fresh and the sweet potatoes fries were outstanding."
Photo by Carlos Osorio/Toronto Star via Getty Images(NEW YORK) – If you’re looking for cat pictures, trying to find the latest movie news, or if you’re just avoiding your family this weekend by browsing Reddit, you may have a hard time.
Social media website Reddit is on a virtual lockdown after the sudden firing of an employee.
Victoria Taylor was the former director of talent who oversaw celebrity interviews on the popular “Ask Me Anything” sub-reddit. Taylor helped facilitate many successful interviews on the site and was a favorite administrator for many of the users.
In protest of the firing, many moderators of sub-reddits set their pages to “private” so users would not be able to see any content. The “Ask Me Anything” subreddit was also set to private for a period of time.
“We all had the rug ripped out from under us and feel betrayed,” said one moderator on Reddit.
Reddit hasn't said much about the dismissal except they do not talk about “individual employee matters.”
hd3dsh/iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Let’s face it -- grilling ain’t no picnic.
Cooking anything over high heat in front of all your family and friends is stressful, and the inexperienced are prone to make mistakes.
In fact, you’re probably bound to make one of these three most common blunders, according to the Kansas City Barbeque Society’s survey of more than 4,000 of its members of their most made mistakes.
If even the experts are screwing up, you shouldn’t feel embarrassed if it happens to you. What would help, though, is being armed with info on how to fix the fallout.
ABC News spoke with Mike Peters, president of the Kansas City Barbeque Society and award-winning barbecue champion about his best advice for battling the top three grilling gaffes. With these tips you can go forth and grill with confidence.
Mistake #1: Forgetting to Season or Marinade the Meat
“Life is too busy and we tend to forget things. McCormick’s five-minute marinade [technique] is fantastic,” Peters told ABC News. “Just throw some chicken breasts or whatever in a plastic bag, add marinade, squeeze out the air and massage for five minutes. You can see that marinade and flavor going right into that piece of meat. It works out really nice.”
Mistake #2: Mishandling the Meat
“Don’t overpress your burger patties. You don’t have to do that. It doesn’t have to be a rock going onto the grill -- that’s what frozen burgers are for,” Peters said. “Gently mix a wet or dry rub in with the meat; that way you get flavor on every bite.”
Mistake #3: Grilling on Too High of Heat
“As the Kansas City Barbeque Society, we like doing thing slow and slow. We use the reverse sear method. Grilling over high heat cooks it hot from the outside in and it overcooks the outside,” Peters explained. “Instead, slowly cook the inside over indirect heat, get it up to temp and then turn up the heat and char the outside. You save more flavor and natural juiciness of meat that way.”
“Especially with pork and chicken that are low fat, you don’t want to put it on high heat because you’ll ruin a nice piece of meat that could be a nice flavorful dinner,” he said. “Chicken breasts typically take 20 to 25 minutes at 250 to 275 degrees over indirect heat. The last five minutes or so, crank it up to high heat for about three to four minutes per side for a nice char on the outside. It does take a little longer but that gives you plenty of time to enjoy company with friends and family.”
iStock/Thinkstock(ATHENS, Greece) – Greece is running out of cash, fast.
Banks are shut down in Greece, limits have been imposed on ATMs, and according to the head of the Greek Banks Union, there may be no money in ATMs on Monday morning.
Greeks will vote on Sunday whether or not they support more international loans from creditors. A “yes” vote for the referendum could mean the extension of additional credit from the European Central Bank. A “no” vote could mean no more cash for Greece.
Prime Minister of Greece Alexis Tsipras said in a TV address that a “no” vote would make creditors come up with a better deal, but according to The Wall Street Journal, an opinion poll for Ethnos shows a nearly even split with a slight favor towards the “yes.”