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Tech Talk: Google Glass gets a style upgrade with new frames, prescription lenses

by Doug Delony / KHOU 11 News

Posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 29 at 12:36 PM

Google Glass finally goes to the eye doctor. Also, rumors are coming out about Samsung's latest smartphone -- the S5. This and more in today's Tech Talk.

== $9.84 credit card charge could be indicator of fraud ==
(AP) -- If you see a $9.84 charge on your credit card statement, you should give it a hard look. The Better Business Bureau says scammers are charging stolen credit card numbers for a small amount of money, and many recent victims were charged $9.84. The scammers believe few cardholders will review purchases involving such small amounts -- and that credit card companies won't aggressively investigate them, either, the bureau says.

== Samsung prepping to release the Galaxy S5 ==
It's not the Apple iPhone 5S -- it's the Samsung Galaxy S5. And rumors are that Samsung will take a page from Apple and include a fingerprint scanner in the latest of its successful line of Galaxy smartphones. According to KGI Research, two variants of the Android-powered S5 will be released in the coming months. Some suggest one model will be plastic while the other with have a metal casing. Either way, we can expect it to have a faster processor and more RAM than its predecessor, which of course is the S4.

== Google hopes designer frames will sharpen Glass ==
(AP) -- Google Glass is getting glasses. The computerized, Internet-connected goggles don't actually come with lenses in its frame. On Tuesday, Google started offering an optional attachment for prescription lenses and new styles of detachable sunglasses. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year. Currently, Glass (at a cost of $1,500) is available only to the tens of thousands of people who are testing and creating apps for it. Google says some insurance plans may cover the cost of the frames. VSP, which covers 64 million people in the U.S., will also provide coverage for the frames and prescription lenses as part of its partnership with Google. VSP's typical allowances for frames can range from $80 to $160.

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