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Today's Tech: The Google Glass publicity saga, Sky's Telefonica acquisitions, Pebble Smartwatch review

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Today's Tech: The Google Glass publicity saga, Sky's Telefonica acquisitions, Pebble Smartwatch review

Google has gone into overdrive in attempting to promote Google Glass in recent weeks, with co-founder Sergey Brin at the helm of the promotional effort. But not everyone agrees with Brin's claim earlier this week that smartphones are 'emasculating'. John C. Dvorak, who is no stranger to controversial opnions, described Brin's statement, and the whole Google Glass project, as merely a publicity stunt on behalf of the search giant. "At some point, can we suggest that Google Glass is possibly a hoax?" he asks. But while Dvorak is on the sceptical end of the spectrum, Desire Athow reminds us that Google has historically been more concerned with innovation than practicality and that it may be too soon to cast aspersions on the augmented reality glasses.

Today we discovered that BSkyB has agreed to acquire O2 and BE’s consumer broadband and telephony business from Spanish giant Telefónica, in a move that will see Sky become the UK’s second largest telecoms provider after BT. The deal means Sky will take on over half a million new customers, bringing it past Virgin Media in the broadband business stakes. Under the terms of the agreement, Sky will pay a consideration of £180 million to Telefónica UK for the consumer broadband with an extra amount, not surpassing £20 million, then payable depending on the success of customer migration from Telefónica. Current O2 and BE customers will automatically fall into Sky’s unbundled network.

After a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign that raised over $10 million (£6.6 million), and nearly a year spent working out the kinks of a grass-roots effort to bring a consumer product to market, the Pebble Smartwatch is finally here – and today we published our review of the wearable tech. Is it everything its creators boldly promised it would be? Yes and no. Follow the link to see what the Pebble watch has got right and what features don't quite hit the spot.

The teardown artists at iFixit have unscrewed, unglued, and reviewed plenty of tablets in recent years and this week, the site published a handy ranking of all of those devices by their repairability scores. How easy is it to pop the battery out of the Google Nexus 7 if you want to replace it? How many tiny screws are you going to have to deal with if you're set on disassembling the Barnes & Noble Nook Simple Touch? The site's repairablility rankings offer up a quick sketch of what you can expect from your tablet if you're the DIY type. While Dell's XPS 10 Windows RT tablet scored the highest, iFixit slammed Microsoft's Surface and most of Apple's iPad iterations for being difficult to fix. In fact, Microsoft's offering scored a 1 out of 10 - the lowest possible score.

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