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Access to Google’s Glass headsets is still limited to a lucky few, but that’s more than enough to include several curious coders. Some have had success identifying the hardware contained within, but others are focusing on the software. Cydia founder Jay Freeman posted the above image on Twitter this afternoon to show that he had gained root access on his unit, telling Forbes he relied upon a well-known Android 4.0.4 exploit to take control of its OS. The bad news? He hasn’t been able to use it much yet, since the Explorer edition isn’t quite ready for prescription glasses wearers. For now, the question of whether the same technique will work on eventual retail versions remains unanswered, as well as what it’s actually going to be useful for. Steven Troughton-Smith suggests developers can use it to try out more complicated apps than Google currently allows, including always-on heads-up displays or camera apps. Overcoming any remote deactivation Google may try to enforce or loading your own unauthorized apps are also definite possibilities, though we’re sure others will surface soon.
Dr. James Andrews surgically repaired Jake Long‘s torn left triceps this winter, and the Dolphins left tackle says his best years of football are ahead of him as he enters free agency.
The No. 1 overall pick of the 2008 draft won’t say if he’s optimistic those years will be spent in Miami.
“You’ve got to talk to my agent about that one,” Long told Robert Klemko of USA Today. “That’s the business side. I just worry about the football. I know a great deal’s gonna get done one way or the other.”
The Miami Herald reported last month that Long is seeking “at least” $ 10 million per season on his next contract despite finishing his previous two seasons on IR (he tore his biceps in 2011). He says he couldn’t have chosen a better place to rehab than Andrews’ home base.
“I’ve definitely had some injuries over the last couple of years that haven’t been ideal,” says Long, “but I’ve worked through them. I’m getting strong and healthy, and this is the best I’ve felt in a while. I’m excited for the upcoming years.”
Google’s (GOOG) Project Glass is one of the more intriguing products unveiled over the past year, as it looks to be the first-ever glasses headset that can project images and data directly onto users’ eyes. But months after first showing off Glass, Google is still trying to figure out just how people will use the headset in their daily lives. In an interview with IEEE Spectrum, Glass project leader Babak Parviz said that Glass would generally be used as “a device that would allow for pictorial communications, to allow people to connect to others with images and video,” but added that the company is still experimenting with ways to improve the headset’s interactivity and overall usefulness. Among other things, Parviz said that the “feature set for the device is not set yet” and “is still in flux,” and that Google has “experimented a lot with using voice commands” and “with some hand gestures.” When asked about the Glass business model, Parviz said that it is “still being worked on,” while adding that there were no plans to display advertisements through Glass “at the moment.”
I’ve projected the Cowboys, Seahawks, and Bears to grab the remaining NFC postseason berths. If that happens, only the Bears’ Lovie Smith remains on the hot seat (Jason Garrett gets another year). In the AFC, I’m picking the Colts and Steelers to earn the last two spots.
Here are the coaches most on the hot seat now and the top reasons they could get fired. Don’t forget that coaches’ contracts are guaranteed, making these decisions harder for owners.
Certain to be let go by the end of Black Monday
1. Norv Turner, SD. People shouldn’t feel so bad for Norv Turner. Well, maybe Philip Rivers should. Norv’s made a lot of money putting together great regular season teams on a small budget.
2. Romeo Crennel, KC. Crennel went 2-1 as the interim coach, and now has coached the Chiefs to verge of their worst regular season record, tying the 2-14 put up by the 1977 and 2008 squads. They yield the 32nd-ranked scoring offense, which is on pace to be the first time the Chiefs have ever been last in the NFL in offense (they were 26th of 28 in 1979). All but two of their losses have been by at least 8 points.
3. Mike Mularkey, JAC. One more loss will ensure the worst record in franchise history.
4. Ron Rivera, CAR. He has a chance to improve on his first-year record, but the GM has been relieved of duties. I know Rivera will get defensive coordinator offers.
5. Chan Gailey, BUF. Gailey is an offensive guy and the offense has scored over 19 just once in the last five games. Across his 46 games, the Bills have scored 30+ points just 12 times.
Needing a miracle
6. Andy Reid, PHI. After 14 years of trying to win a Super Bowl with Andy Reid, they may just feel like trying someone different.
7. Pat Shurmur, CLE. Andy Reid’s former assistant made undeniable strides this season. While other coaches are accused of sometimes playing rookies so they have a scapegoat for a bad W-L record (and they dare GM’s to disrupt the player’s development by switching coaches), Shurmur played rookies from week 1 this year and they actually were in all but two games so far this year (a 14-point loss to the Giants and a 17-point loss to the Redskins). The team clearly likes to play for him.
8. Ken Whisenhunt, ARI. His team simply doesn’t compete with the 49ers, and his team’s offense has rarely been effective in these three seasons without Kurt Warner. They can win with Kevin Kolb, but he probably will need a good back-up.
Probably getting fired
9. Mike Munchak, TEN. While owner Bud Adams approaches his last years, Munchak is not cutting it. I’m not sure if he’s engineered an identity on this team. They give inconsistent effort, and the coaches don’t maximize the offensive talent.
10. Jim Schwartz, DET. Schwartz is 9-18 when you factor in playoffs since the 5-0 start to 2011.
Needs to be competitive in postseason game to keep job
11. Lovie Smith, CHI. Smith’s sole postseason win since 2006 was at home over an 8-9 Seattle Seahawks team.
Needs to be competitive in the next 2-4 games to keep job
12. Rex Ryan, NYJ. Of all the guys on this list, no one would be more desired for a defensive coordinator position than Rex. He could even receive the largest salary for a coordinator ever if he were let go.
13. Mike Smith, ATL. The stakes are high. If they go out in their first postseason game, that’s 4 one-and-done’s in 5 seasons. Matt Ryan’s having his best season and the defense’s 4th ranking could climb after Sunday’s action.
14. Leslie Frazier, MIN. He’s likely back for another season, and yet it’s hard to figure out if he’s maximizing these players. With receiver, pass protection, and quarterback issues, it feels a lot like the Jets situation where the head coach can’t make adjustments because he doesn’t know offense. Firing OC Bill Musgrave and replacing his offense with a more up-tempo, aggressive one would be a start.
Likely back in 2013, but under heavier pressure.
15. Dennis Allen, OAK. After back-to-back 8-win seasons, the Raiders can do no better than 6-10.
16. Greg Schiano, TB. The Aqib Talib trade helped torpedo their season. Schiano’s coaching style can be abrasive. He may need a new QB.
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While Panthers coach Ron Rivera believes a strong finish is crucial for his team’s confidence heading into next season, he’s not sure if winning three of the last four games will be enough to save his job.
“I think we have to keep going,” Rivera said.
By that he means it’s important the Panthers beat Oakland and New Orleans to finish the season 7-9, which would better last year’s record by one game.
Carolina (5-9) enjoyed its first blowout win Sunday, crushing San Diego 31-7. That came one week after a decisive 30-20 upset win over Atlanta
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