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Snapchat Spectacles Now Have Prescription Lenses

Gear up on five IoT news bites for Thursday

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Snap Your Scrip Need prescription lenses but want to take part in the frenzy around Snap Spectacles? A lens maker, Rochester Optical, has started cutting lenses that snap into (yes, we meant that) the $130 Spectacles. While virtual reality headsets don't require prescription lenses to work—Spectacles are different. They're actually a recording device that sends what you're videoing straight to your Snapchat account. Think Google Glass. Which is apt as Rochester Optical also offered prescription lenses for Google's much maligned device a couple of years ago. Of course to need prescription lenses for your Spectacles, you actually need a pair of Spectacles. If you don't want to pony up the $290 they're currently running for on eBay, you've got to find the bot where they're sold...which changes every day. (Via Slashgear)

Gooligan A new Android malware is winding its way through Google accounts. Called Gooligan (think hooligan) the virus is spreading at a rate of 13,000 devices a day, according to Check Point, a security tech company which discovered the hack. The software is quietly (without users knowing) installed on devices, and then open access to Google photos, Google Play account, drive, docs and yes, Gmail. About 1 million accounts have been affected, believes Check Point, with 19 percent located in North and South America.

DIY Self-Driving Car Ever thought, 'Hey I'm going to build my own self-driving car!' Sure you do. And now you can. Sort of. George Hotz, a hacker best known for breaking the iPhone, has written code for self-driving vehicles—and released it for free on Github. Open sourced, the program, called openpilot. The program works with certain makes of Honda and Acuras. And of course, yes, you have to know how to use open source code. But the software is supposed to be as good as Tesla's Autopilot 7. (Via The Verge)

DJI Slow Down DJI has decided to pull back a bit on the top speed of its upcoming $3,000 Inspire 2 drone. Instead of hitting 50 mph in four seconds, it's going to take five seconds. And peak speed is dropping from 67 mph to 58 mph. Will the average consumer drone pilot care? Unlikely. But with drone racing growing in popularity, this could impact professional users and pilots decisions. (Via PC Mag)

Alexa 101 Want to know where you can—and can't—use Alexa? Which devices link up and which ones don't speak the same language as Amazon's AI? Check out our latest piece by Joseph Palenchar which gives you the lowdown on Alexa and its reach.

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