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The New York Times has released its much-hyped Google Glass app into the wild.

The app, originally shown off at South by Southwest earlier this year, was released on Thursday to beta testers of Google's newest gadget.

On Thursday the Times emailed out a subscriber email introducing the Glass app's features as well as a button to run Glass owners through installation of the app.

The app is the first installable third-party app that's been made available to Glass beta testers, who each shelled out over $1000 to obtain the privelege of testing the gadget.

Features of the app include breaking-news alerts and hourly news updates, the ability for Glass to read out stories for you, as well as the ability to navigate stories through tilting your head up.

Google Glass itself is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer.

The product will utilize many already-existing Google applications, such as Google Now, Google Maps, Google+, and Gmail., while third party applications announced at SXSW include Evernote, Skitch, New York Times, and Path.

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David Swan is a tech journalist from Melbourne and is iTWire's Associate Editor. Having started off as a games reviewer at the tender age of 14, he now has a degree in Journalism from RMIT (with Honours) and owns basically every gadget under the sun. You can email him at david.swan@itwire.com or follow him at twitter.com/mrdavidswan

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