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Google today rolled out yet another new payment service, Google Pay, which is available for Android devices via an app. Confused yet? Google Pay is Google's third mobile wallet in recent years and was designed to replace both Android Pay and Google Wallet. Google Pay brings the best of both worlds, allowing you to use the stored payment information from your Google account across all of the company's properties. That means it can be used for purchases within Chrome, for in-app purchases using Android devices or even handing subscription payments for YouTube Red or send payments to another person.... Read more...
Sharing links on mobile devices can be a pain in the backside. It's not overly difficult, mind you, but in some cases the URL you are trying to share is stupid long. You then have a choice—share it anyway and clutter up your chat message (or email), or take the extra step of using an URL shortener before sharing it out. There is a third option. Beginning with Chrome 64 on Android devices, the browser will automatically trim all of the extra cruft from annoyingly long links. When dealing with an extra long link, usually it's only the beginning section that you need. Everything that comes after... Read more...
Google's Project Zero team has publicly disclosed a security vulnerability in Microsoft's Edge browser for Windows 10 after Microsoft failed to issue a patch in the allotted time. The Project Zero team alerted Microsoft of a bug relating to the browser's Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG) back in November of last year. As is the team's policy, companies generally have 90 days to fix flaws that it discovers before a public disclosure. Image Source: Flickr via okubax In this instance, Microsoft requested and was granted a two-week grace period. Unfortunately Microsoft was still unable to fix the flaw before... Read more...
Google has been testing a screenshot tool built straight into its Google app for nearly the past year, and soon, the feature is finally going to become available to a worldwide audience. With this new feature, Google doesn't take over a device's screenshot capabilities, but instead grabs on to the images captured by the OS, allowing you to quickly edit or share them.  It's important to note that this feature only works inside of the Google app, which includes the main screen and links you visit. In testing, the functionality seems to break when you are multiple links deep into a website,... Read more...
With large numbers of people around the country ditching landlines and now only using mobile devices, getting fast and accurate location information from a mobile device for 911 services is a major concern. Google has been testing a system that aims to get your location data to 911 operators more quickly and with greater accuracy than the data mobile carriers offer. By Sebastian Bergmann - originally posted to Flickr as Google Campus, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link When a mobile user calls 911, location information is normally sent to the operator by the carrier, but in Google's system the data is sent by... Read more...
One of the strengths of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is battery life, as both perform well compared to other smartphones in the same size and performance class. And because they are official Google devices, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL both receive frequent and timely updates. Unfortunately, Google's latest update appears to be working against its flagship handsets, with several users reporting issues of overheating and shortened battery life. For affected users, the issues came into play after applying Google's February security update earlier this month. Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners have been posted... Read more...
If you're a devout Google Images user, you may have already noticed a subtle, but very obvious change made over the past day. It used to be that when you found an image you liked, you could click on it, and then use the "View Image" option to see only that image. If you wanted to see the rest of the website, you had to use another option, "Visit Site". In a stealth update, Google decided to remove the View Image option, which means that if you find an image you like, you will have to visit the website and find the image yourself. This could be seen as a way to promote more traffic to websites that... Read more...
Google is rewarding "loyal Nexus" owners with a tantalizing discount on new hardware. In emails sent out to Nexus owners, Google pitches an exclusive 20 percent discount on the cost of a new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL handset, valid through the end of February. Unfortunately the deal is not available to the general public, but for those who own a Nexus device, this is a pretty sweet discount on a high-end Android phone. Exactly how much you stand to save depends on which model you go for, along with the amount of onboard storage. The Pixel 2 line ranges in price from $649 (Pixel 2 with 64GB) to $949... Read more...
There is some moving and shaking going on at HTC, which is seemingly the result of Google acquiring key members from the company's smartphone team. In the aftermath of that deal, HTC today announced that Chialin Chang is stepping down as President of the company's Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, effective immediately, with no one named as his replacement. It's an interesting albeit unsurprising development. As part of a $1.1 billion deal with Google, HTC sent some of its top smartphone engineers to Mountain View, including ones who worked on Google's Pixel devices. The deal also granted... Read more...
Boston Dynamics continues to frighten and amaze us with each iteration of its acrobatic and highly mobile robots. When we last visited the robotics company, its nearly 6-foot tall Atlas robot was jumping over obstacles and performing backflips (sticking the landing like a boss, we should add). Now, it's Spot Mini's turn to get a little bit of time in the limelight. We first got a glimpse at Spot Mini back in mid-November, but now the robotic dog has been upgraded to perform even more helpful tasks. In this case, a regular Spot Mini walks up to a door, only to be stymied by the door handle. How... Read more...
When Apple's iPhone X was first revealed in the fall of 2017, smartphone users of the “Android persuasion” were quick to point and laugh at the awkward notch at the top of the display. The eyesore houses the front camera and sensors necessary for Face ID facial recognition. However, it appears that Apple may have the last laugh, as Google is reportedly preparing its upcoming Android P operating system to embrace smartphones with notched displays. This news comes to us country of Bloomberg, which says that Google is overhauling the Android user interface and is modifying APIs to allow... Read more...
The password is one of those things that we all use for our work and personal lives. The idea behind a password is simple: to prevent people from gaining access to our personal and confidential information unless they are authorized. In execution, people pick stupid passwords that are easy to hack, so Microsoft wants to end all the password nonsense that we all go through. Microsoft signaled the end was neigh for passwords when it announced that its Windows 10 S operating system would ditch passwords by default if you go through the recommended setup process. Passwords are a big problem with... Read more...
If you use an Android smartphone, you are probably familiar with the Android Messages application (since it is the default messaging application used on many devices). There are other Android messaging applications out there in use on some devices. One of the things that Google is doing with Android Messages is to rollout support for Rich Communication Services or RCS.  The cool thing about RCS is that it could replace traditional SMS messaging with a text messaging system that is more flexible with phonebook polling for service discovery, and it would open the door to be able... Read more...
Alphabet's Waymo and Uber have agreed to bury the hatchet and settle a lawsuit revolving the latter's self-driving vehicle aspirations. As a result, Uber will pay Alphabet a hefty sum (in the eyes of mere mortals): $244 million. But in the grand scheme of things, it's still a relatively small figure for Uber, which has value of $72 billion. Waymo alleged that Anthony Levandowski, who headed up Waymo/Google's self-driving car division, took confidential intellectual property (roughly 10GB of data files that were downloaded from corporate servers) with him when he left in early 2016 to start Otto.... Read more...
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