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Google merges payment platforms under Google Pay

Google is revamping its mobile payment offerings and creating a new brand called Google Pay. The new product merges Google’s existing mobile payment platforms. That includes Android Pay, which lets customers pay for things online and in stores with their Android phones, and Google Wallet, which lets you send money to your friends. The new…

Apple’s iPhones were part of the 10 trending consumer tech devices on Google this year

Google revealed the top searches of the year including consumer tech, movies, memes and TV shows. In the consumer tech category, 8 of the 10 devices are smartphones; the iPhone 8 and iPhone X take the top two spots followed by the Samsung Galaxy S8 in 4th position. The non-phone devices are Nintendo Switch (3rd)…

Google has been collecting Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled

We already know that Google collects information about its users to better its services, but according to a report from Quartz, the search giant also collects Android users’ locations even when location services are disabled on their phones. And this happens over Wi-Fi even when the phones don’t have any SIM card inserted. Quartz: Since…

Poly: Browse, discover and download 3D objects and scenes

If you’re building for virtual and augmented reality, you need 3D objects for your apps. With Tilt Brush and Blocks, Google Poly made 3D creation easier. Now, Google want to enable creators and developers to build on everyone’s work. That’s why Google created Poly: one place to browse, discover and download 3D objects. Poly lets you quickly find 3D…

Rumor: Google is emulating Apple’s strategy for its 2018 Pixel lineup

  Less than three weeks after the unveiling of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones, online portal Droid-Life claims that it has obtained information on Google’s plans for their successors next year.   A reliable source reportedly told Droid-Life that Google might be working on three Pixel phones for 2018 where two phones…

Google signs agreement to purchase HTC’s Pixel team for US$1.1 billion

It looks like the rumors were indeed true: Google has signed an agreement with HTC to acquire a part of the Taiwanese company’s mobile division – specifically the team behind the Google Pixel and Pixel XL – for a tidy sum of US$1.1 billion (~RM4.62 billion).   HTC yesterday halted trading of its shares on the Taiwanese…

Google, Apple could start accepting Bitcoin payments via new API

  Developers at Google, Apple and other tech companies have created a browser API that enable users buying goods and services online with cryptocurrency.   The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) with the help of Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple and Mozilla initiated the project in 2013. Currently, the API is being implemented in browsers including…

Google removed more than 500 apps from the Play Store suspected of spyware

  In light of the latest news of the AccuWeather app that is reportedly collecting data on iOS users in secret: Just across the digital pond, Google recently removed more than 500 Android apps from the Play Store for similar reasons.   According to a report by the International Business Times, the 500 Android apps…

Google Maps now lets you flag wheelchair-friendly places

Google Maps now lets you flag places to be wheelchair-friendly. Previously, you had to rely on “Local Guides” – other users – to tell you about places. Now flags can be left permanently to tell others who visit later. According to Google, nearly seven million places now have accessibility information…

Google Glass received first firmware update in nearly three years

Google Glass, Google’s super expensive face computer last received a software update back in September 2014. But today, out of nowhere, almost three years later, Google has rolled out a new firmware (XE23) update for the device, with a list of ‘bug fixes and performance improvements’, and strangely enough, Bluetooth support.  …