If you thought Google’s new Google Wallet app this morning was confusing, now we know why: Google’s taken the wraps off of Android Pay, their NFC pay-by-phone service, and is rolling it out today across users and retailers nationwide. If you’re confused, here’s the lowdown: Google Wallet will still exist as a way to manage your physical Google Wallet card, and send and receive money (a la Venmo, Square Cash, and other similar services). Android Pay on the other hand is Google’s new payment system, designed to make it easy to digitize your payment methods, use your Android smartphone to pay for your purchases both online and at brick-and-mortar retailers, and to pay for in-app purchases. Android Pay will work on any NFC-enabled Android device running KitKat (Android 4.4) or higher, every mobile carrier, and at any retailer with an NFC payment terminal that supports the service. In Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) you’ll also be able to use a … [Read more...] about Android Pay Launches Today, Letting You Pay With Your Phone at Millions of Retailers
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Seven years ago, Jeremy Bachrach, then a 17-year-old high school student, waited in line outside a mall in Thousand Oaks, Calif., with his 12-year-old brother Harry. They'd been there for more than 24 hours to get their hands on Apple's original iPhone. "I was pretty stoked," recalled Bachrach, now a real-estate investment analyst. "At the time it met nearly all my expectations." It was the start of what's become an annual tradition: Fanboys lining up for hours -- or sometimes days -- at their local Apple store to be one of the first to walk away with the latest iPhone. That waiting-in-line-to-buy-a-new-Apple-gadget phenomenon, a spectacle few other companies can boast of, underscores the appeal and importance of the iPhone. There will undoubtedly be lines when Apple unveils the iPhone 6, the eighth generation in the franchise, sometime in the fall. In a field where the term "game-changer" is … [Read more...] about Where were you when the iPhone launched?
Among all the companies fighting to grab a piece of the brightest star in computing--the smartphone--Google seems the least interested in taking the spoils. Android, Google's mobile operating system, doesn't generate revenue for the company, and likely never will--at least in the direct sense. But Andy Rubin, Google's director of mobile platforms, thinks Google and the world will benefit from any device created with the intent of getting more people onto the Internet, and isn't shy about explaining why the open-source approach chosen for Android holds the most promise of reaching that goal. Android made its debut in 2007, a few months after another computer with designs on improving the Internet experience on a phone--the iPhone--hit the streets as perhaps the most hyped gadget ever. Buzz has been slower to build around Android, but that could start to change as additional phones arrive that have a bit more pizazz than the G1, the world's first Android phone released last October. … [Read more...] about Google’s Rubin: Android ‘a revolution’
If you are looking for a phablet, hold up. Xiaomi is preparing to launch the second iteration of the Mi Max on 18 July in India. The handset made its first appearance when it was launched in China back in May. The original Mi Max received a good feedback considering it offered a neat package, especially the large battery. The Mi Max 2 is an obvious upgrade but it maintains the core DNA. The Mi Max 2 comes with a similar 6.44-inch, 1080p display and a similar metal design. The innards have been refreshed as it brings in a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset which was seen on the Redmi Note 4. There is 4GB of RAM with two internal storage variants of 64GB and 128GB. The storage is expandable using a microSD of up to 128GB. The biggest update however is the battery as it features a gigantic 5,300mAh unit with support for Quick Charge 3.0 via a USB Type-C port. According to the company the handset provides 68 percent battery life with an hour of charge. Xiaomi has used a 12MP Sony IMX386 … [Read more...] about Xiaomi Mi Max 2 India launch next week
Apple has missed its own deadline to launch iTunes Match, a service that lets users store their entire music library in the cloud, or the iCloud, for access through any iOS device or computer. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the iPhone 4S in early October, and iOS 5 and iCloud went live several days later. The final piece of that puzzle, iTunes Match, was expected to launch at the end of October for $24.99 per year, but here we are on November 1 and no iTunes Match. With iTunes Match, users can store their entire music library in the cloud, or iCloud, for on-the-go access to your music from any iOS device or computer. A portion of iTunes in the Cloud went live in June during Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), while a developer version of iTunes Match was released in late August; Apple even reportedly wiped out developers' Match libraries, fueling speculation that a launch was imminent. Apple typically releases software updates on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, so perhaps Cook … [Read more...] about Siri, When is Apple Launching iTunes Match?