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March 24, 2015

Jump On It: Google Working on ‘Pony Express’ Bill Pay System Inside Gmail

Google’s just a multibillion-dollar company looking for a new product. And reports suggest the big G’s next project is one that will let you pay bills right inside Gmail.

Called ‘Pony Express’, Google’s latest initiative will be more than just an excuse to sprinkle Ginuwine GIFs throughout a news story; it’ll be the “future of paper mail,” according to images secured by Re/code.

Google apparently wants to do away with paper bills entirely (not [...]

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March 23, 2015

Google Officially Charged Fadell With Making Glass “User Ready”

While Google’s plans with Glass have never been overly transparent (haha), the wearable’s path has become a lot clearer with a Wall Street Journal report published today. According to Google, Tony Fadell’s job is simple: make Glass ready for consumption.

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt explained that Fadell’s been charged with making Glass “ready for users.”

He elaborated:

“It [Glass] is a big and very fundamental platform for Google. WE ended the Explorer program and the press [...]

 
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March 13, 2015

Google to Use USB-C on Upcoming Android Phones

On Monday, Apple unveiled its newest MacBook, which has only one port: a USB-C port that users will employ for everything including charging the battery, to video output, to data transfer. A couple days later, Google revealed its newest Chromebook Pixel, which has two USB-C ports. And that same day, Google confirmed that we’re going to start seeing USB-C in a lot more devices very soon – specifically most, if not all forthcoming Android smartphones and tablets.

The information comes by way of a video [...]

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March 12, 2015

Signs of Life: Google Looking for Glass Engineers

When news hit last month that Google was shutting down its current Glass team and moving the project to Nest’s Tony Fadell, it seemed as though it might be a while before we hear anything else about the underwhelming wearable – if ever again. But new job postings for Glass engineers were spotted and posted by Google+ user David Carr (via 9to5Google). Might we see the refreshed Glass sooner rather than later?

The jobs listed include software engineers for the Android Glass Development Kit and [...]

 
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March 11, 2015

Google Unveils New Chromebook Pixel

There’s a new Chromium OS ultrabook in town, and it beats the heck out of the last one from two years ago. Google today announced a refresh for the Chromebook Pixel, its flagship laptop running its homegrown operating system. With upgrades in almost every way, the new Pixel costs a few hundred dollars less than its predecessor – a great sign for folks who want Chromebooks to take a bigger piece of the PC pie.

There are two versions of the Chromium Pixel – one standard, and one “LS,” which stands for [...]

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March 9, 2015

Google Working on New Android VR OS

The Wall Street Journal today reports that Google has a new virtual reality operating system based on Android in the works, meant apparently as an upgrade for the relatively low-power Cardboard app that’s been available since last summer. There aren’t too many details other than that, but if true, it would represent yet another major tech player taking virtual reality seriously.

The report cites “two people familiar with the project” who say that Google has “tens of engineers” working on it. [...]

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March 2, 2015

Google’s MVNO is Real, and Coming Soon

Today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Google’s Android boss Sundar Pichai confirmed rumors that the company has plans to launch its own wireless carrier as a mobile virtual network operator, or an MVNO. Codenamed Project Nova, the new initiative will apparently launch on a small scale within the next few months.

According to a post on CNET about the announcement, Google is in talks with wireless carriers, whose pre-existing cellular networks would provide service to the initiatives customers, [...]

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February 20, 2015

Google Said to be Reviving Wallet in Time for I/O

A new report out of the Wall Street Journal today says that Google is looking to wake up its Wallet mobile payments app from its catatonic state. By the time its annual I/O developers’ conference rolls around this summer, apparently Google will have a new and improved version of Wallet ready to show off – though the revision won’t come without a cost for Google.

According to the report, Google is in the process of figuring out a new and better way for device-makers, banks, wireless carriers, and [...]

 
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February 13, 2015

Mattel and Google Team Up on New VR View-Master

Google is partnering with major toy maker Mattel to reinvent the View-Master for a new generation – and to continue supporting the Google Cardboard virtual reality platform. According to a post on CNET today, the two companies have announced their intention to bring the old-school toy back to shelves, powered by the Google Cardboard software.

Set for release this October, the new View-Master is essentially going to have a similar build to that of the Samsung Gear VR or – more aptly – the [...]

 
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February 11, 2015

Google is Developing Apple Pay Rival Called “Plaso”

New reports have hit today, revealing that Google is cooking up a competitor to the popular Apple Pay feature for users of Android devices. Called “Plaso,” the new system will apparently allow users to pay for items by…saying their initials to cashiers?

That’s the story according to The Information, whose pay-walled report cites “four people who have been involved in or briefed about” Plaso. Just how saying your initials to people to pay for stuff will work is still really unclear, though a post on [...]

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