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Google has introduced a new payment app in India called Tez (the Hindi word for “fast”). Tez features a technology called audio QR that allows users to transfer money using sounds to pair two devices. Called the “cash mode option,” phones negotiate a connection using audio to identify the payer and payee. (The sounds should be inaudible to human ears though because they’re sent using ultrasonic frequencies, according to the Financial Times.) The feature is therefore similar to cash transactions which don’t require the exchange of personal details like bank accounts and phone numbers. Cash Mode works with any phone with a mic and speaker and Tez app installed, and doesn’t require an [...]
YouTuber Felix Kjellberg, better known to the world as Pewdiepie, kicked off (another) controversy over his use of racist language in a livestream when he dropped the n-word during a PUBG livestream. Sean Vanaman, founder of Firewatch developer Campo Santo, filed a DMCA takedown notice against the streamer in response, saying on Twitter that he was “sick of this child getting more and more chances to make money off of what we make.” Yesterday, Pewdiepie put up a new video saying that the copyright strike had gone through, and while he appeared contrite, he also described the move as “an attack on me,” and warned that his channel could be shut down if he [...]
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma proved to be a flashpoint for several tech companies, as several of them came together to help victims and provide relief in the aftermath of the two massive storms.
Tech played a large part in both financial and practical aid efforts in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. Some companies gave money to help areas rebuild, while others aided response workers and civilian rescuers.
After such a rough couple of weeks, seeing people in the tech sphere help out people devastated by the natural disasters has a heartwarming appeal. Here are some of the ways tech companies helped out before, during, and after the hurricanes.Monetary [...]
HTC’s phones have been struggling to make a dent in the Android market for years now, but the company may soon have a savior: Google itself.
Digitimes reports (via Taiwanese publication Commercial Times) that HTC is in the “final stage of negotiation with Google for selling its smartphone business unit.” It’s not clear yet whether Google is planning on buying HTC’s smartphone business entirely, or simply becoming a “stategic partner.” Keep in mind this is only about smartphones; HTC’s VR unit, Vive, seems to be doing fine on its own for now.
The sale would make some sense. HTC already built the original Google Pixel and Pixel XL, and is slated to build the smaller model [...]
Daenerys Targaryen came home across the Narrow Sea to Dragonstone in season seven of Game of Thrones. From Dorne to the Iron Islands to the North, visitors arrived to bend the knee. Now that’s happening in real life as well, as Game of Thrones acolytes come to bend the knee at the actual location of Dragonstone — the steps leading to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, a church and one-time monastery, near the village of Bakio in the Basque region of Spain. Some 75,000 tourists walked, literally, in the steps of Daenerys this July. According to the Spanish daily El Pais, that means some 2,400 people a day, made the monumental schlep up a narrow and [...]
With Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar and more in its fortress, Disney’s about to build the happiest streaming service on Earth.
Past Thursday’s news that Disney plans to migrate its top movie titles exclusively to its new, proprietary streaming service in 2019 isn’t really news at all. It’s just Disney exercising the first rule of business: Know your value.
Disney has licensed its films to Netflix (and many other places) since 2012, which was also good business at the time, because Netflix was paying top dollar and Disney didn’t have its own streaming service. Soon it will. When it comes, they want you to sign up for it.
So it’s [...]