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 [...]
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 [...]
Google is turning 19 and we wanted to celebrate the world’s most popular search engine by showing off some of Alphabet’s family photos. We hopped in the Wayback Machine and took a look at Google.com from its birth to today.
The company was founded in 1998, and even though Aerosmith’s “I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing” was atop the Billboard charts, there wasn’t much to see:
Nope, we didn’t whip this up in Microsoft Paint, this is the earliest screen shot of Google.com on web.archive.org that we could find.
The first real version of Google.com came later, and a new age of text-based-search dawned upon a population that would soon turn a silly [...]
Leave it to Acer to announce the most insane gaming computer of the year.
As part of its IFA Berlin event on Wednesday, the company showed us the Acer Predator Orion 9000.
The Acer Predator Orion 9000 is placed in a heavy, industrial-looking case with a window on the side and meshed metal on the front, back, and top. The mesh helps with the cooling system, which is a combination of liquid and air cooling, with different parts of the computer compartmentalized into different cooling zones to allow for best cooling performance. The entire computer is [...]