Google is pushing out new a safety feature called SOS Alerts for Google Maps and search results for better information dissemination during disasters.
Amazon is working on a new “Anytime” service that plans to take on the likes of Apple iMessage. The retail giant has begun asking customers what they would like to see from a new messaging app, which promises to incorporate texts, video chat, and “a whole lot more.”
It appears that the OnePlus 5 has a hidden talent, though we’re not sure it’s one you’re going to appreciate. According to a number of Reddit users, videos recorded in landscape mode on the handset are being rendered with inverted audio, which essentially means that sound captured using the microphone on the right of the device is being played through the left speaker and vice versa.
There’s some good news, though: OnePlus should be able to fix the glitch using a software update as the bug is apparently caused by a faulty line of code. When exactly the upgrade will arrive remains a mystery, but we’ve contacted the firm to find out and will update this post if we hear back. In the meantime, here’s a video of the bug in action.
Samsung is in the midst of rolling out an “urgent software update” through its Galaxy Apps Store for the Galaxy S8 in Canada and the U.S. The upgrade patches a bug that resulted in some units displaying an alert as often as every 30-seconds, informing owners that “DQA keeps stopping.”
In addition to introducing compatibility for 18 more banks and credit unions in the United States, Google has announced that it has partnered with PayPal to provide customers with the facility to spend their PayPal Balance using Android Pay.
Starting Wednesday, AT&T will be including a free subscription to HBO to any customer with its Unlimited Plus wireless plan.
This is the latest move on AT&T’s part to lure in customers as the carrier wars have been heating up. Nearly every other carrier offers a comparable unlimited plan. Now it’s about throwing in more incentives beyond unlimited data, and a free subscription to HBO, which alone runs $15, is a pretty sweet perk.
The Samsung Galaxy S8 has been a long time coming, and it’s that time again for a Samsung Unpacked event where the Korean company will show us the phone that we’ve already seen from just about every angle. Tune in here to watch the Unpacked 2017 event live…
It must be spring, because Google on Tuesday rolled out the first Developer Preview for Android O, and it includes plenty of new features.
Of course, Google hasn’t revealed all the new goodies in Android O—the name, for example, is still unknown. But we have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the update, which is primarily focused on improving battery life and notifications, and making Android a little friendlier to use with keyboards. The latter feature will be great for using Android apps on a Chromebook.
Google Assistant was once a feature limited to folks who owned the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL. Then, this week, LG announced that it will be coming to the LG G6. Motorola announced it will come to the Moto G5 and G5 Plus, too. But that’s not all. Google just said it’ll hit other devices running Android 7.0 and even Android 6.0. And you won’t have to wait long, the rollout will start this week.
Last year was not a good year for Samsung. Its Note 7 battery issues. Now, it wants to apologize with a new wave of TV ads that highlight its recommitment to quality control.
Samsung debuted two new 30-second ads during the Oscars that give audiences a look at how the company tests phones and to what degree it goes to make sure future phones don’t explode. The ads in particular highlight the level of importance that is being put into the checking and rechecking of the batteries to come in Samsung phones.
“Innovation is our legacy, quality is our priority,” is the tag line of the videos. That pretty much encapsulates the message Samsung is trying to push across. Among the tests shown were drop tests, water tests and bend tests.
Samsung aims to change perception
Samsung’s brand took a big hit with the Note 7 disaster and these new ads are a continuation of the company trying to make amends. This is a big sticking point for Samsung as it preps for the launch of the Galaxy S8 next month. It will sell tons of phones, but will customers continue to trust the Korean juggernaut? These new ads are a step toward regaining back that trust.
AT&T announced on Tuesday that it will begin publicly testing its “Project Airgig” technology, which takes advantage of broadband over powerlines (BPL) and other technologies to provide multi-gigabit speeds to its users, by this fall. The deployment is part of AT&T’s 5G preparation.
AT&T said that it’s currently in “advanced discussions” with power companies ahead of its public tests. It said it’ll begin to deploy Project AirGig in two places, including the United States and one other unannounced country. Project AirGig was developed inside AT&T’s labs as it prepares to deploy 5G data speeds to its wireless customers, and the fastest possible speeds it can deliver to customers who pay for broadband.
“AT&T Labs is ‘writing the textbook’ for a new technology approach that has the potential to deliver benefits to utility companies and bring this multi-gigabit, low-cost internet connectivity anywhere there are power lines – big urban market, small rural town, globally,” AT&T said on Tuesday, noting that AirGig has been in development for more than 10 years.
High-speed broadband and mobile
Project AirGig combines two technologies, the aforementioned BPL and millimeter wave, to deliver high-speed broadband and mobile connectivity, instead of just one or the other. “These devices create a multi-gigabit signal that travels along or near the wire – not through it,” AT&T explained. “This signal means connected experiences become an everyday reality for people – regardless of location,” the company added, noting that unlike current fiber solutions, Project AirGig doesn’t need to be buried in the ground.
Check out the two videos below for a closer look at how Project AirGig operates.
Ordering your Starbucks drink is easier than ever. Today, Starbucks announced the roll-out of its “on command” My Starbucks barista software. It’s included in a new update that lets you order your favorite coffee drink on your iPhone or Amazon Echo, from home, with just your voice.
On the iOS app, there will a chat feature with an AI-bot that will let you either speak or write out your order. This still requires you to access the app first—you won’t be able to access the feature when your phone is locked through Siri (at least not yet)—but it’s still pretty cool.
The feature will roll out as a beta to a few thousand iOS users for the next couple months. The update will come to Android later this year.
On the Amazon Echo, Starbucks is introducing the Starbucks Reorder Skill for Alexa. Once you pre-set a location and a favorite beverage, all you have to say is “Alexa, order my Starbucks.” Alexa will then place your order and charge your default credit card.
“The Starbucks experience is built on the personal connection between our barista and customer, so everything we do in our digital ecosystem must reflect that sensibility,” said Gerri Martin-Flickinger, the chief technology officer for Starbucks.
These new updates make it dead-simple to order your morning coffee. Starbucks has been trying to flesh out its “digital ecosystem” for some time. Its big push started last year with the roll out of Mobile Order & Pay, which let customers order and pay for their drink from the app, arriving at the store only to pick up the drink. My Starbucks barista is an addition to the Mobile Order & Pay feature.
Starbucks, and companies alike, are keeping up with technology
Last year, both Starbucks and McDonald’s deployed mobile ordering as a means to update its ordering system to make it much easier for customers to order coffee or a Big Mac.My guess is McDonald’s and other firms will mimic Starbucks’ moves.