We have an excess of mobile payment apps because of power, not money

pay-options1 Every week it seems like another retailer, bank, or technology company launches a mobile payments solution. Apple Pay, Android Pay, CVS Pay, Walmart Pay…Pre Pay…Over Pay…Tai Pay…it’s all a bit much. Rather than money or hardware, the mobile payments battle is a fight for ownership of the customer. Retailers care a lot about the top 20 percent of their shoppers.… Read More

Google Maps updates Street View rendering and controls

Screen Shot 2016-08-18 at 10.11.49 AM Google has detailed a slew of updates over at its Developers Blog aimed at making Street View rendering less crummy, courtesy of some tweaks to the Maps JavaScript API. Among the resulting improvements are smoother transitions from place to place, thanks to more frames and better loading animations, as the system has switched from repeating old images, which resulted in a stuttering effect to… Read More

Boston Dynamics Founder Marc Raibert and the SpotMini robot will be joining us at Disrupt

boston-dynamics-marc-raibert In an age dominated by short attention spans, Boston Dynamics has managed to capture our imaginations time and again through sometimes frightening, sometimes adorable and always fascinating robots. But the company’s creations are far more than viral video machines. And now the founder and CEO Marc Raibert will join me for a fireside chat at Disrupt SF. Formed in 1992 by former… Read More

Uber and Volvo put $300M into building self-driving cars ready for sale by 2021

Volvo XC90 Drive Me Part of the arrangement that will bring self-driving Uber on-demand vehicles to Pittsburgh roads by the end of this year will also help Volvo bring its own self-driving cars, for use as either personal vehicles or as autonomous taxis, to market by 2021, according to the WSJ. The two companies are investing a combined $300 million, roughly split between the two, in a deal that will seek to… Read More

Uber’s first self-driving cars will start picking up passengers this month

uber volvo self driving In an interview with Bloomberg, CEO Travis Kalanick revealed that the company is preparing to introduce self-driving cars to its fleet of drivers in Pittsburgh this month. The company will deploy around 100 modified Volvo XC90s outfitted with self-driving equipment. Read More

Hyundai looks to increase collaboration with Google

Image (2) 01-hyundai-blue2-concept-620x412.jpg for post 208210 The self-driving car market is set to get very big, very fast, on the back of efforts by the likes of Ford, GM and other major car makers. Hyundai is not a company often included in the list of OEMs at the cutting edge of autonomous tech, and the South Korean company could use some friends to help it keep pace with the development of autonomous driving tech. Hyundai is in discussions with… Read More

Google updates Classroom with new tools for students, parents and teachers

Elevated view of students sitting and learning in computer room Google Classroom, the company’s platform that brings together Google Apps for Education and a number of tools for managing classes and content, is getting one of its regular summer updates today (right in time before the next school year starts). While Classroom has traditionally focused on offering tools for teachers and students, this new version now also brings in parents and guardians. Read More

Russian court rejects Google’s latest Android antitrust appeal

android Google has had another appeal against Android antitrust charges turned down by a Russian court. At issue is how the company requires handset makers using its Android OS to also pre-load Google apps and services onto devices in order to get access to the Play app store. Read More

All of Google’s cloud database services are now out of beta

google data center Google is making a number of announcements around its Cloud Platform today. Most of these focus on its various cloud database services, but the company is also making a major update to its low-cost Nearline cloud storage service for cold data, making its disk volumes faster, and allowing its users to bring their own encryption keys to Cloud Storage. The overall message Google is clearly… Read More

Google search now includes info on how to vote

Screen Shot 2016-08-16 at 10.49.16 AM Google has rolled out an update to search aimed at helping U.S. users find out how they can vote in the upcoming November election. This includes information on what sort of ID you need to bring with you to your polling places, voting deadlines, details on early voting and mail-in ballots and more. The added guides will appear in Google search when certain phrases are googled, like “how… Read More
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