google_wallet-1024x881Yesterday when Android M was officially announced, Google also announced that Android Pay is a new feature that would launch alongside of it. For those who missed the announcement, basically Android Pay is a mobile payments service that users can use to make payments at retail outlets with their mobile device.

Now if you’re thinking that this sounds very similar to Google Wallet, you’re not mistaken but at the same time, how can two similar services exist side-by-side? Or is Google planning on doing away with Google Wallet? Well for those who are fans of Google Wallet, you can rest assured knowing that Google Wallet will not be going away. Instead the service will see some of its features changed in order to have it function as a completely separate app and service. Read full post →Despite Android Pay, Google Wallet Will Continue To Exist

messages bugIf you have been following the news, you might have heard of a bug affecting the Messages app on iOS. Basically when a user receives a particular message containing a set of characters, it will cause the app to crash and reboot the device instantly without any warning. It seems more annoying than malicious but it’s still something that needs fixing all the same.

Now recently Apple has come forward and acknowledged the bug and stated that a fix will be released in due time, but in the meantime the Cupertino company has posted an official workaround on its support website which users can refer to if they were to receive such a message on their iOS device. Read full post →Apple Offers Up Temporary Workaround For Messages Bug

Given that both Samsung and LG operate in similar industries, such as home electronics, white goods, displays, and mobile devices, it’s not surprising that they’re both considered to be rather bitter rivals, which is why we have to admit we are intrigued to find out which phone does better in an LG G4 versus Samsung Galaxy S6 speed test.

The test is conducted by PhoneBuff who has conducted similar speed tests in the past. In fact in one of the more recent speed tests conducted by PhoneBuff, it was found that the Galaxy S6 managed to beat out the iPhone 6 by as much as 8 seconds, so the question here is how will the LG G4 compare? Read full post →LG G4 VS Samsung Galaxy S6 In Speed Test

augmented mapsIf you have been following the tech scene, you have probably heard of the company called Metaio. They specialize in augmented reality technology and previously we have seen their works in the form of interactive catalogues as well as dynamic car showrooms where more information about a car can be pulled up by pointing a camera at it.

Interestingly enough it turns out that Apple might have plans for augmented reality technology as it has recently been discovered by TechCrunch that Apple has acquired the company. This came about when a legal document was spotted online in which it shows Metaio transferring its shares over to Apple on the 21st of May in what seemed like an acquisition. Read full post →Apple Acquires Augmented Reality Company Metaio

tempescope_livingroom_cloudyThere are plenty of ways to check the weather. You can have a widget installed on your smartphone or desktop, or you could check weather websites, or you could download one of the many beautiful weather apps on your smartphone that are available at the moment. However if you wanted something unique, then the Tempescope might be the device for you.

So what is the Tempescope, you ask? The device was the idea of Japanese inventor Ken Kawamoto. Basically it is a box that is supposed to mimic the weather outside and display it inside a box. However instead of merely telling you if it’s raining or if there is lightning, it will actually come with water and lighting effects to mimic those types of weather. Read full post →Tempescope Puts Your Local Weather Into A Box On Your Desk

spotify android wearMusic playback controls is probably one of the most basic features that anyone can expect from a wearable device like a smartwatch. This allows users to control the music from their phone via their wrist so that they won’t have to dig into their pockets to take their phone out which can be inconvenient and not as efficient.

Now the good news is that if you’re a Spotify user, you will be pleased to learn that Spotify has launched its Android Wear app at last. What this means is that you will have Spotify on your wrist and you will be able to control music playback on the streaming service directly from your Android Wear smartwatch. Read full post →Spotify Makes Its Way Onto Android Wear

Google Play family screen trioWhen app stores were first launched, it was kind of a messy situation now that you think about it. Fast forward to today, app stores are becoming more organized with content curated and grouped into categories that people might be interested in. Its parental controls and kid-friendly options have also come a long way, something that Google has recently introduced with the latest update to the Play Store.

Google has recently announced that they will be making changes to the Play Store to make it easier for parents and families to find and discover apps suited for children. “Starting today, we’re making it easier to find great family-friendly content on Google Play. Parents can now find family destinations across the Play store, with new features for browsing by age and interests.” Read full post →Google Play Store Has Been Updated To Be More Family Friendly

google-logo-2011-10-25Whenever you wipe your phone or get a new one and when you redownload your apps, you’ll basically have to reconfigure everything again. This can be a bit tedious especially if you have everything set up a particular way and it’ll probably take your hours to get everything back to the way it was.

Thankfully that should no longer be the case with Android M. It seems that one of the features that users can expect from Android M is the ability to automatically backup your app data onto Google Drive, with up to 25MB of app data being allocated per app. This means that unless you somehow have app data more than 25MB, pretty much everything should be backed up. Read full post →Automatic App Data Backup Will Be Part Of Android M

One of the cool features of Android M is that it introduced a native fingerprint security API. Basically what this means is that OEMs and developers will now have access to a standardized API, compared to before where developers had to deal with individual APIs meaning that what works on Samsung might not work on another handset.

Taking advantage of this standardized feature is Dashlane, which for those of you unfamiliar is a password manager along the veins of LastPass and 1Password. The company has recently announced that they will be the first out of the door to support Android M’s fingerprint security system. Read full post →Dashlane Will Work With Android M’s Fingerprint Security

fitbit-wp81According to a report from yesterday, fitness wearable maker Jawbone filed a lawsuit against their rival and competitor Fitbit. Basically Jawbone accused Fitbit of poaching their employees and that those employees who left the company took sensitive information along with them. The lawsuit was asking for damages as well as an injunction to prevent those employees from using the alleged stolen information.

In a statement that Fitbit has since released to us, it reads, “As the pioneer and leader in the connected health and fitness market, Fitbit has no need to take information from Jawbone or any other company. Since Fitbit’s start in 2007, our employees have developed and delivered innovative product offerings to empower our customers to lead healthier, more active lives. We are unaware of any confidential or proprietary information of Jawbone in our possession and we intend to vigorously defend against these allegations.” Read full post →Fitbit Responds To Jawbone’s Lawsuit And Allegations