Microsoft Corporation Surface Book Is A Blow To Its OEM Partners
Microsoft Surface Book is an impressive Windows 10 laptop, but it begs us to ask the question; is the company going against its OEM partners?
Google has just made it easier to share Live Photos in more relatively traditional photo formats. The updated Google Photos app allows users to transform Apple Live Photos into videos or GIFs, which are supported by most social media websites. The converted Live Photos can be shared on multiple social media platforms, regardless of whether they support Apple’s Live Photos format or not.
Google announced on its official Android blog that the company has brought Chase on board for its Android Pay program. The banking giant will now allow Android customers to add eligible credit and debit Chase Visa cards to their Android Pay repertoire. As a result, Chase cards such as Sapphire, Slate, Freedom, Hyatt Credit Card, and United Mileage Explorer can be used to initiate instant payments on Android using NFC technology.
Alphabet Inc. will not release the Ara modular smartphone, reports Reuters. The company was working on a smartphone with interchangeable parts before Google became a division of Alphabet Inc. as part of a corporate restructuring scheme. The move has seen a number of ambitious Google X projects scrapped, and Project Ara of the search engine giant’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) is the latest to get the boot.
Alphabet Inc.’s executive, David Drummond, who was a director on the Uber board, has stepped down as the two companies increasingly clash over the future of the autonomous vehicle business. Recently, Uber and Alphabet have escalated their efforts to introduce autonomous cars on the roads, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.
Google Wallet is not dead, and will now allow for automatic transfers to uses’ bank account. Until now, Google Wallet required users to first “cash out” money from their Google Wallets before being able to use it elsewhere. This effectively meant that users’ money was tied up until now.
Alphabet Inc. is not pleased with Google Fiber’s performance, and has ordered cost-cutting measures to be enforced. Google Fiber aims to deliver high-speed Internet by laying down fiber optic cables to provide the kind of Internet speeds it wants to deliver. The project has rolled out very slowly, and only seven metropolitan areas are currently served by the tech giant. Google Fiber also only has around 200,000 subscribers—a far cry from the five million subscribers executives hoped to secure by the end of last year.
Google has announced that to release two new games — tic-tac-toe and solitaire. They differ from traditional games; they are online and users simply have to type their name in the search bar on the Google app or the desktop version to bring them to life.
Alphabet wants to put balloons into the air to broadcast Internet to far-flung areas, and has put Tom Moore of WildBlue Communications at the helm of the project. Alphabet’s Project Loon, previously a part of Google X (now just X), aims to launch balloons to transmit broadband Internet. The project’s current lead, Mike Cassidy, will work with X on new research projects.