Google is making its first in-house smartwatch that could launch in 2022

Dec 02, 2021 - 11:23 PM - by Reverend
Google is finally making its own in-house smartwatch that’s set to launch in 2022, according to a person familiar with the matter and a new report from Insider.

While Google has made its own smartphones for years under the Pixel line (which has since extended to other accessories, like wireless headphones), the company has never designed its own smartwatch, despite the fact that Google has had a companion wearable platform for Android since 2014.

The watch (codenamed “Rohan”) is being worked on by Google’s Pixel hardware group separately from Fitbit, which Google bought for $2.1 billion earlier this year. According to Insider’s report, the new upcoming Google watch — it’s not clear whether Google will actually be calling it a “Pixel Watch” yet — will serve much the same role as the Pixel phones do for Android: an example for both consumers and hardware partners of what Google’s software is truly capable of when given the right hardware. The device is expected to cost more than a Fitbit and compete more directly with the Apple Watch, according to The Verge’s source.

The watch will have basic fitness tracking features, including step counting and a heart rate monitor, with Google also reportedly working on debuting a Fitbit integration into Wear OS (codenamed “Nightlight”) with the new watch when it launches.

The Verge
  0 Replies | 236 Views


Microsoft Edge buy now pay later scheme met with criticism

Dec 02, 2021 - 4:09 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft is under fire from angry users after announcing plans for a built-in "buy now pay later" function in its Edge web browser.

Such schemes let buyers divide payments into smaller chunks over time - but have been criticised for their risk of users getting into debt.

Microsoft has added one provider to the checkout page of shopping sites as a default payment option.

But users have accused Microsoft of greed and a "cashgrab" mentality.

Thanks to a user-based tagging system, those accusations have been turned into tags on the official announcement.

As a result, Microsoft's blog post now features tags such as "poor leadership", "exploitative", "garbage" and an "embarrassment".

Microsoft says it "does not collect a fee for connecting users to loan providers" and it is not clear what benefit the company is receiving from the deal struck with payment provider Zip.

Users, however, accused Microsoft of trying to make money.

"Please stop bloating the browser with these revenue grabs," one commenter wrote. "It's like you're recapitulating the worst [Internet Explorer] browser extensions from the 90s/00s and installing them by default."

BBC News
  0 Replies | 152 Views


Microsoft reveals a standalone version of Teams for small businesses

Dec 02, 2021 - 4:00 PM - by Reverend
Microsoft has unveiled Teams Essentials, a version of Teams aimed at small businesses. It's a standalone product that nestles between the free Teams plan and the features that come with a Microsoft 365 subscription.

Teams Essentials costs $4 per user per month. It includes unlimited group meetings for up to 30 hours and as many as 300 participants, compared with a 60-minute time limit and a maximum of 100 participants on the free plan. Users also get 10GB of cloud storage — twice as much as those on the free tier — and integration with Outlook and (soon) Google calendars.

Other features from the free tier are included, such as access to Office web apps, chats with colleagues and customers, file sharing, polls and group projects. Meetings, chats, calls and files are all encrypted. Users can send meeting invites to someone who doesn't have a Teams account — they just need that person's email address. Virtual backgrounds for calls, Together mode (which displays attendees in the same virtual space) and live closed captions are also available.

It's a little less expensive than Microsoft 365 Business Basic, which costs $5/month per user (increasing to $6 in March), but the savings can add up. That plan's features include meeting transcripts, real-time translations, mobile versions of Office apps and 1TB of cloud storage per person.

Teams Essentials is available from Microsoft's cloud partners or directly from the company.

Engadget
  0 Replies | 150 Views


WhatsApp on the web gets a built-in sticker maker

Nov 25, 2021 - 10:27 AM - by Reverend
WhatsApp’s web version has been updated with a built-in custom Sticker Maker, which lets you turn ordinary images from your computer into stickers that can be sent via the messaging service. To access it, click the paperclip (attachments) icon, select Sticker, and then pick an image to upload. As well as WhatsApp’s web version, the feature is also coming to its Desktop apps in the next week.

Once uploaded, images can be edited to turn them into the perfect sticker. An outline can be drawn around a picture’s subject to cut out the background, and images can also be cropped (though always in a square aspect ratio). Emoji, text, and additional WhatsApp stickers can also be layered on top of your sticker creations.

Being able to make your own stickers on WhatsApp is nothing new, and there are a whole range of third-party apps available on iOS and Android dedicated to the task. But it’s a convenient feature to have built directly into the service’s desktop and web versions, especially since they let you edit images with the precision of a mouse pointer.

The Verge
  0 Replies | 462 Views


Amazon to stop accepting Visa credit cards in UK

Nov 18, 2021 - 9:36 AM - by Reverend
Amazon will stop accepting Visa credit cards issued in the UK from 19 January, the online retail giant has said.

It said the move was due to high credit card transaction fees but said Visa debit cards would still be accepted.

Visa said it was "very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer choice in the future".

Amazon said: "The cost of accepting card payments continues to be an obstacle for businesses striving to provide the best prices for customers."

The online retailer said costs should be going down over time due to advances in technology, "but instead they continue to stay high or even rise".

An Amazon spokesperson said the dispute was to do with "pretty egregious" price rises from Visa over a number of years with no additional value to its service.

Amazon is offering £20 for Prime customers to switch from using Visa to an alternative payment method, and £10 for other customers.

Visa said in a statement it was "very disappointed that Amazon is threatening to restrict consumer choice in the future. When consumer choice is limited, nobody wins."

It said it had "a long-standing relationship with Amazon" and that it was trying to resolve the situation so customers would be able to use Visa credit cards with Amazon UK.

Amazon declined to say how much Visa charges the retailer to process transactions made on credit cards.

Visa also declined to comment though it claimed that on average it takes less than 0.1% of the value of a purchase.

BBC News
  0 Replies | 507 Views


Microsoft Will Continue To Support Windows 10 With Annual Updates

Nov 18, 2021 - 9:28 AM - by Reverend
Accompanying the Windows 10 November 2021 update--also called Windows 10 21H2--comes Microsoft's official announcement on the future of Windows 10 updates. The OS will get updated once a year--instead of the usual twice-a-year updates--matching Windows 11 annual update schedule. That means the next Windows 10 update will come in the latter half of 2022.

For those not ready to transition to Windows 11, there's still a bit of leeway left for sticking to Microsoft 10: Microsoft also stated that it will support "at least one version" of Windows 10 until October 14, 2025. For the Windows 10 21H2's Home and Pro editions, 18 months of support has been promised. Windows 10 21H2 Enterprise and Education editions will get a longer period of support, receiving 30 months instead. Business versions of Windows 10 21H2 will get five years of service and support.

Windows 10 21H2 came with minor features like improved security during use of wifi networks and added support for Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) and Azure IoT Edge for Linux.

Windows 11 started rolling out on October 25, 2021, initiating the countdown clock for Windows 10's lifespan. If you still are running Windows 10 2004, be sure to upgrade as soon as possible. Support for Windows 10 2004 ends on December 14, 2021.

GameSpot
  0 Replies | 317 Views


Page 1 of 7 12345 ... LastLast


» News Archive

  Title, Username, & Date Last Post Replies Views
Apple announces Self...
November 18th, 2021 09:25 AM
November 18th, 2021 09:25 AM
by Reverend
0 385
Windows 11 Users Will Be...
November 15th, 2021 21:46 PM
November 15th, 2021 21:46 PM
by Reverend
0 495
YouTube gives dislikes...
November 11th, 2021 09:16 AM
November 11th, 2021 09:16 AM
by Reverend
0 600
Microsoft is killing...
November 9th, 2021 23:01 PM
November 9th, 2021 23:01 PM
by Reverend
0 530
Instagram’s creator...
November 9th, 2021 22:57 PM
November 9th, 2021 22:57 PM
by Reverend
0 455
Apple-1 computer goes on...
November 9th, 2021 22:54 PM
November 9th, 2021 22:54 PM
by Reverend
0 479
Mozilla Firefox is now...
November 9th, 2021 22:49 PM
November 9th, 2021 22:49 PM
by Reverend
0 531
iPhone With USB-C Port...
November 4th, 2021 23:20 PM
November 4th, 2021 23:20 PM
by Reverend
0 678
Some Windows 11 apps may...
November 4th, 2021 23:15 PM
November 4th, 2021 23:15 PM
by Reverend
0 616
Twitter finally shows...
November 4th, 2021 08:12 AM
November 4th, 2021 08:12 AM
by Reverend
0 633

» Online Users: 86

0 members and 86 guests
No Members online
Most users ever online was 1,127, March 5th, 2014 at 16:09 PM.

» Recent Threads

Microsoft PowerToys...
December 2nd, 2021 16:03 PM
Last post by Reverend
December 2nd, 2021 16:03 PM
0 Replies 283 Views
Windows 11 build 22509...
December 2nd, 2021 15:57 PM
Last post by Reverend
December 2nd, 2021 15:57 PM
0 Replies 252 Views
NVIDIA GeForce 496.76...
November 24th, 2021 12:06 PM
Last post by Reverend
November 24th, 2021 12:06 PM
0 Replies 590 Views
OnePlus 10 Pro leak...
November 24th, 2021 09:48 AM
Last post by Reverend
November 24th, 2021 09:48 AM
0 Replies 619 Views
Mozilla Firefox 94.0.2
November 18th, 2021 09:43 AM
Last post by Reverend
November 18th, 2021 09:43 AM
0 Replies 802 Views

» Advertisements



Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v4.3.0