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Translate from your Smartwatch

Google’s populate translator app will soon be landing on your smartwatch for you to use. Over 500 million people use Google Translate each month across all platforms (Desktop, smartphone, and tablet).

Once the Android Wear update arrives you can run the translate feature on your smartwatch without needing the standalone app on your smartphone. To start translating, first speak into your watch what you want to say. Flip your wrist to show the translation to your friend. After your friend responds in their native language, flip your wrist back and you will see their speech translated into your native language.

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This will be extremely useful for people on the go, talking with clients for project planning, etc.

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Source: Google Translate Blog

Intel’s new processors are always listening to you

Does that sound creepy? It should. It has us thinking whether we should buy next gen computers with Intel’s new Skylake processors. Intel’s new processors are always listening to your voice. You can speak “Hey Cortana or “Cortana, wake up!” and your computer will wake up from its low power state.

This technology isn’t new as we have seen this with Motorola’s Moto X smartphone where you can set a custom nickname to the assistant and speak out to it with the phone screen off. Now, what is uncertain is whether this “always listening” feature will drain battery on your PC or laptop. Intel has not given much detail if additional hardware is needed to make use of these features.


Source:  Gizmodo

Google’s new Wi-Fi router

No, this isn’t Google’s answer to Amazon’s Echo product. This device will strictly be used to manage your Wi-Fi connections in the house and control any smart enabled device in your home.

Google’s Onhub router will go on sale August 31st. The aim for the router is to simplify your experience. From the initial setup, to sharing your Wi-Fi with friends at your place, to prioritizing one or two devices to stream your Netflix. Most routers are ugly and people tend to tuck them away in a corner so they can’t be seen. Google says this reduces Wi-Fi signal and causes unstable connections. Making a beautiful router design, Google hopes that people will display the router out in the open.

Google’s router Onhub is future proof. It will receive updates and might possibly bring new features in the future. Google for now has said its strictly a router to control your smart enabled devices. The router is managed through an app  from your smartphone. You can see how many devices are connected, which device is getting the best speeds, and troubleshooting, etc.

Google’s Onhub has the normal features you’d expect in today’s routers. Google has also integrated Bluetooth LE and Weave, Google’s smart home language. This could turn the router into a smart home hub.


Source: Google Onhub

Google Hangouts has a website

Google has finally given Hangouts its very own website. No longer does it require you to go into your Gmail account or Google+ to access the chat system. You can start using Google Hangouts on the official website here: https://hangouts.google.com/ to stay in touch with your contacts.

It looks like Google has been on a roll lately with Hangouts. Previously we reported a refreshed UI look to Google Hangouts for iOS and Android and shortly after we have this.

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Google’s next Android update is Marshmallow

Google has unveiled the name of its next Android OS update. This coming fall, Android M will rollout to Google Nexus devices first and then out to other OEMs. It will become Android 6.0.

Every update that Google names usually follows some sort of delicious treat. Android’s current OS system is named Android Lollipop. Before Lollipop came KitKat and before that was Jellybean. As funny as it may sound naming your next OS update after sugary treats, Google takes Android very seriously.

In the last 2 years, Google has deemed its future OS name with by calling it Android L or Android M. Test versions of these are released for users to try out with an unlocked bootloader. Users on famous websites such as XDA, reddit, and others have been running Preview 3 of Android M.


Will your phone be getting Android Marshmallow this fall?


Twitter removes 140-character limit for direct messages

In an effort to make the site better and increase users, the 140-character limit has been lifted for direct messages. Before with the 140-character limit, users felt limited in how they can express themselves with the person they are communicating with. But no, more emojis, more pictures, and text will help you be more expressive and get your point across.

This character removal only affects the direct messages. As far as regular tweets go, they will still be capped at 140 characters.

Twitter currently has 300 million users versus its competitor Facebook with roughy about 1.4 billion.


Source: Yahoo Tech

BMW denies Alphabet domain to Google

Shortly following Google’s restructuring and becoming Alphabet, BMW has spoken out and has said it won’t give up the Alphabet domain. BMW owns a fleet service under the Alphabet name and has told The New York Times that it doesn’t have any plans to sell the domain and speaking with Reuters, it hasn’t decided whether to take legal action against Google.

For the time being, Google’s new name Alphabet is operating at abc.xyz.


Source: The Independent

Facebook wants to deliver news

Business Insider reports that Facebook has a beta app in the works that will be able to deliver breaking news to your phone. The app will ask users from which publications they want to receive notifications from. Once that is selected, when some news happens on that publication, a notification will be sent out to the users.

Facebook has made no comment regarding Facebook’s news app.


Source: Business Insider

Rite-Aid re-enabling contactless payment for Google

After a long pause in turning off their contactless payment terminals in stores and rejecting customers that desired to use Google Wallet to pay for their goods, Rite-Aid has re-enabled them and cut ties with CurrentC. CurrentC is the competitor that has all the stores affiliated with its own contactless payment system. CurrentC would utilize QR codes using the smartphone’s camera to make payments.

Rite-Aid has made the right decision to re-enable its contactless payment terminals for Google Wallet and Android Pay this fall because customers speak with their wallet. If they are being forced to use something they don’t want to, then they will just walk over to the nearest store that allows them more freedom. In the end, the retailer loses, not the customer. From August 15th Rite-Aid will re-enable their terminals so you Android users can start using your phones to pay securely.

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Source: Phandroid

Ex Google and HTC workers bringing a new smartphone

Nextbit, a Google backed venture company is bringing you an Android Smartphone unlike no other. Nextbit created a software backup utility for NTT Docomo’s Android phones. It generated a lot of revenue and now has shifted focus onto creating a new Android smartphone for consumers.

We already live in a smartphone saturated market where a lot of phones are starting to look like each other and offer minimal differences. What could Nexbit possibly offer that would entice users to use their smartphone? Nextbit CEO is tight lipped about the details of the phone, but everything will be revealed on September 3rd.

The phone is aiming for the premium market with an affordable price, $300-400. Nextbit says that “unlike most Android devices, their phone looks to combat “phone fatigue” by actually growing better over time”.

What do you think Nextbit is cooking up? Most importantly, will it attract users? Let us know!


Source: Phandroid