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Amazon’s interface-free shopping

No you can shop for your items without opening your internet browser or any mobile application. What’s this nonsense you speak of? That’s right, Amazon is at it again, trying to reshape the future of how we shop for items.

Amazon has partnered with several popular companies and introduced what they call, “dash buttons”. Dash buttons will enable you to order items without having to go onto the internet or use your smartphone to scroll through lists to have your items shipped to your doorstep. Dash buttons allow you to order items with one single push.

To get started, you will first need to go onto Amazon’s website and place orders for the items you would usually order, but instead of placing orders for those items, you’ll be placing an order for that brand’s button. Then you’ll set up the quantity of those items you’d like to arrive at your doorstep. Each button will run you roughly, $4.99.

Once you receive the buttons for the brands you order from, you’ll no longer need to go online, unless you want to order dash buttons from a different brand. This can pose some problems for parents with kids in the house. What if my child likes to push any button he/she sees in sight? Fear not! Amazon has said that the first initial push of the button will trigger the order and any multiple pushes after that, will not have dozens of that item arrive at your doorstep. Once the items have arrived, the button can be pushed again. Amazon wouldn’t leave you in the dark so, of course you’ll also receive email alerts to keep you updated.

What are you views on this interface-free shopping method? Do you find this convenient?

Let us know in the feedback forms!

 

Source: Amazon

Google updates Hangouts to 4.0

Google has finally pushed Hangouts 4.0 to Android users. Hangouts 4.0 has been available to iOS users for some time now. And while Android users may have felt left out, they can finally experience the new material look. Some notable changes in this version include floating button to compose new chats with frequent contacts, new contacts, video calls, etc. Its very similar to Inbox by Gmail layout. Below are screenshots from a friend of ours. Parts of it are blurred out for privacy.

If this update has not reached your phone, you can manually force it to your Android phone by clicking here: Hangouts 4.0

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Epson solves your printing problems

Epson may have just solved your problem for those times when you need to print something and the ink has ran out. Epson has unveiled a new lineup of printers called Ecotank. The new Ecotank printers can scan, copy, and print up to two years without needing to change out the ink cartridge. The new Ecotank printers will be marketed for small businesses and consumers.

The Ecotank printers use a large reservoir tank to hold the ink. It is said to be more environmentally friendly and cheaper to fill the four tanks rather than buying the ink cartridges. Epson will also include the tanks already filled when you purchase, so you are already set to go for the next 24 months. The ink will come in bottles costing you $12.99 each or $52 for the whole set. The printers will also come wifi enabled so you can easily connect to your house internet and do mobile printing from your smartphone or tablet.

Ecotank printers will range from $379 to $1199 for the business model. Will you be buying one? Let us know in the feedback to your right!

 

Source: Yahoo News

Google’s secret car company

If you live anywhere near Google headquarters in Mountain View, California, you’ve seen Google’s self-driving  on the streets. While some of these cars were reported to be in minor accidents, they have still been approved for further testing on public roads. A recent report by The Guardian tells us Google has its very own car company and its been around since 2011. Google Auto LLC is ran by Chris Urmson. Google Auto was formed as a limited liability company for its Lexus driverless cars on the streets.

This is great as Google doesn’t have to deal with other companies for liability issues in unforeseen events, should they take place. Google also applied to for the International Vehicular Identification Number for its built from scratch self driving cars (the ones we’ve seen that have the cute face without a steering wheel).  Google also cooperated with America’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to meet strict California emissions and safety requirements. Google’s self driving vehicles have a maximum speed limit of 25 miles per hour, are light weight, and are low speed vehicles.

Google Auto doesn’t have any plans to sell the self driving vehicles to the public, but in the future it might be a possibility.

Can you imagine having a a Google ca pick you up to run errands and take you to work without dealing with the traffic? The future looks bright with Google.

 

Source: The Guardian

Apple CEO visits BMW Headquarters

In a recent report by Reuters, claims are being made that Apple’s CEO Tim Cook paid a visit to BMW’s headquarters last year. Because the Cupertino giant has a shown a strong interest in developing its very own car, they have been doing market research. It is said that hundreds of employees are working on the Apple car.

During the tour in Leipzig, Tim Cook had his interests on the BMW i3 platform and the manufacturing process for the car’s carbon fiber body. Current CEO Harald Krueger said he wants to strictly focus on the company’s direct interest rather than make partnerships with other companies.

Source: Reuters

Facebook’s solar powered airplane

Facebook has been busy trying to bring internet to rural areas, much like how Google is with its internet powered balloons. Today Facebook announced their fleet of solar-powered airplanes. Aquila is the name chosen for the fleet. Aquila is a high powered, high endurance plane that intends to bring internet to people rural areas.

Aquila has a massive V-shaped wingspan. The aircraft is said to weigh roughly 880-1000 pounds with all equipment onboard. The plane can stay afloat for 3 months shooting data down to ground levels from 60,000-90,000 feet. This ideal elevation will help it steer away from commercial aircrafts and from severe weather conditions.

The process of how the aircraft will beam down data to people according to Facebook is, lasers will be installed on ground level where they can then shoot up to the airplane for relay of internet back to the ground for communication with other planes in the vicinity. 10 gigabits of data will be delivered from the planes but if severe weather is present on ground level, this could slow down the speeds for users.

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Facebook’s Solar-Powered Airplane Video

Source: Facebook Newsroom

Google Translate app now has 20 additional languages

Google Translate is seeing the biggest update to its app since…since…well, since it launched. Google Translate originally had 7 languages that could be instantly translated by placing your phone over the text. Previously you were able to take a picture of foreign text, highlight the text by sliding your finger, and then having it translated. But today’s update adds 20 more languages (Bulgarian, Catalan, Croatian, Hindi, Thai, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Filipino, Finnish, Hungarian, Indonesian, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Slovak, Swedish, Turkish and Ukrainian) to the instant translation feature, making the total to 27 now.

Also an update to voice conversation mode is included. Voice conversations become more natural and in real-time. You can set the language translation from English to Spanish and when you speak English to your phone, it will spit back out the Spanish equivalent by voice the moment you finish. This can come in handy when traveling the world and needing a quick translation for the person on the other side.

Check out the video below to see the feature in action and go out and explore the world with Google Translate!

Speaking of updates, we’ve updated Team:on Android app. Navigation buttons are no longer hidden! Grab the latest here: Team:on Android

Source: Google Blog

Windows 10 is out! And it’s FREE!

It’s July 29th and you know what that means…Windows 10 gets pushed out to users running Windows 8.1 or Windows 7!
This update is free and costs you NOTHING. There are some confusing articles out there stating that you shouldn’t upgrade because you’ll lose your license for current Windows 7 or 8.1, present bugs on Windows 10 make it impossible to use, unfinished product, you will have to pay for the Windows 10 upgrade after one year, etc.

Let’s get a few things straight. This is a FREE upgrade to users running legitimate copies of Windows 7 or 8.1. If you used a pirate copy, then you’ll have to deal with the consequences it brings. The FREE upgrade is valid for one year. After July 29th 2016 you will have to pay to upgrade, but for the tie being it’s FREE for the life of your laptop, no strings attached. I’ve been luck to have bought a US region laptop and to receive the upgrade yesterday. It’s been a solid 8 hours running it and from my experience, I can say it runs smoother than Windows 8.1, my keyboard doesn’t glitch out, its fast, apps open fast without lag, and it looks beautiful.

I did however run into a problem installing it the first time. I didn’t install some recommended update so it had to revert back to Windows 8.1 on my latop half way through the install. After the second attempt, it went through and it looks gorgeous.

 

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Google Search app shows busiest times for places and more hands free messaging

An update from the server side is being pushed to Android users using the Google Search app. This new update allows you to send hands-free messages to your contacts beyond email, hangouts and SMS. Some of the few apps to already take advantage of this are, WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Telegram, NextPlus, and a few others. After the devs push an update to their messaging apps, you will be able to send hands-free messages with that app. This comes in handy while driving or if your hands are occupied.

The Google Search app will also see an update to its places and business searches. When you search for a specific place or business, Google Search app will tell you the busiest times for it. If you are like me and hate standing in long lines, then this will ultimately benefit you in every way. You can also scroll through the days to see when it is less crowded to plan your trip there.

I personally haven’t received this feature but some of my android colleagues have and they already love it.

 

Source: Phandroid