Mike Mozart

Bank Of America To Allow Android Pay Cash Withdrawals At Some ATMs

Back in January, Bank of America jumped on the card-free bandwagon by developing new ATMs that allow customers to withdraw cash or complete other tasks using their cellphones instead of their bank cards. This week, the company took that initiative a step farther, announcing it would let customers perform those tasks through Android Pay.  [More]

Google Patents Pedestrian “Glue” For Self-Driving Cars

Google Patents Pedestrian “Glue” For Self-Driving Cars

While Google’s self-driving vehicles have been cruising around the streets, the company’s engineers have been working on a way to ensure pedestrians that may come into contact with the bumper of one of those autonomous vehicles are left relatively unscathed. Their apparent solution: an adhesive that makes people stick to the car’s hood.  [More]

Google Invests In Payday Lender While Banning Ads For Payday Loans

Google Invests In Payday Lender While Banning Ads For Payday Loans

Last week, Google announced it would no longer include ads for payday lenders — financial services, outlawed in many states, that offer short-term, small-dollar loans, often with triple-digit interest rates — to protect “users from deceptive or harmful financial products.” All the while, Google’s parent company is investing in a startup that offers loans with annual percentage rates as high as 600%. [More]

Google Home Will Try To Be More Conversational, Flexible Than Amazon Echo

Google Home Will Try To Be More Conversational, Flexible Than Amazon Echo

As expected, Google pulled back the covers today on Google Home, the combination WiFi music speaker, voice-activated personal assistant, and connected-home control console that it intends to go face-to-face with Amazon’s Echo device. While Google did not reveal a price for Home, it did detail some of the features it expects to make the product competitive. [More]

Bill Binns

Google’s Echo Competitor Will Be “Google Home”

UPDATE: Google has confirmed the eventual — but vague — release of Google Home, along with some non-price details about the product. [More]

Intrinsic Illusions

7 Products By The Biggest Tech Companies That Failed Miserably

Hearing the news that Google is taking another stab at social media with a new group-chatting app dubbed “Spaces” may feel like deja vu for anyone paying attention to the tech giant’s previous, mostly unsuccessful efforts to gain traction in the social media world with Google+. But Google isn’t the only big name in the tech world that’s tried and failed to popularize a new tech product, not by a long shot. [More]

Google Image Search Results Will Now Include Shopping Ads

Google Image Search Results Will Now Include Shopping Ads

You’re probably used to ads popping up at the top of Google’s search results, but not when you’re trying to find a photo of say, the gadget your friend has that you might also want to buy, but you’re not sure because you have to see what it looks like first. That’s about to change, now that Google is introducing ads in its Image search results. [More]

Waze Taking On Uber, Lyft In San Francisco With Carpool Service

Waze Taking On Uber, Lyft In San Francisco With Carpool Service

Earlier this year, Google’s traffic app Waze joined forces with Lyft, allowing the ride-hailing company to use its navigation technology in an attempt to get riders to their destinations in the fastest manner possible. Now, the tech company is ready to take on the on-demand ride industry all by itself, launching a carpooling service in San Francisco.  [More]

Krossbow

Google Chrome Will Disable Adobe Flash By Default By The End Of This Year

Google is continuing on its anti-Adobe Flash quest with a new effort to make HTML5 the default on its Chrome browser by the end of the year. [More]

Great Beyond

Google Faces $3.4B Antitrust Fine Over Shopping Search Results

Weeks after European regulators announced they were opening an investigation into Google’s requirements that Android-based devices come pre-loaded with Google apps, the tech company is reportedly poised to put a second, longer-running European antitrust case related to its search behind it, to the tune of a $3.4 billion fine.  [More]

Burned By Too Many Scams, Microsoft Bans Tech Support Ads In Bing Search Results

Burned By Too Many Scams, Microsoft Bans Tech Support Ads In Bing Search Results

Imagine if an entire section of the phone book (remember those?) was dominated by fake companies and scam artists. You’d hope the phone book people would wise up and get rid of that section. That appears to be Microsoft’s way of thinking as it bans tech support ads from its Bing search results. [More]

Google Launches iOS Keyboard That Allows Searches Within Other Apps

Google Launches iOS Keyboard That Allows Searches Within Other Apps

Imagine a world in which you don’t have to leave your riveting text conversation to search the web for the appropriate GIF. Dream no more: Google today announced that it has created a new keyboard for iOS devices that allows users to perform searches from their messages.  [More]

Great Beyond

“Chirp” Is Google’s Answer To Amazon Echo; Could Be In Your Home Later This Year

The Amazon Echo can do just about everything — order pizza, pay your credit card bill, and answer all your spur-of-the-moment questions, among other things — but can it compete with other connected home speakers? That’s something Google is poised to find out with its own connected-device that could launch later this year. [More]

Google Bans Payday Loan Ads In Search Results

Google Bans Payday Loan Ads In Search Results

Google can’t stop you from searching for “payday loans,” and the company’s search engine will continue to turn up results for people inquiring about these short-term, high-interest loans, but it can choose to stop running ads for payday lenders. [More]

Simon Asquith

Government Asks Wireless Manufacturers & Carriers About Device Security Updates

At the same time as their counterparts at the Justice Department are trying to circumvent smartphone security, the folks at the FCC and the Federal Trade Commission are talking to manufacturers about how to make these devices more secure. [More]

frankieleon

Google Tests Using All-Black Text For Search Result Links

We’re all very familiar with Google search results. Linked sites are shown in blue text (unless you’ve already clicked that link), and the text related to that link is in black. Now the tech giant is testing a move that has users confused: making all search results text black.
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That's not what I want, App Store.

Apple’s App Store Is Having Some Serious Issues Finding Popular Apps Right Now

UPDATE: As of about noon on the east coast, the App Store seems to have sorted itself out. I was able to search for Tidal and actually get the music app, instead of an app to track the tide. [More]

Great Beyond

Google & Fiat Chrysler Rumored To Be Working On Driverless Minivans Together

Taking the kids to soccer practice in the future might still involve minivans, but mom and dad won’t necessarily be driving them. Rumor has it that Fiat Chrysler and Google are teaming up to develop an autonomous vehicle based on the carmaker’s Pacifica minivans. [More]