You can now get Google Wallet in your real wallet, even when your phone isn't handy.
The payment service now gives US customers who have verified bank accounts with Wallet the opportunity to pay for goods and services with a physical Wallet debit card backed by MasterCard. Linked to your Google Wallet account, the card will function as any other debit card would: You'll be able to use it in physical and online stores, and withdraw cash from your account.
Once they've met the requirements, Google will notify people via the Google Wallet mobile app and the … Read more
Nexus 4 owners should keep an eye out for Android 4.4 KitKat.
The latest flavor of Android has started to roll out to the Nexus 4 phone via over-the-air updates, according to blog site Android Central. Several users said they received the 238MB update Tuesday night.
Android 4.4 began rolling out last week for the Nexus 7 and 10 tablets. Google said at the time that Nexus 4 owners would have to wait for KitKat.
The Nexus 5 is already flavored with Android 4.4. One device not invited to the KitKat club is Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.… Read more
It seems that with its recent Google+ update, YouTube has taken its finger off of the pause button on your watch history. YouTube tracks the videos you watch, providing a convenient list should you want to return to a video you vaguely recall watching in the past. If you had this feature paused before YouTube's update this month, your watch history is once again rolling.
Your watch history is viewable only from your account, but that doesn't mean a friend using your computer couldn't accidentally discover your LOLcats obsession. Thus, now is a good time to review … Read more
It could happen to you any time, or maybe it already has: You're on the bus playing Angry Birds or browsing Facebook on your phone, when someone snatches your handset, sliding out the closing doors and slipping away into the crowd. Or, worse, a thief takes your phone from you at gunpoint. However it happens, there's no recourse. Your phone is gone, and while you always can buy another handset, all your personal information now lives in the hands of a criminal, petty or otherwise.
According to the San Francisco Police Department, more than 50 percent of the … Read more
Not so fast on the download there, Charlie. According to data from Ookla (which runs Speedtest.net) that was analyzed by Gizmodo earlier this year, tiny and rural Ephrata, Wash., has the nation's fastest broadband.
And I'm talking No. 1 by a mile. Ookla calculates the town's average Internet speed at 85.54Mbps, or almost twice the speed of the No. … Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google unveiled its Glass Development Kit on Tuesday at a Glass hackathon, inviting developers to create new applications for its wearable technology.
The development kit, or GDK, gives developers access to parts of Glass that previously have been under lock and key. Developers now can write Glass apps that can work offline, in real time, and that utilize the hardware accelerometer and GPS.
Addressing the 100 or so developers who were invited to the hackathon, Timothy Jordan, Glass's senior developer advocate at Google, told them that even though the company hasn't made installing Glass apps … Read more
Apple's iPad Mini with Retina Display can't match Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX or the Google Nexus 7 in overall display quality, according to screen tester DisplayMate.
DisplayMate on Tuesday published its findings on the picture quality of the iPad Mini with Retina Display, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, and Google's Nexus 7. While both Amazon and Google scored high marks in the study, Apple's tablet "comes in with a distant third-place finish."
"Apple was once the leader in mobile displays, unfortunately it has fallen way behind in both Tablets and Smartphones," … Read more
Google offers us a glimpse 150 years into the past with a new exhibit celebrating the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address.
On November 19, 1863, President Lincoln delivered the short but famous speech that began with the words "Four score and seven years ago..." and then went on to commemorate the soldiers who lost their lives at the Battle of Gettysburg and the principles upon which the United States was formed.Five known copies of the speech in Lincoln's handwriting exist, according to a Web site devoted to the 16th president. Google's new exhibit … Read more
Google has expanded its bug-bounty program to cover vulnerabilities uncovered in Android.
The program began with Chrome and expanded to Google Web sites and other open-source software projects. Under the program, people who find security holes get paid bounties. That often equates to a few hundred dollars, but particularly skilled attacks can mean big money -- $50,000 last week for one expert who goes by the name Pinkie Pie, for example.
The broader expansion, called the Patch Reward Program, now includes Android, Google security team member Michal Zalewski said in a blog post Monday.
The program also includes three … Read more