Rite Aid to begin accepting mobile payments on August 15th

rite aidRite Aid has announced that they’ll be joining tons of other companies and being accepting mobile payments on August 15th. All of the company’s nearly 4600 stores will be able to take Apple Pay and Google Wallet payments.

It’s not a major deal, and it’s something that’s becoming increasingly common with most bigger stores and restaurants. But hey, if you shop at Rite Aid often, at least you won’t need to worry about bringing your credit card with you anymore. Read more

Pushbullet gets new update with end-to-end encryption

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Pushbullet has received a new update in the Play Store. Users will be glad to know, the update brings a major enhancement to privacy. Notification mirroring, universal copy and paste and SMS will now be encrypted on both ends. Information sent through Pushbullet is now kept private and your data is only visible to you. The update won’t bring any changes to features in the app and everything will remain untouched.

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LastPass introduces new pricing model that offers free option on smartphones

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Password management app LastPass is receiving an update to their subscription model which could result in users being able to use the service for free if they are willing to limit themselves to one type of device. If they decide they want to expand to include other devices, an upgrade option to premium is then available. LastPass says the move was prompted by a desire to make LastPass “accessible for all users, including mobile-only users who need help managing their passwords and apps.” Read more

DIRECTV app gets UI refresh, ESPN streaming, other features in latest update

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Fresh off their acquisition by AT&T, the DIRECTV app for Android has received an update that brings some handy new features along with a slightly refreshed user interface. DIRECTV has made some changes that make it easier to use all of your devices – smartphones and tablets – along with the DIRECTV receivers to start, stop and resume programs on different devices. Read more

Google Hangouts 4.0 launches today

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Google has announced the launch of the latest version of Google Hangouts for Android devices taking the app up to version 4.0 and bringing with it a simpler, faster interface with some new features. The Google development team says they are striving to make Hangouts easy to use so that conversations “just flow” without the technology getting in the way of communication.  Read more

Opera revenue growth disappoints, company considers finding buyer

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Opera Software, developer of the Opera browser, has announced the company may go up on the sales block “in response to strategic interest in the company from a number of parties.” Even if the company is not sold, the board is considering other forms of partnership as they commence a “strategic review” with the help of Morgan Stanley International and ABG Sundal Collier during the second half of 2015. It is unclear whether there is a connection, but Opera Software also released second-quarter revenue results which missed forecasts by analysts and they had to cut their full-year expectations. Read more

New update to Cortana for Android allows it to be the default voice assistant

microsoft_cortana_replaces_google_nowMicrosoft is trying to expand its digital assistant Cortana by offering access on phones, tablets, and computers. A new update (1.0.0.204) for the Cortana for Android beta app has hit the Play Store. With the update, Android users will now be able to replace Google Now as the default voice assistant with Cortana. Instead of holding down your home button or swiping up from your on-screen home button to launch Google Now, you can set Cortana to open.

Microsoft hasn’t mentioned when the official version of the app will be available, but one could expect it to arrive shortly. Once the official app is released, all of the features you get with Windows Phone will be available for Android users to enjoy.

Via: Unofficial Microsoft News

Microsoft Translator brings Android Wear support to users

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Google Translate on Android devices is certainly an impressive app to help users break down the language barrier. Now Google is getting some competition on their own devices from Microsoft which has released their own Microsoft Translate app. Translate brings one feature to Android that will likely be welcomed by users and that is support for Android Wear devices. Users can just speak into their Android Wear device to get a translation either verbally or graphically. Read more