Buckle up, because you’re about to get hit with the most ironic promotion of 2016. Verizon is offering up to 2GB of free data to any customers that use Android Pay for two months. After years of anticompetitive practices blocking Google Wallet, delaying Samsung Pay, and tons of other sketchy behavior, Verizon is finally supporting a mobile payment system that they aren’t paying under the table. Go ahead, check the date. It’s definitely not April 1st. Read more
If a recent rumor is to be true, podcasts could be coming to Play Music in a little under a week. Google has been hinting since October that podcasts would be coming to its Play Music service, but now April 18 could be the date we actually see it.
Google’s latest update to the Calendar application comes with a new nifty feature. Users will now be able to set goals inside the app. This can include reading more books, learning a new language, achieving a fitness goal, and many more.
Almost a year ago Google announced an initiative encourage the building of “transformative technologies” for people with disabilities. Through the Google Impact Challenge: Disabilities, Google offered to provide $20 million to organizations who are pushing innovation for people with disabilities. Today the full list of 30 organizations to be awarded funds was announced by Google. Read more
Google has lots of tools available for users of devices running their operating systems that can help with accessibility issues. Google does this as they are aware that a large majority of users will face some type of disability, almost 20 percent of the U.S. population. Those disabilities can make accessing technology difficult, which is why a technology company like Google takes steps to enable access even for users with significant challenges. Today Google announced some updates for both their Android and ChromeOS platforms. Read more
When Google I/O takes place this May, one of the topics that will likely be covering is the release of a new set of tools from Google intended to help small businesses cope with the challenges of “Mobilegeddon.” Google’s managing director of small-to-medium business sales, Yong Su Kim, revealed the new Test My Site with Google diagnostic tool will roll out in May, which is the same month as Google I/O, so the odds seem pretty good the event will coincide with the launch of the new tool. Read more
Yahoo has been clinging to life for years now, and it looks like it’s finally starting to see the writing on the wall. It’s planning on selling auctioning off its web business next week to whomever is willing to throw the most money at it. Yahoo has its fingers in many different pies, but nothing has really paid off for it against massive competitors like Google and Microsoft. Read more