Samsung Pay Adds PayPal as Payment Option

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Samsung announced today that the company has added PayPal as a new payment option in Samsung Pay. With PayPal access, Samsung Pay users will be able to access their PayPal wallets to make payments at any place Samsung Pay is accepted, which means in-app, online, and in-store. PayPal specifically said that the support is “coming soon,” ...

HTC U11 Gains Hands-Free Access to Amazon Alexa, a First for a Phone

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Amazon Alexa has arrived on its first phone with hands-free access, thanks to the HTC U11. While Alexa started arriving on smartphones this year (Huawei Mate 9), the U11 is the first to allow you to access Alexa using the “Alexa,” wake command at any time. The access comes in the form of an app that ...

Bixby Update Brings Voice Control Over Google Play Store, Pandora, and Yelp

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Bixby received another update this week that adds voice controls to three additional apps: Google Play, Pandora, and Yelp. With this Bixby Voice and Home update and access to those apps, you can perform new voice tasks like installing apps, finding nearby coffee shops, or playing favorite artists or setting sleep timers. So far, the Google ...

Google Maps Now Displaying Traffic Time Graph Inside of Directions

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Google Maps is beginning to display the best time to make those errands, with a time graph being shown directly inside of the directions menu. As an example, let’s say you want to head to the mall. Simply plug in the address, then Google Maps will display the best time for you to go. It could ...

Google Play Music’s New Release Radio Now Open to All

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After a short exclusive access period for Samsung Galaxy S8 owners, Google Play Music’s New Release Radio is now open for all to enjoy. The station first launched almost a month ago and provided Galaxy S8 owners a new radio station that played a “personalized mix of newly released songs.” It turned out to be a ...

Google Adds Direct Spa and Salon Reservations to Search and Maps Results

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Back in March, Google introduced a new feature that allowed you to book your next yoga class or pilates session directly within Google Search or Maps results. Today, they are expanding on that by allowing you to do the same with salons and spas. To take advantage, just search for the place you typically get your ...

Google Releases Improved Backup and Sync Desktop Tool for Google Photos and Drive

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Google launched its new Backup and Sync tool for desktops today, made specifically for users of Google Photos and Google Drive who are looking to keep their photos and documents in a safe space attached to their Google account. The new tools replace the existing backup tools, so if you already use those, be prepared for ...

Google Play Movies & TV Gets HDR Playback

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Your Google Play Movies & TV viewing experience is ready to be cranked up a notch in the contrast, brightness, and color departments, thanks to High Dynamic Range (HDR) support launching today in the US and Canada. Of course, you’ll need an HDR-equipped TV and a movie that can play in both 4K and HDR. Google ...