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March 2, 2015

Google Is Working On A Payments Service Called Android Pay

Google is working on an OS-level payments service called Android Pay, according to comments made by Sundar Pichai at Mobile World Congress today. It won’t be another consumer-facing service like Google Wallet, however.

“We’re working on something called Android Pay. It’s an API layer in Android, so that all the mechanics of payments can be done in a standardized and consistent way,” Pichai said.

He emphasized that because Google is integrating a payments system at the OS level, it won’t compete with things like Samsung’s new Pay service or Google Wallet.

“At a user level, people love different services… We always [...]

 
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March 2, 2015

Google To Launch U.S. Mobile Network In The ‘Coming Months’

Google’s SVP of products, Sundar Pichai, today confirmed the rumors that the company will become a wireless provider in the “coming months.”

At Mobile World Congress this morning, Pichai acknowledged that Google is working with “existing partners” to create its own mobile virtual network operator (MVNO). Previous reports have suggested that T-Mobile and Sprint will be those partners—though Pichai did not confirm this.

He did say that Google has been in contact with Verizon and AT&T about its plans to avoid any conflict with the largest carriers in the United States. “Carriers in the U.S. are what powers most of our Android phones, [...]

 
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February 26, 2015

Apple Watch Event Scheduled For March 9

Apple is holding a media event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco on March 9. It will likely reveal final details about the Apple Watch, which is expected to launch sometime in April.

While Apple has not explicitly stated that this will be an Apple Watch event, the “Spring Forward” pun in the press invitation is pretty clear:

Beyond that, Apple still has a lot to share about the new device. When it introduced the Apple Watch alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus last September, it vaguely went over how people will use the product, without going into too many details. There has been plenty of speculation, but we have yet to [...]

 
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February 24, 2015

How To Set A Sleep Timer For Spotify, Pandora, And Other Music Apps On iOS

Sometimes I like to listen to music on my iPhone as I’m falling asleep, but I don’t want the music to play all night. Luckily for me, Apple worked a special sleep timer feature into iOS that works for any music app—iTunes, Spotify, Pandora, or anything else.

The feature is a kind of hidden gem, buried deep within the Clock app. Here’s how to find it and use it:

Start playing music from the app of your choice. Open the Clock app, and go to the Timer page. Tap “When Timer Ends,” scroll all the way to the bottom, select “Stop Playing,” and tap “Set.” Set the timer to the duration of your choice and tap [...]
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