Galaxy S6 edge: Samsung Pay

Video: Watch Samsung Pay in action on the Galaxy S6 edge

By on March 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Video: Watch Samsung Pay in action on the Galaxy S6 edge

One of the main features of Samsung’s shiny new Galaxy S toys is Samsung Pay, the company’s own mobile payments solution that’s supposed to compete directly against Apple Pay. Samsung Pay will not be available immediately to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge buyers — in fact, it won’t launch until this summer in America and Korea — but Samsung has set up a demo corner at MWC that shows how the feature works, and CNET recorded a video of it. More →

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Free Personal Assistant Service

Text this ‘Magic’ number and you can get anything you want

By on February 24, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

Text this ‘Magic’ number and you can get anything you want

There was once a time when personal assistant services could only be enjoyed by the wealthy. Now, there are plenty of services that offer at least a portion of the personal assistant experience at a small fraction of the price of hiring a full-time person on staff. The experience isn’t quite the same, of course, but most people don’t really have a need for a real full-time assistant.

Now, when it comes to getting whatever you want delivered to you with a minimal amount of effort, a new service called Magic could be exactly what you’ve been waiting for. More →

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Google Search Mobile Changes

Google’s latest mobile search change brings some key interface changes

By on February 20, 2015 at 6:45 PM.

Google’s latest mobile search change brings some key interface changes

Where would we be without Google Search? We have written a number of times about how important Google and its industry-leading search engine is — for a good example, see our article titled “The truth about Google and evil.” Google has launched and will continue to launch a number of important products with impact that reaches far beyond profits and revenue, but Search stands out because of the role it played in breaking down the barriers between people and information.

As good as Google Search is, however, Google is constantly looking for ways to improve its search engine and its interfaces, and the company’s latest big change brings some great improvements to mobile search. More →

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Free Cloud Storage Offer

How to get 100GB of cloud storage right now for free

By on February 20, 2015 at 11:55 AM.

How to get 100GB of cloud storage right now for free

Cloud this… cloud that… everything is cloud these days. While there is no question that “cloud” has become a painfully annoying buzzword, there is also no question that the rise of cloud storage services and cloud computing have been absolute game-changers. There are obvious (and quite serious) security concerns anytime any of your data is stored on remote servers belonging to a third party, but there are also huge benefits that are nearly impossible to give up once you’ve embraced the cloud.

If you have yet to take the plunge — or even if you have and you want more storage space — a great new offer will get you 100GB of cloud storage for a full year, and it’s absolutely free. More →

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Amazon Services List

12 great Amazon features you might not know about (but will wish you had)

By on February 18, 2015 at 10:10 AM.

12 great Amazon features you might not know about (but will wish you had)

When it comes to online shopping, Amazon is king. The company hasn’t quite mastered the delicate art of consistent profit growth, but when it comes to undercutting the competition and selling an impossibly wide range of goods at competitive prices, there is none better than Amazon. Of course, Amazon is constantly breaking into new areas and it now provides plenty of services outside of simply shipping goods to your door in two days.

And no, we’re not just talking about Prime Video streaming — Amazon’s reach extends well beyond that now. More →

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Dropbox iOS Update Features

The feature you’ve been waiting for was finally added to Dropbox’s iOS app

By on February 17, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

The feature you’ve been waiting for was finally added to Dropbox’s iOS app

Dropbox on Tuesday issued a nice update to its popular iOS app which takes advantage of the extensions feature Apple first introduced with iOS 8. With the updated app, users can now save files directly to their Dropbox account via an iOS 8 share sheet.

More →

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Amazon Prime Air

Amazon’s drone delivery service may have just been killed by the FAA

By on February 16, 2015 at 4:25 PM.

Amazon’s drone delivery service may have just been killed by the FAA

In late 2013, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled Amazon “Prime Air“, an ambitious project involving drones capable of delivering purchased items to Amazon Prime customers in just 30 minutes. NBC News now relays that Amazon’s grand vision for a futuristic drone-filled world took a hit over the weekend when the FAA proposed a set of strict regulations regarding the legality of commercial drone flights. More →

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How To Find Uber Passenger Rating

It’s surprisingly easy to find out your secret Uber passenger rating – here’s how

By on February 11, 2015 at 2:25 PM.

It’s surprisingly easy to find out your secret Uber passenger rating – here’s how

As anyone who has used Uber before knows, the service’s Android and iPhone apps give customers the opportunity to rate their driver at the end of each ride. What some people might also know but many others are unaware of, however, is that Uber employs a similar rating system for passengers as well.

When you get out of your Uber car at the end of your ride, your driver’s app also pops up a message asking him or her to rate you as a passenger. Those secret ratings can be extremely important, and now there’s a surprisingly simple way to find out your passenger rating. More →

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Google Search Health Info

This is the best new Google Search feature we’ve seen in a long time

By on February 10, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

This is the best new Google Search feature we’ve seen in a long time

The Internet is a hypochondriac’s worst nightmare — or best friend, depending on how you look at it. In the age of the web, our first instinct is to search Google for answers to any and all questions. When we’re not feeling well, that extends to searching for clues as to what our symptoms might mean. And here, of course, is where a problem arises: Google’s search results are flooded with sites that do nothing but game search engines, and the information on those sites is often completely useless. So when you search for answers as to what ailment might be responsible for your toe ache, you might come across a website that tells you it’s bronchitis or hyperhidrosis.

Now, Google may finally have an answer to this problem. More →

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Netflix Queue

How to clean up your Netflix queue in 5 simple steps

By on February 2, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

How to clean up your Netflix queue in 5 simple steps

If you have been a Netflix subscriber for any substantial amount of time, there are two universal truths you now accept. First, Netflix is awesome but it can often still be quite difficult to find something good to watch (for help finding the best content Netflix has to offer, check out this post). Second, your Netflix queue has grown into a big mess. In fact, it may have gotten to the point where you don’t even use your queue anymore, and you just browse new and recommended releases on Netflix instead.

Don’t despair, however. It’s not too late to turn things around in your Netflix queue, and these five simple steps will help you quickly find your way to Netflix queue recovery. More →

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Spotify Premium Free

Get 60 days of Spotify Premium for free, but only if you hurry

By on January 28, 2015 at 5:35 PM.

Get 60 days of Spotify Premium for free, but only if you hurry

Spotify is a fantastic service, easily among the best streaming music offerings in the world. It has really become an all-in-one service compared to rivals, allowing users to stream any song in its catalog on demand, or to listen to custom radio stations based on a genre, song or artist. Not everyone has tried the service though, since there are plenty of other options out there that are almost as good in some ways, and even better in others.

If you’re among the people who have never given Spotify a shot though, now is the time to finally try the service out. More →

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Netflix Vs Popcorn Time

Meet the movie pirating service that Netflix is afraid of

By on January 22, 2015 at 9:05 AM.

Meet the movie pirating service that Netflix is afraid of

Movie pirating used to be something that happened quietly behind closed doors. Unscrupulous Internet users would swarm to peer-to-peer file-sharing services and download bootleg copies of films, trying to hide their tracks as best they could. Now, the Internet is a very different place. People flock to Reddit and other online forums to openly discuss movie theft, and the most popular means of downloading stolen movies are widely publicized services like The Pirate Bay and Popcorn Time.

And when it comes to the latter, it turns out Popcorn Time isn’t just a tiny little piracy tool. The industry has taken notice and now Netflix, the biggest streaming movie and TV show service in the world, has directly named Popcorn Time as a threat. More →

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