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New rules mean Google won’t get Android Pay transaction fees

New rules mean Google won’t get Android Pay transaction fees

Visa and MasterCard, the two largest payment networks, has established a new standard that practically makes mobile payment transactions free of charge. This is a good news, bad news situation for Google, who just launched its Android Pay late last month. On the one hand, it might mean that merchants will be more willing to embrace the new payment system due to the absence of hidden fees. On the other hand, this means that Google won't have one "feature" that Apple Pay has: a cut for every payment transaction made.

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Google’s self-driving cars are getting a monthly report card

Google’s self-driving cars are getting a monthly report card

Google will release monthly reports on the progress of its self-driving cars, including detailing any incidents or crashes the vehicles are involved in. The move for greater transparency follows Google co-founder Sergey Brin's earnest plea to shareholders to continue to support "moonshot" projects earlier this week, which was closely followed by the revelation that its autonomous cars had been involved in their twelfth incident. In addition to listing accidents, however, Google will also use the monthly summaries as an opportunity to flag its cars' intelligence on the road.

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Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

Facebook Lite Review: stripped for the next billion users

This week Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a version of their social networking app made for low-speed data networks around the world. This app is aimed at nations with little or severely limited data on smartphone, pushing the line between functionality and operability. This app isn't made for everyone - it's made for those that want to connect in remote areas, and don't mind giving up a few flourishes in an app to do so. Facebook Lite functions very similar to the standard Facebook app - can it keep up?

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Chrome adds new ‘Touch to Search’ feature for Android

Chrome adds new ‘Touch to Search’ feature for Android

Android users will have another reason to boast over iOS. Chrome is rolling out a new Touch to Search feature, giving users a quick and easy way to contextually search from within the browser. Of course, it's only available on Android mobile devices. This one-touch search is a welcome feature instead of having to fumble around to highlight, copy, paste, and search on your mobile browser.

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Chrome tames Flash with smart plugin pausing

Chrome tames Flash with smart plugin pausing

Chrome may certainly be a capable browser, but it can also be a system-intensive one, and that's something Google is teaming with Adobe to address. Figuring Flash animations gone wild to be one of the biggest demands from webpages in Chrome, the two companies have come up with a system to hit pause on secondary content - thus easing up on your laptop battery life - while still keeping the primary content running.

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NASA drone tracking trials tap Verizon towers

NASA drone tracking trials tap Verizon towers

NASA and Verizon are working together on air traffic control for drones, aiming to use existing cellphone towers to track and even ground unmanned aircraft. The deal will see the space agency kick off trials at its Ames Research Center in California this summer, focusing on small, low-altitude drones which currently don't make it onto the radar of traditional air traffic management. The goal is an automated system which would open the skies to drone delivery, something which already has Amazon and Google throwing their money at NASA.

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HTC One ME sports HTC’s sharpest display, and you can’t have it

HTC One ME sports HTC’s sharpest display, and you can’t have it

This morning HTC revealed the HTC One ME, a device with a display pixel density of a whopping 564.85 PPI. With 1440 x 2560 pixels (otherwise known as "2K"), across its 5.2-inch display, this machine out-sharps the HTC One M9, a device with a 5-inch display at 1080p - that's 441 PPI. This new HTC One ME works with a brand new processor as well, MediaTek's Helio X10. This is a 64-bit mobile processor with a 2.2GHz octa-core CPU. This device will be appearing in China first in three color variations.

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Explore the ocean depths with Google Street View’s deep-sea imagery

Explore the ocean depths with Google Street View’s deep-sea imagery

Google Street View used to be just about getting a first-person look at roads and intersections, then it started to let us go inside buildings, and even took us to some of the world's highest mountain tops. Now we are going to explore oceans around the globe with the service's latest update. While the feature is available today, its debut is to celebrate World Oceans Day (which is actually on June 8th). Google says it new interactive footage is the result of a four-year partnership with several ocean conservation and protection organizations.

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Google reports self-driving car accident #12

Google reports self-driving car accident #12

Google has revealed that one of its self-driving cars has been involved in a vehicular accident, though it was not the fault of the autonomous car -- rather, a person-driven vehicle rear ended one of Google's self driving cars while it was stopped at a red light. Concerns about the safety of driverless cars has been around for a long time — far longer than current self-driving car efforts —- and some view incidents like this with a knee-jerk reaction. Still, of the driverless car incidents that have been reported, very few are the fault of the car itself.

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