We here in the States aren't always quick to adopt new technology (or in this case, new-ish). Take those little security chips embedded in credit cards. Yeah, we're only just now getting around to using those. Banks are starting to send them out, and retailers are having to update their machines.
So PayPal is now bringing its Here Chip Card Reader to the US. This updated unit accepts chip card transactions in addition to magnetic stripes. Starting next month, merchants who do not accept chip cards will be liable for point of sale fraud unless they update to an EMV terminal. Read More
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Android Police coverage: Raywar: Pandemonium Is A Twin Stick Shooter That Does Its Very Best To Make Your Eyeballs Explode
Raywar: Pandemonium is a standard top-down, twin-stick shooter in the style of Geometry Wars. Read More
We're halfway through the 15th iteration of the Humble Mobile Bundle, and you know what that means. Yes, more games, and also a chance to win all the games. You can still buy the bundle of course, but we're giving away 10 codes. Read More
Buzzfeed gets something of a bad rap among some of the more conventional news outlets on the Internet. One that it entirely deserves, by the way - you'd be hard-pressed to find a more wretched hive of low-thought content and ill-advised "viral" posts outside of... actually, there's nowhere else. But Buzzfeed's news portal is, if not exactly stellar, then not entirely worthy of derision either - they managed to interview President Obama that one time. Buzzfeed's third published Android app is specifically for the news portion of the site.
BF News is a typical news app, but it's a bit Spartan at the moment. Read More
Raise your hand if you've heard this one before. No? Come on, I know Cody doesn't pore over every line of code in every update of Google's apps for nothing. I'm pretty sure you remember what he came across just last week when he tore down Google Photos 1.5. That was a very popular post too — almost 1500 social shares. Ah see, now you know what I'm talking about.
Yes, Google Photos, the app that broke free of Google+'s shackles and is now basking in the glory of untethered updates and improvements, is getting ready for a big bump. How big? Read More
Some major changes for the YouTube Android app appear to be coming down the pipeline. Several readers have reached out to us with screenshots and video documenting substantial tweaks they noticed when firing up the app. Read More
After a whole summer of waiting and beta testing, Samsung Pay is live in the US. It supports all 2015 flagship Samsung devices, but you'll need carrier support too. That might mean a few updates and some more waiting. Read More
I've used a bunch of team-based, business-oriented chatroom-style services, and Slack and Hipchat seem to be the two most popular choices for managers at this point. Maybe it's time to consider an alternative, and cloud storage giant Dropbox is giving us a pretty good reason to do so: Zulip. The funny-named client has been quietly developed by Dropbox for the last year, and now it's available as an open source tool.
Dropbox acquired Zulip in 2014, and the service is going open source as a result of the company's yearly Hack Week invitational program. And when they say open, they mean wide open: the chat server, the Android and iOS apps, the desktop programs for Windows, OS X, and Linux, all of it is being offered up. Read More
We've been hearing rumblings of an impending update for Hangouts, bringing it to version 5.0 and coming "soon." The update will allegedly resolve lots of lag issues, but it will apparently fix at least one other problem: GIFs.
In Hangouts 4, GIFs appear to send as static images, which kinda ruins the fun. Hangouts 5 appears to send GIFs as they were meant to be enjoyed, though - as you might expect - GIFs sent from Hangouts 4 to Hangouts 5 still won't work. Read More