Google's Tez mobile wallet app makes monthly bill paying a snap in India

Who enjoys paying their monthly bills?  Nobody, really. But in India, Google has an app called the Tez mobile wallet that starting today, allows payments to be made in seconds. Adding a new company to pay needs to be done only once, and when those monthly utility bills are received, Tez alerts you to their arrival with timely notifications. The app currently supports 80 invoice mailing companies, including consumer service firms like Reliance Energy, BSES and DishTV.

You could wait for Tez to receive your invoices each month, but if you’re the impatient type, you can personally …


Google's Valentine's Day deals include free Pixel 2 Live Cases, savings on Google Home

In celebration of Valentine’s Day 2018, Google this week unveiled a series of deals that folks in the US can take advantage of through Google Store. We’re not talking about breathtaking deals here, but it’s still nice to see that Google is being a bit generous.
If you’re buying a Google Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL before February 14 (at 11:59 PM PT), you can get a free Live Case for your phone. Normally costing at least $40, a protective Live Case can be personalized with your own photos and images, or you can choose one of Google’s preset designs. 
Other …

Great Deal: Motorola Moto X4 now costs just $249 on Google's Project Fi

Released in the US back in September, the mid-range Motorola
Moto X4 was initially priced at $399.99, being sold both directly by Motorola,
and by Google via its Project Fi MVNO (Mobile Virtual Network Operator). As of
this week, the Moto X4 can be purchased for only $249 if you’re getting it via
Project Fi before February 14.  

 

According to Google, to get a Moto X4 for just $249, you’ll
need to activate it on Project Fi “within 30 days of device shipment.”
The great thing about this deal – which saves you $150 – is that it doesn’t
require a minimum activation time. Once you’ve …

Some T-Mobile users find their voicemail transcribed on Google's Phone app

Some T-Mobile users are finding written transcriptions of their voicemail messages produced by Google. These are showing up in the Google Phone app in the visual voicemail tab. One T-Mobile subscriber received a message from Google in his visual voicemail tab. The message read, “See and listen to your messages, without having to call voicemail. Transcripts of your voicemail are provided by Google’s free transcription service.”

It does appear that this feature is just beginning to rollout to T-Mobile subscribers. A few customers of the nation’s third largest carrier who have received the …

Google's Phone app updated, fixing an annoying bug

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

This past month an annoying bug began plaguing the phones of unsuspecting Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners – sometimes their phone would not “wake up” when receiving an incoming call. The bug was reported by a user on the official Google forums and after a brief investigation, it was found out that the bug occurred only when the phone was connected via Bluetooth to another device. But as of today, owners of Google’s latest gen flagships can rejoice – the bug has been fixed with version 16 …

Google's Pichai: AI is one of the most important things being developed by mankind

Google CEO Sundar Pichai had some interesting things to say about Artificial Intelligence (AI) while taping a television interview show a couple of days ago. The executive said that “AI is one of the most important things that humanity is working on. It’s more profound than, I don’t know, electricity or fire.” Pichai said that AI could end up helping mankind discover a cure for cancer, or a solution to the world’s climate change problems.

When asked about the technology’s impact on jobs, Pichai admitted that some people should be worried, but added that in general, the world needs to “embrace …

Update to Google's Gboard app for iOS makes it easier to create your own GIFs

If you’re the type that likes to include home made GIFs with your texts, Google’s Gboard app for iOS now makes it easier to create one. The button to start the process has been moved on the QWERTY keyboard to make it easier to find. Originally, when the feature launched last September, the GIF creation button was found behind the emoji button on the bottom of the keyboard. Accessing it required a long press on the emoji icon at the bottom.

Thanks to an update, the GIF creation button has been moved to the word suggestion bar, making it easier to find (see the arrow on the image at the top …

Google's smart action Clips camera clears the FCC, does this mean it's launching soon?

Remember Clips, Google’s smart action camera that you are intended to place aside and let take snaps of your and your family’s everyday life as it goes by? Announced back in late October 2017 alongside the second generation of Pixel phones, this AI-powered camera has just been cleared by the FCC, which is indicative to us that a release to the market is quite possibly imminent.

As a refresher, the cutesy little action camera will be priced at $249 and will use sophisticated algorithms to capture only the best moments. From what we know so far, it will be actively looking for familiar faces …

Google's Portrait Mode has been ported to most Android phones, including Samsung Galaxies with Exynos processors

While everyone out there is busy simulating large camera apertures and shallow depth of field by using two cameras and some crazy algorithms, Google did what it does best when it released the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and doubled down on the crazy algorithms, sans the multi-camera modules. Essentially, Google brought Portrait Mode to its phones without the need for a second sensor — it just uses machine learning to split and analyze the data from the sensor of its primary camera.

Now, if you own a phone with a single main camera, like the Galaxy S7 or S8, or if you have one of LG’s fisheye-bearing …

Can you tell the difference between a real human voice and Google's new AI voice?

Google has developed a new AI-based text-to-speech system – the Tacotron 2 – that sounds indistinguishable from the voice of a real human, at least that is what Google claims.
To be perfectly exact, the Tacotron 2 system received a mean opinion score (MOS) of 4.53 comparable to a MOS of 4.58 for a professionally recorded speech.
The new system does not sound robotic or digitized in any easily noticeable way, and it can even tell the correct pronunciation of words depending on the semantics. It can also deal with some …