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 …


Tell the world that you are a proud Snapchat member by purchasing something from the new Snap Store

Snapchat parent Snap announced today the opening of the Snap Store, which will sell you merchandise based on Snapchat features. For example, you can buy a Dog Lens T-Shirt for $30.  Scanning the code at the top of this story using the Snapchat camera will allow you to enter the store and purchase exclusive items that will be on sale for a limited time. When in the store for the first time, you can subscribe to the Snap Store, which will allow it to pop up in the Discover section of the app when new merchandise is available. That will next happen on February 8th, one week from today.

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Leaked memo from Snap warns employees not to leak confidential company information

If you are an employee of Snapchat parent Snap, it behooves you to keep your mouth in the upright and locked position. A memo meant for the eyes of Snap employees only has leaked and in it, the company lays down the law on employee leaks. Enforcing a zero-tolerance policy, Snap says that any employee found to be divulging information that is supposed to remain secret will be fired, and could be fined and jailed. It is ironic that a memo about punishing employees who leak company information is, well, leaked.

In the memo, Snap general counsel Michael O’Sullivan wrote that, “If you leak Snap …

New sunglasses can record HD video, snap photos, and stream video live to social media sites

Back in September 2016, Snapchat parent Snap introduced a new product called Spectacles. Basically a cheap pair of sunglasses with an embedded video camera, the device was priced at $129.99 and recorded 10 seconds of video everytime the “record button” was tapped. A maximum of 30 seconds could be recorded and uploaded to social media. Originally sold out of a vending machine that moved from location to location, the company announced last October that in one year it had sold over 150,000 units, 50% more than expected. Once Snapchat started selling them online, sales began to tumble.

Now, …

Redesigned Snapchat to launch on Android December 4th?; Snap to sell Spectacles at store in London

Yesterday, we told you that Snapchat parent Snap had reported a lower than expected gain of 4.5 million new Active Daily Users during the third quarter. More importantly, founder and CEO Evan Spiegel said that the messaging app will be unveiling a new redesign for the Android version of Snapchat. Following the redesign, Snapchat will be easier to use. While Spiegel didn’t reveal a launch date for the new version of Snapchat, a source familiar with the matter said that employees were internally given the date of December 4th as to when to expect the new look to be available.

The source adds …

Snap and NBCUniversal to open TV studio for mobile programming

Snapchat parent Snap is teaming up with NBCUniversal to build a television studio that will provide content for mobile devices. The studio will produce scripted content like situation comedies and dramas. Each company will be a half-owner of the studio and the joint venture has already signed Mark and Jay Duplass as its first creative hires. The bet being made by both companies is that mobile content needs to be produced differently than programming for that giant screen in the living room. Former NBC Entertainment’s senior VP of current programming, Lauren Anderson, will take the job of chief …

No more Snap, Crackle or Pop for iPhone 8/8 Plus as Apple sends out iOS 11.0.2

A bit more than a week ago, we told you that some Apple iPhone 8 and Apple iPhone 8 Plus users were troubled by a static noise that was coming from their phone’s earpiece. Apple said that it would send out a software update that would fix the problem, and that update came today when iOS 11.0.2 was pushed out by the gang in Cupertino. So, the static issue should be gone following the installation of iOS 11.0.2. The size of the update weighs in at 286.8MB.

Apple stated that iOS 11.0.2 bring various bug fixes and improvements to the iPhone and iPad. To be more precise, the latest iOS build:

Fixes …

Snap says it has sold over 150,000 Spectacle glasses in one year, 50% more than expected

Has more than a year gone by since Snapchat parent Snap introduced its first hardware product? You bet it has. The plastic sunglasses that records and shares up to 30-seconds of video at a time has sold 50% more units than the company’s target. According to company founder and CEO Evan Spiegel, who was speaking Tuesday at Vanity Fair’s fourth annual New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills, Snap has rung up over 150,000 units of the product. The in-house target was to sell 100,000 Spectacles over the year.

Spiegel said that he was proud of that number since it topped the number of iPad …

This free app lets you snap AR-like photos and videos, and put 3D characters or people into your shots

AR/VR company called 8i has released a smartphone app that allows you to experience AR through your mobile device and turn your pictures into sci-fi-like snaps. The Holo app, free on Google Play and App Store, lets you put animated characters and people into your photos and videos, almost as if they were there for real. Almost.

The app is pretty cool for what it does, but does feel a little stiff at times, even though taking pictures with Spiderman by your side can’t really get dull, ever. Nonetheless, if you take Spidey, for example, and decide to put him into your shot, …

Snapchat creator Snap Inc. bought a drone maker, so watch out for disappearing drones!

Snapchat (that is, Snap Inc.)appears to have some interesting ideas about hardware. This became evident last year with the release of Spectacles, a wearable that, unlike any other wearable, is great for parties. And now, Snap Inc. has another notch on its acquisition belt. It’s a drone maker by the name of Ctrl Me Robotics.

The LA, California company reportedly was on the brink of closing – instead it closed a sub-$1 million deal with Snap. Founder Simon Saito Nielsen and his team are getting hired at the Snapchat company, presumably taking their assets and equipment …