Google Pay support added for more than 170 banks in the US this week

Google Pay and Apple Pay compete in the United States, as both try to appeal to consumers using mobile payment services. However, in order to reach as many customers as possible, both services must be support as many banks and financial institutions in the country.

While Apple Pay adds support for US banks almost every month, Google Pay is struggling to keep up the pace. However, after a hiatus of two months, Google silently added support for no less than 171 banks in the United States.

Back in March, the search giant announced that 61 banks will offer Google Pay support in the United …


LG G7 ThinQ launches globally this week for G6-like prices

LG just announced that the G7 ThinQ – its newest flagship smartphone – is launching globally starting this week. The handset first hits shelves in South Korea (LG’s home country), where customers will be able to buy it as of tomorrow, May 18. Shortly after, the G7 ThinQ will be released in “key markets” across America, Europe, and Asia.

 

As previously reported, in South Korea, prices for the LG G7 ThinQ will be similar to those of last year’s LG G6, starting at 898,700 won. We’re expecting the same thing to happen in the US, so the G7 should be priced at around $700 stateside. …

A Sprint – T-Mobile merger deal may be agreed upon next week

After discussions that went on and off last year, T-Mobile and Sprint – the third and fourth largest mobile carriers in the US – may finally be on the verge of merging. Earlier this month, the two carriers restarted merger talks, and Reuters now reports that they’ve made significant progress in this regard.
According to unnamed sources that have shared information with Reuters, T-Mobile and Sprint could “successfully complete deal talks” as soon as the coming week. However, sources tell Reuters there’s “no certainty” that a final deal will be reached.
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Spectacles sequel could arrive as early as this week: report

Snap’s next generation Spectacles could be arriving this week. Just over a month ago it was reported that Snap Inc. was planning two new pairs of Spectacles despite lackluster sales of the original. In spite of the report claiming an autumn launch was on the cards for the second-generation wearable, though, a new report by Wired suggests Snap could reveal the new product within a matter of days.

Not much is known about the next generation Spectacles, but previous information points towards the improved product being a much more incremental update, with a focus on fixing bugs and speeding …

Spotify to announce important changes to its mobile app next week

In an attempt to fight Apple Music and other important players in the music streaming services industry, Spotify plans major changes to its free version of the service, a report by Bloomberg claimed last week.

But that’s not the only aspect that Spotify plans to improve starting this month. An invitation to a Spotify event obtained by The Verge confirms major changes are coming to the mobile app as well.

Important Spotify officials will attend the event, including chief R&D officer Gustav Söderström, VP of product development Babar Zafar, and global head of creator service Troy …

Google Maps will let you navigate as Mario in his kart for one week starting tomorrow, MAR10 Day

Just as May 4th has become a special day for Star Wars fans, March 10th is now considered Mario Day. Why? Because writing out the date looks like the name of the video game icon (MAR10). To celebrate, Nintendo has a number of deals lined up including one we told you about the other day. From March 10th (which is tomorrow) through March 25th, the complete Super Mario Run freemium mobile video game is 50% off at $4.99.

But suppose you want to celebrate Mario and not have to shell out any cash to do so? As it turns out, Google has pushed out an update to Google Maps that will replace your location …

'Saturday Night Live' took 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' to dark and weird places this week

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The internet loves Fresh Prince of Bel-Air nostalgia, so it seems pretty clear Saturday Night Live created this parody just for us.

In the sketch’s redone and significantly expanded Fresh Prince opening credits, Chris Redd-as-Will Smith weaves a suspenseful tale. The west Philadelphia troubles that sent him packing to sunny Bel-Air came with a side of vengeance from the local gun-and-drug-running gang he crossed.

The story only gets weirder from there. Come for the darkest timeline take on Fresh Prince, stay for Redd’s damn near perfect Will Smith gyrations. Read more…

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Google Assistant is coming to Android Auto this week

2018 is shaping up as a strong year for smart home speakers and AI-driven experiences as a whole. Alongside the big announcement that companies such as LG, Lenovo, JBL, and Sony, among others, will start producing Google Assistant-powered smart speakers with touchscreens, Google also revealed that its AI assistant will finally be making its way to Android Auto, starting this week in the U.S.

But wait, you can already use voice commands with Android Auto, how is Google Assistant any different? Well, that’s a good question, and the answer is …

Alexa enabled AR smartglasses will be unveiled at CES this coming week


Next week, during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, a company named Vuzix will introduce a new pair of AR smartglasses that will feature Amazon’s virtual personal assistant Alexa. Throughout last year, Alexa was added to non-Amazon devices including the HTC U11, Huawei Mate 9 and a Moto Mod for the Motorola Moto Z series. Just the other day, Amazon said that it will soon release the Alexa Mobile Accessory Kit, which will help developers add the personal assistant to fitness trackers, smartwatches and other devices.

Mining the same vein is Vuzik. The company’s smartglasses …

Huawei says the Mate 10 Pro is "the best phone you've never heard of," will bring it to the US next week

Last month, Huawei said that it would showcase a flagship
smartphone at CES 2018 in order to officially launch it in the US. We were
expecting that flagship handset to be the Android Oreo-based Mate 10 Pro, and now Huawei is confirming
this.

 

Huawei will bring the Mate 10 Pro to CES 2018 presenting it as “the best phone you’ve never heard of.” By you, the
company means US customers, as Huawei’s smartphones are already quite popular
in other regions around the globe, including Asia and Europe.

 

But is the Mate 10 Pro really the best phone you’ve never
heard of? Well, that’s …