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Amazon Alexa now works with more than 60,000 smart home devices Technology 

Amazon Alexa now works with more than 60,000 smart home devices

Does it feel like Alexa is just about everywhere lately? That’s for good reason. While other voice assistants are limited primarily to smartphones or have a small number of third-party devices they are compatible with, Amazon has been branching out its voice assistant in just about every way imaginable. According to the company, Alexa now works with more than 60,000 smart home devices from more than 7,400 brands. From publicly available data, that would make it the most widely accessible voice assistant on the market. The news represents a considerable jump in…

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Google will pay you up to $600 to switch from an iPhone to a Pixel 3a Technology 

Google will pay you up to $600 to switch from an iPhone to a Pixel 3a

Although the surprise was spoiled months ahead of time, Google officially revealed its mid-range Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL smartphones at the Google I/O developer conference this week. As expected, the designs of both new phones mirror that of the standard Pixel 3, but with lower specs and familiar hardware, Google was able to keep the price far lower than what Apple, Samsung, and other major brands are charging for their flagships. As a result, the Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL both offer compelling value propositions compared to…

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WhatsApp upcoming features: WhatsApp Payment rollout for all, product catalogs, animated stickers and more Technology 

WhatsApp upcoming features: WhatsApp Payment rollout for all, product catalogs, animated stickers and more

WhatsApp is undoubtedly the most popular instant messaging platform ever and during its journey to the top, WhatsApp has introduced a lot of new features which has helped the Facebook-owned platform become the favourite communications application. On the other hand, WhatsApp keeps on testing more new features for its platform in order to further improve the overall user experience. Some of these features get spotted on the beta versions of the app and while some WhatsApp features are made available for the masses, there are some which are scrapped. One…

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Google is bringing Electronic IDs to Android Technology 

Google is bringing Electronic IDs to Android

The last day of Google’s developer conference tends not to have any news, but this year was a little overloaded. Google announced today that it’s working on bringing Electronic IDs to Android. Separately, the company also confirmed that all new Android Q devices will be required to encrypt user data. Replacing ID cards, such as driver’s licenses and club memberships, has been the last major piece of the digital wallet puzzle. We’re not talking about securely logging into web pages — this is for identifying yourself in “physical world transactions.” Wallet apps can…

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Google to allow users to pay for Android apps using cash Technology 

Google to allow users to pay for Android apps using cash

Today, the Android platform sees more app downloads than iOS, but Apple’s App Store continually dominates in terms of revenue. Now, Google is aiming to narrow the revenue gap by introducing a new way for users in emerging markets to pay for apps: with cash. The company today announced it’s launching “pending transactions,” which offers users different ways to pay that don’t require a credit card or any other traditional form of online payment. Lack of access to credit is one of many reasons why users in emerging markets gravitate towards…

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Now you can book appointments directly through Instagram and Facebook Technology 

Now you can book appointments directly through Instagram and Facebook

With these new Facebook and Instagram tools, why ever log off? Facebook announced Tuesday that it is rolling out a feature for businesses and their customers that allows users to book appointments directly through Instagram and Facebook. to Edit profile, then click “Add Action Button,” and select “Book Now.” A demo video shows how a “Book Now” button will appear on business pages. When users click on the button, they’ll be able to select the date, time, and services they want, and then hit “Request Appointment.” The process then transfers over to Messenger…

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Amazon Announces New Purchase Order Cancellation Policies Technology 

Amazon Announces New Purchase Order Cancellation Policies

Amazon has announced the beginning of a new cancellation policy for purchase orders. This change went into effect on March 24th. It allows for Amazon to automatically cancel direct import and other orders without the vendor’s approval if the vendor doesn’t complete delivery within the stated window. The details of this new policy differ for direct import orders and other orders. For direct import orders, if 45 days pass after the purchase order’s ship/delivery window, the accepted line items will auto-cancel unless Amazon receives an ASN. For regular replenishment, staged,…

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Walmart discounts a selection of electronics, automotive items, home goods, and more in its SavingsCenter. Technology 

Walmart discounts a selection of electronics, automotive items, home goods, and more in its SavingsCenter.

Whether you plan to add to your current set up or are just looking to replace it with a different type, you’ll find plenty of ways to keep costs down with Walmart’s Saving Center. Choose from top brands and save big on electronics, cookware, furniture, clothing, and much more. Here is a quick, easy guideline so you can find the best bang for your buck. Quality vs Quantity When shopping for items that are on clearance, have a rollback or other type of reduced price, it’s always good to stock…

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Apple reportedly removing apps that share your location data with third parties Technology 

Apple reportedly removing apps that share your location data with third parties

Apple has started removing apps from the App Store that violate the company’s policies by sharing location data with third parties without explicit consent, reports 9to5Mac. The breaches are related to sections 5.1.1 and 5.1.2 of the company’s App Store Guidelines, which say that apps must not transmit “user location data to third parties without explicit consent from the user [or] for unapproved purposes.” Developers that have violated the company’s guidelines have received notices from Apple, informing them that their apps are not in compliance “upon re-evaluation.” 9to5Mac notes that the apps affected haven’t provided enough clear…

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Forget your password for iCloud, iTunes, or the App Store? Here’s how to reset your Apple ID Technology 

Forget your password for iCloud, iTunes, or the App Store? Here’s how to reset your Apple ID

Whether you want to log into iCloud on a new device or download something from iTunes or the App Store, you’ll need your Apple ID password to get it done. If you can’t remember your password, you can reset it using the web browser on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. If you don’t even remember your Apple ID, you can try to recover that too! How to reset your Apple or iCloud password with your email address or security questions How to reset your password if you have two-factor authentication…

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