Google is sunsetting its Checkout digital payment processing service in favor of its Google Wallet mobile commerce platform.
“We’re letting Web merchants know that in six months, Google Checkout will be retired as we transition to Google Wallet–a platform that enables merchants to meet the demands of a multi-screen world where consumers shop in-stores, at their desks and on their mobile devices,” Read More
Huawei is launching its first Windows Phone 8-powered smartphone to the U.S. market.
The Chinese phone maker said the W1 features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM, a 4-inch IPS LCD screen with Gorilla Glass, a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It also features a microSD port that can hold up to 32GB of storage.
Powered by Windows Phone 8, Huawei is one of the very few smartphone makers offering the latest smartphone software. Nokia, HTC, and Samsung have also developed devices running the platform. Read More
More fiber, more speed, and more communities: Google Fiber is expanding in and around Kansas City to include Grandview, Missouri. Google Fiber, as you probably know, offers Gigabit internet speeds — up to 100x faster than the average broadband connection. It’s currently available or announced in only a few limited locations, such as Austin, Texas, Provo, Utah, and of course Kansas City itself. Read More
Messaging service Viber today made the leap from smartphone to desktop. The free messaging/phone service is now available on PC and Mac computers, allowing seamless integration between mobile and desktop users.
The move comes alongside news that Viber has more than 200 million users across various platforms, including Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and BlackBerry. Now, Viber Desktop runs in harmony with mobile versions, completing the setup process using your existing phone number as your ID. Read More
Google has announced it will be deactivating the Meebo Bar publishing tool in order to focus more on its service Google+ sign-ins and related plugins for the networking site. The Meebo Bar will be functioning till its retirement on the June 6, 2013. The information was first reported on TheNextWeb however is now published on the Meebo’s website. Read More
Google has brought Google Now, its prime Siri competitor, to the iPhone and iPad by incorporating the feature into its search app for iOS devices.
The feature, which has been available to Android users for months, pulls together information from across Google services to give users a digital starting point. The company said Monday that the service is now open to iPhone and iPad users through the company’s free Google Search app. Read More
Canonical has released its latest version of the popular Ubuntu Linux distro today. Ubuntu 13.04, dubbed “Raring Ringtail” is now available to download, or new Linux users can take the new OS for a test drive in their web browsers. Canonical is marketing Ubuntu 13.04 as the fastest and most polished Ubuntu ever, and has included some new features that will make a Linux fan’s heart sing. Read More
The outage appeared to affect a number of iCloud-based services, including Mail, Find My iPhone, and Find My Friends. Users attempting to log in to iCloud.com were also met with a “Connection Error” message that explained that “iCloud encountered an error while trying to connect to the server.” Read More