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Lamont Shaw 2016-06-20
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The Honor 5C is the latest budget offering from the Huawei spin-off brand focused on delivering premium experiences at a low price.

It follows on from 2015's Honor 4C, with its successor gaining a larger higher resolution display, more power and punchier cameras.

The Honor 5C's screen comes in at 5.2 inches with a full HD resolution, Huawei's own Kirin 650 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing snapper.

Premium without the price

The metal rear adds a premium touch to a handset residing in the bottom tiers of the mobile market, while Android Marshmallow sits on screen – although it is covered in Huawei's hit and miss Emotion UI.

Honor's promising 1.3 days usage from a single charge for heavy users - a seriously bold claim and one we'll make sure we put to the test in our in-depth review.

It's going up against the excellent Moto G4, which means it'll have its work cut out – but initial impressions are positive.

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Bryan White 2017-03-23
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Fintech startup Revolut has been a free service and this isn’t going to change.

But the company is going to add a premium tier with more features for £6.99/€8.50/$8.50 per month in 42 European countries.

If you sign up to the new “Premium Account,” you’ll receive a MasterCard with a new design.

There are three different options and I love pink so I think they look quite good.

Premium accounts get unlimited interbank foreign exchange when you spend, transfer and exchange money with your Revolut account.

Free users can send, spend and exchange up to £5,000/€6,000/$6,000 (or equivalent) per month.

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Stephen Martinez 2017-07-19
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Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app.

The first implementation of Pay Places involves a partnership with the TGI Friday’s restaurant chain, but we understand this feature will be supported in more in-store and physical world applications in the future.

It’s also not broadly available across the restaurant’s chains in the U.S. Only Amazon customers in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Virginia, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania are able to take advantage of the feature at present.

To access Amazon Pay Places, you’ll need the Amazon mobile app.

Once launched, tap on the drop-down menu to access the app’s navigation, then tap on “Programs & Features.”

Amazon Pay Places will be available in this section, in supported markets.

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Ruth Reed 2017-12-13
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T-Mobile is getting into the paid TV business, with the acquisition of Layer3 TV, a TV tech company, and plans announced to launch its own offering sometime next year.

T-Mobile’s John Legere revealed the pay TV ambitions for the so-called “Un-carrier” on its YouTube channel today.

The plan involves building a service that avoids long-term contracts, as well as complex bundles and billing.

Layer3 TV, which offers streaming TV and online video combined into a single service offering, might provide some idea of what it’ll look like in practice once it launches, though the acquisition could also be more about its underlying technology.

T-Mobile already offers preferential streaming for select video services using its “Binge On” unlimited streaming program – it’ll be interesting to see how entering the streaming over-the-top TV business will affect those relationships with other competing services.

Legere characterized the current state of the paid TV business to that of the mobile industry when T-Mobile began its “uncarrier” campaign, and clearly seeks to try to provoke a similar kind of competition in this legacy-dominated industry.

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Dennis Masters 2017-11-16

Amazon is shelving plans to introduce a pay-TV bundle over concerns it can’t reliably turn a profit with the service, according to a report today from Reuters.

The service was to be part of Amazon Channels, the company’s current cable subscription offering that lets users subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and Amazon’s new anime streaming service, among more than 100 other cable and digital-only networks.

The pay-TV tier would have included local broadcast and cable channels in a skinny bundle similar to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV, but presumably for less money and with more popular channels unbundled from other, less desirable options.

However, Reuters reports that Amazon couldn’t convince networks to break with the cable bundling model and offer popular channels as standalone options in a more attractive a la carte model, at least not at the rates Amazon was willing to pay.

That echoes the same challenges faced by Apple, Google, Verizon, and others in their attempts to bring down the cost and expand the accessibility of digital pay-TV bundles.

As it stands, rights owners still largely have control in how TV is packaged and distributed, leading to concessions like Sling’s multi-tier pricing model and the higher cost of services with more extensive channel support, like YouTube TV.

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Kyle Greathouse 2017-07-07
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The cable TV industry has won a big victory against rate regulation via a court decision that will make it harder for cities and towns to impose price controls on pay-TV service.

Today's ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a June 2015 decision by the Federal Communications Commission that helped cable companies avoid local rate regulation.

The FCC, under then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, ruled that cable TV providers face "effective competition" nationwide, mainly because of the widespread availability of satellite TV service from DirecTV and Dish.

Before the June 2015 FCC vote, the burden of proof was on cable companies to show that they faced effective competition.

The Wheeler FCC's decision shifted the burden of proof to local authorities by adopting a "rebuttable presumption" that cable operators face effective competition.

This move did not outlaw local rate regulation entirely, as an individual city or town can still regulate rates if it proves to the FCC that the local cable company doesn't face effective competition.

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William Hill 2016-08-29

PARIS Reuters - Vivendi's pay-TV unit Canal Plus is holding talks with French telecoms firm Iliad about new distribution offers as it tries to stem subscription losses in the country, newspaper Les Echos reported on Tuesday, without citing a source.

Orange, France's number one telecoms operator, and Canal Plus said in July they would announce a new offer dedicated to Orange's premium customers by the end of the year.

Last week, Vivendi announced a 300 million-euro $335 million cost savings plan at Canal Plus in France with the aim of reaching breakeven in 2018 in the country.

The group, led by billionaire Vincent Bollore, has suffered from the competition of newcomers such as Netflix and Qatar-controlled beIN Sports channels.

Iliad and Vivendi were not immediately available for comment.

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Phillip Willis 2016-09-29
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At the start of the year, the FCC announced plans to overhaul the set-top-box market, putting cable providers on guard and earning praise from many consumers.

Summer has passed, though, and winter is right on the horizon, with it coming the start of a new year, a new presidential administration, and a quickly dwindling timeframe to get several regulations pushed through.

In light of all that, it s no big surprise that the FCC has delayed its set-top-box vote.

Under the proposal, pay TV subscribers won t be chained to their set top boxes and other makers would have the chance to enter the market, giving consumers a wider variety of options rather than using the box their cable or satellite provider offers under a leasing option.

Not surprisingly, satellite and cable providers were strongly against the proposal.

The idea of having multiple options for getting cable and satellite service — in terms of the hardware that delivers it — is exciting.

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Dorothy Chiaramonte 2017-02-03
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Opinion: The advent of 4K and HDR has reignited the the debate about HDMI cables and created new opportunities to rip people off.

John Archer, who probably uses more HDMI cables than any other man alive, explains the ungodly mess.

It took me just a few seconds of internet searching to uncover this incredible deal , making me think there could be even more expensive specimens out there for people who really want to push the boat out.

It doesn't help matters when the HDMI Licensing group, which controls the development and application of HDMI connections, dreams up new certifications like HDMI Premium, well intentioned as they may be.

Watch: HDMI 1.4 vs 2.0 vs. 2.1

Needless complexity... or how we got where we are now

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Christopher Johnson 2017-10-23
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Google has said it’s aiming to take the hassle out of online shopping for Android users by streamlining the entire checkout process with a new feature called Pay with Google.

Compared to real-life shopping experiences, online checkouts are relatively instantaneous but they still aren’t without their annoying time-consuming quirks.

You don’t need to queue behind the masses of people that have frustratingly not yet discovered tap and pay, but you do still have to contend with repeatedly inserting your card and shipping details into pages that timeout far too quickly.

Let’s not even get into the Schrödinger's purchase conundrum that is the post-checkout error page.

Pay with Google will make it possible to remove the chance of encountering any of these obstacles by allowing you to save credit, debit and shipping address details to your Google account.

When you buy something at an online retailer Google has partnered with, you’ll simply have to indicate that you’re happy for these details to be used with a couple of taps and Google will send them on to the merchant.

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Jose Hilton 2016-09-28

Pay-TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue as 800,000 customers cut the cord during the next 12 months, according to a new study from the firm cg42.

The results, which are based on an online survey of 1,119 U.S. customers, estimates that pay-TV providers could lose about $1,248 per cord-cutter annually.

That s because the average cord-cutter saves $104 a month—about 56% of their bill—from dropping cable TV.

Some analysts say that if consumers ditch cable TV they could wind up paying even more for the combination of stand-alone high-speed internet and streaming services.

But the study found the opposite: that going without pay-TV service yields savings.

That s in part because people tend not to spend much more than $15 on streaming services even after cutting the cord.

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Daniel Murdock 2017-10-23
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Parting with your money online isn't always as easy and breezy as it should be, but Google thinks it's come up with a fix.

The company launched Pay with Google on Monday, a service that should help you speed through online checkouts in record time.

Gone are the forms, the session timeouts, the errors and the backup authentication, promised the company in a blog post.

Instead you'll be able to select any credit or debit card attached to your Google Account and let the merchant and Google handle all the hoop-jumping for you.

The only thing you may need to do is to identify yourself -- by using your phone's fingerprint scanner, for example, or by confirming your card's three-digit CVC security number.

You can take advantage of Pay by Google through the company's Chrome web browser.

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Wayne Strickland 2017-10-21
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People talk about cord cutting all the time, and when they do they’re referring to ditching pay TV.

There’s another cord that should be cut whether or not you want to keep subscribing to cable though, and that’s your home phone service.

Whether you’re paying $5 a month or $50 a month for your home phone, it’s too much.

You’ll enjoy crystal clear VoIP calls just like you would if you were using your cable company’s telephone service, and you’ll also still get unlimited nationwide calling — you can even keep your phone number.

The only difference you won’t pay a dime, and you’ll also get low rates on international calling.

Here are some more highlights from the product page:

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Joan Zappulla 2017-04-05
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Sling TV has expanded its premium channel lineup, adding Showtime as one of the options for those who want it.

The add-on can be tacked onto one’s existing channel package for $10/month extra, giving subscribers access to the network and its eight individual channels.

Showtime joins the service’s existing premium offerings, including HBO, Starz and Cinemax.

The Sling TV Showtime add-on features a total of eight live and linear feeds, according to the company, as well as access to about 2,000 on-demand videos.

This marks a new milestone for Sling TV, which says it is now the first ever over-the-top television service to offer all four of the big premium networks.

This is an important reality for the company, as it now features a market more crowded than ever.

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Michael Wilson 2018-01-10
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Google has announced that it is set to introduce its culminated payment platform, Google Pay to its digital payments platforms 'Tez' in India.

Google Pay will be made available online, in-store, and across Google products, as well as for paying friends.

Google Pay is already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse and Instacart.

Pali Bhat, Google's vice president of product management of payments wrote in a blog post: "Today, we’re excited to announce we’ll be bringing together all the different ways to pay with Google, including Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single brand: Google Pay.

With Google Pay, it’ll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account, so you can speed through checkout with peace of mind.

Over the coming weeks, you’ll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you’re paying friends."

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Harold Roscoe 2016-11-01
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Pinterest is making its first major change to Instapaper since acquiring the read-it-later service in August 2016.

But it s not the one you may have expected from an ad-supported company.

Instead of syndicating its own ads on Instapaper s site and apps, Pinterest is pulling all ads from Instapaper.

It s not a massive change; Instapaper s apps never featured ads, and its site wasn t overloaded with ads.

But it s a departure from other tech platform buys media property deals like Facebook–Instagram, Yahoo–Tumblr and Google–YouTube that led to an influx of the platform s ads onto the properties.

The company is also turning its $2.99-a-month subscription product, Instapaper Premium, into a free service.

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Lamont Shaw 2016-06-20
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The Honor 5C is the latest budget offering from the Huawei spin-off brand focused on delivering premium experiences at a low price.

It follows on from 2015's Honor 4C, with its successor gaining a larger higher resolution display, more power and punchier cameras.

The Honor 5C's screen comes in at 5.2 inches with a full HD resolution, Huawei's own Kirin 650 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD slot, 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front facing snapper.

Premium without the price

The metal rear adds a premium touch to a handset residing in the bottom tiers of the mobile market, while Android Marshmallow sits on screen – although it is covered in Huawei's hit and miss Emotion UI.

Honor's promising 1.3 days usage from a single charge for heavy users - a seriously bold claim and one we'll make sure we put to the test in our in-depth review.

It's going up against the excellent Moto G4, which means it'll have its work cut out – but initial impressions are positive.

Stephen Martinez 2017-07-19
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Amazon is today introducing a new feature called Amazon Pay Places, that allows customers to pay for in-store and order ahead shopping experiences using their Amazon app.

The first implementation of Pay Places involves a partnership with the TGI Friday’s restaurant chain, but we understand this feature will be supported in more in-store and physical world applications in the future.

It’s also not broadly available across the restaurant’s chains in the U.S. Only Amazon customers in Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., Richmond, Virginia, and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania are able to take advantage of the feature at present.

To access Amazon Pay Places, you’ll need the Amazon mobile app.

Once launched, tap on the drop-down menu to access the app’s navigation, then tap on “Programs & Features.”

Amazon Pay Places will be available in this section, in supported markets.

Dennis Masters 2017-11-16

Amazon is shelving plans to introduce a pay-TV bundle over concerns it can’t reliably turn a profit with the service, according to a report today from Reuters.

The service was to be part of Amazon Channels, the company’s current cable subscription offering that lets users subscribe to HBO, Showtime, and Amazon’s new anime streaming service, among more than 100 other cable and digital-only networks.

The pay-TV tier would have included local broadcast and cable channels in a skinny bundle similar to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV, but presumably for less money and with more popular channels unbundled from other, less desirable options.

However, Reuters reports that Amazon couldn’t convince networks to break with the cable bundling model and offer popular channels as standalone options in a more attractive a la carte model, at least not at the rates Amazon was willing to pay.

That echoes the same challenges faced by Apple, Google, Verizon, and others in their attempts to bring down the cost and expand the accessibility of digital pay-TV bundles.

As it stands, rights owners still largely have control in how TV is packaged and distributed, leading to concessions like Sling’s multi-tier pricing model and the higher cost of services with more extensive channel support, like YouTube TV.

William Hill 2016-08-29

PARIS Reuters - Vivendi's pay-TV unit Canal Plus is holding talks with French telecoms firm Iliad about new distribution offers as it tries to stem subscription losses in the country, newspaper Les Echos reported on Tuesday, without citing a source.

Orange, France's number one telecoms operator, and Canal Plus said in July they would announce a new offer dedicated to Orange's premium customers by the end of the year.

Last week, Vivendi announced a 300 million-euro $335 million cost savings plan at Canal Plus in France with the aim of reaching breakeven in 2018 in the country.

The group, led by billionaire Vincent Bollore, has suffered from the competition of newcomers such as Netflix and Qatar-controlled beIN Sports channels.

Iliad and Vivendi were not immediately available for comment.

Dorothy Chiaramonte 2017-02-03
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Opinion: The advent of 4K and HDR has reignited the the debate about HDMI cables and created new opportunities to rip people off.

John Archer, who probably uses more HDMI cables than any other man alive, explains the ungodly mess.

It took me just a few seconds of internet searching to uncover this incredible deal , making me think there could be even more expensive specimens out there for people who really want to push the boat out.

It doesn't help matters when the HDMI Licensing group, which controls the development and application of HDMI connections, dreams up new certifications like HDMI Premium, well intentioned as they may be.

Watch: HDMI 1.4 vs 2.0 vs. 2.1

Needless complexity... or how we got where we are now

Jose Hilton 2016-09-28

Pay-TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue as 800,000 customers cut the cord during the next 12 months, according to a new study from the firm cg42.

The results, which are based on an online survey of 1,119 U.S. customers, estimates that pay-TV providers could lose about $1,248 per cord-cutter annually.

That s because the average cord-cutter saves $104 a month—about 56% of their bill—from dropping cable TV.

Some analysts say that if consumers ditch cable TV they could wind up paying even more for the combination of stand-alone high-speed internet and streaming services.

But the study found the opposite: that going without pay-TV service yields savings.

That s in part because people tend not to spend much more than $15 on streaming services even after cutting the cord.

Wayne Strickland 2017-10-21
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People talk about cord cutting all the time, and when they do they’re referring to ditching pay TV.

There’s another cord that should be cut whether or not you want to keep subscribing to cable though, and that’s your home phone service.

Whether you’re paying $5 a month or $50 a month for your home phone, it’s too much.

You’ll enjoy crystal clear VoIP calls just like you would if you were using your cable company’s telephone service, and you’ll also still get unlimited nationwide calling — you can even keep your phone number.

The only difference you won’t pay a dime, and you’ll also get low rates on international calling.

Here are some more highlights from the product page:

Michael Wilson 2018-01-10
img

Google has announced that it is set to introduce its culminated payment platform, Google Pay to its digital payments platforms 'Tez' in India.

Google Pay will be made available online, in-store, and across Google products, as well as for paying friends.

Google Pay is already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse and Instacart.

Pali Bhat, Google's vice president of product management of payments wrote in a blog post: "Today, we’re excited to announce we’ll be bringing together all the different ways to pay with Google, including Android Pay and Google Wallet, into a single brand: Google Pay.

With Google Pay, it’ll be easier for you to use the payment information saved to your Google Account, so you can speed through checkout with peace of mind.

Over the coming weeks, you’ll see Google Pay online, in store, and across Google products, as well as when you’re paying friends."

Bryan White 2017-03-23
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Fintech startup Revolut has been a free service and this isn’t going to change.

But the company is going to add a premium tier with more features for £6.99/€8.50/$8.50 per month in 42 European countries.

If you sign up to the new “Premium Account,” you’ll receive a MasterCard with a new design.

There are three different options and I love pink so I think they look quite good.

Premium accounts get unlimited interbank foreign exchange when you spend, transfer and exchange money with your Revolut account.

Free users can send, spend and exchange up to £5,000/€6,000/$6,000 (or equivalent) per month.

Ruth Reed 2017-12-13
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T-Mobile is getting into the paid TV business, with the acquisition of Layer3 TV, a TV tech company, and plans announced to launch its own offering sometime next year.

T-Mobile’s John Legere revealed the pay TV ambitions for the so-called “Un-carrier” on its YouTube channel today.

The plan involves building a service that avoids long-term contracts, as well as complex bundles and billing.

Layer3 TV, which offers streaming TV and online video combined into a single service offering, might provide some idea of what it’ll look like in practice once it launches, though the acquisition could also be more about its underlying technology.

T-Mobile already offers preferential streaming for select video services using its “Binge On” unlimited streaming program – it’ll be interesting to see how entering the streaming over-the-top TV business will affect those relationships with other competing services.

Legere characterized the current state of the paid TV business to that of the mobile industry when T-Mobile began its “uncarrier” campaign, and clearly seeks to try to provoke a similar kind of competition in this legacy-dominated industry.

Kyle Greathouse 2017-07-07
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The cable TV industry has won a big victory against rate regulation via a court decision that will make it harder for cities and towns to impose price controls on pay-TV service.

Today's ruling from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit upheld a June 2015 decision by the Federal Communications Commission that helped cable companies avoid local rate regulation.

The FCC, under then-Chairman Tom Wheeler, ruled that cable TV providers face "effective competition" nationwide, mainly because of the widespread availability of satellite TV service from DirecTV and Dish.

Before the June 2015 FCC vote, the burden of proof was on cable companies to show that they faced effective competition.

The Wheeler FCC's decision shifted the burden of proof to local authorities by adopting a "rebuttable presumption" that cable operators face effective competition.

This move did not outlaw local rate regulation entirely, as an individual city or town can still regulate rates if it proves to the FCC that the local cable company doesn't face effective competition.

Phillip Willis 2016-09-29
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At the start of the year, the FCC announced plans to overhaul the set-top-box market, putting cable providers on guard and earning praise from many consumers.

Summer has passed, though, and winter is right on the horizon, with it coming the start of a new year, a new presidential administration, and a quickly dwindling timeframe to get several regulations pushed through.

In light of all that, it s no big surprise that the FCC has delayed its set-top-box vote.

Under the proposal, pay TV subscribers won t be chained to their set top boxes and other makers would have the chance to enter the market, giving consumers a wider variety of options rather than using the box their cable or satellite provider offers under a leasing option.

Not surprisingly, satellite and cable providers were strongly against the proposal.

The idea of having multiple options for getting cable and satellite service — in terms of the hardware that delivers it — is exciting.

Christopher Johnson 2017-10-23
img

Google has said it’s aiming to take the hassle out of online shopping for Android users by streamlining the entire checkout process with a new feature called Pay with Google.

Compared to real-life shopping experiences, online checkouts are relatively instantaneous but they still aren’t without their annoying time-consuming quirks.

You don’t need to queue behind the masses of people that have frustratingly not yet discovered tap and pay, but you do still have to contend with repeatedly inserting your card and shipping details into pages that timeout far too quickly.

Let’s not even get into the Schrödinger's purchase conundrum that is the post-checkout error page.

Pay with Google will make it possible to remove the chance of encountering any of these obstacles by allowing you to save credit, debit and shipping address details to your Google account.

When you buy something at an online retailer Google has partnered with, you’ll simply have to indicate that you’re happy for these details to be used with a couple of taps and Google will send them on to the merchant.

Daniel Murdock 2017-10-23
img

Parting with your money online isn't always as easy and breezy as it should be, but Google thinks it's come up with a fix.

The company launched Pay with Google on Monday, a service that should help you speed through online checkouts in record time.

Gone are the forms, the session timeouts, the errors and the backup authentication, promised the company in a blog post.

Instead you'll be able to select any credit or debit card attached to your Google Account and let the merchant and Google handle all the hoop-jumping for you.

The only thing you may need to do is to identify yourself -- by using your phone's fingerprint scanner, for example, or by confirming your card's three-digit CVC security number.

You can take advantage of Pay by Google through the company's Chrome web browser.

Joan Zappulla 2017-04-05
img

Sling TV has expanded its premium channel lineup, adding Showtime as one of the options for those who want it.

The add-on can be tacked onto one’s existing channel package for $10/month extra, giving subscribers access to the network and its eight individual channels.

Showtime joins the service’s existing premium offerings, including HBO, Starz and Cinemax.

The Sling TV Showtime add-on features a total of eight live and linear feeds, according to the company, as well as access to about 2,000 on-demand videos.

This marks a new milestone for Sling TV, which says it is now the first ever over-the-top television service to offer all four of the big premium networks.

This is an important reality for the company, as it now features a market more crowded than ever.

Harold Roscoe 2016-11-01
img

Pinterest is making its first major change to Instapaper since acquiring the read-it-later service in August 2016.

But it s not the one you may have expected from an ad-supported company.

Instead of syndicating its own ads on Instapaper s site and apps, Pinterest is pulling all ads from Instapaper.

It s not a massive change; Instapaper s apps never featured ads, and its site wasn t overloaded with ads.

But it s a departure from other tech platform buys media property deals like Facebook–Instagram, Yahoo–Tumblr and Google–YouTube that led to an influx of the platform s ads onto the properties.

The company is also turning its $2.99-a-month subscription product, Instapaper Premium, into a free service.