fly labs

Google is said to have acquired Fly Labs, maker of four iOS apps for quickly editing video, and will put its team to work on Google Photos. "It's a perfect match for what we built at Fly Labs, and we're looking forward to folding our technology into Google Photos," Fly said in a statement posted to its website. The company will continue to offer its four apps — Clips, Fly, Tempo, and Crop — for the next three months, and Google is giving away what used to be in-app purchases for free during that time.

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Back in March, OnePlus revealed that, in addition to its new flagship - which would later be released as the '2' - it was also working on another device. Its CEO, Carl Pei, said at the time: "I think it's going to be a phone catering to a different type of audience. Perhaps for those who appreciate design over specs."

galaxy view

 

Samsung has announced its latest Android tablet called the Galaxy View aimed at bringing a new entertainment experience.
 
Last month, Samsung posted teasers for the Galaxy View tablet and although the company tried to keep things under wraps, the device's images managed to leak a couple of weeks ago. Now, the 18.4-inch tablet has been officially announced by the company.

cocacola vending machine

Google wants to make its six-week-old mobile payments service sticky, but to do so it has to find ways to incentivise users back into the app time and again, rather than using a competing offering — or simply reverting to more traditional methods such as credit card or cash.
 
Android Pay, launched in early September in the U.S. to take on Apple Pay, will soon include new loyalty programs for brands like Coca-Cola. That’s according to comments made by Google’s SVP of ads and commerce, Sridhar Ramaswamy, at the Money20/20 event in Las Vegas on Monday (via Re/code).

eSim Cards

The concept of the “embedded SIM,” “eSIM” or “Virtual SIM” card for mobile devices has been around for a few years now, but it is still new, since even the terminology is not yet well defined. Apple filed the initial patent for its version, the “Virtual SIM” or “Apple SIM,” back in 2011 and has been building on the design ever since.
 
The idea behind an eSIM is that it is embedded as a chip within the device hardware rather than being a removable card. This allows users to avoid locking themselves into a plan with a single operator, or to switch operators without having to unlock or buy a new device. The long-term idea is to create an industry standard eSIM, which will bring added convenience, cost-savings, and security to consumers and organizations using mobile devices.