Apple today shared a new “Groceries” ad that’s designed to highlight the ease of using Apple Pay with Face ID on the iPhone X.
In the short 12 second spot, which will likely be shown on TV, YouTube, and social media networks, a woman shopping for produce at the grocery store uses an iPhone X and Apple Pay to make her purchases.
The fruit she buys is then crafted into an elaborate sea scene with a shark made from watermelon, banana dolphins, watermelon waves, pineapple palm trees, and more.
Apple in recent weeks has shared several videos focusing on Apple Pay features on the iPhone X. “Fly Market,” published in late March, for example, featured a man dancing through an open air market making purchases with just a glance, while a second spot with the same actor demonstrated Apple Pay Cash.
Update: Apple has uploaded several additional short iPhone X videos, all of which feature Apple Pay on iPhone X. “Coffee” and “Kicks” highlight a traditional in-store Apple Pay purchases, while “Grooming” features an in-app Apple Pay purchase.
Samsung is now updating its Gear Fit2 and Gear Fit2 Pro. The update connects the new Weight Management (three images above left) and Fitness Program (above right) features to the Samsung Health app on phones. Weight Management will show info like your daily exercise and calorie count, while Fitness Program will connect your wearable with your TV and smartphone as you view exercise content.
Also included in this update is an improved Workout Screen (below left) that’s been made easier to read by showing three pieces of workout data at a time. You can customize which data is shown, such as distance traveled, calories burned, heart rate, and exercise duration.
Additionally, a new Multi-workouts widget (above center) will give you faster access to workouts, while a Health Summary widget (above right) will show your total exercise for the day at a glance.
The Gear Fit2 and Gear Fit2 Pro launched late last year as Samsung’s newest fitness-focused wearables. It’s good to see Samsung show the devices some more love with an update that not only adds new features, but also makes them easier to use.
If you’ve got a Gear Fit2 or Gear Fit2 Pro, you can download this update using the Samung Gear app on your phone.
You may have heard a great deal (or none at all) about Project Treble. The reason that it is sort of a big deal is that it is Android’s ongoing solution for the problem that Android has faced since the very early days of its existence: fragmentation – this happens when the latest version of Android is updated and OEMs (namely, Samsung) take a long time to update its heavily skinned devices to the latest version of Android. By contrast, iOS does not have this issue since Apple controls both the hardware and software of the iPhone. Treble sought out to help end fragmentation (or at least…
As expected, T-Mobile has begun updating its Galaxy Note 8 to Android Oreo. But that’s not the only Samsung device that T-Mo is currently updating. Several T-Mobile Galaxy Note 8 owners began receiving their Android Oreo update overnight. The update is version N950USQU3CRC2 and is 1330.84MB in size. Included in this update are Oreo features like picture-in-picture, autofill, and notification dots and Samsung-specific improvements, too. The update also brings the March 1, 2018 Android security … [read full article]
April Fools’ day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early. Google’s various divisions do a decent job each year. Last year’s Google Gnome was a pretty good one, and the Maps team’s 2014 Pokemon prank was a memorable one. OnePlus even does a good job.
It can be tough keeping track, though, so let us handle the work while you enjoy the jokes.
You could always add an image to your Always on Display to customize the look of the phone while it permanently displays the time, date, and any incoming notifications. Samsung’s Always on Display is being updated to support GIFs to further customize the look of your AOD. Version 184.108.40.206 of the app allows you to set any GIF to adorn your AOD by opening the GIF in the Gallery app and tapping the overflow menu (.), then selecting “Set as Always on Display image”. There are a couple of limitations that you should know about. The app only supports GIF files and didn’t…
Part of the reason that automation app IFTTT is so popular is how often it’s updated to add useful new features and more third-party services. It recently got support for custom rich notifications on Android and Cortana was among the new services added in February. The latest update to the app has just arrived, bringing with it a couple of minor changes, and yet more services have also been added.
IFTTT v3.5.2 introduces a semi-adaptive icon, which means it’s the company’s logo on top of an adaptive white background — much like many of Google’s white dinner plate icons.
Does anyone really think small, insignificant tweaks to the UI of Facebook’s user privacy controls will at all remedy any of what just happened to the majority of Facebook’s users, given what they know about the value of their data?
The same changes just made to Facebook’s privacy controls would’ve been necessary anyway if Facebook were to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) — the sweeping personal data protection measures the European Union will implement in May. So! Nobody should be shocked that these updates “…have been in the works for some time, but the events of the past several days underscore their importance.” Nor should they be convinced they have any altruistic motives behind them. That hardly looks like contrition.
Giving users more tools to know who they gave access to all their data, but no sense of who Facebook allowed to have it, is lukewarm, and disingenuous response to their catastrophic failure to protect personal data. Theoretically, they could easily show users who might have their information already. Are they going to get those Friends of Facebook’s (Supposedly Protected Data That Isn’t) to start shredding their documents?
We didn’t think so.
The damage is done. And the “Privacy Shortcuts” menu Facebook released today is far too little, far too late. Even with a proverbial gun to his head, Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly demonstrated an inability to ensure the safety of users’ personal data. Whether #deletefacebook will have a long-term impact on its users’ behavior? Or whether or not Facebook will face any serious upstart competition for those users? Impossible to tell. But if this new update shows anything about lasting change in Facebook’s attitude towards users’ data, it says boldly, loudly, and clearly: In the long-term, we don’t truly give a shit, only enough to fool people into thinking we might.