Google has updated its Google Wallet application for the iPhone with a few notable enhancements. First, like it has added to its other apps on iOS as of late, Google now allows single sign-on for Wallet. This means that if you are signed in via Google to YouTube, Gmail, Adsense, or other compatible Google apps, you can be automatically logged in to the Wallet app. More interestingly, you can now use your iPhone’s camera to capture the data from your debit card or credit card to connect it to the app. Google added that feature to the Android app last month. Google Wallet recently launched a physical card program for Wallet. The update is free in the App Store.
Ho ho ho boys and girls, Santa needs your help and Google is coming to the rescue. Santa has spent the last 11 months soaking up some rays in the tropics but now he’s back at the North Pole with his team of elves making some toys.
Google is looking to make its mark on the world of robotics, and Android co-founder Andy Rubin is just the man to do it, reports the New York Times. Rubin helped start the company behind the Android operating system before being bought out by Google, and now the company has tapped him as the lead engineer in its move into robotics.
Intelligent machines aren’t a big new idea at Google—the company has been working on self-driving cars for years now—but some say that the search and advertising company’s foray into robotics R&D could point to an attempt to one-up Amazon’s recently announced
army fleet of flying delivery drones. As we pointed out last year, Google has been developing a same-day package delivery system as one possible use for self-driving vehicles. Rubin has said that he sees opportunities for improvement in a variety of markets through the use of robots.
Whatever these machines end up being used for, Rubin is a solid choice to lead the development. Before he helped create Android, Rubin was a robotics engineer with experience in both hardware and software. While the decision to put Rubin in charge seems like an obvious one, Google has not yet committed its robotics lab to any specific division of the company. It’s likely that Rubin will work independently of the team in charge of autonomous vehicle technology.
As Rubin builds his team of engineers and Google searches for the perfect place within the company to foster its budding interest in robotics, one thing is certain: with the company’s resources and Rubin’s leadership, Google is poised to create more than a few remarkable improvements in countless industries.
Google has now added the Play Music app to the MyGlass page, allowing Glass users to use voice controls to play music through the device. The announcement was made by Google engineer Stephen Lau on Google+.
The Play Music APK was first spotted in the Glass XE11 update last month, and users were able to side load the app, but it was not officially listed by Google at the time. Now it is. As we explained then:
Once the app is loaded, simply say “OK Glass, listen to,” then the name of a song, artist, album, or playlist. A card will then pop up with results and allow you to specify what to play. A new card also stays pinned for further music control, including Play, Stop, Skip, Rewind, and volume control … Read more