Android Pay gains support for 18 more banks

Android Pay’s list of supported banks/financial institutions has been growing at a rapid rate. Last month, the service’s list of supported banks in the US crossed the 600 mark. And now, some more names have been added to the list.

In total, 18 more banks have made it to the list. The names include Bank of Stockton, Boundary Waters Bank, Citizens Bank of the South, Country Bank for Savings, Countryside Bank, First Green Bank, First State Bank of the Florida Keys, and Indiana University Credit Union. Continue reading

ITSKINS unleashes its range of Galaxy S8 and S8+ cases and bumpers

ITSKINS unveiled its range of Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ cases and bumpers.

The Zero Gel ($25 for a two pack) adds the least amount of bulk, but also the least protection – the slim, transparent case is rated for only 1m falls. Spectrum ($20 for one) is where things get more serious – it’s translucent too, but has thicker air pockets that can absorb the shock from 2m falls.

ITSKINS: Zero Gel ITSKINS: Spectra ITSKINS: Spectra Vision
ITSKINS: Zero Gel • Spectra • Spectra Vision

Spectra ($30) is a flip cover with various finishes, imitating carbon fiber or cloth. Spectra Vision (also $30) keeps the flip transparent so you can see the always on screen. Both are rated for 2m drops. Continue reading

Huawei Watch 2 officially available in the US, 10 free weeks of Google Music

Announced by the Chinese company at MWC back in Feburary, the Huawei Watch 2 is now available to purchase in the United States. Today, you can pick up a Huawei Watch 2 at Best Buy Stores or online at Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg, B&H,,, and

To help customers enjoy the online and offline music capabilities, Huawei has teamed up with Google to give 10 free weeks of access to Google Play Music with the purchase of a Huawei Watch 2. As a reminder, Google Play Music also includes YouTube Red, which lets you watch YouTube Original content or just watch the regular ol’ YouTube sans the annoying ads.

Left to right: Carbon Black, Concrete Grey, and Titanium Grey Left to right: Carbon Black, Concrete Grey, and Titanium Grey Left to right: Carbon Black, Concrete Grey, and Titanium Grey
Left to right: Carbon Black, Concrete Grey, and Titanium Grey

There are two versions of the watch: Standard and Classic. The Standard (sportier) version will come in Carbon Black and Concrete Grey while the Classic variant will come in Titanium Grey. The Standard version starts at $300 and the Classic one will set you back $370. Continue reading

Google updates Google Earth before Earth Day

After many years of stagnation, Google has finally decided to do something cool with Google Earth. So on the eve of Earth Day, Google has released a new version of Google Earth for the web and Android.

Google Earth was always about exploration and the new version takes that further. With a feature called Voyager, Google has teamed up with a bunch of organizations to create guided tours where you select a particular tour and then go through all the places and during this the globe spins and zooms to the point mentioned in the tour along with a brief description.

Google has also included a I’m Feeling Lucky button, that jumps to a randomly selected point on the globe and tells you about the location.

Bringing all this to life is Google’s fantastic new 3D map system, which are available for major landmarks across the globe. These high resolution 3D maps provide photo realistic bird’s eye view of various locations around the world, whether it’s the Eiffel Tower in France or the Himalayas in Nepal.

The website is accessible to everyone right now while the app will be rolling out over the coming days on Android.


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Symetium might be the most powerful smartphone ever made

If you like your smartphones highly specced, Christmas has just come early – this one has an unprecedented 6GB of RAM and 256GB of built-in storage. Except, well, it doesn’t, because it doesn’t exist. Yet. Dubbed the Symetium, it’s an Indiegogo project from a bunch of Gothenburg-based techies who have apparently taken the book entitled “compromises” and hurled it into the bin. Then poured lighter fluid in the bin.
Then chucked a lit match in the bin.
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Angelina Jolie has been hired as a professor at the London School of Economics

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie looks on as she meets Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximos Mansion in Athens, Greece, March 16, 2016. REUTERS/Michalis Karagiannis

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie is to join the London School of Economics (LSE) as a visiting professor on a new masters course on women, peace and security, the school announced on Monday.

The LSE said the course, which starts next year, is the first of its kind globally and will be run by the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security which was launched last year by Jolie and Britain’s former foreign secretary, William Hague. Continue reading