Google launches Google Pay, its answer to Apple Pay

Google launches Google Pay, its answer to Apple Pay

Google has combined its two payment services, Google Wallet and Android Pay, into a new app: Google Pay. 

With Google Pay, you can digitally store your credit and debit cards, as well as gift cards and rewards cards. You can use the app to pay for purchases online and in stores, just as you could with its predecessor, Android Pay. 

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Google announced it would be combining both of its payment apps to make Google Pay in January. Now, finally, the app is rolling out to everyone, but it’s still a work in progress. Google Pay isn’t yet empowered with one of its most useful features: the ability to send and request money from friends and family. You’ll get that functionality in “the next few months” according to Google’s blog postRead more…

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Android Pay bites the dust as Google Pay rollout begins w/ new app design, ‘Google Pay Send’ replaces Google Wallet

Android Pay bites the dust as Google Pay rollout begins w/ new app design, ‘Google Pay Send’ replaces Google Wallet

Following the debut of its Pixel lineup, Google has really started to place more emphasis on its own name in branding. Recently, the company announced that it would be merging its payment options under the same roof with “Google Pay,” and that officially starts today.

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Google Trains AI To Write Wikipedia Articles

Google Trains AI To Write Wikipedia Articles

The Register: A team within Google Brain — the web giant’s crack machine-learning research lab — has taught software to generate Wikipedia-style articles by summarizing information on web pages… to varying degrees of success. As we all know, the internet is a never ending pile of articles, social media posts, memes, joy, hate, and blogs. It’s impossible to read and keep up with everything. Using AI to tell pictures of dogs and cats apart is cute and all, but if such computers could condense information down into useful snippets, that would be really be handy. It’s not easy, though. A paper, out last month and just accepted for this year’s International Conference on Learning Representations (ICLR) in April, describes just how difficult text summarization really is. A few companies have had a crack at it. Salesforce trained a recurrent neural network with reinforcement learning to take information and retell it in a nutshell, and the results weren’t bad.

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Google launches Poly, a home for the world’s 3D objects built for creators

Google launches Poly, a home for the world’s 3D objects built for creators

 As Google builds platforms like ARCore and Daydream that allow users to step into virtual worlds or put virtual scenes inside their phone’s field-of-view, there’s a big onus on game developers to craft the content that makes the platforms worth checking out. Google is looking to make creators’ jobs a bit easier today with the launch of Poly, the company’s new home for… Read More