It’s official: Android Pay is coming to the UK within the next few months, several banks already signed up [Update]

Update: Speaking to TechWeekEurope, Barclays has indicated it has no plans to support Android Pay in the UK. Instead, it would rather continue with its own apps for contactless payment.

“At this stage we are not planning on participating in Android Pay in the UK,” a spokesperson said. “In January this year we introduced a contactless mobile payment feature to the Barclaycard Android app that allows customers with an Android phone to make contactless payments for £30 and under, and at some retailers for up to £100.”

Recently it was rumored that Android Pay would finally land in the UK, and other international destinations, in March. With this month quickly running out of days, Google has officially announced that its mobile payments service will be launching at some point in the next few months. No specific date has been revealed, but, several banks are already onboard.


As Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi Note 2 pictures surface, its rumored flexible display makes an appearance [Video]

With the seemingly unavoidable “end” of the first-generation of smartphone looming on an increasingly saturated market, OEMs are buckling down to figure out what’s next. And while modularity seems to have — at least partially — failed, more flexible and bezel-free devices may represent an answer…


YouTube Gaming web portal officially launches

Following the mobile YouTube Gaming app launching on the Play Store earlier today, the web portal for YouTube Gaming has now officially launched as was previously speculated would happen. The site, very similar to the mobile app, lets you quickly browse live and previously-recorded content, keep track of your favorite channels, and more… more…

Google formulates real-life version of Asimov’s three laws of robotics for safe & reliable AI

Any SF fan will be familiar with Asimov’s famous Three Laws of Robotics, designed to ensure that robots were safe to be around. Scientists at Google, OpenAI, Stanford and Berkeley have just published a paper proposing the real-life equivalent for AI systems.

In a blog post summarising the proposal, Google Research’s Chris Olah says that while the team believes that AI will greatly benefit humanity, the risks do also need to be considered …


Game on: Sony uses Siri-themed secret message to taunt Apple

Leading up to Apple’s “Hey Siri”-themed press event today, Siri has been giving out a lot of unhelpful announcement hints to users who say “Hey Siri, give me a hint”. One of these was a binary code, which when decoded only revealed the word “Gotcha”. It goes without saying that if you want some real hints about what Apple’s going to announce, all you need to do is to read Mark’s roundup.

But Sony, the company that just last week unveiled the world’s first 4K smartphone, the Xperia Z5 Premium, has taken to Twitter to taunt the Cupertino-based company. Also using the familiar binary, Sony wrote “01000111 01100001 01101101 01100101 00100000 01101111 01101110 00101110”. Converted to text? That’s “Game on.” more…

Sketchy leak allegedly confirms HTC’s U 11 specs, including the innovative ‘Edge Sense’

HTC has not been at the top of its game for quite some time now, churning out devices not on par with the competition and, at times, full of questionable choices.

However, its upcoming U 11 flagship is seemingly set to turn things around for the Taiwanese company, and alongside innovative tech we now may have its full — and, yes, competitive — spec sheet (via MySmartPrice)…


9to5Toys Lunch Break: Nexus 6 (unlocked) $300, Galaxy S6 (unlocked) $430, more

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Today’s can’t miss deals:


Motorola Nexus 6 Unlocked 32GB: 0 shipped (Orig. 0)


Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone 32GB (unlocked): 0 shipped (Reg. 0) | eBay


LG G4 brand new smartphone 32GB (unlocked): 0 shipped (Reg. 0) | eBay


Brand new Google Nexus Player by ASUS: shipped (Reg. 0) | Best Buy


The best USB car charger (Aukey 4 port/48W) is just Prime shipped, Lumsing 6000mAh Power bank:


Amazon teases one day sale that’ll discount Prime memberships down to just 


Giveaway: This is Ground’s Mod Laptop 2 is a road warrior’s dream bag, up to 9 value

More new gear from today:


CyberPower 1350VA 810W UPS Mini-Tower w/ Dual USB Ports: 0 shipped (Reg. 5+)

More deals still alive:


GoPro HERO4 Black 9 + shipping (Reg. 0), HERO+ LCD 9 (Reg. 0)

New products & more:


Polk’s new flagship Omni S6 speaker goes after the multi-room audio crown


Sony reveals the first 1TB PlayStation 4 for North America w/ the new COD: Black Ops III bundle

Evernote does U-turn on privacy policy after clarification fails to reassure customers

Evernote has now reversed a controversial change to its privacy policy after an earlier attempt at reassurance failed. In a new blog post, Evernote said that allowing engineers to read notes as part of its machine-learning efforts will now be on an opt-in basis.

An updated privacy policy caused concern when the company stated that machine-learning efforts would be checked by allowing engineers to read notes. The company said that customers would be able to opt-out of this if they wished, but it would otherwise assume permission …