Opinion: Samsung and Fitbit’s latest wearables will give Android Wear a run for its money

Over the past few days, we’ve seen announcements for new smartwatches from Fitbit and Samsung. These latest wearables are shaping up to be some of the best options yet from each company, and in that same breath, possibly two of the best smartwatches for all of 2017. Neither the Fitbit Ionic or Samsung Gear Sport are powered by Android Wear, but in all honesty, that might be a good thing.

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The Skype Android app now allows you to send money thanks to PayPal partnership

Messaging apps these days aren’t just for sending friendly greetings – increasingly, you can also use them to send cold, hard cash. Or the electronic equivalent, at least.

Skype is the latest to join the trend of supporting peer-to-peer payments through a PayPal integration in the latest update to its iOS and Android apps …

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WhatsApp Payments will allow all users to send and receive money within the app

Of all the messaging services that are out there, WhatsApp remains one of the most functional and feature-rich. Its Android app received picture-in-picture support a little less than three weeks ago, and a week later got access to App Shortcuts. In the latest beta version for WhatsApp’s Android app, it would appear that WhatsApp Payments will be the next feature to make an appearance.

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YouTube Smart Offline allows users in India to download videos overnight to save money

Offline video is one of the main benefits of a YouTube Red subscription. In developing countries, downloads are actually available for free as a means to work around connectivity issues. Now YouTube is rolling out a new Smart Offline feature in India that downloads videos during late night hours when carriers offer discounted data.

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Google Wallet gains ability to send money to any contact using just a phone number

While Google has shifted its focus to Android Pay for contactless payments, Google Wallet has needed to reinvent itself somewhat as a peer-to-peer payment system. With the latest update, it’s become a whole lot easier to send money to your friends, family and contacts.

From today, the updated app on both iOS and Android will let you send money to anyone on your contact list, even if you don’t have their email address. You can send money to them using their phone number, and it’s secure and fast.

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Huawei announces flagship Kirin 950 octa-core processor, will give Snapdragon 820 a run for its money

Right on schedule, Huawei took the wraps off its next generation mobile processor at an event in Beijing this morning. The Kirin 950 packs in some impressive specs and looks set to give Qualcomm’s already-troubled Snapdragon 820 chip some stiff competition…

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Report: Ex-CEO of Google Ventures Bill Maris is raising money for his own VC fund

We told you last month that Bill Maris, the founder and now ex-CEO of Google Ventures, had left the firm and its parent company, Alphabet. Now, a report from CNBC says that he is raising money for his own venture capital fund:

Bill Maris, the former head of Google Ventures, is raising money for his own venture capital fund, according to people familiar with the matter.

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Pushbullet needs money, so they’re asking users to start paying for free features

The Pushbullet you know and love isn’t going to be the same for much longer, at least for those that don’t want to throw at the company for a year-long “Pro” subscription (or /month). Today, the company announced a “Pro” version of its app, which sadly doesn’t add any new features at all. Instead, Pushbullet is simply using emotional appeals and asking for users to start paying for features that were — until today — free.

What’s more, it looks like the original Pushbullet creator, a man by the name of Ryan Oldenburg, once promised that exactly this kind of thing would never happen happen… more…

Review: Google’s Nexus 6P is a solid smartphone worthy of your money [Video]

This year Google decided to change things up a bit and release not one, but two new Nexus devices, with different builds, and different price points to satisfy a wider range of people. So there’s the LG-made Nexus 5X that starts at 9, which I recently reviewed, and then we have the Huawei-made Nexus 6P that starts at 9. These two options aren’t very far apart in terms of pricing, but the difference between them is pretty significant in a few areas…

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