Google Search Results on Mobile Now Include Carousel of Latest Stories

If you search for a topic or favorite website in Google Search from your phone, there is a pretty good chance that you will now be greeted by a scrolling list of the latest related stories. As can be seen in the clip below, Google has started offering up the “freshest, most relevant content” within a single website or topic grouped together in “one easy-to-scan place.”

Whether you are searching for Droid Life or want to check-in on the latest NBA trade rumors, the new search results are actually quite good. At the top, you get a specific website listing, but just under that, you can see all sorts of stories related to whatever you just searched for, all of which will have thumbnails and will take you directly to that story when tapped.

Great job on this one, Google.  (more…)

Tomawatchi is a Google Fit-Powered Tamagotchi-like Pet on Your Android Device

If the idea of having to care for a pet in order to get your lazy butt moving excites you, then you will need this new app called Tomawatchi. Utilizing the Goole Fit APIs, this application reminds us quite a bit of the old Tamagotchi digital pet toys from back in the day. But don’t worry, I think that was done on purpose.

When you exercise, eat, and bathe in real life, you do the same to your pet. If you do all of that enough, you will have a very healthy Tomawatchi pet. If you choose to be lazy, not getting enough steps in a day, your pet will become unhealthy. (more…)

This Icon Pack is Hot: Orbit UI

Today’s icon pack isn’t necessarily a new one, but it is an icon pack I recently discovered and have not been able to move away from. It’s called Orbit UI, and it features over 1,000 HD icons, a handful of HD wallpapers, works with all of the top launchers, and supports dynamic calendars for your favorite calendar apps. The icon pack sports a circular design that is both minimalistic and flat. Colors are vibrant, yet soft, which allows them to fit in all sorts of modern themes and wallpapers. Each individual icon has a colored ring around its outside, giving off an “orbiting” feel of depth, hence the name.  (more…)

Samsung Buys LoopPay, is Ready to Get Serious About Mobile Payments

I would be lying if I said that this surprises me, but Samsung just acquired LoopPay, a company specializing in mobile payments in a way that doesn’t require NFC or changes from retailers. The two companies were previously rumored to be working together to create a competitor to Apple Pay.

LoopPay has been on the rise as of late, thanks to its technology that is able to emulate a magnetic card swipe that happens each time you use a regular credit card at a payment terminal. The technology, at least in recent forms, starts through a case that is attached to a phone which can then be tapped to a payment terminal to finish off a transaction. The key feature of LoopPay is that it doesn’t require retailers to change out their existing hardware and works at around 90% of current pay terminals. In other words, LoopPay doesn’t need to wait for retailers around the world to swap out current hardware for NFC-equipped hardware in order to work, like Google and Apple do.  (more…)