DEAL: 200GB SanDisk MicroSD Card Drops to $59.99 Today, 128GB Card With Bonus 128GB USB Drive Too

Amazon is hosting one those regularly scheduled SanDisk flash storage sales as today’s daily deal, but today’s happens to include two options that you really should consider jumping at if you are in need of mobile storage.

For one, you can grab their 200GB microSD card for just $59.99. This is a product that started out at $240 when it arrived last June. It has seen a number of price drops in about a year, but typically hovers around $80. So yeah, you get a $20 savings today.

In another underrated deal, SanDisk and Amazon are offering up a combo package that includes a 128GB microSD card and a 128GB USB Dual Drive for the same $59.99. The SD card is pretty standard fare, but that bonus 128GB Dual Drive could come in handy in a number of situations. For those not familiar, this is double-ended drive that has USB 3.0 and microUSB connectors to let you quickly go from transferring files on your phone to your computer in minutes. It not only expands the storage of your phone, but easily lets you take them to another phone or tablet or computer.

The deals are good for the next few hours.  (more…)

Report: Google Home is Basically Just a Chromecast Inside of a Speaker

If you are at all interested in the smart home or at the very least, putting Google a voice command away from being able to confirm that the Oklahoma City Thunder completely choked against the Golden State Warriors after taking a 3-1 series lead, then Google Home should excite you. First announced at Google I/O a couple of weeks back, the Amazon Echo-like competitor won’t arrive until later this year and is mostly covered in mystery. We know its basic functionality and love the potential that this video shows us, but Google hasn’t exactly provided us all of the dirty details behind this new home hub.

According to a new report out of The Information, that’s OK because we may already be quite familiar with its innards. The Google Home, at least the current version that was shown off at I/O, is really just a Chromecast (similar microprocessor and WiFi chip), surrounded by a speaker, microphone, plastic casing, and some LED lights.  (more…)

ASUS Introduces Three New, Affordable Giant ZenFone 3 Phones, One With a 6.8-Inch Display

Computex is currently in full swing this week and ASUS has done their typical big production for the event. That, of course, means lots of new products in all of their categories, but it also means new ZenFone models. Today, we have the ZenFone 3 family, which includes three phones with massive screens and what I would consider to be rock-bottom prices.  (more…)

Report: Samsung Pay Will Soon Move Into Online Payments too, on Both Android and iOS

To help boost the amount of users making purchases through Samsung Pay, Samsung is reportedly working on an extension to the existing Samsung Pay platform that will be available to both Android and iOS devices, as well as online for desktop users. According to industry insiders, this Samsung Pay extension could launch as early as June.

To recap Samsung Pay as a whole, it is a bit different from what is offered by Google (Android Pay) and Apple (Apple Pay). As of right now, only select Galaxy device owners can use Samsung Pay in stores, and it is also limited to whichever banks support it. The list of supported banks is growing, but there are still plenty that do not. If you do have a supported bank and smartphone, users can upload banking and credit card info into Samsung Pay, then pay for goods at almost any retailer in the US, as long as there is a MS-powered credit card terminal. Samsung Pay does not entirely run off of NFC (Android Pay and Apple Pay do), so it allows users to benefit from the service in more places. (more…)

Google’s Use of Oracle’s Java APIs in Android Qualify as “Fair Use,” Says Jury

A jury returned a favorable verdict for Google today in their trial with Oracle over use of Java API’s in Android. The jury, after three days of deliberation, says that Google’s re-implementation of 37 Java APIs is protected by “fair use.”

I’m no copyright specialist, but this is  good news for both Google and developers. Not only does this save Google from what could have been a multi-billion dollar settlement, it alleviates some worries of developers who use public and open APIs for their own software.  (more…)

Report: Google Created a Android Update Ranking System by Manufacturer, Might Publish It

According to a report out of Bloomberg, Google has created a ranking system for Android device manufacturers based on how quickly they are not only updating their phones to the latest versions of Android, but applying the most recent security patches as well. Google has apparently considered publishing their findings, which of course, would be bad for manufacturers, almost all of which are terrible at updating phones in a timely manner.  (more…)

TripAdvisor Gains Google Play Music Integration to Play Trip-Related Tunes

TripAdvisor and Google announced a new partnership today that puts Google Play Music inside of the popular trip planning and booking service to help you get in the mood for your upcoming vacations. Through a new update to TripAdvisor, you’ll be able to stream locally-curated or tailored playlists from places all over the world. That’s a fancy way of saying that as you plan your trip to Italy, you’ll hear music you might find while in a cafe, sipping espresso. Or maybe you’ll just oonce-oonce it out for a bit once you step foot in Germany.  (more…)