Posts by Alex Heath

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Today Facebook unveiled the future of Messenger, and it’s actually quite ambitious.

It’s clear that the social giant wants Messenger to be the one-stop for not just messaging, but all sorts of app interactions. Businesses will also be able to chat directly with customers through Messenger, which opens the door for communicating directly with brands like never before.

Sending money in Facebook Messenger is that easy.

Sending money in Facebook Messenger is that easy.

Facebook is taking on Square, PayPal, and Venmo with its own digital payments service. Starting today, Facebook Messenger will allow users to instantaneously transfer real money at zero cost.

Photo: Samsung

Photo: Samsung

Samsung has sent out media events for a March 1st event right before Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Korean company is widely expected to debut the Samsung Galaxy S6, and judging by the invitation, the flagship device will feature a flexible display like the Galaxy Note Edge.

The smartphone business hasn’t been so hot for Samsung in recent quarters, with the iPhone eating the Galaxy’s lunch on the high end and aggressive competitors like Xiaomi squeezing in at the low end. This event will be Samsung’s shot to prove that the Galaxy lineup hasn’t lost its mojo.

Something much more ambitious than Google Voice is coming.

Something much more ambitious than Google Voice is coming.

Pretty soon you’ll be able to buy a Nexus smartphone that works with Google’s own wireless network. The company is close to offering its own mobile phone plans directly to customers, a move that would allow Google to control the entire phone experience from top to bottom.

Photo: LeWeb

Photo: LeWeb

After failing to garner consumer interest for nearly two years, the fate of Google Glass is now in the hands of former Apple executive Tony Fadell. The Glass Explorer program is also being shut down on January 19th, which means it will be impossible to buy the $1,500 headset commercially.

Fadell, whose claim to fame at Apple was leading the development of the original iPod, joined Google last February when Nest was acquired for $3.2 billion. Now Google Glass is being moved out of the experimental Google X division and placed under Fadell’s leadership.

The development of Glass hasn’t been halted, but the move signals the trouble Google has had gaining momentum with the project.

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