Remembering to pay your bills sounds easy, but as anyone who has paid a late fee can attest, it’s easy to forget. That’s why the new Google Now cards which remind you when bills are due are a great idea.
The new cards started to roll out to users with Android(s goog) devices on Thursday. The billing information Google Now provides is relatively simple: the biller, the amount, the due date, and a link to the original email bill. Google Now gathers this data from your Gmail account, so if your cable company still sends bills through the mail, for example, you won’t be getting such alerts through Google Now unless you manually enter them. Google’s email-parsing approach is the same way it obtains flight information, which has been one of the primary Google Now features shown in promotional materials and demonstrations.
Bill pay reminders seems ripe for integration with Google Wallet, but at the moment it…
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Word Lens has wowed me for these last four years. It was first available on the iPhone(s aapl) and later came to both Google Android and, more recently, Google Glass.
The software visually detects words seen by the camera of a smartphone, tablet or wearable computer like Glass and translates them in near real-time. Your eyes might see a sign in Spanish, for example, but Word Lens can show those same words in English or any number of other languages.
Can’t quite visualize that scenario? Here’s a look at both the app…
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In a major breakthrough in the bitter and long-running war between Apple(s appl) and Google(s goog) over smartphone patents, the two companies announced on Friday that they will dismiss all current lawsuits against each other.
In a joint statement, the companies also said they will try to work together to reform the patent system:
Apple and Google have agreed to dismiss all the current lawsuits that exist directly between the two companies. Apple and Google have also agreed to work together in some areas of patent reform. The agreement does not include a cross license.
A person familiar with the litigation said the truce will end about 20 lawsuits in the United States and Germany, including proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission. The person confirmed the statement’s reference to “directly between the companies” meant that the agreement would not immediately affect related patent litigation between Apple and Samsung, or lawsuits…
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