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Google to reportedly launch “Pony Express” online bill payment

It is not a secret that Google is out to digitize the world, from information to media and now, even for our bill payments. A leaked document shows that the tech giant is planning to launch a new service called Pony Express which would allow our Gmail accounts to receive and organize all our monthly and annual bills into just one place. What's more it will allow you to even make payments without leaving your email.

Cyanogen raises $80M for anti-Google warchest

It’s been a while since someone had the guts and the cojones to take on Google at its own game, but most forward-looking people in the industry agree that it’s right about time someone did. Enter the loud and confident Kirt McMaster, CEO of Cyanogen, Inc., last year’s enfant terrible of the mobile tech industry. His most recent fundraising round generated around USD$80 million, even famously without Microsoft’s support, and everything seems to be “green-and-go” for Cyanogen OS.

Google slowly rolling out “On-Body Detection” mode to Android users

Don't you just hate it when you suddenly leave your smartphone unlocked on a table and people start posting unwanted stuff on your social media just to annoy or embarrass you? Or worse, when people have the nerve to steal your unlocked device left somewhere out there? Well, if Google does roll out this new feature to all Android devices, then your problems may be partly solved. They can't help you if you're too forgetful and leave your phone a lot.

Nexus Player now ready for pre-order in the UK via Amazon [UPDATE]

The Nexus Player may have been announced five months ago but it's only now that those in the UK can avail of digital media set-top box player co-manufactured by Google and Asus. It's a set-top box alright but it's actually a not so boxy circle as we noted before. It's a sort of Android TV which was quickly approved by FCC soon after it was launched. In the United States, it was also immediately listed for pre-order and was made available in November together with an Asus gamepad. Soon enough, compatible games were lined up and sports content were added.

Android 5.1 also pushing to Nexus Player, reboot option available

The latest and greatest version of Android Lollipop at this point is Android 5.1, and it is steadily pushing out to all the Nexus devices – which is a great advantage of being Google’s premier line of devices, as you are always first in line to get the newest version of the OS. Even the Nexus Player – Google’s round-shaped digital HD TV output box which also leads a double-life as an Android casual gaming console – is getting its own version of Android 5.1.

Google announces Chromecast promo offers

Chromecast isn't going anywhere. The mini digital media player dongle is less than two-years old but it has proven itself successful in the industry getting so many copycats and followers. The HDMI dongle remains supreme especially in the United States where Google is always announcing great deals and promos. In fact, there are new available promotional offers recently announced by the company for Chromecast. If you've been planing to get one for some time, now is the best time to shop because of the additional offers for the device.

Quickoffice updated but only to move you to Docs, Sheets, Slides

It's been 9 months since it has been updated and not it looks like QuickOffice is finally being truly pushed out of the picture by Google. A new "update" to the app has not really changed things, but instead informs users that this app isn't being supported anymore and instead they should move on to Docs, Sheets, and Slides. We don't get why they don't just disable the app, but okay, a handful of people still use it, so there.

Apps to connect with Android Auto using Lollipop devices

Android Auto is still a relatively new platform but smart cars have certainly a big potential. The platform now runs in some vehicles but with limited functions and features only. Not anyone can use their apps with Android Auto but Google has just announced some new developments. The Internet giant has recently allowed apps to run on Android Auto using their Android 5.0+ devices. This means you can take your apps for a drive on several aftermarket units and compatabible cars (but please, don't play games while driving).