Google unveiled the Android O beta preview a few months ago, but it was only available to developers. Starting today, it’s available to anybody. To get the beta, just got to android.com/beta and log in with your Google account. The next page will show you what devices are available.
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Google I/O 5/17/2017 10 AM PST
Google has confirmed that its latest Chrome upgrade will automatically switch from 32-bit to 64-bit on compatible Windows machines. The latter is a much more efficient browser, with greater performance and security. However, some users simply haven’t ditched 32-bit yet.
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Microsoft announced a new version of Windows 10 on Tuesday that is built specifically for use in schools. Windows 10 S is a slimmed down version of the popular operating system that narrows down what can be loaded onto the laptops by restricting users to only approved apps from the Windows Store. Should an educator need to load an app not from the store, they will have the option to do so as an administrator.
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In addition to introducing compatibility for 18 more banks and credit unions in the United States, Google has announced that it has partnered with PayPal to provide customers with the facility to spend their PayPal Balance using Android Pay.
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Ordering your Starbucks drink is easier than ever. Today, Starbucks announced the roll-out of its “on command” My Starbucks barista software. It’s included in a new update that lets you order your favorite coffee drink on your iPhone or Amazon Echo, from home, with just your voice.
On the iOS app, there will a chat feature with an AI-bot that will let you either speak or write out your order. This still requires you to access the app first—you won’t be able to access the feature when your phone is locked through Siri (at least not yet)—but it’s still pretty cool.
The feature will roll out as a beta to a few thousand iOS users for the next couple months. The update will come to Android later this year.
On the Amazon Echo, Starbucks is introducing the Starbucks Reorder Skill for Alexa. Once you pre-set a location and a favorite beverage, all you have to say is “Alexa, order my Starbucks.” Alexa will then place your order and charge your default credit card.
“The Starbucks experience is built on the personal connection between our barista and customer, so everything we do in our digital ecosystem must reflect that sensibility,” said Gerri Martin-Flickinger, the chief technology officer for Starbucks.
These new updates make it dead-simple to order your morning coffee. Starbucks has been trying to flesh out its “digital ecosystem” for some time. Its big push started last year with the roll out of Mobile Order & Pay, which let customers order and pay for their drink from the app, arriving at the store only to pick up the drink. My Starbucks barista is an addition to the Mobile Order & Pay feature.
Starbucks, and companies alike, are keeping up with technology
Last year, both Starbucks and McDonald’s deployed mobile ordering as a means to update its ordering system to make it much easier for customers to order coffee or a Big Mac.My guess is McDonald’s and other firms will mimic Starbucks’ moves.
Microsoft has announced plans to streamline its Windows 10 updates with the new Unified Update Platform. UUP cuts upgrade file sizes by around a third to make them faster to download, and it will first be available with the Creators Update next spring.
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Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai took the stage at Google I/O 2016 on Wednesday and quickly introduced a new product called “Google Assistant.”
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