THIS WEEK has been dominated by Microsoft and Apple events, but meanwhile,there’s been a lot going on in Googleland - there always is.
First up is the arrival of the Jamboard, a device somewhat overshadowed by events, but pretty cool nonetheless. Basically, it’s a giant digital whiteboard with a touchscreen but running G Suite (nee Google For Work) apps, which can be viewed by anyone even remotely, via a Google Jam app.
It boasts a 55in 4K touchscreen, HD camera, speakers and WiFi, plus it integrates with Hangouts. It’s being billed at "under $6000", which probably rules it out as a second telly for the bedroom.
Speaking of G Suite, it has been confirmed that Google Drive will no longer be supported on Windows XP, Vista or Windows 2003 starting on 1st January 2017. This shouldn’t come as a huge surprise to anyone but probably will.
With Windows XP now long dead and Vista hitting end-of-life in 2017, Google will have other fish to fry. In reality, however, the number of people it will affect - particularly with regards to Vista. is negligible.
Bang up to date, and the new Google Assistant, which is one of the big selling points of Google’s new Pixel handsets (which are still being outstripped by demand despite the hefty price tag) has rolled out a channel on ever increasing automation service IFTTT.
This can be classed as a little slice of genius because it means that almost anything that is anything will be available for automation when the Google Home box launches next year and that includes Amazon Alexa which also has a channel. That could get... interesting.
Incidentally - if you haven’t already spotted it, your Google Cast app is now called Google Home too.
Finally this week, Google has tied up a new partnership with Visa and Mastercard, rolling out in the coming months that will make it insanely easy to pay with thousands of sites online that accept Mastercard’s Masterpass or Visa Checkout.
That basically means you can order something on your computer, hit pay, and use the fingerprint scanner on your phone to validate it with Android Pay (or some other authentication method is you so wish). The age we live in, eh? µ
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