In addition to Android-powered devices, Android Wear gadgets are supposed to sync with iOS. But, “Something odd is seemingly going on with a handful of Android Wear smartwatches and the recently-announced iPhone 7,” 9To5Mac reports. “Multiple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus users are reporting online that their Android Wear powered smartwatch is not pairing with the iPhone 7.”
Taking on Uber and Lyft, Google is now offering its Waze Rider ride-sharing service to people in the Bay Area. Yet, There are some appreciable differences between Waze Rider and its more established rivals,” Engadget notes. “For starters, Google only allows drivers and riders to take two trips per day [while] drivers only make $0.54 per mile, so they're only getting reimbursed for the mileage rather than turning a profit.”
HTC just announced the worldwide availability of its Viveport app store. For the uninitiated, “HTC is the maker of the HTC Vive, the $800 VR headset that enables ‘room-scale’ experiences,” Venture Beat writes. “The Viveport store, which previously was open only in China, is a way to highlight some of the best experiences available on the Vive.”
Henceforth, Google will now refer to its Apps for Work service as G Suite. “Sounds more hip, right?” TechCrunch asks, adding: “Google also noted a handful of upgrades and improvements in G Suite’s existing product lineup, which includes apps like Drive, Docs, Spreadsheets, Slides, Calendar, Hangouts, and more.”
Spotify is now available in Japan, one of the biggest music markets in the world. It is also introducing a new lyrics feature on mobile and desktop, which will be available in Japan before anywhere else.
Per a new partnership between Apple and Deloitte, the consultant will open a new practice to help corporate clients work with Apple products. This is “the tech firm's latest attempt to boost enterprise sales as its key product, the iPhone, shows signs of maturation,” Reuters reports. “More than 5,000 Deloitte advisers will be included in the Apple initiative.”
After about a year of beta testing, AOL just officially launched Alto for iOS and Android. Fast Company likens Alto to a “Pinterest-like platform for desktop email.” Sorting emails into category stacks, “The app's design is based on the idea that email has shifted from a communication tool to more of a transactional system.”
Apple is planning to spend around $12 billion on its new London headquarters at Battersea Power Station, the Evening Standard reports. “The iPhone and iPad maker will move 1,400 staff from eight sites around the capital into what it calls ‘a new Apple campus’ at the … former electricity generator,” it writes. Apple is hoping to open the doors of the new campus by 2021.
Encrypted chat app Signal is finally rolling out a desktop version. “The free app, which has earned praise from Edward Snowden … has long been available for iPhone and Android users,” TechCrunch notes. “But Signal wasn’t available on desktop, which presented a pain point for users who want to seamlessly check their texts across mobile and desktop devices.”
Lenovo has reportedly issued pink slips to hundreds of staffers at Motorola -- “potentially more than 50% of the remaining workforce at the mobile device maker,” according to Droid Life. “One source actually pegged the number at 700+ out of 1200 remaining who will be told that they no longer have a job within the next day.”