Google Pay’s old apps and website to lose payment features in the US in January

Google Pay’s old iOS app, Android app, and website are set to lose many of their payment features in the US in January, the company has confirmed to The Verge. According to a Google support document the old apps will soon no longer be able to send or receive payments or withdraw money. Meanwhile, a notice on the Google Pay website says it’s also losing the ability to send and receive peer-to-peer payments. Google is also introducing a 1.5 percent fee when you transfer money out of Google Pay using a debit card, 9to5Google reports.

The changes follow the service’s massive relaunch last week in the US, which includes a new app and new features like the option of automatically scanning your Gmail inbox and Google Photos account for receipts to import. The new service is set to expand further next year, when Google plans to partner with banks

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Google Pay’s old apps and website to lose payment features in January

Google Pay’s old iOS app, Android app, and website are set to lose many of their payment features in January, the company has confirmed to The Verge. According to a Google support document the old apps will soon no longer be able to send or receive payments or withdraw money. Meanwhile, a notice on the Google Pay website says it’s also losing the ability to send and receive peer-to-peer payments. Google is also introducing a 1.5 percent fee when you transfer money out of Google Pay using a debit card, 9to5Google reports.



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The changes follow the service’s massive relaunch last week, which includes a new app and new features like the option of automatically scanning your Gmail inbox and Google Photos account for receipts to import. The new service is set to expand further next year, when Google plans to partner

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How to collaborate without an internet connection: 5 apps to consider

Learn how to edit text, draw, chat, transfer files, and share social posts with apps that support local and peer-to-peer network connections.

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Many collaboration apps appropriately handle two network conditions: Online or offline. Google Docs, for example, lets multiple people edit simultaneously online. Additionally, people may choose to edit offline, then rely on the system to sync all edits when re-connected to the internet. Many modern cloud collaboration apps work similarly and allow collaboration defined only in the context of connection to a software maker’s systems over the internet: Are you connected or not?

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There’s also a third network condition: A local network. If you ever have sent a photo, file, or a link to a person nearby–with Apple’s AirDrop (on iOS or macOS), Microsoft’s Windows Nearby Sharing, or Google’s Android Nearby Share–you’ve used local networking. These systems let you transfer data from

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8 new features WhatsApp should add from other messaging apps

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WhatsApp is the world’s most popular mobile messaging app. It recently crossed a landmark threshold of 100 billion messages being sent daily. The Facebook-owned platform has constantly been offering improvements and additions since its launch in the late 2000s.

Between VoIP and video calls, improved privacy controls, biometric authentication, and Any.do integration, we’ve seen loads of features come to the platform in recent years. There’s plenty more the company could bring to the table, however. With that in mind, we look at a few features WhatsApp should bring over from rival messaging apps.

1. Multiple number support (Telegram)

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One of the downsides to using WhatsApp is that it doesn’t officially play nicely with multiple numbers. The dual apps feature seen on devices by Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, and several other brands allows you to run two accounts on one phone, but it’s not a particularly

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Apps win, labor frets after Uber-led ‘gig worker’ measure passes

A victory for the “gig economy” in California is likely to echo across the US, in a boon for app-based services while igniting fear that big business is rewriting labor laws.

Rideshare and delivery apps matching tasks with those willing to perform them as independent contractors sidestepped a labor law with the passage of Proposition 22 in a referendum put before state voters.

“Going forward, you’ll see us more loudly advocate for new laws like Prop 22,” Uber chief executive Dara Khosrowshahi said. “It’s a priority for us to work with governments across the US and the world to make this a reality.”

Proposition 22 — backed by Uber, Lyft and other app-based, on-demand delivery services like DoorDash and Instacart — effectively overturns a state law requiring them to reclassify their drivers and provide employee benefits.

“This is very positive for anybody who has a humans-as-a-service type mentality,” said analyst

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Brazil, US Join Hands In Shutting Down Piracy Sites, Apps In ‘Operation 404’

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  • Brazil, U.S. target websites, apps that stream content illegally
  • Authorities seized three domains that were streaming pirated content
  • The domains are now in the custody of the federal government

The Brazilian government joined forces with the U.S. in initiating a campaign called “Operation 404” that is against websites and apps that are streaming TV shows and movies illegally.

According to a press release on the Department of Justice’s website, the operation, which is being led by Brazilian authorities, already took down various websites and apps that were illegally showcasing video content owned by the rightsholders in the U.S.

Brazil’s Secretariat of Integrated Operations (SEOPI) launched the operation in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice and Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations unit.

The operation has determined three domains – megatorrentshd.biz, comandotorrentshd.tv, and bludv.tv – that were offering “free access to copyrighted content to website visitors all

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SearchUnify Announces Mamba ‘21 to Power Next-Gen Support & Self-Service Experiences with Its Cognitive Search Platform & Suite of Apps

To deliver on the promise of augmented intelligence, Mamba ‘21 offers a complete suite of AI apps built on top of its cognitive search platform

SearchUnify, a leading cognitive search platform, has announced the general availability of its fall release, Mamba ‘21, from October 29, 2020. The release solidifies SearchUnify’s commitment to driving customer support and self-service with its cognitive search platform and complete suite of customer support apps.

“We’ve always been laser-focused on elevating customer support and self-service experiences,” said Vishal Sharma, CTO of SearchUnify. “Mamba ‘21 empowers teams to fully realize the cognitive power with a host of new apps, features, and enhancements.”

“One addition that I’m particularly excited about is the Escalation Predictor. As the name suggests, it analyzes various aspects of a ticket to predict the likelihood of its escalation, helping provide timely resolution ensuring a better CSAT. The app will further strengthen the platform’s existing

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NDIS website promotes ‘Uber-style’ apps linking participants to support workers

The National Disability Insurance Agency has been questioned over its promotion of “Uber-style” apps that link NDIS participants with support workers.



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“Matching platforms” within the scheme are not new but since the start of the pandemic the agency has begun actively promoting these apps and services to scheme participants and support workers.

The move has angered a union representing support workers, which claims these platforms undercut wages and conditions and aren’t subject to the same oversight as registered NDIS providers.

“We do have members that work for these platform providers and we regularly have issues arising around the inadequacy of their pay, the inadequacy of their training, or the complete absence of training,” said the Australian Services Union NSW/ACT secretary, Natalie Lang.



logo: The National Disability Insurance Agency lists ‘Uber-style’ apps and services on the NDIS website.


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The National Disability Insurance Agency lists ‘Uber-style’ apps and services on the NDIS website.

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How low-code programming can help your organization create apps quickly and easily

Low-code techniques can help simplify and speed up application delivery timeframes. Learn how this new way of programming has helped two companies make better apps.

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As a system administrator I’ve often been impressed—yet a bit intimidated—by the breadth and depth of complexity surrounding traditional programming. Among the developers I have worked with for years it is very much a life-embedded culture of details.

SEE: Top 5 programming languages for systems admins to learn (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

Now the programming culture is expanding to the masses via a concept called low-code programming, which seeks to facilitate the building of applications for better operational efficiency.

I discussed low code with Matteo Henking, application product owner at consulting provider Constellation, Inc. and Anthony Licona, director of innovation and technology at Edge OFS, an oil and energy company, to get their takes on the experiences they’ve had.

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Google Purportedly Removes 3 Kid’s Apps Over Data Collection

Researchers allege that three children’s apps that had more than 20 million downloads between them were violating Google’s data collection policies.

Researchers allege that three children’s apps that had more than 20 million downloads between them were violating Google’s data collection policies.
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Just because a children’s app looks innocuous doesn’t mean it’s not doing some shady stuff in the background. Google has reportedly taken action against three children’s apps in the Play Store—Princess Salon, Number Coloring and Cats & Cosplay—for allegedly violating its data collection policies, according to a report in TechCrunch.

Per the report, Google took action on the apps after researchers at the International Digital Accountability Council, a nonprofit privacy watchdog, informed it of the violations. None of the links to the apps in the Play Store currently work, which seems to support the theory that they went bye-bye for a reason. In a statement on its website, the IDAC stated that one of the problems was related to

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