Report: WhatsApp is testing P2P payments in India, beta rolling out this quarter

Following murmurs from last April about WhatsApp gearing up to allow payments in India, FactorDaily reports that Facebook employees in the country are presently testing the new functionality in the messaging app, and that the company plans to begin testing it with about 1 percent of its user base there within the first quarter of this year. That means that the Facebook-owned service will soon go up against numerous major players in India’s crowded mobile payments space. Built on the country’s Unified Payments Interface (UPI), which allows for instant money transfers between bank accounts at no charge, it’ll have to…

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Age of Empires’ 4K remaster arrives February 20

Microsoft set the pulses of strategy gamers racing last June when it announced that it was working on a high-definition remaster of its hit RTS, Age of Empires, to celebrate the title’s 20th anniversary – but then failed to launch it in October 2017 as promised. Thankfully, we’ve now got a new release date, and we’re just a month away from it. Age of Empires Definitive Edition will drop on February 20 for PC, and cost you $20 in the Microsoft Store. Adam Isgreen, creative director at Microsoft chalked up the delay to the development team’s desire to get every…

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Microsoft’s AI is a robo Van Gogh that could change how designers work

Microsoft has developed an AI to draw entirely original images based on nothing more than text. You type it, a computer draws it, and we’re one step closer to a world where using software like Photoshop and Illustrator is a hands-off experience. Researchers created a text-to-image bot that spits out pretty amazing images when fed a series of descriptive words like “this bird is red with white and has a very short beak.” This was accomplished through the creation of neural network called an Attentional Generative Adversarial Network (AttnGAN) that creates the image pixel-by-pixel. Like any other artist or designer, it…

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Your car knows you’re cheating on your diet (and your spouse)

General Motors (GM) first started tracking customers in 1996. Using its popular OnStar service, those in select GM vehicles could ask for directions, diagnose vehicle-related problems, or even disable a stolen vehicle by contacting a voice on the other end of the line. For around $35 a month, GM provided customers with an on-demand concierge available at the touch of a button. But unbeknownst to many, OnStar required more than just a monthly subscription fee. “Data is the currency of the digital age,” said Jim Barbaresso, Intelligent Transportation Systems lead at HTNB, told CNN last year. “Vehicle data could be…

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Labo is Nintendo’s next big risk that looks poised to pay off

Nintendo’s rather perplexing new announcement this week is Labo, a set of peripherals for the Switch made from cardboard. While they may seem like an odd addition after the company’s renewed focus on more mature titles and nostalgia, it’s part of Nintendo’s pattern of embracing the bizarre and making it work. What at first glance looks a little baffling about Labo — its use of cardboard rather than plastic, and DIY focus — is what makes it look so alien compared to just about everything else currently in the gaming market. It’s clearly aimed at children, and, though I question…

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Theres never been a better time to be a car enthusiast

The car industry has traditionally been at the forefront of innovation, constantly attempting to reinvent the wheel in order to entice old and new customers alike. Now that we are deep in the digital age, the industry is undergoing a sort of revolution which may well change the face of driving forever. Automotive tech is better than ever It’s no secret or revelation that technology keeps on improving by the minute but not every industry witnesses such profound changes as the ones currently happening with cars. All the major auto manufacturers including BMW, Mercedes, Ford, Nissan, and pretty much anyone…

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Threat of nuclear apocalypse briefly puts a damper on Pornhub traffic

If you’ve ever been curious about what happens to a major porn site when there’s a nuclear missile bearing down on the US, we’ve got answers. It turns out, when the government sends out a doomsday alert, porn connoisseurs are more concerned with getting out than getting off. About 64 million people watch porn online every day, and while it’s unclear how many of those users are in Hawaii (which has a population of about 1.5 million), it’s clear the threat of nuclear holocaust is a real mood-killer. Once the threat turns out to be fake, however, they’re back –…

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