Welcome to the 26th edition of PhoneRadar Report, where we talk in brief about today’s news related to the tech industry.
Samsung Pay Goes Live in Mexico
Samsung Pay is already available in most of the major markets. Today, Samsung launched the Samsung Pay mobile payment services in Mexico. With this new launch, Samsung is now available in 20 countries across Asia, Europe, America, and Australia. The company has partnered with American Express, Banorte, BanRegio, and HSBC banks to offer Samsung Pay services to their customers.
Gboard App for Android Updated with Default Stickers and New Themes
The latest update to the Gboard app on Android added support for default stickers. Now, there is no need for installing third-party apps for sending stickers. As of now, there are only four packs of default stockers made available. These stickers are shown as GIF’s when shared through different instant messaging or social media apps. Back in August, Google added the support for Bitmoji and stickers within the Gboard app. With the new update, the Gboard app also received a new set of built-in themes.
$45 Power Bank From Tesla Looks Exactly Like its Supercharger
Earlier this week, Tesla unveiled the Tesla Semi and Roadster 2.0. While the Roadster 2.0 showcase was a surprise, the company even launched a powerbank for smartphones. The Tesla Power Bank comes with 3,350mAh capacity and is priced at $45. Interestingly, this new Power Bank looks exactly similar to the Tesla supercharger. The Power Bank also comes with built-in lighting cable for Apple devices and MicroUSB cable for other smartphones. However, there is no USB Type-C cable which is becoming too mainstream these days.
Microsoft Surface Book 2 Gets its First Firmware Update
Almost a month back, Microsoft announced the all-new Surface Book 2 as the successor to original Surface Book. Today, the company released the first firmware update for the Surface Book 2. The users can found these new updates by going to Settings > Update & security > Windows Update. There are two different updates, each for the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update version 1709 and version 1703 powered devices. More details about these updates can be found on Microsoft Support website.
KFC Now Sells Internet Escape Pod for $10,000 in the U.S
KFC’s latest & greatest product is the Internet Escape Pod priced at $96,485.34. Considering the Cyber Monday, it is currently on sale for just $10,000. The company has built only one unit of Internet Escape Pod and luckily, it’s still in stock. When you want to escape from this connected world, you can simply enter this pod. From the images, it looks like a group of 4-5 people can easily fit in this pod. So, you won’t be alone inside this Internet Escape Pod.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Fitness Smartwatch with Garmin Pay Launched in India
At the IFA 2017, Garmin announced the Vivoactive 3 alongside the Vivomove HR and Vivosport. Today, the company launched the Garmin Vivoactive 3 fitness smartwatch in the Indian market for Rs. 24,990. It includes a built-in GPS and is equipped with 15 pre-loaded indoor and outdoor sports apps. It sports a 1.2-inch circular display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and is compatible with Android and iOS devices. The Vivoactive 3 is also water resistant up to 5 ATM. With the Vivoactive 3, Garmin also introduced the Garmin Pay.
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