In the world of tech, a lot can happen in seven days. This week we look at Samsung Pay, Google Auto-Draw and Amazon’s new Parent Dashboard.
Samsung Pay to be introduced to Ireland
Conor Pierce, Samsung’s vice-president of mobile for UK & Ireland, announced this week that Samsung Pay could be rolled out in Ireland as soon as this summer. Samsung plans to introduce the payment technology to the UK first, with Ireland shortly after – most likely mid to late summer.
This announcement follows the launch of Android Pay last year and Apple Pay in March. Samsung Pay will allow Samsung mobile users to pay for goods with cards stored on their phone, by using contactless technology. Mobile contactless payments are usually seen as more secure than using a regular debit or credit card, as the card number is not passed to the retailer.
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Google Launches AutoDraw
Google has recently been placing lots of emphasis on machine-learning, as it aims to grow its AI products and services.
Last year Google launched a fun game called ‘Quick, Draw!’ which tested a person’s illustration skills by asking them to draw an image based on a word. The aim of this game was to obtain a wide number of drawings for their AI systems to learn from. Now, Google has launched a new game ‘AutoDraw’, pushing its AI to new limits. Users of AutoDraw can doodle anything that comes to mind, and the AI guesses what they are drawing. If Google guesses correctly, you can replace your amateur doodle with a more professional-looking drawing.
It’s fun for anyone who likes doodling and it helps Google improve their AI, so it’s a win-win all round! You can try it out at autodraw.com.
Amazon Releases New Tool for Parents
This week Amazon has launched its Parent Dashboard for their Kids Edition Fire Tablet. The new dashboard is designed to provide parents access to their kid's online activities, so they can see exactly what their child is up to.
Unlike some parental guidance apps and programs, Parent Dashboard is simply a webpage which can be accessed for free by Amazon subscribers. The dashboard includes information on your child’s activities - including apps used, games played, websites visited, videos watched and more. Not only is Parent Dashboard a great new way to monitor your child’s internet usage and keep them safe, it’s also a new way to learn more about your child and their interests. It’s currently only available to subscribers in the US, UK and Germany, but we’re hoping Amazon will roll the service out to more countries in the near future.