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Google bans ads from payday lenders

<b>Google has announced plans to ban ads from so-called payday lenders, in a move the company hopes will limit what it calls a "harmful" industry.</b><p>The search giant plans to stop allowing ads for loans due within 60 days or with an interest rate of 36% or higher.<p>Google's director of product policy David …

Watch the Hyperloop's first public test, but don't blink or you'll miss it

You blinked, didn't you?<p>It only lasted about two seconds, but wow, what a sort of thrilling two seconds it was! Hyperloop One, the LA-based startup striving to realize Elon Musk's pipe dream, conducted its first public open-air test in the Nevada desert Wednesday.<p>A crowd of wealthy investors, …

Windows 7 takes 3 hours to boot on a smartwatch

If you want more functionality from your smartwatch than today’s wearables have to offer, why not install full-blown Windows 7 on it?<p>Ask that to YouTuber Hacking Jules, who found that it takes a full three hours to boot up the OS on an Android Wear-based watch. Then there’s the issue of a tiny …

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Microsoft's Sunrise calendar app will disappear on August 31

After being acquired by Microsoft last year and merging with Outlook, the Sunrise team has announced that it will officially shut down on August 31.<p>The app’s closure was expected, but now we have an exact date to watch for. After August 31, there will be no new updates, bug fixes, or any support of …

Google Translate on mobile just got way smarter

Google just made its translation app a whole lot smarter.<p>Thanks to a new update, announced Wednesday, you can now use Google Translate within other apps on Android phones. When you copy text in a foreign language it will automatically bring a little pop-up that lets you translate it on the fly as …

5 Million Google Cardboard VR Viewers Have Shipped

In a Google blog post today by Clay Bavor, Google’s new VP of VR, the company detailed a few quick stats on the company’s Cardboard program. This interestingly comes at a time when it’s clear Google is looking to further emphasize virtual reality and augmented reality from a hardware perspective …