Starbucks Japan Launches A Special Pen That Lets You Pay For Coffee

Starbucks Japan Launches A Special Pen That Lets You Pay For Coffee

When it comes to paying for your drinks at Starbucks, there are several ways that you can go about doing it besides using cash or your credit card. There is the Starbucks app and Apple Pay, for example. However, it seems that over in Japan, Starbucks has come up with a new and novel way of paying for your drinks through a specially-created pen.

As you can see, the pen doesn’t look particularly special, but it contains the same tech used by the Starbucks card so you can just tap it at any of the Starbucks IC card touchpads and it will register your payment. Essentially it has NFC built into it, but instead of a card, it comes in a pen form.

Google Now Lets Android Phones Double As Security Keys

Google Now Lets Android Phones Double As Security Keys

It’s always a good idea of have two-step authentication enabled on your accounts to thwart phishing attempts. The most commonly used forms of authentication include push notifications and text messaging codes. However, hackers can work around that limitation with fake sign-in pages to steal credentials. Google thus considers security keys based on FIDO standards to be the strongest protection against such attempts and so it now allows your Android phone to double as one.

Google considers the security keys to be the strongest, most phishing-resistant method of two-factor authentication on the market. The physical keys protect users’ accounts from phishers by requiring them to tap their key during a sign-in attempt that’s flagged as unrecognized or suspicious.

Sony Finally Lets Players Change Psn Id

Sony Finally Lets Players Change PSN ID

It was not possible to change your PSN ID for the longest time. If you chose one when you were setting up your account, you had to make do with it, or make an entirely new account. Sony started allowing players to change their ID as part of a beta program back in October last year. It’s now rolling out this ability to all users.

Starting today, anyone can change their PSN ID either through their PlayStation 4 console or through a web browser. Sony is allowing users the first name change for free but those who develop a habit to do it constantly will have to pay for the privilege.

Whatsapp For Android Lets You Download Gifs Before Sending Them

WhatsApp For Android Lets You Download GIFs Before Sending Them

One of the features of WhatsApp is that you can search for GIFs and send them directly. However sometimes the GIF repository might not have the GIF you want, which is when you might choose to share a link to a GIF instead. Now on Android it appears that WhatsApp is allowing users to download the GIFs before sending them.

Windows 10 Lets Users Mirror Their Android Phones On Their Computer

Windows 10 Lets Users Mirror Their Android Phones On Their Computer

There is a reason why there are many mobile apps that are now offering desktop counterparts. This is because switching between our phones and desktops can be distracting and can take away from our focus, however as much as we would like, not all mobile apps are readily available on the desktop just yet.

However Microsoft is hoping to change that as the company has announced a new feature for Windows 10 called “Your Phone”. This is basically a feature that mirrors what’s on your phone onto your computer. This means that users will be able to use any app on their phone on their computer as it essentially mirrors the content, meaning that users won’t have to wait for developers to create a desktop-friendly version of the app.

Pokémon: Let's Go Themed Nintendo Switch Unveiled

Pokémon: Let's Go Themed Nintendo Switch Unveiled

If you’re a fan of Pokemon games and were kind of holding off on the Nintendo Switch until a Pokemon game was released for it, you’re in luck because not only did Nintendo previously announce two new Pokemon RPGs that will launch for the Switch this year, but the company has also recently announced a new Pokemon: Let’s Go themed Nintendo Switch.

This will see the Switch console get a brown and yellow colored Joy-Con controllers, along with Pikachu and Eevee decals painted onto the side of the dock, and various silhouettes of Pokemon on the back of the console. We have to say that it looks pretty good and it will also come with download codes where players can choose to either download the Pikachu or Eevee version of the game.

Google Maps For Ios & Android Now Lets Users Search Within Reviews

Google Maps For iOS & Android Now Lets Users Search Within Reviews

One of the features of Google Maps is reviews, where users can post reviews about the location which can come in handy if you're trying to find out more about it. However it looks like Google has made some changes where users will now be able to search within reviews itself for something specific.

According to the announcement, "You can search for things like ‘wheelchair' if you want to know more about the accessibility of a place or ‘vegetarian' if you'd like to know more about a restaurant's vegetarian options. Searching pulls up all of the reviews that mention what you searched for so you can find out more information from someone who has been there."

Android P Lets You Know What Background Apps Are Using The Camera Or Microphone

Android P Lets You Know What Background Apps Are Using The Camera Or Microphone

When you install a new app whether it be on iOS or Android, sometimes it asks for permission, such as access to your camera, photos, microphone, notifications, and so on. For the layman, these permissions might seem a bit scary and confusing, and sometimes it can result in them saying "yes" just so they can use the app.

However what happens is that there are some apps that might take advantage of this to access certain features on your phone that it might not necessarily need to. The good news is that in the upcoming Android P update, Google will display notifications on background apps that are having access to the camera or microphone on your phone.

Sony's X-mount Lets You Attach Your Phone To The Dualshock 4 Controller

Sony's X-Mount Lets You Attach Your Phone To The DualShock 4 Controller

There are games playable on our smartphones in which we are able to use a physical controller with. Given that there are some games that don't play as well using touch controls, this is a welcome feature. In fact if you're looking for a way to enjoy mobile gaming while using a controller, Sony might have something for you.

Dubbed the X-Mount, as you can see in the image above what this does is that it basically mounts your smartphone on a Sony PlayStation DualShock 4 controller. It's not a particularly complex setup but basically if lets users see the screen of their phones while using the controller which could be more comfortable (and portable) than propping it up using something else.

Whatsapp For Android Now Lets Users Redownload Deleted Media

WhatsApp For Android Now Lets Users Redownload Deleted Media

Sometimes when we spring clean the contents of our phone, we might delete a file or two by accident. If these files were sent over WhatsApp, you might be pleased to learn that they might not be lost completely because according to WABetaInfo, Android users of WhatsApp will now be able to redownload delete files.

This is actually an interesting discovery and also has an implication. Previously WhatsApp would store undownloaded media on its servers for up to 30 days. This means that if you have yet to download it, say you're overseas and have no internet or if your phone is getting fixed, not to worry as you'll be able to download them when you get back on, after which said files will be removed from WhatsApp's servers.

Nintendo Labo For Switch Lets People Build And Use Their Own Peripherals

Nintendo LABO for Switch Lets People Build and Use Their Own Peripherals

Nintendo just announced LABO for Switch, a new product that seeks to complement the console by allowing users to build peripherals out of cardboard.

Nintendo must be mad to think that people will want to build their own peripherals, but this is the same company that severely underestimated the success of the Switch console so they might be onto something here.