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Amazon Alexa can now pay for gas at Exxon and Mobil

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You can do a lot of things these days without even tapping on your phone but there are still quite a lot that requires some good, old-fashioned manual work. That doesn’t always have to be the case, especially these days when people have to be extra careful what they put their hands on. Following up on a promise it made earlier this year, Amazon is finally rolling out Alexa’s skill to pay for your gas with just a voice command. There are, however, quite a number of caveats users have to keep in mind when using this new convenience.

Amazon partnered with fintech company Fiserv to make it possible to activate gas pumps at over 11,500 Exxon and Mobil stations across the country. That said, payments are made via Amazon’s own Amazon Pay, of course, which simply uses the default payment option you have set in your Amazon account. If you want to change that, you have to remember to do that first before uttering the magic phrase, “Alexa, pay for gas”.

The feature also works on a variety of Alexa-enabled products but only those that you can bring with you, like Echo Buds, or have location services, like your car that has Alexa built-in. You can also use the Alexa app on Android and iOS but not the Amazon Shopping app. And forget about trying to pay for gas at home with Echo speakers, since the service requires knowing if you’re actually at a pump or not.

For those worried about the privacy and security of their voice-activated purchases, they can still use Voice Code to require a 4-digit pin to complete the transaction. Knowing your location is, of course, already a given, but ExxonMobil will also be sharing the user’s name, email address, and some payment information, like the last four digits of the card associated with Amazon Pay. You cannot use Amazon Store or Gift Cards for gas.

As it stands, this new feature has its advantages and disadvantages and will mostly depend on how much you need to say inside the vehicle. Despite the almost hands-free experience, you will still have to actually pump the gas yourself at this point (unless there are employees to do that for customers). In certain circumstances and weather conditions, however, that can be extremely useful.

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12 Best Uses For Old Laptops

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Have one (or several) old laptops lying around your home? What you actually have is a productivity master waiting to reach its full potential

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Realme’s Next Premium Tablet Looks To Have An Unusual Design

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Even though we still have six days before the Realme Pad X launches in China, some of the specs of the Realme Pad X have already been confirmed by Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase, GSMArena claims. We know that this mid-range tablet will get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 chipset. This also means that the Realme Pad X will become the first Realme tablet to feature 5G connectivity. While the CMO did not reveal the rest of the specs, there’s been rumors about the likelihood of the Realme Pad fetting a QHD+ display that could also support a 120 Hz refresh rate.

From the images, it is also evident that the Realme Pad X gets a single rear-facing camera that is situated on an unusually large camera bump. There is a smaller circle below the rear camera with a prominent “AI” logo. The tablet also skips an LED flash for low-light situations.

Designwise, the Realme Pad looks like a contemporary tablet with small bezels and flat sides. One of the invites also showcases the Realme Pad X being used with a stylus. It remains to be seen if this accessory will be part of the retail package or an optional extra. With the launch date for this product a week away, there is a good chance that we could have additional details about the Realme Pad X before the official launch.

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Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Revealed As The Heart Of Your Next Android Flagship Phone

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Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor continues to be based on a 4nm manufacturing process — albeit this time from TSMC. This change has allowed Qualcomm to increase the GPU and CPU clock speeds by up to 7%. The result is that the Prime Cortex X2 is now clocked at 3.2 GHz (as opposed to 3 GHz on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1). Similarly, the 3x Cortex A710 core now clocks at 2.8 GHz (compared to 2.5 GHz earlier).

Then we have the 4x Cortex A-510 efficiency cores that also see a jump from 1.8 GHz to 2 GHz. While Qualcomm is yet to reveal the clock speeds for the Adreno GPU on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen1, they already claim a 10% higher clock speed in the promotional materials.

The rest of the hardware on the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 is similar to that of its predecessor — and this includes the X65 integrated modem as well. The new chip continues to support 3200 MHz LPDDR5 RAM, and the ISP used is the same, with support for 200 MP resolution, 8K video capture, and 64 MP burst capture. In terms of encoding, the chip retains support for Dolby Vision, HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. A glaring omission, this time around too, is the lack of support for the AV1 codec.

In simpler terms, apart from the faster performance on account of the supposedly better manufacturing process, the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 does not add anything over its predecessor in terms of additional features.

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