Android Pay on your watch makes paying easier than ever.

Android Pay has been making payments easier on all of us for a while by linking your bank card to your smartphone. Things have just gotten even easier though, because it has been added to the Android Wear ecosystem. Using your watch to pay means that you don’t even need to take anything out of your pocket when it comes time to pay for your purchases, but to use Android Pay on your watch there are a few requirements.

Note: This list will be updated as new devices are released with Android Wear support.

What it necessary for Android Pay to work?

While Android Pay is brand new to the Android Wear ecosystem, it does have a few requirements to work correctly on your watch.

Namely, you’ll need to make sure that your watch is running Android Wear 2.0, and includes NFC. While there are a number of watches that will be getting the update to Android Wear 2.0, the second part is a bit trickier. That’s because most watches don’t include NFC, so you may need to pick up a new watch if you’re hoping to use Android Pay as soon as possible.

Which watches support Android Pay?

For the time being, especially since Android Wear 2.0 is brand new, the list of supported watches is extremely short. In fact for the time being there is only one watch that will work. This list is sure to expand as more watches are released that include NFC. Until then, if Android Pay is too good to miss out on, then you’ll want to pick up an LG Watch Sport.

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What is the best deal you can get on a Google Pixel?

When shopping for a new gadget, like the Google Pixel and Pixel XL, you should be looking for the best possible deal available. But hunting them down can be difficult since most retailers change them weekly — but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you are looking to save finance your purchase, get some freebies with it, or try and save some money on the purchase there are a few places to check out.

Let’s take a look at some of the best deals on Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL that are available right now.

Refresh often! This page is constantly being updated as we discover new Pixel deals. Check back soon!

Google Pixel

Want to pick up the smaller of the two Pixels but avoid paying full price? Retailers are offering a variety of deals on these phones as Google continues its marketing push, and some will offer discounts in the future and others will include some extras at no cost. If you want to check out the best deals, these are the ones you want to look at.

Google Pixel XL

If you are looking for the larger version, you’ll want to check out the deals on the Pixel XL. Odds are that most of the times retailers will offer the same deals on the Pixel and Pixel XL in terms of discounts or freebies, but there may be some specific sales that offer incentives to go bigger. Here are some of the best deals that you can find right now on the Pixel XL.

Other deals

As time passes you’ll start to see these appear on other sites like eBay and Swappa, offering great deals on second-hand units. Some people may turn around and sell theirs at launch for a profit, but if you are looking to save you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

Have you noticed any other deals on the Pixel or Pixel XL? If so, be sure to drop a line in the comments letting us know where the deal is and why other people may be interested.

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Chrome’s screen reader is updated to help your Chromebook work even better with a braille display.

ChromeVox, the default screen reader service on your Chromebook, got a hefty update with the latest version of Chrome OS.

There are almost 300 million people with impaired vision in the world and using the tech we take for granted every day can be a challenge for many. A big part of putting information into them and getting information from them depends on what we can see. Google, Apple, and Microsoft are all making big advancements in assistive tech, and Chromebooks are no exception.

ChromeVox is more than a speech-to-text system. It’s built to help navigate both a touchscreen and a keyboard and supports USB braille displays where the text and descriptions of other visual elements can be provided. This paired with a fine-tuned traditional screen reader can bring more information to the visually impaired as well as make it much easier to interact with the software. If you’ve ever seen a demonstration of this sort of technology you know how impressive it can be, and if you depend on it, you understand the importance as well.

New menus and braille display navigation make thinsg easier to use and “earcons” help give you an understanding how everything is laid out.

Version 56 of Chrome OS brings some great new features to ChromeVox. New menus that include a list of open tabs, various options for ChromeVox and speech settings and a list of the things you can interact with on a page make it easier to learn how to use ChromeVox. Commands to interact and navigate the screen now appear on a connected braille display so you don’t have to switch back and forth with the keyboard. This makes for a much more streamlined experience. That’s important. A precise and fluid way to work with your Chromebook lets you focus on the content instead of how to get to it.

New “earcons” have been added that describe things like links or buttons on a page, even while it’s still loading, can provide some insight about how the screen is laid out and the relationship page elements have with each other. The earcons use stereo audio-positioning to give a user a feel how a page is laid out and where the important elements are located. When you navigate to a page element, the earcon plays through your speakers or headphones to let you know what things are being displayed on an app or web page.

Last but not least, a new ChromeVox Panel makes it easy for a teacher or assistant to work with someone who is visually impaired. The panel is located at the top of the Chromebook’s display and shows text and braille captions so someone can follow along with a person using a braille display.

Improvements like this are important. We’ve all faced the challenge of learning a new interface or how to work with new software. There’s no reason that difficulty should be compounded because you’re not able to see the screen in the traditional sense. Knowing that Google is always working on improving the way everyone can use their Chromebook is great.

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