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Rogers introduces Suretap mobile payment system

Today Rogers has launched their suretap wallet — a new app for NFC-enabled BlackBerry 10 and Android devices that allows users to make payments at thousands of retailers using just their smartphone. Users can store eligible cards within the app, and at participating retailers can then tap their phones on the payment terminal for a transaction.

Suretap wallet lets you store cards such as a Rogers prepaid Mastercard as well as cards from Swiss Chalet, Milestones Grill and Bar, Montana’s Cookhouse, Harvey’s, Kelsey’s, Indigo, Earls Restaurants, Ardene, and Spafinder Wellness 365. Support for loyalty cards and coupons will be added in the future.

Learn more about suretap wallet, features and supported devices at rogers.com/suretap



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Much application. Such coin. Very Android. Dogecoin Wallet now available on Google Play

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In their valiant effort to reach the moon in 2014, the Dogecoin community will be happy to know that Dogecoin Wallet is now available on the Google Play Store. Based off the popular ‘Doge’ meme, which features pictures of a “dog” that is primarily associated with pictures of Shiba Inus (nicknamed “Shibe”) and colorful comic sans words of praise, Dogecoin has been gaining a lot of traction the past couple weeks. As the trend continues to skyrocket (moon rocket), the young currencies first Android wallet is born.

Dogecoin Wallet is based off of the popular Bitcoin Wallet by Andreas Schildbach and sports the same set of features one would expect in a mobile cryptocurrency wallet and includes an up to date exchange rate tool. No registration is required to get up and running with Dogecoin Wallet. Because security is a must, Dodgecoin Wallet is completely decentralized, operating in a peer-to-peer environment. There’s no need to compromise your wallet’s security by using back-end web services here.

When it comes to sending, receiving, and spending your DOGE, Dogecoin Wallet allows offline payments via Bluetooth, sending and receiving Dogecoin via NFC, using automatically generated QR-Codes, and Dogecoin URLs. To request Dogecoin simply tap the request coin button and enter the amount in Doge or your desired currency, such as USD. From there, you can share the request via the Android share menu, have the generated QR code scanned, or tap an NFC enabled device. The send coins button works in a similar method, allowing you to type a Dogecoin address, pull one from your address book, or scan a QR code prior to sending coins to a fellow Shibe (Dogecoin user).

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If you’re absent minded with your mobile device or into flashing different ROMs, have no fear, Dogecoin Wallet supports the backup and restoration of your wallet. Once a backup has been made, you can archive the file locally on your phone or choose to archive it elsewhere, such as Dropbox, Google Drive, etc. You get the idea. Of course you can always slap a USB cable up to your phone and manually pull your wallet backup off and save it anywhere you please.

Dogecoin itself as a cryptocurrency is a lot of fun and easy to get into. If you’re looking to get started with Doge, I suggest you head on over to the coins official site as well as check out the various getting started guides on Reddit.

Much download. Very install. Dogecoin Wallet.

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Loyalty points and gift cards will no longer be supported by Google Wallet beginning August 21

google-wallet-05-26-2011Google Wallet is undergoing a surprising fundamental change. Loyalty program linking, one of the features Google has hyped ever since the launch of Wallet, is going to be phased out. Basically, any Wallet-stored gift card or loyalty card will not work past August 21. If you still have the physical card, you’re fine, but if not, Google recommends spending your balance before that deadline.

Google says they are still working with retailers on other options for gift and loyalty card redemption. In the meantime, you can still handle credit and debit card transactions through the service.

Source: Engadget

 

Come comment on this article: Loyalty points and gift cards will no longer be supported by Google Wallet beginning August 21

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[Updated] Rant: Dealing With Google Wallet’s Nightmare Peer-To-Peer Transfers, Clueless Support Line, And Ridiculous Fund Hold Times

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Peer-to-peer fund transfers using an online service are nothing new – Paypal’s been successfully doing it for years, and that’s how AP writers have been getting paid since the site was launched. Needless to say, when Google announced payments through Gmail (which uses Wallet), it seemed like a no-brainer – we all have Google accounts, so this would be an ideal way to get paid.

Wrong. Getting paid through Wallet has been the absolute worst experience I’ve ever had with a money transfer, and I’m not alone here – this has been an incredibly frustrating experience for at least half of our team.

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Wallet Camera-Talking Pictures: Photo Filters, Frames, Captions + Voice

Wallet Camera – Talking Pictures  
Developer: Power App GmbH  
Price: $0.99   Download

Power App today is pleased to introduce Wallet Camera 1.0 – Talking Pictures, its advanced photo app that lets users customize their photos with a suite of filters, tools, effects, frames, captions, and audio recording. Featuring built-in Instagram, flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and email connectivity, the app allows users to make their photos truly stand out from among the more than 100 million photos emailed and posted daily. Wallet Camera works with new photos shot from within the app or images saved in Photos.

Feature Highlights:
* Amazing filters
* Built-in voice recorder
* Single and multiple frames
* Cropping/cutting/stretching tools
* Sketching & doodle tools
* Full suite of photo-editing tools
* Library of multiple background images
* Caption & text generator tools
* Library of pre-composed text captions
* Built-in Instagram, flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and email connectivity
* Save or share a voice-enhanced photo as an MPEG 4

At launch in portrait orientation, Wallet Camera offers two modes of opening a photo to edit: Camera or Library. Camera mode activates the front- or rear-facing camera of the iDevice, allowing users to snap a live photo. After previewing their snapshot, they can Retake or Use the picture. Library mode lets the photographer browse through the Photos folder containing the Photo Library and Camera Rolls. Once a photo has been selected, via Camera or Library modes, it opens fullscreen in the app’s editing window. From a retractable tab bar at the bottom, users can access all the app’s capabilities.

The tab bar contains five buttons: Tools, Frames, Doodle, Effects, and Text. Touching the Tools button opens a horizontally scrolling selection of actions above the tab bar: Cut, Audio, Rotate, Crop, Skew, Splice, Swirl, Shear, Implode, Mirror, Ripple, and Spread. Cut, Crop, and Rotate are the most basic editing tools, making it easy to eliminate unwanted parts of the picture and orient it for best viewing. The remaining visual tools give users an opportunity to stylize their photos with continuously variable controls. Particularly noteworthy are the Splice and Spread tools, which provide image-processing options rarely seen on mobile devices.

Touching the Audio button brings up the Record screen, displaying the photo fullscreen with red Record and Play buttons beneath. Tapping Record activates the iDevice’s built-in mic, allowing users to include a voice message with their photo (music playing aloud will also be captured by the microphone). This feature combines the personalization of the sender’s voice greeting with the simplicity of a photo in a manageable file size that can be easily shared.

The Frames button in the bottom tab bar lets the user choose from some very imaginative framing effects, including those designed to contain single or multiple photos. For example, the photo is a canvas displayed in a museum or a Polaroid on top of an open passport. Also included is a library of travel photos, which can be used as photo backgrounds.

The Doodle feature lets creative photo editors draw on top of their photos in the thickness and color of their choice. Effects accesses 10 different photo effects, some of which will be familiar to users of Instagram. These effects may be applied only to the photo or to the photo/frame/background, and Wallet Camera provides continuously variable controls for each effect that lets users achieve exactly the desired result.

Finally, the Text feature makes it easy to superimpose captions or labels. The ergonomic control panel enables selection of 7 different fonts, 10 different colors, and type sizes between 10 and 100 points. The Captions Library can be opened from the control panel, allowing selection from dozens of pre-composed captions in various categories, like Birthday, Inspirational, Get Well, and Humorous.

“The ability to edit and modify pictures and make them stand out from the crowd has become more and more important in these times, when hundreds of millions of people use their mobile devices to connect to social and photo sharing networks,” stated Christian Schaffner, CEO of Power App AG. “Wallet Camera has been especially designed to offer great results plus ease of use.”

Languages Support:
English, Bokmal, Norwegian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish

Wallet Camera – Talking Pictures 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

“Wallet Camera-Talking Pictures: Photo Filters, Frames, Captions + Voice” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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Wallet Camera-Talking Pictures: Photo Filters, Frames, Captions + Voice

Wallet Camera – Talking Pictures  
Developer: Power App GmbH  
Price: $0.99   Download

Power App today is pleased to introduce Wallet Camera 1.0 – Talking Pictures, its advanced photo app that lets users customize their photos with a suite of filters, tools, effects, frames, captions, and audio recording. Featuring built-in Instagram, flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and email connectivity, the app allows users to make their photos truly stand out from among the more than 100 million photos emailed and posted daily. Wallet Camera works with new photos shot from within the app or images saved in Photos.

Feature Highlights:
* Amazing filters
* Built-in voice recorder
* Single and multiple frames
* Cropping/cutting/stretching tools
* Sketching & doodle tools
* Full suite of photo-editing tools
* Library of multiple background images
* Caption & text generator tools
* Library of pre-composed text captions
* Built-in Instagram, flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and email connectivity
* Save or share a voice-enhanced photo as an MPEG 4

At launch in portrait orientation, Wallet Camera offers two modes of opening a photo to edit: Camera or Library. Camera mode activates the front- or rear-facing camera of the iDevice, allowing users to snap a live photo. After previewing their snapshot, they can Retake or Use the picture. Library mode lets the photographer browse through the Photos folder containing the Photo Library and Camera Rolls. Once a photo has been selected, via Camera or Library modes, it opens fullscreen in the app’s editing window. From a retractable tab bar at the bottom, users can access all the app’s capabilities.

The tab bar contains five buttons: Tools, Frames, Doodle, Effects, and Text. Touching the Tools button opens a horizontally scrolling selection of actions above the tab bar: Cut, Audio, Rotate, Crop, Skew, Splice, Swirl, Shear, Implode, Mirror, Ripple, and Spread. Cut, Crop, and Rotate are the most basic editing tools, making it easy to eliminate unwanted parts of the picture and orient it for best viewing. The remaining visual tools give users an opportunity to stylize their photos with continuously variable controls. Particularly noteworthy are the Splice and Spread tools, which provide image-processing options rarely seen on mobile devices.

Touching the Audio button brings up the Record screen, displaying the photo fullscreen with red Record and Play buttons beneath. Tapping Record activates the iDevice’s built-in mic, allowing users to include a voice message with their photo (music playing aloud will also be captured by the microphone). This feature combines the personalization of the sender’s voice greeting with the simplicity of a photo in a manageable file size that can be easily shared.

The Frames button in the bottom tab bar lets the user choose from some very imaginative framing effects, including those designed to contain single or multiple photos. For example, the photo is a canvas displayed in a museum or a Polaroid on top of an open passport. Also included is a library of travel photos, which can be used as photo backgrounds.

The Doodle feature lets creative photo editors draw on top of their photos in the thickness and color of their choice. Effects accesses 10 different photo effects, some of which will be familiar to users of Instagram. These effects may be applied only to the photo or to the photo/frame/background, and Wallet Camera provides continuously variable controls for each effect that lets users achieve exactly the desired result.

Finally, the Text feature makes it easy to superimpose captions or labels. The ergonomic control panel enables selection of 7 different fonts, 10 different colors, and type sizes between 10 and 100 points. The Captions Library can be opened from the control panel, allowing selection from dozens of pre-composed captions in various categories, like Birthday, Inspirational, Get Well, and Humorous.

“The ability to edit and modify pictures and make them stand out from the crowd has become more and more important in these times, when hundreds of millions of people use their mobile devices to connect to social and photo sharing networks,” stated Christian Schaffner, CEO of Power App AG. “Wallet Camera has been especially designed to offer great results plus ease of use.”

Languages Support:
English, Bokmal, Norwegian, Catalan, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish

Wallet Camera – Talking Pictures 1.0 is $0.99 (USD) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Photo & Video category.

“Wallet Camera-Talking Pictures: Photo Filters, Frames, Captions + Voice” originally appeared on AppCraver.com.

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Samsung unveils Wallet mobile app to manage tickets

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Samsung has announced a new API for developers to help manage event tickets, boarding passes, memberships, and coupons. Samsung Wallet will be a new application which brings all of these types of content into one place. Time and location-based push notifications will help users get a hold of the ticketing information. 

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Samsung Introduces “Wallet” Application, Looks a Lot Like Passbook for Now

Samsung took the wraps off their newest smartphone venture that will almost undoubtedly appear as part of the Galaxy S4 launch, it’s called “Wallet.” As the name suggests, it’s a mobile wallet of sorts, though at this time it’s more like Apple’s Passbook than a mobile payment system in that it stores tickets or membership [...]

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Samsung announces Android Wallet app for tickets and coupons, opens API to developers

If your heart bleeds Android, but your eyes occasionally wander in the direction of Apple’s Passbook, good news. Samsung has announced “Wallet,” a ticketing and coupon app of its own. Unveiled at the firm’s Developer Day at Mobile World Congress, Wallet comes ready with an open API to encourage adoption, with some big names already onboard including Hotels.com, Booking.com, Expedia, MLB and Lufthansa. Though this isn’t the only Android solution we’ve heard about, in keeping with the norm, the app will be connected, and location aware. As such, the app will let you know when Wallet-friendly stores and so on are nearby, as well as continually send updates to items already stored in the app, should those booking details change. The app API is still in beta at this time, but word is that Samsung is accepting early sign-ups on its approval.

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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NFC Business cards from TapMyBiz are high quality and perfect for high impact networking

NFC business cards aren’t new, but they never took off because they have always been credit-card like and who wants to carry a bunch of those around? Well a company called TapMyBiz is the first to offer a true high quality paper-like business card with an NFC chip embedded in it. It just so happened that I needed to order more business cards for CES so I figured I would give it a shot. I was shocked at how awesome the quality was. They will easily fit in a wallet and since I will need to carry a bunch of them to the show, I have no problem doing it since they are no thicker than your typical business card.

TapMyBiz will program each card to do whatever you want it to do when someone touches their NFC enabled phone or tablet to it. It can automatically add your contact information to their device, go to a website, open a video, head to a Facebook Page, or whatever you can think off. You can even set it to place a phone call or even a Skype call. If you ever want to reprogram any or all of your cards to do something else, you can easily do it with most of the NFC tag apps that are available in the Google Play Store.

You would think that a product like this would have a slow turnaround time, but they are able to produce and program your cards within 3 to 4 days. Ordering your card couldn’t be easier as their site offers free templates for designing your own. Of course, if you need any help, they offer 24/7 customer support. Right now they are a little limited in the style card, but come February, they will offer more sizes and different styles like rounded edges. That’s not all because by mid-year they will be offering greeting cards, flyers, and posters.

Check out my hands on video below to see how easy it works, and I am sure you will agree with me that it’s finally time to spice up your business cards with a little NFC.

For more information visit their website, about page, or FAQ

Click here to view the embedded video.

 

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Polaroid Announces A New 7" Tablet For Kids That You Should Not, Under Any Circumstance, Even Considering Buying

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Well, it’s CES time again – time for manufacturers to show off what they’ve been working on for the last several months in hopes of coaxing you into opening your wallet to them. Normally, we get a slew of fantastic, exciting, and innovative devices in the CES storm; however, there are also a few that just aren’t worth even considering. This new Polaroid tablet for kids is one of them.

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You may or may not have already heard about it today. For those who haven’t, here’s the skinny: it’s a 7″ tablet with a display resolution of 800×480, half a gig of RAM, a 1GHz single-core processor, 8GB of storage, a 2MP rear shooter, and Android 4.0.

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T-Mobile launches Curve 9315, BlackBerry 7 still alive and kicking

TMobile launches Curve  9315, BlackBerry 7 still alive and kicking

Hey everybody, there’s a new BlackBerry in town! But don’t get too excited, this isn’t one of them fancy BB10 handsets we’re all so eagerly anticipating, this is yet another 7.1 model. In particular it’s a slight rehash of the Curve you’re all quite familiar with. The 9315 is a QWERTY-sporting device bound for T-Mobile that also features a dedicated BBM key and a 3.2-megapixel camera. And, if you haven’t fully embraced the digital music revolution yet, there’s an FM tuner for pulling in your favorite terrestrial radio stations. (Just in case the internet isn’t providing you with your daily dose of Gangnam Style.) Perhaps the most interesting thing about the new phone is the wallet friendly price of $50 — after a mail-in rebate and with a two year contract, of course. The only question is, how many people will care since a week after its January 23rd debut RIM is set to take the wraps off its next-gen devices. PR awaits you after the break.

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Weekend Poll: Major carriers vs MVNOs


Major carriers have something to worry about – MVNOs. Mobile virtual network operators are those smaller carriers that don’t own networks, but are licensed to use other carriers’ networks to offer cellular services. Such service providers can offer much more affordable prices without contracts, but there are still incentives to sign your life away to a major carrier.

MVNOs have become very popular among smartphone users as devices start becoming more affordable. One can purchase a Nexus 4 for as low as $300, for example. This device is far superior to other equally-priced smartphones, and arguably better than even some that double its price. You can take this (or any other compatible device) to a GSM MVNO and just use the big carrier networks with small carrier prices. Or you can opt to buy their own devices, if you would rather make the process easier or the carrier uses a CDMA network.

These small carriers tend to offer great deals. They do have to pay fees to network owners, but they also don’t have to invest in improving networks and keeping towers up-to-date. You can save up to thousands of dollars per year if you opt for one of these pre-paid options.

But with all these great and affordable options, why are we sticking with major manufacturers? Well, there are many benefits, the main one being convenience. Though we end up paying more in the long run, there are many benefits to being with one of the big 4.

For one, it is possible to sign a contract and get a phone at a much discounted price. Most users don’t have $600 to $700 to pull out and spend on a good, high-end device out-of-contract. And the good devices you can find at a lower price can be rare. The most expensive on-contract devices cost around $300, which is much easier to swallow.

Major carriers also tend to be more reliable in terms of customer service. Of course, they have the resources to help out more… even if you have to sign your wallet away for 2 years. Not to mention they usually carry the best devices, but that is starting to change.

Hey! There is also the option of going prepaid with one of the 4 major carriers. T-Mobile has some great deals for prepaid customers, an all other carriers have prepaid options. Or maybe you are no longer in contract, but want to keep your older plan (mostly unlimited data customers’ situation).

With all of this in mind, we are wondering at what point MVNOs are. More and more Android users are starting to opt for prepaid MVNO carriers like Straight Talk, Solavei, Virgin Mobile, Boost Mobile and many others. Our audience consists mostly of Android users (of course) so it would give us a great idea of how the market between MVNO and major carrier customers is.

Please participate in the poll and give us your two cents! Do you prefer staying with a traditional carrier or have you moved on to a more flexible mobile world? And why?

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Galaxy Note II Developer Edition (16GB) Shows Up On Samsung’s Site, Proves Its Existence

2012-12-19_13h45_54One of the biggest frustrations of dealing with Verizon, if you’re someone who likes to tweak their phone, is that the carrier insists on locking the bootloaders on its phones that otherwise would not be locked. Samsung has offered Developer Editions of its phones in the past, including the Galaxy S III, largely to avoid that problem and appease the dev crowd. Today, that tradition continues with the Galaxy Note II which has now appeared on the company’s site in a similar hacker-friendly model.

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Samsung hasn’t announced pricing or availability for this model just yet, but if previous patterns hold, you can expect this to take a bit of a toll on your wallet, as it’s going to be sold off-contract and unsubsidized.

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Verizon is OK With Isis Mobile Wallet Accessing the Secure Element on Your Phone, Just Not Google Wallet

Last week, we put together yet another new piece that discussed Verizon’s reasoning for not allowing Google Wallet to work on their NFC-equipped devices. In a response to an FCC complaint, VZW argued that since Google Wallet requires interaction with the “secure element” of a phone, that it’s different than normal applications, including other m-commerce [...]

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Android Central 2012 Gift Guide: Richard’s holiday wish-list

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Nights are drawing in, the temperature is heading below zero, and my wallet is empty. It's the festive season alright, which means giving killer gifts to the nearest and dearest. Me, as long as I get Back to the Future on the TV and the annual Boxing Day soccer football match, I'm happy. 

But, you want to give those you a love a great gift, right? Makes sense, so click on for some suggestions from across the pond. Pre-warning — none are as good as Jerry's Glazed Ham.

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Verizon Responds to FCC Complaint Over Blocking of Google Wallet, Says Google Needs to Change the App

Google Wallet originally launched in September of 2011. Here we are over a year later, and the mobile payment app is still not available to Verizon’s NFC-equipped phones. Even after refuting reports that they were blocking the app, when they actually were blocking the app, it’s still an app that is only available to select [...]

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Play Store Expands Carrier Billing To Australia, Partners With Payment Company Bango To Do So

play logoOne of the biggest problems with the Play Store is that, compared to certain other platforms, its international support for both products and payment systems is comparatively meager. This is, of course, one of the main reasons that earning revenue on Android seems harder for developers. Starting today, though, if you live in Australia and use Telstra, you have one more way to pay: carrier billing.

The rollout comes with special thanks to mobile payment platform Bango. This UK-based company specializes in connecting your wallet to the companies you want to give money to. This is particularly noteworthy since Bango is an international platform.

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HTC One VX budget smartphone available today from AT&T

After initial launch plans back in November were delayed, today the folks from AT&T have announced their new budget friendly HTC One VX is available right now. HTC’s new pocket and wallet friendly smartphone is available in stores and online for the low low price of just $49.99 and we have all the details on this impressive phone below.

The One VX would be considered top tier just about a year ago, but now in a world of HD displays, quad-core processors and more this solid and rather impressive smartphone can be yours for only $49.99 and a new 2-year contract from AT&T. That cash still gets a beast of a smartphone powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense UI 4, and Qualcomm’s very capable dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor.

You’ll be enjoying games and more on the 4.5-inch qHD 540×960 resolution display, and the phone features 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and a micro-SD slot for expanding storage. The only other downfall of this smartphone is they’ve lowered the rear camera down to 5 megapixels, compared to the usual 8MP on most HTC devices, but then again for someone not needing the best of the best $49 is hard to beat here.

AT&T announced this new budget phone rather silently, and HTC didn’t say much either. HTC’s busy promoting their new Verizon-powered DROID DNA, and AT&T is pushing the new HTC One X+ quad-core smartphone. Either way this holiday season AT&T customers have an excellent choice in the HTC One VX. Get it today from AT&T and enjoy that beats audio integration.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : One VX
    Manufactuer : HTC
    Carrier : AT&T
    Announced Date : October 02, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.5 Inch
  • Resolution : 540×960
  • Screen Type : SLCD 2
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.29 Inch
  • Width : 2.66 Inch
  • Depth : 0.36 Inch
  • Weight : 125 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1810 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : MSM8930
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 8 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 5 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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Starbucks updates app with Android 4.2 compatibility

Starbucks App

Starbucks lovers with a device running Android 4.2 — quite a few of us now — have been out in the cold waiting for an update to fix compatibility with the latest OS update. Some problem with the app in Android 4.2 caused a nasty bug that made the app crash almost every time it was opened. Thankfully, the wait is over and today's update fixes the issues.

Go grab that download at the Play Store link above and get back to paying for your latte (or quadruple extra hot venti caramel macchiato, if you're me) without a wallet.

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BookBook for iPhone 5 now shipping, rear camera hole and all (hands-on)

BookBook for iPhone 5 now shipping, rear camera hole and all handson

It took a little longer than some of those other cases, but Twelve South‘s BookBook for iPhone 5 is now shipping en masse. Some of those who pre-ordered began receiving their units as early as last week, but if you missed that wave, there’s no need to gesture for the panic button. The outfit’s newest wallet / iPhone case is actually more than just a resized version of the prior one; indeed, it finally figured out how to add a rear camera hole without worry of flash echo, and there’s a new snap-in mechanism that holds your phone in place. The clever exterior remains largely the same, and there’s still room for your most important IDs and credit cards as you flip it open. We were pretty big fans of the prior build, but the addition of the camera hole makes this one a no-brainer for fans of the style. The gallery below is completely free to peruse — those who hit the source link, however, will be asked to fork over $59.99 to get one of their own.

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You can now pre-order books in the Google Play Store

Google Play Books gets better by the day, it seems, and now Google’s introduced even more functionality. Those of you who just can’t wait to throw your money at your favorite author before their novel is released can now do so. Google has announced the ability to pre-order books within the Play Store.

It’s straight forward, really: you buy the book like you would any other book or Play Store item, except you can’t access it until release date. We’re not sure how much value, if any, this adds to a particular user’s purchasing experience because we imagine there won’t be any sellout scenarios — it’s digital, after all.

But no matter: the functionality is there if you want it. Use it as a nice gesture toward an author you really love, or just pay a book off ahead of time so you won’t have to worry about digging into your wallet the day it launches.

I’m not quite sure if there is any pre-loading functionality as there are no books I’m personally willing to pre-order right now, but that would be a great incentive to dishing money out early. Who really wants to sit there and wait on a download to finish when you could be reading your heart out? Exactly. Well, if you find it to be a useful tool you can give it a shot by pre-ordering some of these upcoming titles.

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[Kickstarter] Meet the Kit case, one case to rule the World

Have you ever run out of the house in a rush with only your keys and cellphone? Totally forgetting your wallet, your earbuds or any other number of little things? I know I have done it on more than one occasion. Christopher Manzo has done it more than a few times and has turned that frustration into a product to help him out and the rest of us that fall victim to it.

Meet kit. The all in one case that not only protects your phone, but also carries all the important things at the same time. In the rear compartment where the ‘Hard App’ will reside for your convenience. There are already hard apps for your earbuds, a multi-tool and even an 8GB flash drive. Not to mention a money clip option to hold some cash or credit cards. Future plans even have mini tripods and various lenses for the camera. Not sure if those will make it to the Android side of things, but we do know it is there for iPhones. They have identified over 40 other hard apps that they would love to be able to bring to market if the Kickstarter project gets off the ground.

As with any Kickstarter project, there is a time limit, a dollar amount needed and various pledge levels with different perks. The device options are limited for the moment. The cases will be launched for the Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Galaxy Note, Samsung Galaxy Note II, iPhone 5 and iPhone 4/4s. That does target some of the most popular devices on the market though. If things go as planned, they will be expanding their device support in the near future.

To get a little more information and help fund kit, visit their Kickstarter page. It does have some potential we think.

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[Daily Steals] Motorola Xoom 4G LTE Available for $199.99

Not sure about what tablet to get? Maybe looking to get a tablet for a friend or family member? Well why not a Motorola Xoom? It is not really anything too fancy, but if you are in the market for a tablet that is not too fancy, and you got a couple hundred bucks to spend, head over to Daily Steals right now and purchase a Moto Xoom for $200. Listed price for this tablet is $800 bucks, so you are definitely saving a pretty penny. It is also the LTE version so you can have all your social medias on the go. Could be a nice gift for someone this Christmas. Click the link below and head over to Daily Steals to check it out. Let us know if you reached in your wallet and purchased this mid-ranged tablet.

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This week’s sidebar poll: Droid DNA or Galaxy Note 2?

  DNA v Not 2

While many a Verizon customer is still torqued that they didn't get a Nexus 4 on Big Red, it's not like there aren't going to be other phones released for the holidays. Case in point — the heavyweight championship contenders you see above, namely the Droid DNA and the Galaxy Note 2.

They both are big, have great innards, and big shiny screens. We can see why each has it's fans. Even better, both will soon be sitting on a shelf, waiting for you and your wallet to come pay a visit. We're not going to rehash all the pros and cons of each, there's plenty of that being done in the forums if you need a refresher. We're just going to ask — if you're a Verizon customer, which one tickles your fancy? There's a poll after the break, or you can find it sitting in the sidebar to the right. Answer it. Let the world know!

Before we leave for another week, let's have a look-see at last week's poll results.

Were you able to order a new Nexus?

Last week's poll

Looks like the demand is still strong, and we hope Google can get their act together and get them back up for sale. Retail has never been their strong suit.

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Android news around the world – Nov. 17, 2012

Android Central

This week was Nexus week, and Google's new smartphone and tablet dominated the past seven days' international Android news. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 went on sale, and promptly sold out in Australia, Europe and the United States, as buyers battled against technical issues with Google Play and Google Wallet and attempted to place orders. As of this weekend, many devices are in buyers hands — the first Nexus tablets started arriving on Wednesday, followed a day later by the initial batch of Nexus 4s.

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[Deal] 32GB Nexus 7 for $219.99 with free shipping from OfficeMax

Perhaps you’ve been waiting to pull the trigger on purchasing a Nexus 7 until you found just the right deal to satisfy your thinning wallet. Well, it appears OfficeMax is holding an incredible sale on the 32GB Nexus 7, offering the device for just $219.99 + tax with free shipping.

Currently, the only way to receive the discount is by placing your order via telephone. You’ll also need to use the coupon code indicated within the instructions below. As of the writing of this post, the deal is still valid, though there’s no telling just how long it will last. If you’re interested, jump past the break for the how-to.

1 – Call 1-800-283-7674

2 – Tell them you want to buy the 32GB Nexus 7.

3 – Inform the agent that you want to use a coupon. Give this number: 220430211022

Source: SlickDeals


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The Droid Life Show: Episode 4

The Droid Life Show returns tonight for episode 4! Last week, it was all about the new family of Nexus devices, but this week it’s back to the day-to-day grind. We’ve got DROID DNA madness to talk about, a couple of interesting polls to toss around, and a Google Wallet credit card to argue over. [...]

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