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Google confirms Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus won’t support Google Wallet

Google confirms Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus won’t support Google Wallet

So it's official, Google spokesperson just confirmed tonight that Verizon's Galaxy Nexus will not be supporting Google Wallet, along with those from other carriers, such as T-Mobile and AT&T (if they ever get the Nexus, that is). Same probably goes for all Android smartphones besides the Nexus S 4G for the currently foreseeable future. Well, that's not the most pleasant of news, especially for those who're already starting to utilize the NFC payment service offered by Google. What a bummer.

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Meizu MX smartphone official: Pentaband HSPA+ and 1.4GHz dualcore

Meizu MX smartphone official: Pentaband HSPA+ and 1.4GHz dualcore

Chinese electronics manufacturer Meizu has finally unveiled its next flagship Meizu MX smartphone, though it's not quite the speed-demon we were originally expecting. A dual-core version running a 1.4GHz Samsung Exynos 4210 chip will arrive before the previously-spotted quad-core version, the faster model not expected to arrive until next year, going on sale in China on New Year's Day. What does MX stand for? There's actually a special reason for such a naming convention, since it actually borrows first two letters from the Chinese characters for the word “dream,” or “meng xiang”. And that's most likely what Meizu hopes it will be; China's dream phone of the year.

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Apple’s internal iOS codenames revealed, sporting winter theme

Apple’s internal iOS codenames revealed, sporting winter theme

When it comes to flavorful codenames for operating systems, the majority would tend to think about Android's bountiful dessert flavors, or Mac OS X's large cats. However, Apple's not about to let iOS off the hook of woefully mundane names. According to homebrew developer Steve Troughton-Smith, Apple's internal codenames for its mobile operating system is inspired by winter sports. For instance, the current 5.0 OS firmware is apparently named Telluride after a popular ski town in Colorado, with previous versions having names like Alpine, Big Bear (props to repping California!), and Sugarbowl.

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Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus to be priced at $299.99 on 2-year contract, reports WSJ

Verizon’s Galaxy Nexus to be priced at $299.99 on 2-year contract, reports WSJ

Following the newly released leaked shots today, the Wall Street Journal has just reported that Verizon's version of the Galaxy Nexus will be priced at $299.99 on a new 2-year contract, which sounds pretty archetypal alongside other Verizon offerings like the Motorola Droid RAZR and the HTC Rezound, both of which share the same price point. Unfortunately, what hasn't been confirmed is the actual release date, since the reports didn't get any more specific than "this month".

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Graphing functionality now available on Google search

Graphing functionality now available on Google search

In a move that seems to put them in square competition with, say, Texas Instruments, or Wolfram Alpha, search giant Google has just rolled out mathematics graphing functionality on Google search engine results. What does that mean? Well, your Google search engine just became a graphic calculator. Simply put, Google says that user can "just type in a function and you’ll see an interactive graph on the top of the search results page." Guessing I'm going to use my TI-84 a couple times less after what Google search results can provide me from now on.

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Google confirms no affiliation with Carrier IQ

Google confirms no affiliation with Carrier IQ

Here's another update to the whole Carrier IQ news blowup in the past week (this time it's Google's turn, instead of Apple). Word on the street is that Google has confirmed that they themselves have no affiliation whatsoever with Carrier IQ, and that Nexus devices do not included the software. So this is essentially Google officially distanced itself from any responsibility for the tracking software from Carrier IQ. We wonder what Carrier IQ's response will be, especially after Senator Al Franken called the company out just this afternoon.

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Windows 8 public beta slated for release late February

Windows 8 public beta slated for release late February

Word is that the public beta of Windows 8 is apparently slated to be released in late February of 2012, according to sources close to Microsoft. The timing of the public beta launch has been much talked about in tech circles; it's expected that Windows 8 will be officially released in 2012, but the actual expected date for the completion and shipment of the upcoming Microsoft operating system remains, at the moment, unrevealed. Though, with the knowledge of the public beta release's time frame, we'll have a better idea of the overall time frame of the new Windows operating system.

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Report shows that iPhone 4S now more popular than iPhone 4

Report shows that iPhone 4S now more popular than iPhone 4

An overwhelming majority of iPhone 4S owners are “very satisfied” with their new Apple device, and in particular, of the onboard Siri Digital Assistant. According to a new survey released by ChangeWave Research, 77 percent of iPhone 4S owners reported being "very satisfied" with their purchases, with Siri at the top of the list of most-enjoyed features. The survey also showed that customer satisfaction ratings for the latest Apple iPhone are higher than that of its predecessor, the iPhone 4. And to say that the 4S was only a lateral step for new Apple tech? Apparently the majority of people don't think so.

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Apple patent reveals device data sharing via camera-based handshakes and invisible inks

Apple patent reveals device data sharing via camera-based handshakes and invisible inks

A new patent application from Apple released today reveals the company's recent foray into new methods for establishing communication between devices close to each other for the purposes of sharing data. In its application, Apple proposes the use of next generation camera systems and identifying marks such as barcodes and possibly even invisible ink to allow recognition and verification between devices. If you're trying to see which company is pushing the boundaries between device-based data sharing, Apple certainly makes a compelling statement with this patent filed today.

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ASUS Eee Pad MeMo 7-inch tablet running Android 4.0, dropping in January

ASUS Eee Pad MeMo 7-inch tablet running Android 4.0, dropping in January

There have been more than a few iterations of the ASUS Eee Pad MeMo since it was first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show last year. Asus touted a 3D display with a stylus-equipped touch interface. Then, later on, they dropped the 3D altogether. Now, Asus apparently had decided upon no more changes, and will evidently be dropping the 7-inch tablet running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich this upcoming January. Let's hope that Asus actually sticks to their words, and stop this fickleness.

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