New PayAnwhere turns any iOs device into Apple Pay, credit card PoS

New PayAnwhere turns any iOs device into Apple Pay, credit card PoS

One of the biggest hurdles to the adoption of a theoretically more convenient wireless payment system is the lack of compatible terminals to support it. Migrating to the new payment system, or even just adding wireless payment in addition to conventional magnetic strip terminals is now small task. To help push that industry forward, and especially the new Apple Pay, North American Bancard had announced a new PayAnywhere accessory that turns any iOS device into a terminal that supports Apple Pay and other payment methods, both wireless and physical.

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Lenovo Vibe P1 hands on pics hit the web ahead of IFA 2015

Lenovo Vibe P1 hands on pics hit the web ahead of IFA 2015

IFA 2015 is just around the corner and ahead of the show where lots of new smartphones will be unveiled, we have some new leaked pics to check out. These images claim to show the Lenovo Vibe P1 smartphone in the flesh. This device is expected to be released at IFA in Berlin next month. Other than the hands on shots, a confirmation on the battery size has surfaced as well.

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iPhone 6s camera addendum: 4K recording, selfie flash

iPhone 6s camera addendum: 4K recording, selfie flash

We're just a few days before Apple's now confirmed September 9 event, so naturally the leaks and tips are rolling in full force. Aside from the case of the, well, case, or rather its slightly thicker size, the camera has been one of the most talked about expected features of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Practically confirmed to have a 12 megapixel sensor, now sources are also saying that the smartphone will be capable of recording 4K videos from the get go. Plus, the FaceTime camera will, for the first time, have a flash.

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Vine’s Snap to Beat adds looping music to looping vids

Vine’s Snap to Beat adds looping music to looping vids

Anyone and everyone seems to be adding music capabilities to their services, whether they make sense or, as in some cases, not (hello, LINE). The latest to join the fray is Vine, but don't be afraid, this isn't a new music streaming service. Considering Vine's nature of looping videos (do I hear GIFs?), "Music on Vine" takes on a different meaning, which is to say, looping sound clips. While that has always been possible to do manually, the new Snap to Beat tool makes its, well, a snap.

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Alienware X51 R3 brings in Intel Skylake, liquid cooling

Alienware X51 R3 brings in Intel Skylake, liquid cooling

It has been a year since we've last seen the Dell's Alienware X51 gaming desktop, back then in its R2 incarnation. And while that classy gaming box didn't exactly sweep us off our feet, this newest one just might. Yes, on the eve of PAX Prime, Dell has announced the new Alienware X51 R3. As you might have expected, this one boasts of the latest and choicest components, which in this case means a 6th gen Intel Skylake processor, support for a Graphics Amplifier, and for the first time ever, liquid cooling.

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Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

Android 6.0 apps can ask permissions only when needed

At first glance, Android 6.0, now known as Marshmallow, isn't as big a change as Lollipop was, but lurking under the hood is a change that could potentially break apps whose devs haven't checked for compatibility. Google has somewhat revamped the App Permissions system in Android Marshmallow and has now revealed another big change to it. Apps can now just ask users' permissions for a certain feature the very moment the app is about to use it, rather than asking for all permissions when the app is being installed.

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Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

Google to EU: it’s not anti-competition, it’s evolution

It isn't surprising that Google is being hit with lawsuits, chief among which are antitrust charges. After all, a giant makes for a big, easy target. It also isn't surprising to hear Google take to its online soapbox to proclaim its innocence, while pointing out the weakness of the other party's arguments. What we have now, then, is a legal "he said, she said" between Google and the European Commission's antitrust body, which could eventually lead to the most high-profile lawsuit Google will be facing in that region.

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Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

Tesla Model S P85D: so good it’s bad, breaks Consumer Reports

When you establish a rating standard to try to give all products a fair review, you usually set it up against an ideal perfect product. But what if you come across a product that actually surpasses that ideal? That was the predicament that Consumer Reports found itself in when it tried to grade Tesla's Model S P85D, the successor to an earlier Model S version. You see, the P85D was rated so good that it scored a 103, on a scale that shouldn't even go beyond 100.

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NYC’s taxis now have their own Uber-like app

NYC’s taxis now have their own Uber-like app

For all of its yelling and battling, the taxi industry has not been able to squash Uber, and consumers are better off for it. In NYC, the taxi industry now has its own Uber-like mobile app called Arro, and as with Uber, consumers can use it to see where nearby cabs are located, hail one using the app, see the driver’s details, and pay their fare using saved banking information. The makers of the app hail their offering as being superior to Uber’s own app, though, and the taxi industry — not surprisingly — is saying it is better in every way: cheaper, faster, and more. The app will be available to the public in the next couple of weeks.

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Facebook details new effort to stop video piracy

Facebook details new effort to stop video piracy

Facebook is ramping up its video efforts, and part of any effort is adequate management — in the case of videos, it’s rights management. Today in a statement, the social network said that some of its content partners have complained of third-party users swiping their videos and uploading them without permission, among other things. This has prompted Facebook to take a look at its rights management for videos and ways it can be improved. That work has been ongoing, and leads to today’s statement: the social network says that it has established the foundation of that rights management, and it’ll be using audio fingerprinting to help put the squeeze on unauthorized video uploading, as well as video matching technology and more.

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Samsung Pay beta program launches in the US

Samsung Pay beta program launches in the US

Preparing for its late September launch, Samsung has just kicked off the beta testing stage for its much delayed Samsung Pay system in the US. As you would expect, however, the beta is invite-only, so you better fall in line if you want to try out what could be the holy grail of wireless payment systems. Of course, the list of potential candidates for using Samsung Pay is further narrowed down to those who own one, or at least one, of Samsung's four latest flagship smartphones.

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