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Softcard closes up shop to prepare for Google assimilation

Softcard closes up shop to prepare for Google assimilation

Customers of Softcard, formerly known as Isis Wallet, just can't catch a break. The mobile payment system changed its name last year in order to avoid being associated with a violent militant group. Now just half a year later, the company is announcing that it is all over, at least as far as the brand and the service itself goes. It's all good news for the company, however, as the reason it is closing isn't because of bankruptcy but because their IP has just been acquired by Google.

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Google snaps up IP from Softcard, strikes deal with carriers for Wallet

Google snaps up IP from Softcard, strikes deal with carriers for Wallet

Google Wallet is no Apple Pay, largely because Google can’t play the strong-arm game Apple does about what software is on their iPhone. Not long ago, Google Wallet was sidelined by carriers, as they intended to create their own mobile payment system. Known as Softcard, the app did much of what Google Wallet did, except it had the blessing of carriers. According to a new report, the line between Softcard and Google Wallet (as well as carriers) is blurring.

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2016 Acura ILX first-drive – Luxury chasing loyalty

2016 Acura ILX first-drive – Luxury chasing loyalty

There’s an odd dance to be followed when, as Acura is with the 2016 ILX, you’re launching a revamped version of an existing car. On the one hand, you want to highlight just how improved it is over its predecessor; on the other, you can’t be too critical, because then drivers start asking why you were so enthusiastic - and are now so cruelly honest - about the older car. For the 2016 ILX, Acura is more blunt than many: the old model was designed before the host of “entry premium sedans” hit forecourts, with Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Lexus, and others changing the game in the process. For the MY2016, then, the focus is more rewarding driving, more luxury, and a generous injection of tech borrowed from Acura’s TLX.

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NY Post, UPI Twitter hacks see Pope announcing WWIII

NY Post, UPI Twitter hacks see Pope announcing WWIII

Friday afternoon saw the Twitter accounts of both the New York Post and United Press International (UPI) hacked and announcing that China had fired a missile on a U.S. ship, along with the Pope declaring the incident the start of World War III. The compromised accounts of the two news agencies posted tweets about a Federal Reserve emergency meeting and other banking matters. Fortunately the agencies quickly realized their social network accounts had gone awry, and took back control.

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Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google may buy Softcard, use patents for Google Wallet

Google Wallet was an early lesson in mobile payments. You could even say it’s where Apple learned how to make Apple Pay so good. In the early days of Wallet, a challenge came from carriers who wanted a piece of the mobile payment pie. That scheme was called Isis, later re-named to Softcard to distance the service from Middle East politics. Softcard was integral in freezing Wallet out on your Android phone, but the tides may be turning; a new report says Google is looking to buy Softcard.

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PlayStation Plus games for January 2015 revealed in full

PlayStation Plus games for January 2015 revealed in full

This week the folks at Sony have revealed the first several games that'll be pushed to the public in their PlayStation Plus users for free. This includes The Swapper and Infamous: First Light for PlayStation 4. It also includes Prototype 2 and Duck Tales Remastered for PlayStation 3. PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) users will be treated to Duke Nukem 3D: Megaton Edition as well as the game "Whoa Dave!" This should be a smooth first at-bat for the PlayStation Plus program for the start of the year 2015.

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BlackBerry the surprising savior for hacked Sony

BlackBerry the surprising savior for hacked Sony

A drawer of old BlackBerry phones unexpectedly helped keep Sony Pictures working, with staff resurrecting cast-aside tech and old-school methods to keep the hacked movie firm operational. Finding their own systems had been brought down by the hacking group known as "Guardians of Peace", Sony Pictures techs turned instead to BlackBerry's external servers, two new background pieces on the chronology of the cyberattack reveal, which kept email services running despite three-quarters of Sony's own servers having been destroyed.

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Elon Musk teases Roadster update to have 400 mile range

Elon Musk teases Roadster update to have 400 mile range

Tesla's Roadster announcement didn't make it in time for Christmas, but CEO Elon Musk still has a thing or two to say before the day is over. The good news is that the new version of the sports car will have a range that is almost double its predecessor. Even better, Musk is promising to finally reveal details tomorrow (December-26th) as a "day after Christmas" gift to eagerly awaiting fans. That is, of course, unless some crisis issues rear their ugly heads again to delay even that.

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Tesla Roadster details coming next week

Tesla Roadster details coming next week

There is a saying about the best laid plans and that it happens to everyone, even the illustrious Elon Musk. The CEO of Tesla Motors, who also happens to hold SpaceX and its many ambitious projects (which includes an army of micro-satellites revolving around earth), has somewhat conceded to the constraints of a 24-hour daily cycle. Due to "crisis issues", the promised new Tesla Roadster is being delayed. The good news? Details about this mysterious new car will be revealed next week, right in the middle of the holidays.

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Lamborghini’s latest Aventador has a rubber obsession

Lamborghini’s latest Aventador has a rubber obsession

What the world needs, Lamborghini has decided, is an Aventador with a pinstripe. Thus we have this, the Aventador LP 700-4 Pirelli Edition, a special series celebrating not only the Italian supercar's 700 HP power, but the role Pirelli tires have played in getting all that power down to the road over the years. Set to hit forecourts for a lucky few drivers in early summer 2015, the new cars - available in Coupé and Roadster forms - keeps the V12 of the "regular" Aventador, but dresses it up in a sharp new suit with two-tone color scheme.

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