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Report: Samsung Pay Mini app for iOS and Android launching in June

Report: Samsung Pay Mini app for iOS and Android launching in June

Samsung is planning to release an app called “Samsung Mini Pay,” according to a new report, and it’ll be available for non-Samsung Android smartphones and the iPhone. The app will be launching in June “at the earliest,” sources say, and it’ll allow users to add their payment cards apparently exclusively for online shopping. Samsung is reportedly launching this ‘mini’ version because regular Samsung Pay is used in physical retail stores.

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Samsung Galaxy C5, C7 unveiled in all their metal glory

Samsung Galaxy C5, C7 unveiled in all their metal glory

After a few rounds of rumors and leaks, Samsung has finally formally announced the Galaxy C5 and, somewhat more invisibly, the Galaxy C7, the first two members of the OEM's "C" series. While still pretty much China-only, like the Galaxy A line, there is a chance the two will find their way to other markets. If so, Samsung will be bringing its new all-metal design down to a more budget-friendly level, and hopefully signaling the end of its love affair with plastic.

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Acer Liquid Zest Plus launch date set for July

Acer Liquid Zest Plus launch date set for July

It's been over a month since Acer actually took the veils off the Liquid Zest Plus and now it is finally saying when and how much you'll have to pay to get it. That all starts in July and for a measly $199, far below our expected $250. Those looking for a large battery at a manageable size might want to take that month-long wait. That is, if they could live with the Acer Liquid Zest Plus' other hardware specs, which, as you might guess from the price, might not be all that much.

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Lenovo reveals Motorola integration failed expectations

Lenovo reveals Motorola integration failed expectations

Perhaps Motorola's "curse" continues. While many of Motorola's mobile devices, like the iconic RAZR or the Moto X, were well received, the company somewhat failed to become profitable. At least not long enough to stay put. Barely a few years after Google acquired it, Motorola was sold off again, this time to PC giant Lenovo. Now in its full-year fiscal report ending March 2016, the first fiscal year since it acquired Motorola, Lenovo candidly revealed that its integration of the mobile company fell below expectations, resulting in some losses though the general mobile business did grow as a whole.

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ZTE AXON 7 competes with the big boys in specs and price

ZTE AXON 7 competes with the big boys in specs and price

The stigma with Chinese smartphones, especially those sold in the US, is that they more often than not undercut features to keep things wallet-friendly. While true in the past, that is slowly changing, and ZTE, which does still sell mostly budget smartphones in the US, is definitely bucking that trend with its new ZTE AXON 7 flagship. Bearing 2016 flagship specs, a premium looking design, and a cornucopia of modern features, the AXON 7 also carries with it, at least in its highest model, a price tag that is also on par with those flagships.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition’ is Batman themed

Samsung Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition’ is Batman themed

Samsung has introduced a new Galaxy S7 edge ‘Injustice Edition” to celebrate the 3rd anniversary of Injustice: Gods Among Us. The special edition is themed around DC’s Batman, and will be available in limited quantities in certain regions starting next month. The Injustice Edition will include “enhanced hardware and software,” among other things.

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Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung S Health updated with faster heart rate checking

Samsung has updated its S Health fitness app, bringing it up to version 4.8.9.0085. With the new version comes some new features, including the option to contrast your step count with those of other users, including your friends. If you use a fitness tracker or other fitness apps, as well, S Health can show all the steps that have been recorded by/in other products.

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My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

My iPhone 7 Wishlist in 3 parts (Not Just Android)

Today in light of the surprising lack of iPhone leaks and relative deluge of details we've seen unofficially so far, I'd like to share what I'm hopeful for in a new iPhone. The next iPhone, one we'll safely assume will be called iPhone 7, will be a device - I hope - of unparalleled processing power and battery life. It'll have a better camera and a slightly modified body, and of course it'll have a display that's better than before. But what's more than that, most important to me - it'll have a little more freedom.

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Nexus 9 not actually discontinued quite yet

Nexus 9 not actually discontinued quite yet

HTC has confirmed that though their tablet has ceased being manufactured, they have not "discontinued" the tablet altogether. The word "discontinue" suggests that the device has stopped being made AND stopped being available for purchase. Only one of those necessities has been fulfilled. While the information appearing this week VIA a source speaking with CNET suggested the tablet wont be around for long, HTC Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon said the following this afternoon: "I can confirm Nexus 9 has not been discontinued. We still sell and support it at HTC dot com."

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AmpMe pairs iPhone with Android – and it’s amazing

AmpMe pairs iPhone with Android – and it’s amazing

The app AmpMe isn't strictly new - it's been around since last fall - but it's just gotten YouTube integration and therefore has become a monster. This app works on iPhone and Android - each platform just as well as the other - and it's basically magical. If you were looking for a reason not to toss your old smartphone from 6 years ago in the garbage (for whatever reason), here it is - every smartphone in the room can become one speaker system wirelessly, without hassle.

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Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

Philips 6000 Series 4K TVs adopting Google Cast

This week the folks at Philips have revealed that their next-generation 6000 Series 4K TVs will be adopting smartphone casting abilities via Google. Also known as "Google Cast", this technology allows the owner of an Android smartphone, Android tablet, or desktop (or laptop) computer with Chrome web browser to send media to their television over a Wi-Fi connection. This content is then played independent of the original device or controlled by the original device, dependent on the application used to do the casting.

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Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

Google’s secret war on native apps, Android tablets

At Google I/O last week, Google dumped some rather big news, at least one of them expected. Android apps are come full force to Chrome OS, with Google Play Store even. Instant Apps were quite the unexpected surprise, but in retrospect Google had already sown the seeds as far back as 2013. But in the midst of the applause and hopeful cheers, there were also some murmuring and the raising of eyebrows. Is all of these just a subtle, cunning ploy by the Web search giant to make Android tablets obsolete, or, in the long run, even phase out native Android apps?

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