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Android Pay mobile payments framework gets offical

Android Pay mobile payments framework gets offical

First Apple Pay, then Samsung Pay, and now Android Pay. Google's Sundar Pichai has confirmed a new mobile payments system is in the pipeline, not just an app like Google Wallet, but a full service on which other companies would be free to build their own payments system. It's also being created with more than just NFC in mind, Pichai said, though the near-field technology for "tapping" to pay is likely to be the first way Android Pay payments will be made.

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New Google+ boss confirms Photos, Streams split

New Google+ boss confirms Photos, Streams split

Google really has some trouble putting Google+ in its proper place, or at least helping the public understand what it's all about. The much maligned social network, if you still could call it that, has weathered problem after problem but now it seems that the status quo isn't going to last anymore. Brad Horowitz, who will be standing at the helm of Google+, has just confirmed speculation that the service will soon be split up into a more photo-centric product called Photos and the traditional social feed called Streams.

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Sundar Pichai: Google has carrier plans, but think Nexus-scale

Sundar Pichai: Google has carrier plans, but think Nexus-scale

Google will indeed light up its own MVNO network in the coming months, SVP Sundar Pichai has confirmed, but it's more like the Nexus of wireless than a strike at AT&T and Verizon. Rumors of Google-controlled wireless cellular service have circulated for some years, surfacing again in January with speculation of a direct-to-user network which the search giant would use to test out new mobile tech. According to Pichai, while there is indeed some truth in the Google MVNO chatter, it's not quite the same as a play for the market as a whole.

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Google floating web plans buoyant says Sundar Pichai

Google floating web plans buoyant says Sundar Pichai

Google's Project Loon, bringing internet connectivity to out of the reach areas using balloons, sounded ridiculous at first. Turns out, according to Google Senior Vice President Sundar Pichai, that silly idea is actually floating pretty well. Speaking during his Mobile World Congress keynote in Barcelona today, Pichai revealed the latest stats for the floating web platforms, which can now stay up in the air for as long as six months.

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Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: a unique camera/phone

Lenovo Vibe Shot hands-on: a unique camera/phone

This week the folks at Lenovo have revealed the Lenovo VIBE Shot, a device that they suggest delivers "the best of both in one device." The best of both of what, you might ask? Why, the best of smartphones and cameras, of course. This device includes a 16-megapixel camera at its back with tricolor flash that adjusts automatically based on ambient light. This device also runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and looks extremely unique, to say the least. On its back, it's horizontal, top to bottom.

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Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

Xperia M4 Aqua smartphone detailed: getting wet

This week the folks at Sony have detailed their new midrange smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua. This device is Sony's first octa-core 64-bit smartphone running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor with Android 5.0 Lollipop under the hood. This device will be released in 80 countries worldwide with more than 100 carrier partners - except the United States. No Xperia M4 Aqua for us. There are no plans at this time to bring the US, suggests Sony, as their flagship focus in the United States continues. Guess we'll have to live with the ultra-awesome Xperia Z3 or Z3v.

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Xperia Z4 tablet keeps Sony in 2K high-end tablets

Xperia Z4 tablet keeps Sony in 2K high-end tablets

The Sony Xperia team have revealed the Xperia Z4 Tablet, a device with a 10.1-inch display with 2K resolution. This device will roll out with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit processor under the hood and will hold a couple of world records for 10-inch tablets. According to Sony, the Xperia Z4 tablet will be the lightest and slimmest 10-inch tablet in the world at 389g Wi-Fi / 393g LTE and just 6.1mm. It'll also be rated IP68 waterproof and dust-tight, just like each of Xperia tablets released over the past several years.

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Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Titans of Space: see our Solar System in VR

Google Cardboard has a new app by the name of Titans of Space, an experience which pushes the user through our galaxy in Virtual Reality. This app is available for Oculus Rift, if you do so please, but has become available for mobile devices for the first time this week. This app is free, but also has a Narration Add-On which you can purchase inside the app once you've seen what our system is made of, planet to planet, place to place.

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Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Google backtracks on Blogger adult content ban

Earlier this week, both Reddit and Google revealed plans to crack down on adult content, and while Reddit has held firm to its decision, Google has listened to the outcry of its users and, likely upon fully realizing how many users were poised to leave, reversed its decision. Today on the company's Product Forums, Google worker Jessica Pelegio announced the reversal, saying that rather than instituting this new adult content limitation, the company will merely be ensuring that its users stick to the current rules.

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Google’s futuristic HQ plans impossible to achieve (right now)

Google’s futuristic HQ plans impossible to achieve (right now)

In their video announcing plans for their new campus, which you can see below, Google made an interesting point: Silicon Valley is pretty boring. For all the innovative, awesome stuff that comes from one small area of California, the landscape looks exceedingly corporate and boring. After scaling so quickly, some large the companies are looking to expand. Apple has their ‘spaceship’ campus underway, and it seems Google wants to follow suit. The images below detail their plans, which by their own admission, are impossible to achieve.

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