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Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google Hangouts 2.1 for Android merges IM and SMS

Google has updated Hangouts for Android, with v2.1 further blending SMS and Hangout conversations, likely much to the chagrin of carriers. Hangouts 2.1 - which will roll out in the Google Play store over the coming days, Google says - now merges text message and Hangouts chat into a single thread, with a toggle to control whether new replies go out over SMS or through Google's IM service.

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Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino’s Pizza adds Google Wallet to Android app

Domino's Pizza has added Google Wallet support to its Android app, allowing hungry users to get an Ultimate Pepperoni Feast headed their way even quicker than before. The updated app now supports Google's mobile payments service - which many Android users will have set up already, to use the Play store - rather than requiring credit card details be entered each time an order is place.

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Rufus Cuff has all the right wrist wearable tech specs, but it’s bulky

Rufus Cuff has all the right wrist wearable tech specs, but it’s bulky

A crowdfunding project Rufus Cuff has some utopian features that people may find intriguing, however the reality of it could be different from the perception. The main focus is on the 3-inch screen and how crammed everything could look on it. The reality is that the wearable market is getting crowded with products that are late to the party. Look at the Nike FuelBand as an example, a major chunk of Nike Digital Sport hardware team has been laid off because the company realised it needed to refocus on other avenues.

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HTC plans Heartbleed fix over top legacy Android risk

HTC plans Heartbleed fix over top legacy Android risk

Half of the top ten Android smartphones susceptible to Heartbleed hacks are made by HTC, security research firm Lookout claims, with phones like the HTC One X+ and Desire X still running older versions of Google's OS that are unpatched. Lookout describes the issues as "a curse of these phones' own success," with popular hardware unable to support the latest, safer Android versions. However, HTC tells SlashGear that it has a fix in the works.

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