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Google Wallet for iOS adds Touch ID support

Google Wallet for iOS adds Touch ID support

When Apple Pay was launched alongside the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the discussion surrounding mobile payments sparked positively. No longer were we talking about how various carriers were supporting their own brand, but how Apple was bringing some balance to the mess. Google rode Apple’s coattails a bit with Wallet, their long-standing, languished mobile payment service that never quite caught on. Now, the Wallet team is pinching from Apple’s playbook, and will be integrating Touch ID into Wallet.

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Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Google Now supports Nest via voice commands

Over the weekend, we relayed some info about Nest’s new functionality with Google Now. The ability to change your temperature via voice control sounded pretty neat, but also a long way off. It wasn’t, and is now ready for all Nest users. With a simple “Ok, google” voice command, you can now change your home temperature to whatever you like. Not only will you be able to change the temperature, but Google Now will provide a card that tells you when Nest is changing things up.

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Apple Holiday video pulls the Grandma card

Apple Holiday video pulls the Grandma card

This week Apple released a video aiming at televisions and the web TV crowd with the title "The Song". This spot shows off the abilities of the MacBook Air, the iPad, and a few 3rd-party devices in-between. What you'll see here is a mix of Apple products and products Apple might never manufacture, almost as if they're suggesting you'll need more than a collection of Apple-made products to live your life. Time to pull out your guitar, your record collection, and your grandma.

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Samsung sales nosedive as Xiaomi, Apple enjoy growth

Samsung sales nosedive as Xiaomi, Apple enjoy growth

Each year, smartphone sales grow. Overall, the market is doing really well, and 2014 is no different. Gartner has released their Q3 2014 smartphone sales numbers, and the overall growth is impressive. Versus this time last year, manufacturers around the globe have shipped upwards of 50 million more smartphones, which represents a 20% hike in overall movement. Gartner says they expect overall sales to hit 1.2 billion by the end of the year, too. Everyone should be enjoying the spoils, yet Samsung is probably wringing their hands.

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iPhone 6 metal, magnet accessories can mess up OIS, NFC

iPhone 6 metal, magnet accessories can mess up OIS, NFC

Magnets and consumer electronics do not usually mix well, except for a few, well engineered cases. That tenuous relationship between the two seems to be the cause of some reported problems with the Optical Image Stabilization feature on their iPhone 6 Plus, as well as NFC performance on both the iPhone 6 and its larger sibling. And the source of this problem might be that fancy metallic case or magnetic accessory that you have may have just purchased from some reseller off the net.

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Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Audi Q7 features Virtual Cockpit in premium SUV

Inside the newly announced Audi Q7, the newest version of Audi virtual cockpit will run the show. Users will be working with a new MMI all-in touch control unit, and both Google Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are also able to be run to connect to users' iPhone or Android smartphone. This vehicle makes its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, bringing on a vehicle that emphasizes Audi's abilities to deliver a vehicle with lightweight construction, efficiency, and smart assistance systems inside.

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Study: iOS users encrypt data more than Android users

Study: iOS users encrypt data more than Android users

Data security is important to us all, but who’s more concerned with it? From a mobile standpoint, cloud storage offers an easy way to back files up, and each major mobile OS has a remote device lock feature. Cross-platform cloud storage solution iDrive has examined the backups on their platform from both iOS and Android, and compared the measures we take to safeguard our stuff. In addition to highlighting the content we save most often, iDrive also found that when it comes to security, iOS users are much more likely to use encryption.

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You can now book a hotel room with Apple Pay

You can now book a hotel room with Apple Pay

A lot of attention is paid to Apple Pay as a means of using your smartphone to tap-and-pay at a store, but there’s a possibly bigger angle to it. The online payment processing doesn’t care which device you have, so long as you’ve got a card linked to your Apple Pay profile. Two new apps have rolled out Apple Pay support, and if you’re going to a baseball game in a different city, you might be able to leave your wallet at home.

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Samsung making A9 chipset for new iPhone in Austin, Texas

Samsung making A9 chipset for new iPhone in Austin, Texas

Apple has begun the manufacturing work for their next flagship, likely the iPhone 6S if their historical naming scheme holds up. That phone is set to receive an A9 chipset, which will likely come with a bunch of neat graphs about how much more powerful it is than everything else before it. The Economic Times of Korea is reporting that production of that SoC has begun, but not by Apple. The A9 chipset powering your next iPhone will be Samsung, insiders say.

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Apple now lets US, UK buyers use PayPal for hardware

Apple now lets US, UK buyers use PayPal for hardware

Some might take it as hell freezing over, which it has been doing a lot lately. Apple has just flipped the switch and enabled using PayPal to buy hardware and devices from its online store, a privilege previously on available on for less physical purchases. The only caveat, it seems, is that it is a new feature restricted to the US and the UK, and that it might only work on the web browser version of the store. At least for now.

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