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Here’s why Rite Aid, CVS don’t accept Apple Pay

Here’s why Rite Aid, CVS don’t accept Apple Pay

This week, and really since inception, Apple Pay has had a lot of attention. The recent chatter surrounds Apple Pay problems, where some retailers are sidestepping the service due to their allegiance elsewhere. The problems are significant, but not insurmountable. Now Apple is responding, and a hashtag (#PayItSafe) has been created to unify fronts. Though Apple Pay isn’t new to mobile payments, they did rally the most of banners in a unified direction. Here’s why their opposition is significant, and might actually be a problem.

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Google might have toyed with multi windows on Android

Google might have toyed with multi windows on Android

Our mobile devices inherently multitask on a technical level, but presenting a user-facing interface has always been a topic for much debate. Google has been known to disparage such multitasking features on Samsung's heavily customized TouchWiz experience, because it diverged from Google's vision of Android and because it was basically hacked on top of functionality and API that Android didn't officially support. Apparently, however, Google has softened it's opinion a bit and has been found to have experimented with split screen functionality on its own.

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Twitter may be readying feature to let you purchase goods

Twitter may be readying feature to let you purchase goods

Twitter may be nearing an agreement that will let you make purchases right from your social media feed. In working with payments startup Stripe, sources say Twitter will offer up a quick link within a tweet. The purchase option could have an item shipping to you immediately, too, making quick-hit social media an even quicker drain on your bank account.

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Moto X screenshots show Lost Phone Tracking, Connect Chrome Extension and more

Moto X screenshots show Lost Phone Tracking, Connect Chrome Extension and more

The Moto X has been leaked extensively, and with the DROID handsets being revealed, we saw some of those leaked features make an appearance, likely confirming what we can expect with the Moto X. Following up with that, however, has been a rather extensive leak of screenshots over at Android Police showing some of the features the Moto X will be offering users, among them being a Motorola Connect Chrome extension and Lost Phone Tracking.

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Oz the Great and Powerful spells magic: our Sony Pictures Imageworks interview

Oz the Great and Powerful spells magic: our Sony Pictures Imageworks interview

This week we had the opportunity to have a chat with Sony Pictures Imageworks on how they brought the next generation of L Frank Baum's "Oz" universe to life in the prequel: Oz the Great and Powerful! Our chat began with Sony Pictures Imageworks' Senior Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Stokdyk, who let us know first and foremost his role with the film. We then quickly launched in on how the movie creates not just a re-entry into this magical environment for fans of the classic "Wizard of Oz" picture, but also - and especially - lovers of the original book series from whens the whole universe is born.

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Five things you don’t need in your next smartphone

Five things you don’t need in your next smartphone

Gadget bloggers tend to share a few key traits, and one of those is an inability to resist high-end hardware. Super-fast processors, hi-res screens and next generation features get our blood rising. But we sometimes get blinded by our desire for specs, and all too often we ignore the high price that these features come with. Let's take a step back and examine the need, or lack thereof, for some of the capabilities of the latest round of smartphones.

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