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US Bank, MasterCard now supports Android Pay, Samsung Pay

US Bank, MasterCard now supports Android Pay, Samsung Pay

The initial furor over competing mobile payment systems may have died down just a wee bit, but that's because they're silently working to rope in support from more financial institutions and merchants. Although some might consider non-Apple Pay systems to not be that popular, that doesn't necessarily translate to reality. Take for example the recent announcement from US Bank that embraces both Android Pay and Samsung Pay, enabling the two mobile payment methods for the bank's MasterCard holders.

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Deus Ex GO gives cyberpunk a diorama-esque board game flair

Deus Ex GO gives cyberpunk a diorama-esque board game flair

Square Enix definitely has a new-found obsession for turning its franchises into "turn-based puzzle games", a.k.a. board games. Perhaps emboldened by the success of Hitman GO and Lara Croft GO, the game publisher is giving the same treatment to another major title: Deus Ex. Capitalizing on the upcoming launch of Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Deus Ex GO will cater to mobile gamers who might not have that much time or resources for a full on Deus Ex game but still want to be immersed in the fictional cyberpunk universe of the game.

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iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

iOS App Store update will make you subscribe and see ads

WWDC 2016 will play host to Apple's big update to the next generation of their App Store. Inside the app store, Apple hopes to change the way app developers make money from their apps. While traditional one-time-fees for apps will remain, Apple will open the doors to subscription costs for apps of all sorts. In addition to this, Apple will be changing the amount of cash they make from subscription costs on apps sold by developers.

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Google’s new iOS app makes iPhone magical again (with Live Photos)

Google’s new iOS app makes iPhone magical again (with Live Photos)

This week Google launched the iOS app Motion Stills, making iPhone's capture of Apple Live Photos useful. While generally you're only going to see Live Photos appearing in your Photo Roll, Google's software takes what you've captured to a new level. Below I'll show you what the company's app can accomplish. It's simple. It's worth it. It'll make you think your iPhone is magical again. It'll make you feel like you've got a magical device capable of magical things - thanks to Google's computation on top of Apple's camera captures.

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Android Distribution shows big gains for newest releases

Android Distribution shows big gains for newest releases

Today Google has delivered their latest Android Distribution chart showing how the newest versions of the platform are reaching the masses. Together, Android 5.x Lollipop and 6.0 Marshmallow have a 33.1% increase over this same market point last year. That means two things - first, that Android devices continue to sell well new around the world. Second, that there's a large number of Android lovers out there updating their devices as often as possible.

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Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

"The holy war is over!" Or so proclaims Nick Lee, the probably insane modder who just last April demonstrated how to get Windows 95 to run on an Apple Watch. But as if that weren't heresy enough, Lee did one even better: running Android on an iPhone. OK, it's not exactly like what it sounds, and there weren't any iPhones or Androids sacrificed to the cause. Like any good magic trick, the key is misdirection. In this case, the key is a rather conspicuous case that hides a board running Android, which is then mirrored to the iPhone's screen.

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Anki OVERDRIVE adds hulking big rig Supertrucks to its roster

Anki OVERDRIVE adds hulking big rig Supertrucks to its roster

Toys-to-life isn't dead, at least not yet. That is somewhat the hidden message that Anki is sending the market as it launches two new additions to its AI-controlled fleet of toy cars. These Supertrucks, the flaming red X52 and the cool green Freewheel, are meant to mimic the menacing forms of their real world big rig counterparts. However, they are able to accomplish what real, giant trucks should never be allowed to do: race on the road at neck breaking speeds and cause other vehicles around it to veer off the road to their demise.

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ZTE Spro 2 Android smart projector finally lands on T-Mobile

ZTE Spro 2 Android smart projector finally lands on T-Mobile

There is a saying that goes "better late than never". While that might be true in a lot of things, in business, especially a fast moving target like consumer electronics, the window of opportunity doesn't always stay open for late comers. So when T-Mobile proudly announces the arrival of the ZTE Spro 2 smart projector on its shelves, there is probably a bit of bewilderment why it took the Un-carrier more than a year to make it so. Still, better late than never.

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Twitter gets a whole new look (on your phone)

Twitter gets a whole new look (on your phone)

This afternoon Twitter sent out an update for Android - one that puts it well in line with the design language of the platform. Material Design is the name of the game. Twitter's new look is meant to reflect not just the look Google's design masters have set forth as a guide - it's about to act like Android, too. This will be especially true if you have a Nexus device, running a Vanilla version of Android. This app is now set to match the look and the feel of the user interface in Android 6.x Marshmallow.

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iPhone 7 renders show key details in rumored “Pro” model(s)

iPhone 7 renders show key details in rumored “Pro” model(s)

Hyper-realistic renderings of the iPhone 7 and the so-called iPhone 7 Pro have appeared this week courtesy of Martin Hajek. If you're unfamiliar with the work of this 3D illustrator, have a peek at some iPhone 6 renderings, or a rendering of an Apple-designed BB-8, or Hajek's early concept of the iPad mini. From there you'll find that, while the images above and below may appear to be very real, they are indeed made by this 3rd-party artist, not Apple. They're right on par with the details we've gathered over the past several weeks, as well - mostly.

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DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

DBRAND reveals Half-Life 3 (OnePlus 3) with slick burn

This morning the folks at dbrand have revealed their collaboration with OnePlus smartphones with a Half-Life 3 teaser. That's strange, you might be saying - why would they tease something that couldn't possibly exist? I'll tell you why: because it's silly. Because it generates hype. Because they're almost certainly going to be releasing skins and/or cases for the OnePlus 3, and they thought - hey, what's the most internet-centric universally understood sign for hype? Half-Life 3, of course.

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Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.15 dubbed the Friendly Update

Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.15 dubbed the Friendly Update

Mojang has just announced the beta release of version 0.15 of Minecraft Pocket Edition for Android, iOS, and Windows 10. But while the game maker, now owned by Microsoft, is mostly spilling all the beans about the update, it has fiendishly dropped a morsel that fans will be chewing while they wait for the final release. Mojang has christened the upcoming update as "The Friendly Update", but leaves that friendliness as a matter of speculation for players to fight over.

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