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Microsoft Wallet tap to pay is officially out, for Insiders

Microsoft Wallet tap to pay is officially out, for Insiders

It's finally here. Microsoft has finally announced its formal entry into the mobile payments market. Or rather, as Microsoft calls it, cloud-based payment. As reported before, Microsoft Wallet is the new Windows 10 Mobile app that will enable this tap to pay feature for a very select few Lumia models. But since Microsoft has partnered directly with MasterCard and Visa, it means that any contactless payment terminal automagically supports Microsoft Wallet as well. Plus, it supports rewards and loyalty cards right off the bat as well.

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Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA, XA Ultra now on pre-order

Sony Xperia X, X Performance, XA, XA Ultra now on pre-order

Sony's new Xperia X smartphone family is finally ready for the US crowd. Almost. The four smartphones that make up Sony's latest flagship series have just one up for pre-order on both Best Buy and B&H Photo, with prices ranging from $280 to $700. And to make those prices worth it, the two stores are also throwing in free microSD cards to supplement the 16 or 32 GB internal storage for these devices. But although you can already put in an order for one, you won't actually be getting those shiny new Sony mobile devices until sometime in mid to late July, save for the Xperia X.

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Seek’s CompactPRO thermal camera works with iOS and Android

Seek’s CompactPRO thermal camera works with iOS and Android

Seek Thermal has taken the wraps off its new CompactPRO, a thermal camera for use with Android smartphones and the iPhone. The camera is said to offer professional-grade quality at a price point that is within the reach of most consumers and small companies. As with other thermal cameras, the device features a thermal sensor array that measures temperatures — in this case, from as low as -40F to as high as 626F.

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Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Road to the next Nexus Android : HTC, Daydream, Tango, Valve

Our understanding of the next generation in Google's Nexus smartphone line has become a bit more clear over the weekend. HTC's newfound experience with virtual reality may be playing a big role in Google's approach with the next several generations in Nexus smartphones. Word back in March could end up proving entirely truthful, coming in two forms, at least one per cycle, all made with Android's Daydream technology built-in. Of course Daydream requires only minimal specifications, and HTC's already got them on a device elsewhere.

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Alicia Keys latest artist to enforce no cell phone policy at concerts

Alicia Keys latest artist to enforce no cell phone policy at concerts

It appears that artists of all sorts are getting very serious about keeping fans from using smartphones while they are at their concerts or events. The latest musician to ban cell phones at her events is Alicia Keys. Fans aren't forced to give up their smartphones at the door to be locked up in some locker or box until the show is over.

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Galaxy S8 tipped for dual rear cameras, 4K display

Galaxy S8 tipped for dual rear cameras, 4K display

Rumors are already making the rounds about the next Samsung in the Galaxy S line of devices. That next device is expected to be the Galaxy S8 and the latest rumor claims that it will have a dual rear camera system designed to compete better with the next iPhone. The rumor claims that the dual camera lens is executed to be made by Samsung motors.

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Galaxy Note 7 model SM-N930F officially listed on Samsung site

Galaxy Note 7 model SM-N930F officially listed on Samsung site

The first official mention of the next Galaxy Note smartphone has happened in an odd way on the official Samsung website. The link in the source opens to reveal what appears to be a basic XML info, showing a document tree with no real information to be found in it except the model number SM-N930F.

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iPhone 7 now said to support dual SIMs, still has 3.5mm jack

iPhone 7 now said to support dual SIMs, still has 3.5mm jack

Considering it's an almost complete reversal of most of the past leaks and insider tips, do take this new rumor with a grain of salt. Actually, you can take all of them with grains of salt, considering how they change every now and then. Largely believed to ditch the circular 3.5 mm headphone jack in favor of Lightning, photos of the iPhone 7 coming from a Chinese repair shop reveal that not to be the case. In addition to still having that classic connector, the iPhone 7 is also shown to sport a dual SIM card tray, which is both unheard of and yet probably much desired.

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Moto X (Play) 2016 sighted on GFXBench, MediaTek inside

Moto X (Play) 2016 sighted on GFXBench, MediaTek inside

Lenovo insisted that news of the Moto X's death are highly exaggerated. Motorola's former flagship still caters to a specific market, whatever that may be, and a 4th gen model is still in the works. As if giving credence to that assertion, a new Motorola smartphone was spotted at GFXBench's website. Based on the model number and less than premium specs, it could be the 2016 Moto X Play. Or perhaps the only Moto X for the year. Curiously enough, the smartphone is noted to be running on a MediaTek processor.

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HP Elite X3 coming soon, spotted at Wi-Fi, Bluetooth certs

HP Elite X3 coming soon, spotted at Wi-Fi, Bluetooth certs

It seems that the day of reckoning for HP's premium Windows 10 Mobile phablet is almost at hand. After months of silence, HP once again showed off the Lumia 950 rival at Computex 2016 earlier this month. It even had a new feature to show off, a fingerprint scanner. HP also unloaded a few YouTube videos to prove that the smartphone actually exists. That, however, isn't enough. Now we're seeing even more proof, via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth certifications, hinting that the Elite X3 smartphone, and perhaps its notebook dock companion, is nearing its formal debut and market launch.

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Moto Z Pro Camera mod to come soon from Hasselblad

Moto Z Pro Camera mod to come soon from Hasselblad

Like the LG G5 before it, the "modular" Moto Z was unveiled with only a few of its swappable "smart" back covers which might not have inspired the imaginations of users. Like the LG G5, the Moto Z also promised more types of modules possible, including one that seemed to take on Microsoft's Continuum concept, except for Android. But unlike the LG G5, one of those new Moto Mods might actually be just around the corner. Popular camera maker Hasselblad has an event set for June 22nd and, according to rumors, one of its new products will be a camera mod for Motorola's latest flagship.

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OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

OnePlus 3 “throttles” its 6 GB RAM in favor of battery life

There's a saying that goes "if you've got it, flaunt it." Of course, that doesn't apply to all cases, thankfully. That apparently is also true for the OnePlus 3, the latest "flagship killer" to come out of the bold Chinese startup because despite it's hardware capabilities, particularly the RAM, it was revealed to perform below expectations. Taking to his Twitter account, co-founder Carl Pei explained that the decision to not fully exploit that much RAM all boils down to offering a better user experience, mostly by making sure the smartphone won't consume battery like crazy.

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