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SlashGear 101: What is Google Wallet?

SlashGear 101: What is Google Wallet?

You may not have heard much about Google Wallet, but it could have a very big impact on your future. It's also one of the most exciting announcements to come from Google. Even though you might guess Google Wallet helps you search for things in your actual wallet, you'd be quite wrong. If Google has their way, their Wallet would allow you to pay for almost anything by using your mobile phone. No sliding cards, no waiting for checks to clear, just a quick and easy way to transfer money. We'll let you know how this would actually take place, right after the break!

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Facebook Questions Lets You Ask And Answer Almost Everyone On Facebook

Facebook Questions Lets You Ask And Answer Almost Everyone On Facebook

People are always connected now and it doesn’t take much effort to find out what your friends are feeling or doing, or for them to know the same about you. Facebook is the ultimate place to disregard common privacy concerns and now with the launch of a new questions-and-answers service, you can let the whole Facebook universe see and help with what you're pondering. Dubbed "Facebook Questions," the service has been in beta testing since July.

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Verizon’s New Flow of Tiers

Verizon’s New Flow of Tiers

Back in July, word got out that Verizon might be migrating away from unlimited data (sad!) and toward a tiered model (well alright) and now there's a date: October 28. That's the day when everything changes in the Verizon world. Smartphone users will be asked to choose either $15 for 150MB with $0.10 / MB overage, or $29.99 for unlimited access. As far as the iPad situation goes, there'll be plans at $20, $35, $50, and $80 for 1GB, 3GB, 5GB, and 10GB respectively, each of them with overage of $10 per GB. Mifi, FiveSpot, and integrated netbook and notebook modem users will choose between $50 / 5GB and $80 / 8GB plans, while Mifi and FiveSpot users exclusively will have a $35 / 3GB plan for the first 90 days as a promo, all of these with overage priced at $10 per 1GB.

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Virgin Mobile announces new minute plans, including $49.99 Unlimited plan, Pink Slip protection, Texter’s Delight

Virgin Mobile announces new minute plans, including $49.99 Unlimited plan, Pink Slip protection, Texter’s Delight

Virgin Mobile has followed suit with every major carrier (and apparently the American automakers too) in the rush to offer deals to consumers in this time of economic crisis. Virgin has announced a new Unlimited minutes plan for $49.99 and "Pink Slip Protection" which waves up to three months of phone bills if you lose your job. Pretty sweet deal for those of you who shy away from contracts and aren't concerned with having the latest and greatest phones.

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Nintendo preps movies for Wii, coming this year?

Nintendo preps movies for Wii, coming this year?

I don’t particularly despise Wii gaming console. Deep down, the new Nintendo is probably the most innovative and family-friendly entertainment on-the-budget’s package ever built. There’s no hulking graphic, “official support” of a legacy DVD playback or even output video beyond 480P, and hence the low price. In a nutshell, this fun little gaming console is not built to accommodate HD content. But with the success of Microsoft New Xbox Experience and PS3’s cornering the online video content, the leader in gaming console market could branch out to include movie streaming this year.

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Canon’s 1D and 1Ds Mark III get AF, Err 99 service notices and firmware update

Canon’s 1D and 1Ds Mark III get AF, Err 99 service notices and firmware update

Canon has today announced firmware update and issued another AF patch for the much-controversial EOS 1D Mark III and 1Ds Mark III. The latter is additional to the sub mirror fix released couple years ago, which requires camera to be returned to company’s service location; while the new firmware addresses liveview hiccup, USB communication bug and corrects error codes.

In addition to implement better AF, Canon also published a service notice to the dared “Err 99” occurrence that’s related to mirror operation. A common operation error code that’s designated for all Canon’s DSLR.

The fixes mean the much confused and many “dot” series of current Mark III production would get even more complex. The upside is issues are being addressed but would definitely hurt resell value.

Philips NET TV breaks cover in UK

Philips NET TV breaks cover in UK

Philips has today unveiled an Internet-based TV service, NET TV, to be available in UK. Initial rollout targets its high-end TVs lineup (series 8000-9000, and recently announced Cinema 21:9 ), enabling partnered internet contents to be displayed and browsed though a user-friendly and a simplified web-TV layout.

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SayType may or may not effectively translate speech to text on your phone

SayType may or may not effectively translate speech to text on your phone

We have all run into the text while you drive drivers on the freeway that just don’t seem to see where the lines are. I must admit that I have been that person a time or two, but some of these people might as well be watching TV or reading the newspaper while driving.

Luckily for us SayType aims to end this problem with their voice to text services. The service allows you to compose text messages or email without even touching your device.  Just sign up for this service, phone the company and you have 120 second to say what you need to say. But just how well does this service work?

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