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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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Motorola exec heads out

Motorola exec heads out

Today it's become apparent that Motorola Mobility has had another loss of executive in Jim Wicks. This is Wicks, design lead for Motorola Mobility for "a dozen years" as Chicago Business says, heading to Northwestern University's McCormick School of Engineering next month. Normally I'd say Motorola was losing an executive because of bad reasons but, in this case, it's far more likely that Wicks is heading out because Northwestern University is a place he wants to be after working the same job for over a decade.

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iPhone 7’s big change isn’t what you’re expecting

iPhone 7’s big change isn’t what you’re expecting

For the iPhone 7 this morning several revelations were made by a couple of well-known news sources. Traditional news sources, that is to say: CNBC and the Wall Street Journal. According to CNBC, the big change is that there won't really be all that much of a change at all for the iPhone 7. The big change is that Apple will break with tradition, not giving this year's "tick" in their normal "tick tock" scheme a major overhaul.

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Nextbit Robin ships everywhere for $299

Nextbit Robin ships everywhere for $299

Many smartphone fans who liked what Nextbit was offering with its Robin smartphone who didn’t live in the US or India were a bit bummed when those two countries could get the device on a significant discount. Originally Amazon offered the $399 device on a discount of $100 making the purchase price $299. For a while that was cheaper than Nextbit's own online store.

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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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Here comes iPhone 7’s massive OLED display release

Here comes iPhone 7’s massive OLED display release

This week insider sources in China have revealed that Samsung is ramping up supply of OLED panels to make way for the next iPhone. This comes as little surprise to the masses following leaks and rumors surrounding the iPhone 7, as an OLED panel for an iPhone has been expected since last year at this time. It's according to Nikkei that Samsung intends to spend approximately KRW 8 trillion (or $6.8 billion) to bring OLED panel production sky-high.

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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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Honor 5C is the budget Android octacore to make the brand

Honor 5C is the budget Android octacore to make the brand

Huawei's Honor may still not be the first smartphone brand you think of when you're buying a new handset, but its budget-friendly Honor 5C aims to sway your loyalties. Launched in Europe today as an affordable alternative to Android smartphones from Samsung and LG - not to mention the iPhone SE - the 5C packs a 5.2-inch display and octacore processor, but at a fraction of the price some rivals would be asking.

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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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