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Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Android Pay to battle Apple Pay worldwide

Today at Google I/O 2015 the company revealed Android Pay, a replacement for their already in-place Google Wallet system. This payment method will work with Android devices and "is an open platform" according to Google. You'll be able to activate this system with your bank's information or Google's, and you'll see this system pre-installed on devices coming in the United States from AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile USA. This system will effectively replace the payment system Android devices have been shipping with for years - Google Wallet.

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Lenovo Cast: a puck-shaped Chromecast competitor

Lenovo Cast: a puck-shaped Chromecast competitor

There's the Chromecast (check out our review) and the litany of casting devices that have come in its wake, and now Lenovo can be counted among them. Today the company has taken the wraps off its new Lenovo Cast, a puck-shaped wireless hub compatible with just about any Miracast or DLNA device; it can be connected with any display that supports HDMI, as you'd expect, and serves to cast content from gadget to display.

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JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL Clip+ and Charge 2+ Bluetooth speakers unveiled

JBL, the audio company that recently had 16 speakers and two subwoofers squeezed into a Smart car, has taken the wraps off two new speakers: the JBL Clip+ and the JBL Charge 2+. Both are wireless speakers offering connectivity over Bluetooth, with the Clip+ featuring a hooked top and the Charge 2+ a long cylindrical design. Each speaker brings with it its own features, though the Charge 2+ is no doubt the higher end of the two. Both are up for order now, though the Clip+ won't be shipping again until September.

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Qualcomm wants your IoT coffee pot to run apps, too

Qualcomm wants your IoT coffee pot to run apps, too

Qualcomm has ambitions for the Internet of Things beyond just wiring up your fridge to the web, launching a set of chipsets that will not only provide connectivity but app support to appliances. The two new embeddable boards target everything from coffee pots and rice cookers through toasters, fridges, and washer-dryers, not to mention integrating the IoT - or the "Internet of Everything" as Qualcomm prefers to describe it - with home hubs and routers. Meanwhile, there are moves to smooth the IoT setup experience, too.

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Straight Talk boosts data for BYOD subscribers

Straight Talk boosts data for BYOD subscribers

Prepaid carriers are battling to draw in more customers as big-name carriers dangle sweeter deals for their slice of the mobile pie. We've seen Cricket revamp its data caps in recent months, for example, and now Wal-Mart's own prepaid option Straight Talk has announced a data change specifically for its Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) customers: an extra couple gigabytes of data. This is sans a price increase, and is for the standard $45/month plan.

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Dell outs a beefier WiGig wireless dock for Broadwell PCs

Dell outs a beefier WiGig wireless dock for Broadwell PCs

Although WiGig wireless technology is still not as ubiquitous as Intel would hope it to be, Dell is already outing its second wireless dock utilizing WiGig's promise of high speed data transfer without the tangle of cords. The new Dell Wireless Dock, model name 452-BBUX, makes the same promise as its older but less capable sibling from 2 years back, but now adds a wealth of new connectivity options, ironically all of them wired. Compatibility, however, might be just as hard to meet as the rest of its kind.

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Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren V5US wireless speaker includes AirPlay, Play-Fi, aptX Bluetooth

Wren has introduced a new wireless speaker, and it hails it as a unique offering due to its inclusion of Apple AirPlay, aptX Bluetooth, and DTS Play-Fi, something said to be the first of its kind. It's the Wren V5US (universal) speaker, and it can serve the needs of just about any user, where that user prefers AirPlay or Bluetooth. The myriad wireless support is coupled with an attractive, somewhat conservative design available in two colors. The speaker itself is available now through Wren and its authorized dealers for $499 USD.

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The 3 big drawbacks to using Google Project Fi

The 3 big drawbacks to using Google Project Fi

Google's wireless carrier is out in the open, and along with a number of fairly solid positive points, there are - as with any industry-moving plan - some drawbacks. This Google wireless carrier business has been a long time coming, after all, and it's no perfect first swipe. Today we're having a peek at what you need to know about Google Project Fi if you plan on subscribing in the near future in both the positive and the negative. The article you're about to dive into right here and now is aimed at showing you what you might consider drawbacks.

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Duracell’s Power Ring swings, misses at wireless charging

Duracell’s Power Ring swings, misses at wireless charging

Two years ago at CES, I stopped (rare at CES) to grab a coffee at Starbucks. While sitting there, I noticed these funny rings littering the table top. I initially thought some tech startup hopeful left them behind, but signage soon told me they were ‘Duracell Power Rings’ you could plug into your phone and settle over the table, which would charge your phone wirelessly. Any phone! ‘Neat concept’, I thought. ‘I’d definitely grab one for $5 if I went to Starbucks more’. But for $50? Not a chance.

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Philips Hue Go adds battery for portable LED light

Philips Hue Go adds battery for portable LED light

Philips has launched its latest hue lamp, the Hue Go, taking multi-color LED lighting and throwing in battery power for portability. Joining the existing range of ZigBee-connected hue bulbs and luminaires, the Hue Go is a semi-spherical mood lamp capable of mixing together over 16 million different color combinations, despite being liberated from a power supply for up to three hours.

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