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Purewrist wants to bring mobile payment to your wrist, sans smartwatch

Purewrist wants to bring mobile payment to your wrist, sans smartwatch

Mobile payments are taking off. A diverse group of companies are trying to get in on the ground floor of smartphone and wearable payments. Competition is heating up as Apple Pay partners with Square and Google introduces Android Pay. A new underdog, PureWrist, is entering the fray with a low-budget wearable payment band that forgoes other functionality for simplicity.

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Baidu and BMW aim to launch a self driving car this year

Baidu and BMW aim to launch a self driving car this year

Chinese tech giant, Baidu, began working with BMW in April 2014 on a project centered around self-driving vehicles. More than one year later, the partnership is getting close to enjoying the fruits of its labor. According to Baidu's senior vice president, Wang Jin, the new self-driving car should be hitting the streets in China by the end of the year. When the arrive, the cars won't be staying on the test track. The goal is to get them on the congested highways in urban centers like Shanghai and Beijing this year.

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Apple Watch users wanting to downgrade watchOS run into problems

Apple Watch users wanting to downgrade watchOS run into problems

Apple Watch users unhappy with changes brought by upgrading watchOS to 1.0.1 are becoming frustrated by difficult, drawn out procedures to downgrade their firmware. Apple Watch doesn't seem to have a user-accessible recovery mode, allowing users to turn back the clock on unsatisfying firmware updates. Users who are looking to downgrade have to jump through hurdles to revert back to the previous OS. Reportedly, customers are being directed by AppleCare reps to send their watches back to Apple for service. There are even rumors of being charged for "out of warranty repairs".

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Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Oracle’s Ask Toolbar gets the malware treatment from Microsoft

Microsoft security tools will now be treating the Ask Toolbar that comes alongside Oracle's Java installations as "unwanted software" (a category that also includes malware). For a while now, when Windows users install Java, they have to opt out of getting the Ask Toolbar installed in their browser. Opting out is a small task, but it's enough to give Java users a bad impression of Oracle.

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Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook to add “buy” button for Shopify goods

Facebook wants to become your all-in-one social platform, and that includes shopping. E-store platform, Shopify, is partnering with Facebook to create a "Buy" button that is directly embedded in posts. Of course, the button is great for merchants; this means there are fewer steps between an advertised product and a sale. The main advantage of the button for buyers is that they don't have to leave their Newsfeed to make a purchase. Come to think of it, that's a boon to merchants as well.

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Unity 5.1 opens the floodgates for VR game development

Unity 5.1 opens the floodgates for VR game development

The Unity game engine is the force behind hit games like Temple Run and Hearthstone, among others. Unity has released a new update, Unity 5.1, to its game engine. Not only does the update add additional multiplayer networking features, but more importantly, it boasts a slew of added VR capabilities. Unity's reaffirmed focus on VR could help push game developers to make the leap towards mass designing for VR headsets such as Oculus.

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Jawbone takes another hit at Fitbit, filing patent infringement suit

Jawbone takes another hit at Fitbit, filing patent infringement suit

Jawbone is coming for Fitbit, guns blazing. The company just filed a lawsuit alleging that Fitbit products are infringing on multiple Jawbone patents including a method for "reporting an individual's physiological or contextual status" and a "wellness application using data from a data-capable band." Jawbone is seeking damages and an injunction to halt the continued sales of Fitbit products. Jawbone's attacks couldn't be more precisely timed. Fitbit is getting ready for an initial public offering (IPO). No matter how things take a turn int he courtroom, the legal heat will certainly have some impact on Fitbit's IPO.

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Be wary of pop-ups in iOS Mail, bug leads to phishing attacks

Be wary of pop-ups in iOS Mail, bug leads to phishing attacks

Hacking and phishing are ever-evolving cat and mouse games. As soon as one attack method is quashed, another leaps to fill its place. A new type of phishing attack has been brought to attention and iOS users should take heed. This specific phishing attack launches a pop-up window when a user is checking his iOS mail. The pop-up appears to be genuine, asking to verify iCloud login information.

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Blackberry redoes its Passport with incoming Oslo

Blackberry redoes its Passport with incoming Oslo

Photos of the incoming Blackberry Oslo have made their way onto the internet thanks to a possible demo model leak. The Oslo is Blackberry's successor to the Passport. This phone, or phablet, could have very well come out as the Passport 2, but Blackberry chose to give the phone a more Scandinavian moniker. The Oslo keeps the Passport's odd, wide shape (It's basically the same dimensions as an actual passport.) The device still has a physical QWERTY keyboard at the base, keeping typing an activity mostly for thumbs.

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LEGO Marvel’s Avengers trailer debuts

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers trailer debuts

Lego is adding a new game, LEGO Marvel's Avengers, to its roster of adorable games that are fun for all ages. Lego branched into video games a long time ago with its LEGO Star Wars series. Since then, the Lego universe's partnership with Traveler's Tales has expanded to include popular characters such as Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and of course super heroes. Lego has had a field day with its superhero themed games, releasing three Batman: DC Superheroes games and a previous Marvel Super Heroes game.

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June smart oven wants to take your cooking to the next level

June smart oven wants to take your cooking to the next level

If you've had trouble perfecting quiche florentine, or simply burn your microwave popcorn, the June Intelligent Oven has got you covered. This oven is smart. It is light-years beyond precook settings such as "popcorn" and "defrost". This oven can identify what you've put inside, and use a wide array of sensors and built-in algorithms to cook it properly. It's a step towards an Internet of Things level smart house without having to remodel the kitchen to make room for a smart device. June is small, about the size of a microwave or large toaster over. It has a 1 cubic foot cooking chamber than can fit a small turkey or a standard 9 x 13-inch baking dish.

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U.S. Navy tests electromagnetic catapult for aircraft

U.S. Navy tests electromagnetic catapult for aircraft

The U.S. Navy is developing a faster, more efficient way to get aircraft off of ships and into the sky. Aircraft carrier vessels have exceedingly short runways. Pilots need a great deal of skill to takeoff from the narrow decks, and they usually get some help from the runway crew to ensure that the plane has enough speed to achieve flight. The best way to get a plane off the deck without hitting the sea involves a launch catapult. The Navy is going beyond the catapults in standard use to create an Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS).

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