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Users often have to struggle with multiple applications such as Android Pay, Google Wallet, etc.to pay for Google services, but this is all set to change now. Google Pay should make payments hassle-free in the West, although it looks like Google probably won't be bringing it to India anytime soon. When you think about it, that wasn't a very versatile brand for mobile payments.
  • Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1) Coming To The US

    Asus ZenFone Max Plus (M1) Coming To The US

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    Notably, the Zenfone Max Plus is the first ASUS smartphone to feature a face unlock functionality which allows the owner to unlock the phone by looking at the camera. It uses its ZenUI and the front camera so that owners can unlock their phones with just their face. The latter will reportedly offer users up to 26 hours of standby battery life and 13 hours of video playback - pretty high numbers as modern smartphones go but time will tell whether or not they prove accurate.
  • AT&T walks away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones

    AT&T walks away from deal to sell Huawei smartphones

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    Previous reports had it that the Mate 10 Pro would be released via AT&T , in an effort from Huawei to make its brand better known stateside , where the company's phones are far from being popular. AT&T has backed off of a deal to sell Huawei phones in the US. Huawei is the world's No. 3 smartphone maker but only has a scant presence in the USA market due to a lack of agreements with domestic carriers.
  • HTC announces Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor

    HTC announces Vive Pro and Vive Wireless Adaptor

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    Seeing as VR experiences are becoming more complex as developers become comfortable with the medium, this added clarity makes a significant difference on how people perceive and interact with these experiences. This new HTC Vive Pro has dual microphones built-in, as well as a new pair of cameras. It will work with both the original Vive and Vive Pro, using Intel's 60Ghz WiGig technology for low latency.
  • Amazon Alexa to add support for ovens and microwaves soon

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    Third-party smart speakers, aside from the Amazon Echo lineup, such as Harman Kardon Allure and Logitech UE Blast and UE Megablast also included Alexa integration. It will connect directly with Alexa Voice Service with the help of Amazon Alexa App which is available both for Android and iOS devices. The kit will be made available to manufacturers later this year.
  • CES 2018: Acer's rolls out wafer thin Switch 7

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    In fact, Acer's new notebook is barely thicker than an iPhone 8 , which has a thickness of 7.5mm. The Spin 3 (SP314-51) laptop has been updated with support for 8th generation Intel Core processors and has a new 14-inch full HD display .
  • Washington deputy shot during chase dies from gunshot wounds

    Washington deputy shot during chase dies from gunshot wounds

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    The injured deputy was transported in critical condition to Saint Joseph's Hospital in Tacoma where he later died. Nearby, they discovered the fatally wounded deputy. "He is a young deputy who signed up to watch over other people", said said Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor. "This man stepped forward and he lost his life as a result of working to protect the community".
  • Meet the Byton concept vehicle, an electric SUV coming in 2019

    Meet the Byton concept vehicle, an electric SUV coming in 2019

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    Last month, Byton showed some teaser images and basic information at a North American media introduction event in Santa Clara, California. The company calls it a SIV , which stands for Smart Intuitive Vehicle. The company then plans to enter the U.S. market in 2020. Flat antennas integrated into the roof handle data, and do away with the need for the shark fin-style antenna seen on most cars today.
  • Sony launches Xperia L2

    Sony launches Xperia L2

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    These mid-range devices add a new circular fingerprint sensor under the camera that are a step away from Sony's usual side-located, power button-integrated solution. None of these new devices have final price tags attached to them yet, but it won't be long before Sony makes its revelations - all three phones are slated for launch this month.
  • Nokia 6 (2018) With Rear Fingerprint Sensor, Snapdragon 630 Launched

    Nokia 6 (2018) With Rear Fingerprint Sensor, Snapdragon 630 Launched

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    Wondering why the Nokia 6 (2018) did not ship with the latest iteration of Android out of the box? At a glance, the Nokia 6 (2018) looks quite akin the original model, although a few key aspects have changed. Nevertheless, the device can be upgraded to run on Android Oreo. The company says that it will soon roll out the stable version of the latest update as well.
  • SPD General Secretary Describes Coalition Talks With CDU/CSU

    SPD General Secretary Describes Coalition Talks With CDU/CSU

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    Horst Seehofer , leader of the Christian Social Union (CSU) - Bavarian sister party to Merkel's CDU - said he was optimistic the parties would agree to govern together, saying: "I think we'll manage it". He described the discussions as "serious, constructive and open" and said the participants were all aware of the responsibility they bore for the future of Germany and Europe.
  • NZers not immune from Intel computer chip flaw

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    There's good and bad news about Spectre: the, relatively, good news is that it's a harder flaw to exploit, not something that's likely to be exploited by the archetypal teenage hacker sitting in his bedroom, but it's a weakness that could well be exploited by state security services and criminal gangs.
  • Intel Facing Multiple Lawsuits Over Chip Security Flaw

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    It's not clear whether or not Intel knew about the compromise in security when it chose this design, or perhaps it didn't think this would be an issue at the time, as the attack may have been considered extraordinarily hard to carry out. Google released the Android patch as part of its January Security Update - which will only be received by Nexus and Pixel users at first - as well as announcing protections for G Suite, Google Cloud Platform, Chrome OS, Chrome and more.
  • Introducing Big Format Game Displays (BFGD)

    Introducing Big Format Game Displays (BFGD)

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    That includes an integrated Android TV-based Nvidia Shield , which allows you to stream popular PC games from the cloud as well as watch 4K video from services such as Netflix and YouTube. As you can tell by now, the custom-built, PC-focused BFGDs are great even when you're not playing PC games. The combination of all of these technologies, Nvidia says, will provide you with a "buttery-smooth gaming experience".