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Apple Wallet brings support for merchant rewards and store-issued cards

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Yesterday, Apple announced a new app in iOS 9 called Apple Wallet, which replaced the previous Passbook app on the iPhone. The previous Passbook app was a place to keep all your coupons, gift cards, boarding passes, and tickets but with Wallet Apple now allows you to have merchant rewards and store-issued cards as well.

This means that you can have your, say, Starbucks card in your phone’s Wallet app just like you would a credit card or debit card and the next time you use Apple Pay at Starbucks the Wallet app would use the Starbucks card instead of your credit or debit card, so you can avail of any reward points that may come with using that card without having to actually use the physical card. Read more »

Twitter’s new feature makes it easier to follow conversations surrounding a tweet

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Twitter is rolling out a new feature that aims to make it easier to follow conversations that are displayed on the tweet page. The company says that the new feature will group conversations together and highlight some of the most interesting exchanges surrounding a given tweet right below it.

To decide which tweets need to be highlighted, several factors will be taken into account, like whether or not the original account has replied. Read more »

US Army website infiltrated by hackers, Syrian Electronic Army claims credit

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The website of the US Army – http://www.army.mil/ – has been taken down after it was defaced by hackers yesterday.

A group by the name of Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) – that supports the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad – took credit for the attack, saying they left several messages on the website. Read more »

Apple’s new ‘Move to iOS’ app is aimed at helping Android users switch to iOS

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When Apple unveiled iOS 9 at its Worldwide Developer Conference on Monday, one of the new features that wasn’t detailed during the keynote was an app that the company claims makes it easy for you to switch from Android to iOS.

Appropriately dubbed Move to iOS, the app wirelessly and securely transfers your “contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, web bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs and books,” the company says. Read more »

This is a remote-controlled submarine for GoPro cameras

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There is a remote controlled mini submarine you can attach your GoPro camera to on the way. Dubbed TTR-SB Seawolf, the underwater vessel works with GoPro Hero3 and Hero4 cameras.

The submarine is designed and manufactured by the Swedish company TTRobotix and comes with a forward-facing GoPro mount. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet delayed yet again, now expected to ship starting June 29

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Just days after Sony pushed back the shipping date for its Xperia Z4 Tablet from June 5 to June 17, it looks like the device’s launch has been delayed yet again.

A quick look at the tablet’s product page now reveals that the WiFi variant of the device – which was not listed earlier – will begin shipping on June 29. Interestingly, the listing of the LTE model appears to have been taken down now. Read more »

Apple App Store reaches 1.5 million apps, 100 billion app downloads

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Apple released several rather interesting numbers about the performance of its iOS app store. The latter has now reached the 100 billion app downloads mark.

Furthermore, the Apple App Store now offers more than 1.5 million applications to choose from. Read more »

LG G4 leather covers go up for pre-order in the United States

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LG G4′s optional genuine leather back covers went up for pre-order in the United States. The Korean giant now offers its latest flagship smartphone though al major carriers in the country – AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular.

The premium back covers are priced at $69.99 in LG’s online store in the United States. Read more »

Apple Music streaming service gets official with $14.99 per month family plan

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Apple’s “one more thing…” moment at today’s developer conference was all about its much rumored music streaming service. It’s called Apple Music, and it has finally been made official. Apple Music is an on demand streaming offering, but it also comes with Beats One, a live radio station that’s being broadcast worldwide 24/7 from three cities – New York, Los Angeles, and London.

Apple Music features Connect, which is a way for artists to upload music, videos, and photos directly to their fans. This is supposed to make Apple Music stand out from its competitors by creating a more direct connection between artists and listeners, just like the name “Connect” implies. And through Connect, you can ‘follow’ artists a la Twitter, to be notified when they post new things. Read more »

Apple Pay to reach the UK in July, 1 million retail locations in the US

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At its developer conference today, Apple has announced that its payment service is indeed headed to the UK, just like the rumors said it was. Apple Pay will become available in the UK next month.

Apple is also making progress with Apple Pay’s adoption in the US, with more than 1 million retail locations expected to accept the solution by July. And in the fall, Discover will bring Apple Pay to its members. Read more »

Mac OS X El Capitan launches with improved performance and user experience

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Apple’s first major announcement at today’s WWDC keynote is the successor of last year’s Mac OS X Yosemite. Dubbed OS X El Capitan, the new OS iteration brings improved performance and user experience to the platform.

Unlike last year’s OS X release which brought major UI redesign, El Capitan focuses on subtle UI tweaks and under-the-hood improvements. Read more »

Nokia’s Z Launcher gets widget support

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Nokia’s post-Microsoft foray into Android apps began with the Z Launcher, a launcher that is built entirely around the less is more principle. The dev team took it slightly too far though and there was no support for Android widgets – until now that is and this was the most requested feature.

The team still stayed true to their mantra in how the widgets were integrated. Read more »

Trade-in a working iPhone 5 and get an iPhone 6 for $1 on contract (Verizon and Sprint)

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Best Buy is currently running a trade-in promotion where you can trade in a working iPhone 5 for a gift card which can be used to purchase an iPhone 6 for just $1.

It’s worth mentioning that the offer only applies to the 16GB version of the Apple device, and is for a limited time only – valid till June 20. Also, you need to sign a 2-year agreement with Verizon Wireless or Sprint to take advantage of it. Read more »

Nexus 5 sees increased standby with Android M

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While Project Volta was mostly a colossal failure, it seems Doze is actually doing its job. Reports suggest the Nexus 5 running on the developer preview of Android M is seeing noticeable improvement in battery life.

According to tests by Computer Base, the Nexus 5 running Android M consumed 1.5% power in 8 hours of standby, 4.5% in 24 hours, and 9% in 48 hours. In comparison, the same phone running Android 5.1.1 Lollipop consumed 4%, 12%, and 24%, respectively. Read more »

Next Samsung smartwatch to reportedly include NFC mobile payments

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Samsung’s next smartwatch, which is codenamed Orbis and will be sold as the Gear A, will allow you to make NFC-based mobile payments, according to a Reuters report which cited a South Korean newspaper.

The report also said that the South Korean company’s mobile payments service Samsung Pay, which supports NFC, will be available with “select partners” next month. Read more »