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Walmart Pay is now available nationwide

Posted: 06 Jul 2016 03:38 PM PDT

Walmart Pay was first announced at the tail-end of 2015, but it took Walmart a few months to get the ball rolling. Since its initial rollout in May of this year, though, it's quickly expanded to multiple states across the country.

Now Walmart has announced that the rollout is complete and that the Walmart Pay is now available nationwide. That means if you want to use Walmart Pay, you can find it in the more than 4,600 Walmart stores across the country.

To use Walmart Pay, you'll need to install the Walmart app on your phone and then link your credit or debit card to a Walmart account. You can use pre-paid and gift cards, too. Once you're at the checkout register, a QR code will be displayed on the screen, which you'll scan using your phone's camera. Walmart will offer you in-app receipts after each purchase.

Have you tried Walmart Pay yet? If not, do you plan to?


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[Deal Alert] Get 6 months of free WiFi hotspot access when you download the Boingo app from Amazon Underground

Posted: 06 Jul 2016 01:59 PM PDT

51w5S2Z-eSLHigh-speed LTE data is more ubiquitous these days, but it's also more often than not capped. To save your data plan, you might want to hop on WiFi when it's available, but WiFi isn't always free. It'll be free for 6 months if you take Amazon and Boingo up on their offer. Download one free app, and you get six months of WiFi access.

This offer is valid on your phone or tablet with Boingo's Wi-Finder app installed via the Amazon Underground app store.

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[Deal Alert] Get 6 months of free WiFi hotspot access when you download the Boingo app from Amazon Underground was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Google rumored to be building two Android Wear smartwatches with Assistant built in

Posted: 06 Jul 2016 12:29 PM PDT

Google's Nexus program doesn't appear to be going anywhere any time soon, and it might soon include Android Wear smartwatches, too.

According to a report from Android Police that cites a "reliable source," Google plans on launching not one, but two Android Wear-based smartwatch. The first of the pair — codenamed Angelfish — will apparently be a high-end model, featuring LTE connectivity, a heart rate monitor, and GPS. The second model — codenamed Swordfish — will not feature the LTE or GPS.

Both watches are said to feature round displays without the "flat tire" found on some other round smartwatches. The report states that the Angelfish will look similar to both Motorola's current Moto 360 and the LG Urbane 2nd Edition LTE. The Angelfish is also said to include three physical buttons, with the main button being centered on the right side of the case, and two smaller buttons above and below that. Its case will be over 14mm thick, and it could come in a matte dark gray finish, which may be called titanium.

The second Google Android Wear smartwatch, Swordfish, will only feature one physical button with a ridged crown. The body of the watch is said to be only 10.6mm thick, and it will be available in three colors: silver, titanium, and rose gold. As mentioned above, it apparently won't feature LTE or GPS, and it could lack a heart rate monitor, too.

Today's report also says that Angelfish may not support MODE bands because the design won't support them. However, the Swordfish will supposedly feature MODE support. Both smartwatches will offer Assistant support with contextual notifications.

Finally, it's said that Google is working on its own watch face for Android Wear 2.0 which will let users get to information even quicker.

What do you think of the idea that Google will manufacture its own Android Wear smartwatch?


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Fresh Meat: 10 new Android apps worth checking out

Posted: 06 Jul 2016 12:29 PM PDT

New apps need lovin' too, right? Every day there are thousands of additions to the Google Play store, but many go unnoticed and never receive the attention they deserve. We've shown in the past that this community can discover great apps and propel them to new heights. Our weekly Fresh Meat column highlights new apps with fewer than 100,000 installs. Browse our new Android app picks below and let us know which ones you enjoy.

Playstation Vue Mobile

PlayStation Vue

Description: PlayStation™Vue is a new TV service with live TV, movies and sports, without a cable or satellite subscription. Now available on Android Mobile.

 

WiFi Manager for Android Wear

WiFi Manager for Android Wear

DescriptionControl your phone's wireless network connection from your Android™ Wear smartwatch! To use this app you must have a smartwatch running Android Wear.

 

App Shortcut Maker

App Shortcut Maker

Description Create shortcuts of apps, activities on your phone using App Shortcut Maker. App was highlighted and was in news by xda-developers.com

 

BitTorrent Now

BitTorrent Now

DescriptionBitTorrent Now is the best place to experience music and video from the underground artists you don't know about yet. We're a rabbit hole of on-demand songs, stories, and more for fans looking for that next, best thing.

 

Expeditions

Expeditions

DescriptionGoogle Expeditions is a virtual reality teaching tool that lets you lead or join immersive virtual trips all over the world — get up close with historical landmarks, dive underwater with sharks, even visit outer space!

 

Connected Timer

Connected Timer

DescriptionConnected Timer lets you create a timetable with named intervals, and have it count down on multiple devices at once. Create the timetable and enter each interval and duration. 

 

Mealime – Healthy Meal Plans

Mealime - Healthy Meal Plans

DescriptionMealime is a simple way for busy singles, couples, and families to plan their meals and eat healthier. Our meal plans & recipes are highly customizable so you can easily personalize a plan that works with your unique tastes and lifestyle.

 

Yahoo Sports

Yahoo Sports

DescriptionWelcome to the all new Yahoo Sports app. With MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL, MLS, College Basketball, College Football, Euro 2016, and every major soccer league, Yahoo Sports keeps you in the game with live games and updates so you never miss a play.

 

Detour

Detour

DescriptionBeautifully produced GPS audio walks that take you beneath the surface of cities around the world. Whether you're solo or syncing audio with friends, Detour is an entirely new way to experience places.

 

AutoApp for Arduino

AutoApp for Arduino

DescriptionYou can set any output pin's digital or analog value from a Tasker action. This allows you to do just about anything on your Arduino from your Android device with the advantage of never having to change the code in your Arduino itself!

 


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Verizon launches new rate plans with more data, Safety Mode, and Carryover Data

Posted: 06 Jul 2016 12:29 PM PDT

Word on the street leading up to today suggested Verizon Wireless would be shaking up its rate plans, and it turns out that that is indeed the case. The Big Red carrier has just announced new plans which not only add more data, but also add new features as well.

Verizon kept the straightforward naming scheme, though, with the S, M, L, XL, and XXL to differentiate each option. Each of the updated plans offer more data per month for customers, but they also cost a bit more than the previous plans. Here's how they break down:

  • S: 2GB for $35 per month (was 1GB for $30 per month)
  • M: 4GB for $50 per month (was 3GB for $45 per month)
  • L: 8GB for $70 per month (was 6GB for $60 per month)
  • XL: 16GB for $90 per month (was 12GB for $80 per month)
  • XXL: 24GB for $110 per month (was 18GB for $100 per month)

Each of the plans offer unlimited talk and text. There are still access fees in place, too. Verizon is charging $20 per month for smartphones, $10 per month for tablets and mobile hotspots, and $5 per month for a connected device like a smartwatch.

There are new features being added to the plans, too, which are free with some plans but cost an extra fee for others. Here is how those look:

  • Safety Mode: Overages are over. Used all your data allotment for the month? We've got your back with the new Safety Mode capability. If you're on the XL or XXL data size, you can choose to add Safety Mode for free; S-M-L size customers pay $5 per month if they choose to add Safety Mode. Switch on Safety Mode within your new My Verizon app, and once you've hit your data limit we'll move your data from 4G LTE to 128 kbps speeds – and you won't pay anything for that data you use over your plan size. The slower speeds in Safety Mode apply to all your data usage until you upgrade your plan, buy more data through Data Boost, or until the end of the month, when you start over with your new allotment of 4G LTE data.
  • Carryover Data: Keep your unused data for another month without losing the data you've purchased. Carryover data automatically rolls your unused data for one month into the next. And that includes any additional data you purchased that month. Data expires at the end of the next monthly bill cycle.
  • Data Boost: Get back to full, 4G LTE speed or add more data whenever you want – either way it's your choice right there in the new My Verizon app. It costs just $15 for each GB of additional data.
  • International calling and roaming for Mexico and Canada: On Verizon Plan XL and larger sizes, get unlimited talk and text from the U.S. to Mexico and Canada and also enjoy your data plan, along with unlimited talk and text, when visiting Mexico and Canada. If you're on the new Verizon Plan in sizes S, M or L, pay just $5 per line per month for calls from the U.S. To roam with your data and unlimited talk and text in Canada or Mexico, you'll use Verizon's TravelPass feature for $2 per day per line.

On top of all that, Verizon is rolling out a new My Verizon app which will show "The Feed" where users can see their account information, billing info, and data usage in a more social network-like setup. There's in-app customer support and a new Data Hub to get a closer look on data usage per month.

All of this will become available on July 7.


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Google Now on Tap adds translation, Discover, and more

Posted: 06 Jul 2016 11:29 AM PDT

Google updated Google Now on Tap in mid-June to bring common functions and shortcuts to the forefront, and now there's another update coming down the pipeline.

For those that happen to run into foreign languages while using their Android device, Google Now on Tap will quickly translate the content with just a couple taps. Users can translate content within apps (Chrome already translates content in web pages), which should help to decipher international content on social media when it crops up. When there's text on screen that you want to translate, just long-press on the Home button and Google Now on Tap will populate a "Translate this screen" card.

Google Now on Tap's translation works on devices in which languages have been set in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and Russian.

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Google Now on Tap now offers a feature called Discover that will let users quickly pull up related information pertaining to content already on the screen. So if you're reading an article you can bring up Google Now on Tap and activate "Discover," which will then bring up additional content, including YouTube videos, related to what you were reading.

Finally, Google Now on Tap will let users scan QR codes and barcodes.

How often do you use Google Now on Tap?


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Google Now weather card has been improved with detailed hourly Wind and Precipitation graphs

Posted: 06 Jul 2016 02:59 AM PDT

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Google Now's new weather card was spotted at the beginning of January then officially announced later that month. Ever since, it has been going on and off when you tapped on the weather card or did any weather search inside Google Now, and mostly never made it onto the regular Google Search results inside the browser (mobile and desktop - think when you open Chrome and do a normal weather search there, not through the Google app).

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Google Now weather card has been improved with detailed hourly Wind and Precipitation graphs was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Pokémon GO is now live in several countries including Australia, New Zealand, and possibly more [APK download]

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 10:43 PM PDT

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There are few games more hotly anticipated than Niantic Labs' Pokémon GO, and now the first non-beta players are getting their hands on it. The Play Store listing is now live for everyone, but only those in select countries will be able to install it right now. Well, unless you head over to APK Mirror where we have the game available for download too.

Pokémon GO is essentially Ingress with Pokémon. I'm sure this will appeal to many people, but don't expect it to be like a real life version of the classic games.

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Pokémon GO is now live in several countries including Australia, New Zealand, and possibly more [APK download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.


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Sony to defocus on USA, India, and Brazil due to low growth

Posted: 05 Jul 2016 05:40 PM PDT

Sony has never been a huge player in the smartphone market when it comes to the US. Some say the popularity of the brand faded a while ago outside of its consoles, while others think that Sony doesn't try hard enough, with the Xperia line never being made to stand out.

However, Sony still does well in some regions. Its Android smartphones are quite popular in Europe and other places, so the brand isn't failing by any means. The company held an investor day in Japan recently where it discussed its future strategy, and that included "defocusing" on the USA, India, and Brazil.

Sony's growth in these markets is even slower than expected, so the company plans to focus elsewhere. What "defocusing" means we don't know, but we wonder how it'll affect the US market, where Sony isn't really focusing in the first place.

Sony fans in these markers, what are your thoughts on the situation? Where will you go if you can't get your Xperia fix? Let us know in the comments!


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