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Yesterday Apple released iOS 8.1 and with it Apple Pay went live. The new payments service can be used to make purchases online, in applications as well as at physical stores although the service has been launched in the U.S. only right now. Major banks are supporting Apple Pay but keep in mind that not all of their debit and credit cards work with the service. Apple has published a new support document online which details which cards are supported by Apple Pay.

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A few weeks back Google detailed the next major update for Android Wear, its relatively new platform for wearable devices. The update is going to add a couple of new features to Android Wear, including but not limited to the ability to play music offline. Countless reports from G Watch owners coming in today reveal that the Android Wear 4.4W.2 update has been rolled out and this smartwatch is the first Android Wear device to get it.

Read full post →LG G Watch Receives Android Wear Update That Adds Offline Music Support

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Last week Apple conducted an event at its headquarters in One Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California to unveil the latest iPads. The iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 went on pre-order at Apple’s online store from October 17th but if you would rather place a pre-order through T-Mobile then tomorrow is your lucky day. Magenta is opening up pre-orders for both new tablets, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, from tomorrow, October 22nd.

Read full post →T-Mobile Opens Pre-Orders For iPad Air 2 And iPad Mini 3 Tomorrow

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Google has already released updated developer previews of Android 5.0 Lollipop for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7, soon the update will officially be released for existing Nexus devices including the Nexus 4. After these devices get the update the Google Play Edition units are next in line. Samsung isn’t known for quickly releasing new updates for its devices but this time around the Galaxy Note 4 Android 5.0 Lollipop update may not take too much timing in arriving on the device.

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In Apple’s new software releases the Spotlight feature has been radically improved. On OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 it can be used for local file search, online search, and pulling information from a variety of online sources. Recently a report was published online detailing alleged data collection practices of Spotlight and the picture this report painted was quite troubling. Fortunately Apple has come out of a clarification.

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Earlier this year Google acquired Songza for an undisclosed sum. We knew it was only a matter of time before Songza’s features were integrated into a Google product and today we get to see what Google has done with it. An update has been released for the Google Play Music app for Android, iOS and the web and it includes the best feature that Songza offered.

In case you’re wondering what that feature is, it is the ability to find music stations based on what you’re doing. So when you fire up the Google Play Music app the next time you will be able to play music for a specific time of day, an activity that you might be doing or a mood that you might be in.

Choosing an activity will give you options of several music stations that the app believes are relevant to that particular activity. The stations contains tracks that have been handpicked by Google’s team of music experts, which according to the company consists of “DJs, musicians, music critics and ethnomusicologists.”

The app will allow you to download these music stations for listening offline as well. It will also be possible to start a new station using any song that’s in the mix.

This feature is currently limited to subscribers in the U.S. and Canada only. The app update should download automatically on your device, if not, you can get it from the Google Play Store.

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We reported yesterday that T-Mobile will soon release a software update for its HTC One (M8) variant and today the carrier has rolled out Android 4.4.4. Apart from bringing everything that comes as part and parcel of Android 4.4.4 this particular update brings camera features exclusive to HTC’s Android flagship. Called the “Eye Experience,” several new camera features have been added to the device through this update.

Read full post →T-Mobile HTC One (M8) Receives Android 4.4.4 Update With Eye Experience

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Two-step verification is believed to be the answer for many of today’s security problems. When the infamous iCloud hack happened and Apple confirmed that its servers were never actually breached, it recommended that users turn on two-step verification. Google has been offering this extra layer of protection to its users for quite some time now but it has introduced a new method of strengthening this layer and it involves a physical USB.

Two-step verification requires you to enter a code that’s sent to your phone when you’re signing into your account through an unfamiliar device. Since hackers usually can’t read your texts it becomes much harder for them to break in.

Now security conscious users can add another layer of security. Called Security Key, it enables the USB drive to act as a physical key, and access is provided to the account only when it is ascertained that the site being accessed is truly a Google site and not a fake site that’s just pretending to be a Google site.

So it eliminates the need to enter a code. When prompted just plug in the USB and you’re good to go. However keep in mind that this does not work with every USB drive. You will require one that supports the Universal 2nd Factor (U2F) protocol from the FIDO Alliance, and it only works in the Chrome browser and Chrome OS.

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Not too long ago Nokia announced that it was releasing HERE Maps for Android. There was just one caveat though. The mapping software was exclusive to Android devices made by Samsung. Well there’s good news today if you have been waiting for Nokia’s mapping service to land on your Android device. Today the company has announced that HERE Maps is being released for all Android devices, so it is no longer exclusive to Samsung handsets.

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It seems like the list of major U.S. retailers hit by security breaches just won’t stop growing. Merely a month after it was confirmed that Home Depot had seen a security breach which left payment card information compromised there’s a new report out today about Staples going through something similar. Staples itself has confirmed that it is currently investigating a “potential issue” at several locations in Northeastern U.S.

Read full post →Staples Hack Could Compromise Credit And Debit Card Information