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Google Security Engineer Visits XDA Forums To Explain Why Android Pay Doesn't Support Rooted Devices

Android Pay has turned out to be much more than a simple rebranding of Google Wallet. Google is working with banks to support cards natively and doing away with those virtual MasterCards altogether. However, the lack of support for rooted or ROM'd devices has irked power users. A Google engineer popped up on XDA to explain the reasoning and calm the mob.

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Adidas Snapshot App Can Tell How Hard And Fast You Kick A Soccer Ball Using Your Android Camera

How hard am I kicking a soccer ball? Not hard at all. I don't play soccer, or football as you folks living in most other countries call it. But if I did kick soccer balls—and by kick, I mean apply enough force to quickly send them in a straight direction, rather than nudge them awkwardly and accidentally off to the side—the Adidas Snapshot app might just pique my interest.

Snapshot takes footage of you kicking a soccer ball and determines from those frames just how fast you sent the thing flying. The app defaults to kilometers per hour, because only those of us who call the sport soccer have any interest in seeing miles per hour instead.

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Vague FTC Anti-Trust Probe Targets Android, Probably Because The FTC Has No Idea How Android Works

In the beginning, there was Android. Android was an open-source, largely hardware-agnostic operating system designed to work on a variety of devices and form-factors, and then Google bought the company that made it (also called Android, founded by Andy Rubin). Then, there was Google's Android. Google's Android was still open source, but now it came with stuff you'd actually want to use. Like an app store. And Google Maps. And Gmail. And Google Search. And did I mention Android itself was and is still open source? Because it was and is, and will continue to be likely for many, many, many years into the future.

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[Deal Alert] HooToo's New TripMate Travel Router Packs A 10,400mAh Battery, On Sale For $49.99 With $10 Coupon Code

We've written about HooToo's travel routers in the past because they're very good at what they do. What do they do? They make it possible to share an internet connection on the go with your various devices. The powerful TripMate Titan is a fairly new entry in HooToo's lineup, and it's on sale today for $10 off.

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[Deal Alert] Icefox F1 Portable 12,000mAh Charger $14.87 On Amazon After $9 Coupon

Are you in the market for an external battery pack? No? About to be tempted anyway? I thought so.

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Vodafone UK Wi-Fi Calling On Android Will Start With The Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Sometime This Fall

Vodafone UK announced its own Wi-Fi Calling service earlier this month, but support remains extremely limited. As of right now, the only devices listed are the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Fortunately that's about to change, though not by much. Android compatibility is coming in the form of the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

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JBL Xtreme And Flip 3 Review: Competition, Destroyed

When it comes to Bluetooth speakers, there are a few brands that I find to be consistently awesome. After spending a few weeks with the Xtreme ($299) and Flip 3 ($99), I think JBL may have made itself a mainstay on that shortlist of manufacturers that make great speakers, because these are two of the most impressive pieces of Bluetooth audio equipment I’ve ever laid, um, ears on.

Seriously — I was not expecting either of these speakers to be as awesome as they are. Let's start with the big one.

Xtreme

I like to put BT speakers into a few categories: ultra-portable, portable, boombox, and bookshelf (or non-portable).

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Classic Horror Adventure Game 'Sanitarium' Is Getting An Android Port By DotEmu, Set For October 29th

The point-and-click adventure game genre is one of the most immersive around. It typically doesn't seek to draw you in with over-the-top action sequences. Instead, you're drawn in by the sheer amount of attention and focus you must give to each detail as you click on every corner of the screen. When something freaks you out, part of the fear comes from just how hard you've been staring.

Sanitarium is one such game from nearly two decades ago. Released in 1998, the PC horror game sucked players into the mind of an amnesiac in a world teetering on the edge of madness.

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[Deal Alert] BLU Vivo Selfie Is On Sale For $99 ($50 Off) Today Only In The Amazon Goldbox

How's your selfie game doing? Is it mediocre? I bet it is. What you need is a phone with a front-facing 8MP shooter with a flash. Yeah, that's the ticket. Amazon is selling the BLU Vivo Selfie for just $99, but this deal is good for today only.

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Facebook Rebrands Internet.org As 'Free Basics By Facebook'

Facebook launched Internet.org as a way to get important services and information to people in developing countries even if they lack a data plan on their mobile device. And if they should decide to check Facebook using this free access, all the better. Now, the Internet.org service is being rebranded as Free Basics by Facebook.

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