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Android Pay v1.5 prepares to show new users where to find NFC on their phones and might be experimenting with the secure element again [APK Teardown]

There are a lot of factors playing into the success and failure of mobile payment systems. Perhaps the most challenging issue for Android Pay to overcome isn't the slow adoption of compatible payment terminals or the general lack of awareness about contactless payments, it's the confusion people experience once they decide to try it. While many users are nervous simply because they don't know what to expect, some others are confronted with an even bigger challenge: they have no idea where the NFC antenna is on their phone. The Android Pay app has been progressively adding more informative screens to help with educating users about tap-and-go payments, and now evidence from a teardown suggests Google will soon teach users what part of the phone to actually tap with.

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Asus ZenWatch 3 images leak from Chinese regulator

We caught wind of an FCC filing for the ZenWatch 3 the other day with an interesting quirk—the label was round. That would imply a round watch, but the device was being kept confidential. The Chinese version of the FCC, known as TENAA, was not as careful and has leaked images of the ZenWatch 3 in all its round, grainy glory.

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Xperia X Performance now eligible for Android N beta testing, with a few catches

Many were surprised when Sony began offering an Android N Developer Preview build for the Xperia Z3. Nobody expected a two-generation old Sony flagship to join a beta program that only Google devices were included in. Sony is now following up by offering up an Android N beta build for the Xperia X Performance, a phone that we didn't especially like.

The beta, which Sony is calling the Xperia Beta Program, is currently only available to Xperia X Performance users in European countries (specifically Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and the Netherlands). Sony has not commented on whether it plans to expand the beta's reach.

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Deal Alert: Get Sony's 43" 4K Android TV (2015 model) for $698 - with a $300 Dell eGift card

Buying a new TV is not something I typically look at doing. Sure, I like to go to Best Buy and look at the shiny things, dream a bit, and then look dejectedly at my empty wallet. Yet, when it comes down to it, I keep my TV a very long time. Lately, however, I have noticed quite a few tempting deals on Sony TVs. A few days ago, we informed you all that the Sony XBR-43X830C 43” 4K Android TV was listed on eBay for $549.99. This 2015 model gives you a 4K LED display, 4K streaming from Netflix and YouTube, Android TV, and Cast support.

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[Deal Alert] Pick up an assortment of Aukey QC 2.0 chargers starting at 5 bucks after coupon

I know QC 3.0 is the hot new tech on the market right now, but, in reality, it is only incrementally better than the QC 2.0 technology that it is replacing. If you don't mind a small downgrade in speed, you can pick up the older generation chargers for a fraction of what those sporting QC 3.0 cost.

Aukey just sent me the links to a few coupons it is offering on some of its 'old' QC 2.0 chargers. It has a couple for use in the house and one for the car and all of them are heavily discounted. Here are the descriptions and links.

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Mars: Mars is a delightful low-poly platformer mixed with an endless runner

NASA has plans in place to send astronauts to Mars in the next few decades. When they get there, I imagine it'll be pretty much exactly like Mars: Mars. This game takes place on Mars as you hop between platforms, exploring the surface, taking selfies (even Curiosity does it), and bringing new explorers to the planet.

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Google TalkBack gets a new icon as v5.0 rolls out more widely

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Dropsy from Devolver Digital is now live in the Play Store with hugs for all

To call Dropsy a weird game would be a profound understatement—it's bizarre in the extreme. After a suspicious circus fire, Dropsy the clown embarks on a quest to clear his name and get some hugs. This game really emphasizes the hugs. It's a classic point-and-click game, but it's unlike anything I've seen before.

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[Update: Winners] Friday giveaway: We have 20 codes for Borderlands 2 on NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Android TV

Thanks to the industry-leading hardware on NVIDIA Shield, many of the best games on any platform are available for Android. One of those games you can play on your NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Android TV is Borderlands 2, the instant classic that lets you play as one of four different vault hunters as you deal with Handsome Jack and countless other foes.

Even better is that you can play online co-ops with your friends to make the game perfect for practically endless play.

Remember, Borderlands 2—like many other excellent games on Android—is exclusive to NVIDIA Shield Tablet and Android TV.

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Logitech POP is the button that controls your smart home

A smart home is every geek's dream, so it's great to see the idea becoming more and more of a reality, with Nest, Alexa, Google Assistant (soon), and Apple's HomeKit making our homes smarter and automated. Accessory maker Logitech, which already has the Harmony Remote, is adding to its range with the Logitech POP button and accompanying app.

The POP can control a lot of devices, from Phillips Hue lightbulbs to Sonos speakers, to door locks and blinds, plus of course the Harmony platform. Each button can be programmed with three individual commands which can then do a host of different things to control your home.

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