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Since its inception, things have been tough for Google Wallet. Adoption hasn't been great, many carriers have blocked its use, and the rollout of new features hasn't gone as smoothly as one would hope. In short, it's been a long, hard road for such an initially promising product.

While we've already seen Google cut support for the prepaid Wallet card, the company has now decided to ax NFC redemption of gift and loyalty cards as of August 21st.

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Google just released textbooks to the Google Play Store yesterday, and oddly enough, there's a synergistic update to the Google Play Books client available now. This version unsurprisingly expands the notation capabilities, as well as adding some education-friendly capabilities like book rentals and contextual copying.

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Users can now highlight text and annotate pages that have been scanned in (as opposed to the simple, malleable text and digitally published pages that make up most ebooks).

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Samsung has dropped Samsung Wallet into the Play Store, an app previously only available through Samsung Apps on devices such as the Galaxy S4, Note 2, and Galaxy S3. We first heard about the offering back at this year's Mobile World Congress, and its functionality hasn't changed from what was promised. This remains Samsung's answer to Apple's Passbook, just easier to find than before.

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The app functions like a digital wallet, holding coupons, tickets, and gift cards from select partners.

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You can't be expected to carry around a phone with lame apps, right? I mean, what is this? Soviet Russia? Stand up for freedom and capitalism by taking advantage of these sales. After all, selling things at a discount is what keeps us free. 'Murica!

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Do you live your life to the fullest? Do you wish you could remember every day of it? Are you doing the opposite, wasting your life away and wishing you could turn things around? Thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can do all of these things! 1 Second Everyday is a video-recording app that asks users to record just one second of their life everyday, and at the end of the year they will have a six-minute video of how they lived their life that year.

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My Tracks is not one of Google's more well-known offerings, but it's been around for nearly as long as Android has, lurking in the Play Store as a handy resource for Android users who enjoy moving around. Today My Tracks received an update expanding on the usefulness of this location-monitoring service bold enough to tell you exactly what it does in its name. Now when the app shows where you've been, it will provide a more exact and attractive picture.

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Android emulator fans, meet you new best friend. Yesterday the DraStic Nintendo DS emulator was published to the Play Store, for the admittedly high price of $7.99. It's not the first DS emulator for Android, but it's far and away the best - the combination of smooth performance (on sufficient hardware) and a stupefying amount of options to adapt the DS ergonomics makes it an easy recommendation.

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Most of the existing DS emulators are based on code for Windows programs, making them unbearably slow on Android.

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Last week, we heard from Dan Morrill (via Reddit) that "top men" were working on the "sleep of death" issue that caused 4.3 devices to become unresponsive if they fell asleep while streaming from Netflix through the Chromecast.

Tonight, though, it looks like the issue is already fixed with Netflix's update to version 2.4.1. We've been testing the update since it popped up earlier this evening, and haven't experienced a lockup yet.

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Remember the "Zap" feature that Motorola and Verizon hyped up during their latest press conference? You could be forgiven if you don't - the local sharing app is a solution looking for a problem, and it's only for the new DROID phones. Like the previous Moto-exclusive apps, Droid Zap has popped into the Play Store long before the launch of the DROID Ultra, DROID MAXX, or DROID Mini.

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Why have it in the Play Store?

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Update: The service has now gone live in most countries. Pricing is 7.99GBP a month in the UK and 7.99 Euro a month elsewhere if you sign up before September 15th, along with the free 30 day trial. The price will increase if you sign up after that date (probably to 9.99 GBP / Euro a month). Thanks for confirmation, everyone!

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Google has updated its international availability page for the Play Store, and the All Access section has had a slew of countries added - all European.

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