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Google Is Testing A Mysterious New Mobile Payment System Called "Plaso" That Sounds A Lot Like Square Wallet

According to The Information, Google is in the process of testing a contextually-aware mobile payment system codenamed "Plaso" around some of the company's offices in cooperation with popular businesses like Papa John's and Panera Bread. That a new Google mobile payment system is under development at all shouldn't be surprising: Wallet's abysmal adoption rate, along with competitor Softcard, have made it obvious that NFC payments aren't resonating with consumers enough to really change buying habits yet.

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Here Maps Update Rolling Out With More Navigable Countries, Improved Water Features, And More

Nokia's Here maps app has proven a popular alternative to Google Maps, thanks largely to its strong international support and offline navigation mode. There's an update rolling out today that improves mapping data across a number of countries and adds new turn-by-turn locations.

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Microsoft Confirms Acquisition Of Sunrise Calendar, No Word On New Apps For Now

Last week the scuttlebutt around the strangely popular world of tech corporate acquisitions was that Microsoft had purchased Sunrise Calendar, a good-looking and well-received alternative to built-in calendar apps on Android and iOS.

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Google+ Updated To v5.0 With Minor Settings UI Changes [APK Download]

It's update Wednesday and that means new apps. Up first is Google+ with a jump to v5.0. Usually such a milestone would include some noticeable changes, but this update looks like a rather minor one, at least so far. You can still download it below.

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Synology Updates DS Cam To Version 2.5 With Support For Lens Control, Two-Way Audio, And More

DS Cam is Synology's interface for interacting with its surveillance camera from an Android device. Version 2.5 adds a number of new features, most of which require Surveillance Station 7.0. One is the ability to control the lens, specifically auto-panning, auto-focusing, and tracking objects. With two-way audio, instead of simply hearing what's going on, you can now project your voice through the camera's speaker as well.

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Space Sketchr By Left Field Labs Lets You Doodle With Project Tango, And It's Pretty Impressive To Watch

Google's Project Tango, which enables users to manipulate objects i a 3D virtual space using sensors and a motion-tracking camera, has already been used to do cool things. NASA has worked to incorporate Tango into autonomous, space-aware robots. Limbic has integrated it with its popular Zombie Gunship franchise, requiring players to physically maneuver above the zombies they're trying to rain munitions down upon.

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Snapchat Is Apparently Burning Through Background Data Following Latest Major Update

Snapchat is no stranger to controversy, but this latest issue isn't the headline you would normally expect.

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Flipboard Expands Its Curated News Service To The Desktop With New Website

Since its launch in 2010 (on iOS, natch), Flipboard has been strictly mobile-only. Even after it expanded to Android a couple of years ago, users could only ever view and manage their feeds via a phone or tablet. It made sense: the whole point of Flipboard is that the service reformats stories for easy mobile reading and wraps them in a touch-friendly interface.

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Authy 2-Factor Authentication App Updated To v20 With Material Elements And New View Options

Managing 2-factor authentication is a pain, but such is the price we pay for security, right? Authy makes it much less annoying with secure backup, device sync, and offline mode for 2fa. It hasn't been the most attractive app, but the new version is looking much nicer and more material.

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[Deal Alert] Get 6 Free Months Of Dashlane Premium Password Manager And Secure Digital Wallet ($20 Savings)

With the myriad of ways nefarious types are able to get their hands on passwords these days, often times whether your information gets stolen is completely out of your hands. Rather than changing their sign-in credentials every time another leak or hack happens, many folks trust their online security to password managers such as LastPass.

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