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Google And ChowNow Partner Up To Use Wallet For Mobile Payments At Thousands Of Independent Restaurants

Mobile payments are on the rise. Google has been working with companies for years, and with Apple Pay turning more consumers on to the idea, new opportunities to swipe your phone at a register or pay in advance are popping up left and right.

Now Google has partnered with ChowNow to bring Wallet to thousands of independent restaurants across the US. As of today, restaurants have updated their mobile apps to include Wallet as an additional option at checkout.

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Sony Xperia Z4 Leaks Pick Up As T-Mobile Halts Sales Of The Z3

It would seem Sony is still engaged in the bizarre ritual of releasing a slightly tweaked version of its flagship smartphone every six months or so. The alleged Xperia Z4 has leaked repeatedly in recent days, and now it looks like T-Mobile might know something we don't. The carrier won't sell you a Z3 anymore, because apparently that phone is yesterday's news.

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ZTE Debuts The 5.5-Inch Blade S6 Plus Globally On eBay, Temporarily On Sale For $269.99

ZTE unveiled the Blade S6 in January, a mid-range 5-inch handset with decent specs considering its $249.99 price. Now it's making a beefier version, the S6 Plus, available on eBay in global markets for $299.99 (£199.99 and €276.99 in the UK and Europe).

You don't have to pay the full price if you're eager enough to snatch one up right away. ZTE is temporarily selling the device for $269.99.

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Whether you choose to wait, you're getting a decent set of specs for your money.

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AT&T Will Launch An LTE Version Of The ASUS MEMO Pad 7 On April 10th: $175 Off-Contract, Also Available Via GoPhone

ASUS, let's have a talk. I've become accustomed to writing your company name in all caps, despite the fact that it's not an acronym. And I could probably get used to calling a solid if unremarkable line of tablets a "MEMO Pad," again, with no particular rhyme or reason to the combination of uppercase and lowercase. But "MeMO Pad" is where I draw the line. You, your marketing, and I are just going to have to agree to disagree on that lowercase e.

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[Bonus Round] Tetrobot and Co, World Wars, And Random Heroes 3

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got a unique puzzle game, a casual take on Risk, and another Noodlecake shooter-platformer.

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XFINITY TV (Comcast) Remote App Gets A Graphical Redesign In Version 2.0

It wouldn't be controversial to say that the interfaces for cable boxes suck. With the possible exception of TiVo, I don't think I've ever seen one that was made for the purpose of being easy and/or efficient to use, especially since the newer ones are more interested in selling Pay-Per-View and on demand content than actually letting you watch TV. That has largely carried over to the remote apps for the fancy new cable boxes, which might help explain why the XFINITY remote app has a 3.2-star rating in the Play Store.

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Sling International Android App Hits The Play Store, DishWorld Gets Update Telling You To Download Sling

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Weekend App And Game Sales: SuperBeam PRO, Kiwanuka, Castle Of Illusion, And More

There's a holiday this weekend, and even if you don't celebrate this particular one, there are plenty of sales to take advantage of in the Play Store. Get your Google Wallet ready and proceed to the sales just below.

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Koushik Dutta Teases A Material Redesign Of AllCast's UI

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Consumers Give Up Before Their Last Gasp In Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google

 

The plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against Google have dropped their case after losing in an initial ruling. Just over a month ago, we reported on Google's win. The federal judge overseeing the case ruled in Google's favor, but the plaintiffs had one last chance to change their arguments before the case was closed. Instead, they have decided to withdraw.

A group of consumers accused Google of anticompetitive practices in the distribution of Android due to the stipulation that their search engine must be default in order for the OEM to load the Play Store on devices.

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