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National Australia Bank (NAB) adds support for Google Pay

Google Pay is slowly making its way to more countries around the world, but what's even more important than coming to a country is being supported by the different popular banks in each one. Your bank is one of the few things in life you're not likely to change or choose based on the technological whims of the moment, so all anyone can do is sit and wait (and pester the bank with a few emails) until support is added for Google Pay.

Now customers of the National Australia Bank (NAB) can stop bemoaning their luck as they can finally sign up to Google Pay with their cards and start paying via their phones at all NFC-equipped points of sale.

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[Continuously Updated] 2018 April Fools' Roundup: All the jokes from around the web

April Fools' day is almost upon us, but each year at least a few companies are unable to restrain themselves, pushing out their pranks early as the remainder dribble out over the day itself. Google's various divisions do some decent work each year—last year's Google Gnome was itpretty good, and the Maps team's 2014 Pokemon prank was memorable. OnePlus even has a history of pulling off a decent prank. But, there are a ton of individual companies and gags to follow.

It can be tough keeping track, so let us handle the work while you enjoy the jokes.

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Google Pay adds support for five new banks and credit unions in Taiwan and Australia

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Google Pay on Wear OS officially spreads to three new countries

When you're itching to try out a new feature on your favorite mobile device, there's little that sucks more than facing a geographical restriction; while your friends abroad are playing with the latest and greatest tech, you're stuck twiddling your thumbs and waiting until the powers that be decide to let you in on the action. Earlier today we noted that one of these restrictions appeared to be lessening, as some Huawei Watch 2 users who were shut out when an update disabled Google Pay (then Android Pay) outside the US and the UK started getting their access back—that was a clue, but not the whole story.

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[Update: Only for new users] Get a $10 Google Play credit when you make 5 purchases with Google Pay from now until May 14th in the US, UK, Canada, and Australia

Google recently rebranded Android Pay to Google Pay, and it's now running a promotion to increase use of the service. From now until May 14th, you can get a $10 Google Play credit if you make five purchases via Google Pay, with just a few caveats.

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HSBC Australia adds Google Pay support for our friends down under

HSBC is one of the largest banks in the world, sitting ahead of Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and Citigroup, and right behind JPMorgan Chase. It's one of the few names we know here that also has a presence in Australia. HSBC's Australian branch has just begun to support Andr- I mean, Google Pay.

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Pixel Buds now available from Google Store in Australia, Germany, and UK

Our review of the Pixel Buds wasn't very kind to Google's first real set of wireless earbuds since they're just not very good. They were only initially available in the US and Canada, but are now available on the Google Store in Australia, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

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Stations by Spotify is a playlist-centric experimental music app that is only (supposed to be) for Australia [APK Download]

Choosing which songs to listen to can be a bit of a hassle. You might enjoy a certain song, but listen to it too much and you'll get tired of it. Spotify's new experimental app, dubbed 'Stations by Spotify,' is a way to just sit back and listen to music without any fuss. It's supposed to be exclusive to Australia, but we've got the APK and it runs just fine here in the US.

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Amazon's Echo line, Alexa voice services, and Music Unlimited are coming to Australia and New Zealand in February, pre-orders are up

Alexa, Alexa everywhere! Amazon is continuing to push its voice assistant and devices everywhere it can and the newest countries after the US, UK, Germany, Japan, India, Ireland, and Canada, to join in on the fun are Australia and New Zealand.

Yesterday (sorry we're late on this), Amazon announced that its Alexa Skills Kit (to create voice commands for your service) and Alexa Voice Service (to integrate Alexa itself into your product) are coming to Australia and New Zealand. They're bringing along the three current Echo devices from Amazon's line-up, which are now up for pre-order at introductory prices, with even cheaper special 2-pack discounts. And I can only hope Amazon set up Alexa to answer with "Oi Oi Oi" everytime it hears you scream "Aussie Aussie Aussie!" otherwise it'd be a wasted opportunity.

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The Pixel 2 and 2 XL are now available on Australian Google Store starting at $1,079

For those of you down under, Google's latest and greatest phones are now available for purchase. I hope you've been saving up, though. The Pixel 2 starts at more than a thousand bucks, and it'll cost you a few hundred more for the XL. Time to smash that piggy bank. Do you guys have those? Or are there like... platypus banks? I hope there are.

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