Recently Apple launched their mobile payments platform, Apple Pay. Like Google Wallet and Softcard, it uses NFC at retailers with the units to allow users to purchase items from a variety of retailers. Unfortunately, some of those retailers are now blocking NFC payments entirely. Some chains including 7-11, Rite Aid, Walmart, Best Buy, and many others are developing a competing system called CurrentC. It uses an app with a QR code to make a purchase. It gets around credit card fees by using your bank account, which is why the retailers...

We’ve seen reports of the Xperia Z2 getting lost deep in the ocean only to be recovered in working condition many days later, so it’s only fair that its successor the Xperia Z3 would go one step ahead as far as durability goes. And a very keen user decided to take this to the test by deciding to cook the smartphone along with a burger patty. And the results are fairly surprising. Usually when heat is applied to a smartphone, it’s common to see the battery of the smartphone exploding, which could be a very dangerous...

The Samsung Galaxy A7 smartphone has just been spotted on GFX Bench sporting a 5.2 inch display and a Snapdragon 615 (64-bit) chip. The smartphone is set to be third in the line of Samsung’s premium metal clad smartphones after the Galaxy Alpha and the yet to be launched Galaxy A5. Fortunately, the Galaxy A7 is revealed to be sporting a 1080p display, which indicates that the manufacturer is targeting the high end segment. The benchmark listing also reveals that the smartphone is carrying a 12-megapixel camera sensor, a 5-megapixel...

Amazon offers its Appstore to users of non-Kindle devices with a downloadable apk file available on its website. However, the online retailer also has a standalone app which is used for shopping electronics, books or a wide array of products that you find on Amazon. And now, the company has merged the Appstore into the standalone Amazon app, making the Amazon Appstore application obsolete. The change will take effect with an update to the Amazon app, so make sure you’re on the lookout for an update. In addition to the Appstore,...

ASUS has just launched a new variant of its MeMO Pad series of tablets sporting a 10 inch display. The tablet comes with a price tag of $200, which is the highlight of the device as it’s the cheapest 10 inch tablet you’ll come across in the market. Specs wise, it sports a 1280 x 800 resolution display, a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, a 2 or 5-megapixel camera on the back (market dependent), a VGA camera on the front, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 9.5 hour battery...

As we agonizingly wait for the Motorola Droid Turbo to go official, leaks are giving us an early peek of the device and its features. Today’s leak however is slightly different as it shows the smartphone in its official retail packaging, indicating further that a launch is right around the corner. We can see from one of these images that the smartphone is supplied with the Turbo charger, which was always expected considering the smartphone’s credentials as a Turbo device. This charger will also be seen on the Nexus 6 which...

The Alcatel ONETOUCH POP 7 tablet has just landed over at MetroPCS with a budget price tag. You can get this offering for just $149 off contract with the carrier’s monthly plans starting from as low as $10 per month. Specs wise, we can’t expect much from the ONETOUCH POP 7 considering the price it’s being offered for. But if you’re not looking for a powerful and expensive tablet, the ONETOUCH POP 7 should fit the criteria. The tablet comes with a 7 inch 1024 x 600 resolution display, a 2-megapixel camera on the...

Amazon has just challenged the Google Chromecast with the Fire TV Stick home media console. This dongle slots into the standard HDMI slot on your television and lets you stream a wide range of content with relative ease. To make things even easier for the customers, Amazon is supplying a remote with the retail packaging of the Fire TV Stick to control streaming of content. This will act as an alternative to browsing content using a companion app for your smartphones. There are obviously some neat perks for the owners of the Fire Phone...