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What the OnePlus 2 DOESN’T have, and why that matters

Ok, so the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak. The OnePlus 2 – made by the same guys who made the OnePlus One (haha) – is out in the open, the pricing is out in the open as well, and we had a short time to go hands on with it. It is by far, the most ridiculous piece of smartphone hardware you can get for a price range that starts at around USD$329. But that for that price, you will have to let go of some creature comforts – like NFC, a fast charging feature, and a wireless charging feature. Is that going to be ok for you?

New Samsung Pay trial service begins in South Korea

Samsung's very own mobile payment service, Samsung Pay, is set to launch in September instead of July. Even if Samsung Wallet ceased operations last June 30, the company wasn't quick to debut the replacement but rather just the trial service launched in South Korea. The trial service started last July 15 for some customers in the country. This is in preparation for the full service launch happening in a few months. The mobile payment Samsung Pay with Samsung Card is initially available to owners of the latest flagship phones, the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.

Video claiming smartphone battery “steals” your picture goes viral

Kids, our lesson for today is: not everything you see on the Internet or claims to be the "real deal" is actually real. Yes, this is something you would think that everyone knows already, but some people still get fooled every once in a while. Case in point: a video is making its rounds on your favorite social networks, claiming that your smartphone batteries that have the NFC sticker on them is actually spying on the data you save on your phone and stealing your photos for some nefarious purposes.

Rooting will disable Samsung Pay on Galaxy S6

Ok, we understand that some people just don’t like Samsung’s TouchWiz. It’s gotten tremendously better in the new Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but there are some people who just don’t care for it. So the next thing they do is gain root access to get rid of the bloatware – which is standard procedure, we guess. Only, this might make you think twice. Rooting your Galaxy S6 will make your device ineligible for Samsung Pay.

LG Watch Urbane gets LTE, NFC, and battery variant

It isn't uncommon for companies to try and squeeze all they can from a winning product, but LG might again be going overboard just a wee bit. Just a week after it unveiled the classy LG Watch Urbane, which has still to make a public appearance at MWC 2015, it is announcing a new variant that might make you think twice about reaching for that new smartwatch. As the name suggests, the LG Watch Urbane LTE adds 4G connectivity, but it is also adding a lot more than that.

Kisha is the 1st smart umbrella that you can’t (shouldn’t) lose

Umbrellas may be part of a top five list of things most often lost by people. But with all the technological advances we have today, there must be a way to help us, well. not lose them all the time. Kisha claims that it is the umbrella that can never be lost, with the help of an app that connects to your mobile device. Well, just make sure you don't lose your connected smartphone or tablet too.

An exclusive look at Audi’s LG-made smartwatch

It's no longer news that the digital divide between mobile devices and cars are slowly thinning, and 2015 might be the year when the wall truly collapses. With endeavors like Google's Android Auto as well as Apple's CarPlay, we can expect more and more vehicles this year to integrate with our smartphones. But it isn't just smartphones either, as more and more car makers are adding support for smartwatches as well. Here at CES 2015, we take a closer look with Audi's smartwatch, a product of its collaboration with LG.

Air Dock 2.0 brings more mounting options, new Qi transmitter

If you wanted to support their previous crowd-funded product but were unable to do so, now is your chance to do so. The makers of Air Dock, the wireless mobile device charging station built for your car have now come up with an updated version with more mounting options and better features as well. Unsurprisingly, it's called Air Dock 2.0, and it's once gain asking for your support through IndieGoGo.

Google to pay you for giving money through Google Wallet

What Google Wallet is still alive? You can be forgiven for asking that question as this particular product stagnated for some time now. But now that Apple Pay is (trying to) make waves in the payment through NFC market,then Google is reviving the product and is even willing to pay you when you use the service to give money to other people. What they're really after is to increase number of users, so if you're reluctant to give your information to Google in exchange for a little cash, then maybe this isn't for you.
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