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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.

Another pharmaceutical chain drops NFC payments

A few days after Rite Aid pharmacies announced they were not accepting any more payments from NFC mobile payment systems like Google Wallet, another one has followed suit. Fellow drugstore chain CVS if also discontinuing the payment system used by several platforms including the new Apple Pay, but the reasons may be self-serving (as expected) although highly inconvenient for customers who have only just started using mobile payments.

Digital Tattoo now available for NFC-enabled phones

When Motorola came out with the digital tattoo to unlock its Moto X, those of us who had other Android phones were stricken with tattoo envy. But now, all who have NFC-enabled smartphones will be able to sport these semi-permanent skin art as the maker of the digital tattoo have released the eSkin Tattoo, that isn't exclusive anymore to just the Moto X. This might just be the start of a new kind of wearable accessories that can interact with your smartphones and tablets.

Digital Tattoos to have more non-Moto X functions soon

While the recently launched Digital Tattoos were really cool (and we’d like to have one, really), if you don’t have a Motorola Moto X, then it’s practically useless. But the makers of the semi-permanent tattoo, VivaLnk, have said that they are now looking into other ways that it can be used, other than just to unlock smartphones. They are set to release a new set of digital tattoos that can be reprogrammed for other functions.
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