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Samsung's Apple Pay clone may not rely on NFC. Photo: Apple

Samsung’s Apple Pay clone may not rely on NFC. Photo: Apple

Samsung is preparing to launch its own Apple Pay competitor in 2015, according to sources familiar with the company’s plans — and it could be teaming up with LoopPay to make it even more successful. Just like Apple’s offering, Samsung’s will allow the owners of its smartphone to pay for goods simply by waving their devices at a machine, but it may not rely on NFC.

Photo: Killian Bell

Photo: Killian Bell

Just like one of The Avengers — where bickering superheroes team up to fight a far more oppressive evil — Apple and Android fans on reddit have united forces to boycott what they see as the unethical blocking of NFC payment systems by a number of different retailers, affecting users of both Apple Pay and Google Wallet.

The reason for this blocking of the NFC service is that the retailers in question — including Gap, Old Navy, 7-Eleven, Sears, Kmart and others — are part of an organization called Merchant Customer Exchange, which uses its own payment system called CurrentC.


Nexus 9 vs. Apple’s new iPads. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

With Apple and Google announcing new tablets this week, shopping for a new slate just got a lot more interesting. But how do you choose between the Nexus 9 and Apple’s new iPads? They all have the latest and greatest software and specifications, but they’re vasty different in a few key areas.

Our in-depth comparison below will help you choose which device is right for you.

Photo: VR Zone

Photo: VR Zone

The official Surface-like keyboard cover for the Google Nexus 9 has been leaked again ahead of the slate’s public unveiling later this year. The latest images give us a better look at the accessory and some of its features — and just how big it’s going to be.

Image: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac.

Image: Ste Smith/Cult of Mac.

Apple’s new iPhones are a big improvement over their predecessors in almost every way. Both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus have the larger, sharper displays loyal users have been begging for, as well as a faster A8 processor, twice as much RAM, and improved iSight cameras.

But how does the iPhone 6 stack up against the latest devices from Samsung? Check out our comparison below to see if Apple’s new baby has what it takes to beat the Galaxy S5 and the Galaxy Note 4 in a specifications smackdown.

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