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Photo: Google

Photo: Google

Google is stepping up its game in the mobile payments space this year by striking a deal with AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to pre-install Google Wallet on all Android phones.

The move comes after Apple Pay has started to take over the mobile payments space, despite launching less than six months ago. With the new pre-installed Google Wallet deal, Google will hopefully add more consumers to the feature that’s been around since 2011 but hasn’t grown as quickly as the company hoped.

Tap to preview. Photo: Toshiba

Tap to preview. Photo: Toshiba

We don’t usually get too excited about SD cards, but Toshiba’s new offering deserves attention — especially from photographers. Thanks to its built-in NFC chip, the new card lets you preview your photos on your smartphone or tablet by simply tapping the two together, so you don’t have to wait until you get home to your computer to see your latest snaps.

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┬áteaming 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.

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