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Your Galaxy S6 has features you didn't know about. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Your Galaxy S6 has features you didn’t know about. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung has baked a long listĀ of hidden features into its latest version of TouchWiz that aren’t available by default on the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge — such as call recording, Wi-Fi calling, the ability to schedule text messages, and support for VoLTE.

But if you’ve already rooted your handset, you can enable them manually.

Google Wallet is sticking around. Photo: Google

Google Wallet is sticking around. Photo: Google

Google’s ready to take on Apple Pay with a new mobile payments platform called Android Pay. It will work over NFC, and it will come with an API that will allow third-party developers to integrate the service into their own Android apps.

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 beĀ 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.

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