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Google will take on Apple Pay with Android Pay

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.

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Qualcomm’s answer to Touch ID scans your fingerprint through metal

Sense ID uses ultrasonic waves to map your fingerprint. Photo: Qualcomm

Sense ID uses ultrasonic waves to map your fingerprint. Photo: Qualcomm

Apple’s Touch ID sensor has been the best and most reliable fingerprint scanner since it made its debut in the iPhone 5s, but competing products announced at Mobile World Congress this week could give the Cupertino company some concern.

Not only has Samsung made huge improvements to its own fingerprint sensor for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, but Qualcomm has delivered an even more impressive alternative called Sense ID that works through aluminum, stainless steel, and more.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge are here to take on the iPhone

Samsung's best yet have finally arrived. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s best yet have finally arrived. Photo: Samsung

Samsung’s love affair with cheap, tacky plastic is on hold for its stunning new Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

Unveiled today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the new handsets pull out all the stops in an effort to reverse Samsung’s declining smartphone sales and mount a new challenge against Apple’s most popular iPhones to date.

They sport all-new designs made out of premium materials, and vastly improved software that promises a better user experience. But they aren’t without their own compromises.

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HTC teams up with Valve for exciting new virtual reality headset

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HTC is going virtual. Photo: HTC

The One M9 isn’t the only exciting new product HTC has to show off in Barcelona today. The Taiwanese company also announced Vive, a new standalone virtual reality headset developed in partnership with Valve that wants to change the way you game — and more.

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Monohm’s circular smartphone is designed to look like a pocket watch

Meet the Runcible. Photo: Monohm

Meet the Runcible. Photo: Monohm

Samsung’s three-sided display may make the Galaxy S6 Edge a little different, but it won’t be the most unique smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.

Monohm, a company based in Berkeley, California, that makes “heirloom electronics,” will announce a perfectly round smartphone called the Runcible that’s designed to look like a pocket watch.

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Google just bought the entire .app web domain for $25 million

Google's headquarters in Mountain View. Photo: View

Google’s headquarters in Mountain View. Photo: View

Fancy a .app web address? You’re going to be buying it from Google. The search giant has splashed out just over $25 million on the entire .app web domain, which is around $19 million more than any other company has paid for a top-level domain so far.

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Popular iOS and Mac app iA Writer launches on Android

Photo: iA Writer

Photo: iA Writer

iOS developers are constantly spitting on Android. But that’s not necessarily the way it should be. The developers behind iA Writer, one of the most beautiful distraction-free writing apps for iOS and Mac, have just ported their app to Android. And they seem really positive about Android so far.

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Samsung is ripping off Apple’s EarPods for the Galaxy S6

Samsung's EarPods (left) vs. Apple's (right). Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Samsung’s EarPods (left) vs. Apple’s (right). Comparison: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

When Apple’s Greg Joswiak first introduced the EarPods on stage at the iPhone 5 event in 2012, he said they “look unlike any headphone you’ve ever seen before.” Samsung won’t be able to say the same for its new earphones, however, because they are essentially EarPods clones.

It has taken a lot longer than we anticipated, but the South Korean company has finally gotten around to launching an EarPods ripoff of its own, and it’s expected to come bundled with the upcoming Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge.

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BlackBerry is losing 56,000 users a month in the U.K.

BlackBerry 10 wasn't the savior BlackBerry hoped it would be. Photo: BlackBerry

BlackBerry 10 wasn’t the savior BlackBerry hoped it would be. Photo: BlackBerry

BlackBerry’s smartphone business is imploding in a big way in the U.K., where the company is currently losing around 56,000 users every month to Android, iOS, and Windows Phone, new research shows.

Just two years ago, the Canadian company had around 8 million non-business users in the U.K., but that figure is expected to fall below 1 million by the end of this year.

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Pebble Time is here to take on the Apple Watch and Android Wear

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Meet Pebble Time. Photo: Pebble

Pebble’s brand new smartwatch is here, and it’s a huge improvement over its immensely popular predecessors. Pebble Time boasts a color display and a slimmer design, the same great battery life we’ve come to expect from Pebble watches, and a brand new operating system.

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