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Samsung Pay doesn’t work on rooted phones

Samsung Pay Trial Service Launched in Korea

Bad news, power-users: if you habitually root every smartphone you put in your pocket, you won’t be able to use Samsung Pay. Users participating in the South Korean trial program have learned that devices with unrestricted access to the file system have been blocked from using the service. “Access denied,” reads the app’s error message. “Samsung Pay has been locked due to an unauthorized modification.”

The restriction is an absolute bummer, particularly in light of the fact that Google Wallet doesn’t mind root at all. To be fair, Samsung Pay is a little more complicated — it makes uses MST (magnetic secure transmission) technology to trick older pay terminals into a traditional credit card swept through its magnetic card reader. This makes Samsung Pay more versatile than NFC-only payment solutions, but also adds a new vulnerability.

The company seems to be playing it safe for now. With any luck, Samsung will lift the restriction before the service launches world wide.

Filed under: Cellphones, Internet, Samsung


Via: Phandroid

Source: SamMobile


Fallout Shelter will make its way to Android on August 13th

Fallout Shelter

More than a month since the game’s debut for iOS at E3 2015, Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter finally has an Android release date. At a Fallout panel at QuakeCon earlier today, the video game publisher announced that the free-to-play mobile game would come to the Google Play Store on Thursday, August 13th.

Not only that, but the game’s release on Android will also come with a big update, which will also launch for iOS users that same day. The update will bring some new enemies to the game such as Deathclaw, who will supposedly be much more difficult to kill than other enemies. Some new rewards are also coming to the game, including Mr. Handy, who will be able to travel through your vault, collect resources and fight for you, and also be sent out into the wasteland if need be.

In case you’re unfamiliar, Fallout Shelter takes place in none other than in the world of Fallout, putting you in charge of an entire vault. It’s your job to collect food, water and other resources for the vault population, as well as protect them from attacks, fires and enemies. If you’re a fan of the Fallout franchise, you should probably give Fallout Shelter a try.

So, who’s excited?


[Limited time offer] 90% off popular game titles in Google Play store

Google is having a great sale on popular game titles in the app store right now.  The offer is up to 90% off the regular price of the games, and the sale will end on 7/27.  So if you have been on the fence trying to decide if you want to spend 5 dollars on Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, now is your chance to get it for $0.99.  A few other titles listed in the sale are:

1. The Dark Knight Rises – A game by Gameloft based on the actual Batman movie by Christopher Nolan.  The game offers stunning graphics and intense gameplay where you play as Batman and get to play out your fantasy to be a superhero.


2. Monument Valley – This is a puzzle game based on a character named Ida who you are supposed to help navigate her beautiful world by solving architectural puzzles and optical illusions. This app has been downloaded by over 500,000 people and is a really fun puzzle game.


3. NBA JAM – Based on the iconic classic, this game offers tons of entertainment especially if you like crazy dunks, crazy half court shots, and real players and teams. You can also play this app on your Android TV using a compatible gamepad.

For the other titles, head on over to Google Play and see the deals for yourself.

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Save up to 90% on games in the Google Play Store through the weekend


The Google Play Store is running a sale on a variety of awesome mobile games, including the hit geometric puzzle game Monument Valley. The sales will continue over the weekend, ending on Monday, July 27.

There are some other cool titles discounted, such as Hitman: GO, The Dark Knight Rising, Game of Thrones, and The Room Two. And there’s a whole lot more available! For a full list of titles on sale, be sure to hit the source link below.

source: Google Play

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Samsung Galaxy Note 5 gets benchmark with 4GB RAM and Exynos 7420

Another day, another Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leak.  The phone is one of the most anticipated phones of the year so all leaks are exciting.

Verizon’s version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 showed up at Geekbench yesterday evening.  The model number shows up as the Samsung SM-N920V, not too different from the current naming system of the Note line. Importantly the benchmark showed the Note 5 running Android 5.1.1, which should help the phone’s performance as Android 5.0 was riddled with bugs and glitches.  The processor is Samsung’s Exynos 7420 which is an octa-core 64-bit powerhouse running at 1.5GHz, which is no surprise considering how much success Samsung had with their Exynos processor in the Galaxy S6.

Another important spec is the memory and Geekbench showed the device running 4GB.  With 4GB of RAM and the Exynos 7420, the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 should be the performer of the year.

Now if we could just our hands on a leak which can confirm whether or not this Galaxy Note 5 will come with a removable battery and MicroSD card slot…





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Motorola to livestream its July 28 press conference


Motorola has revealed that it will be live streaming its July 28 press conference at 9am Eastern Standard Time. Many are expecting Motorola to announce the Moto X (3rd Gen) in addition to a Moto G refresh.

From Motorola:

While it isn’t confirmed that Motorola will be revealing a new Moto X and Moto G, we have already seen some massive leaks ahead of the event.

If you’re interested, come July 28 at 9am Eastern Standard Time, you can watch the live event here. Stay tuned to Talk Android, as we’ll be at the event covering all Motorola has to offer.

What would you like to see in a new Moto X or Moto G?

source: Motorola (Twitter)

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Stephen Hawking is hosting a week-long Q&A on Reddit next week

Have a question for one of the smartest men on the planet? Mark your calendar: on Monday July 27th at 8am ET, Stephen Hawking will be taking questions from the public in his first ever Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything). If you can’t make it Monday, don’t worry about it, he’ll be answering questions for over a week — a first for the forum’s Q&A community.

While the extended AMA is great for folks who always come late to the party, it’s also a necessity for Hawking — it takes time for the world renowned scientist to compose answers with his Intel-powered assistive computer system, and the longer format is designed to compensate for the communication delay. Not only does that make this the longest AMA in Reddit history, but it means more Stephen Hawking. We’re okay with both of those things.

Hawking will be taking questions from the community, but he does have a few topics of his own in mind. This AMA is part of Wired and Nokia’s #MakeTechHuman initiative, which seeks to enable discussion about how technology can best serve humanity — Hawking is expected to use the platform to talk about his concerns with artificial intelligence, which he says is “potentially our greatest mistake in history.”

The fun starts Monday at 8am ET on Reddit’s /r/science forum.

[Image Credit: AP Photo / Kristy Wigglesworth]

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Source: Reddit (AMA schedule in sidebar), Entreprenuer


Here’s what happened at last Friday’s #EngadgetLive in Boston!

Engadget Live Boston 2015 was… sort of a blur. Sure, I remember the broad strokes — our first live meetup of the year saw 1,500 people checking out great gadgets and downing drinks in the Royale once more, and the complimentary selfie sticks floating around kept us all from taking ourselves too seriously.

Beyond those vain, drunk moments, attendees waited for their chances to try smashing a drone into a wall, talk to cars and cruise around briefly on an electric, remote-controlled skateboard. (There also exists footage of yours truly drunkenly riding that very board after being furiously spun around by my boss, but I’ll leave that for you to ferret out.) Sound like fun? You’re damn right it was. Now that all we have left are memories of Beantown, we’ve no choice but to look to the future… and our upcoming geek parties in Los Angeles (August 21) and Austin (October 16). Stay tuned – you won’t want to miss these.

Special thanks go out to the sponsors who kept us drunk and entertained that night, and also to everyone who came out, hung out in a line, and were basically the geekiest, most gracious people we’ve ever met. The folks out west have a high bar to clear.



AT&T has the FCC’s permission to buy DirecTV

An AT&T Store Ahead Of Earnings Figures

Just a couple of days after the DoJ said the deal could go through and FCC Commissioner Tom Wheeler recommend its approval, the FCC voted to make the $49 billion AT&T / DirecTV combo official — with a few conditions. As we’d heard, the approval comes with strings (in place for four years) including a requirement AT&T expand its fiber network, hook up gigabit internet to eligible schools and libraries and provide affordable standalone internet for low-income customers in its service areas. Another requirement is aimed at AT&T’s data usage caps, saying it can’t use them to discriminate against other video services. The other net neutrality requirement says AT&T will have to disclose any interconnect agreements — the ones Netflix is so concerned about — to the FCC so it can monitor the terms. Are those requirements enough to make the deal worth it? Consumer advocate like the Free Press say no, but with the FCC’s blessing the deal should be done soon.

FCC conditions:

· Fiber to the Premises (FTTP) Deployment. Recognizing that the merger reduces AT&T-DIRECTV’s incentive to deploy FTTP service, the Commission adopts as a condition of this merger the expansion of FTTP service to 12.5 million customer locations. This condition also responds to the harm of the loss of a video competitor in areas where AT&T and DIRECTV had directly competed before the merger by providing a pathway for increased competition from services that rely on broadband Internet to deliver video.

· Gigabit Service to E-rate Eligible Schools and Libraries. In addition, to ensure that schools and libraries also benefit from expanded fiber deployment to consumers and institutions, the Commission is also requiring AT&T-DIRECTV to offer gigabit service to any E-rate eligible school or library where AT&T-DIRECTV deploys FTTP service.

· Non-Discriminatory Usage-Based Practices. Recognizing that AT&T is the only major ISP that applies “data caps” across the board to all of its fixed broadband customers and that this merger increases the incentive of AT&T-DIRECTV to use strategies that limit consumers’ access to online video distribution services in order to favor its own video services, the Commission requires AT&T-DIRECTV, as a condition of this merger, to refrain from imposing discriminatory usage-based allowances or other discriminatory retail terms and conditions on its broadband Internet service.

· Internet Interconnection Disclosure Requirements. Recognizing the importance of interconnection to the operation of online video services, the Commission also requires as a condition of this merger that AT&T-DIRECTV submit its Internet interconnection agreements so that the Commission may monitor the terms of such agreements to determine whether AT&T-DIRECTV is denying or impeding access to its networks in anticompetitive ways through the terms of these agreements.

· Discounted Broadband Services for Low-Income Subscribers. While finding that the availability of better and lower priced bundles of video and broadband service is a potential benefit of the merger, the Commission also concludes that the public interest requires us to ensure that a bundle of video and broadband services is not the only competitive choice for low-income subscribers who may not be able to afford bundled services. The Commission accordingly requires as a condition of the merger that AT&T-DIRECTV make available an affordable, low-price standalone broadband service to low-income consumers in its broadband service area.

· Compliance Program and Reporting. Given the important role that these conditions serve in securing the public interest benefits of the merger, the Commission requires that AT&T-DIRECTV retain both an internal company compliance officer and an independent, external compliance officer that will report and monitor, respectively, the combined entity’s compliance with all conditions of the merger.

[Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

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Source: FCC


Deal: Learn to build robots and more with the Raspberry Pi Hacker Bundle for just $39 (93% off)


The Raspberry Pi is quite the interesting device, offering gadget lovers an affordable and fun way to build robots, sensors and more. If you’ve heard about this little device and would like a crash course on how to use it, the AA Deals Store might have a great option for you. Right now, you can get lifetime access to the Raspberry Pi Hacker Bundle for a massive 93% discount.

This bundle includes five different courses, which will not only teach you the basics of the Raspberry Pi, but also how to build your very own robot. Here are all of the courses that are included in this bundle:

  • Introduction to Raspberry Pi – Enter the World of Coding & Hardware with This Miniature Computer ($199 value)
  • Hardware Projects Using Raspberry Pi – Utilize Raspberry Pi as a Tool for Learning Physical Computing ($199 value)
  • Python Programming for Beginners – Conquer This Beginner-Friendly Programming Language ($99 value)
  • Real World Guide to Hardware Design – Get Expert Tips & Tricks for Designing Hardware with Ease ($99 value)
  • PiBot: Build Your Own Raspberry Pi-Powered Robot – Experiment with Raspberry Pi & Bring a Small, Mobile Robot to Life ($29 value)

Quick note: Raspberry Pi not included. No prior computing or programming knowledge required, though Linux and Python knowledge is recommended.

If you’re interested, the Raspberry Pi Hacker Bundle is available in the Android Authority Deals Store for the low price of $39. That’s a 93% discount! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below. Otherwise, head to the link attached below for more information on this great deal.

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