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Hilton working to make smartphone hotel room unlocking a reality by 2016

Millions of flyers already use their smartphones to pay for tickets, check in and choose seats. But once they reach the hotel, the check-in and verification process is still, for the most part, a manual experience. Hilton Worldwide Holdings, owner of 4,200 hotels and resorts globally, will begin integrating smartphones into the check-in and even

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NPR One offers personalized public radio streaming on iOS and Android

National Public Radio, or NPR, has released a version of its mobile app for iOS and Android aimed at curating the best listening experience across a variety of categories. Like Pandora does for music, NPR One offers a default set of listening topics, from news to entertainment to politics, and over time learns what a

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Google and Motorola reportedly working on a 5.9-inch Nexus phone

Smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming the same product along a continuum. While Google hasn’t yet updated its Nexus 7 to address the growing demand for inexpensive slates, the company has reportedly been working with Motorola on a new 5.9-inch smartphone codenamed ‘Shamu’. According to documents received by Android Police, the Nexus program, once considered

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LG G Pad 10.1 hands-on (video)

LG’s mid-range G Pad 10.1 will soon hit Canadian shelves. The company hasn’t officially announced its intentions to sell the 10.1-inch horizontal-oriented tablet in Canada, and won’t commit to a price just yet, but it should be available for around $259CDN in the coming weeks.

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Motorola X+1 features larger display, dual flashes, and aluminum frame

Motorola’s current flagship smartphone is the Moto X, which was released last summer. The fact that it’s almost a year old puts it at a distinct disadvantage compared to competing flagship smartphones. The fact that it’s underpowered compared to the competition and has to sell alongside the oh-so-reasonable-in-every-way Moto G makes things even more difficult.

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Sony Xperia Z3 leak reveals phone that is almost identical to the Z2

Sony’s Xperia Z2 has only been available for a few months but already we’ve seen pictures of what purports to be the next flagship smartphone from Sony. The imaginatively named Z3 was first spotted about a fortnight ago, when photos of the device cropped up on Weibo. Now, noted leaker @evleaks has tossed out a

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Visa just made it easier for the next iPhone to become a payment platform

Visa today announced a consolidation of its disparate payments solutions into Visa Digital Solutions, a suite of products, services and developer tools aimed at bringing payments to smartphones and wearables. Last week, the company launched Checkout, a multi-screen solution for online payments. But omitted from that announcement was an explanation of how Visa plans to

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Xbox One SmartGlass Beta for Android and Windows Phone adds game purchases

Microsoft’s latest console, Xbox One, is set to receive its August update in the coming days, and beta versions of the SmartGlass companion apps have been updated for Android and Windows Phone. The new version of SmartGlass offers a number of new features, including low battery notifications and detailed activity feeds for each user account. But the

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