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Asda and Sainsbury's team up with Zapp to launch mobile payments in 2015

Several major UK retailers and companies have announced support for Zapp, which means shoppers will be able to make payments using their smartphones. Zapp is an upcoming mobile payment gateway and platform that plans to offer a new way for consumers to pay for goods and services. The UK service will launch three mobile apps – Android, iOS and Windows Phone – to enable said smartphone owners to make payments without having to take out their wallet.

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Amazon's payment gateway lets Indian buyers shop with confidence

After launching its payment gateway in the US last year, Amazon is bringing the feature to Indian retailers. Through the service, customers will be able to pay for digital goods on several merchant sites using credit card information stored within their Amazon accounts.

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EE announces new set-top box for the connected home, streams content to mobile devices

UK mobile operator EE today announced EE TV, a new set-top box that will connect consumers to over 70 Freeview channels, catch-up and on-demand services, as well as sporting DVR functionality. The 1TB box is a new path for EE to offer a more complete package for families in the UK, and to attract more consumers to the company's broadband packages..

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Report says Apple withheld $139 million payment to sapphire partner GT Advanced

GT Advanced had surprised everyone when it filed for bankruptcy protection Monday, and now we are learning a few more details about the company's financials. Although at one point a rising star in the tech world with its sapphire manufacturing business, GT Advanced's reliance on a single customer, Apple, may have made it vulnerable.

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Transporter can now backup your file version history

In addition to being able to backup your files, Transporter has announced that its new Transporter Desktop software can now also save different versions of your files so new revisions won't destroy old versions. The concept is similar to Apple's Time Capsule in that it requires a Transporter hardware with a hard drive to locally store the backups and file versions.

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OS X Yosemite Gold Master Candidate 2 and new public beta now available to download

Apple has just released the second gold master of OS X Yosemite to developers, which could be downloaded in the Mac App Store. The update is titled OS X Yosemite GM Candidate 2.0 and follows the release of a new iOS 8.1 beta this morning. In addition to the developer GM Candidate 2.0, Apple is also releasing a public beta to Yosemite as well.

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Chrome update for iOS brings iPhone 6 compatibility, ability to download files in Google Drive

Google has updated the Chrome browser app for iOS users, bringing iPhone 6 compatibility. With the app, you can also now download and open files from the browser in Google Drive.

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Google News & Weather app debuts on iPhone

Google is launching its own News & Weather app to the App Store in select markets right now, giving you access to local weather, the top stories of the day, and coverage from 65,000 publications. The app comes just after Google had updated its Google Currents application for iOS and renamed it to Google Play Newsstand. At this time, Google News & Weather isn't available in the U.S.

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Apple seeds iOS 8.1 beta 2, developers, go get it!

Apple has released iOS 8.1 beta 2 to developers. The update is available through the Apple Developer Center, as well as over the air on devices running the first beta of iOS 8.1. The first beta of iOS 8.1 was seeded just over a week ago.

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iOS 8 adoption slower than last year's iOS 7, currently sits at 47%

Almost three weeks since it has launched, iOS 8 adoption currently sits at 47%, identical to the current share of its predecessor, iOS 7. That's a change of only 1% over the course of the last couple of weeks. iOS 7, by contrast, is believed to have hit over 60% adoption by this time last year.

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