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Google Pay brings Android Pay and Google Wallet together

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Look for Google Pay at checkout in Google apps, online, and in stores

Google has announced that it is merging Android Pay and Google Wallet into a new brand name, Google Pay. Sounds familiar? Well, it has now been a common naming convention in the industry — especially in the payment space.

After Google launched Wallet in 2011, the service once supported NFC payments for goods and services. However, the company later launched Android Pay in 2015 for online and real-world payments, making Google Wallet a person-to-person payment system. All that now has changed to Google Pay.

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For current Android Pay and Google Wallet users, it is just a change of name and logo. Google says it will be easier to use payment information saved to Google Account, speeding up the entire checkout with peace of mind. Plus, the new Google Pay logo will be visible online, in-store, and across Google products in the coming weeks. In fact, Google Pay is already available on Airbnb, Dice, Fandango, HungryHouse, and Instacart. The company is also offering promotional offers to the users.

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iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max to launch in more countries and territories starting October 26

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Apple has announced that the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available in more than 30 countries and territories in the coming weeks. That goes alongside the iPhone XR launch next week.

The iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max will be available to pre-order on Friday, October 19 at 12:01am Pacific Time to customers in additional countries. The availability sparks beginning Friday, October 26 at 8am local time in countries including Chile, Columbia, Malaysia, and Thailand. The same event will occur in South Korea and more than 10 additional countries and territories beginning Friday, November 2.

The new iPhones can be ordered through Apple.com or the Apple Store app, or purchased at an Apple Store or authorized resellers on the launch day depending on your region.

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iPhone XR pre-orders begin Friday, October 19

Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). Starting at $749.

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Apple launched the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max worldwide last month. The company also introduced the cheapest 2018 iPhone — the iPhone XR — at its Special Event, which is almost ready to hit the market next week.

The iPhone XR will be available to pre-order beginning Friday, October 19, with sales commencing a week later. Customers will be able to purchase the iPhone XR beginning October 26 at 8am local time in more than 50 countries and territories around the world — that includes the following names.

Albania, Andorra, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Greenland, Guernsey, Herzegovina, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Isle of Man, Italy, Japan, Jersey, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, the UAE, UK, US and US Virgin Islands.

Meanwhile in Armenia, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Macau, Maldives, Myanmar, Ukraine and Vietnam, the iPhone XR will launch on Friday, November 2, and a day earlier on November 1 it arrives in Israel.

The iPhone XR comes in a wide range of finishes, including Black, White, Blue, Coral, Yellow and PRODUCT (RED). It will be offered in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB storage variants, starting at $749. Pre-orders begin on Friday, October 19 at 12:01am Pacific Time on Apple’s official website and the Apple Store app.

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Xiaomi teases Mi Mix 3 with 10GB RAM and 5G support

No notch, no chin. Full display here!

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Xiaomi will be unveiling the Mi Mix 3 on October 25 next week, and the teasers have started rolling in.

The Mix series from Xiaomi is known for its gorgeous display since the original Mix, and the company hasn’t bothered to adopt the infamous notch — not on the Mix series at least. That’s one cool thing Xiaomi is keeping up with lately amongst other manufacturers. The Mi Mix 3 is no different. With no notch and a full edge-to-edge display this time, the Mi Mix 3 will ship without a chin, too. The move axes the front-facing camera from the bottom to a more convenient but mechanical module — yes, the Mix series is transitioning to a sliding module for front camera sensor on the Mix 3.

The sliding part may be annoying for some (who don’t like to slide up every time to unlock the phone, just like me!), but we cannot deny the fact that how gorgeous the phone looks without any notch or chin.

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If the sliding module for front sensors isn’t enough, the Mix 3 will pack 10GB of RAM (yes, ten gigabytes) and will be the first commercially available 5G phone in the market. That said, one should not forget that Xiaomi’s product specifications vary according to the market.

Xiaomi has started teasing the Mix 3 across the social media now, while the company’s Global Spokesperson Donovan Sung has been tweeting the images and specs of the device implicitly since last month. If we’re to follow what Xiaomi does prior to product launch, we’ll be seeing a plethora of teasers until the official launch next month in China. Stay tuned for more on Mi Mix 3!

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