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The Morning After: Tuesday, November 22, 2016

It's Tuesday, which means Facebook and Instagram have nicked another feature from Snapchat. Meanwhile, the Snapbot has landed in NYC, Apple has a battery problem of its own to deal with and the HTC Evo name makes a triumphant return...

Chase Pay's QR code-powered app only works at two stores

Retailers spent years trying to develop a mobile payment system capable of competing with Apple Pay and Android Pay, and at last, CurrentC has arrived. It's come in the form of the Chase Pay app, which allows customers of the bank to...Show More Summary

HTC's 10 Evo is its first phone you can only buy online

A couple of weeks ago, HTC launched its latest smartphone, the Bolt, as an exclusive device for US carrier Sprint. But as it turns out, that partnership isn't as exclusive as first thought, for today the company has announced the Bolt will be coming to Europe, including the UK, under a new name: The HTC 10 Evo.

Canada gets real wireless competition as a key carrier adds LTE

Canada was supposed to get proper, national-level cellular competition when Wind Mobile hit the scene in 2009, but that's not quite how it panned out. You see, Wind hasn't had LTE all those years -- if you wanted fast data beyond a regional...Show More Summary

Moto Z phones are Daydream ready thanks to Android Nougat update

Motorola promised to upgrade its Moto Z and Moto Z Force phones to Nougat before the end of the year and today the company revealed that it's rolling out the update before the end of November. Motorola says the Android 7.0 update will being rolling out globally this week and it delivers a big feature to the phones: Daydream. Show More Summary

Google Maps will help you avoid Black Friday hordes

For over a year now, Google Maps and Search have been telling people when stores, bars and restaurants are likely to be busy. Now, it's going one step further. From today, searching for a business via Google will not only show you when it's typically crowded, but also an estimation of how busy it is right now. Show More Summary

OnePlus 3T review: A satisfying update to a fairly new phone

Remember the OnePlus 3? It came out barely six months ago and was the best phone you could get for $400. Well, it's about to be replaced by a faster, slightly more expensive version of itself that the company is calling the OnePlus 3T. Show More Summary

Snapchat Spectacles are available in New York City

You knew it was just a matter of time -- after stops in California and Oklahoma, Snapchat is now selling Spectacles in New York City. If you can make it to 5 East 59th Street in upper midtown Manhattan (conveniently facing Apple's iconic...Show More Summary

Barclays' new ATMs let you withdraw money with your phone

Contactless technology is, we're told, destined to replace physical currency. In the meantime, you'll soon be able to use your phone to withdraw cash from an ATM -- if you're with Barclays that is. The banking giant announced today that it's in the process of rolling out new in-branch cash machines that will let you withdraw up to £100 with your smartphone or contactless card.

Ofcom bans BT/EE from bidding on some 4G spectrum

In a bid to bring balance to the UK's mobile industry, communications watchdog Ofcom has confirmed it will limit BT and EE's role in upcoming 4G auctions. Next year, Ofcom will sell off 190 MHz of spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHzShow More Summary

Google readying tap-to-pay for Android Wear smartwatches

Google may finally be ready to bring tap-to-pay to Android Wear, judging by evidence discovered in the Google Play Services version 10.0 by Android Police. Text prompt strings with messages like "Try holding your watch to the terminal again" make it fairly clear that Google is in the late stages of testing the feature. Show More Summary

LG V20 review: Great for audiophiles, but who else?

After the unabashed wackiness of its G5, LG had a real conundrum on its hands: Does it keep up the modular streak for its 2016 V-series flagship phone and risk lousy sales, or try something a little more traditional? As it turns out, LG chose the latter and built a more conventional kind of powerhouse: the V20. Show More Summary

Samsung Pay on the Gear S3 works with any Android smartphone

Samsung's constantly trying its hand at exclusive apps and services it hopes will add value to its products, even though this strategy has been responsible for more than a few flops. Samsung Pay is one of these exclusive services, but the company has decided to change tack slightly with its newly launched Gear S3 smartwatches. Show More Summary

Google Live cases show trending topics on your Pixels' screens

Google has launched two new Live case lines for its Pixel phones that come with their own live wallpapers, and one of them's a lot more relaxing than the other. The Google Earth Live cases feature beaches, ice formations and other beautiful photos of our planet taken from the company's satellite imagery. Show More Summary

TfL thinks tracking passenger phones will improve the Tube

The London Underground welcomes 1.34 billion passengers each year, many of whom have their own unique routes of travel. Transport for London wants to know more about these movements to improve the safety, reliability and management of the Tube network, so it's conducting a four-week trial that will track people as they move between stations using their mobile phone.

Amazon Echo can send hands-free texts for AT&T subscribers

Say, you have your hands full and need to text someone ASAP -- if you're an AT&T subscriber with access to Amazon's speakers, you can now send messages completely hands free. Starting today, Amazon's Alexa-powered devices can compose messages for you and send them to a pre-programmed list of contacts. Show More Summary

The Morning After: Friday, November 18, 2016

Is a folding drone the next must-have accessory in your travel bag? We review the Passport, dig into Snapchat's Spectacle strategy and investigate news for iPhones old and new. Plus: The old Top Gear crew is back today on Amazon with The Grand Tour -- that's one way to head into the weekend.

Rodent trials suggest screen-addiction hurts child development

A new study from the Seattle Children's Research Institute may have taken the first step towards confirming something my parents have been telling me for decades: too much TV rots your brain. Well, at least it does for mice. Scientists...Show More Summary

Google Play Newsstand now shows stories based on your interests

If you're a heavy user of Google's news reader, get ready to bear with some big changes: today, the company gave Newsstand a complete overhaul. The updated app takes a step back from the categorically organized feed the app is known for to focus on creating an experience specifically tailored to the interests of the user. Show More Summary

Nest 'Instaclips' capture highlights with a single click

Time-lapse photography is super cool, but doing it yourself is a pretty involved undertaking. The folks at Nest want to take the work out of it though. With a new feature for Nest Aware subscribers you can make a short "instaclip" of the video footage it's grabbing. Show More Summary

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