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Vodafone To Launch Mobile Wallet Service Next Year; Inks Deals With M-Commerce Company, CorFire, Digital Security Firm Gemaltoview story

http://techcrunch.com – Yet another mobile wallet is lining up to replace your leather-wrapped bundle of plastic: Vodafone Group, which owns and operates the Vodafone mobile carrier brands, is partnering with m-commerce company CorFire to bring NFC-powered mobile wallet capabilities to its smartphone users next year. (IT news)

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You Know What’s Cool? A Billion Snapchats: App Sees Over 20 Million Photos Shared Per Day, Releases On Androidview story

http://techcrunch.com – Snapchat, an impermanent photo messaging application, soft launched a version for Android today. Co-founder Evan Spiegel tells me users have shared over 1 billion photos (“snaps”) on the iOS application. Spiegel says users share over 20 million snaps every day, a figure he says keeps growing. (IT news)

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HP EliteBook and Windows 8: The Latest Ultrabook Disconnectview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Michael Dell on Thursday demonstrated Windows 8 ultrabooks, tablets and PCs for The VAR Guy. The message was clear: Dell (NASDAQ: DELL) is ready to empower partners for touch, tablet and mobile computing. A few hours later, The VAR Guy returned home and saw a slick direct mail package from Hewlett-Packard (NYSE: HPQ). (IT news)

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Apple iPhone 5 Boosts Windows Phone 8 Launch Event Buzz?view story

http://www.thevarguy.com – An Apple iPhone 5 launch could surface Sept. 12. Nokia (NYSE: NOK) and Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) are holding a preemptive Windows Phone 8 launch event Sept. 5 in New York. Meanwhile, the Nokia World conference is set for Sept. 5-6 in Finland, while Samsung and HTC each appear to be prepping Windows Phone 8 devices for launch, perhaps as soon as September. (IT news)

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IBM introduces a ‘new approach’ for transforming social programsview story

http://www.itwire.com – Written by: Peter Dinham | Published in: Government Tech PolicyIBM, through its Cúram Research Institute (ICRI) - part of the Smarter Cities Technology Centre at the company’s Research & Development Lab in Ireland - has come up with a new business model and approach to social program transformation which it has put forward to the federal, state and territory governments to assist their design (IT news)

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Victorian NBN demand reports: similar stats, different spinview story

http://www.itwire.com – Written by: Stuart Corner | Published in: Government Tech PolicyThe Victorian Coalition Government has released a report on telecommunications demand, claiming that the NBN rollout is failing the state. (IT news)

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Dyzplastic Android Mini Collectibles Series 03 To Arrive By End of Q3, Includes More Flexible Armsview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – Dyzplastic‘s Android Collectibles are very popular amongst us Android geeks, and the Series 03 collection we got a peek at last month has been delayed. Originally, the series was supposed to be available by the end of Q2 this year, around June, but it’s now been pushed out to the end of Q3. But these are plastic dolls? Why the delay? (IT news)

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All Four Major U.S. Carriers Join Google, ISIS and Major Financial Institutions to Form Mobile Payments Committeeview story

http://www.talkandroid.com – When Google recently updated Wallet with the ability to use any credit card, I was in a training class. I immediately lost all focus in what I was supposed to be learning and began punching in my credit card info so I could use NFC to buy stuff. (IT news)

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Lenovo Offers New ThinkPad Carbon Fiber Ultrabookview story

http://www.thevarguy.com – Lenovo unwrapped the new ThinkPad X1 Carbon notebook in Beijing on Monday, lighter, thinner and sporting better connectivity options than its earlier model, with design and features inspired by those common to tablets and notebooks, according to a company executive. The vendor said the unit is the thinnest and lightest 14-inch Ultrabook laptop on the market, a claim this product review supports wh (IT news)

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Today I Discovered: Talk Talkview story

http://blog.songbirdnest.com – “Today I Discovered” is an ongoing project here at the Songbird Nest, to see what our product can do for us as regular people looking to discover great new music too! (Software)