Picked up some new cards from my trip to Atlantic City.
It’s finally here! A little under a year ago the Xbox One launched with promises of the Halo trilogy to return in 1080P 60 FPS. Well guess what. It not only arrived, but returned with no push backs or delays. I can truly say that the Master Chief Collection is a real treat and will be adored by Halo lovers abroad.
As for me?
RIP FREE TIME
Most merchants have disabled the ability to use NFC in response to Apple’s new Apple Pay. Not only are they not allowing Apple Pay, they are completely disabling or tweaking their NFC card readers to disallow NFC payments. Along with that, it will disable cards that have NFC chips enabled in them.
Here’s a list of places that already disabled NFC payments:
- Kmart (They are trying to go out of business)
- Best Buy
- Rite Aid
There is a reason they are disabling this. The retailers through a joint venture have decided to build their own mobile payment app. This one does not use NFC however, it uses QR codes. Really? Their app is called CurrentC, but there is one large problem. No bank is backing this app. Payments will be processed via your bank account and routing number. Very secure right?
Now lets list all the currently confirmed CurrentC partners:
- Old Navy
- Dunkin Donuts
- Sams Club
- Bed, Bath & Beyond
- Banana Republic
- Stop & Shop
That’s a lot of places. But why QR codes? Why not just use the NFC readers they already spent a ton of money rolling out company wide?
It’s a long time coming, but Starbucks has finally updated their app to support QHD devices. With millions of QHD screens on the market, It would only make sense to finally address them. Praise from LG G3 and Samsung Note 4 owners rang out on the web the other night when they began to receive the update. This is the main reason it has kept me from going to Starbucks.
Along side that, Starbucks added a small list of features that many goers have asked for in the previous months.
New Features Include:
- Digital Tipping
- Shake to Pay
- Fresh UI
Android 5.0 is officially here. Along with this, Google has also announced the newest line of Nexus devices. Also, the Android L preview has been updated to include the final release of the Lollipop API.
Starting in the coming weeks, Nexus line devices will begin to see the OTA update. Currently, you can download the update to flash via adb for the Nexus 5 & 7. Other Nexus & GPE (Google Play Edition) line devices will begin to see the latest update roll out to them in the coming weeks / month.
— Android (@Android) October 15, 2014
- OS: Android 5.0
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 (2.7GHZ quad core) SOC with a Krait 450
- GPU: Adreno 420
- Screen: 5.96” 2560×1440 QHD AMOLED display (493 ppi)
- Audio: Dual Front Facing Speakers
- Rear Camera: 13MP with OIS, Dual LED ring flash, f/2.0 aperture, & 4K Video at 30fps
- Front Camera: 2MP
- Battery: 3220mAh
- Size: 82.98mm x 159.26mm x 10.06mm
- Weight: 184 grams
2G/3G/4G LTEGSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHzCDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8LTE: Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41CA DL: Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
Broadcom 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)Bluetooth 4.1NFC
- Storage: 32GB & 64 GB (actual formatted capacity will be less)
Ports:Micro USBNano SIM3.5mm audio
AccelerometerGyroscopeMagnetometerAmbient Light SensorBarometer
Even though the Cast SDK has been open to the public for about a month now, there has been no implementation from Twitch.
An independent developer has created a app for Android called TwitchCast. This very simple app now allows users to cast Twitch to their TV’s. Over the past few days I have been using this app with no flaws, everything is smooth and the same quality when using the Source option. If you have bad internet be sure to check out the other lower options. Unfortunately, they only apply to users who are Twitch partners. Recently Twitch did announce the availability of multiple quality streams to non-partner users during off-peak hours. Bottom line, Unless you know they are a popular streamer, don’t attempt to use any other options other than source.
If you are looking for a web based version to cast Twitch, look no further. TwitchCast Web