Amazon Prime Air: 30 Minutes or Less

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Amazon has some new potential delivery options with Amazon Prime Air. In the future Amazon is hoping that you will be able to get your packages that are under 55lbs in 30 minutes or less. No more waiting one or two days with your existing prime subscription. While Amazon already offers a similar service in select markets, this will be the first under one hour delivery. Although the drone is currently facing tons of red tape from the FAA, we should hope to see the drones soon.

Recently the NFL was cleared to use drones for its practices, maybe we will see them at a live game in the near future. This is a great leap forward for Amazon and any others interested in using drones.

Check out the video below with a real drone in action.

Halo: Master Chief Collection

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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

Four Major Retailers Have Disabled NFC Payments

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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:

  • Walmart
  • Kmart (They are trying to go out of business)
  • 7-Eleven
  • Best Buy
  • CVS
  • 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:

  • Walmart
  • Gap
  • Old Navy
  • 7-Eleven
  • Kohls
  • Lowes
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Sams Club
  • Sears
  • Kmart
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Banana Republic
  • Stop & Shop
  • Wendys

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?

Starbucks Finally Updates App to Support QHD Devices

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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

Thoughts?

Android 5.0 Announced!

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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.

Nexus 6: It’s finally here.

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Specifications:

  • 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
  • Network:
    2G/3G/4G LTE
    GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
    CDMA: Band Class: 0/1/10
    WCDMA: Bands: 1/2/4/5/8
    LTE: Bands: 2/3/4/5/7/12/13/17/25/26/29/41
    CA DL: Bands: B2-B13, B2-B17, B2-29, B4-B5, B4-B13, B4-B17, B4-B29
  • Wireless:
    Broadcom 802.11ac 2×2 (MIMO)
    Bluetooth 4.1
    NFC
  • Storage: 32GB & 64 GB (actual formatted capacity will be less)
  • Ports:
    Micro USB
    Nano SIM
    3.5mm audio
  • Sensors:
    Accelerometer
    Gyroscope
    Magnetometer
    Ambient Light Sensor
    Barometer