The cheapest LG V30 model will cost $840, but Europeans might pay a higher price


LG is trying to compete with Samsung and Apple by launching a slightly cheaper flagship, but it looks like that won’t be hard considering the high price both smartphone companies are expected to put on their top of the line devices.

Although there have been quite a few rumors regarding LG V30’s price, it’s still unclear how much the phone it will cost. One thing is certain though, the flagship will be more expensive in Europe compared to the US model.

We now have information that suggests the South Korean company will sell the 64GB LG V30 on its home turf for around $840 outright. …


You can now pay for fried chicken by just scanning your face

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It’s now way easier to pay for a bucket of fried chicken in China.

A KFC restaurant in Hangzhou, China is testing a new facial recognition payment system that lets you pay for your meal by simply smiling at a camera.

The new payment method called “Smile to Pay” was launched in partnership with Alipay, the popular mobile and online payment platform created by Chinese conglomerate Alibaba.

The company says the facial recognition technology only takes about two seconds to scan someone’s face using a 3D camera and a “live-ness detection algorithm” to combat fraud.

Customers who decide to use the new facial payment method must also enter their phone number as a second form of authentication.  Read more…

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Amazon offering Music Unlimited at 50% off to students, Prime Students only pay $1 per month

Amazon’s Music Unlimited is getting a lot cheaper… for university students, that is. The e-commerce site is slashing 50% off its subscription fee for the music streaming service, provided that you can verify your enrollment in a degree-granting college or university. 
This means that eligible users will only have to pay $4.99 per month, down from the usual rate of $9.99. Students that are on Amazon Prime can get it for even cheaper – $6 for 6 months, much less than the regular Prime rate of $7.99 per month.
Such …

Sailfish OS for Sony Xperia X officially launched, but you'll have to pay for it

Sailfish OS did not have too much success in the smartphone industry. After a few failed partnerships with Intex, Fairphone, and TRI, the Finnish company is now trying a different approach.

Apparently, Sony Mobile allowed Jolla, the company behind Sailfish OS to optimize the platform for its Xperia X smartphones. Today, Jolla announced that its new Sailfish X operating system for Sony Xperia X has gone gold and will soon be available for purchase.

Yes, you read that right. Jolla will sell the Sailfish X to everyone who wants to install it on the Sony Xperia …

Photo ID might be required to verify your identity with Apple Pay Cash

According to lines of code found on the latest iOS 11 beta, Apple’s peer-to-peer money transfer service could require a photo ID. The new feature, called Apple Pay Cash, allows users to send money to another iOS user through iMessage. One of the strings found reads, “Verify your identity to continue to use Apple Pay Cash.” If a user’s ID cannot be verified, that person will be blocked from using the peer-to-peer feature, although the cash balance can still be used with Apple Pay to cover retail transactions. Another string reads, “Position your driver’s license or identity with photo on the [camera’s] …

Search wars: Google may pay Samsung $3.5 billion in license fees

Google is on a licensing renewal spree, and Korean analysts today are chiming in that it may be on the hook for up to $3.5 billion in fees paid to Samsung for carrying its search engine as default, and featuring it prominently on its phones. One look at our Galaxy S8 photo above will tell you why – the Google search bar sits right smack in the middle of the home screen, and there are millions of Samsung phones out there that do the same.
Needless to say, Google hopes to recoup the investment by its ad earnings from its stock search and browsing apps Samsung has …

Do you pay for extra cloud storage (Drive, iCloud, OneDrive etc.)? How much do you need?

We live in the era of mobile computing, or even post-PC era if you will. Our smartphones are used to access everything from the funny picture we took at that one party, to our favorite music, to that document that we need to be printed for the meeting. And handsets also come with the limitation of sometimes having quite the small storage space.

So, cloud services have emerged — storing your data on a server far away, you can still access it from absolutely any device. In fact, a lot of times it’s easier and faster to just Google Drive a document to yourself, instead of looking for a cable …

Report: Google to pay $3 billion to Apple to remain the default search engine on iOS

Securities firm Bernstein sent a note to clients today, stating that Google will end up paying approximately $3 billion to Apple this year to remain the default search engine on the Apple iPhone and Apple iPad. That is triple the amount that Google paid Apple three years ago for the same licensing rights. The revenue from Google is counted by Apple towards its rapidly growing services business. According to Apple, if its service business was considered a separate company, it would qualify for the Fortune 500.

Bernstein analyst A.M. Sacconaghi Jr. said in his firm’s missive to investors that …

Barclays: Only 11% of consumers willing to pay $1,000 or more for a new iPhone

New information sent by Barclay’s to its clients, and obtained by CNBC, reveals that the price of the Apple iPhone this year might finally reach a point that turns consumers away. The tenth anniversary model is dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, and early speculation has put a price tag as high as $1,000-$1,200 on the handset. But the bank’s survey shows that only 11% of those who responded to its poll said that it would pay more than $1,000 cash for an iPhone. Among existing iPhone owners, that 11% rises to 18%.

While the survey numbers don’t seem to bode well for iPhone 8 sales, most of those …

Report: Google was ready to pay $30 billion for Snapchat last year

In November 2013, Snapchat reportedly turned down a purchase offer from Google for $4 billion. That same month and year, Snapchat turned down a deal from Facebook for $3 billion. Snap (Snapchat’s parent company) was eventually valued at more than $24 billion after going public. The bottom line was that by staying patient, Snapchat was eventually able to give its investors a better opportunity. So now out comes a rumor that states Google was willing to pay as much as $30 billion last year for Snapchat.

The talk between Google and Snapchat was alleged to have taken place just before the Series …