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T-Mobile spurns Google Wallet, in a decidedly 'un-un-carrier' decision

Jon Gold | May 27, 2013
Mobile payment is kind of like a slightly more realistic version of the flying car. OK, so the analogy isn't perfect, given that a few companies are actually using things like Square and McDonald's has those tap pads for NFC payment, but given how long we've been hearing about it, you'd think it would be just a little more common by now.

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Not content with an initial exclusive on a LoJack-able phone, Samsung recently said it will dish out $800,000 in prize money to developers who come up with cool Galaxy S4 apps using the company's Chord SDK, which is designed to provide close-proximity peer-to-peer networks for gaming, photo-sharing and a host of other uses.

I'm sure somebody out there will be inspired by the prospect of $200,000 in first prize money (three second-place winners will get $100,000 each, while six third-placers will receive $50,000 a head) but I have to admit I have no idea what they'll come up with. It's sort of interesting that Samsung would build this SDK and then hold this contest that says, in effect, "we don't exactly know what the heck to do with this."

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LG rolled out an all-plastic, flexible 5-inch OLED screen at SID Display Week in Vancouver, telling Engadget that it's cheaper, more durable and more energy efficient than glass-based screens. While this obviously won't mean flexible smartphones until they come up with a way to make everything else flexible as well, it's still a pretty impressive feat of engineering.

Rival Samsung has already demoed bendy screens in the last few months, but a recent report from rumor site SamMobile indicates that they're having technical difficulties getting their displays into production.

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Finally, Flickr gave itself an extreme makeover on Monday, debuting a completely redesigned Android app and web interface, throwing in a free terabyte (!) of storage for members, to boot. (Wired says the free 1TB is ad-supported, though you can go ad-free for $50 a year.)

I've yet to tinker with the rebooted Flickr myself, but it certainly looks like an aggressive response to the Instagrams of the world from where I sit.

 

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