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Everyone’s getting on the virtual payment train! The trend of going cashless marches ever onward as we hear about several electronic payment partnerships that enable consumers to pay for items online and offline using their credit cards and smartphones. Mastercard knows the wave of the future when it sees one and is going with the flow. They’ve announced plans to hook up with Google Wallet and now the company is announcing another plan to mesh with the virtual payment future. CSI Enterprise and MasterCard are actually old partners, but they’ve just recently started parleying that team-up to more expansive plans….

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Google plans to release a special sticker that will allow phones without built-in near field communication (NFC) capabilities to access the Google Wallet app. This intermediate solution was revealed during the Q&A that was part of Google Wallet’s press launch and demo last May 26 in New York City. The app virtualizes a user’s Citi MasterCard credit card or Google Prepaid Card by storing the pertinent credit card information in the phone. Purchases are made by tapping the phone on a point-of-sale reader specifically made for this program. Besides making electronic payments, users can also receive special offers and other…

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Great Scott! Google might not be creating automatic rubber shoes or fancy hoverboards but it certainly is bringing the future closer to today. The recent Google I|O conference gave devs and pundits alike lots of innovations to think about and discuss. Let’s see some of the things we can expect from Android in the future.   Android @ Home I use a lot of automation on my computer and phone and extending that to my home has been one of my goals. The Android @ Home project makes this dream real and it delivers some good old open source home…

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“Make your phone your wallet” – only if you have Google Wallet. Google has just announced Google Wallet as well as Google Offers during a press affair held in New York City. Together with MasterCard, Citi, First Data, Macy’s, Subway, Toys ‘R Us, Sprint and other well-known companies, Google is bringing another kind of service that looks to revolutionize how we pay for the things. So what does it all mean for me? Consider this: all you need to do to enjoy Google’s service is install the Google Wallet app in your Android smartphone, and permitting it has NFC, will enable…