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Samsung was supposed to be the first OEM in the world to bring the foldable smartphone to our doors, but now that ZTE has already beaten Samsung to the first punch by years, the only hope the old and cancelled Project Valley enthusiasts have is that the Korean company will at least be releasing one in 2019. If the latest report by The Wall Street Journal is anything to go by, that might really turn out to be true.


According to the report, the upcoming device will sport a 7-inch Super AMOLED display, that will fold in half from the middle like a wallet. There will apparently be a secondary display on the outside of the device as well, to make it usable even without folding out the phone. As you would expect for a device with essentially three different displays to be, the Galaxy X, aka Winner will be a costly smartphone at roughly $1,500!


Expected to be launched at the Mobile World Congress 2019 (Feb 25 - 28), keep in mind that while this is a much more specific leak than what we are used to in regard to the illusive foldable Samsung smartphone, the release date is still just a speculation.


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Wallet Material

 

Google Wallet has been updated with several nice features. One of them is the option to set up a recurring bank transfer to automatically add funds to your Wallet account.

 

You can set up the recurring bank transfer on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis and cancel it any time. Google says that there are no fees or minimum balance requirements for the automatic transfer. If your balance gets low, you can set an alert to remind you to add funds.

 

Wallet

 

Additionally, Google has updated the Wallet app interface with Material design. It looks cooler now and more in line with the rest of the company's apps. Finally, you can cancel your physical Google Wallet card from within the app itself.

 

 

Google Wallet [Play]


Play services 6.5

 

Google Play services 6.5 is now Rolling-out. This release of Google Play services Adds New features to Fit, Maps, Drive, And Wallet Apps. Also, when the SDK lands, it will finally answer the single most common complaint from developers that the GMS library is just too damn big (4-5 MB).

 

Maps will receive the lion's share of new features with Play services v6.5 update. To begin with, applications making use of maps will now include two convenient buttons in the lower-right corner that will instantly take the user to the Google Maps app for directions and turn-by-turn navigation to the currently selected address. Developers are free to disable these buttons if they prefer to offer a more customized interface. Another handy addition will come in the form of a new "lite mode" map which is designed to be smaller and less interactive.

 

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These simplified maps are intended to be used more like thumbnails, allowing several to comfortably fit on a screen at once. To round things off, developers are finally gaining the ability to send users directly into the Google Maps application and immediately initiate a search, turn by turn navigation, or Street View.

 

You can get Google Play Services version 6.5 now from link below. The APK provided below is official and has not been modified by any means.

 

Google Play Services

 

Google Play Services 6.5.85 [APK]

 


Google Wallet

 

Google has just updated its Android Google Wallet App to version 8.0 with Full Material Design UI and a new menu Drawer. This Eye-candy update also carried a lot of improvements and bug fixes too.

 

google wallet

 

A post on Google+ earlier today calls out the most significant change for this version, which brings together gift cards, loyalty programs, and offers into a single link on the navigation drawer. These screens have been merged into a single group of sliding pages titled Active, Expired, and Featured. Current gift cards and loyalty programs are shown together on the Active tab, while outdated offers are found under Expired.

 

google wallet

 

If you can't wait until the update hit Google Play, You can Download Google Wallet 8.0 APK from the link below. It's official and 100% safe to install. Enjoy!

 

 

wallet

 

Google Wallet 8.0 [APK]

 


Play services 6.5

 

Google Play services 6.5.99 is now Rolling-out. This release of Google Play services Adds New features to Fit, Maps, Drive, And Wallet Apps.

 

Maps will receive the lion's share of new features with Play services v6.5.99 update. To begin with, applications making use of maps will now include two convenient buttons in the lower-right corner that will instantly take the user to the Google Maps app for directions and turn-by-turn navigation to the currently selected address. Developers are free to disable these buttons if they prefer to offer a more customized interface. Another handy addition will come in the form of a new "lite mode" map which is designed to be smaller and less interactive.

 

maps


These simplified maps are intended to be used more like thumbnails, allowing several to comfortably fit on a screen at once. To round things off, developers are finally gaining the ability to send users directly into the Google Maps application and immediately initiate a search, turn by turn navigation, or Street View.

 

You can get Google Play Services version 6.5.99 now from link below. The APK provided below is official and has not been modified by any means.

 

Google Play Services

 

Google Play Services 6.5.99 [APK]

 


Android Pay

Android Pay is officially rolling-out to Android devices across the US and Canada. Google is replacing its old Wallet App with Android Pay v1.0 and launching a new Wallet App on the play store. In order to have the Android Pay app work on your phone you need to download and install the Google Play Services 8.1 APK first.

 

Android Pay

 

First, make sure you download the right version of Play Services 8.1 and pay attention to the -XYZ naming scheme explained on the page. Older versions of Play Services will not permit Android Pay to work. When you get Android Pay installed, it will have you add a card or import one from Wallet.

 

Android Pay packs many new options and features that is similar to Google Wallet but more widely open, Tap-to-Pay and fingerprint payments authincations are one of the key features of Android Pay.

 

Pay

 

You can download Android Pay official APK along with the required Google Play Services 8.1 APK from the links below.

 

Android Pay

 

Android Pay 1.0 [APK]

 

 

Play Services


Google Play Services 8.1 [APK]

 


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If you have played any of the free to play mobile games for more than just the initial hours recently, then you probably know how the system works. These do not function like a video game should, but rather as sales funnels. What's worse is the fact that they rely on addiction to get in their sales, over and over again. To understand why in-game purchases are so dangerous for your wallet, and to what extent, read on.

Why Gambling is More Ethical than In-App Purchases

If you visit any online gambling platform, then you already know what you are getting into. You will make deposits, enjoy new player bonuses, play live dealer roulette, progressive jackpots, slot games and card games in exchange for real money. The chances of winning are not always high, which is why it's a gamble, but the chances are not absent either.

As long as you are playing at legal online casino sites which have the necessary authentications, you do stand a good chance at winning back your money and then some. There are also instances where players have hit the jackpot to become millionaires, although that does not happen on a regular basis. The point is that online casinos are gambling platforms and there is no pretense here. If a consenting adult wants to bet or gamble with his/her own money, that's their business, which is how it should be. Unfortunately, mobile games follow a business strategy which is based on deception to begin with.

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Disguised as Something It's Not

Most of the apps disguise themselves as video games, while in truth they are just cycling sales funnels, which only take away your money, without even the slightest chance of you ever winning that money back. Furthermore, unlike how it is with online gambling sites, mobile games can pretend to be innocent, children's games with cute graphics and catchy animations. They target even young children with their shameless in-app purchases, so that the kids bug their parents for buying in game items for them.

There are plenty of instances where parents have lost hundreds of dollars on their credit cards, because their children had spent that money on in-app purchases without their consent. Even adults who would perhaps never gamble, readily spend real money on in-game items that have no real world value, and will lose its in-game value soon as well.

Why they are Not Really Video Games but Sales Funnels

If you are aware how the classic sales funnel works, then you know the basic idea is to slowly track and push the customer towards making a purchase. The in-app purchase models used by almost all modern mobile games are similar to a sales funnel, rather than being similar to a real video game.

A video game is one where skills are involved, and people with the best strategy, hand eye coordination, decision making, experience or reflexes win. This should hold true both for PvP matches as well for in-game content. However, mobile games use the in-app purchase model as a sales funnel via the following steps.

● The free-to-play moniker lures new players in, as they don't have to spend money in order to gain access

● Lots of new items, gems, coins, weapons, spells, gear, equipment etc. are given to new layers for free initially

● The first few stages, matches or battles are also made to be easy, so the player feels in control

● After the "honeymoon" period, all those free items, gear, powers, etc. begin to shrink in their availability

● At the same time, the game's difficulty level is increased to a height where winning or progressing is no longer easy

● Finally comes that stage when a player is left with the option to either purchase something or stop playing it.

● At this point, the app will suddenly present the player with a "one time bonus" offer for an "unbeatable price"

● After a while, everything that was included in that package will lose its value, and unless the player pays again, they will not be able to progress or win

● This cycles over and over, using the addiction of the game to make players pay on a continuous basis for things that will lose value in the very near future

● PvP battles become little more than pay-to-win matches, as people with the best paid gear will always win

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As of now, there is no other legal business model in the world which is as greedy and as well-disguised as most modern mobile games and even some of the PC and console games are. They can reach out to children, have little to no restrictions on them and passively force children and adults alike towards spending real money on virtual things unendingly. Gaming as we know it might be coming to an end soon.

 


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