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LoopPay to partner with OEMs to bring mobile payment-enabled cases to Samsung devices


Not too long ago, we heard rumors that Samsung was in talks with mobile payment startup LoopPay to bring mobile payments to more smartphones. The big draw with LoopPay is that it works with legacy point of sale terminals, transferring payments via a small electromagnetic field that imitates a card swipe without actually having to swipe anything. This already sounds better than using NFC payments, right? Mobile payments are about to get even better, because for their big CES announcement LoopPay has just unveiled their partnership with XPAL Power, a subsidiary of TennRich International (a Mophie and Belkin supplier), and Trident Case, a phone case manufacturer. The mobile payment startup and its new OEM partners plan to create LoopPay-enabled phone cases for the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Note 4, due out sometime in 2015.

XPAL Power plans to create a back cover for the Galaxy S5, which should be available sometime in early 2015. Trident Case, on the other hand, is creating a fully-fledged case for the Galaxy Note 4, which is expected to be out around late 2015. LoopPay’s new OEM partnership is leading us somewhat astray, though. If the mobile payment company is planning to partner with Samsung for, say, the S6 or Note 5, it seems a tad unnecessary to create phone cases for these devices. But who knows, there’s still a chance LoopPay and Samsung will partner up, even after LoopPay’s new partnerships.

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Show Press ReleaseLoopPay, the World’s Most Accepted Mobile Wallet Platform, Expands OEM Partnerships at
CES 2015
LoopPay adds two smartphone accessory manufacturers that will embed its revolutionary mobile
payment technology into their accessories for various handset models
Las Vegas, NV, 2015 Consumer Electronics Show – January 6, 2015 – LoopPay, Inc., the world’s
most accepted mobile wallet solution, announced today two new OEM partners that will embed
LoopPay’s technology into their products to let consumers turn their smartphones into mobile
wallets. In addition to the new LoopPay products on display at the International Consumer
Electronics Show (CES), which include the LoopPay Card and CardCase for iOS and Android, the
company is now working with OEM partners to embed its patented technology into a broad array of
devices, from cases and accessories to wearables and smartphones. The two new OEM partners
announced at CES include XPAL Power (subsidiary of TennRich International – who manufactures
products for companies like Mophie and Belkin), and Trident Case®, a leading ruggedized phone
case manufacturer, with many other partners in the pipeline. LoopPay is also working with
chipmakers to embed LoopPay’s technology and security into silicon, making it easier for future
OEM partners to incorporate LoopPay into their devices.
LoopPay’s patented Magnetic Secure Transmission™ (MST) technology can send standard mag
stripe card data or send one-time-use Tokenized card data to existing merchant POS systems. Nearfield-communication
(NFC) technology, which mobile payment solutions like Apple Pay rely on, is
currently only accepted at about three percent of U.S. merchant locations. LoopPay’s MST is
accepted at nearly 90 percent of merchant locations today, making it the world’s most accepted
mobile wallet.
XPAL Power is expected to embed MST technology into its products, including a new back cover for
the Samsung Galaxy S® 5 coming in early 2015. “I am excited to work with this great new mobile
payment system and bring MST technology to the Galaxy S 5, one of the world’s best-selling
smartphones. This technology will allow consumers to make payments with their phones almost
anywhere they swipe a credit card today with existing merchant hardware – that means no new
POS equipment is required,” said Christian Scheder, CEO of XPAL Power.
Trident Case has also entered into a strategic alliance with LoopPay to bring to market a new series
of rugged Trident smartphone cases that include MST technology. Trident is developing a LoopPay-eady case for the Samsung Note 4 with availability later in 2015. “We’re very excited to introduce
this line of cases using LoopPay’s advanced contactless payment technology,” said Vickie Achee,
Trident Vice President of Marketing.
“Consumer interest in mobile payments has skyrocketed recently. However, to reach widespread
adoption and usage, consumers need a technology that’s secure and convenient. Convenient means
letting consumers use the cards they want at the places they shop (what a wallet should do),” said
Will Graylin, CEO of LoopPay. “We invented a solution that lets users digitize all of their cards and
works virtually everywhere. We want to deliver the kind of convenience that can start shifting
people to rely on their mobile wallets and leave their physical wallets at home.” Graylin will speak
at CES on Jan. 6 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, on “The Future of Mobile Payments.”
The LoopPay CardCase is now available for the iPhone 6 at $59.95, with the iPhone 6 Plus CardCase
expected Feb. 1, 2015. The CardCase comes with a hidden compartment to conveniently hold a
driver’s license and backup payment card without adding bulk to the case, allowing consumers to
leave their physical wallets at home. Android users can purchase a standalone LoopPay Card
accessory for $49.95.
The LoopPay Card and CardCase are available online at LoopPay.com, Amazon.com, and are
featured in the SkyMall print catalog available on thousands of daily airline flights. LoopPay was
recently ranked highest by the leading consumer review magazine when compared to Apple Pay,
Google Wallet and Softcard, and is the most accepted mobile wallet in the world today.
CES attendees are encouraged to visit LoopPay in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center
(LVCC), booth #21928 for live demonstrations. Click here for more information on “The Future of
Mobile Payments” discussion featuring LoopPay CEO Will Graylin, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 9:00–10:00 a.m.
at the LVCC North Hall room N261.
Follow @LoopPay on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About LoopPay™ ounded in 2012 in Boston, MA, LoopPay is the most widely-accepted mobile payment provider,
empowering consumers to finally leave their physical wallets at home. LoopPay’s patented
Magnetic Secure Transmission™ (MST) technology turns existing mag stripe readers into mobile
contactless readers without any change or cost to merchants or their payment processors,
providing tokenized security and two-factor authentication for secure mobile payments at more
than 10-million locations today. MST can be embedded into any device, including smartphones and
wearables for less than $1. Consumers can today select from an array of devices that match their
phones and lifestyles, including the LoopPay Fob, ChargeCase, CardCase and Card. All cards
including payment, gift, loyalty, reward and IDs can be stored in the LoopPay app for convenience
and security, as all data is password and PIN-protected. LoopPay also encrypts and stores all card
track data in secure memory within any device and is a Level One PCI Certified Payment Provider.
To learn more and order LoopPay products, visit www.LoopPay.com.




Google Accessibility expands with apps for cognitively impaired

Google Accessibility enables people with disabilities to get the most out of their smartphone via free apps. The tech giant now offers three new apps that can help the elderly or other people with cognitive impairments better use their phones with less effort.Google Accessibility – 3 new apps added to the mixGoogle Accessibility, as the name implies, targets enabling its audiences with different handicaps. In their latest blog post, Google talks about their efforts to further help people with cognitive issues by making their routine more streamlined and accessible.Action Blocks Action Blocks is the latest app on the Google Play Store. You can create customized spaces on the screen that on a single tap carry out an action for you. All of this from your home screen.You can create a dedicated block to dial a loved one without accessing the dialer app, or adjust the lighting in the room to a specific setting, all from the Action Blocks app.Live Transcribe The Live Transcribe app has been improved to add more languages to its list which include Albanian, Burmese, Estonian, Macedonian, Mongolian, Punjabi, and Uzbek. In addition, it also brings brand new features targeted to a new audience.Your phone will vibrate when someone nearby says your name.You can now add custom names or terms for different objects or places that might not be in the dictionary.A revised search bar lets you search through past conversations more easily. To enable it, turn on ‘Saving Transcriptions’ in Settings. When enabled, transcriptions will be saved on your device for three days in local storage.Sound AmplifierThe Sound Amplifier app now enables people who are hard of hearing to experience their favorite content with minimal disturbance. Users can now connect their Bluetooth headphones and place their phone near the source of the sound e.g. a television, to get the audio transmitted to their headphones without taking up the volume.The app also works for boosting the volume and clearing up the audio of apps on the phone. Whether you’re listening to music or watching a video on YouTube.With all of these additions, Google’s commitment to accessibility is indeed a commendable effort. Especially with many elders staying indoors due to the Corona Virus, these new features are a welcome addition.

Just $36.99, the ChronoWatch has full color display and 16 functions

Summer is quickly approaching, the stay-at-home restrictions are slowly lifting, and things are looking better. Now’s the time when you leave those lazy days behind and start exercising and getting more active.Now’s the time to pick up a new smart watch. Why? For starters, they’ll help keep track of things and hold you accountable. Not only that, but it can help cut your phone time down, too.Buying a new smart watch doesn’t have to cost all that much money. Take the ChronoWatch, for instance. Priced just $36.99, it offers up a full 1.4-inch color touch display, waterproof coating, and support for 16 different functions.Track sleep, steps, calories, blood pressure, distance, heart rate, and more with this affordable smart watch. Indeed, the ChronoWatch also provides glanceable weather, alarms, music controls, and notifications to popular apps.On top of all of this, it pairs via Bluetooth to both Android and iOS phones and offers up a seven day battery.ChronoWatchTrack your daily activity, including steps, calories burned, mileage & heart rateMonitor your blood pressure & blood oxygen levelsWear it anywhere, anytime thanks to its sweat & waterproof designControl phone calls & musicGet alerts for SMS, Facebook & moreView the time, date & week on the sleek 1.4-inch screen displayBuy Yours Today!Stop over to the AndroidGuys Deals Store today and order your ChronoWatch for just $36.99, a savings of some 81% off original retail price.For a limited time (until May 26), you can save an additional 20% on the ChronoWatch, getting it for a mere $29.60 after it’s all done. Simply use coupon code SUMMERSAVE20 at checkout. You’re welcome.

Realme X50 Pro Play brings Snapdragon 865, 90Hz, and more for $400

Realme on Monday announced its X50 Pro Play on Chinese social media site Weibo. The phone brings a lot of flagship-tier specs and features but for a low price of $400. The only catch here is that it’s currently exclusive to China, with plans to expand in Europe to follow.Realme X50 Pro Play – Irresistible hardware and priceThe Realme X50 Pro Play has just been announced, and to say it is loaded with a world of features would not do it justice. Even though the phone is a less-expensive option to the Realme X50 Pro, it brings a lot to the table, while keeping the price very affordable.In a market where a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 starts at above $600, Realme has proven yet again that competition in the market is indeed healthy.Here are the specs of the phone:CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8656.44″ fullHD+ (2400 x 1080) Super AMOLED display, w/ 90Hz refresh rateAndroid 10 powered by the Realme UI6GB, 8GB, and 12GB RAM options4200mAh battery (65W SuperDart fast wired charging)Back cameras: 48-MP main camera, 8-MP ultrawide, 2-MP macro, 2-MP depth.Front camera: 16-MP main camera, 2-MP depthPhone color options: Black and SilverPricing6GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $3808GB RAM + 128GB ROM= $42012GB RAM + 128GB ROM = $460The inclusion of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 means that the phone has 5G capabilities, which makes it yet another great phone for the emerging 5G market that’s garnering across the world.In the past, Realme has shown itself to be a contender for releasing strong hardware at attractive prices. The Realme X50 Pro Play does have a lot going for it, and the only real problem with this phone would be its availability.A good majority of the hardware is found in flagship-tier phones, but competing brands like Redmi and Realme deliver premium hardware in a mid-tier price range. In the end, the only problem that comes is availability.The phone is set to launch in China first on June 1st. Soon after, Realme will expand the phone to Europe and other regions.What are your thoughts on the Realme X50 Pro Play? Let us know in the comments section below!

Motorola RAZR 2 leak reveals a Snapdragon 765 chipset, 2845mAh battery

It could debut sometime in the third quarter of the year.What you need to knowThe second-generation Motorola RAZR smartphone could