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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.




Understanding commercial car insurance (and mistakes you need to avoid when buying it)

Commercial vehicles are cars that are not used for personal purposes. Company cars and trucks will need commercial car insurance. This also applies to any personal vehicle used for business purposes.  Remember, personal car insurance will not protect your car when used for business work.Commercial vehicle insurance covers more components included in the personal car insurance, including liability and comprehensive coverage.However, commercial auto insurance goes further to cover those who use their vehicles for work-related purposes. A good example is the non-owned vehicle coverage which includes employees who use their cars for work purposes.You’ll not need commercial car insurance if you’re driving your car to and from work. However, you’ll need a commercial auto policy if you’re driving clients or moving tools and supplies around.So, what is Commercial Auto Insurance?As opposed to personal car insurance, commercial car insurance is designed to cover vehicles used for work purposes against liability and property damage. And as earlier said, you might need to buy commercial auto insurance whether you are using a business vehicle or when using your car for work purposes.Your personal vehicle will not be covered under personal car insurance when you’re driving it for business.To that end, commercial auto insurance comprises these coverages:Collision CoverageAny damage to your vehicle due to accidents is covered under collision coverage regardless of who is at fault.Liability CoverageHave you ever asked yourself what will happen if you or your employee causes injury to another person or cause property damage when driving? That’s why you need liability coverage.Bodily liability insurance will pay claims that may arise when a person suffers bodily injury due to the action of your covered vehicle. On the other hand, property damage liability will cover you if you or your employee causes property damage when using a covered vehicle.Personal Injury CoveragePersonal injury or medical injury coverage will pay medical expenses if you, your driver, or passengers in your vehicle gets injured in an accident.Comprehensive CoverageApart from accidents, your vehicle is also at risk of theft, vandalism, or even damage from extreme weather conditions. As such, comprehensive coverage will pay for damages arising from such incidents.Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying Business Auto InsuranceRegardless of the number of vehicles you own for your business, you’ll need to buy commercial auto insurance. Even so, buying commercial auto insurance is not easy. As such, it is crucial to ensure that the insurance policy you buy aligns with your business needs.To make the process as smooth as possible, avoid these common mistakes:1. Buying Inadequate CoverageWhile it is advisable to shop around before buying commercial auto insurance, you should ensure to buy enough coverage for your business. Even so, some drivers decide to go for the cheapest option. While this may seem like the best option in the first instance, it may have far-reaching effects in the long run.To that end, you should ensure that the insurance policy you buy provides much-needed protection for your business. Yes, you need to shop around before getting motor insurance but don’t make your choice based on price only.2. Giving Inaccurate DetailsSome people hide some details to avoid paying a high premium. You should avoid this at all costs.Ensure to give correct details about your vehicle, including accessories, the driver’s age, as well as their driving history when buying vehicle insurance. Failure to do this will make your insurer dishonor your claim in your time of need.3. Not Reading the Policy DetailsBefore you settle on a policy, make sure you’re familiar with it. Yes, sometimes you may think that your business is fully covered, but in reality, it is not.4. Giving False Information on Prior ClaimsYour insurance company will ask you to disclose any prior claims before they give you a quote. Some drivers, however, decide not to reveal these claims to retain a low premium. Failure to disclose all your prior claims can make your insurance company bump up your premiums.5. Getting the Minimum Legal ProtectionLiability auto insurance is the minimum legal protection in most states. Auto liability insurance will cover you if you are found liable in an accident. As such, there is no collision or comprehensive protection, and so you’ll be required to pay them out of your pocket. It also means that your vehicle is not protected against theft or vandalism.Always ensure to get the right protection for your vehicle.EDITOR NOTE: This is a promoted post and should not be viewed as an editorial endorsement.

Three new Nokia phones available at Cricket

HMD Global, manufacturing under the Nokia brand, brought their phones to US carriers last year, forming a partnership with Cricket Wireless.Now, they are bringing 3 more phones to the Cricket roster, the Nokia C5 Endi, C2 Tava, and the C2 Tennen.Nokia C5 EndiThe C5 Endi, whose catchphrase is “Creativity at your command”, features:A 6.5″ HD+ display with a selfie notchA triple-camera rear module with a 13MP main sensor, a 5MP ultra-wide sensor, and a depth sensorAI Camera technology, such as scene detection, Recommended Shot, and Portrait modeA 4,000mAh battery with a 2-day battery lifeMediaTek Helio P22 processor backed by 3GB of RAM and 64GB of storageUnibody constructionThe Nokia C5 Endi will be available in Deep Midnight Blue at Cricket stores and the Cricket website for $169.99 starting June 5.Nokia C2 Tava and TennenThe C2 Tava and Tennen are more budget-minded, and both feature the following:A 5.45″ HD+ displayA dual-camera module  with an 8MP auto-focusing sensor and an additonal 2MP sensorMediaTek Helio A22 Processor backed by 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storageA 3000mAh battery backed by Adaptive Battery technology to bring 2-day battery lifeA removable back coverThe C2 Tava will be available in Tempered Blue starting May 29 in Cricket stores and online for $109.99, while the Tennen is available in Steel for $69.99 at select retail stores starting June 15. 

Best true wireless earbuds (Spring 2020)

We live in the age of wireless technology, where almost every item can be operated without a wire. With wireless technology on the rise, it comes as no surprise that truly wireless earbuds have become a staple.Such earphones are used by everyone across the globe, from fitness fanatics to call center employees, to gamers to businessmen, and people who want to watch different movies without disturbing each other.Benefits of Wireless EarbudsThere are many benefits to using wireless earbuds.Easy access to your earphonesConvenient to useEasy to pair up with your deviceStylish, classy, and sophisticatedBest True Wireless EarbudsIf you are like us, you’ve already considered a pair of wireless earphones. With so many options, it becomes challenging and frustrating to choose the best. To help, we have listed the best wireless earbuds you can get today.The market is filled with tons of options; here is a list of the best wireless earbuds available on the market.Jabra Elite 75tThe Jabra Elite 75t are great earbuds that are designed to fit and make all-day wear comfortable. These earbuds are perfect for listening to your favorite music and answer calls without any disturbances.The best thing about these earbuds is that they can last for 7.5 hours on a single charge. The earbuds have an IP55 rating, meaning that it offers protection from water and dust. It enables you to use them in any weather condition. And with just one touch, you can have access to the voice assistant.These are priced right in the middle of the pack here but come heavy with the features. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more well-rounded pair of true wireless earbuds on the market, especially at this price. $180 at JabraApple AirPods ProPerhaps the line most responsible for the onslaught of wireless earbuds we see today, the Apple AirPods Pro are a great example of design. Whether you’re looking to take calls or host remote meetings on your laptop or want to listen to a pumping playlist on a workout, these are a popular choice for many.The Active Noise Cancellation blocks out the ambient noises from your environments so you can focus on what matters most. And if that means getting a solid pump or working up a sweat, that’s cool, too. These are IPX4 rated against water and sweat so go ahead and do you.Battery life is rated at around 4.5 hours per charge with the carrying case adding 3-4 times the juice. When it comes time to charging up, plug them in or put them on a Qi wireless charger. $250 at AppleGoogle Pixel Buds 2The new and improved Google Pixel Buds 2 earbuds deliver immersive and clear sound. An excellent feature of the earbuds is that the audio automatically adapts the volume according to your surroundings. These earbuds are sweat and water-resistant, making them perfect for everyone.With the Google Pixel Buds 2, you can get 5 hours of use in a single charge. The best feature of Google Pixel Buds 2 is that you can easily find them when you lose it using the Find My Device. The earbuds are available in four colors including Orange, White, Mint, and Black. $180 at Google StoreMaster & Dynamic MW07 PlusAvailable in a wide range of colors, MW07 Plus is one of the best true wireless earbuds. The new earbuds are designed to deliver exceptional sound experience. The battery time of the earbuds is three times better than most other earbuds.It features Active Noise-Cancelling mode that will allow you to listen to music and lose yourself to the sound. And the Ambient Listening mode enhances your listening experience in a way that balances your environment without letting too much in. These lightweight and slim earbuds come with a durable and highly stylish finish. $300 at Master & DynamicSony WF-1000XM3One of the best earbuds on the list is WF-1000XM3 by Sony. These earbuds come with excellent noise cancellation feature. It is capable of limiting outside noise along with offering exceptional quality sound. Sony WF 1000XM3 has a sleek and classy look that will look outstanding. Equipped with powerful driver units, the earbuds deliver expansive and rich sound. These are truly wireless earbuds that come with an ergonomic fit, so you can wear them comfortably throughout the day.Whether you want to listen to songs, answer calls, or watch TV shows, these earbuds have a long-lasting battery. $230 at SonyLibratone Track Air PlusAnother great wireless earbuds available on the market is Libratone Track Air Plus. These earbuds are designed to deliver rich, clear, and expansive sound. Comes with an excellent noise-canceling feature, it is equipped with tons of innovative and intuitive features.The earbuds are water and sweat-resistant, making it suitable for workouts. These are truly wireless earbuds as they can easily sync with Bluetooth of your device. The sound will stop automatically when you are not wearing them. $200 at LibratoneJBL Reflect FlowJBL Reflect Flow earbuds have an ergonomic fit that will be comfortable for all-day wear. These earbuds have IPX7 waterproof rating, meaning you can go through the toughest workout without worrying about them. The JBL Reflect Flow comes in different colors like Teal, Green, Black, and Blue.Besides this, these earbuds have Ambient Aware and TalkThru modes enabling you to talk without taking out your earphones. The 5.8mm driver delivers high-quality sound for you to enjoy your favorite songs. $150 at JBL

Save on a refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1″

In the hunt for a tablet for reading, playing games, and consuming media? We don’t blame you; they are pretty damn cool. Big screen phones are nice and all, but things change when you get into 8-inch displays.We’ve got a fantastic deal in the AndroidGuys Deals Store today which finds a refurbished Galaxy Tab A 10.1″ going for just $250. Indeed, its wiped, cleaned up, and essentially the same as a brand new unit — just much cheaper. And it’s backed by a 30-day aftermarket warranty.This product is listed with a grade “A”. It may have very minimal to zero amounts of scuffing on the case.Size: 10.1″Resolution: 1920x1200p, 16:10 ratioOS: Android 9.0 (Pie), One UICPU: Octa-core (2×1.8 GHz Cortex-A73 & 6×1.6 GHz Cortex-A53)Memory: 2GBStorage: 32GBCamera: 8MP (rear), 5MP (front)Stereo speakersBluetooth: 5.06150 mAh batteryThis is a perfect summer companion device for reading on vacation, taking in some YouTube TV, or playing games. At this price you might as well buy two!AvailabilityYou can purchase the refurbished Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1″ for just $250 in the AndroidGuys Deals Store.Best SellersSave even more!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.