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Freelance Journalist and Writer — PC World, TechHive
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Weekend news writer @pcworld/@techhive. Writer/editor @macgasm. Bitter Oakland A's fan. Let me write for you! nmediati at gmail dot com.

CVS disables NFC terminals, stops accepting Apple Pay, Google Wallet — On Saturday, CVS Pharmacy customers using Apple Pay reported that the retailer had joined Rite Aid in disabling its NFC credit terminals, according to MacRumors. CVS's reasoning behind the end of NFC support is simple enough: Leaked internal documents published by SlashGear indicate that the company is "currently working with a group of large retailers to develop a mobile wallet" system that should be up and running the first half of next year.

Court decision puts Uber on hold in Nevada (for a couple weeks, anyway) — Well, that didn't last long. Uber launched its ridesharing service in Nevada Friday, but by Friday evening, a Carson City court ruling came down that prevented the company from doing business in the state until at least November 7, the Associated Press reports.

How to type special characters and Emoji on your Android phone — Need to stick a tilde over an N or add an accent mark over an E? Or maybe you want to add some Emoji to your text messages? Doing either of these is actually quite easy on Android, though not particularly obvious. Here's where to look.

Report: Microsoft is about to jump into the smartwatch fray — Apple's got a smartwatch. A number of Google's Android hardware partners have smartwatches too. Now Microsoft wants a piece of the action, if a new report is any indication. According to Forbes, Microsoft plans to release a smartwatch of its own "within weeks."

Snapchat begins serving up in-app ads — It was bound to happen sooner or later: Snapchat has begun serving up ads in its app, according to a post published to the company's blog Friday. The reasoning, of course? To make money. According to Snapchat, its goal is to make ads that don't get in the way.

Tor-based anonymizing router gets pulled from Kickstarter for rules violations — Anonabox, a piece of home networking equipment designed to allow you to connect to the Internet anonymously, had raised nearly $600,000 in pledges on Kickstarter-blowing its $7500 goal out of the water. But on Friday, Kickstarter suspended the project, according to Ars Technica.

Worth Reading: ‘Why I Swapped The HTC One M8 For The iPhone 6′ — TechRadar's Kevin Lee looks back on his switch from iPhone to Android-and back: "'Don't like what comes stock with Android? Just replace it,' a fellow Android-using friend once told me; this seems to be the mindset behind Android, which makes it so amazingly customizable. Yet, at the same time it's an admission that Android on its...

How to take a screenshot on your Android phone — Once upon a time, in order to take a screenshot on an Android phone, you had to install the Android developer tools. These days, you can take screenshots on phones running Android 4.0 or later with the press of a couple buttons.

Macworld Expo Ends Its Run, Goes ‘On Hiatus’ — It looks like it's the end of the road for the annual Macworld/iWorld show. IDG World Expo announced Tuesday that it was putting the tradeshow formerly known as Macworld Expo "on hiatus," and that the show would not take place in 2015. A statement posted to the Macworld iWorld website reads: "Macworld/iWorld will not take place in 2015...

How to stop your Android phone's screen from rotating — As great as they are, smartphones come with a whole host of annoyances. One of my biggest pet peeves is when I'm in the middle of something and I tilt the phone too far to one side, and everything onscreen switches orientation. Argh!
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Oct 31, 2014

RT @DrFunkySpoon: Awful, awful week for private space exploration. Apparently SpaceShipTwo has crashed and there are casualties :-(

Oct 31, 2014

RT @martyn_williams: TV news chopper aerials show Virgin Spaceship wreckage in several large pieces in Mohave desert

Oct 31, 2014

RT @NBCNightlyNews: BREAKING: Virgin Galactic’s #SpaceShipTwo crashes while on test flight over Mojave Desert; status of pilots unknown

Oct 31, 2014

@rfwes @ezcowboyz "This person seems to like baseball based on their browsing habits; let's serve up a #Zguants ad!"

Oct 31, 2014

@rfwes @ezcowboyz Welcome to the modern world of targeted(-ish) online advertising.

Oct 31, 2014

. @thekuhlest @rfwes "Hey Mets fans, why don't you like the Yankees? Don't hate; appreciate!"

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