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Apple Pay, and other mobile payment services like it, all share a similar vision of the future, one where people can leave their home with nothing but a smartphone and an ID, and still buy absolutely whatever they want. That dream is a little closer to reality now that USA Technologies brings NFC payments to some 200,000 vending machines, parking meters and laundry equipment, some of the last bastions of cash.

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Welcome to the first week of September, also known as crazy-insane IFA 2014 and iPhone event extravaganza. During the next 10 days we'll see new handsets, smartwatches, and other tech paraphernalia from almost every major hardware manufacturer. So now I'm wondering, where do smartphones even go from here?

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Leading up to day one of I/O, there were rumours Google would launch a big update to Google Wallet that would rely less heavily on NFC. And it's done that, sort of, with the company quietly announcing that it will begin to accept cash-free payments for items bought within video games.