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Mobile Minutes: Snapchat gets physical; The surroundie; Vibrating Bluetooth boots; Europe’s mobile payments players

28594Here’s another sign that Snapchat is building a physical device
We already knew that Snapchat bought a GoogleGlass-esque startup called Vergence Labs and has recently been hiring a bunch of wearable technology and eyewear experts, but here’s another sign that the messaging firm is about to get into the burgeoning augmented-reality space.
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Forget the selfie, it’s all about the virtual reality ‘surroundie’ now for millennials
Forget the selfie, the “surroundie” could be the newest trend in picture taking thanks to the rise of virtual reality headsets and affordable 360 degree cameras.
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Bluetooth boots vibrate to guide you to your location
Quaking in your boots is about to take on a whole new spin, with Bluetooth-enabled walking gear that vibrates your feet to let you know which way to turn.
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Europe’s mobile payment players braced for battle as US rivals move in
European mobile payment providers iZettle and SumUp are among a handful of start-ups that have encouraged European small businesses to kick their cash-only habits.
Read more on Reuters