Back and forth we go with the precarious Google Wallet situation. First we saw the original security flaw, which immediately prompted Google to respond to users and highlight there are no known vulnerabilities while also encouraging users to install Google Wallet on non-rooted devices. In a mere few hours, a second method to hack Google Wallet was revealed, this time on non-rooted devices.
Naturally, the consecutive security breaches of Google Wallet has everyone on edge. That’s why many users have reached out to Google and question whether its Google Wallet service is safe enough for the masses to use in order to make mobile payments. Google offered its formal response and simply put it that yes, it is safe to make mobile payments using Google Wallet. Here’s Google Wallet VP Osama Bedier offering a formal statement:
Let me paint a quick scene for you. You have a file that you want to transfer over to your Android phone. You go into your laptop bag or backpack to get your trusty usb cable only to end up with zilch. We’ve all been there. Well the free app Software Data Cable looks to rectify this situation by turning your phone into a networked storage device. This app allows you to browse the device from your computer cable free.
Once you install Software Data Cable, you will be able to connect and browse through your device’s files and folders from any computer just as long as you are connected to the same network. Point your browser to the phone’s IP address and you can see the entire contents of your phone. Not only that but you can move, copy and delete files as you please.
For those of you who are in a pinch and without your usb cable with a need to copy over a file to your device then this free app is for you. Hit the break below to get access to the market link and QR code. If you don’t know how to use the QR code you can check out our handy guide here. Afterwards you can check the app out from your mobile device and never have to worry about leaving a cable at home again!
For those of you readers who are die hard gamers, you might be familiar with Capcom’s old-school CPS2 arcade board which is responsible for bringing us classic games such as Marvel Vs. Capcom, Street Fighter Alpha 3, Progear and Mars Matrix. Now, unless you are a collector or live near a retro arcade, you might be hard pressed finding a place in where you can play these games to re-live your childhood. Enter CPSEmu for Android. The new app that brings all your favorite classic game titles to the palm of your hand.
The developers who created CPSEmu, are the ones also responsible for NeoDriod – they are no strangers to successful game emulation. To utilize the CPSU emulator you must have a device with at least a 1GHz processor and it’s required to run Android 2.2 or greater. Games will be played using onscreen touch controls unless you have an Xperia Play, in which case you get the best of both worlds. The emulator is even optimized for tablets. The only other requirement is that you must own the games before downloading a ROM. Other than that you should be good to go! To learn more about the Capcom emulator, read up on the XDA thread source linked below. If your ready to dive in head first, then click on the market link below.
Hot on the heels of releasing their app for the UK, Netflix has updated their Android app to version 1.7, which adds a few interesting bits. Here’s the list of updates as posted in the What’s New section of the Netflix Android Market page:
- Added Facebook sharing for Android phones and tablets in Latin America, Canada, the UK and Ireland
- Added software volume controls for tablet users
- Improved audio/video syncing for tablets and phones
- Resolved split picture and flickering issues on select tablets
This is actually quite an exciting update. Facebook sharing is a nice addition, but I’m most excited about the addition of a volume slider, and the fix for the flickering issues for tablets. I have always found it a bit frustrating to have to manage the volume using the physical buttons on my Xoom. It would usually mean I’d have to pick up my tablet to change the volume. With the new on-screen control, I just tap and slide.
Google Wallet is in the news again and not for the right reasons. We just saw earlier how a hack was revealed for rooted phones using Google Wallet. While Google issued an immediate response on the initial findings, mobile blog TheSmartphoneChamp discovered and posted a second way of hacking into Google Wallet— this time highlighting the newfound hack will work on non-rooted phones and doesn’t even need special hacking skills. Basically all individuals have to do to access a user’s funds is clear the data in the app settings— which forces Google Wallet to prompt them to enter a new PIN. After the new PIN is entered, it’s as simple as adding a Google Prepaid Card tied to the device and then there the ability to access any available funds. It has been tested by several sources and it is indeed true. Google has confirmed the findings and even issued the following statement:
”We strongly encourage anyone who loses or wants to sell their phone to call Google Wallet support toll-free at 855-492-5538 to disable the prepaid card. We are currently working on an automated fix as well that will be available soon. We also advise all Wallet users to set up a screen lock as an additional layer of protection for their phone.”
As always everyone— take immediate precautions to ensure the safety of your device which includes having a lock screen or even installing some tracking software for your device. You can check out the video below which highlights the vulnerability.
Step aside Dropbox. Google is close to launching its own cloud-storage service. Like its soon to be rival, Google’s Drive was created in response to the growth of internet-connected devices such as smartphones, tablets and media players.
Drive will take advantage of the rise in “cloud computing” by storing files like photos, documents and videos online. They will sit on Google’s servers and will be able to be accessed from any web-connected device. This will allow folks to easily share files with others. For example, if a person wanted to send an email containing a video shot from their smartphone, they could easily upload the video to through the Drive mobile app then email folks the link rather than the file itself.
Drive is one of a few recent attempts by the Search giant to gain lost ground from smaller internet start ups that are doing well in hot new areas. Others include their fledgling social network Google+, mobile article reading app Currents to take on Flipboard, and developed services that include buying business-reviews company Zagat to take on Yelp.
With the latest update, the popular app foursquare has a lot more to offer than just checking-in. Feeding off features from their recent website, developers have added Explore to their mobile app. Explore will give you recommendations based on places your friends have been or left tips, places you’ve put on lists to follow, or even new places Foursquare thinks you might want to try. The app has gathered this information from the 1.5 billion check-ins on foursquare. Menu and pricing information is also easily accessible in the app.
Checking-in will be even easier if you have a device with Android Beam (like the Galaxy Nexus), since that’s supported now too. If your friend is already checked in, they can beam the check-in right to your phone. Nifty, huh? So, check out the links after the break to get your foursquare app and get exploring!
It’s only been roughly a few days since we’ve been graced with Chrome’s arrival, but it’s all we needed in order to see the first two (of hopefully many Easter Eggs) cracked. The first one involves the number of tabs opened in the browser. If you’ve noticed, there’s no limit of the number of tabs being opened as there are in other web browsers. So what happens when you have 99 tabs opened and want to open the 100th? The 100th turns into a smiley emoticon. Pretty clever there Google.
The second one is a real doozy too. This involves what happens when you look at the page showing all your tabs. You generally can swipe up and down to flip through the stack of tab windows, but when you’ve flipped to the top, the tabs then poke out to highlight they won’t go any farther. However, if you swipe up five times in a row, the whole stack does a animated flip. This is perhaps one of the specific reasons why Chrome has decided to unleash the beta for Android 4.0+ users only— the use of hardware acceleration in order to see the stack do an animated flip. Moreover, when looking at the back of the stack as it flips around, you can then see an embossed Chrome logo. Very cool.
You’ve read about the Easter Eggs now. So why don’t you check out Chrome doing a backflip in the video below? You’ll be glad you did.
The famous bird launching game, Angry Birds turns 2 today, with its developers Rovio celebrating the milestone by offering 15 new birthday cake themed levels bringing the total level count to 300. As well as the new levels, the folks at Rovio have added an expandable orange bird, new menus and graphics, birthday achievements, and – wait for it – all episodes are now unlocked!
From everyone at TalkAndroid, have a great birthday Angry Birds!
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I don’t remember ever complaining that the Google+ app had performance issues, but Google thought so. Google has been busy this week with updates to Talk and the release of Chrome Beta for Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Things keep rolling as Google+ was just updated, and according to Google, you should notice “massive performance improvements.” That’s not all as the full change log includes:
- Massive performance improvements across the app
- What’s Hot!
- View who +1′d a post or comment
- Stream posts shortened to fit more per scroll
- Infinite photos feed in ‘From your circles’
- Stream no longer jumps to the top for an automatic refresh
Let us know what you think in the comments and if you haven’t downloaded Google+ yet, hit one of our links after the break