Verizon responds to FCC complaint regarding ‘blocking’ of Google Wallet; It’s Google’s problem

It’s been a long battle between Google and their Wallet app and NFC-equipped Verizon devices. It turns out that Verizon is now blaming Google itself as to the reason why it’s not working save for a few unlocked devices, citing specifically issues with devices ‘secure element.’ According to a letter from Verizon in response to XDA member Josh995’s complaint to the FCCVerizon goes on to explain that Google Wallet is different than other m-commerce services such as Square, PayPal, or the Starbucks card.

The difference Verizon is referring to lies in the fact that Google Wallet accesses the device’s ‘secure element’ as mentioned earlier, and does not simply access the operating system. This ‘secure element,’ according to Verizon, is a proprietary and secure piece of hardware built into some devices and is separate from the device’s operating system.  Verizon finally mentions that Google is free to offer the application in a manner that doesn’t require the app to access this secure element. I’m not sure as to the validity of this reason or excuse from Verizon since they did block the app at one time, even though they denied it. Regardless, Google, it’s your play.

source:  XDA Forums

Nexus 4 gets LTE capabilities in certain (limited) AT&T markets

One of the biggest gripes that people had with the recently launched Nexus 4 was its lack of 4G LTE capability. However, as some tech geeks discovered a few weeks ago, the Nexus 4 does indeed have a 4G antenna since it is based on LG’s Optimus G (which has 4G capabilities). Recently it was thought that this antenna could only be enabled in Canada on Telus and Roger’s networks, since they are the only networks that are built to use LTE Band 4 (which runs on the 1700MHz and 2100MHz wireless spectrum). Turns out however, that AT&T also has several US markets in which it owns LTE Band 4 spectrum. Those markets include Phoenix, Raleigh, San Juan, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, Dallas, Chicago, Charlotte, Athens, GA and College Station, TX.

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LG sells ‘modest’ amount of its L-series devices moving 10 million phones worldwide

LG announced today that the company has moved 10 million L-series phones worldwide comprising of the LG Optimus L3, L5, L7, and L9. While that figure may sound good, LG in fact has simply called it ‘modest.’ In business speak, that sounds as if LG didn’t quite meet sales forecasts. It’s a little confusing as they use the word ‘modest’ in the same sentence as the word ‘milestone.’ Regardless, it looks as if they have in fact reached that 10 million milestone. Their goal is to move 35 million smartphones by the end of the 2012 and without any sales figures regarding the Nexus 4, not to mention the perceived shortage; they may fall short.

 

source:  Newswire

Stocking Stuffer Idea: AndyTags NFC Stickers for automating and simplifying tasks

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or gift idea, then take a look at AndyTags NFC Stickers. Since most of the newer phones are sporting Near Field Communications (NFC), they make a great gift. What can you do with NFC tags? Well we did a review of NFC Tag Launcher earlier in the year so check that out, but essentially you can use them to automate tasks like to quickly turn settings on or off or open apps. For example, lets say you’re heading to bed, you can program a sticker to switch your phone to silent mode. Just put the sticker on your nightstand and touch your NFC-enabled phone to the sticker and bingo, your phone is now in silent mode. You can also use them to open certain apps as well. Let’s say you like to listen to Slacker in your car. You can program a sticker to tell your phone to open Slacker. Just keep the sticker in your car and when you get in, you can touch the sticker with your phone and Slacker will be opened. You can even program the same sticker to turn on Bluetooth at the same time. If you find that you always text your spouse when you’re on the way home, you can even automate that. The possibilities are endless.

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McAfee revamps mobile security app with new App Lock feature



 

McAfee is one of the more popular antivirus protections available to PC users, and with the malware on Android devices, they’ve stepped in to provide their trusted protection on smartphones and tablets, too. Recently, McAfee updated their Android application with a refreshed user interface and an innovative new App Lock feature. McAfee claims that since apps like Twitter and Gmail don’t require a password each time you open the app, it’s a possible security threat on your device. App Lock protects against this threat by requiring a pin number each time you want to use one of these applications, protecting you from someone digging through your phone for personal information or even just some nosy friends. This feature can also be used to protect children from having access to certain apps on your device, like the browser or your banking app.

McAfee offers a free trial of the app on Google Play, and offers the paid version at $29.99. Hit the break for the press release and download links. Read more

[Deal Alert] 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD for $250

Those that may be holding off on a pretty sweet deal on the Kindle Fire HD may want to pull the trigger today. Today only, Amazon has the 8.9″ tablet as their ‘Deal of the Day.’ That deal will land you $50 off if you enter coupon code ‘FIREHD89′ at checkout to score the deal which will make the price of the 16GB version $250. The deal is limited to one per person and will be available through today, or until stock runs out whichever happens to come first. Anyone been holding off and possibly jumping on this deal? 

source:  Amazon

And Then The Bootloader Was Unlocked: Verizon Galaxy Note II Is One Step Closer To Custom Glory

 

Time to pop the champagne bottles and have a celebration if you’re an owner of the Verizon Galaxy Note II— the bootloader looks to have been officially unlocked. Thanks to the tireless work of a few hard-working individuals, they have cracked what is the hardest part of the Galaxy Note II’s shell– despite Big Red’s strong insistence on keeping its devices “safe and secure”. The way the Galaxy Note II’s bootloader was cracked is quite ingenious too actually– all that was needed to do was to trick the Galaxy Note II into thinking it’s a device that’s 0.7-inches smaller and eventually flashing a PIT file in order to revert back to the Galaxy Note II’s original identity after the phone has been unlocked. The method has only been tested on one device as of this time, but with more time and usage of this method— we should see this unlock exploit work on most, if not all Verizon Galaxy Note II variants.

So we have root and now we have an unlocked bootloader. All we need now is those ROMs to eventually start a’flowin’! Hopefully you Galaxy Note II owners don’t have to wait too much longer for some of that custom ROM goodness.

source: Adam Outen+

Samsung Wants To Remind Us That “Something New” Is On The Way, Will Give Up The Deets In January 2013

We think we may have an idea of what Sammy may have set for CES 2013, but it’s gone ahead and decided to tease us anyways that we should have a lot to look forward to next month. It recently released a teaser video indicating that it has “something new” up its sleeve. Of “something new” is a bit vague and can be a wide-open number of possibilities, but still– you can’t help but get giddy at the thought of even cooler devices on the way.

You can see the full teaser vid once you hit the break.

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Samsung releases second video showcasing additional features of the Galaxy S III premium suite upgrade

Last week Samsung released a video highlighting many of the features that will be on the upcoming premium suite upgrade for the Galaxy S III. There’s still more features as they just released part two. This one shows you Paper Artist, Low Light Shot, Best Face, Easy Mode, Sound Balance, Setup Wizard, and Camera Easy Snap. Just hit the break to check it out.

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