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By now, we should have been able to make contactless payments with pretty much any mobile phone, at just about any supermarket or restaurant. Or at least that’s what... many of us expected for 2012. Unfortunately, NFC payment technology has been slow to progress over the past couple of years.

There are still relatively few smartphones enabled for NFC use, whil...

Nexus Google Wallet

 

The Galaxy Nexus is still one of the best Android smartphones out there, although we are closing in on six months since the device made its debut. As you probably know, this week... Google has started selling the Nexus on its Play Store. Available for just $399.99, which is less than what Amazon and other retailers are charging for the phone, the Galaxy Nexus comes with the same wi...

Google-Wallet-is-Coming-ban

Cash? Forget it. Credit cards? How dated. More than two thirds of technology insiders believe that paying with smartphones will overtake both credit card payments and cash payments by the year... 2020. Incredible as it may sound, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology is expected to build enough inertia over the this decade to cement its role in our daily lives. Is this possible? Read on. Go...

Google Wallet

Google Wallet, the mobile payment platform that Google launched in May 2011, has had a very tough time lately, facing serious security problems, carrier rejection, and an unexpectedly strong... competition from PayPal.

The latest update on Google Wallet is a classic good news/bad news scenario – the fledgling mobile payment system received yet another painful blow, this time fro...

Google-Wallet-is-Coming-and-Cant-Be-Stopped

“Make your phone your wallet” is the popular tag line used by Google to entice consumers to use Google Wallet, its digital payment system. Is “Make your phone your bank” the next step... in this technological rat race?

Imagine a future where employees receive their paychecks by swiping their phones over an NFC (Near Field Communication) sensor on their way out of the office, wher...

google-wallet-cracked

Recently, a zvelo senior engineer discovered a “significant security vulnerability” on Google Wallet. This discovery revealed the PIN numbers of its users. Considering that this app dealt... with an individual’s finances, zvelo felt it was their responsibility to alert users of the mobile payment app. By posting their findings on their blog, zvelo did exactly that. In addition to this, t...

galaxy-nexus-google-wallet

Back in December, we reported that Verizon was blocking Google Wallet on the Galaxy Nexus. This left Sprint Galaxy Nexus users to gloat about making the feature available on the device. However,... the app is no longer limited to Sprint users anymore. Google Wallet is now available being offered by AT&T for either Nexus S 4G or the GSM Galaxy Nexus. If you have the AT&T device, you can simpl...

market-loophole

From time to time, Google complies with carrier demands that, unfortunately; censor applications that would circumvent certain restrictions that are being imposed by the carriers – even... if such restrictions have already been made on some of Google’s own apps, like the Google Wallet application.

But sometimes, a few smart developers are able to find other ways to install t...

google-wallet-at&t

Well, isn’t this a surprise? It looks like one of the main backers of Isis, the carrier owned mobile payment service, is finally allowing Google Wallet on its NFC phones. The truth is... this shouldn’t have been a surprise in the first place. Google Wallet should’ve been allowed from the beginning, otherwise this is a dangerous precedent for carriers if they get to “...

android-permissions

Just last week, a report by ViaForensics said that Google Wallet was writing the history of user transactions to unencrypted database files. While we thought the issue was over, VF once again... discovered another Android imperfection—apps performing various things like providing shell access to its remote user! The worst part about this flaw is that it does not ask for any permission from i...