Monday, November 19, 2012

Black Friday Deals Week Begins!


Black Friday Deals Week has begun on Amazon guys and I have the link to the deals page for you guys! Happy shopping! Amazon have the best deals ever! Last year I got a camera bag and memory card for 50% off! What a deal! :) So please enjoy your chance to shop for cheap products! The Amazon deals will last for 1 week starting from now. How exciting?

Here are some tips I have for you on getting the deals.
  • Go to the deals page. You can do so with this link
  • First look at the active offers and see if there is anything you want. If you want it, and the deal isn't all used up, add it to your cart! Even if you kind of want to product, do it anyways, you can remove it from your cart later. 
  • Once you are done with the active offers, look at the upcoming offers and see if there is anything you want. Do all the research on the product before the deal becomes active!
  • Once you pick out what you want on the upcoming deals, I suggest you refresh your browser 5 minutes before the deal starts as the timer on the page could have lagged a bit. Then 1 minute before it begins, refresh again, and then once the add to cart button pops out, click it! 
The offers will be gone very fast, so make sure you are fast on a non-laggy computer! :P That is all the tips I have for you. Hope you have enjoyed it, and please use my link! It helps with costs of running this blog! 

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Got Myself a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse


I got myself a Microsoft Arc Touch Mouse for cheap on Ebay! :D Just wanted to share the good news with you guys. LOL I always wanted one of these ever since I saw it at the different Microsoft Stores. It works great with my laptop. Just sucks a bit that there is no where to hold the receiver except for the magnetic bottom.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

Tips for Black Friday Deals Week


Black Friday Deals Week begins on Amazon on November 19th, 2012 and I have the link to the deals page for you guys! Happy shopping! I will do another blog post when the deals week has begun. Amazon have the best deals ever! Last year I got a camera bag and memory card for 50% off! What a deal! :) So please enjoy your chance to shop for cheap products! The Amazon deals will last for 1 week starting from now. How exciting?

Here are some tips I have for you on getting the deals.
  • Go to the deals page. You can do so with this link
  • First look at the active offers and see if there is anything you want. If you want it, and the deal isn't all used up, add it to your cart! Even if you kind of want to product, do it anyways, you can remove it from your cart later. 
  • Once you are done with the active offers, look at the upcoming offers and see if there is anything you want. Do all the research on the product before the deal becomes active!
  • Once you pick out what you want on the upcoming deals, I suggest you refresh your browser 5 minutes before the deal starts as the timer on the page could have lagged a bit. Then 1 minute before it begins, refresh again, and then once the add to cart button pops out, click it! 
The offers will be gone very fast, so make sure you are fast on a non-laggy computer! :P That is all the tips I have for you. Hope you have enjoyed it, and please use my link! It helps with costs of running this blog! 

Monday, September 17, 2012

Canon's New EOS 6D Full Frame DSLR


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Hello photography enthusiasts! Canon has unveiled today their new EOS 6D camera. This new camera is a great upgrade if you are an EOS 7D owner as this camera is only around $2100 USD (Body only) compared to the EOS 7D which was priced around $1500 USD (Body only). If you are making this upgrade, please take note this camera only reads SD cards and are not compatible with EF-S mount lenses. A 20.2 megapixel full frame sensor, a built-in GPS, DIGIC 5+ Image Processor, and a built-in Wifi transmitter are just some of the important components making this new camera unique. 

The new built-in GPS allows the camera to include location information in every photo you take. Other Canon DSLRs so far (Example: 5D MkIII7D) requires you to plug in an external GPS in order to recored location information. The new built-in Wifi transmitter allows you to upload photos wirelessly, print photos wirelessly, and control the camera wirelessly. Previous cameras (Example: 5D MkIII7D) needed an external Wifi transmitter in order to do these things. Peripheral Illumination Correction, Chromatic Aberration Correction, and Distortion Correction can also be done in camera.

If I had the money right now, I would totally upgrade from my EOS 7D to this camera. Sadly, I do not have the money right now. HAHA Currently (at the time of writing this post) this camera is up for pre-order at $2099.00 USD plus tax where required on Amazon.com. If you think you want to upgrade, or want to find out a bit more, please follow this link

Specifications:
  • Sensor: 20.2 megapixel full frame (self cleaning via ultrasonic vibrations)
  • Processor: DIGIC 5+
  • GPS: Built-in
  • Wifi: Built-in
  • Memory: SD, SDHC, SDXC Cards
  • Lens Type: EF mount (No EF-S or EF-M lenses)
  • ISO: 50-102400 (when ISO range is expanded in the in-camera settings) ISO Auto can be limited. User can set a high/low limit. 
  • Flash: Needs external Speedlite. None built-in.
  • Modes: Auto, Creative Auto, Scene Mode, Program, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Bulb, 2 Custom Functions
  • AF Type: 11 Point AF including a high-precision center cross-type AF point with EV -3 sensitivity allows focusing in extreme low-light conditions
More specs are available on Amazon.com. I just listed some of the important ones here. 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

New Amazon Sales Tax For California Customers


Amazon.com, the website that has been famous for their wide selection of products, low prices, and especially their no sales tax rule in most of the states of the US, will now have to begin charging sales tax for all California residents that shop there due to a new slight law change that goes into effect next month. Many people have known this day will come, but don't know when. In fact, this law change was passed last year, but Amazon managed to strike a deal with California law makers to cut them some slack for another year. The deal will end beginning next month. It has also been a very big pain in the butt for the people running California as many people just bought the things they needed on Amazon instead of going to the local stores to buy them. In this economy, more and more people are not willing to pay the 8%+ tax that California law makers has thrown on their residents, and are buying their things on Amazon where the prices are always the lowest, plus gets you another 8%+ savings from tax! California has been very low on money now, and the law makers are trying to find new ways to tax their residents to make more money, and sadly, Amazon was their target and they succeeded in the new law changes.

So what should you do? I doubt petitioning these changes to the this poor law makers that are extremely in need of cash is of any use, so I recommend you get your big purchases out of the way this month! There are only 3 more days left before this new law goes into play. So yes, if there is something big you want to get on Amazon, do it in the next 3 days, or you will have to start paying the 8%+ sales tax.

Monday, August 13, 2012

New Features On Android Jellybean (Video)


A quick video showing you some of the new features on Android Jellybean, the new Android OS that was recently released. The phone you see in the video is a Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Canon EOS 7D 2.0.X Firmware Upgrade


If you are keeping up with the latest Canon news, you will know that Canon has recently released the new 2.0.X firmware for the Canon EOS 7D. The new upgrade gives lucky Canon EOS 7D owners:
  • Higher maximum burst rate
  • The option to set a maximum for ISO Auto all the way up to ISO 6400 (starting limit is from ISO 400)
  • Partial compatibility with the new Canon GPS Receiver GP-E2
  • Manual audio level adjustment during video shooting and during review
  • In-camera RAW image processing and converting
  • In-camera image resize
  • In-camera image rating
  • Faster scrolling of magnified images
  • Custom photo file names
  • Time-zone and Daylight savings options
If you own a Canon EOS 7D, you can go ahead and find the new firmware update here. The instructions for installing the firmware is included in the ZIP file. Make sure you have a full battery or use the AC adapter for the camera. Also remember not to touch anything on your camera especially the power switch, battery compartment, and the CF card door during the update!

Android Facial Recognition Now Checks for Liveness

After being told that that Face Unlock in Android Ice Cream Sandwich can be easily fooled by a picture of the owner, the Android team has now added a new feature in Android Jellybean that once activated, will require the person to blink after the face is recognized. Obviously a photo of a person can not blink, which in turn fixes the photo hack. Like previous version, your phone will still warn you about the security flaws in facial recognition and how a Pin and Pattern lock is more secure. This still holds true as anyone that looks similar to you or has a video of you blinking will be able to unlock the phone with no issue at all. Hopefully the developers in the Android team will come out with more crafty ways to prevent unauthorized users from using your phone.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Canon's New EOS M Series Cameras

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Disclaimer: The author is not responsible for any incorrect or unclear information provided in this post. You read this article and follow the information at your own risk. Prices are subject to change over time. 

As you know camera companies, like Nikon, Sony, and Olympus, has started pushing out the new compact DSLR cameras. It has been promised these new compact cameras give near real DSLR quality photos, and is extremely compact and light weight due to the lack of mirror and viewfinder. The rest of the camera is pretty much the same as a big bulky DSLR as it has interchangeable lenses too with different mode switches and flash hot-shoes. Canon has now released their own compact DSLR line beginning the EOS M series cameras which is also compatible with both EF-S and EF mount lenses as long as an adapter is used. The camera is compatible with the new EF-M mount lenses with no adapter. This new camera is an 18 megapixel camera and has most of the functions a real Canon EOS DSLR would have. The new camera features a CMOS (APS-C) sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, and an ISO range of 100 to 25600. Compared to a 35mm full frame sensor camera, this camera has a crop ratio of 1.6x. The new EOS M camera has all the modes a regular DSLR has (Auto, Creative Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, and Bulb) plus lot's of creative "scene modes" including Portrait, Landscape, Close Up, Sports, Night Portrait, Hand-held Night Scene Mode, and HDR Backlight Control Mode. The camera also captures crystal clear 1080p video and offers full time auto focus during the take (use STM lens for quieter/smoother focusing during video). Videos and photos can be viewed on a TV via mini-HDMI. These are just some of the features of the new EOS M series cameras. If you have $800 to spare and hate carrying your big bulky DSLR everywhere you go, or you just want to do some amateur photography work, I would recommend you to buy and try one of these cameras! If you do, please use my link! Thank you for reading!

Accessories for the new camera.

Specifications:
  • Dimensions: Approx. 4.28 x 2.62 x 1.27 in./ 108.6 x 66.5 x 32.3mm
  • Weight: Approx. 9.2 oz. / 262g (body only)
  • Storage: SD, SDHC, SDXC cards
  • LCD: Touchscreen, fingerprint resistant, 3 inch screen
  • No viewfinder, LCD is used
  • No built in flash. Needs Speedlite 90EX or other flash. (Standard Hotshoe)
  • 18 MP CMOS Sensor (3:2 ratio photos)(1.6x crop ratio compared to 35mm full frame)
  • Photo Modes: JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • Ultrasonic Sensor Cleaning and Dust Delete like the real DSLRs
  • Full 1080p video (stereo audio and auto focus during take), can be played back on TV via mini-HDMI
  • Features all DSLR Modes (Auto, Creative Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, and Bulb)
  • Features scene modes like Portrait, Landscape, Close Up, Sports, Night Portrait, Hand-held Night Scene Mode, and HDR Backlight Control Mode

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Unboxing the Plugable SATA HDD Docking Station (Video)


This is the unboxing video for the Plugable SATA HDD Docking Station. This device is used to connect internal hard drives to your computer externally. It is extremely useful for testing or archiving purposes. This dock is compatible with the new USB 3.0 standard for faster transfer speeds. All USB 3.0 devices are backward compatible with USB 2.0.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Unboxing The Rainbow Imaging Wireless Shutter Release (Video)


This is the unboxing video for the Rainbow Imaging 100 Meter 2.4 GHZ Wireless Shutter Release for cameras and DSLRs. The kit comes with the transmitter, receiver, batteries, a certification, and a badly translated instruction manual. XD The product unboxed was the shutter release for the "3 pin" Canon EOS cameras. The same company also makes other shutter released for other brand cameras like Canon (other type of connector), Pentax, Panasonic, Nikon, Sony, FujiFilm, and Samsung.

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Monday, June 11, 2012

Apple Unveils iOS 6 and New Macbook Pro


Apple has unveiled iOS 6 which will be coming later this year in fall. The new firmware comes with new Maps app, Facebook integration, Siri, Facetime, Call reminders, and many other new and exciting features and upgrades.

With new firmware updates, it also means dropped support for older devices. iOS6 will not be compatible with iPod touches 3rd generation and older, iPhone 3G and older, and the 1st generation iPad.

Information about iOS 6 can be found here.

Moving on. Apple has also unveiled the new Macbook Pro with Retina display. The new Macbook features a 15.6 inch (diagonal) 2880 X 1080 px LED back lit monitor, 720p Facetime webcam, 2.7GHz i7 processor, (up to) 16GB DDR3 RAM, (up to) 768 SSD (solid state drive), and many other features.

Information about the new Macbook Pro can be found here.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Photive RC-6 Wireless Shutter Release Review (Video)


The Photive RC-6 Wireless Shutter Release is a great cheap replacement to the Canon RC-5 and RC-6 remotes. This infrared shutter release is compatible with the Canon T2i, T1i, XT, XTi, 7D, 5D, 60D, and most of the other similar Canon DSLRs compatible with the RC-5 and RC-6 remotes!

Features:
- Uses Infrared.
- Instant or 2 second delay for shutter release.
- Works up to 16 feet away.
- Has "keychain/wristband hole".
- Lasts up to 2 years or 10,000 exposures.
- 1 year limited warranty.

Dimensions (Approximate): 2 in. X 2.5 in. X 0.3 in.

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Audio Technica ATR6550 Shotgun Microphone Review (Video)


The Audio Technica ATR6550 is a great condenser microphone for making Youtube videos. It offers great noise cancellation and better recording than most of the built-in microphones on camcorders and cameras. At the time of making this video, the microphone package cost around $60 on Amazon.

The microphone is about 11 inches long (excluding wire) and about 1 inch in diameter. The package comes with the microphone itself, 1 AA battery, 1 tripod/camera mount, 1 microphone stand mount, 1 foam wind screen, and 1 1/4 inch adapter plug (big microphone jacks). The microphone offers 2 modes of recording. Normal mode is used for recording close sounds and Tele mode is used to record sounds further away.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Youtube Korean Music Wave

To celebrate the long-term partner ship between Google, Youtube, and MBC, Google has presented their employees, guests, and around 2000 lucky fans with tickets to the Youtube funded Kpop Concert! 5 friends and I are lucky enough to be able to go as I know a Google employee and we were able to get tickets! Super Junior, TVXQ, MBLAQ, SISTAR, BEAST, KARA, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation, and FX all performed at the concert.


The above photo is showing how many people was at the concert! The grass area was all that was left by the time I got there. We had to sit on the floor, then everyone all stood up and we ended up standing for 2 hours. LOL If you want to see the rest of the photos I took, you can find them on my photography blog here.


As a bonus, did you miss the solar eclipse on Sunday? Didn't have the right tools to view it? I got photos of that too!


Here is one photo from the photos I took from the solar eclipse! You can find the rest of the photos I took on my photography blog here.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

How to Keep Root When Upgrading your Android Device (Video)


This video tutorial teaches you how to protect root when upgrading your Android device firmware. This method only works for Ex2,Ex3, and Ex4 file systems. This includes devices like the Galaxy S, Galaxy Nexus, and Honeycomb tablets.

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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Huge Face Unlock/Pin Bug on ICS 4.0.4 (Video)

If you own a Galaxy Nexus or other Android device running Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0 and up), you may want to watch this video. There is a huge and obvious security hole after the OTA 4.0.4 update.


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Saturday, April 28, 2012

How to Keep Root when OTA Updating your Galaxy Nexus

DISCLAIMER! The instructions provided below are for educational and informative purposes only! You follow them at your own risk! The author of the article can not be held responsible for any damages or trouble you get into! Rooting your phone opens up many security holes in your device and make it easier for hackers to get access to your private information stored on your device like passwords, contact lists, etc. At the time of the post, Google stores all your email passwords and credit card information as clear text on your device (no encryption). A simple root access is enough for someone to steal them. 


As a lot of you guys know that ICS 4.0.4 just came out for your Galaxy Nexus. I was hesitant this morning to update as I didn't want to loose my root. After talking to my friend (he runs his own blog here), he told me that I can keep my root by installing an app from the Android Market (I prefer the old name), I immediately went and tried. To my surprise, it works! So let me tell you how it works.

I have to first tell you that this does not work with all Android devices. Just some. I only tested it on my Galaxy Nexus. Read about the compatibility on the application page. This application does not root your phone, it just protects you from loosing your root! First of all, you need to download OTA RootKeeper from the Android Market here. You can also scan the following QR code.


After you install it, open up the app, and press protect SU. Then run the OTA update. After the update finishes, open back up the app and press restore SU or restore root (I forgot what the button said). There you go! You have root again! :) I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

ICS 4.0.4 is out for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus

If you are a lucky owner of a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, you probably saw a small system update icon in the notification area. That's right! ICS 4.0.4 is finally out for the Galaxy Nexus!

The update includes slight UI changes and bug fixes. According to users, their device has been running slightly faster since the update. The update also brings you the Google Wallet app, something everyone has been waiting for. Google Wallet is great, and with the update, you no longer need to run an unauthorized app.  So go ahead and grab yourself the update and try out the new ICS!

If you are rooted, the update will unroot your phone. Simply reroot your phone after the update and everything will be the same again. For instructions on how to protect your root during the update, please see my tutorial here.

Friday, March 30, 2012

SDXC Cards in your EOS 7D (Video)

Remember the SDXC cards in your EOS 7D tutorial I posted a while back? (If you don't remember or you are new, you can view it here.) I made the tutorial into a Youtube video. I hope you enjoy it!


To use SDXC cards in your EOS camera, you need to format your exFAT SDXC card to FAT file system. To do this, either use the format option on your camera, or use the computer method. Make sure you back up all data on your SD card as formatting will delete everything. To format your SDXC card on your computer, follow these instructions:
1. Insert SD card into your computers SD card reader.
2. Open up My Computer.
3. Right click on your SD card and click format.
4. Choose the FAT option and let the computer finish formatting.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Apple Released iPad 3


Apple has released the new iPad 3. The tablet a lot of Apple fans has been waiting for. The new tablet has a lot of new features including the new Retina display, 5 MP iSight Camera, quad-core processor, and Ultrafast 4G LTE.

iPad 3 Specs:
Height: 9.5 inches
Width: 7.31 inches 
Depth: 0.37 inches
Weight: 1.44 pounds (Wifi only), 1.46 pounds (Wifi + 4G)
Resolution: 2048 X 1536 pixels (9.7 inches diagonal)
Processor: A5X Quad-core processor
Battery: 10 hours
Camera: 5 MP f/2.4
Video: 1080p

Cost (Wifi only):
16GB: $499
32GB: $599
64GB: $699

Cost (Wifi + 4G):
16GB: $629
32GB: $729
64GB: $829

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Android USB Host Mode (OTG)

I want to demonstrate Android's USB Host mode today. Some of you might know it as OTG or USB On The Go. This allows you to plug portable devices like flash drives, keyboards, mouses, etc to your phone directly via USB! Anyways, before I show you the images, please note that I have a Galaxy Nexus and was using this OTG cable. Please also note that just because this cable worked for me, does not mean it will work with other phones. The best way is probably to buy one, if it doesn't work, get another. They are pretty cheap usually just a few dollars. Mine was under $2 with free shipping. You can click on the images to view the full size.

 Here is me plugging in a SD card via a SD to USB adapter on the OTG cable. Even though this feature is already built-in to the Android OS, Google haven't really released a way for the partition to be mounted. To solve this problem, get StickMount from Android Market. Root is required to do this. This method can be used for regular flash drives or external hard drives (needs to be self powered). Obviously StickMount is an unofficial way of mounting the partition and still have bugs. For me, I got no issue reading from the card but crashes when I tried to write. Anyways, you need a File Explorer to be able to view the contents after StickMount mounts the partition.

Android already have native support for USB keyboards. No need to install anything else, your device should pick up on it once you plug it in. If you have a non-USB keyboard, you'll need an adapter. Anyways, just make sure you focus on a text box before you start typing. Also the arrow and and enter keys works kind of like a trackball.

Android also have native support for USB mouse too! Once you plug on your mouse, a small cursor will appear on your screen. Left and right clicks simulate you touching the screen. The scroll wheel scrolls up and down on webpages and Facebook. It also makes your home screen go left and right. 

 This is one of the features Canon EOS owners will like. You can connect your DSLR via USB to your Android phone and use it as a remote shutter release. Just install Remote Release from the Android Market (Free App) or DSLR Controller (BETA) from the Android Market (Paid App) and you can control all sorts of functions on your camera directly from your phone! This includes viewing Live View from your phone, adjusting the ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, etc... 

Anyways, these are just a few examples of what you can do with OTG. Go get yourself one if you love messing with electronic stuff. LOL I also heard you can plug multiple devices too with a powered USB hub, I didn't try it out yet because I don't have one. I tried a passive USB hub and it didn't work... Not enough power? Anyways the other surprising thing is the Galaxy Nexus battery only outputs 3.8v, but I measured 5v on the OTG after plugging it in. I think there might be a small step up transformer inside the phone. Either way, this is great as there will be a lot of uses for this. I hope more smartphones incorporate features like this.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Starting Android Development!


Hey people who read my blog! I have started learning about Android and Java. Anyways, I already made an app and it is available for download on my new development blog! Please check it out here! My development group is called Snowflake Dev.


Also my new app is really a small counter app. You know those things people use to count how many people is entering a building. Anyways, I managed to code this app after 4 hours of reading about Java and Android. I know there is like no features and it kind of sucks, but yeah... I think you know why. HAHA Anyways, you can read about it here.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Missing Features of the Android Market

I think the Android Market needs to have a way for you to use gift cards for purchases and a way for users to edit their previous reviews. I can't seem to edit previous reviews I posted, and now I feel bad for writing please update with a bug fix, keeps crashing. The developer now have fixed it and I would love to give them a 5 star review. Google, you guys need a review edit feature. Secondly, like iTunes gift cards, I think Android needs to have their own gift cards for market. It would be cool. That is all I have to say.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

No More Unlimited Listening with Spotify

If you loved Spotify, you'd hate to hear this. Up till now, all free users were able to enjoy listening to free music with some advertisements in between, but there has been changes to their free service as of today. Now, all free users will be able to enjoy the unlimited music for 6 more month. That is it. After that, users will be limited to listening to the same track 5 times, and be limited to a total of 10 hours a month. That is equivalent to about 200 tracks or 20 albums. The founder of Spotify, Daniel Ek, said if you worry about running over those limits, you are recommended that you upgrade your account to Unlimited or Premium as those types of accounts will not be affected by these changes. He has also promised to boost the short 7 day Spotify Premium trial up to a full 30 days.

As for me, I never got addicted to this app and went back to using iTunes, but is kind of sad news for me as it would be for all the users out there who loved Spotify. I guess I will not be using this service anymore until it is 100% free again. :P I think this is a loss on their end really. Putting all these limits on the free users is only going to drive away their customers. Less listeners means less advertisers.

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Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Google Wallet APK to Official Release Update Theory

Warning: The following article is only a theory. It has not been tested and is only based on my personal experience and logic. You follow the information given here at your own risk. The author of the article can not be held responsible for any damages or problems you get into.

Today, I have a theory on how you can update your Google Wallet APK to the real release of Google Wallet on Galaxy Nexus phones when it comes out. Please take not that there are no official releases of the Google Wallet app on Galaxy Nexus phones as of 1/3/2012 (day of the post). I know a lot of you are probably edgy and asking the question, should I install the APK or wait for the official release. Well, yes you are right to worry, I do too, but today I have a theory on how to correctly update your phone when that day comes.

In order to know how to do this, you have to know what the Secure Element is and how it works. The Secure Element is a physically isolated chip (CPU and memory) on your phone's circuit board that is in charge of all credit card encryption related functions. There is no way to read or write into the Secure Element (with out some fancy tool the repair facilities should have). Also all data on the Secure Element is encrypted, and I doubt anyone (including Google) has the keys to decrypt the programming. So when you first run Google Wallet, it should have negotiated keys with the Secure Element. So now, when you upgrade, most likely the keys will be lost, and that is probably why most people get the "Secure Element is not responding message". So how do you upgrade it?

So like Google said, if you are to donate your phone or to give it to someone else, but you already set up a credit card inside, you can reset the Wallet app. I think what this reset does is tell the app, "Hey, I want all information deleted, and I want to uninstall this app." So now, the app will probably send some signal to the Secure Element telling it to delete all data inside and reset the keys, then the system processes will be shut down and then the app is deleted. So now, you just reset everything on the Secure Element, after you upgrade, you can simply reconfigure the whole thing and new keys will be generated.

Please remember this is only a theory based on my own experience with computers. It has not been tested. If you disagree, have comments, or have questions, just leave me a comment below. :)

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Sunday, January 1, 2012

My Dinner is on Google Today! :D


I would like to thank Google for paying for my dinner at McDonalds today. I recently got Google Wallet on my phone and I received a free $10 debit card from Google for signing up. I just used around $6 on my dinner today at McDonalds. Thanks Google!

If you don't know what Google Wallet is, it is a cell phone credit card system that was designed by Google. It uses the latest NFC technologies which are available in the new Nexus S and Galaxy Nexus phones. Although not officially available on the Galaxy Nexus phones yet, the hackers have been able to compile the app into an APK for you to install on your phone. I think the main reason for the delay is Google can not work things out with Verizon. If you need instructions on how to do this, read this article here. Please remember doing this will void the warranty of your phone. So be careful. :)

So anyways, thank you Google. I love you guys! And also, as you can see, I had no issues using the app. Just unlock your wallet first before tapping it on the terminal.


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