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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