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I was just told this morning during an early morning coffee with a friend about a new vulnerability found in Google Wallet. I was going to try to find information on it at work but it was not necessary. It was highlighted in the daily news digest of the industry that we get. Everyone out there is talking about an unbelievably simple and, in my most humble opinion, absurd vulnerability in Google Wallet.

The presented threat does not even require hacking skills or complex tools. You just need somebody else’s phone – either second hand bought or stolen/”found” -. Apparently, the way Google Wallet works is such that the system gets synched with your device – the phone – instead of your Google Account. Despite there is a PIN to add an extra layer of security, if somebody erases all the data of the Wallet app and runs it again, it asks for a new PIN and allows you to use the Google Wallet Account and funds the previous user/owner had. Just as simple as that.

Google has acknowledged the threat and are offering a quick initial fix, consisting on providing a phone number to call to cancel the account linking for people who lost their phone or wants to sell it. They are also working on an automatic fix to happen with an update of the app.

Read about this incident on the NYTimes, Electronista, TechCrunch and The Smartphone Champ.

WordPress just notified me that I have posted so far 199 entries and suggested me to go for the 200th. Who am I to disobey WordPress?

I’ll just comment a couple of things that happened over the last few days:

And now, in case I get lazy and do not post again before the Christmas break, Happy Holidays everyone!!!


When I first read the headline of this news I pictured a “path” somebody walked plotted on Google Maps spelling the famous question. Something like this (apparently it turned out to be a hoax as you can read here and here) but on the map of NYC… because this kind of things always happen here.

Anyways, back to topic. I read in the Barcelona newspaper (La Vanguardia) this weekend about a Google SW Engineer who proposed to his girlfriend in a very special way. He got his girlfriend’s boss to give her a Nexus S phone with a custom pre-loaded Google Maps app. From there, she had to go to different locations were they had their first few dates and such. At each spot, one of his friends would be waiting for her with a hint for the next location, that would be automatically revealed on the phone. The seventh and final stop was at the lighthouse on Roosevelt Island, where they had their second date. There was him, a geeky SW Engineer, on his knee, popping the big question.

You can read all the details on the Google Blog he posted.

Congratulations to the recently engaged couple.

I read in the news yesterday that some initial details on the new Google phone, due to be release next Fall, had been leaked. It is expected to have a huge 720p display and to be fueled by a double core 1.2GHz or 1.5GHz processor. It is also expected to be already LTE-compatible, hence the rumored name: Nexus 4G. It will run Android 4.0 (ice cream sandwich).

This new Google OS for mobile devices is expected to be equipped with Near Field Communications (NFC), so it might be the first phone that can really be used as a wallet for all kind of payments and transactions. And you might be able to use it to open doors for which you usually require a card.

Read more about it at BGR.

Additionally, we can expect a 4G LTE radio, 1GB of RAM, 1080p HD video capture and playback, a 1-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The 5-megapixel camera, however, is said to be an advanced 5-megapixel sensor delivering class-leading image quality in addition to superior low-light performance. The Google Nexus 4G will run Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) and hold everything together in an ultra-thin package. We were told that Google is aiming to make the phone available around Thanksgiving, and our source couldn’t confirm a carrier, leading us to believe this might be one of the first AT&T 4G LTE smartphones. It’s also possible that this device will just be the flagship/reference Ice Cream Sandwich device — just like the Motorola DROID and Motorola XOOM were for Android 2.0 and Android 3.0, respectively — and not a Google Nexus-branded product, so we’ll have to wait and see. In either case, this sounds like an incredible phone regardless of what label is under the dress.

More information at Gizmondo and PC World.

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