Buzz Out Loud 1477: Google is taking over your wallet (Podcast)

Donald Bell and Antuan Goodwin stop by the studio for a very special episode of Boys Out Loud with your host Brian Tong. We discuss the future of Google Wallet and whether or not we will spend more money for higher quality apps for the Windows Phone. We also discuss Apples Malware evolution as well as the PayPal founders idea to pay high school grads not go to college and instead start their own tech companies. All this and much more on todays episode of BOL.

Donald Bell and Antuan Goodwin stop by the studio for a very special episode of Boys Out Loud with your host Brian Tong. We discuss the future of Google Wallet and whether or not we will spend more money for higher quality apps for the Windows Phone. We also discuss Apples Malware evolution as well as the PayPal founders idea to pay high school grads not go to college and instead start their own tech companies. All this and much more on todays episode of BOL.

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EPISODE 1477

NEWS

Google Wallet and Google Offers – Age of MoLo – mobile local commerce along with Citi, MasterCard, First Data and Sprint
http://www.google.com/wallet/how-it-works.html
http://www.engadget.com/2011/05/26/google-wallet-mobile-payment-service-google-offers-announced/

Google Wallet Citi – Mastercard and Google Pre-Paid card

Google Offers – tied to location and purchase history – Delivered to inbox

Blacklists, ahoy! PROTECT IP Act sails on to Senate floor
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/05/blacklists-ahoy-protect-ip-act-sails-on-to-senate-floor.ars

No Spotify inside Facebook, two record labels still needed for US launch
http://eu.techcrunch.com/2011/05/26/no-spotify-inside-facebook-two-record-labels-still-needed-for-us-launch/

AT&T to Launch LTE in Five Cities in Summer of 2011
http://gigaom.com/broadband/att-to-launch-lte-in-five-cities-in-summer-of-2011/

Apple malware evolved – No password required
http://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2011/05/26/apple-malware-evolved-no-password-required/

Apple's iOS 4 hardware encryption has been cracked
http://www.geek.com/articles/chips/apples-ios-4-hardware-encryption-has-been-cracked-20110525/

Microsoft Supports Higher App Prices for Windows Phone 7
http://www.businessweek.com/news/2011-05-26/microsoft-supports-higher-app-prices-for-windows-phone-7.html

Panasonic: Plasma black levels no longer worsen
http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20066427-1/panasonic-plasma-black-levels-no-longer-worsen/

PayPal Co-Founder Hands Out $100,000 Fellowships To Not Go To College
http://news.slashdot.org/story/11/05/26/1322248/PayPal-Co-Founder-Gives-Out-100000-To-Not-Go-To-College

Quick Hits

Shaw Shakes Up Broadband Market With Bigger Data Caps
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/technology/tech-news/shaw-changes-pricing-plans-in-response-to-public-outcry/article2035087/
http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/5818/125/
http://www.shaw.ca/newpackages/

How to Fix Your Skype Login Problems
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2385928,00.asp

Amazon tries again with 99-cent Lady Gaga album
http://news.cnet.com/8301-13506_3-20066408-17.html

Happy Ending

Internet famous Maru the Cat turns 4
http://laughingsquid.com/internet-famous-maru-the-cat-turns-4/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maru_(cat)

China used prisoners in lucrative internet gaming work
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/25/china-prisoners-internet-gaming-scam

Confused with Oprah and Opera
http://my.opera.com/chooseopera/blog/2011/05/25/oprah-winfrey-we-will-miss-you

VOICEMAIL

Ted on kids on Facebook

John Japan and the ereader debate

EMAILS

You guys keep saying you feel sorry for Sony because of their hacking troubles.
While I don’t approve of the hacking, I don’t feel sorry for Sony one bit, and neither should you.
Sony is a very large corporation, and they don’t care about you. They have demonstrated this repeatedly,
by taking direct malicious actions against their customers and the public. The rootkits, the lawsuits, the removal
of features from their products, all of these have led Sony to where they are now.
When Sony first started taking actions against their customers, I stopped buying their products.
I did not want my money going to support a policy of corporate thuggery. To this day, I STILL will not buy
any of their products, and will never buy their products for the rest of my life. I used to love Sony products, but
after buying the music business, and taking the anti-customer stance they have had since that purchase, I will never buy
a Sony product ever.
Andrew

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Hello Buzz Crew,

To those of us who are blind, NFC is an exciting concept. Replacing the debit card swiping and having to use those touch screens will be a liberating experience. Having to relinquish control of my PIN passcode to others and having others taking a custodial approach just plain sucks. NFC will allow me to gain back my independence.

Really love the show,

M. Brian Wooten

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Buzz Crew / Oprah fan club,

I just wanted to drop my 2c in on this topic. While I am absolutely ecstatic to have NFC payments as an option in the (hopefully) near future, I must admit I am also a bit skeptical. Let me provide you with a comparison. I am a consultant by profession and spend a huge majority of my time traveling. When apps were first developed for smart phones to allow me to carry a mobile boarding pass I was completely thrilled. However, after using it for a few months last year while visiting the west coast I finally ended up ditching it. The problem is the simple issue of adoption. I would often find myself running into airports that didn’t have the hardware to read my phone (looking at you Sacramento), and this would make me have to go all of the way back to the kiosk to print off another pass anyway thus entirely defeating the purpose of having it to begin with. Since I’ve given it up, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve seen the security line held up due to someone not knowing how to use their phone with the scanning hardware or the hardware just failing in general.

These are the two reasons I am scared about the NFC use. Yes I understand that the technology is inherently different and will work much better than mobile boarding pass technology, but that doesn’t change the fact that for a significant amount of time people will be confused and slowing down most process that are already pretty fast (credit card swipes don’t take too long after all). Furthermore, the adoption rate would have to be pretty high to even make it worth going through the trouble to get NFC setup on your phone.

I understand that the adoption process is a “”if you want to make an omelet you have to break some eggs”" type of situation, but I really think that before I am going to be sold there needs to be a significantly higher number of retailers and opportunities to use it. Until then, it is going to remain a silly gimmicky alternative to an already streamlined process.

Thanks again for all of the updates!

Love the show!

Josh
Dallas, Tx

P.S. Today marks the 3rd year anniversary of when I listened to my 1st BOL show. I can’t believe how much has changed from then; I remember anxiously awaiting the brand new “”APP STORE”". Anyways,I wish I could show up and be in the chat room more often to interact with you guys, but until then I’ll just keep e-mailing!

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Reply to Matt in Orlando,

Buying phones anywhere besides the store you need to check the serial number, often known as the MEI or ESN (Labeled as DEC# on Sprint phones on the box or the back under the battery), to see if its clean to be activated on another account. Heres a free ESN checker.

http://www.checkesnfree.com/

Sorry for your situation but I like the idea that If someone steals my phone, they probably won’t be able to profit from it. (though they can still use delinquent phones on MetroPCS). Its not your fault that you didn’t know about the ESN stuff, I only know because I’ve had 8 phones in the last year… honestly I really just want to not want a new phone.

Of course, LOVE THE SHOW.
Jonas from Sacramento

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