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Mac OS X Unwired: A Guide for Home, Office, and the Road

by Tom Negrino and Dori Smith

Today's wireless news from around the Web:

YC-Backed Locent Lets Businesses Sell Products Via Text Message

(source: MobileCrunch)
texting teens Launching out of the Summer 2015 Y Combinator batch, Locent is an e-commerce platform powered entirely by text messages. One of the biggest challenges for online retailers is shepherding customers through a lengthy checkout process. By providing businesses with a custom, text-enabled phone number, Locent turns the checkout process into just a text message. Read More

Toyota Chooses Telenav's Scout GPS Link and UIEvolution's UIEngine Link for Select 2016 Vehicles

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Telenav, Inc., UIEvolution, Inc. and Toyota announce that Scout GPS Link by Telenav and UIEngine Link by UIEvolution will be available in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, as well as other 2016 Toyota vehicles in the United States

M2M Connected Devices Market Growing Rapidly

(source: Wireless DevNet)
A new report from Beecham Research predicts rapid growth in the sales of M2M cellular modules and wireless terminals to end 2019, with volumes shipped reaching 154% and 166% of 2014 levels, respectively

Craig Wireless Announces Third Quarter Financial Results

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Craig Wireless Systems Ltd., today released its financial results for the quarter ended May 31, 2015. All dollar figures are reported in Canadian currency

Cricket Wireless Expands International Offerings with Mexico & Canada Roaming Included

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Cricket Wireless today announced the addition of unlimited talk and text (SMS only)*, to andfrom Mexico, starting August 2, and Canada, starting later in the mont

Smart Backs Metro-wide Earthquake Drills

(source: Wireless DevNet)
In line with its #SafePH campaign for disaster preparedness and emergency response, Smart Communications, the wireless unit of PLDT, participated in the earthquake drill recently organized by the NDRRMC in Taguig City

More than One Million People Want the OnePlus 2

(source: MobileBurn)
There's no doubt about it, the OnePlus 2 is shaping up to be a hit. Even if you think the Moto X Style is more appealing, it seems that many disagree and OnePlus has built on the momentum of the One and consumers are queuing up to get their hands on the OnePlus 2, literally. Over 1 million people have now signed up to receive an invite to buy the handset.
Read the full story here.

NVIDIA Recalls Shield Tablets Amid Fire Hazard

(source: MobileBurn)
We sniff a PR disaster. NVIDIA has opened a voluntary recall of every single Shield Tablet that has been purchased in the last 12 months due to a safety issue. The battery used inside the slate can apparently overheat enough that it becomes a fire hazard, making the overheating issues of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 seem tame in comparison.
Read the full story here.

MyTape Is A Video-Sharing App To Capture And See The World Around You

(source: MobileCrunch)
myTape 2 Meet MyTape, a brand new social app for iOS centered around video. On MyTape, you follow people, shoot videos and watch stuff around you. It’s a sort of mash-up between Periscope and Frontback, and it will be interesting to see whether this new social app can find its audience. Read More

Early Apple Designer Susan Kare Joins Pinterest’s Creative Team

(source: MobileCrunch)
susan kare pinterest Susan Kare, an early Apple designer behind some of the company’s early typefaces and icons, has joined Pinterest. She’ll be part of Pinterest’s creative team as a product design lead, according to the company. Kare designed many of Apple’s famous original icons, like the Lasso and Paint Bucket, and worked for Steve Jobs at NeXT as creative director. She’s… Read More

Maybe There Doesn’t Need To Be An Apple Watch App For Everything

(source: MobileCrunch)
Apple Watch Should Apple be concerned that a number of popular app makers like Facebook, Google and Snapchat have yet to embrace its Apple Watch platform with apps of their own? That’s a question raised by a recent New York Times piece detailing how many developers are taking a “wait-and-see” approach when it comes to Apple’s new wearable. Read More

This is the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo

(source: MobileBurn)
While Samsung's high end smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 occupy all the headlines, the company is the largest handset vendor in the world simply because it sells many other devices besides. Just like the Galaxy S5 Neo, a new handset that has accidently leaked on a Dutch retailer's website, following the device being benchmarked and certified for Wi-Fi a few weeks back.
Read the full story here.

Facebook Fuels Ad Tracking By Nagging App Users To Instantly Log In On Safari

(source: MobileCrunch)
Facebook Safari Login 35 million people run into a Facebook email and password login roadblock on iOS each day, and over half of them bounce. That’s why Facebook confirms to me that it’s testing a new tool that lets users log in to Facebook on Safari with one tap, rather than having to type in their credentials — which most don’t. It could ease frustrations for users while boosting… Read More

Requiem For The App Revolution

(source: MobileCrunch)
too-many-apps-fb The app revolution is dead. In fact, it died years ago. It had been a good run, but a revolution is no longer a revolution when the model is the status quo. With new apps created every day, the revolution has definitely been televised, commoditized and capitalized. But while the app revolution is dead, a new movement is rising to take its place — the experience evolution. Read More

Latest Apple TV rumor: new box in September, but no TV service yet

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

2nd generation Apple TV.

If you thought that the lack of a new Apple TV during the company's last developer conference would put a halt to the rumors then... you must not have been paying attention for the last few years. Buzzfeed sources say a revamped set-top box will arrive in September with the previously rumored slimmed-down size, more powerful hardware inside, touchpad (and perhaps TouchID) equipped remote and most importantly, an actual App Store. The third gen Apple TV has gone several years without changes so a refresh is certainly in order, but the other half of the rumor says Apple's long-rumored subscription TV setup will not launch with it. While the folks in Cupertino work out those last few deals and decide if they really want a Sling TV or Playstation Vue-style slim bundle of channels, you can decide if buying a soon-to-be-outdated model is worth keeping access to YouTube.

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Source: Buzzfeed

Tags: apple, AppleTV, hdpostcross, remote, rumor, subscription

NORML's 'My Canary' app knows if you're too stoned to drive

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

man wearing suite in a car smoking marijuana

With cannabis legal in nearly half the US in some form or another, there are a lot more opportunities for people to drive while high. While a number of studies have suggested that driving stoned may not be as dangerous as driving drunk, you try explaining that to the officer who pulls you over. So after the last bong rip, but before you grab your car keys, give yourself a once-over with the My Canary app. It's been designed by NORML (the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws) as a quick and personal means of roughly estimating your impairment. The $5 iOS app runs the user through a series of mental and physical tests designed to measure coordination, reasoning, reaction time and balance. Pass the test and you're probably ok for that Taco Bell run. Fail, and maybe you're going to want to call an Uber for that Taco Bell run. Because even if that "breathalyzer for weed" is bullshit, getting a DUI isn't.

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Source: My Canary (iTunes)

Tags: apple, apps, cannabis, driving, iOS, MyCanary, reactiontest, weed

Amazon proposes a delivery drone flight plan

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Amazone Drone Delivery

Following the FAA's recent relaxation of commercial drone flight regulations, Amazon is forging ahead with plans to employ the machines for deliveries. But first, the company has proposed some ground rules to keep the fledgling industry flying safely and out of the way of manned aircraft. Currently the FAA only allows drones to climb to 400 feet and they must remain within the pilot's line of sight. They also cannot be operated within five miles of an airport. Amazon's proposal builds off these initial restrictions with faster, long-range drones flying between 200 and 400 feet up. Slower and short-range drones would operate below 200 feet.

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Source: Bloomberg

Tags: airplanes, amazon, apple, commercial, drones, FAA, facebook, FederalAviationAdministration, google, helicopters, regulation, uav

Google Gives Android Developers New Beta-Testing Options

(source: MobileCrunch)
google-play Google has long given Android developers the option to manage closed beta tests from the Google Play Developer Console. To join these betas, users had to become part of a Google+ community or Google Group, however. That was obviously not the most intuitive way of joining a beta program, but at the time, this idea fit in well with Google’s obsession with all things Google+. Starting… Read More

Dashlane Unveils Exclusive Next-Generation Password Changer for Apple Watch and iPhone

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Dashlane, the first password manager to launch automatic password changing technology, announces the next innovation in passwords: Password Changer for Apple Watch and iPhone

EarthBend Expands Distribution Portfolio with Addition of SimpleWAN Cloud-Based Internet Firewall

(source: Wireless DevNet)
EarthBend, a premier value-added distributor of business telecommunications and IT solutions, today announced that it has expanded its distribution portfolio to include the SimpleWAN hosted firewall service