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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:

Jolla’s Open Source iPad Alternative Raises More Than $1M In Two Days’ Crowdfunding

(source: MobileCrunch)
Jolla Tablet Late last week Finnish mobile startup Jolla launched a crowdfunding campaign for a tablet running its open source Sailfish OS, smashing past its initial funding goal of $380,000 in a couple of hours. It has since pushed past the $1 million mark, with around $1.18M now pledged from more than 7,370 backers of the Indiegogo campaign. Read More

Google’s Nexus 6 Might Be Too Big For Right Now, But Right-Sized For The Future

(source: MobileCrunch)
Nexus 6-3 As Greg Kumparak noted in the TechCrunch review of the Nexus 6, the phone is very large. Too large, in fact, for most humans. Back when it was just a rumor that Google would be picking Motorola to provide the Nexus 6 hardware, and that it would indeed be a monster with a 6-inch display, I lamented the phabletization of the Nexus line before it was even a real thing. Now, I’ve had some… Read More

OnePlus One Heads to India with Amazon

(source: MobileBurn)
The OnePlus One has had a couple of pre-order windows now and is selling well despite still being a very limited handset in terms of availability. The smartphone that shook things up with its high end specs and affordable price tag is still not purchasable in many regions. However, India is about to get the OnePlus One and it will be sold through Amazon in the country.
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Here's Why the Passport Is Better than iPhone, So Says Blackberry

(source: MobileBurn)
Blackberry has left it no doubt who the Passport smartphone is geared to, it is for business types who have some serious productivity to do through their days. Blackberry says it created the perfect device for enterprise and made most of the core features of the Passport towards this goal. Of course, it does all the other consumer oriented stuff to, but first and foremost this is a phone for work.
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EU Wants Google to Remove Search from Other Services

(source: MobileBurn)
Google has fallen foul of authorities in Europe on numerous occasions and the latest war between the search giant and the European Union is just warming up. The "right to be forgotten" regulations imposed on Google seem to be just the beginning as the Financial Times is reporting that the EU is going to try to force Google to unbundle it search business (its chief income source) from all its other services.
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Nokia N1 Android tablet

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Nokia N1 an 8-inch tablet - Nokia announced the N1, the first Nokia-branded Android tablet. The Nokia N1 offers the innovative, predictive Nokia Z Launcher interface, and a carefully crafted industrial design with a focus on simplicity. Consumers use and manage a large set of applications in their digital lives. The N1 makes that easy with the Z Launcher, which allows users to scribble a letter or two to find their content quickly. Over time the Z Launcher learns what applications are in use, and predicts and highlights the applications consumers are expected to want based on time of day and location. The Nokia N1 will be brought to market in Q1 2015 through a brand-licensing agreement with an OEM partner.

Microsoft Review Roundup

(source: MobileBurn)
Microsoft's Band has been with us a couple of weeks now and it has managed to be a dividing device. Microsoft says it has sold well, while some reports say stock was very limited, while the general consensus seems to be that the wearable is very much a first device in an evolution. It feels like a prototype many reviews have said, but after spending some time with it I think it is more of a vehicle for Microsoft's Health suite.
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Android One Is Struggling to Make Sales

(source: MobileBurn)
Google introduced Android One earlier this year and rolled out the initiative in September, a project that was meant to unify the Android platform by targeting emerging markets. However, things have not exactly gone to plan as Android One devices have not sold well and many of India?s retailers are refusing to stock the handsets from the project.
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Yahoo Acquires Photo Startup Cooliris

(source: MobileCrunch)
cooliris yahoo Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo. The company was founded in 2006 and was initially known for creating a “3D wall” for navigating photos and other media content. More recently, its focus shifted to an app (also called Cooliris) that allowed users to browse photos from across services like Facebook, Instagram, and Flickr. It also launched… Read More

European Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Updated

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung has issued a new update for Galaxy Note 4 users in Greece and Germany, and it will almost certainly spread across Europe later on. At 137MB the file size is weighty enough for one to think that Samsung is packing something pretty substantial in the patch, but actually there is nothing major here.
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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 to Get Android 5.0 Lollipop

(source: MobileBurn)
Huawei is not known for having devices in the US market, but the Ascend Mate 2 is an exception and if you are rocking that handset you can look forward to receiving Android 5.0 Lollipop. If you do have the Ascend Mate 2 then you will know full well that you were left behind when Google rolled out Android 4.4 KitKat with Huawei deciding to keep the smartphone way back on Jelly Bean.
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DataFox Brings Private Company Analysis And One-Pagers To Mobile

(source: MobileCrunch)
datafox (2 of 3) DataFox, the online research platform that allows anyone to track information about private tech companies, has now brought its service to mobile in the form of a new iOS application. The free app provides DataFox subscribers with access to over 500,000 company one-pager’s, private and public lists, and an events stream detailing recent news on companies tracked, like new hires,… Read More

Ears-On With Spotify In Uber: Fast, Fun, And Data-Free DJing If Drivers Have It

(source: MobileCrunch)
IMG_6158 Uber now lets you play backseat DJ for your car’s sound system via Spotify in 10 cities. On my demo ride-along, I was impressed by how easy and seamless it works, as long as the driver is equipped. Music selections made on your phone quickly start playing through the driver’s app connected to the stereo, and there’s no data cost to the passenger or driver beyond the… Read More

HTC Desire 820s Finds Success in China

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC's One M8 has been a hit for the company and has been driving the brand back to profitability, but while the Taiwanese giant has padded out its portfolio it has struggled with declining market share in key markets like the United States and China. In China however it seems as though HTC is finally enjoying a big success with news that its Desire 820s has gone down like the proverbial house on fire.
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Photo-Sharing App Memoir Snags $5.5 Million To Help You Recall The Past

(source: MobileCrunch)
memoir Photo-sharing application Memoir, a Timehop competitor that allows you to rediscover old photo “memories,” has raised an additional $5.5 million in a round led by Redpoint Ventures’ Ryan Sarver. Others participating included prior investors Founder Collective, Box Group, Lerer Ventures and Thrive Capital. The company had previously raised $1.2 million in seed funding.… Read More

Carousel Industries Joins Palo Alto Networks NextWave Partner Program

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Carousel Industries, a leader in unified communications, managed services, data solutions, and security, announced that it has signed an agreement to carry industry leading enterprise security offerings from Palo Alto Networks

NFV: Getting a Handle on Virtual Networks

(source: Wireless DevNet)
NFV could possibly help LTE mobile service providers deal with big challenges facing the industrycapacity limitations, increasing traffic diversity and service agilityas well as other issues according to 4G Americas,

Timico Expands Portfolio with Next Generation Wireless LAN Solution

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Timico, the business internet, hosting and communications service provider, has launched a new Wireless LAN proposition in a bid to provide an end-to-end solution for customers and respond to increasing demand for ubiquitous Internet access

ITTIA and E2S Equip Call Centers with Android Mobility

(source: Wireless DevNet)
ITTIA, a global supplier of embedded relational database software, and E2S, a Belgian software engineering company, announce a joint effort to connect and mobilize call centers through database synchronization.

Rockwell Automation and Cisco Develop Design and Implementation Guide for Deploying Wireless Equipme

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Rockwell Automation and Cisco announced the release of a white paper and design and implementation guide titled, "Deploying 802.11 Wireless LAN Technology within a Converged Plantwide Ethernet Architecture."