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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:

Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

(source: MobileCrunch)
sidecar-selection Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute. Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride. Read More

AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

(source: MobileCrunch)
att lock The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one SIM, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping SIMs, no ordering new SIMs, no hassle. Read More

First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

(source: MobileCrunch)
Dacuda 3DAround Gif Small What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More

AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple's iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model, you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM card swap in sight. It seemed pretty brilliant, really: you get the ability to pick a data plan that works best for you even if it's not from the same carrier each time, and Apple no longer has to juggle different iPad models for different carrier partners. Alas, if only everyone played by the same rules. At first we thought the only caveat was that Verizon hasn't thrown its support behind Apple's split-personality SIM, but it turns out if you sign up for a spot of surfing with AT&T, you won't be able to switch to any other network without procuring another Apple SIM. Just lovely, no?

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Via: TechCrunch

Source: MacRumors

Microsoft posts solid Q3 earnings

(source: MobileBurn)
It is one of those times of the year when the giant tech companies offer their financial results for their third (calendar) or fourth (fiscal) quarters. Microsoft is the latest company to do just that and it turns out things are going surprisingly well for a company that is oft rumoured to be struggling in the mobile space.
Read the full story here.

The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

(source: MobileCrunch)
facebook-groups2 About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I can’t get to the ‘Other’ inbox right now.” Or sometimes, just “bump.” If any of these phrases sound familiar, you’re probably also a member… Read More

Amazon Fire Phone Flops

(source: MobileCrunch)
fire phone Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn’t a success. On the Amazon earnings call today, Amazon noted that the company was taking a $170 million dollar writedown “primarily related” to… Read More

Samsung Galaxy A3 arrives at the FCC

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung's latest low end offering has made itself a bit more real today as the device passed through the FCC and looks set to get a launch in the US soon. We have already heard plenty about the budget Galaxy A3, the smallest of a new range of devices based off Samsung's Galaxy Alpha. The others in the range will be the A5 and A7, all three due to launch together in November and all three boasting the high end appeal of the Alpha.
Read the full story here.

Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application

(source: MobileCrunch)
amazon-angled Until recently, if you wanted to install an application from Amazon’s own Appstore onto your Android device, you would have to install the Amazon Appstore app separately. And this is a bit of a hassle, since you can’t exactly just download the app from Google Play. But last month, Amazon quietly rolled out a new feature within its main Amazon application on Android which now includes… Read More

Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

(source: MobileCrunch)
iphone-2 Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on… Read More

Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

(source: MobileCrunch)
Deezer Stitcher Logos Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More

College Messaging App DormChat Takes On Yik Yak With Backing From ff Venture Capital

(source: MobileCrunch)
dormchat promo DormChat aims to give people a new way to message each other that’s location-based and anonymity-optional — and it’s starting with college students. The iOS app was released earlier this year and is already available on more than 200 college campuses, including founder Adam Michalski’s alma mater Penn State. Michalski said that following that initial rollout, DormChat… Read More

Amazon Rewards Visa Cards Now Compatible With Apple Pay

(source: MobileCrunch)
amazon-visa-apple-pay Amazon said it would be making its Rewards Visa from Chase compatible with the new Apple Pay system earlier this week, and the integration is already out the door. Amazon had said it would support it sometime, though they didn’t specify an exact timeline, so seeing it roll out this quickly is likely a pleasant surprise for card owners. We’ve received direct reports of customers… Read More

Queen Elizabeth II takes to an iPad to send her first Tweet

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Queen Elizabeth II of England is pretty seriously old-school. She casually signs her name, "Elizabeth R." (the "R" stands for "Regina" or, in English, "Queen"). She wears killer matching outfits (as seen above) that would be at home in 1962. But she's also not above jumping into the modern age every now and again. Take, for instance, the tweet that she sent this morning -- her first ever -- from London's Science Museum. It's how she helped open an exhibit on "The Information Age" -- a live-action tweet from an iPad.

There's some contestation over whether she sent the tweet herself; the tweet originates on an iPhone, though the Queen was clearly using an iPad. Does it really matter? Do you care? This is all a publicity stunt anyway, right? Let's all just enjoy that beautiful blue dress and the killer matching hat. The tweet, in all its glory, can be found below.

Update: We've got an especially hilarious update on the did she/didn't she debate, straight from a spokesperson for the Queen of England: "If an iPhone was involved it was purely processology." And no, in case you're wondering, "processology" isn't a real word.

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Source: Twitter

Goodbye Nokia: Microsoft axes branding

(source: MobileBurn)
Say goodbye to Nokia smartphones, for now at least. Microsoft has killed off the Nokia branding for future smartphones the company confirmed today, ending months of rumors. Instead of the Nokia Lumia branding, devices will now be known as Microsoft Lumia and will come with the company's Windows logo emblazoned on them in black.
Read the full story here.

iHeartRadio and Rdio are ready for CarPlay, but your car isn't

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Online radio streaming app iHeartRadio has just made good on its promise to add support for CarPlay, Apple's new car infotainment system. But, it's not the only app joining Spotify on CarPlay today -- Rdio, a free music streaming service with offline playback, is tagging along. By introducing optimized apps for Cupertino's car platform, both online services make it easier for users to navigate their interfaces on an onboard screen. Sadly, there are very few people who can actually enjoy the updates right now, as CarPlay's only available on Ferrari FFs and select Pioneer in-dash systems, though most automakers promise to load it on their vehicles' entertainment systems in the future. Other web services also vow to eventually introduce optimized apps for the platform, including CBS News Radio and, of course, Beats Music.

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Via: Apple Insider

Source: Rdio (iTunes), iHeartRadio (iTunes)

Facebook's anonymous Rooms is a chat app that feels like the old days

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Facebook's new Rooms app is weird, and it isn't long after installation that you figure out why. You don't log in with your Facebook credentials. Your profile picture appears nowhere. It doesn't tap into your contacts. If Rooms' iOS-only App Store listing didn't proudly proclaim it was a Facebook product, you'd almost certainly never know it was brewed within the social giant's cavernous confines. Seems a little off-kilter for a chat app, especially one with this pedigree. Instead, it just lets you create those eponymous Rooms -- they're like those AOL chatrooms of yore, dedicated to any topic (or no topic at all) and augmented with the the ability to moderate posts like a power-tripping VIP on a forum. When it's spelled out like that, doesn't it all sound just delightfully anachronistic?

Update: Did you have trouble downloading Rooms earlier? You're not the only one, but those problems should be resolved, click here to give it another shot.

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Via: Re/code

Source: Rooms.me

TestFlight Beta Testing Goes Live For All iOS Developers

(source: MobileCrunch)
testflight-devices Apple has pushed its TestFlight Beta testing service live for everyone, the company revealed on its developer news portal today. Registered developers can now invite up to 1,000 beta testers to try out their iOS apps, using emailed invitations sent via the iTunes Connect portal. TestFlight, the beta testing service Apple acquired sometime within the last year, allows developers to build teams… Read More

Samsung explains Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge design in detail

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung is often criticized for its designs, with many people claiming their devices are cheaply made and overly plastic in feel. The truth is it has been a valid criticism at times, but the Korean giant is taking more steps to solve that, such as the Galaxy Alpha series and the new Galaxy Note 4. There are still issues, such as cutting corners with things like faux leather, but Samsung seems to be on the right track.
Read the full story here.

Verizon makes the Xperia Z3v and SmartWatch 3 available

(source: MobileBurn)
Verizon and Sony announced the new Xperia Z3v a couple of weeks back, but far from being a true variant of the Japanese company's new flagship, the Z3v is more a re-tooled Xperia Z2. Putting that disappointment aside, the device is still very good and today Verizon has announced that the smartphone is available.
Read the full story here.