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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:

Fixed Raises $1.2 Million For A Mobile App That Fights Your Parking Tickets For You

(source: MobileCrunch)
fixed Fixed, the clever mobile application that helps you fight your parking tickets just by snapping a photo of the ticket with your mobile phone, has now closed on $1.2 million in seed funding. Investors in the round include Y Combinator, Merus Capital, Scott Banister, John Cobbs, Mark Randolph, Matt Humphries, Eric Wu, and David King. Headquartered in San Francisco, which also serves as its… Read More

The Smart Key Chain Will Store Your Files, Check Your Email, And Find Your Keys

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screenshot 2014-07-24 13.08.37 Because everything is getting smarter, it would be silly to think that keychains would be exempt. The Smart Keychain has four uses in one small package: USB file storage, upcoming calendar alerts, incoming email notifications, and a key locator. Read More

Instagram’s “Bolt” Leak Could Be A New Facebook App Or An App Install Ad Test

(source: MobileCrunch)
bolt Some Instagram users are reporting having briefly seen a banner advertisement within the Instagram application which pointed to a new app called “Bolt,” described as a “one tap photo messaging” app. Next to the app’s name and description, a download button linked out to a non-functional URL on the Google Play store. The current speculation being shared around the… Read More

Samsung's Galaxy Alpha is not what you thought it was

(source: MobileBurn)
Here it is, the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, a handset that is meant to be something of a new dawn for the Korean company. However, this is Samsung and the company rarely does the thing YOU want it to
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LG sells record amount of smartphones

(source: MobileBurn)
If we needed any proof of how well LG was doing with mobile we only had to take a look at the company's current G3 flagship. However, just to really show off how the Korean brand is becoming a force in the smartphone world, the company has just recorded its best quarter ever in its mobile division.
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SilverPush Says It’s Using “Audio Beacons” For An Unusual Approach To Cross-Device Ad Targeting

(source: MobileCrunch)
silverpush graphic A number of companies are trying to help advertisers bridge the gap between devices — i.e. to identify when the same person is accessing the web or apps from the desktop, phone and tablets. Now a mobile advertising startup called SilverPush says it has created the most accurate approach yet. Making those connections is particularly important for advertisers because of the lack of cookies… Read More

Imoji For iPhone Lets You Turn Any Image Into A Custom Emoji

(source: MobileCrunch)
imoji marketing 2 With the rise of smartphones and messaging apps, emoji and stickers have also grown in popularity, and are now a part of our everyday conversations. But the standard set of emoji that come pre-installed on the iPhone can be limiting. Today, a new application called imoji launches in hopes of changing that, by allowing you to turn any image into a custom sticker or emoji for use with… Read More

Karma Swipe Lets You Browse Reddit With Tinder-Like Swipes

(source: MobileCrunch)
karmaswipe There are literally dozens of third-party apps for the online community Reddit, from mini meme-makers to feature-rich native clients, like the popular Alien Blue, for example. But we’re getting a kick out of a new app called Karma Swipe (click the link on your smartphone), which offers a simple, swipeable mobile interface for Reddit, heavily focused on Reddit’s visual content… Read More

Google’s Chromecast Turns One, Boasts Over 400M Casts To Date

(source: MobileCrunch)
Chromecast_dongle Google launched the Chromecast exactly one year ago today, and the $35 streaming stick has made some impressive progress in the intervening 365 days. The media player has added a ton of features, but Google also revealed that it has powered over 400 million Casts thus far, which involve users running software on their Android, iOS or PC device to displays connected to the Chromecast. The device… Read More

G&Ds Subscription Management Platform Powers DOCOMO eSIM Solution for M2M Devices

(source: Wireless DevNet)
NTT DOCOMO, Inc., the largest mobile network operator in Japan, has selected Giesecke & Devrients subscription management solution for Japans first commercial eSIM service

HERE is the Official Map of Red Bull

(source: Wireless DevNet)
HERE, a Nokia company, has been named the Official Map of Red Bull. The Red Bull Media House will now use HERE maps across all of its digital channels as part of the inspiring content it delivers to millions around the world

PRIVATE WiFi Unveils WiFi Dashboard to Alert Windows 8 Users When a Wireless Network is Unsecure

(source: Wireless DevNet)
PRIVATE WiFi today unveiled a new free app WiFi Dashboard for Windows 8 personal computers and Surface tablets, which will alert users when they are using unsecure or unencrypted WiFi

The Thump Bug Wireless Bluetooth Headset Debuts On Amazon

(source: Wireless DevNet)
The product is on Amazon where all the product specifications are displayed, discussed and expounded upon. The Thump Bug Bluetooth headset consists of a wireless stereo neckband with built in microphone and magnetic ear buds

Apple reportedly releasing OS X Yosemite in October alongside 4K desktop and 12-inch Retina MacBook

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple reportedly releasing OS X Yosemite in October alongside 4K desktop and 12-inch Retina MacBook

Well, this is a timely rumor: Today is the day Apple opens up OS X Yosemite for public beta-testing, and now we're hearing the final version of the OS will come out in late October. The report comes from Mark Gurman at 9to5Mac, who has a strong track record when it comes to Apple rumors, and he claims that in addition to OS X, Apple will release a 12-inch Retina display MacBook, and either an iMac or a standalone monitor with a 4K screen. Obviously, Apple could do a 180 and release the same old computers with minor spec bumps, but if you ask us, everything Gurman is reporting seems plausible. First of all, Apple already promised it would release a final version of OS X sometime in the fall, and surely it plans to do that before the holiday shopping season starts up in November.

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Source: 9to5Mac

Appealing To Women, Social Fitness App PumpUp Raises $2.4M Led by General Catalyst

(source: MobileCrunch)
Newsfeed You would think that combining a health and fitness app with social networking features had kinda been done for a while. Strava has a sort of network where I can follow my friends’ runs. And other apps have similar features. But it would seem there’s a qualitative difference to some fitness platforms some of us have missed that some investors are still interested in exploring.… Read More

Samsung Might Have Found A Shortcut To Mobile Virtual Reality Through Oculus VR

(source: MobileCrunch)
oculus-dk2 If you’re interested in virtual reality, then a new report from CNET that maintains Samsung is working directly with Facebook-owned Oculus on a headset that uses mobile devices to generate VR environments and experiences should get you excited. We’ve heard before that Samsung was working on its own VR headset, but this is further evidence that they might have a helping hand from… Read More

Microsoft Parodies “I’m Sexy And I Know It” And It’s The Worst

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.01.11 PM The OneNote team has been active lately, making their product free across all platforms, and hosting a successful Reddit AMA session that included an adorkable verification video. Then they decided to reach. Small tip: If you are technology team in any capacity, either a tech-focused VC group, a phone company, or a software development team, leave the parodies to Weird Al and the singing to… Read More

Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

(source: MobileCrunch)
facebook-earnings Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has 1.32… Read More

Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

(source: MobileCrunch)
sense_hand_charcoal_lit When I first took a look at Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to create… Read More

Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Sensor, The Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

(source: MobileCrunch)
sense_hand_charcoal_lit When I first took a look at the Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to… Read More

Metal Samsung Galaxy Alpha runs into production issues

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung has done everything right with its flagship smartphones in recent years, save for one thing. The company builds its flagship devices out of plastic and has never explored metal as an option, although that is due to change. The company's upcoming iPhone baiting Galaxy Alpha
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