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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:

Is OnePlus working on a smart watch?

(source: MobileBurn)
OnePlus has made a splash in the smartphone arena with its One handset, and the company now has its sights set on another market, namely the wearable one.
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Office for iPad updated with PDF export, third-party fonts and video playback support

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Microsoft's iPad version of Office is pretty sleek, but it isn't perfect: it has limited print and export functions and just isn't as robust as its desktop counterpart. Slowly but surely, Redmond is changing that -- today the company announced a few notable updates to the tablet-based office suite, including PDF exports, wider font capability and a small collection of advanced Excel features.

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Source: Microsoft

Galaxy Note 4 pegged for September 3rd launch

(source: MobileBurn)
We have been hearing plenty about the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phablet flagship, from the extreme (folding screen) to the probable (robust S Health features). Now we have a little more news about when the device will land, and this is some pretty concrete stuff so we would say it's alright to take this to the bank.
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Huawei teases smartphone launch for Berlin

(source: MobileBurn)
Chinese mega brand Huawei has today teased a product launch for a new smartphone, with an event that will take place at 15:00pm on September 4th. The launch will be held during the IFA show in Berlin, Germany, where a number of smartphone vendors will be releasing new products.
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Sales of "mini" smartphones are falling

(source: MobileBurn)
A report today suggests that sales of "mini" versions of smartphones are "falling short of expectation" in what yours truly think is fantastic news. As someone who is wholeheartedly against the mini trend, I have been waiting for the day when these devices are no more, so for me this is a step in the right direction.
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LinkedIn Beats The Street In Q2 On Sales Of $534M, EPS Of $0.51

(source: MobileCrunch)
linked-earnings With social networks Facebook and Twitter handily beating analyst estimates for Q2 earnings, LinkedIn today reported its Q2 results and showed that rising tides are lifting its boat, too. Revenue for the second quarter was $534 million and its EPS (non-GAAP diluted) was $0.51 as the company also raised its guidance for Q3 and the full year. The company’s stock is up by around 8% in… Read More

Apple's new online content network should deliver your files faster

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

iCloud Drive on iPad, iPhone and a MacBook Air

If you're an iOS or Mac user, your downloads and streams are going to improve in the near future -- if they haven't already. Apple has quietly switched on its own content delivery network (CDN), letting it deliver files directly instead of leaning on services from Akamai and Level 3. The change gives the folks in Cupertino a ton of headroom, according to Frost & Sullivan analyst Dan Rayburn. In addition to offering "multiple terabits per second" of bandwidth, Apple has clearly struck Netflix-like connection deals that link it directly to internet providers. If all goes well, you should get speedy app updates and media streams even when the internet is extra-busy.

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Via: Ars Technica

Source: StreamingMediaBlog

Qi Wireless Charging Extends Range and Power

(source: Daily Wireless)
Qi a wireless charging standard created by the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) says later this year its standard, adopted by over 200 manufacturers and carriers, will allow you to charge your device from nearly two inches away. Mobile device manufacturers using the Qi standard include Asus, HTC, Huawei, LG Electronics, Motorola Mobility, Nokia, Samsung, BlackBerry, […]

French Operator Iliad Bids for T-Mobile US

(source: Daily Wireless)
French upstart telecommunications company Iliad, which is known as “Free Mobile” in France, has made an offer for T-Mobile US, reports the Wall Street Journal. The bid would counter one by Sprint for the fourth-largest wireless carrier in the U.S. Iliad, in a news release, said it offered $15 billion in cash for 56.6% of […]

Facebook Launches Free Internet Access in Zambia

(source: Daily Wireless)
Facebook is moving along with its goal to bring Web access to everyone in the world with the launch of a new app that provides people in Zambia with free basic Internet services. The new Internet.org app lets mobile users in the African country access a set of health, employment, and local information services without […]

Sky Mobile: New Wireless Carrier, Sky Mobile Launches Nationwide

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Sky Mobile, which offers a wide variety of advantages to consumers all over the nation. Consumers who are looking for affordable cell phone service will no longer be financial prisoners to the moguls of the mobile industry

Most Comprehensive Version of SpeechStorm Mobile eXperience for iPhone and Android Launched

(source: Wireless DevNet)
SpeechStorm, has today launched the most comprehensive version of its Mobile eXperience (MX) app for iPhone and Android, as an integral part of the new Jackson' release of the company's SpeechStorm Framework

Albany Nonprofit Chooses FirstLight for Voice Services

(source: Wireless DevNet)
FirstLight Fiber announced today that Consumer Directed Choices, a private, nonprofit corporation located in Albany, has selected FirstLights cloud-based unified communications offering, Virtual PBX, to support its communications needs

Ubiquiti UniFi WiFi Access Point Giveaway Ending Soon

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Those interested in enterprise WiFI Networking are invited to enter into the latest contest sponsored by Pasadena Networks, LLC

Pocket WiFi The Cheaper and More Convenient Way to Stay Connected When Travelling Internationally

(source: Wireless DevNet)
No one takes international roaming in to consideration when budgeting for a holiday or planning a business trip, its only after a shocking bill that we become more aware of the shocking costs of roaming fees

Twitter Acquires Password Security Startup Mitro, Open Sources Its Product

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-07-31 at 10.23.11 AM Twitter is acquiring a small password security startup called Mitro for its New York office. Mitro built a way that multiple people can share or control passwords to a single account. The most obvious use case would have been in the enterprise where team members need to share a single password for an account. Twitter isn’t keeping the product and we hear that the team will likely be… Read More

Mobile Ad Startup AppLovin Says It Has Reached A $100M Revenue Run Rate

(source: MobileCrunch)
applovin graphic Mobile marketing company AppLovin only came out of stealth mode a couple months ago, but CEO Adam Foroughi says it has already reached a $100 million run rate for annual revenue. To be clear, that’s gross revenue (i.e., revenue before paying publishers). And AppLovin actually has been in business for a little more than two years — it was “stealth” in the sense that… Read More

OnePlus could ditch CyanogenMod for the One

(source: MobileBurn)
One of the exciting things about the OnePlus One was that it came rocking the CyanogenMod ROM, the first mainstream smartphone to do so in fact. That made it an instant fan favourite among those who simply must have Android and was one of the reasons why the One became an overnight sensation before even being rolled out.
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Samsung's mobile division slips by 31%

(source: MobileBurn)
When Samsung announced its overall company financials a few weeks ago it revealed a slip in profits. The Korean giant said this was because of decreased demand in its mobile division and warned that specific numbers for its mobile hardware would not make for pretty reading (if you are a Samsung fan).
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Palantir Acquires App-Making Startup Propeller

(source: MobileCrunch)
propeller logo In its second announced deal this week, Palantir has acquired Propeller, a startup offering tools for building native mobile apps. Two acquisitions in one week seems pretty ambitious for any company, but as noted in Fortune, it’s particularly unusual for Palantir, a data analysis company that has only made one other acquisition, email startup VoiceGem (or at least, that’s the… Read More

Indiegogo has a new iOS app for mobile crowdfunding

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Like giving money to ambitious projects but hate using your computer? Well, that's pretty weird. We think that's weird. Thankfully for you, though, the folks at Indiegogo think that's totally awesome, and they wanna cater to your whims with a new iOS app (yes, an Android version is on the way). Guess what it's called! If you guessed "Indiegogo," you're spot on. And frankly, we appreciate your gusto.

So, what can you do with said app? Well, back projects for one. There's also discovery, and you can follow campaigns as they work toward funding goals. That said, as always, buyer beware: Indiegogo projects make no guarantee of delivery. And with Indiegogo, even if a project doesn't reach its funding goal, the project owner keeps the money they raised. Wanna know even more about crowdfunding services? We've got you covered right here. And if you wanna snag the new Indiegogo app from the iTunes App Store, it's free and available here.

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Via: The Next Web

Source: iTunes App Store, Indiegogo

Closely Is Another Way To Keep Tabs On Where Your Close Buddies Are At

(source: MobileCrunch)
Closely A German startup that’s built a mobile location-based network for families, called Familonet, which includes an automatic location notification feature is launching a spin-off side project app targeting small groups of friends or co-workers who might find it similarly useful to be automatically informed of each others’ whereabouts. The new app, currently in beta on Google Play,… Read More

Runtastic’s $120 Orbit Fitness Tracker Prizes Function And Features Over Fashion

(source: MobileCrunch)
IMG_9997 1 Runtastic is doing the reverse of what many startups are doing these days: it’s going from being a software platform provider to becoming a hardware maker with the Runtastic Orbit fitness tracker. The Orbit is similar in concept and execution to the various trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone and Nike already available, but with a number of features designed to set it apart from the competition. Read More

Indiegogo Goes Mobile With International Launch Of iOS App

(source: MobileCrunch)
indiegogoapp Ever since Indiegogo raised that massive $40 million Series B this year, the crowd-funding platform has been laser focused on building out its mobile presence. In fact, CEO Slava Rubin said in an interview with TechCrunch recently that if Indiegogo were launching today, it would be a mobile-first company. So it should come as no surprise that Indiegogo is ready to launch an iOS mobile… Read More

Shazam takes its music discovery powers to the Mac

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Shazam has already covered ground on mobile platforms such as iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8, but now it is prepared to bring its media identification software to more devices. And it all starts with Apple's line of personal computers. The newly minted Shazam for Mac, naturally, features the same discovery tools which have made the app as popular as it is today, with the main differentiator being that it's new for desktops and laptops. Once installed, the application performs in a rather subtle way, running its trademark ID work constantly in the background, if you allow it to. On the home screen, additionally, it only takes a spot on the menu bar to let you glance at recently discovered media. We say "media" because Shazam isn't just capable of recognizing music playing around you, but also other stuff like TV shows -- this is something that's also possible on the smartphone/tablet apps.%Gallery-slideshow210710%

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The One-Horse Race: 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2 Were Android

(source: MobileCrunch)
6180104944_73e0a291aa_b Another milestone for Google’s Android in its unstoppable march to mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly amid a growth in decline for the smartphone market overall. Apple,… Read More

The One-Horse Race: Android Represented 85% Of The 300M Smartphones Shipped In Q2

(source: MobileCrunch)
6180104944_73e0a291aa_b Another milestone for Google’s Android in its relentless march for mobile dominance: the operating system accounted for 85% of all smartphones shipped in Q2 — its highest ever proportion, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. Google’s win comes at a loss for everyone else, and interestingly for the smartphone market overall. Apple, Windows Phone and BlackBerry… Read More