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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:

Amazon’s Fire Phone Product Efforts Will Continue Despite Early Stumbles

(source: MobileCrunch)
Amazon Fire Phone Amazon is taking the long view on the Fire phone, despite poor early sales, a huge price cut and $83 million in surplus inventory that resulted in a $170 million charge for the excess hardware and supplier costs combined. Amazon’s SVP of Devices David Limp told Fortune the big issue was a miscalculation on pricing, which later resulted in Amazon slashing the price of the device from $199… Read More

Samsung launches the Galaxy A3 and A5

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung has just rolled out two new smartphones, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, a couple of handsets that the company says are the thinnest smartphones it has ever made (more on that in a moment). These handsets have been much rumoured over the last two months and were inspired by the all-metal Galaxy Alpha, a spin-off of sorts to a full range of smartphones.
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Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 smartphones

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 Android smartphones - Samsung Electronics revealed two new smartphones, the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3. Both Android smartphones offer a refined and trendy design and the most advanced functions to support social networking. The Galaxy A3 and A5 are Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, featuring a full metal unibody design that are 6.7mm and 6.9mm thin, respectively. Both Galaxy A smartphones will come in a variety of colors to accommodate the personal style of diverse users. The Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 empower younger consumers to quickly and easily capture meaningful moments, connect to social media and share their daily lives.

Amazon: $115 in Paid Apps Free this Halloween

(source: Daily Wireless)
Amazon is promoting some $115 in paid apps this Halloween for Android devices at the Amazon Appstore. You’ll first need to install Amazon’s Appstore Android app. The offer is good through November 1. Here are some of the highlights, including their usual price: World of Goo ($4.99) Plants vs. Zombies ($0.99) Plex ($4.99) Zombie Gunship […]

Samsung Announces The Galaxy A5 And Galaxy A3, Its “Slimmest Smartphones To Date”

(source: MobileCrunch)
galaxy a3 a5 Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones to date.” Read More

Samsung announces the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3, its “slimmest smartphones to date”

(source: MobileCrunch)
galaxy a3 a5 Samsung vowed to introduce more metallic devices when it revealed its disappointing Q3 2014 earnings yesterday, and it wasted no time doing so after announcing the Galaxy A5 and the Galaxy A3 — two metallic devices that it calls its “slimmest smartphones to date.” Read More

In The Best Conditions, iOS-Exclusive Vainglory Is A Top-Notch MOBA

(source: MobileCrunch)
Vainglory A few weeks back I drove down to the San Mateo headquarters of Super Evil Megacorp, the developer behind Vainglory, one of the prominent MOBAs built specifically for tablets (and, as we discovered at September’s iPhone event, the iPhone 6). Read More

Samsung slumps to four year smartphone low

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung announced its third quarter financial results yesterday and the news is not good for the company, with the gloomy predictions coming true. The Korean giant raked in $3.9 billion in profit through the period, a figure that would delight most companies but represent a huge slide for Samsung, the second quarter in a row where profits have tumbled.
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Tell us how you really feel about the iPhone 6 Plus and Galaxy Note 4

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Sure, smartphones have been getting larger and larger every year. And for those who really want to go big, large-screen "phablet" Android phones have risen to fill the demand. But iPhone users who wanted a larger screen have always been left wanting -- until last months' release of the iPhone 6 Plus, that is. The 5.5-inch screen makes it the largest iPhone yet, but can it compete with Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 flagship? Now that both devices have been available for a while, we want to know how you, our readers, feel about your big-screen phone. Do you like having more screen real estate? Does the extra 0.2 inch on the Galaxy Note 4 make a difference? How do your favorite apps look on the 6 Plus? Is the stylus on the Note 4 still a draw? If you switched to Android for a big phone, have you switched back to iOS? You read our reviews; now we want to read yours. Leave a user review on the product pages for the iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy Note 4 detailing your unique experiences, and we'll be featuring the very best comments about both devices in an upcoming post.

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Immediately Is An Email App For Sales Reps That Tracks When Messages Are Read

(source: MobileCrunch)
2_ia_iphone_photo SquareOne, an email startup that launched its iOS app for organizing messages earlier this year, has now pivoted to become Immediately, an email app designed with the needs of sales reps in mind. The new app, which is currently live on the web and on iPhone, is an email client application offering features like reminders, templates, scheduling and Salesforce sync, as well as the ability to… Read More

Apple loses US market share despite record sales

(source: MobileBurn)
Apple operates in a unique way inside the smartphone market and that has been proven as the company's market share fell in the United States during September, but iPhone sales broke records. Over 39 million iPhone units sold through the last quarter helped Apple to bumper financial results while the company's shares have been trading at all-time highs.
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The Digital Asset and AVEVA E3D in the Cloud Take Centre Sstage at the AVEVA World Summit 2014

(source: Wireless DevNet)
AVEVA announced today the expansion of customer trials of their 3D design software in the cloud, after its debut at the AVEVA World Summit 2014 in Berlin

New Portable Telemedicine Videoconferencing Kits from DigiGone Provide Medical Lifeline

(source: Wireless DevNet)
DigiGone, a communication solution provider specializing in secure video transmission, today announced the introduction of new remote telemedicine kits for marine, aviation and land-based applications

Researchers Prove Accuracy of Mobile Phone Population Mapping

(source: Wireless DevNet)
A study by an international team, including the University of Southampton, has shown population maps based on anonymous mobile phone call record data can be as accurate as those based on censuses

O2 Secure Wireless announces acquisition target in Mexico

(source: Wireless DevNet)
O2 Secure Wireless, Inc., is pleased to announce that the company is currently in negotiations to acquire Technologies Argus First de Mexico S.A de C.V., who services the telecom industry for Mexico

Ruckus Brings Big Wi-Fi to Small Business with Xclaim

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Ruckus Wireless unveiled Xclaim, a new kind of Wi-Fi system exclusively developed for the small business market that redefines the model for offering enterprise-grade Wi-Fi services to organizations that have little to no IT expertise

Apple No Longer Rejecting Calculator Widgets From The App Store

(source: MobileCrunch)
pcalc-widget The maker of a popular iOS app and widget, PCalc, which took advantage of iOS 8’s support for Notification Center Widgets, was recently told by Apple that his handy app would be pulled from the App Store due to the fact that “widgets on iOS cannot perform any calculations.” The app’s creator, James Thomson, took to Twitter to inform users and respond to inquiries about… Read More

LG’s Crazy New Smartphone Screen Has Almost No Bezel

(source: MobileCrunch)
2 Tired of looking at all that extra space around your smartphone screen? Let’s ignore for a second that that space serves a rather important function (giving you somewhere to put your thumb/fingers that isn’t on the screen) and just marvel at this thing. Read More

uBeam Nabs $10 Million In Funding From Upfront Ventures To Make Wireless Charging A Reality

(source: MobileCrunch)
Meredith with early prototype Wireless power seems like one of those things everyone always dreams about. I mean, how great would it be to have your phone just charge while it’s sitting in your pocket with no need to plug it in? That’s the premise uBeam is setting out to deliver on, and to do so, it’s raised $10 million in Series A funding led by Upfront Ventures. Read More

True cost of Verizon device trials

(source: MobileBurn)
Ever wanted to take advantage of a trial period? These carrier deals let you test a device and network for a limited amount of time before deciding whether to jump on board and buy the handset or join the carrier. Sounds like a pretty good deal doesn't it, but a MobileBurn investigation shows that it is actually a very costly thing to do; so much for a free trial.
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Productivity Startup Any.do Rolls Out A Business-Focused Upgrade, Subscription Pricing

(source: MobileCrunch)
all-devices Any.do, a productivity startup with apps for calendaring and task management which claims a reach of over 11 million users, is today expanding beyond its earlier consumer focus with a new set of features – and pricing plans – aimed at businesses. In the Any.do 2.0 release out today, colleagues and teams can now use Any.do’s task list application to collaborate on tasks,… Read More

Xiaomi chews in Samsung, now the third biggest smartphone seller

(source: MobileBurn)
Lenovo tied up the acquisition of Motorola today and the Chinese giant said the partnership would be the third biggest smartphone brand in the world and will shift 100 million units in 2015. For the time being though third place as been occupied by another Chinese company, Xiaomi, passing LG for the first time to become the third biggest handset seller in the world.
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Motorola is now a Lenovo company

(source: MobileBurn)
Despite recently becoming more closely linked than ever, Motorola has finally been sold off by Google to Lenovo, months after the deal was first announced. In the deal, Google will retain Motorola's patents, although the company can license them even though it is now under Chinese company Lenovo's wing.
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Tim Cook says he's 'proud to be gay'

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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Tim Cook has long topped lists as the "most powerful" gay person in the world, and today he's publicly addressed his sexuality for the first time. "Throughout my professional life, I've tried to maintain a basic level of privacy," the Apple CEO says in a letter published by Bloomberg Businessweek. "While I have never denied my sexuality, I haven't publicly acknowledged it either, until now. So let me be clear: I'm proud to be gay, and I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me."

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Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Microsoft Band is the company's first wearable

(source: MobileBurn)
No big press event, no showbiz style launch, but Microsoft has entered the wearable market today, although don't call its "Microsoft Band" a smartwatch. Interestingly, Redmond has avoided the urge to compete with Android Wear and the Apple Watch with a full wrist accessory and is instead targeting the fitness crowd with the Microsoft Band.
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