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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:

HTC working on optical zoom camera for smartphones

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC has made some big changes in its approach to smartphone photography, and the company is working on even bigger ones to introduce in the next couple of years.
Read the full story here.

Chromebooks Could Soon Be Unlocked Automatically When Your Smartphone Is Near

(source: MobileCrunch)
nexusae0_EasyUnlock1 Passwords, geez those things suck. You may not need them to login to your computer in the future, and Chromebooks might be the first PC device to offer that feature natively, according to some hints found in the developer preview channel of Chrome OS by Android Police (via 9to5Google). Early code included in the latest build suggests there will one day be a way to unlock your Chromebook just by… Read More

LG's Connect is the One Ring to rule Chromecast, Roku, Fire TV, webOS, and Smart TV streaming

(source: MobileBurn)
My living room currently has three different options for streaming web content to the big screen, and LG today announced that it wants to be able to control all of the major options with a Connect SDK that developers can use to control multiple platforms.
Read the full story here.

Facebook Launches “Nearby Friends” With Opt-In Real-Time Location Sharing To Help You Meet Up

(source: MobileCrunch)
nearby-friends-press-3 Today Facebook begins rolling out a new opt-in feature called Nearby Friends. It lets friends see approximately how far away you are from them, and you can share your exact, on-going location with them for a limited time. While it's sure to stir privacy concerns, Nearby Friends could get people spending more time with friends in the real-world instead of online as it hits iOS and Android. Read More

Jackery Leaf Battery Case Review - double your iPhone's battery life in an instant

(source: MobileBurn)
Regardless of how good battery life might be for a phone, it's probably not good enough for people who use their phone often. Apple iPhone 5 or 5s users who need more power might want to get a Jackery Leaf case.
Read the full story here.

Optimizely Brings Its A/B Testing Platform To iOS Apps

(source: MobileCrunch)
Optimizely, the popular service for testing out different variations of your website, today announced the launch of Optimizely for iOS. The company says its new mobile tools allow customers to try out different interface and content changes to their iOS apps in real-time, without going through App Store approval. Thanks to the Optimizely Visual Editor, no coding is required to make these… Read More

A Million Little Facebook Pieces

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-04-17 at 9.54.04 AM Facebook, massive and successful as it is, is no longer a company that defines new social experiences. It either copies them outright or it just buys them. (See also: $19 billion for WhatsApp). Read More

LG G2 Android 4.4 KitKat update rolling out now to AT&T

(source: MobileBurn)
Another Android smartphone at AT&T is being upgraded to Android 4.4 KitKat today. Following yesterday's announcement that the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active was updated, AT&T today announced that the LG G2 is getting the latest version of Android as well.
Read the full story here.

In Today’s Messaging Wars, Platform Makers Apple And Google Are Coming Up Short

(source: MobileCrunch)
messages-zzz1 The $19 billion WhatsApp acquisition by Facebook is nothing if not a signal of the significant importance that messaging has in this new phase of online connectivity, in the world where people's "first computers" are their mobile handsets. Dozens of new messaging apps launch every day, each with a core set of functionality and a few tricks of their own, ranging from the practical (calendar… Read More

Tactus Taps Wistron To Bring Its Magical Physical Touchscreen Buttons To The Masses

(source: MobileCrunch)
tactus-large Tactus makes keyboards that appear out of seemingly flat glass touchscreen surfaces, thanks a fluid-based layer that reacts to electrical signals to create rises and bumps that serve as keys and buttons. It’s a magical technology, and one that you can see demoed on video in the clip below from CES this year. Soon, you’ll be able to get that tech on a range of devices thanks to a new… Read More

Comparison Engine Versus Launches Its First App To Grow Its 3.5M Monthly Uniques

(source: MobileCrunch)
Versus Android - Apple v Samsung Versus IO, a consumer electronics product comparison engine startup based out of Berlin that's attracted backing from Dave McClure’s 500 Startups (among others), has launched its first app as it seeks to continue growing its user-base. Read More

Omnilink Named to Verizon Partner Program

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Omnilink, an award-winning provider of advanced machine-to-machine tracking and monitoring solutions, has been named to the Verizon Partner Program as a Silver member

iPass Joins Forces With WifiForward

(source: Wireless DevNet)
iPass, a leading provider of global Wi-Fi for enterprises and telecom service providers, announced that it has joined the WifiForward coalition to lobby for the release of unlicensed spectrum in order to alleviate the Wi-Fi spectrum

BlackBerry Launches Mobile App Development Award at Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014

(source: Wireless DevNet)
BlackBerry announced the launch of the BlackBerry Smartphone App Development Award for Canada-Wide Science Fair 2014, the largest and most established science-based competition for students in the country

D-Link Updates QRS Mobile App Making It Easier to Configure a Home Network Using a Smartphone

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Customers setting up a QRS Mobile-enabled router, access point or Wi-Fi range extender will be able to do so right from their iPhone, iPad or Android device without the need for a computer

Embarcadero Launches RAD Studio XE6

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Embarcadero Technologies today launched Embarcadero RAD Studio XE6, the complete multi-device, natively compiled app development platform for Windows, Android, iOS and Mac

Apple looking to incorporate Shazam into iOS for song identification

(source: MobileBurn)
In my recent comparison of Cortana to Google Now and Siri, I noted that Apple iOS was the only tool that didn't have song identification built into its search tool. That may change in the next version of iOS. According to Bloomberg, Apple is partnering with Shazam to let users listen to a song and discover its title and artist. Launching Siri and saying "What song is playing" will identify the song and then use Apple's music services to purchase the song or create an iTunes Radio station.
Read the full story here.

Samsung and Amazon build a custom Kindle app for Samsung phones and tables

(source: MobileBurn)
One would think reading an eBook would be straightforward and universal across devices, but Samsung and Amazon have partnered to create a unique experience strictly for Samsung's Galaxy phones and tablets.
Read the full story here.

Twitter Introduces Mobile App Install Ads And Integrated Ad-Buying With MoPub

(source: MobileCrunch)
twitter app install promoted It looks like Twitter is hoping to earn more ad dollars from mobile app publishers and developers. The company is announcing several new features today that Vice President of Revenue Kevin Weil described as adding up to "an easy and scalable way to drive app installs and app engagement, both on Twitter and off Twitter." Those include the ability to pay for Promoted Tweets that drive app… Read More

Google’s Project Tango Includes Tech Apple-Acquired 3D Imaging Company PrimeSense

(source: MobileCrunch)
primesense-tango If you want a hint of what might be on the horizon at Apple, look to Google – or at least look to its Project Tango experimental 3D depth-sensing smartphone. Tango got a teardown just the other day, and later on iFixit determined that one of its key components comes from what is now an Apple subsidiary (via 9to5Google), thanks to a deal that wrapped up last November. PrimeSense, which is the… Read More

Apple Patents Android-Like Gesture Unlocking Tech For Mobile Devices

(source: MobileCrunch)
unlock Apple has a pair of new patent applications published by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) which describe a gesture-based unlocking system for iPhone or iPad devices. The system is more sophisticated than existing implementations, however, and includes a number of provisions to make the encryption even harder to frustrate the current methods employed by Android devices. Apple’s patent… Read More

Samsung And Amazon Team Up For Custom Galaxy Kindle E-Book App

(source: MobileCrunch)
Samsung-Galaxy-S5-2 So much for trashing the Kindle. Today Samsung is announcing a new app, Kindle for Samsung, created in partnership with Amazon, that will let Galaxy device users using Android 4.0 and up, starting with the Galaxy S5, to buy and read content from Amazon's catalog of magazines, newspapers and books. The app will going live across 90 countries this month. Read More