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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:

Wireless Power And Battery Life Anxiety

(source: MobileCrunch)
batterylife Battery life is one of the most vexing problems in mobile tech. Indeed, Smartphone users consistently rate battery life as their No. 1 gripe. Consumers want better batteries, not wearables. So Apple’s recent announcement isn’t that surprising: iOS 9 will have a Low Power mode, which could provide an extra three hours of battery life. But that doesn’t solve the battery life… Read More

HTC Records Terrible Second Quarter Loss

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC announced its second quarter financials today and there was not much surprise to see the results were not good. After a number of quarters turning a profit, the company?s minor comeback came to a grinding halt as it dipped below the red line. The reason for that is the lukewarm reception the One M9 flagship received from critic and consumer alike.
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Sony "Will never ever" Sell Smartphone Division

(source: MobileBurn)
Sony has had a tough time overall in recent years and the situation has been exasperated by a declinig smartphone division. With handset sales declining many have mooted the idea that Sony would sell its Xperia decision, something the company has denied. With things not looking any better the rumor will not go away, but perhaps we have the definitive answer now.
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ASUS Unveils Solidly Spec'd Pegasus Plus X550

(source: MobileBurn)
You may have been thinking that ASUS is all about the ZenFone range, but the company has plenty of other smartphone products (FonePad anyone?) and has just announced the Pegasus 2 handset. In fact the exact name is the Pegasus 2 Plus X550, a mid-range device that comes with a solid enough design and spec sheet.
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Samsung Offering $200 Cashback on Galaxy Note 4 in the United States

(source: MobileBurn)
LG announced last week that it would be offering a free charger, battery, and charging cradle with every G4 purchase in the United States through July. Korean counterpart Samsung thinks it can do better though and the company is offering $200 off every Galaxy Note 4 bought during this month, again this is a United States exclusive unfortunately.
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Hooks, The App That Lets You Get A Notification For Almost Anything, Lands On Android And Apple Watch

(source: MobileCrunch)
Hooks-android4 Hooks, the app that sends you push notifications triggered by things that are important to you, has a new version for Android, as well the now almost obligatory Apple Watch app. Previously, the latest version of Hooks was iOS only. Read More

Samsung Profits to Fall Again, Quarterly Numbers to Drop

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung announced estimates for its financial results for the last quarter and it really is a mixed bag for the Korean giant, with profits continuing to fall. The company has been through trying times over the last year and a half and indeed this was the seventh quarter in a row that the company's profits have fallen.
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BlackBerry Dallas Certified for Sale

(source: MobileBurn)
BlackBerry is working on several rumoured smartphones, such as the Android running Venice, although it has yet to be confirmed. Another handset that is still not official is the BlackBerry Dallas (also known as BlackBerry Oslo), but we know the device is now imminent as it has been certified in three countries.
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Meet Lynx, An App For Sharing Links With Friends

(source: MobileCrunch)
lynx app After running silently in a public beta for a few weeks, Lynx — an app that builds a stream of links shared between friends — is opening up to the rest of the world. Lynx’s primary purpose is a private sharing channel between friends for sharing links. Rather than showing up as text, the links show up as a stream of small images with text overlaid on them that serve as… Read More

Name Your Price On Shopping App Compelation

(source: MobileCrunch)
Compelation Shatner Browse products. Name your price. If the merchant accepts your bid, you automatically buy it. This is how Compelation is flipping the concept of ecommerce and giving consumers the power. Normally, a merchant sets a sale price, and a buyer simply accepts or rejects it. That’s fast, but leads to tons of missed opportunities and a fundamental lack of transparency. Compelation wants to make… Read More

Whipclip Raises Over $40 Million For Its TV Show And Music Video Clipping App

(source: MobileCrunch)
Whipclip screenshot Whipclip, the makers of a mobile application that lets you quickly – and legally – share clips from favorite TV shows and music videos, has closed on $40 million-plus in Series C financing, the company is announcing today. The oversubscribed round was led by asset management firm, Eminence Capital, and included participation from existing investors, Institutional Venture Partners… Read More

Pre-Crime Startup BioCatch Authenticates Users Via Touch And Your Phone’s Accelerometer

(source: MobileCrunch)
in the office It’s not often that I write about a startup being granted a patent. However, the latest successful filing from Israeli startup BioCatch caught my attention. Essentially it offers a way for app developers to authenticate users based on how they interact with their phone’s touch screen and accelerometer. Read More

Mobile Maker Jolla Splits In Two, With Sailfish OS Its First Order Of Business

(source: MobileCrunch)
Jolla Tablet Software or hardware? Finnish mobile device and Sailfish OS maker Jolla has always intended doing both. But that could be changing. Today the company announced it’s forking itself, splitting its business into two. One of those businesses will be fully focused on pushing its Sailfish software platform forward. Read More

FBI director says he's 'not a maniac' about backdoor cellphone access

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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FBI director James Comey is making a final push for backdoor cellphone access for law enforcement ahead of key Senate committee meetings. In national security site Lawfare, he first admitted that "universal strong (cellphone) encryption will protect all of us -- our innovation, our private thoughts, and so many other things of value -- from thieves all kind." However, he quickly added that "there are many costs to this," citing terrorist organizations like ISIS. He said that the group recruits members "through mobile messaging apps that are end-to-end encrypted... (and) may not be intercepted, despite judicial orders under the Fourth Amendment."

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Via: Nextgov.com

Source: Lawfare

China’s Mobile Engine Is Slowing, Says Gartner

(source: MobileCrunch)
China Shutterstock Winter might well be coming for (more) smartphone makers as the sales engine of China shows signs of saturation and slowing growth, according to analyst Gartner. Read More

Apple will bring back Home Sharing for music on iOS 9

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

It sucks that Home Sharing for music isn't available on iOS 8.4, but don't worry -- Apple isn't permanently getting rid of the feature to boost its Music subscriptions. Eddy Cue, the company's SVP of Internet Software and Services, has divulged on Twitter that he and his team are working on bringing it back on iOS 9. He made the revelation on the social network as a response to this amusing tweet: "Hey @cue, I hope I don't have to be @taylorswift13 to get you to restore Home Sharing for music!"

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Via: Apple Insider

Source: Eddy Cue (Twitter)

Apple Stores to carry third-party accessories in custom boxes

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple's third-party packaging

Apple is well-known for being very particular about its packaging... and it apparently cares about other companies' packaging, too. According to 9to5Mac, the tech giant is telling retail staff that it will soon sell third-party accessories in boxes co-designed by Apple... and possibly only in those boxes. Yes, that familiar minimalist look would soon spread to just about everything in the store. The move would ostensibly help you find what you're looking for and make sure that it works with your devices. Many of the familiar brands in Apple stores are reportedly on board with the idea, including Incase, Mophie and Logitech.

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Source: 9to5Mac

Samsung UK Says Galaxy S3 and Note 2 not getting Android Lollipop

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung UK dropped the bomb that we guessed was coming but hoped wouldn't and confirmed that the aging Galaxy Note 2 or the Galaxy Note 3 will be getting Android Lollipop updates. This only cements what we had previously been told when Samsung Gulf claimed its Galaxy Note 2 variant would remain on Android 4.4 KitKat.
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LG G Pro 3 Specs Revealed Again

(source: MobileBurn)
We have talked about the LG G Pro 3 before, the handset is set to make its debut later in the year as a phablet flagship alternative to the company's G4. It actually seems as if the G Pro 3 (or G4 Pro as some suggest) will eclipse its stable mate with blazing market leading specs. @Leaksfly, a noted tipster from China, has reconfirmed some of the specs for the device and even added some new features.
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Sony Xperia Z4 Arriving in September

(source: MobileBurn)
Sony's Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z3+ are both fine devices, although they feel like they are just hold over handsets until Sony roll outs a true 2015 heavyweight later in the year. That new flagship juggernaut will be the Xperia Z5, and a new report now suggests that the handset will be launched in September in Japan and will be accompanied by a whole range.
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