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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:

Namo Media Upgrades Its Native Ad Platform With Ad Carousels

(source: MobileCrunch)
namo carousel Native ad startup Namo Media has found a way to pack more ads into the content streams of its publishers. The company is launching version 3.0 of its software development kit, and co-founder and CEO Gabor Cselle said the biggest change is the addition of a carousel for ads — so instead of just seeing one ad at a time, users can now swipe horizontally to see more. Apparently Namo is using… Read More

Duet Takes On Tile With A Small, Square Lost Item Finder That Also Lets Your Replace The Battery

(source: MobileCrunch)
Duet-backpack Early backers of the Bluetooth-powered lost item finder called Tile, backed by $2.7 million in crowdfunding, have been patiently waiting for the device to begin shipping (which it finally is, they say). But in the meantime, a number of similar tags have stepped in to fill the void, including TrackR, StickNFind, Lapa, and others. And now here comes one more: the Duet, a small, colorful and… Read More

Mobile Devices Can Dramatically Improve Literacy Rates In Developing Countries, Says UNESCO

(source: MobileCrunch)
Worldreader A new report by UNESCO says that mobile devices can boost literacy rates in developing countries, potentially reaching almost all of the world's population. Furthermore, an expensive tablet or smartphone is not necessary. In fact, many e-book readers use featurephones. The report surveyed 5,000 people in Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan, and Zimbabwe Read More

HBO and Amazon partner to deliver some HBO shows in Prime Instant Video, HBO Go launching on Fire TV later this year

(source: MobileBurn)
HBO and Amazon have entered into a rather unique partnership. For the first time, people will be able to access some HBO shows through an online-only subscription. The keyword there is "some."
Read the full story here.

Xiaomi plans to expand into 10 more countries this year

(source: MobileBurn)
Xiaomi isn't the easiest name to spell or pronounce for people outside of China That's why Xiaomi yesterday revealed Mi.com as a new domain that's easier for the rest of the world to spell and visit. It's also the first step of the company's planned global expansion later this year
Read the full story here.

Spectrum Needed to Fuel Growth of LTE in Latin America

(source: Wireless DevNet)
There are 38 commercial LTE networks in 18 countries of Latin America, largely in urban areas, and the number of LTE connections is expected to increase by 100 percent in the next two years, according to Informa Telecoms and Media

Dobleas Launches Cross-device Data Management Platform

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Dobleas / FreakOut International is pleased to announce that the cross-device capability of its proprietary Data Management Platform came out of stealth and is now officially available for clients to use in the platform

Garmin Launches GNX Marine Instruments

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Designed for use on all types of vessels, and with specific sail racing features, these compact and easy-to-read displays show 50 different data parameters including depth, speed and wind using high contrast 36 mm digits, graphs and gauges

Thames Clippers and Masabi to Launch Mobile Ticketing on Central London River Bus Services

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Thames Clippers today announced that they have signed a five year contract with Masabi, the leader in mobile ticketing and payments for transit, to bring smartphone ticketing to its River Bus service operating on the River Thames

Meredith Attwell Baker Named Chief Executive Officer of CTIA-The Wireless Association

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Meredith Attwell Baker, a veteran telecommunications executive and former commissioner of the FCC, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of CTIA, effective June 2, the association announced today

Samsung’s Own Apps Don’t Get Used Much, But That’s No Surprise

(source: MobileCrunch)
Samsung-Galaxy-S511 Samsung preloads its own apps on its Android devices, including replacements for stock apps like the phone dialer and SMS software, as well as more advanced note-taking and WhatsApp competitor apps. But app away though they may, very few people are actually using them according to a new survey detailed by the Wall Street Journal. instead, people are using the apps you’d expect to be… Read More

Apple Profiles Apps Used To Create Its ‘Powerful’ New Ad

(source: MobileCrunch)
powerful-apple-hero Apple has a new ad out that you may have seen, featuring a track by The Pixies and a whole lot of iPhone users employing mobile software to cover the song. The ad harkens back to earlier Apple ads where people used a variety of software from the App Store to have fun with their devices, and as such represents a pretty strong return to form. I’ll forgive them the obligatory… Read More

OnePlus One "flagship killer" phone has almost all of the desired specs of a premium phone but only costs $299

(source: MobileBurn)
Formed by a former Oppo employee, the newly announced One Plus One has a confusing name, but nothing is more confusing than the device having specifications on par with any device yet costing half as much.
Read the full story here.

The OnePlus One Offers Top-Tier Specs Android Phone Specs At $299

(source: MobileCrunch)
03 Not all smartphones are created equal, but the new OnePlus One (not to be confused with that other One, the HTC One) is roughly equivalent on paper with some of the most expensive smartphones in the world, albeit with a price that puts it much more within reach than most of those. The OnePlus One starts at $299 for a white 16GB version, and will also offer a 64GB variant in black for $349 when it… Read More

Another Taxi Company App, Estonia’s Taxify, Takes In $100K To Grow In Eastern Europe

(source: MobileCrunch)
Taxify Another funding round for another taxi app company — albeit this one, Estonian startup Taxify, is focusing on helping existing taxi companies fight the encroaching threat on their business from independent drivers making like cabbies with help of apps like Uber and Cabify. Taxify has closed a $100,000 seed round, with investment coming from multiple angel investors from the U.S., Asia… Read More

Chinese Android Phone Maker Xiaomi Preps Big Global Push For This Year

(source: MobileCrunch)
Xiaomi Chinese Android device startup, Xiaomi, is stepping up its international expansion plans -- with founder Lei Jun today naming 10 markets it plans to enter this year, speaking at a Beijing press event. Read More

Viber Finally Goes Flat With New iOS Design

(source: MobileCrunch)
viber Showing up a bit late to the iOS 7 party, Viber has released an update to the iPhone version of the application that incorporates the same flat design we've seen throughout the new operating system. Viber had been in pretty desperate need of a redesign for quite some time. On the one hand, there's something charming about an up-and-coming app that looks slightly outdated or unpolished (the way… Read More

Nokia Lumia 930

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Nokia Lumia 930 smartphone - Nokia launches the Lumia 930 smartphone based on Windows Phone 8.1. The Nokia Lumia 930 is a flagship smartphone which delivers the best of Microsoft and Lumia for the ultimate video and imaging experience. Windows Phone 8.1 introduces more details at-a-glance through Live Tiles, one easy swipe to important notifications with Action Center, faster ways to connect and type with Word Flow and, starting in the US, a personal and proactive virtual assistant called Cortana. In addition, the Windows Phone 8.1 enterprise pack means existing Lumia Windows Phone 8 devices will become better business phones.

Google offered to help Samsung with Apple patent battle costs

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Confirming what a lot of us thought already, Google is more than a little interested in Apple and Samsung's continuing court battle. New evidence revealed by Apple's lawyers outlines emails from Google that offered to foot some of the damages (if Samsung lost), as well as cover part of the legal costs in the current trial. This would cover two of the five patents that Apple is fighting over. Google lawyer James Maccoun confirmed that it would help Samsung as part of the Mobile Application Distribution Agreement, the framework that allows Samsung to use Google-made apps on its Android devices. According to Maccoun's taped deposition: "As I read it, Google's essentially offering to defend Samsung to the MADA and does offer to defend some [patent] claims."

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Source: WSJ

Apple mends a Heartbleed security bug in its latest WiFi routers

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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Apple has largely avoided the wrath of the Heartbleed security flaw, but it now appears that the company's products aren't completely immune. The crew in Cupertino just updated its most recent AirPort Extreme and Time Capsule WiFi routers to fix a Heartbleed-related vulnerability that surfaces when you're either using Back to My Mac remote access or sending diagnostics. While the flaw won't let evildoers steal your credentials, they could launch man-in-the-middle attacks that grant access to login pages on both the router and your computers -- more than a little dangerous, we'd say. You don't have to worry if you're still hanging on to an older AirPort, but everyone using Apple's latest networking gear will want to patch up as soon as possible.

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Openwave Mobility Wins Award for Second Year Running

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetize mobile data, has won the Excellence in SDN Award for Integra - the industry's first Layer 7 SDN & NFV enabled Value Added Services platform

Digigram's New Codec Fleet Manager Speeds and Simplifies Management of AoIP Contribution Codecs

(source: Wireless DevNet)
The Web-based application, which can be hosted privately on any virtual machine or operated as SaaS in the cloud, enables structured management of all deployed audio-over-IP contribution codecs

Exelis Completes Nationwide Infrastructure Upgrade of FAAs NextGen Aircraft Tracking System

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Exelis has completed a nationwide infrastructure upgrade that will enable air traffic controllers to track aircraft with greater accuracy and reliability while giving pilots more information in the cockpit

I.D. Systems Receives Follow-On Orders Valued at $1.2 Million

(source: Wireless DevNet)
I.D. Systems, Inc. has received a series of purchase orders, valued in excess of $1.2 million, to deploy its PowerFleet wireless VMS on fleets of lift trucks at multiple distribution centers of a Fortune 100 company

Cota Wireless Power Solution Penetrates Walls With Improved Distance & Non-Line-of-Site Capabilities

(source: Wireless DevNet)
After five years in stealth research and development, Cota became the first publicly demonstrated remote wireless power system, successfully recharging an iPhone from a distance of 10 feet away from its charging station

Motorola shipped 6.5 million devices in Q1 2014

(source: MobileBurn)
Motorola's performance in the first three months of 2014 wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great. The company reported via a tweet that it shipped 6.5 million devices across the globe in the first quarter. Compared to the 10 million Samsung ships for its Galaxy Note 3- that's millions more for one phone, by the way - in only two months. However, Motorola had a respectable haul if one considers that Motorola has been on the decline in recent years. The Moto G did well, but clearly there's a lot of room for improvement once Lenovo takes over the company later this year.
Read the full story here.

Apple's OS X beta testing is now open to the public

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

OS X Mavericks

Apple has released public beta tests of individual Mac apps in recent years, but OS X itself has largely been off-limits unless you've registered as a developer. That changes now that Apple has launched the OS X Beta Seed Program. Starting with OS X 10.9.3, you can try pre-release operating system updates by signing in with a garden variety Apple ID; oddly enough, you still have to sign a developer-style agreement promising to keep some details a secret. We wouldn't sign up solely because of the upcoming Mavericks update, but the program represents an all-too-rare opportunity to both preview features and provide direct feedback as an everyday user. If you're willing to live with a few bugs, you can start with your first beta at the source link.

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Evernote CEO Details His Company’s Plans For A Wearable Future

(source: MobileCrunch)
phil-libin There’s a conundrum facing software developers these days: Wearable tech is clearly an area of keen interest among consumers and industry watchers, but how to prepare for mass market adoption in this nascent space? There are still so many variables, so much left up in the air, that it’s hard to pick any areas of investment with guaranteed return on investment. But Evernote CEO Phil… Read More

Microsoft Will Pick Up 93.5% Of The Windows Phone Device Market When Its Nokia Deal Closes On Friday

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-04-22 at 12.32.26 PM After delay and minor intrigue, the $7.2 billion Microsoft-Nokia deal will close this Friday. With its conclusion, Microsoft will become the de facto Windows Phone OEM, building and shipping the lion's share of the smartphones that are part of the platform. Read More

Withings Updates Its Pulse Activity Tracker With Blood Oxygen Monitoring

(source: MobileCrunch)
pulse-o2-withings Withings pretty much nailed the activity tracker with the Pulse activity tracker, which features a built-in heart rate sensor that uses pulse oximetry (just like the Galaxy S5). Now, it has updated that product with new sensor capabilities with the Pulse O2. The O2 can also measure blood oxygen level (hence the name) and offers a new bracelet mount for improved wrist-borne wearing. Existing Pulse… Read More

Apple Releases iOS 7.1.1 With Touch ID Improvements

(source: MobileCrunch)
iPhone-5s-fingerprint-sensor Apple has released a new update to iOS 7 today, a minor point update with bug fixes and improvements. One such improvement beefs up Touch ID performance, which should mean better recognition of fingerprints registered with your iPhone 5s device. Some users had cited a gradual worsening of the Touch ID sensor’s ability to recognize existing fingerprints, so hopefully this clears that up for… Read More

Sprint aims to have all phones unlockable by 2015

(source: MobileBurn)
Sprint is currently one of the more difficult networks to deal with when unlocking a device, but the nation's third-place carrier is working to remove some of the technological hurdles that keep it from unlocking smartphones next year.
Read the full story here.

Nike Fuel: Out of Gas?

(source: Daily Wireless)
Sportswear giant Nike is cutting back on its “NikeFuel,” brand, the array of Nike digital products, using a proprietary measurement of physical activity. The usefulness of the measurement depended on who you talked to, notes The Oregonian. Nike confirmed to Re/code that it would make a “small number” of layoffs, but denied that it is […]

AT&T To Offer Netflix Competition

(source: Daily Wireless)
AT&T is reportedly creating a streaming video service, according to GigaOm, thanks to a $500 million joint venture with the Chernin Group, a producer of a variety of television and media content. From AT&T’s press release, it is unclear exactly what type of content the joint venture hopes to offer. “Consumers are increasingly viewing video […]

USAID Funds Community-based Digital Communications

(source: Daily Wireless)
The NY Times reports the State Department has provided $2.8 million to a team of American hackers, community activists and software geeks to a mesh network, as a way for dissidents abroad to communicate more freely and securely. The United States Agency for International Development has pledged $4.3 million to create mesh networks in Cuba, […]

LookFor Kickstarts A Colored Flashing Light For Your Smartphone Screen – Seriously

(source: MobileCrunch)
lookfor If you want to find someone at a big event, it’s difficult. “I’m by the big orange thing sort of next to the pretzel vendor kinda” is pretty standard fare for communicating your whereabouts. A new Kickstarter project (via Ross Rubin on Twitter) aims to DISRUPT finding your pals in a busy place with a significant advancement in smartphone technology – colored flashing… Read More