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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:

Instagram is building non-SMS 2-factor auth to thwart SIM hackers

(source: MobileCrunch)
Hackers can steal your phone number by reassigning it to a different SIM card, use it to reset your passwords, steal your Instagram and other accounts and sell them for bitcoin. As detailed in a harrowing Motherboard article today, Instagram accounts are especially vulnerable because the app only offers two-factor authentication through SMS that delivers […]

Sharecuts is creating a community for sharing Siri Shortcuts

(source: MobileCrunch)
With the upcoming release of iOS 12, Apple is introducing a new app called Shortcuts that will allow users to build custom voice commands for Siri that can be used to kick off a variety of actions in apps. While some apps will directly prompt users to add a Shortcut to Siri, the new Shortcuts […]

An app that uses AI to help you improve your basketball shot just raised $4 million

(source: MobileCrunch)
Let’s be real: you are most certainly never going to be as good as Steve Nash, Chris Paul, James Harden — or really any professional NBA player. But it probably won’t stop you from trying to practice or model your game around your favorite players, and spend hours upon hours figuring out how to get better. […]

Netflix is falling off a cliff

(source: MobileCrunch)
Netflix didn’t add as many subscribers as expected by a bunch of people on Wall Street who, on a quarterly basis, govern whether or not it’ll be more valuable than Comcast — and that is probably a bad thing, as it’s one of the primary indicators of its future potential for said finance folk. While it’s […]

Apple’s App Store revenue nearly double that of Google Play in first half of 2018

(source: MobileCrunch)
Apple’s App Store continues to outpace Google Play on revenue. In the first half of the year, the App Store generated nearly double the revenue of Google Play on half the downloads, according to a new report from Sensor Tower out today. In terms of dollars and cents, that’s $22.6 billion in worldwide gross app […]

Apple emoji will soon include people with curly hair, white hair and superpowers

(source: MobileCrunch)
In honor of World Emoji Day (yes, that’s a thing), Apple is previewing some of its upcoming emoji. Later this year, Apple’s emoji set will feature people with a variety of hairstyles and colors, including curly hair, red hair and white hair. What you’re about to see are simply Apple’s take on emoji that were […]

Kapwing is Adobe for the meme generation

(source: MobileCrunch)
Need to resize a video for IGTV? Add subtitles for Twitter? Throw in sound effects for YouTube? Or collage it with other clips for the Instagram feed? Kapwing lets you do all that and more for free from a mobile browser or website. This scrappy new startup is building the vertical video era’s creative suite […]

Wave Uber’s new Spotlight or send canned chats to find your driver

(source: MobileCrunch)
Uber is aiming to perfect the art of the pickup with three features it says minimize cancellations. Guaranteed pickup windows boost confidence that you’ll make your flight, and give you a credit of $10 if your scheduled ride is late. Pre-written messages let drivers and riders let each other know they’ll “Be right there” or […]

Sprint & T-Mobile Charged with “Cramming”

(source: Daily Wireless)
Sprint is facing a lawsuit by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that alleges the carrier illegally billed wireless consumers for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges. The lawsuit contends that Sprint operated a billing system that allowed third parties to bill for unwanted services, a process known as “cramming.” T-Mobile has agreed […]

Cable & Carriers Target 5GHz Spectrum

(source: Daily Wireless)
Cox Communications announced today that it launched more than 1,700 additional WiFi hotspots for Cox Internet customers in the Phoenix and Las Vegas this month. The latest Cox WiFi hotspots bring CoxWiFi service to six markets to date with many more planned for 2015, including hundreds of hotspots in San Diego after the first of […]

Moment Pro Camera app brings big camera controls to your phone

(source: MobileCrunch)
Moment, the company that brought you the best glass for your mobile device, now gives you DSLR-like controls with their Pro Camera app. Features include full manual adjustment over ISO, shutter speed, white balance, image format and more. It should be noted that if you don’t have a shiny new device you won’t be able […]

Adobe could bring Photoshop to the iPad

(source: MobileCrunch)
Adobe currently has three dozens apps in the App Store. But one app is still missing. According to a report from Bloomberg, the company could be working on a full-fledged version of Photoshop for the iPad. And it makes sense for a ton of reasons. First, it’s clear that the iPad has become powerful enough […]

Opera adds a crypto wallet to its mobile browser

(source: MobileCrunch)
The Opera Android browser will soon be able to hold your cryptocurrencies. The system, now in beta, lets you store crypto and ERC20 tokens in your browser, send and receive crypto on the fly, and secures your wallet with your phone’s biometric security or passcode. You can sign up to try the beta here. The […]

Pinterest is adding a way for users to collaborate on boards

(source: MobileCrunch)
Pinterest is trying to further tap its popularity as a place to plan events, this time adding ways for users to collaborate across boards that are baked directly into the app. Group boards will have their own designated feed, where users will be able to communicate with others collaborating on that board and also get […]

HTC’s blockchain phone is real, and it’s arriving later this year

(source: MobileCrunch)
HTC isn’t gone just yet. Granted, it’s closer than it’s ever been before, with a headcount of fewer than 5,000 employees worldwide — that’s down from 19,000 in 2013. But in spite of those “market competition, product mix, pricing, and recognized inventory write-downs,” the company’s still trucking on. And while its claim to being “the leading innovator […]

Tilting Point expands its user acquisition fund to $132M in annual spending

(source: MobileCrunch)
Mobile games publisher and marketer Tilting Point is dramatically increasing its commitment to its user acquisition fund. The company announced a $12 million fund at the end of 2016, which it said would help developers grow their games while remaining independent. Today it  revealed that it’s committing $132 million in annual spending to the fund. CEO […]

Slack wants to make search a little easier with search filters

(source: MobileCrunch)
Slack’s search functions are getting another little quality-of-life update today with the introduction of filters, which aims to make search a little more granular to find the right answers. The company also says searches are going to be more personalized. All of this is an attempt to get to the right files or conversations quickly […]

Some iOS users report that 11.4 update triggers excessive battery drain

(source: MobileCrunch)
iOS users have been reporting problems with excessive battery drain after updating to iOS 11.4. On Sunday, 9to5Mac reported on a raft of posts on Apple forums complaining about excessive battery drain since updating. ZDNet also flagged complaints around the issue early last month. The update to Apple’s mobile operating system was released at the end […]

Toast raises $115M at a $1.4B valuation to create a one-stop management tool for restaurants

(source: MobileCrunch)
While massive restaurant chains might have resources to build out their own management systems or integrate with larger point-of-sale providers, Toast — a provider of tools for restaurants to manage their business — is raising a big round of funding to go after everyone else. Now Toast is a business valued at $1.4 billion, thanks […]

With Lime teaming up with Uber, can rival Bird afford to go it alone?

(source: MobileCrunch)
Yesterday, we learned that 18-month-old, Bay Area-based electric scooter rental company Lime is joining forces with the ride-hailing giant Uber, which is both investing in the company as part of a $335 million round and planning to promote Lime in its mobile app. According to Bloomberg, Uber also plans to plaster its logo on Lime’s […]