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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:

Tidal claims Apple prevented it from streaming a Drake performance

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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It's no secret that Apple and Tidal are at each other's throats over music exclusives, but that fight might have reached a new peak. Tidal claims that Apple stopped it from streaming Drake's brief guest appearance at New Orleans' Lil Weezyana Fest on August 28th, presumably due to an exclusivity deal with the Canadian musician. If you take Tidal's word at face value, Apple was an Orwellian tyrant "interfering with artistry." One of the New York Post's tipsters goes so far as to contend that Apple is trying to "dictate" when and where artists can perform, which would be harsh... if it were true.

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Via: MissInfo.tv, Pitchfork

Source: Tidal (Twitter), BuzzFeed News, New York Post

Tags: apple, applemusic, drake, hdpostcross, music, streaming, tidal

Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Sony Xperia C5 Ultra Android smartphone - Sony Mobile introduces the Xperia C5 Ultra Android-based smartphone. Sony Electronics has been the front runner to address the digital native’s need with our PRO-selfie offering. The new Xperia C5 Ultra incorporates an industry first twin 13-megapixel front and rear camera, which offers superior high-resolution imagery. Whether you’re shooting incredible scenery or taking a selfie with friends, your images are always captured in crystal clear quality. Both cameras include Sony’s leading Exmor RS sensor, HDR for picture and video, and an easy to use preset Auto scene recognition mode that analyses and adjusts settings automatically to give the perfect results every time.

Sony Xperia M5

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Sony Xperia M5 Android smartphone - Sony Mobile introduces the Xperia M5 waterproof handset to its impressive range of mobile devices. Following Xperia M4 Aqua’s success in raising the bar and defining the “super mid-range” with its camera leadership, Xperia M5 has an even more impressive 21.5 megapixel rear camera that lets you snap extraordinary moments like a pro. When you can’t get near enough to your subject, 5x Clear Image Zoom allows you to get close without losing any quality. With the power to capture videos in 4K, Xperia M5 offers the quality and performance of a compact digital camera. The result is sharp, clear and bright footage every time.

Designing New Mobile Experiences For The Music-Loving Generation

(source: MobileCrunch)
Apple-music As music fans go mobile, music festivals are following suit. The kids in America are rocking out to T-Swift with a Natty Lite in one hand and a mobile phone open to native festival apps in the other. Schedules, venue maps, artists and vendors are all in the palm of partygoers hands. And festivals are even designing other features specifically to engage the throngs of eager event-goers,… Read More

SocialBattles Is A Photo App For People Who Think Instagram Isn’t Competitive Enough

(source: MobileCrunch)
socialbattles Andre and Sandro De Moraes must really like to see people compete. The brothers previously created GoldMic, a now-defunct social network for hip hop battles. Now they’ve launched a new iOS app called SocialBattles, where users compete to post the most popular photos. Read More

Huawei Honor 7 Coming to Europe

(source: MobileBurn)
Huawei has officially confirmed its Honor 7 smartphone for the European market, where the company will be hoping for even some of the success the device has enjoyed so far. Nine million units have been pre-ordered in China, and while that is not a guarantee of purchase (as it would be in other countries) it does mean plenty of people are interested in the new mid-range device.
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Uber Hires Security Researchers Behind That Crazy Jeep Hack

(source: MobileCrunch)
uber Uber has hired the duo behind a spectacular hack earlier this year that involved taking remote control of a Jeep Cherokee. Wired writer Andy Greenberg experienced this firsthand. He wrote that he was driving on a St. Louis highway when Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek used a laptop 10 miles away to make the radio, air conditioning and windshield wipers go haywire. Then they cut the… Read More

Mobile Gaming Live-Streaming Service Mobcrush Has Raised Around $10M

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2015-08-25 at 9.57.54 AM We’ve heard from sources that Mobcrush, a live-streaming service centered around mobile games much in the same way Twitch is known for streaming popular eSports desktop games, has raised around $10 million in new financing, though the number could have gone beyond that. Mobcrush’s bet is that mobile game streaming will be as big — if not bigger — than some of the… Read More

HTC Desire 626 Arrive on Verizon for $192

(source: MobileBurn)
The HTC Desire 626 is unlikely to turn the company's fortunes around, especially with its very modest specs. The handset is relatively affordable and good-looking though and is now making its debut on Verizon and will cost a rather reasonable $192 unlocked from Big Red.
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ReBoard Is An iOS Keyboard With Third-Party App Shortcuts

(source: MobileCrunch)
ReBoard ReBoard is a just launched iOS keyboard app from an indie dev team in India that’s targeting productivity-focused folk, by adding the ability to reach out to other apps right from the keyboard. So instead of having to double tap out of whatever messaging app you’re using to go hunt for that YouTube link, for instance, you can do a look up right from the keyboard. Read More

Gigaset Smartphone Coming from Former Siemens Division

(source: MobileBurn)
We remember back in the good old days of feature phones when many companies we now admire so much were not really big names at all. LG, Apple, and even Samsung had little market presence, while the likes of HTC were finding their feet and the likes of Xiaomi and Maize did not even exist. This was a mobile market dominated by Nokia, but there was also a company called Siemens, and it was among the biggest mobile companies in the world.
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LG G4 Pro to Boast Dual Rear Cameras

(source: MobileBurn)
LG announced at an earnings call early this year that it would be debuting another flagship smartphone in 2015, a phablet heavyweight to go alongside the current G4. The company went as far as calling the device super-premium, so since then we have been expecting a lot from the so-called LG G4 Pro. Today we have another round of specs to sink our teeth into and they prove that the device certainly will be a beast.
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2015 LG Nexus 5 Leaked with Fingerprint Scanner

(source: MobileBurn)
The secret is out there by now, LG will be making a new Nexus devices for Google in the shape of a revamped version of its Nexus 5 smartphone from 2013. The image you see above is reported to be that new device, and as you can see one of the differences is the inclusion of a circular fingerprint sensor on the rear of the handset.
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OnePlus 2 Arriving Next Weekend in "Aggressive Invite Rollout"

(source: MobileBurn)
OnePlus makes fantastic smartphones, but the company's invite system to purchase one is frustrating. It is a model that has sort of worked (the OnePlus One was a sales success), but we can't help but think the company would sell a lot more if it opened up sales. Cost cutting is the reason for the invite system, but OnePlus says it has finally cracked how to get this sales model right and soon and "aggressive invite rollout" will happen.
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ReBoard Is An iOS Keyboard With Third Party App Shortcuts

(source: MobileCrunch)
ReBoard ReBoard is a just launched iOS keyboard app from an indie dev team in India that’s targeting productivity-focused folk, by adding the ability to reach out to other apps right from the keyboard. So instead of having to double tap out of whatever messaging app you’re using to go hunt for that YouTube link, for instance, you can do a look up right from the keyboard. Read More

Sony Xperia Z3+ smartphone

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Sony Xperia Z3 Plus smartphone - The Xperia Z3+ is a slim, sleek and stylish high-performing premium smartphone. The Sony Xperia Z3+ helps you get the best pictures with Sony’s superior camera technology that is now packed into both the main and front cameras. Impressive smartphone battery stamina and performance keeps you connected faster and longer, whether for work or play. Xperia Z3+ comes packed with the ultra fast Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64 bit processor that lets you browse faster than ever and get the optimal graphics experience. Whether you’re multi-tasking over Wi-Fi or the latest 4G network, Xperia Z3+ delivers the speed you need. And Sony’s unique signature waterproof design ensures you can do it, whatever the weather.

iZettle Gets $67M To Expand From Mobile Payments To Small Business Financing

(source: MobileCrunch)
cYn8okcNG665Iv0HkJ8ph-TlcbQXRYcninzdbuHmfKU European mobile payments player, iZettle, is expanding into what amounts to small business loans — announcing a capital advance product, called iZettle Advance, which will be available to select iZettle customers who need funds to grow their own businesses. So it’s basically moving onto even more of the territory where traditional banks fear to tread. Read More

Former Facebook And Instagram Marketer Eric Edge Joins Photo Startup PicsArt

(source: MobileCrunch)
Eric Edge Headshot PicsArt is announcing that it has hired Eric Edge as its vice president of marketing. Edge spent the last four-plus years at Facebook (where he led the company’s marketing efforts in Europe, the Middle East and Africa), then at Facebook-owned Instagram (where he worked on brand strategy). He told me he hadn’t been planning to leave, but when he learned about PicsArt, he thought it… Read More

OpenFeint Founder Jason Citron Returns To A Familiar Place With Discord App For Gamers

(source: MobileCrunch)
discord-games Some founders keep returning to the same ideas over and over in new form. Jason Citron, a lifelong gamer, was the creator of OpenFeint, an early mobile social gaming network that he sold to Japan’s GREE for $104 million. After leaving GREE, he went back to game development and tried to create a next generation MOBA or multiplayer online battle arena game for the iPad called Fates… Read More

Apple becomes the second-biggest wearables maker, behind Fitbit

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

The big question surrounding the Apple Watch is how well it's selling, but Apple isn't saying just yet. Without concrete numbers, we're forced to turn to various projections -- and one of the more reliable sources says that Apple's first wearable is doing well. According to IDC, Apple shipped 3.6 million Apple Watches during the second quarter of 2015; that's good for second place in the global wearables market, behind market leader Fitbit.

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Source: IDC

Tags: apple, applewatch, fitbit, idc, sales, shipments, SmartWatch, watch, wearables, xiaomi