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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:

The dehumanization of Facebook Messenger

(source: MobileCrunch)
messenger-bots I used to answer every message. Not any more. When Messenger buzzes, now I don’t know if it will be a friend or a bot. Every chime forces me to do a little Turing test in my head. Was I expecting to be pinged by a pal? Or is it 8:11pm again and TechCrunch’s bot is sending me another daily digest. Read More

Apple Music’s new student membership option discounts the service by 50%

(source: MobileCrunch)
apple-music-android Amid news that Apple Music is getting a makeover come this summer, Apple today launched a new plan to boost subscribers to its streaming music service and competitor to Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal and others. It’s introducing an Apple Music student plan which will discount the service by 50 percent for those who are enrolled in an eligible college or university. That means in the U.S.,… Read More

Sean Parker’s Airtime acquires WebRTC video chat wizards vLine

(source: MobileCrunch)
Airtime Video Chat It takes some serious engineering magic to build low-latency group mobile video chat and simultaneous content viewing. That’s why Sean Parker’s recently relaunched video chat room app Airtime acquired vLine, which offered video chat infrastructure to SaaS companies. Founded in 2010, vLine was backed with $1.5 million from Kleiner Perkins and Harrison Metal. vLine’s team will… Read More

Launcher lets you create iOS widgets that display or hide based on day, time or location

(source: MobileCrunch)
iPhone6-WidgetScreen You may remember Launcher as the once-banned iOS widget that Apple booted from the App Store after its approval, then months later allowed back in. The problem Apple had with the app, seemingly, is that its sole existence was to be a widget provider — the app by itself didn’t offer any standalone functionality beyond widget configuration. Today, Launcher is out with its first… Read More

LaaSer Provides Solution to Critical Shortcomings in Nation's 911 System Exposed by Prince's Recent

(source: Wireless DevNet)
The recent death of music legend Prince has spotlighted a serious issue with the nation's 911 infrastructure and systems. When a person calls 911 with a mobile phone, operators may see inaccurate location data appear on their screens

Endura Technologies and MediaTek Inc. Announce Commercial Partnership

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Endura Technologies Ltd. today announced a commercial partnership with MediaTek Inc. that aims at demonstrating power, performance, and area improvements at advanced process nodes

YouTube VP Matt Glotzbach graduates to CEO role at Quizlet

(source: MobileCrunch)
Quizlet CEO Matthew Glotzbach, and Andrew Sutherland, founder Quizlet, the makers of popular web and mobile study tools, hired a new CEO, Matt Glotzbach, former Vice President of Product Management at YouTube. Glotzbach led the creation of YouTube’s music subscription service, and fan-funding business platforms. But Quizlet will not be his first education-focused initiative. A 12-year Google veteran, he was part of the founding team of Google apps… Read More

Netflix now lets you control how much data it uses when streaming from your smartphone

(source: MobileCrunch)
netflix-ios Netflix announced this morning a new way for consumers to control how much data its app uses when they’re accessing the service by way of a mobile device. In the updated version of the iOS or Android application, there will be a new setting called “Cellular Data Usage,” where you’ll be able to switch off the automatic, default setting then choose either a higher or… Read More

Drawbridge raises $25M as it takes its cross-device tech beyond advertising

(source: MobileCrunch)
Drawbridge Drawbridge, a startup that helps businesses identify when a single person is using multiple devices, has raised $25 million in Series C funding. Every time I write about Drawbridge, I’m contractually obligated to mention that the company is backed by two of the best-known venture capital firms, Sequoia Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. For this round, Drawbridge went back… Read More

Apple’s App Store search is completely broken right now

(source: MobileCrunch)
app store Apple’s App Store search is experiencing significant issues this morning, which, if allowed to continue for a longer period of time, could end up impacting app developers’ sales. The problem is that keyword searches on the App Store are simply not returning the appropriate list of apps, and aren’t even able to pull up many apps by name. This is true even for major brands,… Read More

Fitbit shares tank after reporting a weak outlook amid rising competition

(source: MobileCrunch)
fitbitblaze Fitbit is not having a good day, with the stock crashing more than 11 percent after reporting its first-quarter results. Here’s the rub: its guidance for the second quarter came in light. Very light. Industry watchers were expecting the company to report earnings around 26 cents per share, while the company put its outlook at earnings between 8 cents per share and 11 cents per share. Read More

Tesla hits the accelerator, aims to build 500,000 cars a year by 2018

(source: MobileCrunch)
photo6 Tesla says it is expecting to hit its goal of producing 500,000 cars annually — including the Model S, Model X and Model 3 — two years earlier than expected, meeting that expectation by 2018. All this is coming ahead of a critical next year for Tesla with the expansion of its line of vehicles with the Model 3 and updates to its Model S. Tesla also said it is re-affirming its plan… Read More

SpiroCall measures lung health over any phone — no app necessary

(source: MobileCrunch)
Spirosmart-Bangladesh Sometimes you see an application of technology that’s so innovative and helpful you can’t believe it exists in this age of narcissistic and short-sighted startups. SpiroCall, a service that lets anyone in the world call a toll-free number and have their lung health evaluated over the phone, seems too good to be real — but it’s real, and it’s good. Read More

Spirocall measures lung health over any phone – no app necessary

(source: MobileCrunch)
Spirosmart-Bangladesh Sometimes you see an application of technology that’s so innovative and helpful that you can’t believe it exists in this age of narcissistic and short-sighted startups. Spirocall, a service that lets anyone in the world call a toll-free number and have their lung health evaluated over the phone, seems too good to be real — but it’s real, and it’s good. Read More

LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging

(source: MobileCrunch)
LiveNinja With the rise and rise of messaging (I have at least six messaging apps on my phone and counting), tech companies are piling into the space. Many are trying to shoe-horn ‘chat bots’ into behaving like they are capable of customer service. Facebook Messenger, Kik, Twitter, Skype, Telegram, and WhatsApp have all announced such services. But as others have pointed out, we are nowhere… Read More

M2M Intelligence Partners with Quantum Inventions in Singapore

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Internet of Things connectivity provider M2M Intelligence has signed a regional partnership with Singapore-based Quantum Inventions. QI develops and deploys dynamic navigation, routing and traffic information services for consumers

Netcomm Wireless Certifies 4G WIFI M2M Router for Use On Verizon Private Network

(source: Wireless DevNet)
NetComm Wireless Limited, a leading global developer of data communications devices, today announced that Verizon Wireless has certified the NetComm Wireless 4G WiFi M2M Router for use on the Verizon Wireless Private Network.

Charge starts price war with $10 per month SMS-and-data phone plan

(source: MobileCrunch)
young woman texting, sms Charge is a new mobile internet provider who aims squarely at the generation of people who prefer to tap on their mobile devices rather than talk into them. Next week, the company is launching a $10 per month SMS-and-data plan, and a $20 per month plan that adds unlimited voice, too. Perfect for the data-first generation of cellphone users. Read More

Asia’s mobile-first economy and how the West is feeling the effects

(source: MobileCrunch)
asianphones Asia-Pacific leads the global digital infrastructure as home to half of the world’s mobile phone subscribers and the largest number of wireless Internet connections. However, the region also has historically attracted less than one-third of global mobile marketing spend — making its role in the digital economy largely underrepresented amongst its western counterparts. Read More

Instagram crams more ads in less space with Video Carousels

(source: MobileCrunch)
Instagram Video Carousel Gif Medium What’s more lucrative than a video ad? Multiple videos in a single ad. To help businesses show different sides of their products in vivid motion, today Instagram is launching video ad carousels. It’s a savvy way for the company to give advertisers more flexibility through horizontal space so as not to further clutter the vertical scrolling feed. Now the carousels Instagram introduced… Read More