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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:

Amazon Fire Phone gets Huge Update

(source: MobileBurn)
The Amazon Fire Phone is already a legendary device, but its status in the mobile world is for all the wrong reasons. Amazon, a company used to huge success with retail and even with hardware (Kindle Fire tablets) was well poised to join the smartphone bandwagon. However, the company got a lot wrong in delivering a solid device, but one that did not have flagship specs, was loaded with gimmicks and gateways to Amazon's sales pages, had a flagship price tag and was a carrier exclusive.
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Blackberry Classic Launches, Available on Amazon before Christmas

(source: MobileBurn)
Blackberry has announced its latest smartphone today, the Blackberry Classic, a handset we all knew was coming and what it would be. The device is based off the company's ahem, classic designs such as the Bold and it comes with old school charm and up to date software, features, and security.
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Sony Confirms Android 5.0 for Xperia Z3 and Z2 Early Next Year

(source: MobileBurn)
Sony has a shed a little light on when it will be updating its high end devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the Xperia team sending a tweet on Wednesday. The company said it is going to start the updating process for both the Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z2 series of products early next year.
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Mobile Commerce Consolidation As Mozido Takes Majority Stake In CorFire

(source: MobileCrunch)
corfire Just days after Dutch digital commerce provider Adyen announced a $250 million round of funding, another heavily capitalised player in the space has made an acquisition to up its game. Mozido, a mobile commerce specialist that raised $185 million in October 2014 after raising $103 million in May, has taken a majority stake in CorFire, another mobile commerce startup that focuses on… Read More

Year-end US Carrier Coverage Report

(source: Daily Wireless)
Verizon Wireless and AT&T Mobility say their 3G/4G coverage in the United States is now pretty much universal with more than 300 million pops currently covered, mostly due to both carrier’s extensive 700 MHz LTE networks. Now it’s a matter of keeping up with capacity requirements. Sprint says its LTE network now covers 260 million […]

Few Winners In Anonymous Social Networking, And Secret’s Not One Of Them

(source: MobileCrunch)
anonymity-apps Is anonymous social networking a flash-in-pan trend? A winner-take-all category? Which of the anonymous social networking apps around today are still thriving, and which are practically dead? These questions come to mind today as one of the leading companies in the “anonymous social” category, Secret, revamped its application, borrowing ideas from popular apps like Yik Yak and… Read More

1st Comsat Launched Dec 18, 1958

(source: Daily Wireless)
On December 18, 1958, the world’s first communications satellite was launched. Dubbed SCORE (Signal Communication by Orbiting Relay Equipment), the project was so secret that only 88 people were aware of its existence. Before the date of the SCORE launch, 53 of the 88 people had been told the project had been canceled and they […]

Sprint Charged with “Cramming” by FCC and Consumer Bureau

(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.” “Today we are […]

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 […]

Sony SmartWatch 3 Review

(source: MobileCrunch)
IMG_0240 Sony’s new Android Wear-powered SmartWatch 3 bucks a trend of the company releasing devices that use their own wearable platform, opting instead to jump on the bandwagon that includes a host of other Android wearable OEMs. It ends up being a big benefit, when you compare this device against previous SmartWatch models, which have proven overwhelmingly uninspiring. Basics 1.6″… Read More

Everest, The Peter Thiel-Backed App For Achieving Your Dreams, Shuts Down

(source: MobileCrunch)
Everest Feature Everest, a Peter Thiel-backed mobile startup that launched an app last year to help you “achieve your dreams,” is shutting down. The company had raised $2.2 million over three rounds, according to data from CrunchBase, but failed to attract enough users in order to justify the expense of running the service and keeping the team employed, admits an email sent out to Everest users… Read More

Mobile Analytics Company Mixpanel Raises $65M Round With An $865M Valuation

(source: MobileCrunch)
mixpanel team Mixpanel, which describes itself as offering “the most advanced analytics platform ever,” is announcing that it has raised $65 million in new funding. That round comes entirely from previous investor Andreessen Horowitz, and co-founder/CEO Suhail Doshi told me that it values Mixpanel at $865 million (the valuation includes the new cash). Read More

Econais Rolls Out New WiSmart EC19W01 Wi-Fi Software

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Econais Inc., the technology leader in smart Wi-Fi module solutions for the Internet of Things, today announced large-scale availability of the newest EC19W01 WiSmart software, modules and development kits

TUNE Appoints Former Chartboost GM As Director of Market Development

(source: Wireless DevNet)
TUNE today announced the appointment of Ilja Goossens as Director of Market Development in the EMEA region--Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Red Bend Software to Discuss and Demonstrate OTA Updating and Virtualization Solutions

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Red Bend Software announced it will participate in the AT&T Developer Summit at CES 2015 and that Red Bends services and solutions are being showcased in several customer and partner booths including Garmin, Genivi, and Visteon

EnGenius Wireless AC Access Points Deliver Fast Speeds and Long Range to Maximize Performance

(source: Wireless DevNet)
EnGenius Networks Singapore Pte. Ltd., today announced the launch of its Wireless AC products together with four new high performance indoor and outdoor access points to their networking solutions for businesses

OnePlus Celebrates First Birthday with OnePlus Power Bank

(source: MobileBurn)
The OnePlus One is celebrating its one year anniversary. We will forget that this one year old device is not really a flagship anymore and is still not yet properly available and join in the festivities of celebration. And to make sure you are in the right mood too, OnePlus has a number of special offers running at the moment.
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Nokia Stops Developing HERE Maps App for Windows Phone

(source: MobileBurn)
Nokia is slowly removing itself form Microsoft. Of course, the company sold its devices division to Redmond earlier in the year and since then Nokia has been distancing itself from both Microsoft and the Windows Phone platform. There has been an Android launcher app (the amazing Z Launcher), an Android running tablet, and now the company has said it will no longer develop the HERE Maps suite for Microsoft's Lumia smartphones.
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'Minecraft' is geting a story-based game from the studio behind 'The Walking Dead' and 'Game of Thrones'

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Minecraft's silent landscaper Steve is exiting his blocky world and stepping into Telltale's world of stories: Minecraft is getting a "narrative-driven" game from the folks behind The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones games. Like Telltale's other work, Minecraft: Story Mode will be episodic and available on a wide variety of platforms when it launches "some time in 2015." Apparently Microsoft's promise to keep Minecraft multiplatform is holding, despite the acquisition.

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Source: Mojang, Telltale Games

Dull’s App Brings Trending Content From Around The Web To Your iPhone

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-12-18 at 11.00.34 AM A new mobile application called Dull wants to fill your moments of downtime by offering a feed of random content to mindlessly browse through, including photos, music, GIFs, news and information, products, and more. The end result is an app that lets you stare mindlessly at your phone, when there’s nothing else to do – or when you’ve grown tired of scrolling through… Read More

Report: Samsung's Future in the Balance?

(source: MobileBurn)
Earlier in the week, the guys over at PhoneArena conducted a poll and asked its readers whether they thought that "Samsung's dominion over the smartphone market coming to an end?"
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Minecraft is geting a story-based game from the studio behind The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Minecraft's silent landscaper Steve is exiting his blocky world and stepping into Telltale's world of stories: Minecraft is getting a "narrative-driven" game from the folks behind The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones games. Like Telltale's other work, Minecraft: Story Mode will be episodic and available on a wide variety of platforms when it launches "some time in 2015." Apparently Microsoft's promise to keep Minecraft multiplatform is holding, despite the acquisition.

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Source: Mojang, Telltale Games

EyeEm Launches Open Edit, Letting You See How Pros Edit Their Photos

(source: MobileCrunch)
EyeEm 5.0 Photosharing startup EyeEm has launched version 5.0 of their mobile app on iOS and Android, bringing a slew of changes to their editing system that make it easier to get your photos looking like the shots curated from professionals. Read More

Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger

(source: MobileCrunch)
FireChat Large Open Garden, the company behind the popular FireChat messaging app, today announced its $10.8 million Series A funding round led by August Capital. Other investors include Firebolt Ventures, Future Perfect Ventures, Kima Ventures, Tseung Kwan Ventures and Sherpalo. Including this round, Open Garden has now raised $12.8 million. The company recently found its footing with the launch of… Read More

$50 and $100 Discounts from Motorola

(source: MobileBurn)
Motorola has started a pre-Christmas sale that will run until December 23rd and offers a $50 saving on all orders over $350 or more through its official website store. If you are a big spender and splash more than $500, Motorola will give you a $100 discount.
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Hacking your iCloud files just got easier, even with two-step enabled

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

An update to Elcomsoft's Phone Breaker software now makes it easier for bad guys to bypass Apple's vaunted new two-factor authentication to steal your iCloud stuff. As before, the hackers would need some information to start with -- either your Apple ID/password plus a two-factor code, or a digital token stolen from, say, your laptop. That would give them access to your account anyway, but here's the kicker: The Phone Breaker app can then create a digital token granting intruders permanent access without a two-step code until you change the password. It also allows someone to view all your iCloud files at a glance, making it easier to pick and choose which to steal. The tool is used legitimately by law enforcement to access lawbreakers' phones, but was also recently implicated in a celebrity phone hack.

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Via: Macworld

Source: Elcomsoft

MTV adds a live feed to its Android and iOS apps

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

You've been able to catch up with episodes of Jersey Shore through MTV's iOS and Android apps for around a year. But, if you wanted to gasp along with the action as it was broadcast, you'd have to make an appointment to take over the family TV. Thankfully, the reality channel has updated apps on both platforms to bring a live feed of both MTV and MTV2 to your device (assuming you have a participating pay-TV provider to log in with). That said, we can't imagine anyone persisting with the feature for too long -- those ad-breaks are a lot shorter when you're catching up.

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Source: App Store, Google Play

Meizu MX4 Pro Available Worldwide

(source: MobileBurn)
There are a number of dazzling Chinese smartphones on the market at the moment, but for the most part they are only available in the country, or Southeast Asia. I thought that would almost be the same deal with Meizu's new and exceptional MX4 Pro, a dazzling flagship with amazing specs. However, I was wrong as the device is now available and it is shipping to anywhere in the world.
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