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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:

TC AppleCast 11: If You Had To Choose Just One – Apple Hardware Or Apple Software?

(source: MobileCrunch)
TC-applecast16-9 On this week’s episode, we discuss both a lengthy profile of Tim Cook, as well as a full biography of Steve Jobs. We also cover some concrete announcements, including the open-sourcing of React, Facebook’s (potentially better than UIKit) UIKit alternative, and the acquisition of database company FoundationDB by Apple, and what that might mean. But wait, that’s not all! We… Read More

"Patent Troll" Wins as Motorola Found Guilty of Patent Infringement

(source: MobileBurn)
Motorola has been found guilty of infringing a patent related to MMS technology by a jury in Delaware. The technology is used for multimedia texting on mobile products and the patent in question was owned by Intellectual Ventures, a company that is unsurprisingly known for patents it holds on intellectual properties.
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Tumblr’s Mobile App Will Now Add ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons To Select Posts

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 2.34.32 PM Tumblr today introduced a change to its service that will encourage users to purchase or fund products and campaigns on other websites, including Etsy’s online marketplace and Kickstarter, for example. With an update to its mobile application for iOS, posts that link to those sites as well as DoSomething.org will now automatically be given buttons that let others “Buy,” or… Read More

Tumblr’s iOS App Will Now Add ‘Buy,’ ‘Pledge,’ And ‘Get Involved’ Buttons To Select Posts

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 2.34.32 PM Tumblr today introduced a change to its service that will encourage users to purchase or fund products and campaigns on other websites, including Etsy’s online marketplace and Kickstarter, for example. With an update to its mobile application for iOS, posts that link to those sites as well as DoSomething.org will now automatically be given buttons that let others “Buy,” or… Read More

The Live Stream Goes Mainstream

(source: MobileCrunch)
live-streaming-meerkat-periscope In early 2011, Skype bought a mobile video startup called Qik, which had developed an app that let mobile users record and stream videos in real-time which others could be alerted to and then view. If that description sounds similar to the newly hot live-streaming apps Meerkat and Periscope, it’s because the overall concept introduced then is not all that far off from what’s… Read More

Reverb Networks joins Nokia Networks in OSS Interoperability Initiative

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Self-optimizing network specialist Reverb Networks has signed a bi-lateral agreement with Nokia Networks within the OSSii to ensure the future availability and reliability of network data formats for their popular SON solution, InteliSON

StreamGuys SGrecast Platform Automates Side Channels for Broadcast Streams

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Content delivery network and streaming media provider StreamGuys introduces a new SaaS platform to accelerate the turnaround of online side channels for radio broadcasters, including Podcasts, linear streams, and dynamic on-demand content

Lamperd Less Lethal Providing Non-Lethal Solutions Worldwide

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Lamperd Less Lethal has innovated the non-lethal weapons market for police and military, recognizing that law enforcement officers face overwhelming challenges in managing officer, public and subject safety

RFID Journal LIVE! 2015 to Feature Record Number of Exhibitors From China

(source: Wireless DevNet)
RFID Journal announced today that a record number of companies from China will be exhibiting at RFID Journal LIVE! 2015, the world's premier conference and exhibition focused on RFID and its many business applications

Keynote Introduces New Analytics Suite to Optimize the Performance of Digital Channels

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Keynote today introduced Keynote Digital Performance Intelligence, a new cloud-based analytics suite that provides organizations with real-time insight into the performance of digital assets to improve customer experiences

Apple CEO Tim Cook plans to donate his fortune to charity

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Tim Cook has big plans for his vast wealth: It's all going to philanthropy, he revealed in a Fortune interview. The Apple CEO -- who's currently worth around $112 million, and holds restricted stock that could be worth up to $665 million -- said he's already been making donations quietly, but he's also looking forward to taking a deeper approach to the whole endeavor. That could involve starting something similar to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Microsoft co-founder's non-profit which manages his philanthropic efforts. Cook also plans to cover his nephew's college education, like the rich uncle that he is. Cook's open approach to philanthropy differs from his predecessor Steve Jobs, who was widely criticized for not donating enough. His wife, Laurene Powell Jobs, revealed after his death that the family actually donated tens of millions anonymously for over two decades.

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Source: Fortune

Anonymous Social App Cloaq Lets You Secretly Comment On Anything

(source: MobileCrunch)
cloaq The trend toward anonymous social applications may be on the downswing for some, but others believe there’s still a place for online discussions where users don’t have to reveal their real identity. Case in point: Cloaq, the anonymous app where users never had to provide an identifying piece of information, like a phone number or email, is today launching out of beta with a new twist. Read More

Facebook Took The Scenic Route, But Now It’s Nailing Mobile

(source: MobileCrunch)
Facebook's Family A company can’t easily shore up its weaknesses, especially when it grows to the size of Facebook, but the social network has managed to slowly but surely reinvent itself on mobile in a way that makes sense and resonates with users. FB surely stumbled along the path, and some of its efforts even drew outright scorn, but presumably the ill-fated experiments informed recent successes, and… Read More

Google, Apple and others list demands for spying act changes

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Activists Protest Outside Justice Dep't During Obama Speech On NSA Reforms

The US Congress, Senate and White House may be torn on what to do with a key Patriot Act spying clause, set to expire on June 1st. But Google, Apple, Facebook and other tech companies in the Reform Government Surveillance coalition know exactly what they want: no more bulk data collection. Together with numerous privacy groups including the ACLU and EFF, they presented a letter to the President and both houses with two key demands. The groups asked for "a clear, strong and effective end of bulk collection practices under the Patriot Act," along with "transparency and accountability mechanisms for both government and company reporting."

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Via: CNET

Source: Reform Government Surveillance

Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 10.00.30 The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day have even more to benefit from this powerful combination. Startups are of course entering this space in droves. The latest is a startup… Read More

Secret Is Working On New Apps, Won’t Shut Down Original Product

(source: MobileCrunch)
Secrets Secret Inc. — makers of the”anonymish” app Secret, which lets users post notes to friends, friends-of-friends, or those in their vicinity without revealing their identities — crashed through the highs and lows of startup life in the last year, generating a lot of interest and notoriety for its gossipy, eponymous app, and then almost as quickly disappearing off the… Read More

The first Apple Watch apps are already here

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

You can't actually buy an Apple Watch for another month or so, but Apple has already opened the gate for apps. 9to5Mac points out a slew of freshly updated apps, including Twitter, WeChat, Evernote and the weather app Dark Sky (shown above), among others. While regular developers won't be able to submit their wearable-ready apps until later, this select group is getting started early. There will be a section in the App Store just for the Watch, but if you can't wait until April 24th you can start getting ready right now.

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Source: 9to5Mac, Apple

Samsung Galaxy S6 has Worse Battery Life than Galaxy S5, But it?s Not that Bad

(source: MobileBurn)
PhoneArena has found that battery life on the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S6 is below that of its predecessor, the Galaxy S5. That of course is a rather remarkable stat considering battery power is becoming a very important spec for consumers. The fact that the juicer in the Galaxy S6 is not removable has already been criticized and it seems with good reason. However, there are some factors at play that should be discussed.
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LTE World Summit Returns as LTE Accelerates

(source: Wireless DevNet)
As global LTE adoption continues to accelerate, and with last year alone witnessing 360 LTE deployments launched across 124 countries, the 11th Annual LTE World Summit returns this year at an exciting time for the industry

Scandit Brings Next-Generation Mobile Barcode Scanning to Logistics and Transportation Industries

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Scandit today unveiled a new mobile app suite for the transportation and logistics industries designed to greatly enhance enterprise profitability and operational efficiency