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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:

Russia wants Apple and SAP to prove that their software isn't used for spying

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Looking at Russia's Vkontakte social network on an iPhone 5 in Moscow

Russia has been extra-sensitive to technological threats to its government as of late, and that's clearer than ever in the wake of a new government proposal. Communication Minister Nikolai Nikiforov has suggested that Apple and SAP should hand over their source code to prove that it doesn't have "undeclared capabilities" for spying on Russian agencies. In other words, he doesn't want to give the NSA free rein just because an official brought an iPhone to work. While he isn't certain as to whether or not institutions will keep using products whose code remains a secret, there's an implication that Apple and SAP may be locked out of government contracts if Putin and crew believe there's too much of a risk. Much of that business could go to Microsoft, which has been cooperating with Russia since 2003.

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Source: Reuters

Hilton Hotels Now Lets Your Choose Your Room With Your Phone

(source: MobileCrunch)
hilton Hilton Hotels is taking a page out of the airline playbook, giving users more control over the experience through their smartphone. The hotel chain has recently introduced a way for users to choose their room on their smartphone, and promises to roll out smartphone-powered door keys to the majority of their hotels by 2016. Using the new Hilton HHonors app (yes, that name needs work) or the… Read More

The LG G Vista heading to Verizon tomorrow

(source: MobileBurn)
The LG G Vista is a device we have been waiting to see for some time and now Verizon has confirmed that the smartphone will land on July 31st.
Read the full story here.

Modbook will let you convert your Retina MacBook Pro to a tablet for $1,999

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Modbook, the company behind those aftermarket Apple tablets, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for its latest product, the Modbook Pro X. After paying a pre-order price of $1,999 today, backers will be able to convert their own Retina MacBook Pros into a tablet beginning early next year. The conversion incorporates the laptop's original hardware, with components shifted from the lower half of the computer to just behind the 15.4-inch 2,880 x 1,800-pixel LCD.

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Source: Modbook (Kickstarter)

The Modbook Pro X Turns Your Retina MacBook Pro Into A Graphics Tablet

(source: MobileCrunch)
modbook_pro_x_hero_main Modbook has been making tablets out of Mac portables for years, combining the Apple computers with Wacom digitizers to let digital artists have all-in-one graphics-creating powerhouses that run full OS X software and come with ample pressure sensitivity. Now, the company’s latest effort incorporates the Retina MacBook Pro, and it’s turning to Kickstarter to fund this effort that… Read More

Xiaomi’s One More Thing

(source: MobileCrunch)
lei-jobs (1) The young electronics company Xiaomi is exploding in China and seems posed to take over the world. In the four short years since its founding, Xiaomi has become the electronics brand to watch in the most populous nation on earth. Xiaomi is the now the real deal — thanks in part to its unabashed appropriation of design cues from companies like Apple. Read More

Mobile Platform market share: Android grows, Windows grows, iOS slips

(source: MobileBurn)
Kantar Worldpanel uses consumer research, market trends, and manufacturer figures to create its respected monthly sales stats for mobile platforms.
Read the full story here.

Ubiquiti Announces VoIP Android Phones for Enterprises

(source: Daily Wireless)
Ubiquiti Networks, today announced that it has launched UniFi VoIP, a new line of Enterprise smart phone technology using Android phones. The system will be managed by a PBX integrated within the UniFi Software Defined Networking (SDN) Control Plane to provide seamless, scalable telephony. UniFi VoIP, according to Ubiquiti, will offer a superior user-experience at […]

European Operators could Save Millions with Better Mobile Payments Compliance Management

(source: Wireless DevNet)
In the UK, a market with 80 million mobile subscribers, Empello estimates that 400,000 could be saved per year by the big four UK operators, just from the reduction in call centre costs

Gogo Helps Launch "Delta Studio" with Delta Air Lines

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Gogo, a leading global aero communications service provider, announced today that it has launched a first of its kind wireless in-flight entertainment experience with Delta Air Lines called "Delta Studio."

British Businesses Champion Summer Sport

(source: Wireless DevNet)
New research from TalkTalk Business, one of the UK's fastest-growing B2B telecoms operators, reveals that 60 per cent of employees will watch sport at work during the office hours this summer

Nangoku to Build Mega Solar Power Plant in Hilly Region of Kagoshima Prefecture

(source: Wireless DevNet)
SunPower Corporation today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to supply Nangoku Corporation (Nangoku) with 29-MWdc of the high efficiency E20/327 Solar Panel by SunPower Corporation

Reverb Networks to Sponsor Worlds Only Dedicated Self-Optimizing Networks Conference

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Reverb Networks today announced that they will be a sponsor of the worlds only dedicated self-optimizing networks conference, SON 2014, being held in Amsterdam 1-2 October 2014

Report: Imposter app bug found in Android

(source: MobileBurn)
BlueBox Security released findings today that show a dangerous flaw in Android that allows hackers to get onto your device by posing as a legitimate app. This news once again throws into question the security on Google's Android platform, but what does it mean for you?
Read the full story here.

Samsung's recruitment drive to find the next hit smartphone

(source: MobileBurn)
It has not been a great few months for Samsung as the company has suffered declining sales and a slip in overall smartphone market share. The bad news was confirmed yesterday by the IDC after Samsung previously announced a drop in revenue and profit.
Read the full story here.

Square Reveals A Reader For Chip Payment Cards Ahead Of Coming U.S. Launch

(source: MobileCrunch)
hero.medium-0517f5b8087c297d54fc6be57a71666e Square is set to bring its payment card reader for mobile devices in line with modern tech used most places in the world outside of the U.S. – today it revealed its upcoming EMV and chip-compatible dongle, which will be available soon for pre-order with an estimated ship date of sometime in 2015. The new reader looks very similar to the existing one, but it’s designed to read… Read More

Microsoft Announces Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Which Will Greatly Expand Cortana’s Footprint

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 8.21.14 PM Fresh on the heels of the announcement and partial release of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft has a new dose of code for users of its smartphone platform: Update 1. Akin to Update 1 for Windows 8.1, Update 1 for Windows Phone 8.1 contains a welcome mix of quality of life and feature upgrades. I haven’t had any hands-on time with the code, so consider this post a preliminary look at what… Read More

Samsung's phone market share takes a bruising as Chinese rivals surge

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

iPhone 5 and Galaxy S5

Samsung warned that its smartphone sales weren't that great this spring, and now we have the numbers to show just what the company meant. IDC estimates that Samsung's smartphone shipments saw a rare year-over-year drop in the second quarter, taking it from a lofty 32.3 percent market share down to 25.2 percent. That's still enough to give it a comfortable lead, but a shock for a company which is used to growth. The cause, analysts say, is the rapid rise of Chinese brands that cut directly into Samsung's low-end business. Huawei claimed 6.9 percent of the smartphone space after doubling its shipments, thanks in part to heavy discounts on phones like the Ascend P7; Lenovo jumped to 5.4 percent on the back of both budget phones at home as well as rapid expansion abroad.

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Via: AppleInsider

Source: IDC

Engadget Daily: EA Access, upgrading your dumb home on a budget and more!

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Today, we review LG's Heart Rate Monitor earphones, learn how to upgrade your dumb home on a budget, check out Apple's new Retina Macbook Pros and learn about a new Xbox game-streaming service called EA Access. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.

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Amazon's new Kindle Fire HDX shows up on AnTuTu

(source: MobileBurn)
When Amazon launched the Kindle Fire HDX last year it came as quite a surprise because it was a hugely affordable but high spec'd tablet. With a stunning screen and blazing performance, the HDX had a solid claim to being the best small tablet, even in a market that included the iPad Mini Retina, Nexus 7, et al.
Read the full story here.

Instagram Launches One-Touch Photo And Video Messaging App Bolt Outside The US

(source: MobileCrunch)
Instagram Bolt Features Instagram is taking on Snapchat by turning your best friends’ faces into the shutter button with today’s official release of its first standalone app Bolt, but only Singapore, South Africa and New Zealand will get this initial phase of the iOS and Android rollout. Designed for lightning-fast, ephemeral one-to-one video and photo messaging, Bolt was accidentally outed in promo… Read More

Think Gaming Demystifies Paid App Installs With A Mobile Gaming Co-Op

(source: MobileCrunch)
mobile-ad-networks-ss Think Gaming has created what it’s calling a mobile advertising co-op. Through that co-op, gaming companies share data about the cost of the ads they’re purchasing across multiple networks, and the effectiveness of those ad networks. Read More

Burgundy Red and Moon Violet LG G3's coming in August

(source: MobileBurn)
When LG launched the G3 flagship back last month, the company's official press shots showed that the G3 would come adorned in five different hues. Fast forward a couple of months and the device is pretty much rolled out everywhere at the moment, but oddly it is only available in three different colors.
Read the full story here.

Samsung stays top of smartphone world, but everybody else catches up

(source: MobileBurn)
IDC results for smartphone shipments in the second quarter of this year show that Samsung is still way out in front, but the Korean company is also the only one in the top 5 to drop sales and lose market share.
Read the full story here.

Microsoft Now Builds Nearly 95% Of All Windows Phones

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 12.26.33 PM The Microsoft-Nokia deal closed, and Microsoft now builds and sells millions of phones each month. But more to the point, Microsoft now builds 94.5 percent of all Windows Phone devices. That’s according to adduplex, an advertising company that services the mobile platform. The company’s July report on the Windows Phone ecosystem indicates that in the month, devices that it marks… Read More

Atheer Labs Releases A First Enterprise Developer Kit For Its 3D, Wearable Glasses

(source: MobileCrunch)
atheer-developer-kit There is a pretty wide spectrum between wearables like Google Glass, which you take around with you in your everyday life, and fully immersive virtual reality experiences like the Oculus Rift, which take you out of the real world and are experienced in a stationary environment. Atheer Labs, a Mountain View-based startup, is building a set of wearable glasses that’s somewhere in… Read More

Apple TV gets two new apps: Fox Now and CNBC

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

One of the things you can't find on the Apple TV is an official store for apps, but this hasn't kept the tiny box from becoming a solid device for entertainment purposes. To make things better, the Apple TV is adding Fox Now and CNBC to its ever-growing content repertoire, though there are the usual pay-TV caveats to consider. If you do have the right subscription, however, you can unlock each application's full potential right away, which means access to a lot more videos, live and on-demand. Fox Now, for its part, features full episodes from different shows, including Glee, Family Guy, New Girl and Masterchef. CNBC, meanwhile, lets you watch a live stream of some of its programming if you're a cable subscriber; as 9to5Mac points out, there are on-demand clips available within the news-focused channel, but that's as much as cord-cutters should expect. Both new apps are showing up on our Apple TV already, so be prepared to see them on yours the next time you power it on.

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Via: 9to5Mac