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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:

Don’t Let iOS 8’s Accidental Selfie Feature Ruin Your Life

(source: MobileCrunch)
Selfie feature during iOS8 keynote Who has already sent an accidental selfie in iOS 8’s Messages app? I did. Not great. I’m late to the game when it comes to iOS 8. Many of my fellow tech journalists weaseled their way onto the beta version of the operating system, but out of laziness, or perhaps a feigned belief that I can stay away from punditry of any kind, I normally wait to get the new version of… Read More

Phablet smartphone buyer's guide fall/winter 2014

(source: MobileBurn)
The smartphone lines a blurred and what was once a phablet is now merely a normal device, but things get even more complicated than that. The LG G3 for example has a 5.5-inch screen but is classed as a flagship device as opposed to a full blown phablet, while the newly launched iPhone 6 Plus is a phablet, but also has a 5.5-inch screen. Confusing indeed, so if you could just put aside what you say is a phablet or not and take a look at our 2014 winter buyer's guide for the best phablets your hard earned money can buy right now.
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Oculus Execs Believe Controllers Are The Missing Link In Virtual Reality

(source: MobileCrunch)
Future of VR panel_2 When you put a child in virtual reality, they instinctively raise their hands hoping to see them, says Oculus CTO John Carmack. Yet Oculus doesn’t have its own gloves or handheld controllers, despite rumors amongst the VR community that Oculus would reveal a controller today at its Oculus Connect conference. Carmack concluded “The missing link in VR is controllers”. But… Read More

Oculus wants a VR app store for every device you can think of

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

When we saw the Samsung Gear VR at IFA, Oculus CTO John Carmack showed us a basic version of an app store made for mobile virtual reality. But when the headset ships to consumers sometime later this year, the VR outfit has bigger plans. It's rebranding the current Oculus Share "store" into Oculus Platform and turning it into a launcher of sorts for apps and other experiences, as noticed by TechCrunch. Platform will act as common store across the firm's entire platform including the Rift and mobile. Like the prototype from earlier this month, the store will exist within virtual reality and will house games, apps and stuff like the virtual movie theater, Oculus Cinema.

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Source: TechCrunch

The “Oculus Platform” Marketplace For Virtual Reality App Launches This Fall

(source: MobileCrunch)
Oculus Platform Oculus announced the “Oculus Platform” store for developers to distribute their virtual reality apps and experiences today at the Oculus Connect conference. Starting this fall on the Samsung Gear VR made by Oculus, this revamp of the Oculus Share marketplace will let users browse the Oculus Platform within virtual reality and download apps, games, and entertainment… Read More

Oculus Reveals Its New “Crescent Bay” Prototype With 360-Degree Head Tracking And Headphones

(source: MobileCrunch)
Crescent-Bay-Rear-Pers-on-Light Oculus gave the world the first look at its new prototype Crescent Bay today at the Oculus’ Connect conference (livestream), and I got the very first hands-on demo. Crescent Bay has a faster frame rate, 360-degree head tracking, and integrated headphones, plus it’s lighter. Oculus also announced the new Oculus Platform coming to the Samsung VR, which brings VR to a large… Read More

Apple Cauterizing HealthKit At Launch Shows How High The Stakes Are 

(source: MobileCrunch)
health-app-locked Last week, in the fevered cauldron of iPhone 6/6+ reviews, iOS 8 rolling out and shiny new iPhone hardware going on sale it was easy to miss the glitch in Apple’s oh-so-choreographed release matrix: a bug in its new HealthKit develop tool. Read More

The iPhone 6 build/supply/buy/smuggle/sell chain

(source: MobileBurn)
A little perspective is always a good thing, so while some of us are waiting to buy the iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus and thinking, "Gee, this is expensive," what about the guys and girls who make the device. A report today shows how much the average iPhone 6 manufacturer gets paid, and how much it would cost them to purchase Apple's latest smartphone.
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The 10 phones that fueled the big-screen revolution

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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It's safe to say that Steve Jobs was off the mark when he declared that no one would buy big smartphones -- they've become popular enough that Apple itself is now making large iPhones. But how did these supersized devices escape their niche status to become the must-haves they are today? The transformation didn't happen overnight. It took a succession of ever-bigger phones to spark the public imagination and prove that huge screens were here to stay. We've rounded up 10 of the most important examples -- head on over to our gallery to see how enormous became the new normal. %Gallery-slideshow223525%

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Moto X on Verizon from Sept. 26th for $100

(source: MobileBurn)
Motorola is getting a lot of things right with its new Moto X. Firstly, the American company has crafted an amazing flagship smartphone, an improvement on the first model in every way. Secondly, the brand also seems to be getting pricing right this time, with the Moto X set to land soon with a very enticing on contract price.
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​Verizon has activated voice over LTE support for the iPhone 6

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

When Verizon launched its "Advanced Calling 1.0" feature earlier this month (read: voice over LTE), it only worked with two phones: The Samsung Galaxy S5 and the LG G2. Now the company can add the iPhone to that list, well, at least the iPhone 6. Verizon customers who upgraded to Cupertino's latest handset are reporting that VoLTE is working on both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. A user on the MacRumors forum said he had to activate the feature in his phone's cellular menu first, but afterwards was able to make calls freely. It's also notable that he called a landline -- previously, the feature was only said to work between compatible Verizon phones. Is it working for you? Fire up your new handset (if you're into that brand), and let us know in the comments.

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Ex-NBAer Rex Chapman allegedly stole from Apple Stores by faking EasyPay

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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Remember when Apple introduced its EasyPay self-checkout feature in 2011, and everyone wondered "how can they really tell if a customer is buying something or just shoplifting?" According to the Scottsdale, AZ police, former college and professional basketball player Rex Chapman had the same thought and acted on it. They arrested the 12-year NBA veteran at 1:45 PM local time, after employees recognized him as a former player for the Phoenix Suns and tied him to a string of thefts. Chapman is accused of committing seven instances of theft over a few months, snagging gear worth more than $14,000 and selling it at a local pawnshop for cash. All of this was allegedly done by picking up the items, pretending to use the self-checkout feature in the iPhone's Apple Store app and then just walking out. Now Chapman is facing nine counts of Organized Retail Theft and five counts of Trafficking in Stolen Property -- all of which are felonies -- and we're wondering if Tim Cook has another security issue that could use some attention.

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Source: Scottsdale PD, KTAR News

Samsung's Galaxy A5 is made from cold stuff

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung rolled out the Galaxy Alpha last month. It was the company's first handset to be made from premium materials, boasting a metal chassis, although the Galaxy Note 4 has since followed that suit. I like the Alpha but it launched in the UK at a crazy price that makes it more expensive on contract than even full blown flagships. Samsung likes the device too and we have reported previously how the company is expanding the Alpha name and creating a whole series behind it.
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Samsung offering $200 for old smartphones to get a Galaxy Note 4

(source: MobileBurn)
With pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 now up and running with carriers and networks, you may be turning your attention to financing the handset. The king of the phablet world does not come cheap, but Samsung is making things a little easier with a new cashback program that could make it simpler to get the S Pen packing Note 4 in your hands.
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Samsung planning mobile payment focused smartwatch

(source: MobileBurn)
If Samsung has an idea, it makes a product for it. The Korean company already has six smartwatches in the market, but is reportedly developing a new one that will be focused on mobile payments. Obviously spurred on by Apple Watch and Apple Pay, Samsung is working on the new NFC oriented smartwatch to go alongside its numerous other efforts.
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Pebble releases version 2.5 of its smartwatch software

(source: MobileBurn)
Before all the tech giants embarked on the smartwatch wagon there was Pebble, the company that in some ways started a trend. The Pebble smartwatches may not be as high tech as the examples that followed from more established mobile players, but they are still functional pieces of kit. Pebble has now rolled out some new firmware for its wearable devices, bringing even more features to the party.
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Verizon Will Be Getting iPhone 6-Friendly Wi-Fi Calling In 2015

(source: MobileCrunch)
wifi A quick update for those trying to figure out which carriers will/won’t support the iPhone 6’s Wi-Fi calling feature anytime soon: T-Mobile is a go. AT&T will get it in 2015. Now Verizon is pledging to support it next year, too. Read More

Google now requires developers to make their physical address public

(source: MobileBurn)
Google has made some controversial changes to its requirements for app developers, now insisting that each one provides an actual physical address when filling in their app details page. The new rule was spotted by Jared Rummler, of JRummy Apps, who detailed the change of policy in a Google+ post and showed an image of the requirement as it is in the terms and conditions.
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OnePlus One available for pre-order in October

(source: MobileBurn)
The saga of the OnePlus One will be long remembered in tech circles, but there does seem to be some light at the end of the tunnel. PR disasters, case cancellations, delayed release dates and more may have halted the budget flagship, but what's left at the end is still an extremely good smartphone. For the money it costs, the OnePlus One is a masterpiece and now the company has confirmed that the device will be available for pre-order at the end of October.
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Sony to launch all three Xperia Z3 devices in the US soon

(source: MobileBurn)
Today is the new dawn of Sony's smartphone strategy after the company confirmed yesterday that it will be focusing on higher end devices and will not offer as many mid-range and low end devices. With that in mind, the company's latest batch of high end Xperia Z3 products are getting the kind of treatment other Sony devices rarely get. That's because they are arriving in the United States, and not months after launch either.
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