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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:

Twitter Vets Launch OneShot, An App For Highlighting And Tweeting Screenshots Of Text

(source: MobileCrunch)
oneshot A pair of Twitter vets today launched a handy mobile application called OneShot that makes it easier to share screenshots of text to Twitter, along with your comment and a link to the page in question. The new app also optionally allows you to crop the image, highlight a selection of text, and even add a brightly colored background to make your screenshot stand out better when displayed in… Read More

Google Launches New Analytics, Monetization Tools For Android Game Developers

(source: MobileCrunch)
image00 Google today announced a couple of new tools for game developers on its Android platform. These include new analytics to help developers better understand in-game player behavior, as well as a number of new monetization features through its AdMob platform. Google also launched a new game-centric Nearby Connections API for Android TV, its nascent smart TV platform. Read More

Microsoft’s New Lumia 640 And Lumia 640 XL Ship With Office, Free Skype Calling

(source: MobileCrunch)
lumia Microsoft has officially taken the wraps off two new Lumia smartphones: the 640 and 640 XL. Details of the pair of low-end phones leaked yesterday in advance of today’s unveil, but their real significance lies with the services they are offered with rather than their specs. That’s because Microsoft is offering a pretty compelling software bundle for free alongside these phones. Read More

Microsoft Will Offer Windows 10 Upgrade For Mobile Devices Running Windows 8.1

(source: MobileCrunch)
windows 10 Microsoft has confirmed that it will offer Windows 10 for all mobile devices that currently run its latest Windows 8.1 software. Read More

Try Apple's Photos app in the latest OS X public beta

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Photos in OS X Yosemite

If you've been anxious to try Apple's Photos app and kick iPhoto to the curb, you now have a (relatively) easy way to do it. The Mac maker has just released the first public beta of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, which includes the simpler, streamlined imaging tool as a matter of course. This test release is bound to be rough around the edges (don't trust it with your irreplaceable pictures, folks), but it's worth a go if you're willing to experiment and want to know what all the fuss is about.

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Via: MacRumors

Source: Apple

Mosaik Solutions Partners with SightCall to Offer WebRTC Services

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Mosaik Solutions, a leader in telecom business intelligence and visualization services, today at Mobile World Congress announced a partnership with SightCall, a leading WebRTC platform-as-a-service

IPCO and G&D Bring Wi-Fi Calling to MNOs and MVNOs

(source: Wireless DevNet)
IPCO and G&D announced today IPCO Cloudfone, a cloud-based managed service integrating Wi-Fi calling and traditional mobile telephone allowing the users to use their existing mobile number

Mobile Internet Networks in 20 Countries Faster than in the USA

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Mobile internet in the USA is slower than in Canada, France, Japan, Australia and 16 other countries. Last year, the average achieved download speed of a mobile internet connection in the USA was 6.4 Mbit/s

Ficosa Advanced Communications Business Unit Presents the New Generation of the Connected Car

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Ficosa presents the latest technological developments in automobile connectivity carried out by its Advanced Communications Business Unit at the Mobile World Congress 2015

Social Networking App Release Evolution of GPS Technology Infographic

(source: Wireless DevNet)
TruVu launched an infographic this week that reveals the creation, uses and growth in GPS technology over time. TruVu uses GPS technology to locate and track friends and/or family, meet new people and communicate immediately

Cloze Debuts A Smart, Personal Assistant App For Managing Your Professional Relationships

(source: MobileCrunch)
iPad and iPhone Cloze today is rolling out a new application aimed at business professionals. It promises a smarter view of your contacts by allowing you to automatically track email messages, phone calls, meetings, notes, social updates and more in a single application on iPhone, iPad and the web. The idea is to offer individuals whose business requires them to maintain relationships an easy way to… Read More

PayPal Buys Paydiant, The Mobile Wallet Behind CurrentC, To Raise Its Game v. Google + Apple

(source: MobileCrunch)
paydiant PayPal, the payments service with 162 million users preparing to separate from e-commerce giant eBay later this year, is announcing an acquisition today to help build out its mobile business targeting physical merchants, and sharpen its focus in competition with other tech payment hopefuls like Apple and Google. It is buying Paydiant, a startup out of Boston that makes mobile wallet… Read More

Microsoft’s Keyboard Obsession

(source: MobileCrunch)
Old IBM keyboard. Microsoft has a little problem and it’s time we all admitted it. We have to gather the family in the living room, sit Microsoft down in the comfy chair and have a little heart to heart. Everybody can see it, except Microsoft — and it could be time for an intervention. It’s the keyboard thing, Microsoft. Enough already. Design your software to take advantage of a touch screen. Read More

Apple Would Like You To Know People Think The iPhone’s Camera Is Awesome

(source: MobileCrunch)
051_j.imaizumi Apple has never led market share in worldwide phone sales. Ever. And yet, the iPhone has held the (according to Flickr) title of world’s most popular camera for years. Today, Apple is capitalizing on that by launching a new ad campaign dedicated to images shot by iPhone users. Apple’s driving point is that it has put a powerful creative tool into the hands of photographers that… Read More

Fraudsters take advantage of banks' weak Apple Pay identity checks

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple Pay in action

A mobile payment system is only as secure as its weakest link... and in the case of Apple Pay, it's the banks' ability to verify who you are. The Guardian has learned that thieves are setting up iPhones with stolen IDs and taking advantage of lackadaisical identity checks (often just a part of the social security number) to provision victims' cards for Apple Pay. After that, it's open season -- crooks just have to claim that the legitimate card owner is on a trip to go on a shopping spree.

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Source: The Guardian

Sony Unveils Xperia M4 Aqua

(source: MobileBurn)
Sony kept its flagship Xperia Z4 smartphone for another day and opted not to announce it at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. However, the Japanese company did have a new handset to show off in the form of the Xperia M4 Aqua, a mid-range device that gets a lot right, including some very slick aesthetics.
Read the full story here.

Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 3 5.5-inch Smartphone

(source: MobileBurn)
While announcing a 7-inch and 8-inch version of its OneTouch PIXI 3 range, Alcatel also made sure it kept the smartphone crowd happy with the 5.5-inch smartphone OneTouch PIXI 3. The Chinese company rolled the handset out at the Mobile World Conference today, adding a new budget handset to its portfolio.
Read the full story here.

Sony Launches Xperia Z4 Tablet, the Best Android Tablet?

(source: MobileBurn)
Sony may not have had a flagship smartphone to launch at MWC today, but the company did usher in the Xperia Z4 series with announcement of the high end Xperia Z4 Tablet. The flagship slate continues Sony's recent stellar output in this market and will undoubtedly be among the best Android tablets available. It also has a unique calling card as it is the thinnest slate that your hard earned money can buy.
Read the full story here.

New Data Shows Mobile Data Consumption Skyrocketing Following Snapchat Discover’s Launch

(source: MobileCrunch)
snapchat discover Word has it that last month’s launch of Snapchat’s “Discover” feature, which connects the messaging app’s users to news stories and other media packaged in a way that’s ideal for consumption in quick bursts, has been driving millions of pageviews per day for its publishing partners. But the evidence pointing to Discover’s popularity has been fairly… Read More

Android Pay Is Real, And Will Give Developers The Reins As An API

(source: MobileCrunch)
android-money Google’s Sundar Pichai essentially used today’s Mobile World Congress keynote to let the cat out of the bag for a whole host of interesting Google projects, including Android Pay, a new mobile payments framework that will look to succeed where Google Wallet failed. This time, they’ll be mostly leaving the apps themselves to developers, and Android Pay is intended primarily as… Read More

Apple-IBM Partnership Sprouts Latest Set Of Apps At Mobile World Congress

(source: MobileCrunch)
Man holding tablet. When Apple and IBM announced a partnership last year, more than a few jaws dropped, but the two have been working together to create a new wave of enterprise-friendly apps — and announced the latest round to come out of the affiliation today at Mobile World Congress. At first glance, the meeting of these two companies may seem a case of technology making strange bedfellows, but they… Read More

Apple Adds Vehicles To Its List Of Activities In Switzerland, Tim Cook Demurs On Car Rumors

(source: MobileCrunch)
apple-car Apple has added language to legal documents (via 9to5Mac) regarding the scope of its company activities to include vehicles, with a generic description that includes automobiles, bicycles, rail, ships, aircraft and more. The specific details aren’t that important, and these are usually made as broad as possible to provide ample legal cover, but the fact that Apple’s lawyers have… Read More

Alcatel OneTouch PIXI 3 Budget Tablet

(source: MobileBurn)
While HTC and Samsung unloaded their flagship blockbusters at the Mobile World Conference yesterday, Monday at the Barcelona event has been for lower end handsets. That's not a bad thing though as a flood of new products have been launched. Alcatel was one of the first to get in on the action with its latest tablet, the OneTouch PIXI 3.
Read the full story here.

Sony Does A Tablet With An Add On Bluetooth Keyboard

(source: MobileCrunch)
IMG_5187 Sony isn’t done with mobile hardware yet, despite its recent talk of an exit strategy from smartphones. Here at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow in Barcelona it’s showing off a new 10.1 inch Android tablet, the Xperia Z4, coming this June, and a new mid-tier 4G/LTE smartphone, the Xperia M4 Aqua — its first octa-core 64-bit smartphone. Read More

Jolla Partners To Build Secure Version Of Its Sailfish Mobile OS

(source: MobileCrunch)
Sailfish Another security-focused development in the European mobile space: Finnish mobile startup Jolla, which develops the Sailfish mobile OS and its own brand mobile hardware, has just announced it will be partnering to create a “security hardened” version of the platform, called Sailfish Secure. Read More

Metaio’s Thermal Touch Gets A Little Bit Smaller At MWC 2015

(source: MobileCrunch)
metaioThermal1 We first reported on Metaio’s Thermal Touch concept for Augmented Reality (AR) interface control last spring. Still in its infancy, the concept relies on thermal imaging cameras to track residual heat your body leaves on surfaces that it touches and uses those heat signatures to control AR interfaces. The next concept version demoing this week at the Mobile World Congress is now… Read More

Silent Circle Outs Blackphone 2, Blackphone+ Tablet As It Zeroes In On Enterprise Security

(source: MobileCrunch)
blackphone2 A sequel to last year’s pro-privacy Android smartphone Blackphone has just been announced, here at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, along with a tablet device, called Blackphone+. Read More

Surprise, the Acer Liquid M220 is an Entry Level Windows Phone Smartphone

(source: MobileBurn)
Acer kicked off the Mobile World Conference here in Barcelona by unveiling a new Windows Phone, but as is familiar with Microsoft's platform, the device will now blow you away. The Acer Liquid M220 is yet another handset that will fall into the seemingly endless stream of mid-range and entry level Windows Phone. Any hopes that platform would get a flagship beyond the HTC One M8 should be shelved for some time (probably until Windows 10 lands).
Read the full story here.

Huawei Watch is a Stunning Android Wear Device

(source: MobileBurn)
Huawei has raised the curtain on its first smartwatch here at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona, and its looks good. It looks fantastic in fact; long gone are the days when the Motorola Moto X was the only desirable smartwatch, there are now a number of contenders. The imaginatively named Huawei Watch is a round faced wearable that looks like, well a watch, and it is definitely a looker.
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HTC One M9: First Impressions

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC has launched the One M9, the company's newest flagship smartphone. The Taiwanese company announced the handset at the Mobile World Conference here in Barcelona, but unfortunately it is not good news for those clamouring after something new and fresh. New is a fair description of the One M9 actually, but fresh most definitely is not as this is nothing more than an updated One M8, for all the good and bad that brings.
Read the full story here.

HTC Launched Grip Wearable

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC postponed its smartwatch plans last year, and it seems the company is continuing to wait it out in launching a true smart wearable. Instead, the Taiwanese brand used its MWC event to announce its first wearable, a fitness tracker. HTC has been rumored for a couple of months to be launching a wearable at the expo in Barcelona and the company's recent deal with Under Armour suggested a fitness tracker would be the product launched.
Read the full story here.

Samsung's Back: Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Wow MWC

(source: MobileBurn)
The consumer space is generally turning away from Samsung at the moment, but the company may have just righted all the wrongs with its newly launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The Korean giant announced the two handsets at the MWC event in Barcelona and the good news is both look to be stunning additions to the smartphone world. Samsung back to its best and seemingly finally listening to customer's needs.
Read the full story here.

The Story Behind Samsung’s Galaxy S6 And S6 Edge Design Departure

(source: MobileCrunch)
galaxy-s6-edge-components  And for those who wondered what a Samsung smartphone using premium materials might feel like, the Galaxy S6 edge in particular is a very promising result. But how did Samsung, of all companies, ever launch a device where design was the primary tentpole feature? Zero To get to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge, Samsung says it had to start from zero – meaning tossing out the design book that… Read More

The Apple Watch has a low-power mode that only tells the time

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple Watch showing the time

If you're jonesing for an Apple Watch, you probably want to do a lot with it. But what if you're headed out to a party and would rather not risk staring at a dead screen when you're wondering how late it is? Don't worry, you're covered. The New York Times understands that the Watch has an unannounced Power Reserve option that limits the device to telling time. While it's not a completely unique feature (other watches do similar things), it's definitely helpful -- and it's a departure for Apple, whose mobile devices haven't had these kinds of extreme energy-saving modes until now. Tim Cook and crew aren't likely to make a big deal of Power Reserve at Apple's March 9th event, assuming it shows up, but it could be one of the Watch's most important real-world features.

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Source: New York Times

Samsung MWC 2015 Liveblog

(source: MobileCrunch)
IMG_5093 We’re here in Barcelona at Samsung’s 2015 Unpacked event where the company is expected to unveil a new flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone. Join us for live updates of the phone’s makers big reveal…   Read More