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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:

Microsoft Parodies “I’m Sexy And I Know It” And It’s The Worst

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 4.01.11 PM The OneNote team has been active lately, making their product free across all platforms, and hosting a successful Reddit AMA session that included an adorkable verification video. Then they decided to reach. Small tip: If you are technology team in any capacity, either a tech-focused VC group, a phone company, or a software development team, leave the parodies to Weird Al and the singing to… Read More

Facebook Beats In Q2 With $2.91 Billion In Revenue, 62% Of Ad Revenue From Mobile, 1.32B Users

(source: MobileCrunch)
facebook-earnings Facebook’s earnings beat projections for the 8th quarter straight with $2.91B in revenue and $0.42EPS in Q2 2014. The service is growing about twice as fast on mobile compared to its services as a whole. Facebook now has 1.07 billion mobile monthly users, and 654 million daily mobile users. That helped it bring in 62% of its ad revenue from mobile. In total, Facebook now has 1.32… Read More

Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Tracker, Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

(source: MobileCrunch)
sense_hand_charcoal_lit When I first took a look at Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to create… Read More

Thiel Fellow’s Elegant Sleep Sensor, The Sense, Crushes Kickstarter With $120K In A Few Hours

(source: MobileCrunch)
sense_hand_charcoal_lit When I first took a look at the Sense, a smart sleep sensor launching today on Kickstarter, it reminded me of two things. Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and Google’s old, discontinued Nexus Q product. “Those are two of my favorite things,” said James Proud, a former Thiel fellow who went on to found a startup behind the device called Hello. “I wanted to… Read More

Metal Samsung Galaxy Alpha runs into production issues

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung has done everything right with its flagship smartphones in recent years, save for one thing. The company builds its flagship devices out of plastic and has never explored metal as an option, although that is due to change. The company's upcoming iPhone baiting Galaxy Alpha
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Mobile Action Raises $800K For Its App Discovery And Optimization Service

(source: MobileCrunch)
1399349_365090890292112_2125894446_o Getting a mobile app discovered, downloaded and then highly ranked is a challenging business - and one that’s now being dominated by larger players, it seems. One company benefiting from that trend is Mobile Action, a one-stop shop for mobile app user acquisition. Now on track for $2 million in revenue this year, the startup has also just raised $805,000 in seed funding from Felicis… Read More

Vysk QS1 Is An Otterbox For The Privacy Freak

(source: MobileCrunch)
Vysk On Saturday NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden called developers to design products that protect users’ privacy and Constitutional rights, saying he plans to promote such technologies.But Vysk Communication’s CEO Victor Cocchia has been working on developing such technology since 2012, long before Snowden addressed the Hope X conference last weekend. Cocchia spoke to me about his… Read More

The top 12 tablets you can buy right now

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Whether you're looking to replace your laptop or just find something to keep you entertained, there's a tablet out there to suit you. But with an ever-increasing array of slates crowding the market, narrowing down the list can be a chore. So we've sorted through the pile and picked out some of our favorites for both power users and media consumers. Our complete buyer's guide is always just a few clicks away, but feel free to cruise through the gallery below for a quick rundown of the best tablets you can buy today.%Gallery-slideshow208733%

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Microsoft's Lumia 530 ticks all the right boxes

(source: MobileBurn)
Microsoft may be abandoning feature phones and the Nokia X Android line, but the company is still committed behind Lumia and today launched a new smartphone. The Nokia Lumia 530 can be seen as the first full Lumia device
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Digitial tattoo will unlock your Moto X

(source: MobileBurn)
It is going to be a busy year for Motorola as the company is changing up just about every smartphone in its range, while the brand will also fall under Lenovo's wing after being sold by Google. Oh, and there is also the small matter of the Moto 360 Android Wear smart watch to come later this summer. Before all that though Motorola has something else to show us and this is out of the realms of science
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Foursquare Teases Its Redesigned Recommendation App, New Logo

(source: MobileCrunch)
crowley 2 After making the interesting decision to split its business and user experience in half, foursquare has today shown off the new version of foursquare proper for the first time. The new foursquare ditches the old logo and the old color scheme and the old way of using foursquare. This new app is centered around personalization and recommendations. That said, you won’t find much green in… Read More

Dropbox Gets Down To Business, Adds More Sharing Features And Search For Enterprises

(source: MobileCrunch)
dropbox-for-business-use Dropbox, now at 300 million users globally, says that there are 4 million businesses today using its cloud-based platform to store, distribute and share documents. But of those, only around 80,000 have opted so far to use Dropbox for Business, the company’s premium enterprise tier launched earlier this year. Today, the startup is making a move to sweeten the deal, unveiling a host of… Read More

Fleksy Debuts Version 3.0 On Android, With A Complete Redesign And New Premium Features

(source: MobileCrunch)
Fleksy 3.0 - Ocean Blue Virtual keyboard startup Fleksy has launched version 3.0 of its software today, which includes new monetization options via premium themes and content packs. The new themes complement the new design of the app, with alternate color options and a bonus theme available to Fleksy premium users free of charge, and there’s also support for over 700 new emoji for those of you who like to… Read More

OS X Yosemite preview: the Mac gets a major makeover

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

The last time Apple released a new version of OS X, we came away feeling a little... underwhelmed. Don't get us wrong: We'll never say no to a free software upgrade. But despite a handful of new apps and features, last year's Mavericks release still felt like the same old OS X. You can't say that about Yosemite, though. The company's next-gen operating system ushers in the Mac's biggest makeover in years, with a flat, streamlined look inspired by iOS 7. Yosemite works more like iOS too, particularly the part where you can route phone calls to your desktop. You'll also enjoy improved Spotlight search, with results that include news, local restaurant listings, Wikipedia pages, movie times and quick unit conversions. Safari works much the same way, and includes some enhanced privacy settings, too. Right now, Yosemite isn't quite finished -- it won't arrive until sometime this fall -- but you can sign up for the public beta, which will open tomorrow for the first million people who enlist. In the meantime, I've been using an early build for a week now. Here's a quick preview for those of you who can't wait till tomorrow.%Gallery-slideshow208429%

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Apple's public beta for OS X Yosemite begins tomorrow

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple's public beta for OS X Yosemite begins tomorrow

The Apple we know is run by a bunch of perfectionists. The company only shows off final devices at its launch events, and developers are strictly forbidden from sharing screenshots of upcoming iOS releases. This is a company that doesn't usually bother with sneak peeks. Or do they? Apple announced a few months ago that it would carry out a public beta-testing program for OS X Yosemite, its next-gen Mac operating system, allowing regular people to give feedback before it eventually gets a wide release. Now, the testing period is finally about to begin: Apple says that beta users will be able to download an early version of the OS starting tomorrow at around 1PM Eastern. If you've already signed up to join the beta program, you don't need to do anything; you'll get a notification tomorrow when the OS is ready to download. If you haven't gotten around to it yet, though, we suggest you get on that ASAP: Only one million people are allowed to participate in this early-stage testing, which means slowpokes might not get a chance.

Update: Our preview of OS X Yosemite is already up, even before the public beta period begins. Read it here!

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This Temporary Tattoo Can Unlock Your Phone

(source: MobileCrunch)
tatoooooo I’d think this was just a clever April Fools joke, if it wasn’t the middle of July. Motorola and VivaLnk have made a temporary tattoo that can unlock a smartphone, no PIN required. Slap it on your skin, hold your phone up to it, and bam — phone unlocked. Who needs gestural passwords or face recognition when you can unlock your phone like a time traveling space wizard? Read More

Engadget Daily: NVIDIA's Shield Tablet, Atari's 'Pridefest' and more!

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Today, we take a look at NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet, investigate Atari's future with the LGBT community, ponder an Apple smartwatch patent and learn about a potential HIV breakthrough. Read on for Engadget's news highlights from the last 24 hours.

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Microsoft Confirms Decision To Kill The Surface Mini

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 2.32.29 PM Remember the Surface Mini, a device that got axed at the last minute? Microsoft gave it a shout out in its earnings report today. The company noted in its hardware section that its “[c]urrent year cost of revenue included Surface inventory adjustments resulting from our transition to newer generation devices and a decision to not ship a new form factor.” Ding. Read More

Apple's third quarter earnings inevitably impress

(source: MobileBurn)
Apple has revealed its third quarter earnings and once again it has been an impressive three months for the company. Cupertino has seen growth in almost all areas of revenue and sales, while the results have once again confounded analyst predictions.
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ZTE and T-Mobile smartphone collaboration first look

(source: MobileBurn)
ZTE, like other Chinese brands does not enjoy a lot of market presence in areas outside of Asia. Sure, the company is there, but it is not in the spotlight, and for the most part Chinese devices are not given the big push by US carriers like other brands. However, if any carrier would break the mould it would be the Uncarrier!
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