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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:

Google said to debut Android/Chrome OS hybrid on tablet, convertible notebook

(source: MobileCrunch)
Android apps on Chrome Google is planning hybrid devices that run both Android and Chrome OS, including one convertible laptop, and one Huawei Nexus-branded tablet, according to a new report from 9to5Google. The report backs up another from Android Police today that says a convertible notebook is on the way. The Andromeda project bakes Chrome OS features into Android, giving you the best of both worlds in one… Read More

Square hopes to ease the EMV transition with faster transaction times

(source: MobileCrunch)
reader-04-b12e271801dbb3662ea9526c33ae8d34 You’ve likely seen the headlines about consumer frustration with the transition to EMV payment cards in the U.S., most of which centers around how long the payments take vs. good old-fashioned swiping. Those of us living in countries where EMV has been a fixture for a while might just shrug at this, but not Square: It’s focused on cutting back transaction times to alleviate… Read More

Apple will start selling Sonos speakers today

(source: Engagdget Mobile)
Sonos still offers one of the best experiences for those who want to keep music in sync throughout their home. But it's not a brand that everyone knows, and in a place like Best Buy or Target it has to fight a lot of other competitors for shelf space and attention (that's not the case in its massive NYC retail store, of course). Today, the company's retail presence is getting a boost thanks to a new partnership with Apple. Starting this afternoon, you'll be able to buy the Sonos Play:1 and Play:5 speakers on Apple's website in the US. By October 5th, the speakers will be on sale in 468 Apple retail stores around the world, and they'll be coming to more markets online in the following weeks.

Source: Sonos

Apple Watch could soon track your sleep and fitness levels

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

The Apple Watch is billed as a fitness-focused device, but it doesn't really make sense of fitness data -- you're supposed to interpret the numbers yourself. However, Apple might soon give its wristwear some added smarts. Bloomberg sources claim that the Apple Watch will get apps that track sleeping patterns and fitness levels. It's not certain how the sleep tracking would work (most likely through motion), but the watch would gauge your fitness by recording the time it takes for your heart rate to drop from its peak to its resting level.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Bloomberg

Google embraces the log-in, leaving cookies behind in new advertising updates

(source: MobileCrunch)
crossdevice_halloween-ads-loop_128-1_091616_v2-1 Google has been focusing for years on finding better ways to track and measure ads as we switch from one device to another to consume media like TV, music or written articles like this one. And now, to coincide with Ad Week in New York this week, Google is revealing its latest moves in that effort: over the next few months the company will expand Brand Lift from measuring online  video… Read More

🎶 Can’t wear Snap sunglasses at night 🎶

(source: MobileCrunch)
corey-hart-sunglasses-at-night Unless you plan on bumping into stuff, don’t expect to record after-dark concerts and parties on your Snap Inc Spectacles. The company formerly known as Snapchat (they really should have just changed it to the  emoji, Prince-style) confirms to me its new camera glasses are not currently built to be worn at night. Their lenses are like normal sunglasses, so it’d be too shady to… Read More

iTunes 'Spoken Editions' podcasts will read you written news

(source: Engagdget Mobile)
It looks like Apple is getting ready to launch a new iTunes offering, and someone pulled the trigger a bit too early. TechCrunch has spotted podcasts branded "Spoken Editions" on the service, which seem to be short programs reading written news from select publications, so you can listen to them while doing something else, like driving or working. Apple has already pulled them all down, but not before TC saw Spoken Editions of Wired, Time, Mic, Forbes, Playboy and even of its own publication.

Source: iTunes

The hopes and headaches of Snapchat’s glasses

(source: MobileCrunch)
snapchat-spectacles Snapchat is the only company cool enough to possibly dismantle the Google Glass stigma. Awkward, useless, and a threat to privacy are how many think of computers you wear on your face. Can Snapchat show off the masterful marketing and smooth execution required to produce a product that won’t die on stores shelves or in a desk drawer? To quickly recount the basics, a video of… Read More

Taking a swing for the Grammys with the new Lip Sync Battle app

(source: MobileCrunch)
Lip Sync Battle The art of the lip sync has had a profound impact on the state of our…ok no, but dammit is lip synching fun. For those of you locked in a Faraday cage, pretending to sing has become all the rage these days. You have Michelle Obama doing it for Carpool Karaoke, Tim Cook using it to open up events, and of course the ever entertaining LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen using it as a platform… Read More

Hands-on with Pictar, which adds buttons and wheels to your iPhone camera

(source: MobileCrunch)
20160924-_dsc3356 There’s no denying that your smartphone’s camera is getting better and better for every generation, but what’s a poor photography nerd to do about controllability? Miggo’s Kickstarter-funded Pictar is shipping soon, and might be just the thing to teach your iPhone some additional photography skills. At Photokina, I had a chance to try it myself. Read More

iOS 10.0.2 update fixes bugs in headphones, Photos

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Even if you've already updated to iOS 10, Apple has released its first official update for its mobile/TV operating system. Bugs that could shut down the Photos app when turning on iCloud Photo Library and disable app extensions have ben smushed, but folks with the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus may want it for another reason.

Via: 9to5Mac, MacRumors

Source: Apple

Leica and Huawei express their love for each other with a joint research lab

(source: MobileCrunch)
header-background Before the iPhone 7 made dual lenses cool… no, scratch that, Huawei and Leica made it cool first (and plenty others made it dorky). The result of their collaboration, the P9, has sold well enough that the two companies are taking their relationship to the next level — moving in together. In a joint research facility in Germany, that is. Read More

The biggest problem with Snapchat’s geofilter product

(source: MobileCrunch)
snapchat-down Snapchat’s current geofilter product is a nightmare for event managers, brands, and any commercial business because anyone can coat-tail or hijack the space. Let’s say you’re holding a political rally at City Hall, and you want to buy a geofilter for the augmented Snapchat space at the event. When you go to purchase it from Snapchat, your plan gets rejected. Why? Someone… Read More

Microsoft’s Bing mobile apps get support for Google’s AMP

(source: MobileCrunch)
2016-09-23_0830 Bing, the search engine Microsoft pays you to use, is jumping on the AMP bandwagon. The open source AMP format is essentially Google’s version of Facebook’s Instant Articles and its stripped down format, which in some ways goes back to the early days of the web, ensures that mobile pages load extremely fast. Just like Google now highlights a variety of AMP pages in its mobile… Read More

Apple Watch Series 2 review (as written by a marathoner)

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

When the Apple Watch first came out last year, Engadget published not one but two reviews. There was the "official" review, which provided an overview of the device's features and, more important, attempted to explain who, if anyone, should buy it. Then there was a piece I wrote, focusing specifically on the watch's capabilities (actually, drawbacks) as a running watch. Although we knew that many readers would be interested in that aspect of the device, we were wary of derailing the review by geeking out about marathoning.

This year, we needn't worry about that. With the new Apple Watch Series 2, the company is explicitly positioning the device as a sports watch. In particular, the second generation brings a built-in GPS radio for more accurate distance tracking on runs, walks, hikes, bike rides and swims. Yes, swims: It's also waterproof this time, safe for submersion in up to 50 meters of water.

Beyond that, the other changes are performance-related, including a faster chip, longer battery life and a major software update that makes the watch easier to use. Even so, the first-gen version, which will continue to be sold at a lower price, is getting upgraded with the same firmware and dual-core processor. That means, then, that the Series 2's distinguishing features are mostly about fitness. And if you don't fancy yourself an athlete, we can think of an even smarter buy.

Apple’s iMessage App Store already has over 1,650 apps, majority are sticker packs

(source: MobileCrunch)
imessage-app-store-hero In just over a week, Apple’s iMessage App Store has grown to over 1,650 applications and sticker packs – more than the original iPhone had at launch as well as the 1,000 total that were ready for iPad at the time of its debut, but far less than the 3,500+ the Watch App Store arrived with last year. According to a new report from Sensor Tower, the most popular type of mini… Read More

iHeartRadio will launch two paid, on-demand music services

(source: MobileCrunch)
iheartradio cross platform iHeartRadio could be getting more competitive with on-demand music services like Apple Music and Spotify next year. Launched by the radio and media company Clear Channel (which has since rebranded as iHeartMedia), iHeartRadio gives users the ability to listen to broadcast radio on their computers and phones, as well as listening to online stations designed around specific musical artists.… Read More

Bloomberg: Apple moving forward with smart speaker to rival Echo

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Back in May, reports surfaced that Apple was working on a device that would rival Amazon's Echo speakers. In fact, those rumors indicated that Tim Cook & Co. had been working on the gadget before Amazon announced its speakers with the Alexa virtual assistant on board. Now Bloomberg reports that Apple's upcoming device is moving from the R&D phase and into proper testing. Similar to the Echo line, Apple's smart-home unit will pack in Siri and control connected appliances, lights and more via voice cues.

Via: The Verge

Source: Bloomberg

Driver’s ed app Aceable raises $4 million

(source: MobileCrunch)
aceable_app_1 Although self-driving vehicles feel like a near future reality, people still need driver’s licenses to get around independently in cars today. Now, an Austin, Texas startup called Aceable has raised $4 million in Series A funding to deliver driver’s education in a mobile app. Silverton Partners and Floodgate Ventures co-led the round. Aceable’s app alleviates the need… Read More

Mysterious Apple device surfaces in FCC filing

(source: Engagdget Mobile)
What is the A1844? We don't know, but an FCC filing for the Apple-built hardware popped up, revealing a few interesting details that raise more questions than answers. Revealed by the French website Consomac, the device is similar in size to an Apple TV 4th-gen box (the new one with the Siri voice remote), but there are no full pictures or other details to explain exactly what it does. AppleInsider points out that tests reveal Bluetooth and NFC (which is not currently included in the Apple TV) capabilities, but didn't note WiFi, which could be a result of re-used hardware or that it's not present. The diagram included in the filing shows a shape and screws that appear to be similar to the current Apple TV.

Via: AppleInsider, Consomac

Source: FCC