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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:

Drug stores drop Apple Pay and Google Wallet to push their own payment tech

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

A CVS pharmacy in San Francisco

If you're bent on using Apple Pay or Google Wallet for your shopping, you may have to be finicky about your choice of drug stores. Both CVS and Rite Aid have shut off their support for NFC-based payments just days after Apple Pay went live. Try to tap your phone and you'll get an error, or nothing at all. The companies haven't publicly discussed why they're cutting off the handy feature, but this is ultimately an attempt to stifle competition. Both pharmacies are part of the Merchant Customer Exchange, a retailer group whose its own mobile wallet system (CurrentC) reaches these stores in 2015; as a memo obtained by SlashGear suggests, they'd rather deny all NFC payments than risk building support for rivals. Suffice it to say that this will be very inconvenient if you're a frequent customer, and you'll currently have to visit the likes of Duane Reade and Walgreens if you want to avoid paying with old-fashioned cash or plastic.

[Image credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]

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Source: MacRumors, SlashGear

LG Liger is the first smartphone with Odin processor

(source: MobileBurn)
LG hit a home run with the G3 flagship and the Korean company knows when it is on to a good thing. That's why just about every device the company has released since has paid more than a passing resemblance to the popular G3. LG's latest smartphone will continue that trend and has leaked online looking like an oversized and less stylized version of the G3.
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U.K. Startup Swytch Is Building An App To Open Up The ‘Burner’ Phone Number Market

(source: MobileCrunch)
Swytch U.K. startup Swytch — founded in April this year — is bootstrapping a cloud based mobile network and dialer app that will let you use multiple phone numbers on a single SIM, so doing away with the hassle of juggling multiple physical SIM cards. Read More

Samsung Galaxy S5 to get Android 5.0 in December?

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung has kept quiet regarding its plans for Android 5.0 Lollipop, aside from a teaser image of the Galaxy Note 4 amidst Lollipops of course. However, the Note 4 is shipping with Android KitKat and the Korean company has not given any specific dates as to when any of its smartphones will get Google's latest and greatest software. However, reports are starting to paint a clearer picture.
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Tim Cook says the Apple Watch is a game changer and China to get Apple Pay

(source: MobileBurn)
Tim Cook's four day visit to China where he has tried to smooth relationships with authorities and pave the way for further Apple growth in the country has come to an end. On the final day of his trip he spoke to Chinese news outlet Xinhuanet and revealed Cupertino's plans to bring Apple Pay to the Chinese market while also iterating that China is at the forefront of the company's plans, a line that has become the theme of this visit.
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Amazon's Fire Phone costs the company $174 million

(source: MobileBurn)
Most of us saw from day 1 what Amazon could not see, the Fire Phone would be a massive flop. Here's the thing, it is a good smartphone, but it lacks something, is ugly, has too many gimmicks, and was expensive... it is undoubtedly the mobile disaster of the year. That it is quickly being forgotten sums up the scale of Amazon's miss-step and the retailer has been left with more than hurt pride because of the Fire Phone.
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Galaxy Note 4 sold 4.5 million units in one month

(source: MobileBurn)
How many Galaxy Note 4 units did Samsung sell? That's a question I have been asked a lot over the a last couple of weeks as Apple fans wanted to rub salt into the wound of their rivals, and Samsung fans wanted to prove that the company can hold its own against the iPhone. Well, the answer is in according to Korean news outlets, and it is actually good news for both sides of the fence.
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Google to name Sundar Pichai VP of all core products

(source: MobileBurn)
Google has undergone a major shakeup as CEO Larry Page has reportedly handed the reins of most of the company's products over to Sundar Pichai. As the SVP of Android, Chrome, and Apps, Pichai is already heading up some of Google's core products, but Page is willing to give him control of the company.
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Who'd have thought the Power Mac G5 made a good bench?

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Like it or loathe it, you have to admit that the design of the Power Mac G5 was a very clever way of getting around the system's legendary thermal issues. It was no surprise that the ol' cheesegrater was kept around for the Mac Pro, at least until last year's solid-state revolution. But what of the numerous G5 chassis that are now lingering in attics, skips and warehouses? If you don't want to gut one to use for your own high-end PC, then Klaus Geiger is more than happy to turn them into furniture. As part of his Benchma[(R)]c project, two G5 cases and a plank of Walnut is all you need to make a pretty nifty park bench. There's more images down at the source, but you'll have to excuse us, as we're just off to put our collection of Rodrigo Alonso furniture on eBay.

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Via: The Verge

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Sidecar Tests A New “Commute” Service, With Discounts When You Pay For A Week Of Morning Rides

(source: MobileCrunch)
sidecar-selection Ridesharing service SideCar invited me today to beta test a new feature called Sidecar Commute. Here’s how it works, as explained on the tester signup page: You pay $35 for a one-week SideCar Commute Pack, then you can request a ride every morning that week, and you’ll get a $15 credit for that ride. Read More

AT&T Breaks The Apple SIM’s Best Feature, Locks It Down If You Pick AT&T

(source: MobileCrunch)
att lock The idea behind the Apple SIM that comes in the new iPads is most excellent: one SIM, many carriers. Whenever you want to switch carriers, you’d just pop into settings and pick the new one. If you want to bring your own SIM, you can — but otherwise, everything happens through software. No swapping SIMs, no ordering new SIMs, no hassle. Read More

First Look At 3D Camera App 3DAround

(source: MobileCrunch)
Dacuda 3DAround Gif Small What if you could shoot those cool 360-degree, swivel-around photos you see on ecommerce sites or in The Matrix with just your smartphone? Then you’d be using the 3DAround camera app that launches next month from Dacuda, which gave TechCrunch an early peek. Simply hit record, revolve your camera phone or tablet around an object, and 3DAround stitches together all the photos into a 3D… Read More

AT&T locks your new iPad's SIM so you can't switch carriers without a new one

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple's iPad Air 2 and Mini 3 launched with a very, very pleasant surprise: If you splurged on an LTE model, you could choose whether you wanted to jump on Sprint's, T-Mobile's or AT&T's networks (along with EE's if you're in the UK), with nary a SIM card swap in sight. It seemed pretty brilliant, really: you get the ability to pick a data plan that works best for you even if it's not from the same carrier each time, and Apple no longer has to juggle different iPad models for different carrier partners. Alas, if only everyone played by the same rules. At first we thought the only caveat was that Verizon hasn't thrown its support behind Apple's split-personality SIM, but it turns out if you sign up for a spot of surfing with AT&T, you won't be able to switch to any other network without procuring another Apple SIM. Just lovely, no?

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Source: MacRumors

Microsoft posts solid Q3 earnings

(source: MobileBurn)
It is one of those times of the year when the giant tech companies offer their financial results for their third (calendar) or fourth (fiscal) quarters. Microsoft is the latest company to do just that and it turns out things are going surprisingly well for a company that is oft rumoured to be struggling in the mobile space.
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The Groups App I Wish Facebook Would Build

(source: MobileCrunch)
facebook-groups2 About once a week, if not more, I find myself typing these words or something similar on Facebook: “I just PM’d you, check your ‘Other’ inbox.” Or, “sorry, I’m on mobile, I can’t get to the ‘Other’ inbox right now.” Or sometimes, just “bump.” If any of these phrases sound familiar, you’re probably also a member… Read More

Amazon Fire Phone Flops

(source: MobileCrunch)
fire phone Given that Amazon was tanking the price of the Fire Phone down to 99 cents two months after launch (leading to many a “Fire sale!” joke), this probably won’t come as much of a surprise: the Fire Phone isn’t a success. On the Amazon earnings call today, Amazon noted that the company was taking a $170 million dollar writedown “primarily related” to… Read More

Samsung Galaxy A3 arrives at the FCC

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung's latest low end offering has made itself a bit more real today as the device passed through the FCC and looks set to get a launch in the US soon. We have already heard plenty about the budget Galaxy A3, the smallest of a new range of devices based off Samsung's Galaxy Alpha. The others in the range will be the A5 and A7, all three due to launch together in November and all three boasting the high end appeal of the Alpha.
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Amazon Quietly Launches A Functional App Store Within Its Main Android Application

(source: MobileCrunch)
amazon-angled Until recently, if you wanted to install an application from Amazon’s own Appstore onto your Android device, you would have to install the Amazon Appstore app separately. And this is a bit of a hassle, since you can’t exactly just download the app from Google Play. But last month, Amazon quietly rolled out a new feature within its main Amazon application on Android which now includes… Read More

Looksery Launches A Video Chatting App That Makes You Look More Attractive

(source: MobileCrunch)
iphone-2 Want to look more attractive on video? Or just different? Earlier this year, a company called Looksery popped up on Kickstarter to raise crowdfunding for a new kind of mobile video chat application that allows users to look more attractive on video using special effects that can remove blemishes, let you change your eye color, slim your face, and more. The app, which is live as of today on… Read More

Deezer Buys Stitcher, Adds 35K Talk Radio Shows And Podcasts To Its Music Platform

(source: MobileCrunch)
Deezer Stitcher Logos Deezer, the Paris-based music streaming service that competes against the likes of Spotify and Rdio, is switching up its game in the battle for more differentiation, more users and a higher profile in the U.S. It has acquired Stitcher, the San Francisco-based aggregator of podcasts and talk radio programming. Stitcher has amassed a catalog of 35,000 radio shows and podcasts, including eight… Read More