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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:

Apple Pay reportedly reaches the UK on July 14th

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple Pay UK's initial partners

Irked that Apple Pay is only officially slated to reach the UK sometime in July? Don't worry -- you might not have to wait all month to see it. Multiple retailer leaks at 9to5Mac point to Apple launching its iPhone tap-to-pay service in Old Blighty on July 14th, or soon enough that you can likely use it if you're off to one of the country's many summer music festivals. Just don't expect to splurge on more than a quick bite to eat while you're out. That £20 (soon to be £30) contactless payment cap seriously limits how much you can spend, so the British implementation won't be quite as convenient as it is for Americans.

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Source: 9to5Mac

iTunes 12.2: New version a missed opportunity for Apple Music

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

iTunes 12.2: New version a missed opportunity for Apple Music

Apple released a new version 12.2 of iTunes for OS X and Windows this week as part of the launch of its Apple Music service. The initial reactions from users are anything but positive. But aside from obvious bugs, there's a bigger problem: iTunes needed a revamp, not more features. By simply adding the subscription service, Apple squandered an opportunity for a fresh start.

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Holiday music exclusive battle: Apple/Eminem vs. Tidal/Lil Wayne

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

While many in the US are relaxing for the July 4th holiday, the folks at Apple Music and Tidal are hard at work trying to push their respective subscription music services. Apple has already announced plans for a Dr. Dre radio show on Beats 1 that will debut Saturday night, after airing shows hosted by artists Q-Tip and Run the Jewels on Friday. Just to add on, Apple Music revealed it nabbed the exclusive for Eminem's "music film" Phenomenal. Not to be outdone, Tidal came through with a surprise exclusive drop of Lil Wayne's new album, FWA, aka the Free Weezy Album. Whether or not those match your personal taste, it's evident both are gunning hard for the current subscription streaming leader, Spotify, to power the playlist at your barbecue this weekend. As far as Spotify and the rest, well, at least they have AC/DC too.

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Source: FWA - Tidal, Phenomenal - iTunes

Dr. Dre will debut a Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music tomorrow night

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Dr. Dre will debut a Beats 1 radio show on Apple Music tomorrow night

Days after Apple Music launched to the public, it's becoming clearer where Dr. Dre fits. The hip-hop mogul, who joined Apple after the company bought up Beats, announced today that he's about to launch a regular radio program exclusive to Apple Music. The hour-long show, called "The Pharmacy," airs its first show tomorrow night on Apple's live Beats 1 radio station, and will focus on "West Coast music," according to the Associated Press. Tune in at 6pm ET if you're curious, and thereafter you can catch it every other week.

[Image credit: Andy Kropa /Invision/AP]

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Via: AppleInsider

Source: Associated Press

John Sculley On Drawing The Mac Phone For Steve Jobs

(source: MobileCrunch)
john sculley We had a chance to sit down with the founders of Zeta Interactive — John Sculley and David Steinberg — last week to talk a bit about their online marketing service. But Sculley isn’t just known for that company, or the ones that came just before it where he worked with Steinberg. He also had a stint running Apple, coming from running Pepsi in the middle of its… Read More

MasterCard is testing a new way for you to pay with your face

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

MasterCard Mobile World Congress

MasterCard announced on Thursday that it's looking to add a layer of biometric security to its credit cards and all user will need to do is simply take a selfie. The system will create a digitized map of your face, convert that map into a hash and compare it to the hash stored on Mastercard's servers. Users will be able to pay through a mobile app with either their fingerprints or by staring into the device and blinking once. The blink is used to prevent someone from just holding up a picture of you to spoof the system. What's more, "They're storing an algorithm, not a picture of you," Phillip Dunkelberger, who runs Nok Nok Labs, told CNN Money. "And I'm sure they're doing the appropriate stuff to guard it."

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Via: SlashGear

Source: CNN Money

Leak hints the next iPhone might record 4K video

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

An iPhone 6

Tired of recording 'just' 1080p video on your iPhone while your friends produce clips in glorious 4K? You won't have to look on with envy for much longer, if the latest rumors are on the mark. A tipster on China's Sina Weibo has posted what appear to be leaked details of the next iPhone's rear camera, and it'll reportedly jump to 12 megapixels with 4K video recording. There's no guarantee that this is in the cards, but it jives with earlier claims that Apple's future handset will focus on camera upgrades. You're not likely to see design changes, if 9to5Mac's photos are accurate, so photographic improvements like this will likely be more important this time around.

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Via: SlashGear

Source: Sogi (translated)

BlueStacks emulator runs Android apps on your Mac

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

The BlueStacks Android emulator, which already has around 90 million Windows users, has finally arrived on OSX after an extended beta testing phase. The free emulator runs both x86 and ARM-based apps as well as provides full keyboard and mouse support. It even allows for gesture controls like pinch to zoom with a trackpad and takes advantage of your Mac's Retina display. Users can sync files and data from their mobile devices or pull new apps from Google Play directly to their Mac. You can download the program directly from the BlueStacks website.

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Source: BlueStacks

Vorex Launches ERP and Business Management Solution for Telecom Companies

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Vorex, Inc. announced the general availability of its project-centric ERP solution for the telecommunications industry. Vorexs ERP and business management solution addresses the complete lifecycle of the telecom industry

EPAM Announces Expanded Presence in Europe with a New Austria Operating Entity

(source: Wireless DevNet)
EPAM Systems announced its expansion of operations in Europe with the formation of EPAM Systems Austria GmbH. This will enable clients in Austria, and other European regions, to collaborate more closely with EPAM on key initiatives

LTE World Summit 2015 Ignites the 5G Debate

(source: Wireless DevNet)
The Amsterdam RAI was last week host to 2,750+ attendees as industry leaders gathered for the worlds largest 4G and 5G conference and exhibition, the 11th Annual LTE World Summit.

Samsung Announces New LEVEL U Wireless Bluetooth Headset

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Samsung Electronics announced the new LEVEL U Bluetooth headset. The latest addition to the LEVEL headset line-up incorporates the latest Samsung technology, delivers best-in-class sound with crystal-clear call quality

Sprint Announces Retail Agreement with Dixons Carphone Europes Leading Wireless Retailer

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Sprint and Dixons Carphone today announced a commercial relationship that pairs Sprint with a premier European consumer electronics retailer renowned for innovation in wireless retail sales

Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Benched Again

(source: MobileBurn)
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 has been something of a failure. Sure, it had found its way into plenty of flagships and will likely land in a few more yet, but those devices have been plagued by overheating problems. While Qualcomm has denied a serious issue, there is evidence there (such as Samsung deciding not to use the 820) and we imagine the company cannot wait to move on from the Snapdragon 810.
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Lumia 1030 Dead, Long Live the Lumia 1040?

(source: MobileBurn)
Last month we discussed the Microsoft Lumia 1030, a sequel to Nokia's camera-centric Lumia 1020 from a couple of years ago. The handset was once again set to feature arguably the best camera module in the industry and was due to launch later in the year, presumably with Windows 10 Mobile in tow. However, it now seems as though the device has been killed.
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Samsung Regains Number 1 Market Share in United States

(source: MobileBurn)
Apple's reign at the top of the smartphone market in the United States was short lived as Samsung wrestled back the top spot through the last quarter. The South Korean giant has dominated the markets for a couple of years, but the record breaking launch of the iPhone 6 put Apple at the top, a stunning feat.
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In Wake Of Apple Music, SoundCloud Update Focuses On Music Discovery, Better User Experience

(source: MobileCrunch)
soundcloud-ios All the buzz this week may be about the launch of Apple Music, but another popular streaming music application, SoundCloud, has also now rolled out a notable update to its mobile application. The update – which delivers new features including related tracks, shuffle, direct playlist editing, and more – is aimed at both improving music discovery and the overall user experience.… Read More

Apple kills Home Sharing for music in iOS 8.4

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Sad Businessman at Desk Wearing Party Hat

The arrival of Apple Music has been much-celebrated, but for it to live, the company appears to have killed-off Home Sharing from iOS. The feature enabled you to stream tunes from your desktop (i.e. where your collection is) over your home network to a local iPod, iPhone or iPad. Unfortunately, as AppleInsider reports, that offering has now been pulled, so you'll have to postpone any impromptu kitchen parties that you had planned. Interestingly, the change only affects music playback, since you can still share video to nearby iDevices.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Source: AppleInsider, Apple, (2), Apple Support Forums

Xiaomi Sold 34.7M Smartphones In First Half Of 2015, Up 33% Year-On-Year

(source: MobileCrunch)
xiaomi Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi today confirmed that it sold just shy of 35 million phones in the first half of this year. Read More

Apple iPhone 6c to Sport Metal Body

(source: MobileBurn)
What is Apple's most disappointing product of recent years? No, we are not running a poll as we think it was the iPhone 5c, a solid enough smartphone that was actually a slap in the face. You see, Apple wanted to offer an affordable (we are using the terms as loosely as possible) smartphone so announced the funky and colorful 5c.
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