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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 Rubs Elbows With The Fashion Elite For Paris Apple Watch Event

(source: MobileCrunch)
colette_apple_window Apple is at Paris Fashion Week, hosting a special event for the Apple Watch at Collette, a high-end boutique shop in France. This is the first time Apple has revealed its device in person to the public, after a press preview held in September for the wearable. Apple still isn’t letting anyone get their hands on fully functional prototypes, but the display of the anticipated gadget is… Read More

iPhone 6 to arrive in China on October 10th

(source: MobileBurn)
Apple launched the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus around the world over the last two weeks and "Bendgate" aside the smartphone has been a huge success. The handset shifted 10 million units in three days, a record amount, but that number could have been higher. Apple would have ideally liked to have launched the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus in China too, but the country put a halt to its release until it passed regulatory approval.
Read the full story here.

Microsoft changes Bing apps to MSN

(source: MobileBurn)
Microsoft had a big vision for the Bing brand, it was going to build a whole ecosystem around it with multiple apps and features, much like Google actually. The company will still keep the general ethos behind the Bing apps, but has now decided to change the name for something more familiar and arguably more serious.
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iPhone 6 Approved for China

(source: Daily Wireless)
Apple® today announced that iPhone 6 and 6 Plus will be available in China beginning Friday, October 17 for all three major carriers. With support for TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, the new iPhones will provide access to the 4G/LTE networks from China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom across mainland China. Reuters reports the phones received […]

Windows Phone 8.1 adopted by 50% of all users

(source: MobileBurn)
We have seen recently that Apple iOS 8 is seeing some solid adoption rates and will likely encompass most iOS device users by the end of the year. We have also seen how Google's Android 4.4 KitKat is making its presence felt, with over 25% of all Android users adopting the software. So, what about the third player in the mobile market, what about Windows Phone? Well, Microsoft has kindly answered that today.
Read the full story here.

Here's a detailed look at the Nexus 6

(source: MobileBurn)
There is little doubt that Google's latest Nexus products are imminent. The number of leaks of the Nexus 6 smartphone point to the rumoured October 16th launch date being at least in the ball park. We have previously seen some mock ups of the Motorola built device, a leaked production model, and of course plenty of stories about specs. Now Android Police has uncovered even more, including this render and detailed confirmation about the specs.
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Samsung updates international Galaxy S3 to Android 4.4.4

(source: MobileBurn)
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is an aging device that is now over three years old, but we all remember what a juggernaut it was, amassing huge sales and an army of fans. I think few would argue that pound for pound the GS3 is better than the follow up handsets, the Galaxy S4 and S5, which is why the S3 is still so widely used even three years on. Samsung knows how popular this device is and the company is doing the right thing and continues to support it.
Read the full story here.

eBay And PayPal To Split Into Two Separate Companies

(source: MobileCrunch)
ebay-paypal-split eBay and PayPal are going their separate ways, with the payments company moving out from under the eBay umbrella to form its own, publicly-traded company. The move follows a strategic review conducted by eBay, Inc. and its Board of Directors, and is intended to help both businesses grow faster in their respective markets. The spin-out of PayPal is expected to be complete by the second half… Read More

AppDynamics Extends APM Coverage To Native Mobile Apps

(source: MobileCrunch)
Cartoon of frustrated mobile phone user. AppDynamics, the company that helps monitor application performance issues typically on the server side, announced an upgrade today that adds performance monitoring to native mobile apps. The new functionality came out of Beta this morning. As CEO Jyoti Bansal explained, they have been monitoring the server side of app interactions for some time. Any mobile app can invoke thousands of… Read More

EU says Apple's Irish tax deal is illegal

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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An EU commission has accused Ireland of granting "state aid" tax breaks to Apple that may break market rules. That was the result of an investigation by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) over Irish deals brokered in 1991 and 2007. It has now asked Ireland to provide more information about its tax arrangements with Apple and other companies, including Fiat and Starbucks. The OECD also looking into Luxembourg and the Netherlands as part of a larger probe to find out if certain EU nations help multinational companies swerve taxes. At 12.5 percent, Ireland has a lower tax rate than any other EU country, and Cupertino's complex tax deals there have been questioned before. As the US Senate saw recently, shuffling money around countries helps Apple avoid nearly $20 million a day in taxes -- and the EU seems to have a dimmer view of its strategy than the SEC did.

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Source: European Commission

Apple Watch makes first public appearance at Paris Fashion Week

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Colette is one of those ultra-hip Paris shops that may tempt you with its eclectic toys, clothing, tech and art -- until you see the prices. For Fashion Week in Paris, it's about to have a shiny new bauble: the Apple Watch. The store has announced a one-day only preview of the 1.53- or 1.33-inch wearable so that le public can see it for the first time. So far, only the press have glimpsed it, though we couldn't try any functions since it was just running a demo program. Apple told us that it'll be a strictly look-but-don't-touch event, with no new details -- and there's no word if Colette will actually sell it yet. If you happen to be in Paris though, you can see it now in it the fancy window display (which resembles the Watch interface) or brave the crowds in the store starting at 11:00 AM.

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Via: 9 to 5 Mac

Source: Colette

Apple's iPhone 6 and 6 Plus coming to China on October 17th

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple has finally revealed the date that its new iPhones will be available to eager users in mainland China: Friday, October 17th. The devices had been delayed pending regulatory approval, but Apple was granted a license earlier today by the Chinese government -- despite some security concerns. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will go on pre-order starting October 10th, with units available a week later at Apple Stores and all three major carriers. Both phones will support TD-LTE and FDD-LTE, meaning 4G speeds will be available to users at China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. So far, the lack of availability has meant extortionate prices for smuggled models, though there's been an alarming lack of demand in the gray market. But at least Chinese Apple fans will avoid the parade of early iOS 8 bugs.

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Source: Apple

Jawbone's trackerless Up app syncs with Apple Health, other fitness services (updated)

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

As it promised mere weeks ago, Jawbone has launched a new version of Up for iOS that syncs data from numerous health services and doesn't require its own tracker. Confusingly, the Jawbone app which does require an Up or Up24 tracker is also called 'Up' and is still available. However, the new version is more of a fitness catchall app that works with Apple's Health and over a hundred other apps (and their trackers), like RunKeeper and IFTTT. In fact, the new Up wants to manage all aspects of your health by tracking your sleep, nutrition and workouts. Once it learns your habits, the "Insight Engine" will then give you personalized health tips and other info. There are also social functions, including team tracking and the ability to boast about fitness milestones. Apple had pulled HealthKit apps a few days ago due to bugs, but after some scrambling they're now back -- you can grab Jawbone's UP for iOS here.

Update: Jawbone has told us that the new Up app doesn't work with Nest after all, despite the app saying otherwise. We've updated the post to reflect that.

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Via: MacRumors

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Test code hints at future iPads with Touch ID and Apple Pay

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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There have been photos and vague rumors hinting that Apple's next iPads will involve more than just a speed bump, but there hasn't been much in the way of hard evidence... until today, that is. Hamza Sood has uncovered code in the iOS 8.1 developer beta that alludes to unannounced iPads with Touch ID fingerprint readers and, appropriately, Apple Pay support. Don't think that you'll be tapping your iPad to pay for goods at the local shop, however. From all indications, this is just for in-app transactions; there's no mention of NFC. It's also unclear when this new iOS version will arrive, although history suggests that the new iPads (and thus the finished 8.1 update) could surface in October.

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Via: Cult of Mac

Source: Hamza Sood (Twitter), Apple Developer Blog

OnePlus 2 due in 2015

(source: MobileBurn)
Prospective OnePlus One customers are still waiting to be able to get their hands on one of the most affordable high spec'd smartphones out there. However, the company behind the much talked about handset have revealed that a sequel is in the pipeline and will be arriving either during the second or third quarter of 2015.
Read the full story here.

Fly Or Die: Apple iPhone 6

(source: MobileCrunch)
We’re back with a new episode of Fly or Die and armed with the latest iPhone. Will John and I, longtime Apple users, give the iPhone 6 the green light? Read More

Apple updates OS X to protect 'advanced UNIX users' from Shellshock

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Although OS X is among the systems listed as vulnerable to the recently-uncovered Shellshock / Bash security flaw (still not sure what that is? Let us explain.), Apple has said it isn't a problem for most users. For those potentially vulnerable due to enabling certain UNIX services, 9to5Mac reveals the company has just pushed patches for the Mavericks, Lion and Mountain Lion versions of its desktop operating system. You can download the updates from Apple's website now, and it should be available via software update soon.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Mavericks, Mountain Lion, Lion, Apple Support

Tommy smartwatch will cost just $75

(source: MobileBurn)
Before ASUS launched its first smartwatch at IFA earlier this month there was a thought that the company would deliver something significantly cheaper than other wearable devices of this kind. As it was, ASUS instead released the premium ZenWatch and passed the responsibility onto another manufacturer to offer the affordable choice. The smartwatch for everyone is now here in the form of the upcoming Tommy smartwatch.
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Samsung updates international Galaxy Note 3 to Android 4.4.4

(source: MobileBurn)
The Samsung Galaxy S3 is an aging device that is now over three years old, but we all remember what a juggernaut it was, amassing huge sales and an army of fans. I think few would argue that pound for pound the GS3 is better than the follow up handsets, the Galaxy S4 and S5, which is why the S3 is still so widely used even three years on. Samsung knows how popular this device is and the company is doing the right thing and continues to support it.
Read the full story here.

HP to launch Slate 17 tablet

(source: MobileBurn)
Over the last 15 years, no company has sold more PCs than HP and the brand is still considered among the biggest computer manufacturers in the world. Like many PC vendors, HP missed the boat with mobile, but with its coverage, market cachet, funds, and technological nous, HP should be a force in smartphone and tablets. The simple truth is though that it isn't doing well in mobile and the reason is products like the new HP Slate 17.
Read the full story here.

Snapchat Spam Might Make You Feel Fat, But At Least It’s Not Snapchat’s Fault

(source: MobileCrunch)
smh If you’re receiving messages from your friends on Snapchat that tell you how to lose weight, don’t freak out. It appears that many accounts have been hacked, though Snapchat denies that the hackers accessed users accounts through its own system. According to Twitter, users accounts have been hi-jacked and used to send weight loss spam to other accounts. There’s no word yet… Read More

BlackBerry Is Gonna Get Weird With Smartphone Design At Least Once A Year

(source: MobileCrunch)
blackberry-whatever BlackBerry could be about to become the most interesting company in the smartphone business: The Canadian telecommunications firm will deliver a minimum of one “unconventional device” per year, according to a new report from Reuters, following the launch of the square-screened Passport last week. The Passport is definitely an outlier gadget, with its wide-bodied construction… Read More

Mophie’s Samsung Galaxy S5 Juice Pack Gives You Ample Smartphone Life

(source: MobileCrunch)
samsung-gs5-mophie-case Mophie has a new Juice Pack out, designed for the Galaxy S5. The case packs a huge 3,000 mAh battery within its glossy shell, which is slightly larger than the 2,850 mAh unit within the Galaxy S5 itself. True, you could carry around a spare battery for the GS5 and pop the back whenever you want more power, but the Mophie’s extra juice is just a switch away, and it includes passthrough… Read More

iOS App Store’s “Trending Searches” Section Shows Evidence Of Gaming

(source: MobileCrunch)
appstore-trending-searches A new feature in Apple’s App Store for iOS 8 is a search section which displays “trending” searches below the search box – an area meant to highlight the popular apps of the moment. However, from an analysis of the apps which have been appearing on this page since its public debut, it seems some app publishers have already figured out how to game the system for their… Read More

Tango Music Pix Returns For Its Official Launch

(source: MobileCrunch)
tango-music-pix Today, Tango has officially re-released Tango Music Pix, an app for making musical slideshows, which the messaging service is calling its first “sister application.” Read More

Kahuna Plans To Avoid “Wrist Fatigue” With New Algorithm For Smartwatch App Notifications

(source: MobileCrunch)
apple watch It sounds like the upcoming Apple Watch and other wearable gadgets are going to create a whole new avenue for apps to communicate with you — and that could get pretty annoying. At least, that’s the assumption at Kahuna, a Sequoia Capital-backed startup that helps mobile marketers test and automate their push notifications. Read More

Blackberry Passport sells out in hours

(source: MobileBurn)
When Blackberry launched the Passport smartphone last week we wrote about the handset and found that it was very good, a smartphone from Blackberry worth getting excited about. I said at the time that it could hit a sweet spot with its target audience and it seems that is the case as the Passport has gotten off to the perfect start and is on the way to giving Blackberry its first hit in some time.
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Windows 9 will be free for Windows 8 users

(source: MobileBurn)
Yes, we are a mobile oriented website, but we are breaking from our remit a bit to talk about Windows 9. That?s simply because versions of Microsoft's desktop operating system these days are the ones that are likely to be uniform across the mobile space too. With that in mind, when Windows 9 lands we can safely assume that a version of it will arrive on tablets and smartphones in due course.
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Mobile Shopping Leaders SK planet and shopkick To Join Forces

(source: Wireless DevNet)
In an effort to capture a major piece of the growing U.S. mobile commerce and location-based shopping market, SKP today announces that SKP will acquire shopkick, Inc., the country's most widely used real-world shopping app

Smartvue Cloud Video Surveillance Solutions to Drive Worlds Largest Surveillance Camera Company

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Smartvue Corporation announced that it will provide Hikvision with a cloud-based video surveillance service and camera-to-cloud solution. Hikvision will offer Smartvues cloud video surveillance to the U.S. market

Kit Tuveson of Visual Mobile Technologies Honored with Prestigious IFMA Chairman's Citation Award

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Visual Mobile is pleased to congratulate Kit Tuveson, the company's new Vice President of Business Development, on receiving the Chairman's Citation Award from the International Facility Management Association

Connect One Launches Next Generation IoT WiFi Modules

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Connect One, the Device Networking Authority, has launched its next-generation WiFi modules to support the latest 802.11b/g/n wireless standards for the Internet of Things market

Apple Rejects Launcher, The App That Lets You Launch Other Apps From iOS 8 Notification Center

(source: MobileCrunch)
launcher-screen Apple doesn’t care for apps that let you launch other apps directly from the Notification Center, and has pulled one of the first apps to take advantage of this new functionality now available in iOS 8 from the iTunes App Store. We took a look at Launcher, the app in question, last week, and found it to be a convenient and clever way to access your favorite apps or common actions… Read More