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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:

Sony SmartBand with Roxy

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Limited Edition Sony SmartBand SWR10 - Sony Mobile unveils the new SmartBand with Roxy, rolling out now. A collaboration with the iconic women’s outdoor sports lifestyle brand; it represents limited edition, adventure-inspired, purpose-driven fashion that motivates you to live for the moment. Sony SmartBand with Roxy will delight active lifestyle and sports fanatics, particularly the eye-catching cobalt blue wave embellishment. With a waterproof (rated IP58) design, it’s perfect for experiencing the thrill of that next adventure, and then preserving those memories with the popular Lifelog app.

The Perfect Gaming Phone

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-12-21 at 6.11.51 PM As a recent acquirer of an iPhone 6 Plus I had thought that a bigger phone would have better battery and be easier on my eyes. However what I hadn’t expected was the degree to which playing games on it would be much more fun than on my previous iPhone. Read More

Nokia Lumia 635 available at Sprint

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Nokia Lumia 635 now available - Starting Dec. 23, the Lumia 635 will be the first Windows Phone available for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA customers. In January, the smartphone will also be available to Sprint postpaid customers. The Nokia Lumia 635, which comes loaded with Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana, SensorCore, and more, comes just in time for the holidays to folks who want a powerful smartphone at an affordable price on Sprint’s speedy 4G LTE network. Whether it’s a present to yourself or a lucky person on your gift list, be sure to jump on this deal come Dec. 23: The Nokia Lumia 635 will be available online for $99.99 (excluding taxes) in cyan from Boost Mobile and in white from Virgin Mobile USA.

Android M to be built into Cars

(source: MobileBurn)
Wait a minute, hasn't Android Lollipop only just been released, as in one month ago? You know how the mobile world moves, always moving and always looking to the next thing, which is why there is little surprise that we are already getting our first rumor regarding Android M (Android M&M anyone?). It may seem silly, but thinking about it logically, Android 4.4 KitKat launched in November 2013 and six months later at its I/O event Google announced Lollipop.
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Sony Teases Xperia Z4 with Official CES Video

(source: MobileBurn)
Sony has always had a considerable presence at CES, the yearly Las Vegas based trade show that in 2015 will be taking place between January 6 and January 9. However, CES is more of a consumer electronics show and smartphones have not featured in Sony's launches in the past, at least not flagships. However, the company is reportedly set to launch the Xperia Z4 as the event in two weeks' time, perhaps leaving the PC game and slowing down its TV output has given Sony space to fill at the event.
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Morgan Stanley Predicts 67 Million iPhone Sales through Q4

(source: MobileBurn)
Morgan Stanley is a massive investment firm, so when the company looks at a market it does so with plenty of care. In the world of tech their predictions are normally bang on the money, which is why I tend to believe their latest guides for iPhone performance through this current fourth quarter, which happens to include the Holiday Season.
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Samsung Galaxy J1 Shows Up Online (Leak)

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung's new strategy does not seem to include releasing fewer smartphones as the Korean company has another handset in the works. We've had the Galaxy A series (launched), the Galaxy E (coming), and the Galaxy U (cancelled), so how does the Galaxy J sound? Well, we are going to find out soon enough as the Korean company is prepping such a device that is showing up at the moment with the model number SM-J100.
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Carnival’s Mobile Marketing Platform Gets More Automated

(source: MobileCrunch)
carnival trigger messaging When someone tells me that they’re introducing “trigger messaging” to their product, well, it’s not the most thrilling start to a conversation. But hey, mention automated FaceTime calls from One Direction, and suddenly I’m onboard. (Not that I’m a huge One Direction fan or anything. It’s not weird that I think this sounds cool, right? Please tell me… Read More

Facebook Has So Much To Announce, Its f8 Conference Expands To 2 Days In SF March 25-26 2015

(source: MobileCrunch)
Facebook F8 2015 Facebook has more news to share at f8 than can fit in a single day, so it’s adding a second for its developer conference now slated for March 25th and 26th, 2015 at San Francisco’s Fort Mason Center. Registration for the first two-day f8 will open in early 2015, but developers hoping to attend can sign up for a reminder of when they can vy for tickets. Facebook explains the… Read More

Sprint & T-Mobile Charged with “Cramming”

(source: Daily Wireless)
Sprint is facing a lawsuit by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that alleges the carrier illegally billed wireless consumers for tens of millions of dollars in unauthorized third-party charges. The lawsuit contends that Sprint operated a billing system that allowed third parties to bill for unwanted services, a process known as “cramming.” T-Mobile has agreed […]

2015 LTE Innovation Summit Extends Call for Papers Deadline

(source: Wireless DevNet)
The LTE Innovation Summit is seeking presenters from all stages of the mobile wireless ecosystem to discuss the unique design, implementation and testing challenges facing the mobile wireless and broadband industry

StoneTether Kickstarter Campaign Achieves Massive Success

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Del Marth LLC, the manufacturers of StoneTether, the new and unique wireless tracking device, has announced the staggering success of the completion of their Kickstarter campaign

BYO Wireless Launches GSM 4G LTE Service

(source: Wireless DevNet)
BYO Wireless today announced an expansion of services to include GSM 4G LTE network capabilities and increased data plans for prepay customers. Created as an affordable, convenient option for the cost-conscious consumer

Network-level Security to be on Government and Operator Agendas in 2015

(source: Wireless DevNet)
AdaptiveMobile today outlined the top mobile security trends for 2015, based on its unrivalled insight into mobile operator networks. AdaptiveMobile is deployed in nine out of the top ten* mobile operator groups globally

Blackrock Microsystems Launches Wireless Brain Research System

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Blackrock Microsystems LLC announced that it has struck an agreement with Brown University to license and commercialize a wireless neural activity monitoring system that will liberate neuroscientists

RuPaul on 'gaymers,' Tim Cook's coming out and why we need to lighten up

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards - Cocktails

RuPaul Charles is nothing if not brutally frank. And with a decades-spanning career that's taken him from former New York City club kid to one-time "Supermodel (of the World)," to current host of Logo TV's cult reality show competition RuPaul's Drag Race and all-around impresario of his brand, he's certainly earned the right to tell it like it is. That candor's what his drag persona would refer to as "No T, No Shade," and it's incredibly refreshing.

Sure, Ru's name may not be the first that springs to mind when you think tech, but with his recently released freemium mobile game Dragopolis 2.0 hitting iTunes and Google Play, he carved some time out of his busy schedule to talk to me about being a "gaymer," the importance of Apple CEO Tim Cook's coming out and why Netflix is the key to his current media empire.

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Apple's Tim Cook 'deeply offended' by fresh allegations of factory worker mistreatment

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he's "deeply offended" by fresh allegations of poor working conditions in its suppliers' Chinese factories. Contractors hired by Apple to assemble its latest products have been exposed before, and while the firm has tried to be more proactive in recent years, a new BBC investigation suggests the same problems still persist. Undercover reporters hired at Pegatron factories discovered an exhausted workforce regularly falling asleep at the production line. Twelve hour shifts are common, which means employees often clock over 60 hours on the factory floor each week -- well above China's 44-hour limit, but still possibly legal given the country permits 36 hours of overtime each month.

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Via: The Telegraph

Source: Panorama: Apple's Broken Promises (UK Only)

Apple's Tim Cook "deeply offended" by fresh allegations of factory worker mistreatment

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

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Apple CEO Tim Cook has said he's "deeply offended" by fresh allegations of poor working conditions in its Chinese factories. Contractors hired by Apple to assemble its latest products have been criticized before over poor working conditions, and while the firm has tried to be more proactive in recent years, a new BBC investigation suggests the problems still persist. Undercover reporters hired at Pegatron factories discovered an exhausted workforce regularly falling asleep at the production line. Twelve hour shifts are common, which means employees often clock over 60 hours on the factory floor each week -- well above China's 44-hour working week, but possibly legal given the country also permits 36 hours of overtime per month.

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Via: The Telegraph

Source: Panorama: Apple's Broken Promises (UK Only)

Apple's Shoddy Working Conditions Exposed

(source: MobileBurn)
Apple's manufacturing process and labor treatment has been questioned in a new report by the BBC. Current affairs and scandal expose show Panorama has found that factories used by Apple are home to poor working conditions. While some will immediately say it is not directly Apple's fault, it is worth remembering that the company has promised to protect workers interests and has even openly boasted about how much better Apple is than other companies in this regard.
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Amazon Fire Phone gets Huge Update

(source: MobileBurn)
The Amazon Fire Phone is already a legendary device, but its status in the mobile world is for all the wrong reasons. Amazon, a company used to huge success with retail and even with hardware (Kindle Fire tablets) was well poised to join the smartphone bandwagon. However, the company got a lot wrong in delivering a solid device, but one that did not have flagship specs, was loaded with gimmicks and gateways to Amazon's sales pages, had a flagship price tag and was a carrier exclusive.
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