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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 CEO Tim Cook Addresses The iPad’s Continued Lack Of Sales Growth

(source: MobileCrunch)
ipad-air-2-3 During today’s earnings call for Apple’s fiscal Q4 2014, CEO Tim Cook took time to address the iPad’s performance at length. Cook referred to a lot of the general kinds of negative feeling around iPad performance circulating around media and analysts, and brought up his own perspective on the product category. “I take a step back on iPad,” he said. “I know… Read More

Apple wants all iOS apps to use 64-bit code starting in February

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple's graphic when it unveiled the 64-bit A7 chip

Apple may have only introduced 64-bit computing to iPhones and iPads a little over a year ago, but it's already preparing for the day when legacy 32-bit code is gone for good. The Cupertino crew is now telling developers that their iOS apps must include 64-bit support from February 1st onward. While the company won't kick out existing titles, both new apps and updated releases will have to make the switch. Theoretically, this is easy -- developers just have to build apps using the most recent tools and standard settings.

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Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple Developer

Apple's iPhone business soars while the iPad languishes

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Apple just dropped its 4th quarter earnings a few moments ago, revealing that the folks in Cupertino raked in $42.1 billion in revenue and $8.5 billion in pure profit -- more than enough to take care what it might owe in back taxes. More interestingly, the company moved a total of 39.3 million iPhones over the past three months, along with 12.3 million iPads and 5.5 million Macs. Word that Apple's mobile business had a bang-up three months is hardly a shock -- a record-breaking 10 million iPhone 6/6 Pluses were sold over its first weekend, which CEO Tim Cook said beat all previous milestones "by a large margin". Here's the thing though: iPad sales didn't just dip from last quarter, they dipped year-over-year, too. In fact, the number of iPads Apple has moved this time around was the lowest since the company started reporting tablet sales separately in 2012.

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Source: Apple

Galaxy Mega 2 coming to AT&T this week

(source: MobileBurn)
While the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is the phablet device getting all the attention, the company rolled out another large screened smartphone last month, the Galaxy Mega 2. The device landed as a little bit of a disappointment as it is not much of an improvement over the original Galaxy Mega, and it looks like being an expensive phone considering its humble specs.
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HTC launches One M8 EYE, Desire EYE, and Desire 820 in India

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC's presence in important emerging markets is hardly big, especially in China where the brand is nothing more than a bit part player. However, while China is increasingly a closed shop, India (another country with a billion plus population) is still a market of opportunity and there is time for HTC to grow a presence. Launching three of its best smartphones in the country this week cannot be a bad thing if the company hopes to be a hit in India.
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Chinese store makes sure that iPhone 6 Plus fits in your pocket

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Let's face it: When it comes to the iPhone 6 Plus, size really does matter.

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Via: Techinasia

Source: Sina Weibo (Amakura)

TransData Licenses Wireless Smart Electric Meter Patents to Telensa Limited

(source: Wireless DevNet)
TransData Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of advanced power and energy metering products for electric utilities and industry, announced today that it has licensed its wireless "Smart Meter Patents," portfolio to Telensa Ltd

Straight Talk Wireless And Driver's Edge Kick Off National Teen Driver Safety Week

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Straight Talk Wireless, the leading US no-contract cell phone service provider, and Driver's Edge, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching young drivers what is not being taught in traditional driver's education

u-blox and Telenor Connexion team-up for Network Friendly M2M modems

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Swiss u-blox, a global leader in wireless communications and positioning semiconductors and modules, and Telenor Connexion, an M2M focused arm of Telenor Group

IDT Global and Elara Comunicaciones Bring Voice and Data Connectivity to Rural Villages in Mexico

(source: Wireless DevNet)
IDT Global and Elara Comunicaciones, a leading provider of telecommunication and technology services in Mexico, are launching an international calling app for customers in rural and remote villages in south-eastern Mexico

Quantenna and SoftAtHome Partner to Deliver Next Generation Wireless Home Networks

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Quantenna Communications, Inc. the leader in ultra-high performance Wi-Fi and SoftAtHome, provider of home operating platforms enabling convergent services for the digital home, have partnered together today at Broadband World Forum

What You Need To Know To Get Started With Apple Pay

(source: MobileCrunch)
apple-pay Apple Pay is now available for anyone to use, provided they’ve got all the prerequisites, both for physical stores and for online transactions. But you can’t just walk up to your local brick-and-mortar store and wave your iPhone and walk out with whatever you want – that would be theft. Instead, you’ll need the following to be in place to have a happy Apple Pay… Read More

OnePlus’ Impressive $299 Smartphone Will Finally Go On Sale To All — But Only For An Hour

(source: MobileCrunch)
oneplus-one8 If you’ve been in the market for OnePlus One, the hugely impressive $299 Android smartphone that is available by invite only — thus far — then your luck is in. The startup has announced that it will make its first smartphone available to all members of the public, but for a one hour window only. The impressive device will be available to buy for an hour on October 27… Read More

Apple's iOS 8.1 update is waiting for you to download it

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Well, it's Monday, and that can only mean one thing: Apple's iOS 8.1 update has finally gone live for your installing pleasure. To recap, the new software -- which is debuting just over a month since iOS 8 first hit -- brings back once-trashed favorites like the Camera Roll, and strengthens the connection between your iPhone, iPad and Yosemite-powered Mac with features like SMS handoff and the uber-impressive Instant Hotspot.

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Microsoft smartwatch ready for launch

(source: MobileBurn)
Microsoft's arrival in the wearable market has been rumoured for some time and now that just about every mobile rival has at least detailed its plans, now seems as good a time as any. We have seen several reports regarding a Redmond built smartwatch, but the general consensus seems to be that it will not really be a smartwatch, but a fitness band instead.
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There are now 56 iPad variations across six products

(source: MobileBurn)
There is often an argument by Apple fans that the company they love has this massive success (it does) and on a device per device basis it destroys anything on Android in terms of sales (it does). They say that iPad is taking the fight to hundreds of companies with just one device, the iPhone or the iPad for example.
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Apple to record massive revenue increase for Q4

(source: MobileBurn)
Apple had a bumper third quarter as the company saw iPhone sales best analyst predictions, while Mac sales increased too. The result was a massive period, one that is traditionally Cupertino's slowest as customers await new products launching in the fall. The company?s fiscal Q4 (third quarter on the calendar) is typically a big period as new products start to take hold, and analysts are predicting good things for Apple's upcoming earnings call.
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Mimosa Networks: Outdoor Multi-User MIMO

(source: Daily Wireless)
Mimosa Networks, a pioneer in gigabit wireless technology, has announced a new suite of outdoor 802.11ac 4×4 access points and client devices, to create “the world’s highest capacity low-cost outdoor solution and the first with MU-MIMO”. It’s targeting Wireless ISPs and similar enterprises. Currently most 802.11ac access points use Single User MIMO where every transmission […]

iOS 8.1 With Apple Pay Now Available, Here’s What Else It Brings To Your iPhone And iPad

(source: MobileCrunch)
ipad-mac-event0124 Apple’s iOS 8.1 arrives today, and it brings with it some impressive new abilities. First and foremost, at least in terms of its long-term impact, is probably the introduction of Apple Pay, the new mobile payment solution built into iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and the new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3. But 8.1 also offers the ability to send/receive texts and phone calls from your phone on your… Read More

Deeplink Rolls Out Developer Tools That Make Apps More Interoperable

(source: MobileCrunch)
iPhone Apps Mobile deeplinking company, Deeplink is focused on making native applications on smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices function more like the web, in the sense that you should be able tap your way in between apps similar to the way you can tap on hyperlinks to navigate the web. Today, the company is taking a major step forward in making this functionality more widespread with the… Read More

Giftgaming Gives You Power-Ups In Exchange For…Giving You Real-World Discounts

(source: MobileCrunch)
giftgaming-4 Giftgaming is a win-win-win that helps you win. Advertisers get exposure, developers get paid, and you get free virtual goods in mobile games plus coupons for discounts on meatspace purchases. Today, Giftgaming launched its service onstage at the TechCrunch Disrupt Europe in London. When you’re playing a mobile game like Fluid Football, you’ll be able to tap a Giftgaming icon for… Read More

Microsoft Wants You To Doodle As You Scoot

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 4.53.45 PM If you own a Windows Phone, and you use Skype, and you are willing to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone, and you want to update the Skype app on your Windows Phone so that you can use the new Skype for Windows Phone feature, today is a pretty good day. Well, it is if you want to draw inside your newly updated Skype app on your Windows Phone device. Read More

China allegedly using iCloud to secretly collect user data

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Notorious for the constant surveilling and censorship of its people, the Chinese government appears to be at it again -- this time with Apple iOS users. According to a report from GreatFire.org, a website that focuses on privacy matters, China has secretly started collecting iCloud data through what's known as a "man-in-the-middle" intrusion; basically, the attacker eavesdrops by independently connecting to the user and making it seem as if it's a private connection, when, in fact, it isn't. Chinese Security expert Zhou Shuguang suggests that the network service providers are likely being told by the authorities to use fake trust certificates, making it rather easy for them to conduct these attacks.

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Via: Quartz

Source: GreatFire.org, Zhou Shuguang (Chinese)

Sony Xperia Z3 smartphones

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Sony Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact smartphones - Sony Mobile introduces its new Xperia Z series flagship smartphones - Xperia Z3 and Xperia Z3 Compact. Whether it’s with a brilliant 5.2” flagship smartphone or the compact 4.6” form factor, both premium smartphones combine all of the details that make Xperia smartphones great - including enhanced camera experiences and applications, up to two-day battery life, great audio quality and PS4 Remote Play. Delivering the highest waterproof rating, both Xperia smartphones are fully waterproof (IP 65/68), so you can take your Xperia Z3 or Xperia Z3 Compact with you wherever you go - whether you’re answering a call in the rain or taking pictures in the pool.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Sony Xperia Tablet Z3 Compact - Sony Mobile introduces the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact - a tablet that re-defines lightness, re-invents entertainment and re-imagines power. The culmination of years of Sony engineering have resulted in a tablet where might isn’t held back by measurements. The world’s slimmest and lightest waterproof compact tablet, Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact delivers the highest level of waterproof design with attention to detail that makes the difference. Running with the most powerful processor in a compact tablet, it has the brightest and sharpest 8” Full HD display, as well as the latest audio technology. It’s also the only tablet with PS4 Remote Play, making serious mobile gaming a reality.

Sony Xperia Z4 specs and details, 4GB RAM, 64-Bit Snapdragon 810

(source: MobileBurn)
Sony may have only just started rolling out its new Xperia Z3 flagship, but we are already hearing plenty about the next version the Xperia Z4. Typically when rumors start for the next flagship device immediately after the launch of the latest model, we dismiss them, such as current iPhone 7 rumors for example. However, such is Sony's launch model, these rumors are actually worth paying attention to.
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T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 gets Android 4.4.4

(source: MobileBurn)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is one of the better large sized tablets on the market, even if it does have a few compromises. The slate is now getting a bump to the latest and greatest (well, almost) version of Google's Android operating system for those using the Note 10.1 2014 on the T-Mobile network.
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Europe’s Sign2Pay Launches To Simplify Mobile Debit Payments And Oil The Wheels Of M-Commerce

(source: MobileCrunch)
Sign2Pay_OrderSteps Mobile payments startup Sign2Pay, launching today here in London at TechCrunch Disrupt Europe, is aiming to improve low conversion rates on mobile devices by simplifying and streamlining the payment process for debit card transactions. Read More

You can download OS X Yosemite for free starting today (update: get it now!)

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Oh, so the prospect of some new iPads and refreshed Macs wasn't enough for you? How about the chance to take OS X Yosemite for a spin? As expected, Apple confirmed that you'll be able to download and install Yosemite for free later today -- just keep an eye on the Mac App Store for your chance to play with what developers and beta testers have been perfecting for months. Aside from Yosemite's flatter design, features of note include Continuity (which basically blurs the line between your Mac and your iDevices), smarter Spotlight searching and total redesigns for native apps like Mail and Safari. (Sadly, you won't get access to Stephen Colbert's phone number like Craig Federighi did.) We'll keep you posted on when you can actually take the plunge, but in the meantime, take a peek at our in-depth Yosemite preview to give you one last taste of what to expect before the digital download floodgates open.

UPDATE: After what seemed like ages, Yosemite is now available to download right here.

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Sprint HTC One M7 gets new security update

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC has a huge update around the corner for its 2013 One M7 smartphone with news that Android 5.0 Lollipop will be landing on the device within the next 90 days. However, before that happens the Sprint variant of the all-metal handset is getting a rather more minor bump, a mere sweeping of the boards according to the US carrier.
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Sony Xperia E3 smartphone

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Sony Xperia E3 Android smartphone - Sony Mobile presents the Xperia E3 smartphone. The Sony Xperia E3 provides unmatched entertainment with fun features including creative camera apps. Its ultra-fast performance and 4G connection also allows consumers to experience all its features in full throttle. With a quality flagship design body to complement, Xperia E3 is the ultimate smartphone for young consumers, without an expensive price tag. The Sony Xperia E3 is beautifully crafted and makes a style statement right out of the box. Being both slim and lightweight, the Xperia E3 is conveniently designed for easy use with just one hand, meaning that all of your multi-tasking issues are eliminated.

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Sony Xperia M2 Aqua smartphone - Sony Mobile introduces Xperia M2 Aqua, the first smartphone to bring Sony’s popular waterproof technology to a mid-range price-point. Featuring Sony’s signature OmniBalance design and a fantastic 8MP camera, Xperia M2 Aqua not only brings waterproof technology to a new tier of smartphones, it improves on that technology, offering the highest waterproof rating (IP65/68) in a smartphone. Xperia M2 Aqua is a stunning example of what is now possible in a mid-range smartphone. The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with quad-core 1.2 GHz CPUs; and 4G LTE capabilities for incredible speed, allowing users to download large files and enjoy stunning visuals.

Android Lollipop Easter Egg Casts Andy The Android As Flappy Bird

(source: MobileCrunch)
Screen Shot 2014-10-20 at 8.12.12 AM Android 5.0 Lollipop is coming soon, and shipping on Google’s new Nexus hardware, but a newly discovered Easter Egg in the build is already available in the developer preview. The hidden, fun feature in Android 5 is accessible via the Settings menu, with repeated tapping on the Android version number listing, and gives users the chance to play through an Android Lollipop-themed version… Read More

Inside The Spotify – Echo Nest Skunkworks

(source: MobileCrunch)
spotify-experiment done Truffle Pig is just one of the new musical inventions dreamed up at the sonic skunkworks born from Spotify’s $100 million acquisition of The Echo Nest. Deep inside Spotify’s New York headquarters, the team gave me a peek how the combined company plans to nail recommendations, hook other apps up with legal music, and meld human DJs with algorithms to surface the best songs from… Read More