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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:

LiveNinja secures a further $2M to combine live web chat and messaging

(source: MobileCrunch)
LiveNinja With the rise and rise of messaging (I have at least six messaging apps on my phone and counting), tech companies are piling into the space. Many are trying to shoe-horn ‘chat bots’ into behaving like they are capable of customer service. Facebook Messenger, Kik, Twitter, Skype, Telegram, and WhatsApp have all announced such services. But as others have pointed out, we are nowhere… Read More

M2M Intelligence Partners with Quantum Inventions in Singapore

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Internet of Things connectivity provider M2M Intelligence has signed a regional partnership with Singapore-based Quantum Inventions. QI develops and deploys dynamic navigation, routing and traffic information services for consumers

Netcomm Wireless Certifies 4G WIFI M2M Router for Use On Verizon Private Network

(source: Wireless DevNet)
NetComm Wireless Limited, a leading global developer of data communications devices, today announced that Verizon Wireless has certified the NetComm Wireless 4G WiFi M2M Router for use on the Verizon Wireless Private Network.

Charge starts price war with $10 per month SMS-and-data phone plan

(source: MobileCrunch)
young woman texting, sms Charge is a new mobile internet provider who aims squarely at the generation of people who prefer to tap on their mobile devices rather than talk into them. Next week, the company is launching a $10 per month SMS-and-data plan, and a $20 per month plan that adds unlimited voice, too. Perfect for the data-first generation of cellphone users. Read More

Asia’s mobile-first economy and how the West is feeling the effects

(source: MobileCrunch)
asianphones Asia-Pacific leads the global digital infrastructure as home to half of the world’s mobile phone subscribers and the largest number of wireless Internet connections. However, the region also has historically attracted less than one-third of global mobile marketing spend — making its role in the digital economy largely underrepresented amongst its western counterparts. Read More

Instagram crams more ads in less space with Video Carousels

(source: MobileCrunch)
Instagram Video Carousel Gif Medium What’s more lucrative than a video ad? Multiple videos in a single ad. To help businesses show different sides of their products in vivid motion, today Instagram is launching video ad carousels. It’s a savvy way for the company to give advertisers more flexibility through horizontal space so as not to further clutter the vertical scrolling feed. Now the carousels Instagram introduced… Read More

Parachute lets organizations receive live-streamed emergency incidents recorded with your iPhone

(source: MobileCrunch)
model-alley-white-08e7662d2c551202eb60d225c09940438595f1e4e95be2b610d4c44f6b86fbc1 While there are a number of mobile apps that serve as a panic button of sorts – alerting friends or family when you feel you’re in danger – last year’s TechCrunch Disrupt NY hackathon winner Witness resonated with the event’s audience because it also promised a way to discreetly record incidents of civil disobedience and police brutality at a time when… Read More

Uber Offers get merchants to pay for your ride

(source: MobileCrunch)
uber-offers Uber wants to be your car, and the billboard. It’s turning its frequently used app into a surface for external commerce promotions in hopes of rewarding users with special deals. If Uber will give you $20 off for shopping with its partners, you might stick with it over competitors. Eventually, pushing riders to make purchases could potentially earn Uber referral fees that might boost… Read More

AdBlock Plus teams up with Flattr to help readers pay publishers

(source: MobileCrunch)
mobile payments Ad blockers are often painted as the enemy of online publishers, but sometimes things are more complicated. AdBlock Plus, for example, just announced that they’re working with startup Flattr on a new product that allows readers to pay the publishers who produce the content they read, listen to and watch. As a result of the partnership, AdBlock Plus said it has also made a small investment… Read More

Jolla closes $12M Series C for its Sailfish mobile OS licensing business

(source: MobileCrunch)
Jolla_Makia Alternative mobile OS maker, Jolla, whose Sailfish licensing business aims to compete with Google’s Android platform by offering OEMs the ability to tailor the mobile platform to their needs, has closed out a $12 million Series C financing round. Read More

Casey Neistat’s video app Beme has finally left beta and is now on Android

(source: MobileCrunch)
AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12:  Director Casey Neistat speaks onstage during "Breaking Barriers: How Content Will Accelerate VR and 360" at The Samsung Studio at SXSW 2016 on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images for Samsung) When Casey Neistat launched his new social networking app Beme last Summer, nothing was really ready yet. The product was underdeveloped, the team understaffed, and users weren’t exactly sure why they needed a version of Snapchat where the only main difference was that you had to cover the iPhone’s proximity sensor to record. But none of this really matters when you have a… Read More

Tastemates helps you find people who like what you like

(source: MobileCrunch)
pee wee big holiday If you’ve ever forged a connection with someone because you had the same favorite movie or TV show or book, a new startup called Tastemates has built a social network around that experience. Or as CEO Jon Vlassopulos put it, “We’re trying to codify serendipity” — those surprising moments of, “Oh my God, I can’t believe anyone else likes that as much as… Read More

Shyp rolls out its new packaging pricing model to all customers

(source: MobileCrunch)
Shyp_courier Shyp has finished rolling out a new packaging pricing model to all its customers that includes variable shipment pricing based on the packaging that the company provides. Shyp is still playing around with its business model and, to be sure, over time these tweaks will add up. The unit economics of on-demand services aren’t quite as simple as a $5 fee (plus postage) and require a… Read More

EasilyDo’s speedy new mail app puts a smart assistant in your inbox

(source: MobileCrunch)
easilydo-email-ios Productivity app maker EasilyDo is best known for its smart assistant for iPhone that lets you do things like organize your travel plans, track shipments, update your contacts, create personalized email alerts, and more. Now the company is taking some of its best features to a just-launched email application that has this assistant feature built in. In addition, the new EasilyDo Mail app… Read More

Sony Mobile Division Loses Money

(source: MobileBurn)
Sony has released numerous good to excellent smartphones over the last year, but the company just cannot catch a break. Its devices for one reason or another are not finding a consistent consumer base, even if some of them deserve to be more popular. The company's mobile Xperia division slipped as a result, but Sony still turned in net and operating profit thanks to its flying games (PlayStation), and entertainment businesses.
Read the full story here.

Google Forms Umbrella Hardware Division

(source: MobileBurn)
Google's Nexus product line is a proof of concept series of hardware to show off what exactly the company's Android platform can do in its stock form. There have been rumors for some time that Google what broaden its hardware output, and that has come to fruition as the company has formed a new hardware division.
Read the full story here.

AT&T and T-Mobile LG G3 Receiving Android 6.0 Marshmallow

(source: MobileBurn)
It has been a long time coming but the AT&T and T-Mobile variants of the LG G3 are finally starting to get Google's Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. This is good news of course as it brings LG's 2014 flagship up to speed on the Android platform, and is actually likely to be the last major Android build that the handset gets.
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Apple Dominates Tablet Sales amid Market Decline

(source: MobileBurn)
Apple's iPad series of tablets has been tumbling in terms of sales over multiple quarters and it is increasingly looking like the product is dying. However, the iPads decline is mostly mirroring an overall slip in the tablet market at a whole, and this is evidenced by the fact that the iPad remains the best-selling slate.
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AT&T HTC One M8 and M9 Marshmallow Updates Delayed

(source: MobileBurn)
AT&T has delayed its planned update of the HTC One M8 and M9 older flagships to Android 6.0 Marshmallow, according to the company. The news was dropped by HTC's Mo Versi, the go to guy for all things HTC updates in the United States, while he said the company is working hard to get the update approved in the next couple of weeks.
Read the full story here.

Unlocked HTC 10 Coming to United States

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC will be launching the unlocked version of the 10 flagship in the United States during the coming week, according to the company's Jeff Gordon. The Taiwanese giant says that the device will be shipping this week for those who don't want the Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, or other carrier versions fo the handset.
Read the full story here.