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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:

Amazon Admits Fire Phone Price Fumble

(source: MobileBurn)
The Amazon Fire Phone has been the tech disaster of 2014, a fact that has been abundantly clear since the first day of its launch. For the most part Amazon has stood by its ailing handset, but a write off of stock inventory to the tune of $174 million and tumbling losses through the third quarter have been hard to defend.
Read the full story here.

Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery

(source: MobileCrunch)
Trent_Reznor_by_Rob_Sheridan Musical magic man Trent Reznor is working with Apple on something or other, after the Beats Chief Creative Officer came on board following the acquisition. He says that Apple was interested in working with Reznor directly in “designing some products” following the deal in an interview with Billboard, and also say that the partnership would focus on the “world” of… Read More

Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature

(source: MobileCrunch)
workchat Evernote has rolled out a new “Work Chat” feature to its web and mobile applications which allows users of its online note-taking and collaboration software to discuss ideas and projects directly in the Evernote interface itself, instead of having to shift those conversations over to email. Additionally, when you email a note to someone, it will now show up in Work Chat… Read More

Honeywell Develops Wireless Fire Sensing System

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Honeywell announced today its new commercial wireless fire alarm solution to protect challenging applications and high-cost installations, as well as building expansions

EPAM Acquires Great Fridays, Expands Product and Service Design Capabilities

(source: Wireless DevNet)
EPAM, a leading provider of product development and software engineering solutions, today announced its acquisition of Great Fridays Ltd., a product and service design group

SDN and NFV: Key Concepts to Unlock Improved Connectivity

(source: Wireless DevNet)
Software-Defined Networking and NFV each offer a great new opportunity for expanded network flexibility and capacity while also providing methods of reducing operating and capital expenses to unlock improved connectivity

Upfront Ventures Leads Series A round for uBeam

(source: Wireless DevNet)
uBeam, the wireless power company, today announced the completion of a $10 million Series A financing led by Upfront Ventures, Los Angeles largest venture capital fund

O2 Secure Wireless Announces Acquisition Target in Mexico

(source: Wireless DevNet)
O2 Secure Wireless, Inc., is pleased to announce that the company is currently in negotiations to acquire Technologies Argus First de Mexico S.A de C.V., who services the telecom industry for Mexico

70 Companies Qualified for AWS-3 Auction

(source: Daily Wireless)
The FCC has qualified 70 companies (pdf) to bid on AWS-3 spectrum (pdf). The auction starts Nov. 13 and will be the country’s largest spectrum auction since the $19 billion 700 MHz auction in 2008. That auction was before Apple’s iPhone became a huge hit and the extraordinary growth of data-hungry smartphones. The FCC has […]

Virginia court says fingerprint-locked smartphones are fair game

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Here's some trivia for your next trip to the pub. Did you know that, in Virginia, you don't have to tell the cops your phone's unlock code, but you're obliged to open it if you use a fingerprint based passcode? It's a quirky piece of legal precedent that's just been established in the state after a key piece of legal evidence was believed to be trapped on the defendant's smartphone. According to The Virginian-Pilot, the court ruled that the fifth amendment's provisions against self-incrimination protect against giving up your passcode, but that since a fingerprint is already taken by the police - same as DNA or handwriting samples - it's fair game. Naturally, this is just one circuit court judgment in one state, but we imagine this is the sort of thing winding up at the supreme court in a few years time.

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App Annie Fills The Void Left By Facebook’s Onavo Acquisition With Its New Company Smart Sense

(source: MobileCrunch)
smartsense-homepage When Facebook scooped up mobile data analytics powerhouse Onavo last year, it was only a matter of time before someone rebuilt its service. And that seems to be just what the now-leading mobile app analytics firm App Annie has done. The company, which used some portion of its $39 million in funding to snap up its competitor Distimo earlier this year, has quietly released a new app called… Read More

“VideoSelfie” Scores $1.2 Million For Its App Offering Real-Time Filters, GIFs And More

(source: MobileCrunch)
selfie But I thought we were recording our video selfies on Instagram and Snapchat now? A soon-to-launch mobile application called VideoSelfie, whose founders participated in the 500 Startups accelerator last year, has raised $1.2 million for its forthcoming mobile application that lets you edit your videos (of yourself, duh) in real-time. You can add filters, decorations and GIFs, hit record,… Read More

HTC Reports Slim $19.7M Profit For Q3 2014 As Its Rebuilding Efforts Continue

(source: MobileCrunch)
HTC-One-M8-4 Things are better for HTC these days, after the Taiwanese phone company eked out a slim $19.6 million (NT$0.6 billion) profit for the third quarter of 2014. That figure represents a drop on the previous quarter’s $75 million profit, but is a big improvement on October 2013: when it suffered a $102 million loss, its first negative quarter as a public company. Read More

Sony Writes Off $1.5B From Its Mobile Division As It Cuts Smartphone Sales Target Again

(source: MobileCrunch)
sony logo Sony replaced the head of its mobile division yesterday, and today its latest earnings report gave a clearer indication of why. Sony’s mobile unit increased its revenue in the last quarter of business (its Q2 2014) by 1.2% to $2.83 billion, but the company wrote down the valuation of the business by a whopping $1.58 billion. Read More

DROID Turbo has an amazing battery

(source: MobileBurn)
Verizon launched the Motorola made DROID Turbo earlier in the week and in this age where phones are mini computers the Turbo comes with a standout feature. Leaping from the already impressive spec sheet was a massive 3,900mAh battery, which on paper suggests that the new DROID is going to have stellar battery performance. PhoneArena has discovered that is indeed the case as the Turbo is the best of the best.
Read the full story here.

HTC continues recovery and has cautiously good outlook

(source: MobileBurn)
HTC continued its road to recovery through the third quarter, but the according to the company?s latest financials it is a long road ahead. The Taiwanese giant has now recorded two profitable quarters in a row, following a string of losses for the 18 months previously.
Read the full story here.

Amazon’s Fire Phone Product Efforts Will Continue Despite Early Stumbles

(source: MobileCrunch)
Amazon Fire Phone Amazon is taking the long view on the Fire phone, despite poor early sales, a huge price cut and $83 million in surplus inventory that resulted in a $170 million charge for the excess hardware and supplier costs combined. Amazon’s SVP of Devices David Limp told Fortune the big issue was a miscalculation on pricing, which later resulted in Amazon slashing the price of the device from $199… Read More

Samsung launches the Galaxy A3 and A5

(source: MobileBurn)
Samsung has just rolled out two new smartphones, the Galaxy A3 and the Galaxy A5, a couple of handsets that the company says are the thinnest smartphones it has ever made (more on that in a moment). These handsets have been much rumoured over the last two months and were inspired by the all-metal Galaxy Alpha, a spin-off of sorts to a full range of smartphones.
Read the full story here.

Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 smartphones

(source: Lets Go Mobile)
Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 Android smartphones - Samsung Electronics revealed two new smartphones, the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3. Both Android smartphones offer a refined and trendy design and the most advanced functions to support social networking. The Galaxy A3 and A5 are Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, featuring a full metal unibody design that are 6.7mm and 6.9mm thin, respectively. Both Galaxy A smartphones will come in a variety of colors to accommodate the personal style of diverse users. The Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 empower younger consumers to quickly and easily capture meaningful moments, connect to social media and share their daily lives.

Amazon: $115 in Paid Apps Free this Halloween

(source: Daily Wireless)
Amazon is promoting some $115 in paid apps this Halloween for Android devices at the Amazon Appstore. You’ll first need to install Amazon’s Appstore Android app. The offer is good through November 1. Here are some of the highlights, including their usual price: World of Goo ($4.99) Plants vs. Zombies ($0.99) Plex ($4.99) Zombie Gunship […]