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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:

Facebook Offers gets revamped for mobile, now lets you track saved coupons in a dedicated section

(source: MobileCrunch)
facebook-offers Facebook’s goal of tracking ads all the way through to a customer’s purchase at point-of-sale is getting a big boost today with a makeover of the Facebook Offers program. Now designed to be more mobile-friendly, Facebook is allowing businesses to create two kinds of offers – those customers can redeem online and those they redeem in-store – while also making it… Read More

Wayfair snatches up Boston startup Trumpit to bring photo & video messaging to its mobile app

(source: MobileCrunch)
trumpit Online furniture shop Wayfair has acquired a Boston-based mobile messaging application called Trumpit, with the aim of utilizing its technology in order to expand its customer service offerings. So yes, that means messaging will be a part of the mobile Wayfair application in the future. Today, the app only offers users the ability to email or call the company when they click into the… Read More

Hello will begin selling its Sense sleep tracker at Best Buy and Target

(source: MobileCrunch)
Cotton Sense and Sleep Pill While Kickstarter is a great place to start selling products online, and Amazon is a good next step, you’ll often see hardware companies begin shipping their products to local retailers like Best Buy. There’s a good reason for that — online commerce may be increasingly eating away at shopping offline, but that doesn’t mean people aren’t spending a ton of money at… Read More

Griffin’s $20 device retrofits headphones with Bluetooth

(source: MobileCrunch)
unspecified-6 Are we moving toward a headphone jack-free future? Motorola recently fired the first warning shots with its Moto Z handset, and Apple is widely expected to follow suit in a week or so when most anticipate the arrival of a new iPhone. Peripheral maker Griffin has one of the more cost-effective solutions to what could prove a major growing pain for a number of users — one that… Read More

The future of mobile video is virtual reality

(source: MobileCrunch)
A visitor wears a Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. PlayStation VR as he tries a virtual reality (VR) game during a demonstration by Tokyo VR Startups in Tokyo, Japan, on Tuesday, June 29, 2016. Tokyo VR Startups has launched the first Japanese incubation program focused on the virtual reality market, says the company website. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg via Getty Images After the dust settles, the real takeaway from Instagram’s cloning of Snapchat is that the connected camera revolution is just beginning. Instagram Stories sends a powerful message to hundreds of millions of people for the first time: No moment is too small to capture with your smartphone camera. Read More

EU Commission: Apple must repay its $14.5b Irish tax break

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

The European Commission has ruled that Apple was given up to €13 billion ($14.5/£11.1 billion) in an illegal sweetheart tax deal with the Irish government. The amount of money involved here dwarfs the EU antitrust penalties handed out to Google, Microsoft and others, but this is effectively a backdated tax bill, rather than a fine. Officials opened the investigation into Apple's tax affairs back in 2013 and soon found that the agreement that it had signed with Ireland was illegal.

Source: Europa

Apple iPad, Mac rumors suggest upgrades for power users

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

While we prepare to see the next iPhone on September 7th, Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has delivered another batch of rumors centered around Apple's iPad and Mac plans. According to his sources, along with a standalone 5K monitor the company is working on with LG (that would surpass even the 21:9 screens just announced) the next step for iMacs are the option of AMD GPUs built-in, while the Macbook Air is expected to get a USB-C upgrade that could mimic the current Macbook.

Source: Bloomberg

Alphabet’s David Drummond leaves Uber’s board amid mounting competition

(source: MobileCrunch)
uber-self-driving-car David Drummond, who joined Uber’s board of directors in August 2013, stepped down several weeks ago, Uber has confirmed to TechCrunch. The Wall Street Journal first reported the news. At first blush: no surprise whatsoever. Earlier this month, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick said the company’s first fleet of self-driving cars would begin running in Pittsburgh soon (as soon as this… Read More

Sufferers of iPhone 6’s ‘Touch Disease’ may soon have a class action lawsuit

(source: MobileCrunch)
iphone-6s-plus-5 iPhones around the world are dying in a peculiar way, and Apple isn’t doing right by affected users, asserts a lawsuit filed over the weekend. The plaintiffs are three in number for now, but hope to elevate the case to class action status. Read More

Updates to Apple hardware this year will focus on power users

(source: MobileCrunch)
iPadPro10-SmartKeyboard_PR-PRINT Apple’s roadmap for the rest of the year (and perhaps a bit beyond that) appears to take aim at big spenders and power users. Expect updates to the iPad, MacBook Air and Pro and Thunderbolt display. Read More

uSens shows off new tracking sensors that aim to deliver richer experiences for mobile VR

(source: MobileCrunch)
fingoCoin[1] Startups in the VR space are increasingly growing confident that consumers will want to interact with objects in the virtual world the same way they do irl — with their hands. uSens is showing off the first line of its Fingo hand-tracking developer kits. The sensors have an eye toward mobile VR and integrate inside-out positional tracking tech, allowing an attached headset to track… Read More

Instagram Stories diverges from Snapchat by suggesting who to follow

(source: MobileCrunch)
explore-instagram-stories Who decides who’s cool? Snapchat refuses to recommend accounts for fear of feeling heavy-handed. Maybe it learned from Twitter, whose old one-size-fits-none suggested user list immediately made it noisy, impersonal and ruled by an oligarchy. But Instagram is betting that algorithmically personalized suggestions could make its new ephemeral slideshow Stories feature addictive… even… Read More

Apple sends out invitations for its September 7th iPhone event

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

The rumor was right on the money -- Apple has sent out invitations for a media event on September 7th. The teaser is characteristically cryptic between its out-of-focus lights (which, naturally, form an Apple logo) and "see you on the 7th" slogan. However, you don't have to read the tea leaves to have an idea of what to expect when Tim Cook and company take the stage. It's very likely that you'll see the next iPhone, which may ditch the conventional headphone jack, tout improved cameras and carry extra storage. There's also a chance that you'll see a new Apple Watch with GPS, a bigger battery and better water resistance. One thing's for sure: we'll be there to give you the full scoop.

The best tech for college athletes

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Look, there's clearly more to college life than studying and partying. There's also sports! Before you hit the field, gym, rink or court it's probably worth taking stock of how you can improve your game with a little help from modern technology. An Apple Watch or Vivosmart can count steps and track your gym sessions, while Polo makes a smart shirt that offers seriously in depth data about your body's performance. There's also sensors that can help you do things like improve your swing in golf or baseball. And, of course, after a long day of training, there's nothing better than unwinding by watching your hometown team make a run at the World Series on MLB.tv. Oh, and don't forget to check out the rest of Engadget's back-to-school guide here.

Source: Engadget's 2016 Back-to-School Guide

Walter Duncan of Quick Key has some fascinating fixes for our edtech problems

(source: MobileCrunch)
photo-17 Guys like Walter Duncan know what they’re talking about when it comes to edtech. Before becoming co-founder of Quick Key, Duncan spent years teaching in schools public and private and knows what teachers deal with on a daily basis. His product, which reduces the amount of time it takes for teachers to grade tests, is ingenious and is taking off. I spoke to him this week on Technotopia… Read More

Recommended Reading: The political media machine on Facebook

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

Inside Facebook's (Totally
Insane, Unintentionally
Gigantic, Hyperpartisan)
Political-Media Machine

John Herrman,
The New York Times Magazine

A barrage of political links, ads and other content has filled up your News Feed over the last few months. With each new election, the amount of noise seems to get worse and now that we have two candidates who both have quite a list of shortcomings, the chatter is at an all-time high. The New York Times Magazine takes a deep dive into how Facebook is serving as a massive political media machine and its influence on democracy in the US.

Tech giants pledge to close the gender pay gap

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

To celebrate Women's Equality Day, President Obama has announced a group of 29 major US employers who have signed the White House Equal Pay Pledge and promised to help close the gender pay gap. On the list are 10 top tech giants including Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel and IBM.

Source: The White House

Google Wallet debuts automatic transfers so you can skip “cashing out”

(source: MobileCrunch)
googlewallet-table Google today is stepping up its battle with Venmo, Square Cash and other person-to-person payment applications with an update to its Google Wallet mobile app, which now allows for automatic transfers to your bank account. That is, transfers will no longer require you to cash out money from your Wallet balance first. This will speed up the time it takes for Wallet users to gain access to… Read More

Mobile ad startup AppLovin in talks for $1.5 billion acquisition

(source: MobileCrunch)
applovin1 Mobile ad startup AppLovin is in talks with a Chinese buyer for an acquisition of around $1.5 billion, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the company. We have not confirmed the identity of the acquirer. The deal is not yet finalized and details may change. Founded in 2012 by CEO Adam Foroughi along with Andrew Karam and John Kyrstynak, San Francisco-headquartered AppLovin operates… Read More

Watch Fox Sports Go on Apple TV, if you have cable

(source: Engagdget Mobile)

The start of both NFL and college football seasons are imminent and Fox Sports is giving viewers another option for streaming the action. The network announced today that its Fox Sports Go app is now available on the 4th-gen Apple TV. Yes, you'll need a cable subscription in order to stream events spanning NFL, MLB, UFC, NASCAR, Big 12 and Pac-12 Football, Big East Basketball, FIFA World Cup and UEFA Champions League soccer. Though they aren't specifically listed in the announcement, a MLS and Bundesliga soccer match are part of the weekly lineup during their respective seasons as well.

Source: Fox Sports