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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:

Samsung adds ‘The Incredibles’ to its AR Emojis

(source: MobileCrunch)
Samsung’s AR Emojis were met with a…lukewarm reception when they launched alongside the Galaxy S9. The augmented reality avatars were regarded as a me-too response to Apple’s Animojis — and more to the point, were downright creepy. But at launch, the company brought one key element to the offering that Apple hasn’t: a content partnership. […]

Apple offers a $50 credit for some out-of-warranty iPhone battery purchases

(source: MobileCrunch)
If you bought a battery replacement for an out-of-warranty iPhone last year, you may be eligible for a $50 credit from Apple. The company issued a new support page post this week, announcing the rebate policy, which applies to purchases made at authorized locations. The move is part of on-going restitution in the wake of an admission […]

Vivo’s all-screen phone with a flip-up camera could arrive in June

(source: MobileCrunch)
The all-screen smartphone is an inevitability. The question at this point, really, is who will get there first and how they’ll accomplish that feat. I spoke to a LG rep at the G7 launch, who suggested that the notch is going to be fact of life for the next couple of years, but a number […]

IBM’s Verifier inspects (and verifies) diamonds, pills and materials at the micron level

(source: MobileCrunch)
It's not enough in this day and age that we have to deal with fake news, we also have to deal with fake prescription drugs, fake luxury goods, and fake Renaissance-era paintings. Sometimes all at once! IBM's Verifier is a gadget and platform made (naturally) to instantly verify that something is what it claims to be, by inspecting it at a microscopic level.

Meet the speakers at The Europas, and get your ticket free (July 3, London)

(source: MobileCrunch)
Excited to announce that this year’s The Europas Unconference & Awards is shaping up! Our half day Unconference kicks off on 3 July, 2018 at The Brewery in the heart of London’s “Tech City” area, followed by our startup awards dinner and fantastic party and celebration of European startups! The event is run in partnership […]

Edge Sense is starting to come into its own with HTC’s U12+

(source: MobileCrunch)
Edge Sense has always been a gimmick — but who can blame HTC for embracing a gimmick. The company’s mobile division has been struggling in recent years, so why not embrace the novelty of a squeezable side input? The tech got a bit more support when Google embraced it for the Pixel 2, renaming it […]

FBI reportedly overestimated inaccessible encrypted phones by thousands

(source: MobileCrunch)
The FBI seems to have been caught fibbing again on the topic of encrypted phones. FBI director Christopher Wray estimated in December that it had almost 7,800 phones that investigators were unable to access from 2017 alone. The real number is likely less than a quarter of that.

Drink-a-day startup Hooch raises $5M as it plans blockchain initiative

(source: MobileCrunch)
Right on the heels of launching its concierge service Hooch Black, Hooch announced today that it has raised $5 million in seed funding. The company’s basic subscription of $9.99 gets you one free drink per day from a variety of partner bars and restaurants. Hooch Black (which you have to apply for, and which costs […]

Slack introduces Actions to make it easier to create and finish tasks without leaving

(source: MobileCrunch)
As Slack tries to graduate beyond a Silicon Valley darling to the go-to communications platform within a company, it’s had to find ways to increasingly pitch itself as an intelligent Swiss Army knife for companies — and not just a simple chat app — and it is trying to continue that today once again with a […]

Dropbox beefs up mobile collaboration in latest release

(source: MobileCrunch)
Dropbox announced several enhancements today designed to beef up its mobile offering and help employees on the go keep up with changes to files stored in Dropbox . In a typical team scenario, a Dropbox user shared a file with a team member for review or approval. If they wanted to check the progress of […]

Circle Invest lets you buy the cryptocurrency market

(source: MobileCrunch)
Circle Invest is one of the easiest products when you want to get started with cryptocurrencies. When Circle first launched the app, I compared it to Coinbase. And Circle is making it even easier to get started as you can just “buy the market” now. Circle Invest started with just a handful of cryptocurrencies — […]

Starbucks’s mobile payment service is slightly outpacing Apple’s

(source: MobileCrunch)
People really love getting their coffee more quickly. Starbucks, which has operated its own mobile payments service since 2011, is the market leader in terms of mobile payments users, beating out Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay, according to a new reporter from eMarketer out this morning. However, Starbucks’ lead over Apple Pay is […]

Email client Spark becomes collaborative

(source: MobileCrunch)
Readdle, the company behind popular email client Spark, is releasing a major new version of Spark on iOS and macOS. Spark is expanding beyond a personal email client. You can now work on emails with your team. While some of the features made me think about Front, the company says that it wasn’t the inspiration […]

Facebook and Qualcomm will bring fast Wi-Fi to cities in mid-2019

(source: MobileCrunch)
Facebook’s been talking Terragraph since way back during its 2016 F8 keynote. The social media giant’s ambitious plan to bring fast Wi-Fi to cities is taking another key step toward real world trials with the addition of Qualcomm. The chipmaking giant announced today that it will add the 60Ghz tech to its future chipsets, with […]

Instagram says ‘you’re all caught up’ in first time-well-spent feature

(source: MobileCrunch)
Without a chronological feed, it can be tough to tell if you’ve seen all the posts Instagram will show you. That can lead to more of the compulsive, passive, zombie browsing that research suggests is unhealthy as users endlessly scroll through stale content hoping for a hit of dopamine-inducing novelty. But with Instagram’s newest feature, […]

Facebook and Qualcomm will bring fast WiFi to cities in mid-2019

(source: MobileCrunch)
Facebook’s been talking Terragraph since way back during its 2016 F8 keynote. The social media giant’s ambitious plan to bring fast Wifi to cities is taking another key step toward real world trials with the addition of Qualcomm. The chipmaking giant announced today that it will add the 60Ghz tech to its future chipsets, with […]

HMD raises $100 million to bring even more Nokia phones to market

(source: MobileCrunch)
HMD Global has been one of the mobile world’s biggest surprise hits in recent years. Founded by former Nokia execs, the Finnish company has made a name for itself reviving the dearly departed brand on Android smartphones to great effect. And it just managed to raise another $100 million, led by Ginko Ventures’ Alpha Ginko […]

Does Google’s Duplex violate two-party consent laws?

(source: MobileCrunch)
Google's Duplex, which calls businesses on your behalf and imitates a real human, ums and ahs included, has sparked a bit of controversy among privacy advocates. Doesn't Google recording a person's voice and sending it to a datacenter for analysis violate two-party consent law, which requires everyone in a conversation to agree to being recorded? The answer isn't immediately clear, and Google's silence isn't helping.

zGlue launches a configurable system-on-a-chip to help developers implement customized chipsets

(source: MobileCrunch)
The complexity and cost of packing an array of sensors and power inside a small amount of space has opened the door to a wider and wider variety of use cases for internet-connected devices beyond just smart thermostats or cameras — and also exposed a hole for getting those ideas into an actual piece of […]

Fortnite is finally coming to Android this summer

(source: MobileCrunch)
Fortnite is finally coming to Android…in a matter of months. After dominating the iOS gaming charts since March, the wildly popular sandbox survival game will be hitting the world’s top mobile operating system at some point this summer. Creator Epic Games buried the news in the middle of a larger blog post titled, “The State […]