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Yesterday, 09:34 PM

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Welcome to Mobile Nations Weekly: your window into the week in mobile tech and life.


You can expect this to hit every week: the latest and greatest from the past week in technology and mobile life from across Android Central, Connectedly, CrackBerry, iMore, Windows Central, and more! If there was any week to get this started, this week was the one it — we've got major releases of hardware and software from multiple manufacturers. All of this is setting the stage for the coming months (and in some cases years) in mobile technology, so it's an exciting time for fans of smartphones, tablets, and all manner of gadgets.

The big news rocks are unquestionably the launches of the OnePlus 2 and new Moto X and Moto G phones on the Android side, and the launch of Microsoft's latest version of their flagship operating system: Windows 10. And though we've still several weeks from the anticipated launches of iOS 9 for iPhones and iPads and OS X El Capitan for Macs, iMore has put together comprehensive previews of both. And our insane and excited KM is even more insane and excited to have his hands on an epic long-term review gadget: a Tesla Model S.

It's been an exciting week, so let's dive right in!

iMore — iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan previews


Apple Music is still the big news at iMore, and opinions are more sharply divided than ever. Traditionalists hate what it's done to their libraries but streamers love the freedom it's given them. We've gone full-on roundtable for Apple Music, one moth later, and compiled a metric ton of Apple Music help and troubleshooting for anyone and everyone who needs it.

If Music ain't your thing, we've also got in your detailed iOS 9 first-look, OS X El Capitan preview and shared our thoughts on Apple Watch, 3 months later. And if you'd like to share yours—and get a enter to win $500—be sure to enter our Apple watch survey!

Android Central — Moto, OnePlus, and something called "Stagefright"

It was a slow week at Android Central, with the launch of just four major devices — and more on the horizon — and a couple of major security stories.

First up we've got the announcement of the new OnePlus 2, which of brings decent specs (and a couple omissions) at a fairly decent price. But if you haven't already gotten on the waiting list, there are more than a million people ahead of you. For more, see our OnePlus 2 preview.

Then there was Motorola, which rolled out the new Moto X Style (which will be known as the Pure Edition in the U.S.), and Moto X Play (which won't actually be coming to the U.S. anytime soon). Plus there's the excellent 2015 edition of the Moto G. Be sure to check out our hands-on with the new Moto X and the new Moto G.

And then there's the scary-sounding "Stagefright" exploit that's present in hundreds of millions of Android devices. It's bad, indeed. But we tell you if you really need to stay up nights worrying.

CrackBerry — BBM turns 10


With BlackBerry having wrapped up their annual Blackberry Security Summit in New York last week, this week was a little slower paced as far as it goes for news coming out of Waterloo but when summed up, there was plenty to discuss on the blogs and in the CrackBerry Forums.

First up, BlackBerry got some love from Gartner who named WatchDox by BlackBerry a 'visionary' in Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing. Then, BlackBerry kicked off their Work Creative campaign featuring rock legend Duff McKagan, and celebrations began for BBM's 10th Anniversary with BlackBerry offering insights into the launch of the messaging app back in 2005 and offering customers a free sticker pack as part of the celebrations. Other topics of interest for this week, T-Mobile reduced pricing on the BlackBerry Classic and a new, unannounced variation of the BlackBerry Passport better known as the 'Dallas' for now landed at the FCC.

Windows Central — Windows 10! Windows 10! Windows 10!

This week, Microsoft released their long-awaited Windows 10 OS to the mainstream public. The OS update is free for anyone running Windows 7 or Windows 8 and comes as an over-the-air upgrade. Being the largest Windows dedicated site on the webs we did up a massive 10,000-word review with no less than seven videos. In case you are thinking about upgrading or just seeing what is new you can check that out. Just make sure to grab a cup of coffee first!

In case you are waiting for that update, we wrote up some instructions on how to force it on your PC. This update in waves is because Microsoft is trying to not destroy the internets through a staged rollout. However, hey, if you cut the line, we will not say anything. You can join the other 14+ million users who have upgraded to Windows 10 in just the first day. Once you are the new OS, check out our extensive collection of tips, tricks and help articles. Keep checking back as we are constantly adding more each day.

For some fun, we are selling some limited-edition Windows 10 Ninjacat tee-shirts. Some of the proceeds we'll be donating to a charity too. Why a Ninjacat? It is a long story, but you can start here. We are also giving away a Lumia 1520 and Surface 3 in our Windows Central / Opera contest, so check that out too!

Finally, we get a look at what could have been with McLaren, the canceled 2014 flagship Windows Phone. The device was to feature a cutting edge 3D Touch Nav system but alas it was not meant to be – find out why.

Introducing KM — The World's Greatest Gadget Reviewer™

Long time readers of our sites will know Kevin Michaluk. He founded CrackBerry and for the better part of the last decade was the world's foremost authority on BlackBerry. For the last few years his time and energy has largely been spent behind the scenes of Mobile Nations in the role of Chief Media Officer, but his love of making great content (he tends to have a lot of strong opinions about a lot of things) was too strong, so he's taking some time out each week to make fun gadget and tech videos under his new Danger Mouse-inspired moniker of World's Greatest Gadget Reviewer™ (be sure to hit play on a video to see the epic intro!). As always, Kevin's enthusiasm is infectious.

For KM's first video he paid tribute to his BlackBerry roots with an unboxing and first look at the new blue BlackBerry Classic.

The World's Greatest Tesla Review Series!

KM recently took delivery of a new Tesla Model S P85D and is working on a long-term video review series. In his most recent video he took the Tesla to the drag strip to put INSANE MODE to the test before he upgrades to the just-announced and uber-ridiculous LUDICROUS mode which promises to get the car from 0 to 60mph in 2.8 seconds.

Follow KM Everywhere!

Be sure to subscribe to KM's youtube channel so you never miss a video and you can follow @kevinmichaluk everywhere else for the behind the scenes and between the videos coverage: Twitter, Instagram, Google + and he's on Periscope too.


This week on Kicked, Dan and Kim check out the GoFish Cam campaign - a device that mounts right on your fishing line and lets you capture HD video of your epic catch. GoFish Cam's developer Patrick also pops in with his a prototype of the GoFish Cam and things, well, they didn't go quite as planned.

Plus we check out a swanky new messenger bag, a 3D photo scanner for your smartphone, a solar power charger, and a live-streaming wearable action camera. All of this and Dan's 'Hot or Not' ranking is revealed on this episode of Kicked Weekly.

Connectedly — For Generation Connected!

Those with keen eyes may have noticed some changes to Connectedly.com over the past week. We launched the site in January 2014 as Smartwatch Fans, then re-branded to Connectedly a few months later to give it a broader focus around the connected-gadgets space. We'll be honest though - the site has been a bit of a ghost town. A big part of the reason is that we elected to bring all of cool connected gadgets coverage to our established sites so we didn't have to make readers who love Android Central or iMore or CrackBerry or Windows Central leave for another site to get to it.

We still love the brand though so we're doing the lean startup thing and pivoting with a new mission! Instead of just connected gadgets, you can think of the site as being for the Connected Generation. If you're a human on planet earth that values tech, then Connectedly's headlines are for you. The site's taking on a stronger product focus and we're curating the BEST content from all around the interwebs. There is just so much awesome and great stuff out there that we wanted you to have a single destination to check out to make sure you never miss a single thing — regardless of which posted it.

We're in testing mode still and we'll keep tweaking things as we learn and improve, but bottom line is if you haven't been visiting Connectedly, now is the time to start!





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If you care about battery life, use Safari instead of Chrome

Yesterday, 08:55 PM

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There have been numerous reports, including our own anecdotal ones, about how much better Safari is than Chrome when it comes to battery life on MacBooks. Here's another on, this time from Battery Box:

Averaging data from all websites tested, Safari won first place with 6 hours 21 minutes of total usage, Firefox second with 5 hours 29 minutes of usage, and Chrome last with 5 hours 8 minutes of usage.

Basically, if you simply switch to using Safari instead of Chrome, on average you could get an extra 1 hour of usage from your battery life.

Not innovating anymore, WebKit's ass.

Via: The Loop





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Making a podcast about making a band, all made on the Mac

Yesterday, 08:35 PM

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Something new and interesting: A podcast from iOS designers about an album they're making, all produced on the Mac. From Airplane Mode:

Dave Wiskus and Joe Cieplinski tell the story of how they moved to New York City and started a band.

They're using Logic Pro X not just for the music but for the podcast, and they even experimented with Apple Music's Connect to share work-in-progress. Files get slung back and forth over the internet, from raw recordings to finished tracks. When you think back to how hard it was produce music in the old days, never mind distribute it, it's amazing to see how far we've come.

I had the pleasure of hearing Dave and Joe play live at Ull earlier this year. They were terrific. Moreover, I like the style of this podcast: It's not your typical tech show, and it's produced more than just recorded.

You can download directly, subscribe in iTunes, or just hit play below.





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How would you change about iTunes?

Yesterday, 04:54 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><p><a href='http://www.imore.com...-change-itunes'title="How would you change about iTunes?"><img src='http://www.imore.com/sites/imore.com/files/styles/large_wm_blw/public/field/image/2015/07/itunes-nsfw-hero.jpg?itok=rdZSEH6r' /></a></p> <p>iTunes has an impossible job. What started as a music player has grown into stores for entertainment and apps, into a sync solution for iPods, iPhones, and iPads, and now into full blown <a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-music">subscription streaming service</a> as well. That means iTunes has to handle everything media and device management not only on the Mac but ported to Windows as well. Given all of that, what could Apple do to make it better for you?</p> <p>Saying "simplify!" is easy, but no one wants to give up the features they use and love best, and a lot of people use a lot of different features. Saying "break it up!" is also easy, but how do you do that without introducing whole new levels of duplication, complexity, and inconvenience?</p> <p>If you make multiple apps on the Mac, what do you do for Windows? If you move to the cloud, how do you keep local sync? If things are glitchy now, how to prevent an even more distributed future from being even more glitchy?</p> <p>Nothing stays the same forever. At some point the iTunes Store and backend will be off WebObjects and flying high on a modern web platform. iPod sync and Windows support will be distant memories. Our content will live in the cloud and our features will be decoupled from apps so playback, management, sync, and other extensions which just be there when and where we want them and be invisible when we don't. Everything truly will be easier and better. Is that a year from now? Two years? Five? Ten? An <a href="http://atp.fm">infinite timeline</a>?</p> <p>In the meantime, what are the most important features of iTunes for you, what could safely be gotten rid of, and how would you like to see it all improved?</p> <p>In other words, if it was up to you—how would you change iTunes?</p> </div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/234566457650/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a04af0/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/48a04af0/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/oiGgw4de2oY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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iMore show 469: Watches, Music, and... a Bruins hat?!

Yesterday, 04:27 PM

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<div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even" property="content:encoded"><div class="video"><div class="video_iframe"><iframe src="http://www.youtube.c...#38;showinfo=0"width="627" height="353" class="video-filter video-youtube vf-h2v0gmjuy3o" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"></iframe></div></div> <!--/video--> <p>The iMore show brings you everything you need to know about the week in iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple! On this episode—We talk Apple Watch three months later and Apple Music one month later. How are they working for us now, and have any of our opinions changed? Serenity Caldwell, Peter Cohen, Rene Ritchie, and special guest Jim Dalrymple.</p> <p><strong>Support the iMore show:</strong> Go to <a href="http://redhat.com">redhat.com</a> to learn about the value of open source software. Sign up for your free Zoom account today at <a href="http://zoom.us/imore">zoom.us/imore</a>, and you can start hosting better video meetings immediately.</p> <script language="JavaScript" src="http://images.precentral.net/sites/precentral.net/files/mp3player/audio-player.js"></script><div class="center"> <audio controls="true" preload="none"><source src="http://traffic.libsyn.com/phonedifferent/imoreshow469.mp3" type="audio/mpeg"></source><object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="http://images.precentral.net/sites/precentral.net/files/mp3player/player.swf" id="audioplayer1" height="48" width="450"> <param name="movie" value="http://images.precentral.net/sites/precentral.net/files/mp3player/player.swf" /><param name="FlashVars" value="playerID=audioplayer1&amp;soundFile=http://traffic.libsyn.com/phonedifferent/imoreshow469.mp3" /><param name="quality" value="high" /><param name="menu" value="false" /><param name="wmode" value="transparent" /></object> </audio></div> <ul><li>Subscribe in iTunes: <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/imore-show/id261058960?mt=2&amp;at=10l3Vy&amp;ct=d_im" title="" rel="nofollow">Audio</a> </li> <li>Subscribe in RSS: <a href="http://feeds.feedburner.com/PhoneDifferentPodcast">Audio</a></li> <li>Download directly: <a href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/phonedifferent/imoreshow469.mp3">Audio</a></li> </ul><!--break--><h2>Show notes</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://www.imore.com/we-review-apple-watch-3-months-later">Apple Watch 3 months later</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-watch-going-sale-best-buy-us-starting-august-7">Apple Watch coming to Best Buy</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/apple-watches-are-coming-best-buy-and-good-thing">...And that's a good thing</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.loopinsight.com/2015/07/24/i-got-my-music-back-at-least-most-of-it/">Jim got his music (mostly!) back</a> </li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/understanding-apple-music">Understanding Apple Music</a></li> <li><a href="http://www.imore.com/heres-why-beats-1-cant-post-archives-of-some-shows-and-you-cant-favorite-or-download-certain-songs">Apple Music licensing</a></li> </ul><h2>Hosts</h2> <ul><li><a href="http://twitter.com/settern">Serenity Caldwell</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/flargh">Peter Cohen</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/reneritchie">Rene Ritchie</a></li> <li><a href="http://twitter.com/jdalrymple">Jim Dalrymple</a></li> </ul></div></div></div><br clear='all'/><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/1/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/1/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/2/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/2/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/3/rc.htm" rel="nofollow"><img src="http://rc.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/rc/3/rc.img" border="0"/></a><br/><br/><a href="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/a2.htm"><img src="http://da.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/a2.img" border="0"/></a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://pi.feedsportal.com/r/234566515243/u/49/f/616881/c/33998/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/a2t.img" border="0"/><img width='1' height='1' src='http://tipb.com.feedsportal.com/c/33998/f/616881/s/48a07dd5/sc/28/mf.gif' border='0'/><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/TheIphoneBlog/~4/LhnICA6TsXQ" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>

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AdwareMedic for Mac becomes Malwarebytes for Mac

Yesterday, 03:46 PM

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New name, same software: Malwarebytes for Mac still protects your Mac from adware and malware.

I've long recommended AdwareMedic to Mac users looking to protect and disinfect their computers from problems associated with adware and malware. It's an effective tool at removing common Mac adware like Genieo, VSearch, and Conduit. AdwareMedic has been purchased by another company and its name has been changed, but it's still safe to use.

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Every Tuesday our Peter Cohen brings you Mac Help — a column where you can get your OS X questions answered and problems solved!

"Is AdwareMedic still safe to use now that it's Malwarebytes for Mac?"

Short answer: Yes.

AdwareMedic by The Safe Mac eradicates common malware and adware infestations. The software works great: I've used it for a while to protect the Macs on my home network from problems.

Up until mid-July, AdwareMedic was "donationware." You were welcome to download and use it, and if you found it useful, you were encouraged (but not required) to send the author what you felt it was worth.

Malwarebytes, a California developer of anti-malware software for the PC, has purchased AdwareMedic and rebranded it as Malwarebytes for Mac.

The good news is that AdwareMedic developer Thomas Reed will head up Malwarebytes' Mac development efforts. The software is now completely free for home use and will hopefully remain so. Malwarebytes says that it will offer small business and enterprise versions coming this fall, which I'm sure will cost money.

Version 2.2.7 is the last release of AdwareMedic, which you're welcome to use for now, but if you'd like to stay on top of the latest developments, get yourself over to Malwarebytes' web site and download the new app. It still looks the same and works the same as before, just with new branding.





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Save 65% today on this hard case and holster for iPhone 6...

Yesterday, 02:33 PM

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Not only does this Amzer Shellster Combo provide plenty of texture to keep your iPhone 6 Plus from falls, its built-in kickstand is great for convenient viewing on the go. The included holster features a swivel clip that works great on most belts or even your pocket. Available today for $6.95!





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Comic: We're happy if you're happy, Windows X user

Yesterday, 01:00 PM

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Happy Saturday, iMore! Because Rich is awesome, he's letting us run some of his Mac-themed comics from the Diesel Sweeties archive on weekends. Bonus comics, woo! We hope you enjoy.


Read more comics from the Pixel Project on iMore.com.





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Apple Watch launches in New Zealand, Turkey, and Russia

Yesterday, 12:37 AM

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The Apple Watch has made its way to three new countries today, officially becoming available for purchase at Apple Stores in New Zealand, Turkey, and Russia. Apple CEO Tim Cook took to celebrate, noting that the company saw a great turnout in Istanbul for the launch:

Hello Istanbul! A great turnout for the launch of Apple Watch in Turkey today. pic.twitter.com/8J9fUxaFNi

— Tim Cook (@tim_cook) July 31, 2015

The Apple Watch originally launched on April 24 to a small set of countries. However, as the strain on supply has eased a bit, we've seen the product launch in a number of other countries over the last month or so. Earlier this month, we also learned that the Apple Watch will become available for purchase at Best Buy stores in early August for the U.S., and a week later in Canada.

If you live in one of today's launch countries and just picked up an Apple Watch, be sure to check out our ultimate guide to setting up and using the Apple Watch.





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Apple, BMW, may revive talks for Apple Car partnership at...

31 Jul 2015

Posted By x-bot in iDevice News
Despite a recent report that indicated that the two had entered into a partnership, it seems that Apple and BMW have made no agreements regarding the development of a car. While last week's report suggested that talks were recent, it seems like talks between the companies have actually been on hold for some time now.
During a visit to BMW's Leipzig factory last year, Apple executives reportedly took interest in how the automaker manufactures its i3 electric vehicles. BMW was also apparently willing to talk about licensing parts. But for now, Apple apparently wants to go its own way, according to Reuters:

The dialogue ended without conclusion because Apple appears to want to explore developing a passenger car on its own, one of the sources said.

That said, both companies are said to be open to resuming talks for a potential partnership.
Apple is said to have been working on a major automotive project, dubbed the Apple Car by many, under the Project Titan moniker. The rumored vehicle is said to be electric and self-driving, with Apple targeting a 2020 release.
Source: Reuters





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