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Software update allows Ford Sync users to use Siri Eyes-Free, adds feature to over five million vehicles

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Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 13:29
Category: Google, News, Siri, Software

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It’s pretty cool what a firmware update can do.

Owners of the Ford Sync can now download an update that will allow the Sync to tap into Siri to perform a variety of tasks while keeping their eyes on the road.

Ford on Thursday announced the Siri Eyes-Free update, noting that the software is available for more than 5 million Sync-equipped vehicles dating back to 2011. Siri Eyes-Free will allow the iPhone to work with the Ford Sync software to help drivers make and receive phone calls, listen to music, get driving directions and check calendar appointments via voice commands.

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Rumor: Apple to release 4-inch iPhone powered by A9 processor in 2016

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Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 2015, 06:38
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor, Uncategorized

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Apple may release a 4-inch iPhone in 2016, complete with a pretty impressive processor inside.

According to a note released recently by reliable analyst/guru Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities, Apple will launch a 4-inch iPhone in 2016, complete with an A9 processor.

While new model may not generate huge sales, Kuo cited the following reasons for such a model:

(1) There is still-existing demand for 4-inch smartphones. We estimate 15-17mn 4-inch iPhones will be shipped in 2015. We estimate the new 4-inch model will account for 8-9% of total iPhone shipments in 2016F; (2) expected price of US$400-500, with the aim of penetrating emerging markets and consumers on smaller budgets; and (3) adoption of NFC will support Apple Pay, benefiting the ecosystem.

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JCPenney’s apparently testing Apple Pay, should incorporate support for 2016

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 05:38
Category: Apple Pay, News, retail

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You should be able to use Apple Pay at JCPenney’s sometime in 2016.

The retailer has apparently begun testing Apple Pay support for its store cards, with plans for an official introduction sometime in the spring of next year according to a shopper’s anecdote indicated on Monday.

The shopper recently tried to add his JCPenney card to iOS 9’s Wallet app, and was met with an unusual Terms and Conditions page. A notice at the top of the page explained that JCP is running a pilot program out of the Village at Fairview outlet northeast of Dallas, paving the way for the spring rollout.

Apple and JCPenney have yet to officially confirm the plan.

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Adobe renames “Flash Professional CC” to “Animate CC”, begins to veer away from Flash towards HTML5

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Date: Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015, 05:24
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

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One of Steve Jobs’ wishes finally came true as Adobe begins to veer away from Flash and adopt HTML5.

Adobe has announced plans to rebrand its Flash Professional CC software as Animate CC to acknowledge a growing shift away from Flash.

The company explained than a third of content created in Flash Pro CC uses HTML5, leading the company to rename the software to “accurately represent its position as the premier animation tool for the web and beyond.”

As such, the name of Flash Professional CC has been changed to Animate CC, which Adobe said will feature updates for the software, including improved drawing, illustration, and authoring support and integration with Adobe Stock and Creative Cloud Libraries.

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Rumor: Apple experimenting with a least five different iPhone 7 configurations, could replace Lightning port with USB-C port

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Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 07:08
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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The world is nothing without rumors about the next-gen iPhone.

As of now, the current rumor has it that Apple is testing no less than five different iPhone 7 models, all with distinct differences.

While this should be taken with a grain of salt, it’s said that Apple is looking into replacing the Lightning connector with a USB-C port as well as testing various models with wireless charging technology, multi-touch Force Touch, dual cameras, and in-display fingerprint recognition.

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Apple Music, Sonos collaboration to begin in mid-December, public beta now open

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Date: Tuesday, December 1st, 2015, 07:41
Category: Apple Music, iOS, News, Software

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After some minor squabbling on the industry end as well as the distinct lack of Apple Music to Sonos’s list of supported streaming services, Apple and Sonos have come to terms with Apple Music joining the roster of supported music services come December 15.

Sonos originally said that its speakers would support Apple Music “when [Apple is] ready to focus on the home listening experience,” then confirmed that would happen by the end of the year. Apple Music launched on iOS and iTunes in June, and arrived on Apple TV in November.

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The best deal on iTunes gift cards

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 12:37
Category: Apple Music, Gift Guide, iTunes, iTunes Music Store, iTunes Store, News, retail

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It never hurts to get a nifty discount.

That and it’s nice to build a nice cache of iTunes gift cards to use all year round, especially if they’re available at a discount. Discounted iTunes gift cards are one of the only ways to save on apps, music, movies and even your Apple Music subscription.

A couple vendors are selling discounted iTunes gift cards this holiday season. Currently, the best deal of the bunch is a $100 iTunes gift card for $80 via PayPal Digital Gifts on eBay. The gift cards arrive via email within a few hours of purchase, but the limited time offer is only available in the United States.

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Amazon looking to release Amazon Video app for tvOS in a “few weeks”

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 08:38
Category: Apple TV, News, Software, TvOS

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The long-awaited Amazon Video app seems to finally be en route to the Apple TV. The news comes amid strife between Apple and Amazon, some accusing Apple of blocking Amazon from launching the app on tvOS and others accusing Amazon of not developing for the platform as to encourage users to use its own Fire TV products.

Engineer Dan Bostonweeks, who reached out to Amazon via its feedback system and asked the company about the lack of tvOS support for the fourth-gen Apple TV, received a response from the company in which the customer service representative offered the following quote:

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Microsoft releases Cortana app for iOS to beta tester community

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Date: Monday, November 30th, 2015, 07:55
Category: iOS, News, Software

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It’s Microsoft’s alternative to Siri and its beta is now available on iOS. Microsoft has released a beta of its Cortana personal assistant app for iOS. The app, which went out to a handful of testers who signed up to trial the new app were notified by way of email that the iOS version of Cortana was available for download, offers voice-powered assistance, plus help with managing your schedule, reminders, and alarms, as well as the ability to track things like flights, packages, stocks, scores and more.

An Android version of the app was previously made available for testing this August.

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Apple patent application highlights active shutter system to protect devices from spills, contaminants

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Date: Friday, November 27th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Hardware, iPad, iPhone, News, Patents

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Somewhere down the line, this could really come in handy.

An Apple patent application published Thursday describes a powered shutter system that automatically blocks access to speaker, microphone and other iPhone and iPad port openings, protecting the sensitive components within.

The patent application, known as Apple’s “Electronic devices with housing port shutters” application, describes a system of electrically controlled shutters disposed over the openings of critical components like speaker boxes and microphones. At the command of an onboard logic board, these shutter mechanisms can quickly block acoustic pathways — portholes — from damaging physical contaminants, potentially saving hundreds of dollars in repair costs.

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