Hyundai to bring CarPlay features to select models in 2016

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Date: Monday, December 28th, 2015, 10:31
Category: CarPlay, iOS, iPhone, News, Software

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It looks like CarPlay-based niftiness will be coming to assorted Hyundai models in 2016.

While Hyundai was among the first car makers to promise CarPlay in its vehicles as a selling point nearly two years ago, the automaker so far hasn’t actually shipped the update to add the feature it promised to customers.

This may change come the new year, as it’s been reported that Hyundai is committing to rolling out an update to add the feature early next year.

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Rumor: China Mobile product roadmap indicates 4-inch “iPhone 7c” for 2016

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Date: Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015, 10:35
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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Sometimes it’s the cell phone carriers that give away what’s coming down the road.

Wireless carrier China Mobile has apparently laid out its product roadmap for 2016, the roadmap itself mentioning a new Apple product. In April of 2016, China Mobile is expecting to launch the ‘iPhone 7c’. This seems to be the 4-inch iPhone device that has been rumored for several months, although the rumor mill moniker has generally settled on it being called the iPhone 6c. It’s also been reported that Apple might dub the handset the “iPhone 7c”.

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Facebook Messenger 52.0 adds Uber ride integration, 3D Touch, other features

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Date: Thursday, December 17th, 2015, 05:46
Category: iOS, iPhone, News, Software, Uncategorized

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The Facebook Messenger app’s come a long way.

Now at a whopping version 52.0, the latest revision of the app has begun to offer Uber integration, as noted here:

Today, we’re expanding the services available to you with our launch of transportation on Messenger. With this new feature, you can request a ride from a car service without ever needing to download an extra app or leave a conversation. It’s super easy and doesn’t take you away from the plans that you’re making with your friends or family.

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Apple adds more than 60 new banks and credit unions to Apple Pay, rolls in BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Date: Tuesday, December 15th, 2015, 08:53
Category: Apple Pay, Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone, News, retail, Wearables

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With 2015 almost gone, Apple added another chunk of banks and credit unions that accept Apple Pay, the big news being that BJ’s Wholesale Club is among the new entries and was the second retailer to allow their store cards to be added to the Wallet app and be used for Apple Pay.

As always, here’s the list:

– American Community Bank of Indiana

– American United Federal Credit Union

– Anheuser-Busch Employees’ Credit Union

– Aspire Federal Credit Union

– Bank of Colorado

– Bank of Montgomery

– Catholic Federal Credit Union

– Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust

-CFCU Community Credit Union

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Tim Cook reacts to “The Hump” nickname for iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case, talks up accessory’s positive points

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Date: Friday, December 11th, 2015, 08:24
Category: Accessory, battery, Hardware, iPhone, News

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This could be an unfortunate nickname that just sticks with a product.

Apple CEO Tim Cook, while attending an Hour of Code event in New York, spoke to Mashable’s Lance Ulanoff about the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case.

During the interview, Ulanoff asked Cook if he was excited about the “hump,” a mocking nickname people have given to the battery case due to its distinctive shape. In response, Tim Cook said he was aware of the comments people were making about the case. “You know, I probably wouldn’t call it ‘the hump,'” Cook said.

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iFixit completes, posts full teardown of iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case

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Date: Thursday, December 10th, 2015, 07:04
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

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You’ve gotta love the teardowns.

With the new iPhone 6s Smart Battery Case in mind, the cool cats at iFixit have performed a full teardown of the external battery. What they found after removing massive amounts of adhesive, a lining that had to be heated before it could be stripped away, three proprietary screws and a metal reinforcement plate was a 7.13 Whr (1877 mAH at 3.8 V) capacity battery.

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Apple releases iOS 9.2, watchOS 2.1 and tvOS 9.1 updates

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Date: Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, 15:19
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod, iPod Touch, News, Software, TvOS, Watch OS

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Today was the day in which pretty much everything Apple got an update.

Everything.

Leading the pack, Apple releases iOS 9.2 for its iOS devices. The update, a 272 megabyte download, offers the following fixes and changes:

– Apple Music improvements.

– A new Top Stories section in the News app.

– Mail Drop in the Mail app for sending large attachments.

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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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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 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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