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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Google adds cellular support to assorted Android Wear devices

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Date: Tuesday, November 17th, 2015, 07:23
Category: Android, Apple Watch, Hardware, News, Wearables

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Cellular support just hit for Google’s Android Wear line.

Google has announced that its Android Wear watches, which already feature Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, now feature cellular support.

The company has announced that the first Android Wear watch with cellular support is the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE.

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Apple, Google remove InstaAgent app after password-stealing malware detected

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Date: Thursday, November 12th, 2015, 12:19
Category: Android, iOS, News, security, Software

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This is the joy of the war against malware.

Both Apple and Google have removed the InstaAgent app from their respective app stores after it was discovered that the app was storing users’ Instagram usernames and passwords in an unencrypted form, before sending them on to unknown servers.

InstaAgent, which tied in with Instagram, had become a popular download in the App Store’s free software section.

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Google Maps app for Android offers offline feature, iOS version coming soon

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Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2015, 11:17
Category: Android, Google, iOS, News, Software

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This could come in handy.

Google has announced that its Google Maps application for Android is now capable of storing regional data, especially in cases where you’ll be going into parts of the world without Internet access. By the company’s guess, roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today.

Per the company’s press statement:

Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.

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Rumor: Apple places LCD display driver chips order with Synaptics for next-gen iPhones

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Date: Thursday, November 5th, 2015, 07:00
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor

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When in doubt, go with an outside supplier for help.

Apple has apparently placed LCD display driver orders with touchscreen supplier Synaptics for its next-generation iPhones, indicating the company’s in-house development of touch and display driver integration (TDDI) chips may have fallen behind schedule.

Synaptics acquired Renesas SP Drivers, reportedly the sole supplier of LCD driver ICs for iPhones, in September 2014 in an effort to maintain orders from Apple, and for now it appears the iPhone maker will remain one of its customers. The supplier also works with Google, HTC, Microsoft, Samsung, Sony and other smartphone makers.

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Amazon pulls Google Chromcast, Apple TV units from shelves, looks to boost Amazon Prime, Fire brands

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Date: Friday, October 30th, 2015, 06:26
Category: Apple TV, Google, News, retail

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If this proves anything, it’s don’t sell a product that directly competes with Amazon’s interests.

Following through on its promises to halt sales of set-top streaming devices competing with its own Fire TV lineup, Amazon on Thursday removed all Apple TV and Google Chromecast products from its online store.

In an effort to boost both its Prime Video subscriptions as well as sales of its Fire TV set top box and Fire TV Stick units, Amazon.com has pulled both the Chromecast and the Apple TV from its shelves.

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Google app for iOS hits version 9.0, adds new features

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Date: Thursday, October 8th, 2015, 09:55
Category: Google, iOS, News, Software

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The Google app for iOS just hit version 9.0 and brought some decent updates with it.

The new version offers the following fixes and changes:

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Amazon to stop selling Apple TV, other streaming devices after October 29th

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Date: Friday, October 2nd, 2015, 09:41
Category: Apple TV, News, retail

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Well, this is a bit awkward.

On Thursday, Amazon distributed an email to marketplace sellers informing them that the company plans to stop selling some streaming video devices that compete with its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The company will no longer offer Google’s Chromecast or Apple’s Apple TV for sale in its online store.

The email stated that Amazon plans to disallow new listings for the product and remove existing inventory on October 29. As a reason for the removal, Amazon is citing compatibility with its Prime Video streaming service, which is not available on devices from Google and Apple.

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Google Maps updated to 4.11.0, now compatible with Apple Watch

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Date: Wednesday, September 30th, 2015, 07:13
Category: Apple Watch, iOS, News, Software, Wearables

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You can now use Google Maps with your Apple Watch.

Which is both nifty and useful.

Google on Tuesday updated its Google Maps app for iOS to version 4.11.0, adding support for the Apple Watch. The app can now deliver directions on Apple’s wrist-worn device.

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Apple updates privacy policy web site, looks to distinguish data collection habits from Google and Facebook

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Date: Tuesday, September 29th, 2015, 08:13
Category: iOS, News, Software

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Following up a bit more on this, Apple on Tuesday updated its privacy policy web site, detailing items like its policy on encryption and changes related to iOS 9, such as the way it targets stories and advertising in its News app.

“We knew coming in that building a personalized news product could be very sensitive — and the first thing we thought about was we really don’t want to associate news with your personal Apple account,” Apple’s senior director of global privacy, Jane Horvath, said in an interview with the Washington Post.

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