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Auto maker Toyota slow to add CarPlay support, will stay with own technology for the time being

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Date: Monday, February 23rd, 2015, 03:50
Category: iOS, News, Software


As nifty as Apple’s CarPlay technology is – and promises to be – some auto makers seem slow to pick it up and run with it.

Despite being among the first automakers to sign on with Apple’s CarPlay initiative, Toyota is reportedly planning to stick with its own in-house infotainment system for the foreseeable future.

“We may all eventually wind up [with CarPlay or Android Auto], but right now we prefer to use our in-house proprietary platforms for those kinds of functions,” Toyota spokesperson John Hanson told the New York Times. Hanson limited his comments to the U.S. market, and while Apple’s iPhone remains wildly popular in Toyota’s home country of Japan, it does not seem likely that the stance will change across the Pacific.


List of Apple employees tasked to electric car project begins to emerge, key players surface

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Date: Friday, February 20th, 2015, 04:00
Category: Hardware, News


Over the past couple of weeks, there’s been word of an employee poaching war between Apple and Tesla, Apple hiring from the auto industry and speculation as to exactly what Applee might be working on.

It’s apparently clear that Apple is looking to go beyond an iOS-based CarPlay in-dash system and the majority of the new hires seem to be reporting to one Steve Zadesky, who hails from an automative background.

The Wall Street Journal and 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple has put together a team of hundreds for the electric vehicle product, including former president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development Johann Jungwirth, but here are some of the other key team members picked from within the company and hired from outside to join the team.


Rumor: Apple to bring Touch ID to upcoming 12-inch MacBook Air, other input devices

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Date: Wednesday, February 18th, 2015, 06:51
Category: Hardware, MacBook Air, Rumor


Apple may be expanding its Touch ID technology to other devices.

Current rumors have it that the forthcoming 12-inch MacBook Air — which is widely believed to include a high-resolution Retina display and vastly-reduced I/O — could also sport a Touch ID sensor positioned above its trackpad, according to Taiwanese blog AppleCorner, which has cited supply chain sources. In addition, the Magic Mouse and Magic Trackpad may be updated to include the biometric functionality.

That could be a prelude to making Apple Pay available for payments on the web. Currently, Apple Pay can only be used for in-store transactions via NFC or as part of the checkout process for iOS apps.


Microsoft Office apps for iOS updated to 1.6, add iCloud support

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Date: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, 06:00
Category: iOS, News, Software


This should come in handy.

A recent update of Microsoft’s Office for iOS now includes support for iCloud.

Microsoft’s vaunted word processor, spreadsheet and presentation apps now use iCloud as a document storage provider. Documents can be opened, edited, and saved directly to and from the service for users on iOS 8.

Alongside iCloud support, Microsoft promises unspecified “bug fixes” in the latest versions.


Hacker group may have hidden within the NSA for 14 years, successfully compromised OS X, iOS devices among other efforts

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Date: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015, 06:40
Category: iOS, News, security, Software


This goes into the category of “man, it’s long, but you’ve got to read it”.

An article on Ars Technica discusses the Equation Group, a group of hackers that had an incredible amount of success, were able to use revolutionary methods in their work and may have been embedded within the National Security Agency.

In addition to the findings, researchers within the Kaspersky Group found “redirects that sent iPhone users to unique exploit Web pages. In addition, infected machines reporting to Equation Group command servers identified themselves as Macs, an indication that the group successfully compromised both iOS and OS X devices.”


Happy President’s Day from O’Grady’s PowerPage!!!

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Date: Monday, February 16th, 2015, 06:27
Category: Announcement


Ladies and gentlemen, it’s President’s Day and the staff of O’Grady’s PowerPage will be spending the day with friends and family and will return tomorrow with more Mac and iOS mobile news and features.

Stay warm, enjoy the holiday and we’ll be back tomorrow with more news that will ROCK YOUR SPLEENs and keep you up to date!


Apple raises maximum iOS app size from 2GB to 4GB

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Date: Friday, February 13th, 2015, 04:55
Category: Developer, iOS, News, Software


Your iOS apps are about to get a lot larger.

Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Apple on Thursday announced that it is increasing the maximum app size from 2GB to 4GB, letting developers release apps that are up to 4GB in size. The extended limits will likely be useful for high-quality game titles that need the extra space to introduce improved graphical effects or longer playtimes.

The size limit of an app package submitted through iTunes Connect has increased from 2 GB to 4 GB, so developers can include more media in your submission and provide a more complete, rich user experience upon installation. Please keep in mind that this change does not affect the cellular network delivery size limit of 100 MB.


Time Limits desperately needed on iOS

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 07:52
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, Kids

TL;DR I’d like to see the Time Limits feature from OS X come to iOS Restrictions.

Time Limits in OS X Parental Controls

It’s hard to deny that the iPad is an unbridled success and that it changed how we use computers in our daily lives. For kids, this might be the understatement of the decade. The iPad is a kid’s dream, it can play games, movies, music and can be interacted with on many levels.

The iPad’s popularity with children is simultaneously its best and its worst feature. Ask any parent with young kids.

I have two kids (ages 7 and 4) and they received iPad minis for Christmas. While iPads are nothing short of magic to young kids, things can quickly turn ugly when young ones are told that “it’s time to put the iPads away.” My seven year old is definitely ready for an iPad but my four year old is borderline. An unfortunate reality of having multiple: what you buy for one you need to buy for the other.

It’s important to set limits on iPad use for young kids, so that they can do other things like homework and playing with other kids and we generally limit their use to one hour on weekdays and two hours on weekends. The problem is enforcing these time limits. While my seven year old generally complies, my four year old frequently breaks down in tears.

The solution is system-level time limits that shut off the iPad after a user-defined interval. Unfortunately, third-party iOS apps don’t have system level access (thanks to sandboxing), so the feature has to come from Apple.

Luckily, Time Limits are already available on OS X. (more…)

How Apple could improve the awesome VIP Sender feature

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Date: Tuesday, February 10th, 2015, 07:29
Category: iOS, Mail, OS X

Apple Mail: Could not add VIP. A maximum of 100 VIPs is allowed. Please remove any unused VIPs and try again.

TL;DR I love the VIP Sender feature in OS X and iOS and use it all the time, but it needs to be expanded.

It works like this: click a sender’s name/email address in either OS X Mail or Mail.app and select “Add to VIPs.” Doing so prioritizes email from that sender and when new mail arrives, you’ll see an alert in notification center.

It’s super-convenient when you’re waiting for an important email from a client, colleague or your spouse. You can’t help but notice the email’s arrival on your iPhone lock screen and VIP Sender has saved my bacon many times. I’m using a VIP Sender this week to correspond back and forth with my account, for example, because I’d like to know immediately when he emails me.

The problem is that Apple caps the number of VIPs at 100 and once you’ve reached the cap your only option is to remove some VIPs. Removing a VIP Sender involves, navigating to the “VIP” folder in Mail, then clicking on senders individually, then on “Remove from VIP.” While not difficult, it can be time consuming.

While we should all endeavor to curate, organize and better tend to our email, but who has the time?

Here are two simple enhancements that would make VIP Sender infinitely more valuable…


DexCom device, app to work with Apple Watch upon launch, continuously monitor glucose levels for diabetics

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Date: Monday, February 9th, 2015, 08:46
Category: Hardware, News, Software, Wearables


This is interesting.

Medical company DexCom says that a glucose monitor made by the company that monitors blood sugar levels will be supported by the Apple Watch. The company is currently working on an app for the wearable that will be able to show blood sugar levels at a glance and can monitor them continuously.

The app has apparently been under construction for some time and while the Food and Drug Administration is generally required to approve new medical hardware, a hands-off approach to the companion app has allowed developers to sink their teeth into its creation for the time being.