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Volvo recently showed off their new Tablet Crammed Into A Dashboard Thing, and now, Apple have decided to show off their new technology which takes them into the world of motoring.
Basically, Apple are taking iOS into your motor with CarPlay. In short, it is a version of the iOS interface, but simplified so you don’t crash your car while using it. It’ll have voice-controlled stuff, obviously, and interestingly, there’ll be no virtual keyboards.
CarPlay is able to sync up with your calendar and emails, and as a result, will anticipate meetings and give you suggestions for relevant destinations and direct you there. Siri will read your text messages too, while allowing you to dictate a response.
This is all furiously bad news if you’re having an affair.
Of course, you’ll be able to listen to music through iTunes and Spotify and, as yet, Apple aren’t letting many apps through that they don’t own. CarPlay is driven entirely from your phone (iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c). If you’re getting a Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, and have an Android phone, this is a bit useless to you.
More on all that, over at Apple.
Like going for a run? Wear your iPod or iPhone (or even, your iPad because you’re a maniac) when you do? Well, Apple are aware of the amount of white earphones you see when people in Lycra charge by, and are looking at getting in on the fitness action.
You’ll no doubt be aware of the volume of people who are keeping fit, thanks to the profoundly annoying social media updates from various fitness wristbands and the like (note – if you’re one of these people, feel free to run into the nearest lagoon and never come back), and Apple have patented their own approach to it all.
They are planning on tracking how fit and well you are through your ears, thanks to some fancy headphones.
The sports monitoring system would put some sensors and accelerometers in the earbuds, which would track your physical activity, how much you’re sweating and what rate your heart is going at. There would also be a separate monitor which you could clip to your clothes or headphones. If Apple get on this, there’ll be no need for Apple Fanboiz to buy separate kit from Nike or whoever.
Here’s an image from the patent, via venturebeat.
Apple’s ‘secret’ iWatch project is hotting up, ‘insiders’ say, and the company are currently hiring a bunch of medical boffins and sleep experts to work on their new wearable product.
Considering none of us have worn a watch since about 2002, the craze for wearables is slightly baffling, but the iWatch might at least look OK, rather than something you might find in the Star Trek wardrobe department in 1967.
It’s (app)arently developing a new app called Healthbook for the wireless watch, which can monitor your sleep and your underarm sweat or how many times you when to the toilet or whatever. That’s very much in line with a lot of similar health-related products, like Sony’s health gizmo The Core – which was showcased at CES 2014 in January.
According to patents filed by Apple in 2011, the iWatch might have a curved screen and be a kind of fancy wristband with apps all along it. (Above is an artist’s impression of what it might look like). Apple are also rumoured to be working on a way to charge it without having to plug it into the wall, and it’s rumoured to be coming out late this year.
So if all goes well, soon we could be having anxiety related convulsions about our blood pressure/heart beats, and annoying everyone on the bus by talking into our wrists. ‘Watch’ this space. (groan)
P.S. I would LOVE to have a friend called ‘Rosie Funk.’
Apple look like they might be planning their own internet, as they’ve been beavering away, weaving together a network capable of delivering huge amounts of content to customers, thereby giving them greater control over the way they distribute their online products, simultaneously doing the groundwork for more traffic if it decides it wants to go harder with their television services.
Of course, Apple have been using the iCloud service but, it looks like they have much grander ideas. With their own internet infrastructure, they can support everything they do under one roof and the company are signing long-term deals to lock up bandwidth and making steps to get more control.
Bill Norton, chief strategy officer for International Internet Exchange (they help companies sort out their internet traffic agreements) reckons that Apple has bought enough bandwidth from carriers to move hundreds of gigabits of data each second.
“That’s the starting point for a very, very big network,” Norton said. Instead of having to go through third-parties, Apple will be able to deliver content straight to consumers. These stories back up the idea that Apple will be building their own television sets (they’ve been ramping up interest with their Apple TV set- top box with more partners and more prominence for a while now).
Looks like there’s going to be a virtual landgrab between Google, Apple and Facebook.
We’ve not had any phones blowing up in people’s pockets for a while, almost like it has gone out of fashion – be it the fault of people not making stuff up or phone manufacturers taking the jeopardy and thrill out of phone buying.
So thank the stars for the throwback fun of 13-year-old student from Maine who is now suffering from first and second degree burns after her iPhone exploded into flames while in her pocket.
It has been reported that the young woman was sitting in class when she heard a weird noise coming from her pocket. Then she saw smoke coming from her pants. It wasn’t burning loins, but rather, her gadget was ablaze.
Two fellow students leapt to the student’s assistance while the rest of the class went to find help to put out the fire. Apart from that weird kid at the back of class who probably enjoyed the spectacle.
While trying to help the girl out of her trousers, the iPhone fell out of her pocket, all molten.
There’s no known cause for this incident but obviously, it isn’t the first time it has happened. No matter. The good news is, is that the girl in question was taken to a local treatment centre and was discharged without much fuss.
It’s all go with Apple this year, as they’re planning on not only launching two new larger iPhones this year, but look like they’re going to incorporate a SwiftKey function too.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple’s launches plan to avoid using the plastic exterior casing of last year’s model (which – boohoo – sold badly), but also to develop an iPhone with a 4.5 inch display and another one with a screen bigger than 5 inches.
Size clearly being a thing here, all those iPhone fans can queen it up with theirs being bigger than others. There might also be a war at some point hopefully, and some sort of perspective bombshell might make these same people look a bit insane.
This is seen as a bid to increase Apple’s market in Asia, as their rivals with their bigger screens seem to be leaving them for dust.
SwiftKey – a third party keyboard that can be installed on Android devices – connects to an Evernote account which makes it easier to enter text, tags, notebook and real time syncing, but there’s no swiping input – one of the key features. While still quite clunky on the iPhone (it would seem Apple are being a bit arms-length about it) it’s a great little app in general.
The Office of Fair Trading has now waded into the in-app purchases row, by giving the online gaming industry two months to overhaul free apps and stop the problem of your kid accidentally paying £30 for a candy hammer.
The OFT say that game producers must play by their rules or face strict action under consumer protection law.
This comes after Apple had to refund millions of dollars to distraught parents after they complained of being out of pocket when their kids sticky fingers wrongly landed on a BUY button in a free app.
Apple has updated their App store after being inundated with requests for refunds, and Google have also updated their rules about in-app purchases.
But before you blankly hand little Jimmy your iPad and slope off back to bed, parents still have to be aware that if your settings allow you to buy an extra life/20 magic gems/an Angry Birds Mighty Eagle, then accidents can still happen unless you adjust them.
The OFT said that game producers must be upfront about in-game costs and advised parents to check the payment options in their settings. They also said that parents should be aware that any updates might have an effect on their payment settings. But it looks like they’re not pulling any punches. Their new guidelines state:
‘In-game payments are not authorised and should not be taken unless the payment account holder, such as a parent, has given his or her express, informed consent.’
We all know that Apple fans can be a really peculiar bunch, looking at their gadgets like they’re more than just a bunch of circuits and junk, but rather, something they can emotionally connect to. They’re a bit evangelically scientology about it all.
Well, if you haven’t seen it elsewhere, prepare to have kittens because some bright spark found a video of the demo launch for the first Macintosh computer from back in 1984.
The folks at the Boston Computer Society found a video shot a mere week after Steve Jobs showed off the machine for the first time at the company’s shareholder meeting.
The clip hasn’t been shown off publicly for the better part of 30 years, but now, here it is and it is a bit long too. Flick through it if you’re a casual fan, savour every minute of it if you’re a bit of a lunatic.
The video is over the jump.
Mac owners need to keep their eye out for Trojan malware aimed just at them which steals your data. It is delivered via one of those dodgy emails which tells you that you’ve got an ‘undelivered courier item’ which you’ve probably seen.
If you haven’t, you receive an email telling you that someone tried to deliver an item to your house and the courier is having difficulty getting it to you. The email gives you a link or attachment which claims to track your parcel and that’s when the trouble starts.
These emails have claimed to come from DHL, the Royal Mail and in some instances, fictional companies like TNS24. Canny users will spot the scam a mile off, but they’re getting some success and some of the scams are reasonably convincing.
The newest development is that Windows computers and anti-virus programs are detecting the malware and shutting it down. On Macs however, especially those using Safari, you receive Mac malware, delivered in a .zip file. You’re then given a dodgy .pdf file which runs software and OS X users have found that on Macs, you’re not told that you’re running software when you should only be opening a file and that you don’t get warned that you’re running an app from an unknown developer.
A bot then swipes your data, which is run remotely.
So what to do? Well, for starters, be more vigilant when you’re getting emails. Malware for Apple devices is still pretty rare compared to Windows computers, but as attacks are becoming more frequent, you should install some programs that stop threats. There’s some free antivirus products for Macs, such as iantivirus.com, one by Sophos and another by Comodo. Check them out if you’re worried that you’ll end up will a Trojan in your system.
In-app purchasing is a thing that doesn’t look like going away regrettably, which means that parents the world over will worry about their offspring spending their money on things they shouldn’t. Of course, most parents have worked out ways around it, but the problem persists, with articles appearing frequently about nasty surprises on the bank statement, thanks to little Chloe going mad on The Simpsons: Tapped Out.
Over in The States, the Federal Trade Commission said that Apple Inc. had agreed to refund at least $32.5 million to unsuspecting parents. “You cannot charge consumers for purchases they did not authorize,” said Edith Ramirez, the commission chairwoman.
Hopefully, this is a precedent that will roll out worldwide or at least, worth remembering should you find yourself in a similar jam.
After thousands of complaints, not only are Apple settling with consumers, but they’ve also been asked to change their billing practices in a bid to make purchases more obvious than they really are.
Apple CEO Tim Cook said they agreed with the FTC because the consent decree “does not require us to do anything we weren’t already going to do, so we decided to accept it rather than take on a long and distracting legal fight.”
However, the FTC say that Apple haven’t always made it clear that customers were buying something and that parents weren’t aware that entering the password started a 15-minute clock during which kids could make as many purchases as they wanted without any further action by an adult.
Apple have ’til March 31 to come up with a new billing system and they’ll have to pay out to customers that have been affected by unauthorised purchases, paying full refunds to customers.
The new filing mentions “a method for tagging or searching images using a voice-based digital assistant.” That means users will be able to tag photos as they snap them. You’d say “this is me on my holidays’ and your phone would be lumped together in one holiday folder.
The new technology would also learn your friends and family’s faces, buildings and landscapes and automatically apply tags to images in your iOS Camera Roll. Whether it’ll learn what your genitals look like is another matter entirely.
You’d be able to call up photos through Siri too. By saying “show all my funeral selfies”, they’ll magically appear on your phone.
Apple are also developing a new anti-counterfeiting solution for hardware in a bid to thwart black market copycats. This new idea will see gadgets utilising a 3D variable depth coding system on various parts of products. These 3D codes may integrated into the cover glass or located in the home button. Either way, you know Apple won’t be doing anything to spoil the design of the phone as they’re all about the aesthetic.
Apple’s fanbois will be wetting themselves today as the company finally released the new Mac Pro desktop, which you can order through Apple’s website.
The machine is cylindrical, aluminium and will cost $2,999 and upward.
The starter-version comes complete with a 3.7 GHz quad-core Intel Xeon E5 CPU with Turbo Boost speeds up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D300 GPUs with 2GB of VRAM each, 12GB of ECC DDR3 RAM, and 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage.
If you shell out a bit more, it can be configured with 3.5 GHz 6-core Intel Xeon E5 processor with Turbo Boost up to 3.9 GHz, dual AMD FirePro D500 GPUs with 3GB of VRAM each, 16GB of memory, and a 256GB SSD. That’ll cost a grand extra.
If neither tickle your pickle, but you want one, you can also have them built-to-order and they’ll all ship on December 30th. If you want to know more or are wealthy enough to consider ordering one, check out Apple’s store.
For £9.99, the Sky Sports Day Pass from Now TV give consumers a 24 hour pass to watch all 6 Sky Sports channels, which will activates immediately upon purchase and will be billed directly to your iTunes account.
“It’s been a busy year for Now TV as we continue to widen access to our top-quality content by launching on popular platforms our customers use,” said Gidon Katz, Director of NOW TV.
“The Now TV Sky Sports Day Pass is perfect for sports fans with Apple TV who want the flexibility to choose which live events they want to watch from the comfort of their sofa.”
Sky launched their Now TV service in July 2012 and earlier this year, Sky started selling a Now TV branded streaming box allowing users to access BBC iPlayer, Demand 5, Spotify and Sky News through their television sets (perfect for those without consoles which do a similar thing).
Over the weekend, rumours about Apple’s iWatch have gone into overdrive, with suggestions saying that it’ll hit the shelves in the second half of 2014. They’re in no rush because the wearable technology that it already in the shops isn’t exactly setting the world alight.
The iWatch could land in October 2014 and will be released alongside Apple’s next-gen phone – the iPhone 6.
The increasingly loud mutterings say that Apple are currently testing two iWatch prototypes. The prototypes have differently sized screens and it is being decided which one works and looks best. Apparently, the iWatch will feature a 100mAh battery and will utilise wireless charging capabilities, so that you can charge your device from up to 100 metres away, which is very fancy indeed.
This release date ties in with Apple’s usual tactic of releasing new products in the build-up to Christmas and with this being the first entirely new product of Apple’s in a while, excitement and demand will be high.
It has been suggested that this wireless charging could make its way into Apple’s other technology. It’ll have to be good though because there’s been criticism about Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, which has a battery that only lasts for a day and you can’t exactly wear a watch that is plugged into the mains.
Watch this space.