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2017

Pioneer reveals 2017 NEX aftermarket head units with CarPlay support

Thursday May 18, 2017

Pioneer has introduced a new range of aftermarket head units to its collection, with the five 2017-edition NEX in-dash multimedia receivers giving more CarPlay-compatible options to drivers to install into their vehicles, at a more consumer-friendly price point.

US & EU decide against banning phones & tablets on flights from Europe

Thursday May 18, 2017

Officials from the U.S. and the European Union have reportedly decided against a ban on travelers carrying devices like Apple iPads and MacBooks in the cabin while on flights from Europe.

Apple orders Chinese social networks to stop 'tip' functions that break App Store rules

Thursday May 18, 2017

Apple is reportedly cracking down on social networks in China providing payment services between users, ordering the creators of popular messaging apps to disable 'tip' functions in order to comply with App Store rules, in what may be a move by Apple to try and increase revenue from in-app purchases.

EU levels $122M fine against Facebook for misleading info during WhatsApp takeover

Thursday May 18, 2017

The European Union has fined Facebook 110 million euros -- about $122 million -- for providing "misleading information" during a 2014 review of its WhatsApp acquisition, which raised concerns about data sharing between the two services.

Apple's iPhone scores 92% loyalty rate ahead of 'iPhone 8' launch, study finds

Thursday May 18, 2017

A new study published by investment bank Morgan Stanley shows 92 percent of iPhone users who are "somewhat or extremely likely" to upgrade within 12 months intend to buy Apple, a good indicator that this year's iPhone revamp has the makings of a so-called "super cycle."

Apple's Tim Cook talks tech with accessibility advocates for Global Accessibility Awareness Day

Wednesday May 17, 2017

In recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Apple CEO Tim Cook this week invited three accessibility advocates and bloggers to the company's Cupertino, Calif., campus, for discussions on how Apple technology impacts their daily lives.

Source code of several Panic apps stolen via HandBrake malware

Wednesday May 17, 2017

In a blog post on Wednesday, Panic developer Steven Frank said he inadvertently downloaded a malware-infected version of popular transcoding software HandBrake, which was targeted in a hack last week, leading to the theft of "quite a bit" of source code related to several of his company's apps.

Google IO17: Android deployment rate continues to slip backward

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Google has unveiled new versions of Android at its annual I/O developer convention with features often inspired by the previous year's iOS. The main difference: Apple can launch a new version of iOS and broadly distribute it before Google can deploy its copy of last year's iOS across even a third of its installed base. This problem is getting worse each year for Google and its Android partners.

Google reveals 'Android Go' operating system optimized for low-specification smartphones

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Google is doubling down on increasing Android's market share in emerging markets with the creation of 'Android Go,' a version of Android O optimized for lower-specification entry-level Android devices and the bandwidth constraints of local infrastructure where those devices are sold.

New mockup photos purport to show final design of Apple's 'iPhone 8'

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Photos of a mockup published on Wedesday are claimed to show the finished design of Apple's "iPhone 8," including a vertical twin-lens camera on the rear, and the absence of any physical home button or obvious Touch ID sensor.

Google shows notification dots, smart text selection, optimizations in 'Android O'

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Major features of Google's next iteration of Android have been revealed at the I/O developer conference, with "Android O" gaining a Picture-in-Picture mode, notification dots on app icons, and the ability to autofill data within apps, shown alongside improvements to the security and speed of the mobile operating system.

Google adds 'Smart Replies' to Gmail for iOS, based on machine learning

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Coming alongside the start of its annual I/O conference, Google is on Wednesday launching an updated Gmail app for iOS and Android, introducing a "Smart Reply" feature based on the company's machine learning technology.

Google Home updates will provide visual responses on an iPhone display, hands-free calling

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Google has revealed a number of updates it will be rolling out to the Google Home connected speaker, with major additions including the device's ability to put responses to queries on a nearby display, such as the user's iPhone, as well as being able to place phone calls from the device itself.

Apple Music's Jimmy Iovine defends paid-only model, claims free tier would have 400M users

Wednesday May 17, 2017

In an interview published this week, Beats co-founder and Apple Music executive Jimmy Iovine raised vocal opposition to the concept of "free" music, simultaneously arguing that if Apple had a free tier like Spotify, it would "have 400 million people on it."

Google Assistant standalone iPhone Siri competitor app launching for iPhone [u]

Wednesday May 17, 2017

As predicted, Wednesday's tenth I/O conference saw the launch of the Google Assistant voice recognition tool to the iPhone.

Apple makes iOS 10.3.3 beta available to public beta participants

Wednesday May 17, 2017

A day after the developer release, Apple has made the first public beta available for iOS 10.3.3 for the iPhone and iPad.

Deals: 13" Touch Bar MacBook Pro w/ AppleCare for $1,798 ($250 off); 20% off tech at eBay; 34" LG Thunderbolt display for $699 ($300 off)

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Shoppers this week can save $250 on Apple's 13" MacBook Pro with Touch Bar and AppleCare, plus no tax outside NY and NJ. Select electronics are also 20% off on eBay with coupon, including unlocked iPhones. B&H has the lowest price available on LG's UltraWide 34" Thunderbolt monitor at $699 as well.

Apple Pay comes to 26 more US banks & credit unions

Wednesday May 17, 2017

On top of reaching Italy, Apple Pay is now available through 26 more U.S. financial institutions, as well as a single extra card issuer in China.

Angela Ahrendts promotes Apple Retail vision, details renovations in new video interview

Wednesday May 17, 2017

In an interview posted on Wednesday, Apple retail head Angela Ahrendts addressed why Apple Retail succeeds where others fail, and how the overnight renovation of some of the smaller retail stores in the U.S. was proposed, and by whom.

Apple's iPhone captures 81 percent of premium $600 smartphones in Russia

Wednesday May 17, 2017

Russia's smartphone shipments grew 6 percent in the first quarter of 2017, but premium smartphones (over $600) in the country grew by 143 percent over the previous year, and Apple captured 81 percent of those sales.