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Rumors of automotive product entries from Apple and Google are prompting carmakers to look beyond traditional toward revenue streams fueled by data, the first being a reported joint overture for Nokia's HERE mapping service worth billions of dollars. According to sources, luxury marques BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz are eyeing a joint bid for Nokia's HERE maps business in an attempt to thwart advanced telematics domination from software companies like Apple and Google,...
Following revelations that Apple disabled the popular music Home Sharing feature with its latest iOS 8.4 update, SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue on Monday said the company is working to restore services for iOS 9. In response to a question regarding the Home Sharing situation on iOS 8.4, Cue tweeted out, "We are working to have Home Sharing in iOS 9," suggesting the feature will be at least partially reinstated with Apple's next-generation mobile...
While Apple Music has drawn a lot of comparions with other streaming services, like Spotify and Google Music, on iOS it does have at least one special trick: Siri voice commands. On a basic level, listeners can ask Siri to play a song, album, or simply a collection of tracks by a given artist. Crucially, if music is already stored on an iOS device, Siri is more likely to prefer that content -- it just has access to the Apple Music library as well. If a song is already...
Apple Stores will soon get a more uniform look as select third-party accessory makers adopt packaging co-designed by Apple, part of a larger transition toward a "premium feel" under retail chief Angela Ahrendts. With consistent packaging design, Apple moves one step closer to realizing a sweeping makeover initiative aimed at reducing product display variety in its already streamlined stores. As it stands, Apple is loathe to show off its own device packaging, keeping...
A New York-based rapper has taken the phrase "demo unit" quite literally, saying that he parked himself at Apple's SoHo store in Manhattan five days a week, for sixteen weeks, so he could use the store's display computers to record a full-length album. Prince Harvey, via The Daily Beast Going by the name Prince Harvey, the little-known Dominican artist told The Daily Beast that he was forced to hatch his Apple Store plan after one computer broke down and another was...
Amazon on Monday released an official iOS client for Cloud Drive, allowing people to access content from the file storage service on their iPhone or iPad. Users of the app can browse files and folders and preview compatible documents, such as photos, text, spreadsheets, and presentations -- among them PDF and Microsoft Office files. Direct music and video playback is supported for some media formats. The ability to preview spreadsheets and presentations is in fact...
An alleged schematic for Apple's next-generation "iPhone 6s" may support claims that the device will be marginally thicker than its predecessor, presumably owing to design additions such as Force Touch. The schematic, obtained by a Chinese supply chain source for Engadget Japan, indicates a thickness of 7.1 millimeters -- only 0.2 millimeters bigger than the iPhone 6. The change is minute enough that most iPhone 6 cases could fit without modifications, particularly...
As Apple looks to expand its Maps effort with public transit information, Google its taking its Waze service in a different direction, debuting a new ride sharing feature that is being tested in Israel. The new carpooling function in Waze, dubbed RideWith, uses a driver's planned route to work, and suggests other users they might be able to pick up along the way. Details on the pilot program were revealed this week by Reuters. Waze confirmed that the "small, private...
GoPro on Monday announced a new $400 action camera, the Hero4 Session, a cube-shaped device said to be half as big and 40 percent lighter than other Hero4 models, while still offering many of the same features including wireless connectivity to Apple's iPhone. The Session shoots 1080p60, 720p100, or 1440p30 video, and can also capture 8-megapixel photos in single, burst, or timelapse modes. As with the Hero4 Black and Silver, it offers options like Auto Low Light...
Korean investors have begun to back off their formerly hopeful predictions that Samsung's updated flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone could mitigate the conglomerate's recent financial freefall, thanks to seemingly lackluster sales of the new handsets. "After the first-quarter results the consensus for second-quarter earnings was somewhere in the high 7 trillion won ($6.2 billion), but now I think so long as the first digit doesn't start with a six it won't be a shock," HDC...
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