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Ford has abandoned its troubled Microsoft Sync automotive infotainment system for a QNX-based platform that can support Apple's CarPlay with Hands Free Siri. Bad news for Microsoft's carputer dreams Ford--the second largest car maker by unit market share according to Edmunds.com--first expressed an interest in supporting Apple's CarPlay (then known as iOS in the Car) in the summer of 2013, just as Apple introduced the initiative. While some seemed surprised by Ford's...
Apple on Thursday updated its digital storefront to include PayPal as a valid method of making purchases, expanding customer options beyond credit and debit cards for the first time. As seen in the screenshot above, U.S. and UK Online Apple Stores have activated PayPal as an accepted form of payment for hardware purchases. First spotted by Re/Code, the change grants PayPal access to America's second-largest online retailer, and sees Apple promoting the PayPal Credit...
A group of more than 100 protestors, including civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson, convened at Apple's Cupertino, Calif., campus on Thursday to protest treatment of Silicon Valley contract labor and deliver a petition calling on the tech giant to set a trend toward reform. According to the San Jose Mercury News, Jackson accompanied a demonstration led by regional union United Service Workers West -- a division of the national Service Employees International Union --...
Fallout from a massive Sony Pictures hack continues to provide nuggets of information about an upcoming Steve Jobs biopic, the latest being emails from screenwriter Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher, who was previously slated to direct the movie. The emails paint Sorkin as the driving force behind the forthcoming film, which has seen its share of troubles including a transfer to Universal after Sony dropped out of the project in November. One email from Sorkin to Sony...
A vintage Apple-1 computer with documentation proving it was sold directly by late tech guru Steve Jobs for $600 in 1976 brought in $365,000 when the hammer fell at a New York auction on Thursday, falling short of estimates. Expected by auction house Christie's to fetch between $400,000 to $600,000, the Ricketts Apple-1 Personal Computer, named after original owner Charles Ricketts, is one of approximately 50 surviving models known to be in working condition. The...
An update to Google's flagship search app for iOS on Thursday brings the company's new "material design" user interface and Google Maps integration, while a new version of Apple's TestFlight beta testing app fixes minor bugs. In Google's quest to create a pocket of Android in Apple's iOS, the Internet search giant released a new Google app version with fresh features, a revamped look tailored to iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screens and Maps integration. The most striking...
A vast and sophisticated new espionage campaign targeting "military, diplomats, and business execs," discovered by Blue Coat Labs and confirmed by Kaspersky Labs, exploits flaws in Microsoft Windows and seeks to infect Android, Blackberry and iOS devices, but is limited to only infecting iPhones and iPads that are jailbroken. The newly discovered malware network was covered in detail in a report by Dan Goodin of ArsTechnica, prominently naming "diplomats iPhone's" in...
Apple on Thursday issued a minor update for its Safari Web browser for OS X, fixing issues related to syncing history across devices, as well as saving passwords in iCloud Keychain. Safari 8.0.2 for OS X Yosemite is now available to download through the Mac App Store. According to Apple, the update contains improvements to usability, stability and security. Specifically, the update: Fixes an issue that could prevent history from syncing across devices if iCloud Drive...
Apple's Canadian operations are under investigation from the country's Competition Bureau, which is looking into claims of anti-competitive deals struck with carriers in the Great White North. The ongoing investigation was announced by the bureau on Thursday, according to The Globe and Mail. The bureau is said to have sought a court order this week asking Apple to turn over records relating to the investigation. The bureau has said that there is no conclusion of any...
Apple has apparently changed its mind on allowing "Send to iCloud Drive" functionality within apps, and has asked for the popular FTP application Transmit for iOS to be resubmitted to the App Store. Panic is unable to simply remove Transmit from the iOS Share Sheet The change was announced by developer Panic Inc. to its official Twitter account Thursday afternoon. The company revealed that it received a "nice call from Apple" on Wednesday, and as a result of their...
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