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According to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, hands- and eyes-free infotainment and smartphone control systems can be dangerously distracting to drivers. And Apple's iOS 7 version of Siri ranks among the worst. Seeking to ascertain the level of cognitive distraction caused by hands-free systems employed by popular car manufacturers, the assessment ranked ease-of-use for various in-car voice recognition features. Ranked on a five-tier scale, ratings...
After issuing the second iOS 8.1 beta on Tuesday, Apple released updated golden master candidates for OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 to developers for testing ahead of an expected launch later this month. The latest OS X Yosemite and Xcode 6.1 GMs come exactly one week after the first release candidates were seeded to developers. Golden master identifiers are usually reserved for final or near-final software versions, signifying Apple is about to announce public...
The center of a connected smart home could soon be the Apple TV, as Apple's latest beta software officially brings HomeKit support to its $99 streaming set-top box. As first discovered by AppleInsider, Apple's own notes for Apple TV Software beta 2 released on Tuesday note that the pre-release build "includes support for Family Sharing and can be used for testing AirPlay and HomeKit with your iOS apps." Apple had acknowledged as much in one prerelease version of the...
Users of popular money-sending service Square Cash can now use their iPhone's location services to quickly locate nearby recipients, while fans of Amazon Instant Video will find a number of new user interface enhancements designed to make viewing better. Square Cash Previously, sending cash using the Square Cash app required knowing the recipient's e-mail address or phone number. That is no longer required, as the app can now detect other Square Cash users via...
The second beta of iOS 8.1 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was supplied to developers on Tuesday, as Apple prepares for an anticipated public launch, presumably with Apple Pay, later this month. The pre-release software is now available to download from the iOS Dev Center or via Software Update on a beta system. The new build is identified as 12B407. It comes just over a week after Apple issued the first beta release of iOS 8.1. That version was identified as build...
The day before Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus with glass screen covers, the CEO of GT Advanced Technologies sold $160,000 worth of his now-struggling company's stock, shares of which subsequently tanked due to the lack of a sapphire cover on the latest iPhones. The cash-out by GT Advanced Technologies Chief Executive Tom Gutierrez occurred on Sept. 8, when shares of GTAT stock were priced at $17.38. The very next day, Apple announced the new iPhone 6...
Silicon Valley startup Plastc on Tuesday unveiled a new, iOS-connected smart payment card with a number of innovative features -- including built-in, programmable NFC and RFID --?less than a month before Apple is expected to unleash Apple Pay, its own bid to eliminate the plastic in consumers' wallets. The Plastc Card -- like previously-announced competitor Coin --?uses a reprogrammable magnetic strip to imitate consumers' existing credit and debit cards. Plastc goes a...
Though Apple Pay isn't even available to consumers yet, investment firm Morgan Stanley expects that Apple's mobile wallet service will become the industry standard and help drive wider adoption of NFC-based payment systems. Researcher Craig Hettenbach issued a blue paper to investors on Tuesday, a copy of which was provided to AppleInsider, to analyze the effect Apple Pay may have on the mobile payments industry when it launches on the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus this...
Apple on Tuesday was assigned a patent detailing an interactive flexible device display that uses built-in sensors to detect bends or panel movement, which triggers a server request for multimedia content. Source: USPTO As published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple's U.S Patent No. 8,855,727 for a "Mobile electronic device with an adaptively responsive flexible display" describes a unique interactive device panel capable of triggering various system tasks,...
Apple rival Samsung on Tuesday warned investors of an upcoming slide in quarterly profits that could amount to a 60 percent decline from the same time last year, blaming the slump on a squeeze in both high and low ends of the mobile phone sector. Samsung's Galaxy Alpha smartphone. According to Re/code, Samsung Electronics said in a note to investors that it plans to report an operating profit of $3.8 billion for the third quarter of 2014, foreshadowing what could be the...
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