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Apple Debuts New Operating Systems

Apple Debuts New Operating Systems

Apple unveiled its new desktop and mobile operating systems, OS X Yosemite and iOS 8. Both systems improve on concepts introduced in previous incarnations, but also introduce a variety of new apps and features.
iOS 8 features the Photos app and the iCloud Photo Library, which gives users access to photos and videos across a range of devices, as well as smart editing tools that automatically update edits on all enabled …

Virgin Atlantic to Trial Apple iBeacon Technology at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic to Trial Apple iBeacon Technology at London Heathrow

Virgin Atlantic Airways announced it is piloting a test of Apple’s iBeacon technology at London Heathrow’s Terminal 3.
The technology uses a beacon, developed by start-up Estimote, to send messages to users of iOS devices via Bluetooth when they are within range.  One example cited by the airline is a passenger who would receive an offer for a 0% conversion fee as he passes by a currency exchange booth.  Another could …

LoungeBuddy Releases App on Android Platform

LoungeBuddy Releases App on Android Platform

LoungeBuddy, a travel app that locates and recommends airline lounges at specific airports based on user-defined criteria, announced the release of an Android version.  Previously, the app was only available for Apple’s iOS platform.
The eponymously-named app, using a user-created profile including flight class of service, lounge memberships, airline status, and credit cards held, will create a custom list of lounges available at an airport accessible both for free (based on …

Apple CarPlay – Review and Road Test

Apple CarPlay main interface

GENEVA — The idea of “infotainment” in a car is a relatively new concept and its origins can be traced back to the granddaddy of such systems, BMW’s iDrive, which was introduced in the 7 Series in 2001.
Before that, cars had a radio, perhaps a navigation system, and sometimes a built-in car phone but there was no platform supporting the various functions.
Today, there is so much technology in cars that …

Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

Apple Brings iOS to Cars with CarPlay

Apple announced CarPlay at the Geneva Auto Show on Monday. Carplay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
By connecting an iPhone to the vehicle’s display via a USB cable, drivers can natively access Apple’s maps for navigation, music apps, and make calls or send messages.  Drivers can also access Siri via a voice control button on the steering wheel to control iPhones …

Apple iPhone 5s Two-Month Review and Test Drive

Apple iPhone 5s Two-Month Review and Test Drive

Apple’s newest flagship smartphone, the 5s, is going to be turning two very soon; two months that is.  Introduced at the same time as the 5c, essentially the existing 5 with colorful new case options, Apple sold nine million in the first three days the phones were on sale.  Apple simultaneously introduced a completely redesigned mobile operating system, iOS 7, and reported over 200 million downloads of the OS in …

Apple Debuts iPad Air, New iPad Mini, and Macs

Apple Debuts iPad Air, New iPad Mini, and Macs

Apple announced an all-new iPad and iPad Mini, as well as a new Mac Pro and an updated MacBook Pro, at an event on Tuesday.
Apple’s newest full-size iPad, dubbed iPad Air, features a 9.7” retina display.  It weighs just one pound (0.45 kg) and, at 7.5 mm, is 20% thinner and 28% lighter than the iPad 4.  It also houses Apple’s A7 chip, the same one the Cupertino-based company debuted …