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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 …

LoungeBuddy App to Connect Travelers With Airport Lounges

LoungeBuddy App to Connect Travelers With Airport Lounges

Travelers who have puzzled over which airport lounge to visit during a trip now have a new tool available to them.  LoungeBuddy, a start-up, released its eponymously-named lounge guide app on Wednesday.  The new app lets users find nearby airport lounges that suits their needs.
Users input the airline they are flying and the airports involved in their journey, including connecting airports, and LoungeBuddy displays a comprehensive list of airport lounges …

Apple iPhone 5c, 5s, iOS 7 – First Look and Review

Apple iPhone 5c, 5s, iOS 7 – First Look and Review

This is undoubtedly a very busy week for Apple.  It’s launching two new iPhones and iOS 7, its new mobile operating system.  While new iPhones always generate headlines, it’s the new mobile operating system, iOS 7, that’s truly worth of note.
First let’s look at the hardware.
The budget model, the iPhone 5C, comes in five colors and is very similar to the iPhone 5 introduced last year with the exception of …

Apple Unveils iPhone 5s and 5c

Apple Unveils iPhone 5s and 5c

Apple announced two new iPhone models, the iPhone 5s and c, as well as a release date for its newest mobile operating system, iOS 7, on Tuesday.
The iPhone 5s features an A7 processor, and is the first phone to bring 64-bit kernel architecture to the mobile market.  In addition, the 5s contains an M7 motion coprocessor, which gathers data from the system’s motion sensors, freeing the A7 from power-intensive tasks.
The …