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Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

Apple CarPlay to Get Redesign and Better Siri Support in the Fall

At its Worldwide Developers Conference this week, Apple said that its in-vehicle infotainment system will get a significant update later this year, including a new user interface and new features.
Simultaneously with the launch of iOS 13 this fall, CarPlay will get the “biggest update ever,” including a new user interface and improved Siri support.
Apple CarPlay is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.
The …

At WWDC, Apple Kills Off iTunes, Adds New Features to iPhone and Watch

Observers reported that iTunes, 18, passed peacefully into the cloud Monday morning at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.
Introduced in 2001 – even before the first iPod let alone iPhone – the tool was welcomed by music lovers who found it an easy way to rip CDs and create mixtapes (albeit without any tape). Two years later, Apple upended music industry with the introduction of 99-cent songs, the …

Apple Pay to Make Its N.Y.C. Subway Debut on May 31

Apple Pay to Make Its N.Y.C. Subway Debut on May 31

Apple said that its Apple Pay tap-to-pay mobile wallet and contactless card payment system will work on select New York City subway routes starting May 31.
The city’s contactless fare payment system, OMNY, which is short for One Metro New York, features a contactless fare collection system similar to those in use in other major cities. It will be available to those accessing the subway’s 4, 5, and 6 lines between …

Review – The New Apple TV App: A Good Idea That Needs Work

With the release of Apple’s new Apple TV app that inexplicably carries the same name as its set top box, the company that revolutionized portable music players and smartphones wants to do the same for television.
Unfortunately, it falls short of what is a very admirable goal, that is to create one overarching environment in which to watch one’s favorite programs.
The new Apple TV app is standard on all iPhones, iPads, …

Apple Pay to Expand to 16 New Countries Including Croatia, Greece, Malta, Slovakia, and Slovenia

Apple Pay to Expand to 16 New Countries Including Croatia, Greece, Malta, Slovakia, and Slovenia

Apple Pay will expand to 16 countries in Europe in the coming months.
U.K.-based bank Monese said it will soon support the service in Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Greece, Lithuania, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, and Slovenia.
In addition, Apple Pay will make its debut in Hungary, Luxembourg, and the Netherlands.
Apple Pay made its start in 2015 in the United States. Today it is available in numerous countries including Austria, Canada, …

Apple Pay Expands to Austria

Apple Pay Expands to Austria

Apple announced the expansion of its Apple Pay service to Austria.
The Erste Bank und Sparkasse, Austria’s largest bank, is supporting the new service as is German-based mobile bank N2. Apple Pay in Austria will support Maestro, Mastercard, as well as Visa debit and credit cards.
In addition to the Erste Bank und Sparkasse, Bank Austria, Boon, Edenred, Revolut, and VIMPay have said they will soon support the service.
Apple Pay made its …

Amazon Offering Free Music to Alexa Users, while Alexa Support for Apple Music Expands to Sonos

Amazon Offering Free Music to Alexa Users, while Alexa Support for Apple Music Expands to Sonos

Amazon announced the launch of a free, ad-supported music service on Thursday.
The service allows Alexa device owners in the United States who don’t already have a subscription to Amazon Music Unlimited or an Amazon Prime membership to listen tune in. The service, which offers a variety of music, is compatible with the Amazon Echo and other compatible Alexa-enabled devices.
Users can ask Alexa to play stations based on specific artists, eras, …