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Friday, October 30, 2015

Slacker Radio On Apple CarPlay Is An Instant Hit! [Opinion]

To be honest, I never used Slacker Radio until a couple of days ago. The only reason why I even downloaded the app onto my iPhone was because of the newly added Apple CarPlay-compatibiltiy.

So I set out to test Slacker and to see how it worked in CarPlay. Here's what I've found so far.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pangu 9 Jailbreak Tool Finally Available For Mac OS X Users

Exactly two weeks after Pangu released an iOS 9 jailbreak tool for Windows users, a Mac version has arrived. iPhone users can now download and use the Pangu 9 tool to jailbreak their devices running iOS 9, 9.0.1 and 9.0.2 using their Mac.

But Apple just released iOS 9.1 earlier this week. If you're wondering whether the tool works for iOS 9.1, keep reading.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Slacker Radio Adds Apple CarPlay Support In Latest Update [Screenshots]

The list of Apple CarPlay-compatible third-party apps has been steadily increasing, especially in the last few weeks. And there has been a new addition to the CarPlay family just yesterday. The app in focus is Slacker Radio.

For those of you who haven't heard of Slacker Radio, take a look below the break for more details. I have also included a few CarPlay screenshots.

'Hey Siri' Works Without Being Connected To Power On iPhone 6s

Apple has packed a lot of new features in their latest iPhones. A lot of the features were demoed during the keynote last month but obviously all the new featured could not be covered. With time, many new bits of information regarding the capabilities of the new iPhones are coming to light.

We also know that iOS 9 has added marked improvements to Siri. Apple's latest mobile OS was released earlier this month. One Siri feature, however, is exclusive to the newer iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Pandora Radio - CarPlay Vs. Android Auto Vs. Pioneer NEX - UI Comparison [Pictures]

Pandora Radio has been one of the few apps that is compatible with various platforms. Even before Apple CarPlay and Android Auto existed, Pandora was available in car dashboards through multiple aftermarket head unit interfaces and car infotainment systems.

So I thought it would be interesting to see what Pandora looks like on three different platforms I have access to - Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Pioneer NEX. Take a look below and see the differences...

Monday, October 26, 2015

2016 Chevrolet Cars Come With Air-Conditioning For Your Smartphone [Video]

Sometimes you come across car features that make you scratch your head. Chevrolet is offering air-conditioning in it's 2016 car models, but not for the cabin alone. A special vent for cooling your smartphone is included in the vehicle's center console.

The following car models come equipped with 'Active Phone Cooling' technology...

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Ferrari Thinks Apple Won't Make A Car Themselves, Might Outsource It

Ferrari Chairman Sergio Marchionne sat down for an interview with CNBC earlier this week. He made some interesting comments about Apple's upcoming Project Titan to CNBC's David Faber. When asked whether he thinks Apple will make a car, this is what Marchionne had to say...

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Several Third-Party Apps Add Apple CarPlay Compatibility

In a wave, a bevy of third-party applications have added Apple CarPlay compatibility over the last couple of weeks. All apps are audio-related while some are for international users.

Here is a complete list with a short description on each application...

Apple CarPlay To Make Its OEM Debut In India Via The Maruti Suzuki Baleno

Apple makes its presence felt in almost every country across the world via the iPhone. But all the fancy iOS features are not always available in each country. CarPlay is one of them.

Until now, CarPlay was not available as an OEM feature in India, for example. But that's about to change in a few days. Japanese automaker Suzuki along with India's own Maruti, together called Maruti Suzuki, will include CarPlay in its upcoming Baleno, which is scheduled for launch on October 26.

Friday, October 23, 2015

This Is How Apple CarPlay Works On The Kenwood DDX9702S [Video]

Kenwood became the latest aftermarket manufacturer to offer Apple CarPlay a few months back with the introduction of two new receivers - DDX9902S and DDX9702S. The devices follow Pioneer's relatively long list of head units and the Alpine iLX-007 in offering CarPlay for the car you already own.

So how does CarPlay work on the Kenwood head units? Check out this video from Five Star Car Stereo which shows a CarPlay demo on the Kenwood DDX9702S...

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Tesla Cars Go Handsfree With Latest Over-The-Air Update

Tesla Motors released a groundbreaking over-the-air update last week. Along with a couple of nice visual enhancements, Tesla has added an Autopilot mode for owners of the Model S and Model X.

These are some of the new features in the latest software update version 7.0...

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Get Apple CarPlay & Android Auto With The Pioneer AVH-4100NEX [Low Price Update]

If you're looking for the best user experience in Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, you should get the Pioneer AVH-4100NEX head unit for your car. The device is my personal favorite and has a lot going for it in terms of features and the attractive price point.

You get both of the latest in-car softwares in the same device for a price that's almost $200 lower than the suggested retail price of $700. Here is the latest and lowest price from Amazon...

Lowest Price on Amazon: $529.94

Includes FREE shipping with Amazon Prime. No sales tax in most states. Prices and conditions change frequently, so use the affiliate link above to purchase and bring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the car you already own. Compatible smartphone required.

You can also read my in-depth review of the head unit by clicking here.

Pioneer Bringing Spotify Integration To Dashboard Head Units

Spotify is one of the popular music streaming services available at the moment. The service is available on various platforms like iOS, Android, Chromecast and also as a web player for your computer.

Using its smartphone integration technology, Pioneer Electronics is now bringing Spotify to your car's dashboard via one of their 2016 DVD receivers. This is different from CarPlay and Android Auto, which also integrates Spotify.

Here are some extra details.

Apple Music Has 6.5 Million Paying Customers Says Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook has announced the number of subscribers to its premium music streaming service, Apple Music. Cook was speaking to an audience at the Wall Street Journal Digital Live conference.

The number? 6.5 million Apple Music paying customers.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

[BREAKING] Pioneer Announces 9 New DVD Receivers For Your Car

Pioneer Electronics' 2016 lineup of DVD receivers are here!

The aftermarket manufacturer introduced 9 new receivers in a press release today. The new models are packed with features including the new Spotify integration and Pandora presets, which is a first for dashboard head units.

More details and additional pictures are below.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Deezer Music Disappears From Apple CarPlay

Following the latest Deezer Music update for iOS, the app has disappeared from Apple CarPlay. Deezer Music was one of the latest third-party music streaming apps to add CarPlay compatibility. The app was added to CarPlay sometime in August.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Undecided About Jailbreaking Your iPhone? This May Help You Decide... [Opinion]

With every jailbreak for iOS that gets released, there's the same million dollar question - should you jailbreak your iPhone? There are many ways to argue for and against jailbreaking. For some, jailbreaking their device has been the only way to go, while there are many others who may be scared to do so.

Whatever your reason for jailbreaking or not, here's a look at some of the good and bad things about 'breaking the shackles' off of your iPhone.

The Pangu jailbreak for iOS 9 was released a couple of days ago, and to be honest, although I am excited about it I still haven't jailbroken my device yet. The reason? Check out this easy-to-read list/FAQs I've come up with about jailbreaking. My reason for not jailbreaking my phone yet is the first one...

Friday, October 16, 2015

Give A Rapturous Apple CarPlay Welcome To Pandora Radio!

Apple CarPlay has gained another music streaming app. In what may be the biggest addition to its repertoire yet, Pandora Radio is now CarPlay compatible.

Here's a quick look at what Pandora looks and works like in CarPlay. I have included a few screenshots and also an Android Auto screenshot for comparison.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

How To Detach The Faceplate On Your Pioneer AVH-4100NEX [How-To]

Pioneer's entry level Android Auto and Apple CarPlay head unit, AVH-4100NEX, is the best option available at the moment, in my opinion. The device is priced very well, better than the competition, and has robust features that will make the car you own a pleasure to drive, all over again.

The AVH-4100NEX is packed with features, including a couple of very nice anti-theft features that will help keep your device safe. One of those features is the ability to password-protect the head unit. The other feature is the removable faceplate, which you can keep in a safe place when not in use.

Detaching the faceplate on the AVH-4100NEX is easy.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Pangu Releases iOS 9 Untethered Jailbreak, Get Cracking! [Jailbreak]

When it comes to iOS jailbreaks these days, there are two major teams in the race to release a viable version - Pangu and TaiG. With iOS 9 being released just about two weeks ago, everyone's been waiting for a jailbreak since, including myself.

This time it's the Pangu team that has won the race to a successful untethered jailbreak for iOS 9. The last known untethered jailbreak was available for iOS 8.3 and was released by TaiG.

Here are the latest details about Pangu 9 for iOS 9 to iOS 9.0.2.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

How To Flash Android 6.0 Marshmallow On Google Nexus 5, 6, 7 and 9 [Video]

Google released the latest iteration of its mobile operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, last week. By 'released' I mean making stock images of Marshmallow available for manual download from the developer site. Over-the-air (OTA) updates directly to your devices have been promised but aren't available yet.

After waiting a week for the OTA update for my Nexus 5, I decided to install it manually. I followed this step-by-step instructional video from TechnoBuffalo to flash my device...

Monday, October 12, 2015

Marshmallow Installed, It's Time To Test Out Android Auto

After waiting for a week for the over-the-air Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for my Google Nexus 5, I decided to install the update manually. Flashing the factory image onto my phone took a little bit of time but I was able to do it successfully.

Elon Musk Clarifies He Doesn't Hate Apple, Says Apple Watch Is Beautiful

Elon Musk wants everyone to know he doesn't hate Apple.

The Handelsblatt interview where the Tesla Motors CEO referred to Apple as being a "Tesla Graveyard," was from last month. But the news started circulating just a couple of days ago among popular blogs and news reporting sites in the United States, which prompted Musk to clarify what he meant in the interview.

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Tesla's Worst Engineers Good Enough For Apple Says Elon Musk

After months of having their engineers poached away by Apple, Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk is hitting back saying Apple hires people Tesla fires. Musk didn't hold back, commenting on Apple's car project, the Apple Watch, and even gave Apple a nickname in his interview with German newspaper Handelsblatt.

Verizon Set To Hike Grandfathered Unlimited Data Plan Prices Next Month

Are you one of the elite few who has survived changing data plans on Verizon and kept your priceless unlimited plan for all these years? Well, there is some news for you, and it's not very good. The cellphone carrier has announced a price hike for the data plan.

This may not go down very well with existing customers.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Pioneer NEX Custom ROMs Could Bring Android Auto To Older Head Units

While Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto are relatively closed systems, it doesn't stop developers from looking for hacks. The two softwares run off of respective smartphones but there is a platform that runs natively on dashboard head units which has had the potential for some tweaking.

I am talking about Pioneer NEX.

Developers have had some success exploring the possibility of running custom ROMs on first generation NEX head units over the last two months. They have, so far, managed to boot software directly from the SD card slot on these NEX head units.

Here are some more details.

Friday, October 9, 2015

2015 Moto G Listed Among Motorola's Marshmallow Supported Devices

Motorola has published a blog post enlisting the smartphones that will get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. 2015 Moto G and Moto X Play owners will be getting the update along with a few other devices.

See the complete list below the page break.

HTC Working On Marshmallow Update For These Smartphones...

HTC has announced a list of smartphones that will get the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update. They also hinted on a possible date on when to expect the update. If you own an HTC device purchased in the last two years, you will probably get the update.

Anyways, check out this complete list of supported HTC devices...

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Woman Killed After Waze Takes Her To The Wrong Address In Brazil [Report]

When technology falters, it can be dangerous.

Navigation apps and GPS devices have made their fair share of faux pas in recent times. But mapping services are constantly correcting errors using a combination of their own research and user feedback.

Anytime you hear people ending up at the wrong destination because of hiccups in their mapping app, it's never good news. Tragedy struck a couple in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week, when they errantly ended up in the city's most notorious favela, or slum area. They were using Waze to get directions.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

CarPlay Beats Android Auto In Winning Over Porsche [Report]

According to a very revealing report posted by Motor Trend this week, Porsche has chosen to go with Apple CarPlay in their upcoming 2017 Porsche 911, and not Google's Android Auto. And the reason for it is the way both companies collect car data for Porsche to use the software.

The report was posted on Motor Trend a couple of days back and was immediately updated to include a response from Google. Here are some more details...

Google Play Music Family Plan Rolling Out Soon For $14.99 Per Month [Google Event Recap]

Last week's keynote has made it clear that Google wants to make its presence felt in the music space. The tech giant made plenty of announcements at the event and many of them were related to music in some way or the other.

Google Play Music is one of the top options for Android users when it comes to music streaming. Currently, you can only get an individual subscription to the service for $9.99 per month. But in response to competing services like Apple Music, Rdio and Spotify announcing reduced price family plans, Google will soon provide an option of their own.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Another Android Update, Another Round Of Waiting [Update Availability List]

Google released Android 6.0 Marshmallow yesterday and, as it happens with every OS update, the roll out process will depend on your smartphone manufacturer and/or carrier. Android users are familiar with the waiting game and this time it is likely to be the same.

The first devices to get the Marshmallow update will be Google's Nexus smartphones and tablets. But what about the others? This is what we know so far...

T-Mobile Says HTC, LG, Samsung Devices Will Get Marshmallow Updates In Round 1

T-Mobile has released a guide on when to expect the Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for devices on its network. Some Android smartphones sold by T-Mobile have already received the update as of now, while most of the others are in the development process.

Here's the list and a link to T-Mobile's website where you can find a complete list of devices...

Monday, October 5, 2015

Android 6.0 Marshmallow Now Available For Google's Nexus Devices

Google promised the latest version of its mobile operating system, Android 6.0 Marshmallow, at last week's keynote address. And as usual, their own Nexus devices are the first to get the update.

Earlier today, the update went live for Nexus devices across the board. You can now download Android 6.0 Marshmallow for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 7, Nexus 9, and Nexus Player. 

Here is the where and how to get the update.

Siri Could Get Even Smarter With Apple's Acquisition Of VocalIQ

"Hey Siri, give us a hint."

That was the catchphrase for Apple's recent iPhone event last month. The voice assistant has received various upgrades and improvements in iOS 9, making it more intuitive. There have even been patent applications that have surfaced in recent times which point to making Siri more human-like.

And now, Apple has taken another step in that direction. According to Business Weekly, the Cupertino company has acquired a speech-related artificial intelligence technology company out of Cambridge, UK.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Android Auto In Android 6.0 Marshmallow - Google Skips Details [Google Event Recap]

Google held their Nexus media event on September 29. If you watched the live stream of the keynote which lasted over an hour, you may have come across Google's announcement of the upcoming Android 6.0 Marshmallow. But the tech giant left out some details during the event.

Where was the Android Auto announcement? Does Marshmallow include any changes or improvements to the in-car software?

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Nexus 6P & Nexus 5X Loaded With Features, Not Bloatware [Google Event Recap]

Confirming recent rumors, Google announced two new smartphones at its media event earlier this week. The two devices, Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P come with a lot of new features, some of which are already present in competing devices.

But Google was clear in mentioning bloatware and how they've made a conscious effort to reduce applications that are not required. This ensures the purest user experience right out of the box.

Here is a summary of everything Google announced on September 29...

Why Android Auto Should Go The Icon Route And Do Away With App Lists [Opinion]

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are quite similar in what they are designed to do but still have plenty of differences. Google's software uses 'Cards' to display information, for example. Cards pop up when relevant information becomes available.

But Cards are not the problem. The issue I have with Android Auto is with lists. Especially with how third-party apps are listed. Let me explain.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Like Chevrolet, GMC Will Offer Android Auto Software Update For 2016 IntelliLink Systems

GMC will offer software updates for select 2016 car models which will enable Android Auto capability in 8-inch IntelliLink systems. The announcement comes along with Chevrolet's plans for Android Auto updates for its 2016 vehicles.

Here are some more details and which vehicles will get the update...

Chevrolet Will Bring Android Auto To Various 2016 Vehicles Via Software Update

2016 Chevrolet Silverado truck owners get the option of having Apple CarPlay in their vehicle via the 7-inch or 8-inch MyLink system. But there is no Android Auto compatibility as of now. Well, that's going to change pretty soon according to the automaker.

Chevy has confirmed it will release a MyLink software update early next year which will add Android Auto to the already impressive infotainment system. The update will be available to 14 different 2016 vehicles including the 2016 Silverado. More details are below.