Apple watchOS 4.1 delivers phone-free music streaming

For many, the big allure of Apple Watch Series 3 has been the promise of phone-free music streaming on cellular data: you can listen to any song you like while you’re out for a run, not just whatever’s stored on the watch itself. And now you can see whether or not it lives up to the hype. Apple has released watchOS 4.1, which lets you stream either Apple Music or your iCloud Music Library directly from your wristwear. You’ll need a Series 3 watch, of course, but you’re no longer tethered to your iPhone if you demand fresh tunes at all times.

The upgrade also includes a dedicated Radio app to stream Apple Music’s stations, including Beats 1 (free for everyone) and custom/curated stations (for subscribers). As on iOS 11.1, Siri is smarter about finding and discovering music as well.

And yes, there are plenty of non-music improvements. This is the update that unlocks GymKit syncing — if you’re exercising with a compatible fitness machine, you can sync your watch with it to get the most accurate data set. Have a cellular Series 3 model? You can force the watch to disconnect from WiFi if you don’t want to join a network. You’ll find fixes for some annoying bugs, too, including missing stand reminders, missing vibrations for silent alarms, unwanted heart rate tracking and even an issue where some original Apple Watches wouldn’t always charge. In short: you want this, whether or not you have the latest smartwatch on your wrist.

Source: 9to5Mac

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After Math: Everything is Awesome

It’s been a wonderful week for the tech industry. Twitter is finally getting its act together regarding hateful content and Russian election interferences, major industry players released their Q3 earnings (Hint: They all made boatloads of money), and the FBI continues to prove that your phone’s encryption can withstand their hacking attempts. Numbers because how else will you know how many highs to five?

Guangzhou. China - December 1, 2016: Apple iPhone 7 screen with social media applications icons Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter and more other24: That’s how many days are left until Twitter’s new and improved (and maybe even effective this time) rule changes regarding hate speech and sexual harassment go into effect. CEO Jack Dorsey announced that the company would be taking “a more aggressive stance” against abusive content, though we’ve heard similar platitudes from the company before. The rules go into effect on November 22nd.

15 degrees: That’s how much warmer windows stay when dressed in a new kind of nanotech solar panel. These “plasmonic nanoantennas” absorb and hold both light and heat to keep the building’s interior warm and toasty. Given that an office can lose as much as 20 percent of its warmth through the windows, these sheets could help high-rises save significant amounts of cash.

Cropped image of handsome grandpa and grandson playing game console while spending time together at home

3 years: That’s how often the US Copyright Office’s DMCA exemption, which allows museums and libraries to preserve old video games, needs to be renewed. Well, guess what happened this week? It done got renewed so we won’t have to worry about saving these digital treasures until after we elect a new president.

$ 43.7 billion: That’s how much stuff Amazon sold in just three months this year between July and September — outpacing Alphabet, which only garnered $ 27.8 billion in revenue during the same period — at this point Jeff Bezos won’t need to take over the world, he’ll just buy it outright.

RUSSIA-CYPRUS/

2: Seems the only one not having a most excellent week is Russian president Vlad Putin. He was none too pleased to learn that Twitter had banned a pair of Kremlin-backed propaganda outlets from advertising on the social network.

A woman wears Snapchat Spectacles on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) while waiting for Snap Inc. to list their IPO in New York, U.S., March 2, 2017.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

150,000: That’s how many pairs of Snapchat Spectacles, this summer’s seemingly must-have tech accessory, are sitting in a warehouse somewhere waiting to be sold. Turns out Snapchat may have overplayed its hand in estimating just how many people would be okay strapping cameras to their faces. Have we truly learned nothing from the Google Glass debacle?

7,000: That’s how many phones the FBI can’t snoop through due to them being encrypted. Guess the Feds had better call that Israeli firm that broke them into the San Bernardino shooter’s phone and pony up $ 7,000,000,000

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Apple fires employee after daughter’s iPhone X video goes viral

Just because a tech company has announced a product doesn’t mean employees are free to share or talk about it before release — just ask Microsoft. And unfortunately, one Apple engineered has learned that the hard way. Apple has reportedly fired a iPhone team member after his daughter Brooke posted a hands-on video showing off his iPhone X before launch. Brooke took down the video as soon as Apple requested it, but the takedown came too late to prevent the clip from going viral, leading to seemingly endless reposts and commentary. We’ve asked Apple for comment on the firing.

In a follow-up video (below), Brooke said she and her father understood the decision and weren’t angry at Apple. And it’s important to stress that this wasn’t a garden variety iPhone X. As an employee device, it had sensitive information like codenames for unreleased products and staff-specific QR codes. Combine that with Apple’s general prohibition of recording video on campus (even at relatively open spaces like Caffè Macs) and this wasn’t so much about maintaining the surprise as making sure that corporate secrets didn’t get out. Apple certainly didn’t want to send the message that recording pre-release devices was acceptable.

All the same, it’s hard not to sympathize — the engineer had poured his heart into the iPhone X, only to be let go the week before the handset reaches customers. And while he’s likely to land on his feet (“we’re good,” Brooke said), his daughter is clearly distraught by the abuse hurled toward her and her father. The outcome isn’t going to change here, unfortunately. However, the incident might be helpful if it helps others avoid losing their jobs simply because they were a little too eager to share their work.

Via: Anthony Quintano (Twitter)

Source: Brooke Peterson (YouTube)

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LG V30 review: LG’s latest flagship needs more polish

The LG V30 caught me by surprise. The G6 was a strong contender when it was released earlier this year, but we’ve seen so many flashy flagships hit store shelves since then that I almost forgot LG was preparing another phone for the fall. And when the V30 finally showed up, I couldn’t quite believe it. This? This is an LG phone?

Well, yes, it is. And by excising gimmicks and rethinking its designs, LG has cooked up one of its most impressive smartphones ever. The level of polish on display is generally excellent too, which, unfortunately, throws the flaws this phone does have into sharp relief.

Hardware

With each new model, LG’s V series has grown more conventional. It all started with the über-masculine V10 two years ago. The V30 is much tamer, and you’d never guess they were related. That’s actually a good thing. The V30 is supremely sleek by LG standards, with rounded edges and panes of Gorilla Glass 5 that gently curve to meet a gleaming metal frame. It helps that LG ditched the gimmicky second screen that its predecessors used — it was of dubious value to start, and the phone is more streamlined without it. It’s not the most striking smartphone out there — Samsung devices generally have more of that wow factor — but LG has dramatically refined its approach to design, and the V30 feels great as a result.

It’s surprisingly comfortable, too, especially considering it has a 6-inch OLED screen. It wasn’t that long ago that phones with screens that large were enough to make your hand hurt, but the V30 is perfectly usable with one hand. It doesn’t hurt that the V30’s fingerprint sensor is located on the phone’s back, since it’s very easy to reach with an index finger that’s usually resting right next to it.

Despite the fact that the V30 is remarkably slim and light, LG didn’t skimp on the good stuff either. Unlike some other flagship phones we’ve tested this year, the V30 still has a headphone jack and a spot for microSD cards as large as 2TB on its SIM tray. Our review unit came with 64GB of internal storage, and that’s plenty for most people, but I’m not going to turn my nose up at expandable storage options.

The V30’s body is also rated IP68 for water and dust resistance, a feature last year’s V20 notably lacked. It comes at a cost, though: the phone’s 3,300mAh cell is sealed so you can’t swap batteries like you could with the V10 and V20. At first I was a little disappointed, but it’s not hard to see why LG changed course. Removable batteries make phones bigger, and people are used to plugging in whenever they can.

Display and sound

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When you crank up the brightness on the V30’s 6-inch, quad HD screen, it looks pretty nice: colors are punchy without being lurid, and you can pick out lots of detail on this pixel-dense (538ppi) panel. That’s the nicest thing I can say about this screen. See, LG has caught a lot of flak for the panels it put in the Pixel 2 XL, but the situation is worse in the V30. As with the XL, the V30’s screen has a noticeable blue cast from odd angles. I didn’t mind it much on the Pixel 2 XL, and I don’t mind it much here. It’s a notable shortcoming for a phone of this caliber, but I wouldn’t go as far as to call it a deal-breaker.

What’s more troublesome is the level of grittiness and uneven lighting that’s apparent on the V30’s screen. It’s less noticeable when the panel’s brightness is cranked, but it’s quite annoying when it’s dark and I’m trying to read in bed. At first I actually thought my screen was dirty, but it soon became clear that that’s just how it was made. I ran into this issue with our pre-production V30 test unit too. The egregious banding I saw on the pre-release phone is gone, but I hoped LG had started using better panels.

Thankfully, the audio situation is much better. Listening to music through the phone’s single, bottom-firing speaker is pleasant enough, but everything changes when you plug in a pair of headphones and fire up the built-in Hi-Fi DAC. Not only does music get substantially louder, but it sounds a little more natural and lively too. And that’s with the sound profile set to the flat, “normal” mode. If your tastes are a little more particular, there are four other EQ presets to choose from, as well as a handful of “digital filters” that let you further tweak the sound. That’s overkill for most people, but there’s no denying that even leaving the DAC’s settings alone produces better audio. It’s gotten to the point where, even on days when I’m testing other phones, I make sure to keep the V30 in my bag to help drown out the din of the subway.

Software

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Sorry, Oreo fans — while the V20 was the first device to ship with Nougat last year, the LG couldn’t finagle the same sweetheart deal for the V30. Instead, it runs the most recent version of Nougat (7.1.2, for those keeping count). Still, multi-window mode is handy as ever for running two apps at the same time, and they get more room to breathe, thanks to the V30’s 18:9 aspect ratio. Google’s Assistant is present as well, and remains (to me, at least) the gold standard for smartphone virtual assistants.

There are a few things that you’ll need to get used to, though. By default, the V30 doesn’t have an app launcher, so all your newly downloaded apps get splayed across your home screen. It’s easy enough to revive the traditional launcher, and it’s worth the effort if only for the handy app search bar.

And remember how earlier V-series phones had the weird second screen above the main display? That’s gone. LG stuck those shortcuts and controls into what it calls a “floating bar.” It’s off by default, and I’m really not surprised. The ability to change tracks or add an event to your calendar is nice, but since there isn’t a dedicated screen that’s always on to access those shortcuts from, you have to unlock the phone before you can get at them. I appreciate LG trying to maintain some feature parity between its new and older devices, but the floating bar is a poor replacement for a gimmick that was of debatable utility in the first place.

The rest of LG’s built-in apps are as colorful and useful as always, and some widgets have been slightly redesigned to make use of the bigger screen. They’re nothing to write home about, though.

What is worth discussing, however, is the bloatware situation. Our review unit was provided by Verizon, and as such, it’s filled to the brim with apps nobody asked for. There are seven apps in a home screen folder conveniently labeled “Verizon,” two pre-loaded games and four Yahoo apps. (Just a reminder: In addition to owning Engadget, Verizon also owns Yahoo’s media properties. Verizon has no editorial control over us, though, so I’m going to keep blasting it for its obnoxious pre-loaded apps.)

Most troubling is the addition of AppFlash, a home screen panel that offers quick access to frequently used apps, news stories and a search bar that surfaces local hotspots. It sounds useful enough, and it is, but the Electronic Frontier Foundation is firm in its belief that AppFlash amounts to spyware. Thanks, but no thanks, Verizon — it’s all pretty easy to uninstall or disable.

Camera

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The V30’s main draw is its dual camera, and with good reason: It’s one of the best LG has ever made. The star of the show is a 16-megapixel main shooter with a f/1.6 aperture, and it’s complemented nicely by a 13-megapixel wide-angle camera. Other smartphone makers have invested in other kinds of dual-camera setups (most notably Huawei and its secondary monochrome sensors), but I’ve always preferred the telephoto/wide-angle combo, since it offers more flexibility.

Images captured with the main camera feature lots of detail and bright, natural colors when there was lots of light around. Consider me impressed. Low-light performance wasn’t amazing on the pre-production V30 we tested, though, and it hasn’t gotten much better here. The main camera has optical image stabilization and a very wide aperture — that’s normally a winning combination, but it’s not perfect here. Sometimes I’d get a great shot without thinking about it. Most of the time, though, the V30 struggled to pick up fine details in dim lighting that the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone 8 Plus gathered with no problem. Sadly, that’s not the kind of thing LG’s myriad photo modes and filters can fix.

Meanwhile, the wide-angle camera routinely churned out pleasant-looking landscapes, and being able to capture more of the space around you without moving is definitely helpful. It struggled to pick up detail in some situations, but that’s not a surprise, since it shoots at a lower resolution. Even so, it’s a big improvement over the V20’s wide-angle camera, which produced a ton of distortion around the edges of photos. It also churns out passable wide shots in dim lighting, especially if you’re willing to fiddle with settings, but your best bet is to stick to the main camera. Devices like the Note 8 and Google’s new Pixel 2 series are better all-around still cameras, but respectable image quality and nuanced controls mean the V30’s camera is a serious contender.

More than anything, though, LG built the V30 to shoot video, and it shows. The V30 offers a truly remarkable level of control over the footage you capture — perfect for YouTubers and would-be videographers. We did a separate deep dive into the V30’s cinematographic chops here, so I won’t rehash everything we learned. Long story short, the V30 can do more than stand in for a proper video camera in a pinch — it could feasibly replace one for some people. Ultimately, it’s all about the control, and there is a lot of that available here.

Of course, you don’t need to be a Kubrick wannabe to get great video results. A handful of features help imbue footage with an almost professional flair, like color presets that can drastically change the feel and atmosphere of your shots. Personally, I’ve fallen in love with LG’s slick point-zoom feature. Tapping on the screen locks a focal point, and you can zoom in and out of it, even if that point is off in the corner of the frame. It’s these little additions that no one else has thought of that make the V30 such a pleasure to use. Here’s hoping LG makes still-image quality as much of a priority as video next time.

Performance and battery

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Like a lot of other flagships this year, the V30 runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, along with the Adreno 540 GPU and 4GB of RAM. It’s a well-worn combination, to be sure, but it’s definitely an effective one. The V30 has been a speedy, smooth companion — lag was virtually nonexistent as I bounced between apps. And it didn’t break a sweat when I fired up intense games like Afterpulse and Tempest.

LG V30 Google Pixel 2 XL LG G6 Galaxy Note 8
AnTuTu (total) 145,783 159,382 141,065 16,673
3DMark IS Unlimited 28,193 39,235 30,346 38,960
GFXBench 3.0 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (fps) 49 52 42 55
CF-Bench 61,958 N/A 24,748 67,415

When it comes to day-to-day use, the V30 is pretty average. On a typical day, I’d pull the V30 off the charger at around 8 AM, take it to work, run it through my usual routine, and get a low-battery warning at around 9 PM. That’s not bad — I got similar results out of the Galaxy Note 8, and I’ve occasionally found the V30 still clinging to life after nights when I had forgotten to charge it. Thankfully, the phone is pretty quick to charge: When it’s completely dead, a 15-minute top-up was enough to get the V30’s up to between 25 and 30 percent. Another 15 minutes on top of that usually pushed the phone close to 55 percent. A bigger battery would’ve been nice, but you won’t have trouble getting through the day if you make at least one pit stop at a wall outlet.

The competition

The V30 is the most appealing phone LG has made in a long time, but the smartphone competition this year is incredibly fierce. Samsung’s Galaxy S8 Plus runs with the same chipset but pairs it with an almost flawless Infinity Display — the V30’s OLED screen simply doesn’t stack up. Samsung arguably also wins on design, and the S8 Plus packs a first-rate 12-megapixel camera. Then there’s Google’s Pixel 2 XL, a device that’s very closely related to the V30. The Pixel display is similar to the V30’s, but thankfully, it doesn’t have the same grainy look as the LG. Plus a cleaner version of Android means the Pixel just feels a little bit faster. There are strong reasons to pick either of these phones over the V30, but here’s what it boils down to: If you’re serious about audio and video quality, the V30 wins.

Wrap-up

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When I first took the V30 for a spin, I was surprised by my own optimism. At last, LG had made a phone that seemed to tick all the right boxes. After more prolonged testing, I’m not quite as enamored — thanks mostly to its questionable screen. Still, I’m impressed with what LG has managed to accomplish. The V30’s design and build quality are first rate, performance is up to snuff for a flagship, and I’m in love with the way this thing sounds. Hopefully, LG irons out these sketchy screen issues, because otherwise the V30 is a worthy phone in danger of being overshadowed.

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Best Buy bets you’ll pay $100 extra for an iPhone X

After half an hour of iPhone X preorders going live, the first ship date of November 3rd had already filled up. New owners were told they would have to wait 4-5 weeks for their new Apple device to ship. Maybe that has something to do with Best Buy’s surprise price hike of $ 100 extra for folks who pre-ordered either model of iPhone X on the retailer’s site.

Apple priced its iPhone X at $ 1000 for the base model, or $ 1150 for more storage. Best Buy is charging $ 1100 and $ 1250 for the same models, respectively. Best Buy defended its higher prices, which are identical to what Apple quoted would be charged to customers on carrier installment plans. Basically, if you were going to pay monthly for a phone, it would end up being the same price as what Best Buy is charging up-front for the same device.

“Our prices reflect the fact that no matter a customer’s desired plan or carrier, or whether a customer is on a business or personal plan, they are able to get a phone the way they want at Best Buy,” Best Buy spokesperson Danielle Schumann told Bloomberg in an email. “Our customers have told us they want this flexibility and sometimes that has a cost.”

Via: Bloomberg

Source: Best Buy – iPhone X

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Apple invents the leather laptop sleeve

Apple’s made iPhone cases and Apple’s made accessories to keep iPads cosy, but until today Apple’s never made a laptop sleeve. Apple stores IRL and online have ranged third-party products, but when the floodgates to iPhone X pre-orders opened this morning, the new “Leather Sleeve for 12-inch MacBook” also quietly appeared on the company’s site. Available in classic “Saddle Brown” or edgy “Midnight Blue,” it features an etched Apple logo so everyone knows, yes, that is a MacBook you’re carrying under your arm. It’s a bit on the pricey side at $ 149/£149 and it doesn’t give your laptop any additional, desperately needed ports. But hey, it’s the best MacBook sleeve Apple’s ever made.

Via: wccftech

Source: Apple

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Wirecutter’s best deals: Save $40 on BeatsX wireless earbuds

This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter’s independently chosen editorial picks, it may earn affiliate commissions that support its work. Read their continuously updated list of deals here.

You may have already seen Engadget posting reviews from our friends at Wirecutter. Now, from time to time, we’ll also be publishing their recommended deals on some of their top picks. Read on, and strike while the iron is hot — some of these sales could expire mighty soon.

Accell Powramid Air Surge Protector

Street Price: $ 35; Deal Price: $ 18

The Accell Powramid Air is a new addition to our surge protector guide. Usually $ 35, this surge protector is all the way down to $ 18. This is only the second time we’ve seen it discounted this heavily and it’s as low as it has gotten. The Accell Powramid Air is available at this price in the black and white colors, though to get the white color you must select Amazon as the seller and there’s potentially a wait of a few weeks. Shipping is free with Prime.

The Accell Powramid Air surge protector is a compact option we like in our guide to the best surge protector. Mark Smirnotis wrote, “For lighter duty situations, like under nightstands or side tables, the Accell Powramid Air is the way to go. It has two USB ports and six outlets in a comparatively small package. The USB ports put out a combined 2.4 amps, enough to charge one smartphone or tablet at high speed or two devices at low speed. The circular layout of the Powramid outlets makes them all usable with a variety of plug sizes. Despite the silly name, the Powramid packs real protection and tested almost as well as our larger pick against individual surges—though the protection might not hold up to as many surges as larger models.”

PetKit Eversweet Pet Water Fountain

Street Price: $ 70; Deal Price: $ 56

If you’re seeking a high-end water fountain for your pet, the PetKit Eversweet Pet Water Fountain is available a little cheaper today. Usually $ 70 or more, today you can get it for $ 56, bringing this model, which includes nice upgrades like auto turn-off, closer to the price of some of our other picks. This is the lowest price we’ve seen for it, so grab it while available.

The PetKit Eversweet pet fountain is our upgrade pick in our guide to the best water fountain for cats and dogs. Rebekah Valentine wrote, “If silence and ease of use are your top priority, and price is no object, it’s worth looking into the PetKit Eversweet. This drinking fountain automatically turns off the pump when the fountain runs dry (which would cause a motor burnout in all other models), has an LED indicator to tell you when it’s time to change the filter, and is the quietest fountain we tested. But it costs nearly twice as much as our top pick and has the lowest capacity of any fountain we tested, so it’s not worth it for everyone.”

Hamilton Beach Set & Forget Slow Cooker

Street Price: $ 50; Deal Price: $ 40 + $ 10 eGift Card

If you’re a regular Target shopper, this is a particularly good deal on our top slow cooker pick. The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is already nicely discounted at $ 40 in-cart, but add to that an additional $ 10 Target eGift card (will show up in-cart) to be used later and for Target shoppers you’re effectively getting this slow cooker for $ 30, a great price. You can save an additional 5% if you’re a REDcard holder. All of this results in an excellent deal on an item that has a typical street price near $ 50.

The Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker is the top pick in our guide to the best slow cooker. Christine Cyr Clisset, Camille Chatterjee, Lesley Stockton, and wrote, “Although the Hamilton Beach Set & Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker isn’t the most luxurious or sleekest-looking machine out there, it does everything it should at a very modest price. It has the largest digital display of the models we tested, making it the easiest to read from across the kitchen, and its interface was the simplest to use. It cooks at true slow-cooking temperatures, unlike others we tried that ran too hot. Its locking lid also makes it more portable. We like that the Set & Forget has an alarm that rings at the start and the end of the cooking cycle–a helpful feature many newer, fancier cookers, like the others we tested, omit. Finally, the Set & Forget was the only slow cooker we found that included a temperature probe.”

BeatsX Wireless Earbuds

Street Price: $ 150; Deal Price: $ 110

If you’d had your eye on some BeatsX wireless earbuds, this is a nice opportunity to get them at a discount. While we’ve seen them around $ 10 lower previously, we haven’t seen those prices since late July, so at present, this is the best price available on BeatsX in Gray, White, Black, or Blue. These earbuds tend to bounce right back up to near the full price of $ 150 once a sale is over, so grab them while they’re this low if you need wireless earbuds.

The BeatsX wireless headphones are our pick for Apple users in our guide to the best wireless earbuds. Lauren Dragan wrote, “If you need better call quality than sport headphones can provide, but don’t care for the bulky collar design of our other picks, the BeatsX is a great option—especially for iPhone users. The high price makes it a worse value compared with our other picks, but unlike our other picks’ stiff collars, the BeatsX’s flexible neckband can easily coil up into a pocketable package. In addition to being more portable, the BeatsX has a W1 Bluetooth chip (the same chip as in Apple’s AirPods), which makes pairing with Apple devices super-easy and also slightly improves switching between paired devices. The average battery life of eight hours should get you through most days, but these headphones don’t work while charging. However, Apple users will appreciate that they charge via Lightning cable—so you have one fewer cable type to bring while you’re traveling. The sound quality on the BeatsX is great, with the exception of a boosted and somewhat blurry bass frequency region. We usually like the fun of extra bass; it’s just that the BeatsX’s “thump” sounds a little more like a “thud.” It has some other downsides, too: The microphone quality, for starters, is about what you’d get from a corded set of earbuds, so your calls will sound okay, but this mic will pick up more background noise than our pick’s mic will.”

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Honda’s 2018 Gold Wing is the first motorcycle with CarPlay

Most of the automakers announcing their adoption of Apple’s CarPlay have mentioned them in reference to cars, and for good reason: It only works with screens, which are starting to become widespread on new 4-wheeled vehicles. But on Tuesday, Honda revealed that the new edition of its Gold Wing touring motorcycle would become the first bike to use Apple’s iPhone-porting service.

The new Gold Wing displays CarPlay functionality that through a dash-mounted 7-inch LCD — but it’s not touch-sensitive. Riders will have to plug their iPhone in via USB in either the trunk or a compartment in the gas tank, according to Road Show, and then link up a Bluetooth headset to activate CarPlay (an Apple requirement). Then they can navigate through features via directional buttons on the left handlebar or, more awkwardly, via a keypad on top of the gas tank. Whew.

Still, awkward UX is often the fate of first adopters. If you want to be the cool kid on the moto block who can talk to their iPhone their bike while riding, the 2018 Gold Wing starts at $ 23,500.

Source: Honda

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Microsoft ceases production of the Kinect

Microsoft has been slowly chipping away at the Kinect’s usefulness and features across its platforms, yet today’s news still comes as something of a shock. The company announced today to Co.Design that manufacturing for the motion sensor input device has been shut down.

That’s not to say that the Kinect was a failure in and of itself. The technology was revolutionary; the standalone product, however, didn’t take off the way Microsoft had hoped. According to Co.Design, Microsoft has sold around 35 million Kinects since 2010. The device got a boost when it was coupled with the Xbox One at launch, but Microsoft was forced to to introduce a version of the console without the camera because of price considerations and lagging sales.

The Kinect’s technology will live on in various forms, including, surprisingly, in the iPhone X. Apple acquired PrimeSense, the Israeli company that created the 3D tech in the original version of the Kinect, back in 2013. The iPhone X will use PrimeSense’s algorithms in the depth-sensing camera’s Face ID system. Additionally, Microsoft is also working on the Hololens, which was developed by Kinect creator Alex Kipman. It’s an AR headset that uses a Kinect sensor.

Via: The Verge

Source: Co.Design

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Apple lists the cars that can wirelessly charge your iPhone

Sure, you know that most wireless charging pads will top up the iPhone 8 or iPhone X, but what about the pad in your car? That’s a little more complicated, but Apple is willing to help out. It just posted a list of manufacturers whose vehicles can charge the latest crop of iPhones, and it’s mostly good news… mostly. Audi, BMW, Chrysler, Ford, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Volkswagen, Volvo and the PSA group (Citroen, DS, Peugeot, Opel and Vauxhall) all have cars that will charge at least the iPhone 8 (and likely X), and can charge the 8 Plus if there’s enough room. Be careful if you’re a GM fan, though, as you’ll have to be extra-picky about your driving machine.

Apple warns that only some 2018 GM cars can charge iPhones, including the Chevy Bolt and eight other rides (mostly trucks and SUVs) across Buick, Cadillac, Chevy and GMC. If it’s a 2017 or earlier car, you’re out of luck — these older vehicles don’t meet the Qi certification spec. That’s bound to be frustrating if you bought an incompatible car and were hoping you could wirelessly charge your iPhone one day, but you’ll at least know what to get if you’re ready to update your ride.

The situation is likely to get better. Although wireless phone charging is far from new, including in cars, adding the iPhone to the mix gives automakers a considerably wider potential audience. Your preferred badge may add it simply because they know you’re that much more likely to have a compatible device. And that’s helpful even if you’re a dyed-in-the-wool Android fan — you might not have to settle for a less-than-ideal car just to avoid plugging in a cable.

Via: 9to5Mac

Source: Apple

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