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Apple Senior VP and CFO Peter Oppenheimer to retire

Apple Senior VP and CFO Peter Oppenheimer to retire

At the end of September, Apple’s senior vice president and CFO, Peter Oppenheimer, will retire from the business. In his place will be Apple’s current vice president of Finance and corporate controller Luca Maestri. This transition will also include Maestri’s role of CFO continuing to report to Apple CEO Tim Cook directly.

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SlashGear 101: Apple CarPlay

SlashGear 101: Apple CarPlay

The closest you'll get to an iCar, and what Apple claims is the future for the dashboard, CarPlay represents Apple's play in the next big battle around mobility. Dubbed "the best iPhone experience on four wheels" and already gaining the support of some big names in automotive, Apple CarPlay bridges the iOS experience with the center console and promises both greater functionality and greater safety than the native infotainment systems you'd usually find while behind the wheel. Read on past the cut for the full low-down.

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Volvo and Mercedes demo Apple CarPlay: WiFi link incoming

Volvo and Mercedes demo Apple CarPlay: WiFi link incoming

Volvo has demonstrated Apple's CarPlay in action, as well as confirming that a wired connection won't be the only way to hook up an iPhone to your dashboard. Although CarPlay will initially require a physical link via Lightning cable between iPhone and infotainment system, Volvo says that "in the near future" there'll be a WiFi option for wireless use. Meanwhile, Mercedes-Benz has revealed a batch of its own screenshots showing CarPlay running on its cars.

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Apple said poaching HTC engineers for China tech push

Apple said poaching HTC engineers for China tech push

Apple is reportedly on an engineer hiring spree, poaching staff from HTC and other firms in Taiwan, to speed up how quickly it can develop and launch products and new technologies, it's reported. The Cupertino firm's Chinese engineer and operations staff roster is said to have swollen by several hundred over just the past two years, and is now believed to amount to more than 600.

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Google “Projected Mode” Android tipped to take on Apple in cars

Google “Projected Mode” Android tipped to take on Apple in cars

Google may not be letting Apple get all the in-car action, with a job listing tipping new Android dashboard tech in development at one of the brands already signed up for iOS in the Car. Google Projected Mode will be, according to a Mercedes-Benz engineer advert by parent company Daimler, a way to pipe Android functionality from a nearby phone or tablet to the car's own infotainment system of displays, buttons, speakers, and touchscreens, much in the manner of Apple's system.

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