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Million dollar iPhone 5 appears diamond-encrusted and in 24-carat gold

Million dollar iPhone 5 appears diamond-encrusted and in 24-carat gold

If the gold-plated iPhones of the past weren’t enough for you, today we’ve got eyes on a million-dollar diamond-studded iPhone 5 for your perusal, complete with gold to boot. This device is an iPhone 5, first of all, not an iPhone 5s, likely owing to the inability to push diamonds between your thumb and the Touch ID sensor the 5s contains. It's made by The Alchemist and ready for action at Alchemist London.

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The CarPlay Compromise

The CarPlay Compromise

Apple has finally played its first hand in automotive, and while it's not a car with an Apple logo on its hood, CarPlay could eventually be an even bigger deal. That's not the case today, however. CarPlay still feels like a beta, perhaps more so than Siri ever was at launch, and if Apple is to take it from there to establishing the sort of ubiquity of the iPhone, it has a significant challenge ahead.

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Smarter Siri with 3rd-party app integration could power iWatch

Smarter Siri with 3rd-party app integration could power iWatch

Apple's Siri is reportedly set to get a whole lot smarter, with the virtual assistant tipped to dig into third-party apps to extend its functionality on the iPhone and iPad, and perhaps upcoming wearables like the much-rumored iWatch. While Apple boosted Siri's abilities in iOS 7, adding the ability to post Twitter messages, pull information out of Wikipedia, and more, delivering results in a more lifelike voice, the system is still limited to a small subset of apps available for iOS devices.

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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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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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Apple “iOS in the Car” Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo deal tipped imminent

Apple “iOS in the Car” Ferrari, Mercedes and Volvo deal tipped imminent

Apple will announce the first iOS in the Car vehicles with Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Audi next week, insiders claim, as the company makes a push to spread the iPhone and iPad software to car dashboards. The deal, which is expected to be officially announced at the Geneva Motor Show, will mark the first time the iOS 7 feature linking an iPhone or other device with a car's own infotainment system will be fully demonstrated.

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Apple’s hobby snowballs: Apple TV fastest growing product

Apple’s hobby snowballs: Apple TV fastest growing product

At a shareholder meeting this week, Apple made clear the current state of affairs with Apple TV, showing it to be the fastest growing product in their hardware line-up. As it was announced that the company made $1 billion USD in revenue in 2013 from Apple TV alone, Tim Cook was reminded of his comment on the Apple TV being a "hobby" all the way back in January of 2012. Today Cook suggested of Apple TV that "it’s a little more difficult to call it a hobby these days."

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