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Cadillac integrates CarPlay and Android Auto into 2016 models

Cadillac integrates CarPlay and Android Auto into 2016 models

Not long after Chevrolet said it was adding support for Apple's CarPlay and Android Auto to 14 new models, GM's luxury brand, Cadillac, has announced the same, bringing the two infotainment systems to their 2016 model year lineup. This will include support for both systems' phone connectivity, such as hands-free calling and texting. Cadillac says this is part of an overall effort to enhance and streamline CUE, or Cadillac’s user experience.

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Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

Apple Music first look – Spotify threat but questions linger

There's unquestionably an advantage to being the home team, and in Apple Music's case that means coming preloaded on future iPhones while rivals like Spotify are stuck in the App Store. Apple's new streaming platform comes relatively late to the game - though, with Beats Music already under the Cupertino umbrella, it's been at least a stepparent to a streaming service for some time now - and, while that's allowed Tidal, Spotify, and others to grab the earlier adopters, it's also given Apple's team a chance to identify what some of the potential shortcomings in the current market. Turns out, a big part of that comes down to real, actual people rather than just algorithms. While it won't be until the end of June until Apple Music starts accepting new listeners, I got a preview at WWDC following the launch.

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OWC USB-C dock for MacBook users hits pre-order

OWC USB-C dock for MacBook users hits pre-order

Mac fans who use a MacBook notebook and carry that machine between the office and home or other locations know that you often need a lot of things connected to your Mac like printers, keyboards, and eternal monitors. It can be a hassle having to plug and unplug all those devices when you move between locations frequently. The best way to streamline that process is by using a docking station.

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Apple’s iOS 9 to feature iCloud Drive app

Apple’s iOS 9 to feature iCloud Drive app

Now that the avalanche of info released by Apple during its WWDC keynote yesterday has begun to subside, smaller details about the newly announced iOS 9 and OS X El Capitan are beginning to surface. Now that developers have had a few hours to play with the iOS 9 beta, images have surfaced that reveal a dedicated app for iCloud Drive, the cloud storage service Apple launched last year. The app offers users direct access to a file manager on their iPhone or iPad.

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iPhone used for promo photo of HTC’s 24K-gold One M9

iPhone used for promo photo of HTC’s 24K-gold One M9

Oops. Some HTC employee has probably found themselves in a great deal of trouble today. The Taiwanese company has just announced a limited edition of its One M9 smartphone that comes in 24-karat gold. As is typical, HTC tweeted a few promotional photos of the phone. One image offers a detailed look at the back side of the luxurious One M9 model, complete with its shiny gold surface. And there in the reflection can one see the photo is being taken with an iPhone.

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Apple watchOS 2 will have Activation Lock to deter theft

Apple watchOS 2 will have Activation Lock to deter theft

With Apple's mantra on privacy at WWDC, it's a bit surprising that it managed to leave this relevant detail out of its on-stage spiel. Perhaps there wasn't just enough time to cram all the juicy features coming in the next iteration of the Apple Watch platform, but a mere mention would have been enough for journalists to pick it up. That said, Apple did sneak it in the update web page for its Apple watchOS 2 preview, confirming once and for all that, yes, the Apple Watch will require your passcode to re-activate.

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Apple Music ads hit the right notes for artists and fans

Apple Music ads hit the right notes for artists and fans

Apple's high profile keynote and product revelations might be over, but we will continue to feel the ripples in the days and even months to come. Especially with an equally high profile product that will be rolling out to the public in the weeks ahead. Apple Music is the company's latest attempt to revolutionize the digital music industry yet again and reclaim that crown that it had let others like Spotify have grabbed from it. And it is doing so by trying to give music a home.

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More iOS 9 tidbits: 6-digit passcode, Move to iOS Android app

More iOS 9 tidbits: 6-digit passcode, Move to iOS Android app

Apple definitely unloaded a lot of stuff, from Apple Pay to Apple Music to, of course, iOS 9, which itself it chock full of new stuff. We condensed some of those in four points, but truly, there is a lot more hidden in the newly minted iOS 9 Preview page. Apple has definitely stepped up security, requiring passcodes iOS 9 to be 6 digits long instead of only four. And it is also giving Android defectors a hand with what would probably be its first Android app: Move to iOS.

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Square reveals new Apple Pay reader to launch this fall

Square reveals new Apple Pay reader to launch this fall

Square has announced its partnership with Apple Pay at the WWDC15. The new Square "Contactless + Chip Reader" will be able to take payments from Apple Pay via NFC and credit cards via its EMV chip reader. Although it can scan EMV chips, the new reader is unable to read magnetic card swipes. To combat this, Square announced that it will be shipping traditional magnetic stripe reader with the new Apple Pay/EMV chip reader, ensuring that merchants can accept a variety of payment methods.

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Four things to know about iOS 9 (including who gets it)

Four things to know about iOS 9 (including who gets it)

Apple wasn't short on news during the WWDC 2015 keynote today, but some of the most exciting improvements and changes are around iOS 9. The new operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch isn't expected to hit devices until later this year, but already there are signs of big changes for those using their iPhone in the car, as the control interface of their smart home, and more. Check out the four things you really need to know about iOS 9 after the cut.

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