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Apple cracks 700m iPhone sales

Apple cracks 700m iPhone sales

Apple has sold its 700 millionth iPhone, CEO Tim Cook confirmed during today's press launch for the Apple Watch, making it the top selling smartphone in the world. The new stats came as Cook & Co. built up to detailing pricing and availability for its much-discussed smartwatch, with the Apple chief exec pointing out that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus together have 99-percent customer satisfaction among users. Meanwhile, a number of Apple services are expanding.

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Android Auto exists because we’re not very responsible

Android Auto exists because we’re not very responsible

Android Auto and Apple’s CarPlay are exciting, emerging tech that will make your car’s on-board system a bit more familiar (and likely more useful, too). With a simplified, blown-up version of features you might find on your phone, either platform promise to bring you closer to your drive and further from unnecessary small-screen activities. Though handy, we’re still curious what led both to your car. Was it pure opportunity, or were there other, altruistic motives at stake?

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Apple Titan self-driving electric car rumors gain traction

Apple Titan self-driving electric car rumors gain traction

Apple's auto ambitions are shaping up to be far more broad than simply dominating the dashboard with maps and multimedia, with multiple sources tipping an autonomous, electric car project underway dubbed "Titan". The Tesla-challenging car would be a cocked-snook not only to the traditional auto industry, it's suggested, but key rivals like Google which are themselves working on self-driving technologies. Reports that Apple had raided top automakers for engineers and R&D specialists broke late last week, for what at the time was speculated as a more advanced version of CarPlay. Now, however, the scope of the rumor-worthy skunkworks seems to be far greater.

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Apple auto-maker raids tipped for secret car scheme

Apple auto-maker raids tipped for secret car scheme

Apple has raided the ranks of automotive experts for a secretive skunkworks investigating future car technologies, sources claim, though whispers of an "Apple Car" are still far from confirmed. The recruitment drive to staff the newly-established research group includes some high-profile wins, too, with the former head of Mercedes-Benz's Silicon Valley R&D team joining Apple's efforts, along with auto designers and even engineers working on vehicle dynamics. It's enough to reignite speculation among car experts that Apple is indeed planning its own entrance into the four-wheel space.

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CES Day 2: Dell drops bombs, Simplicam knows who you are

CES Day 2: Dell drops bombs, Simplicam knows who you are

CES, day two! After the opening day fireworks, things have mostly calmed down — but there were some big surprises today, too. If anything, today can be considered Dell-day at CES, with their unveiling of a series of high-end products that actually made us take a step back. From tablets to laptops down to displays, Dell took the cake on day two, but they had company. Toshiba showed up to unveil some new products, and we even got news of some incoming Android Auto and CarPlay receivers.

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Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Pioneer, Kenwood bring CarPlay/Android Auto to any car

Today at CES, Pioneer and Kenwood both released some interesting new products aimed at getting your car up-to-date. Both announced in-dash receivers meant to bring you into the Android Auto and/or CarPlay future. Both receivers will support both new automotive initiatives from Apple and Google, making it easier than ever to go OS-agnostic. What isn’t easy is the price tag. Though Kenwood hasn’t yet announced pricing for their unit, the Pioneer receiver will cost at least $700.

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VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

VW adding CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink in 2015

Volkswagen will add CarPlay and Android Auto support to its cars later this year, the company has confirmed, with the arrival of a new second-gen "modular infotainment platform" in models like the Golf. The system will bring both Apple and Google's smartphone connectivity - which each offers a pared-back interface more suitable for prodding while driving - under VW's App-Connect branding, in addition to MirrorLink support for four of the company's smartphone apps, including building a shared playlist from all the phones and tablets in the car and streaming them for the perfect driving soundtrack.

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Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

Parrot RNB6 hands-on: Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all

If you've got the ability to install a stereo system in your vehicle, there's a good chance you'll be able to roll with Parrot's new system aiming to make every vehicle smart. The Parrot RNB6 is an in-car infotainment system that's made to be sent to market on its own. While most infotainment systems sell the vehicle, this system sells itself. Based on Android 5.0 and rolling with a 7-inch touchscreen, this device is ready to push your vehicle into the future.

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How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

How to use CarPlay on your iPad with one app tap

There's an app out there this week called Ignition - created by developer Adam Bell and made to enable the CarPlay user interface already built in to your iPad. Normally you'd need a vehicle that'd activate this user interface by coming in contact with it - that solution isn't especially cheap. With Ignition, you'll have only to tap the app to open. The only difficult part will be deciding whether or not you want to jailbreak your device to enable CarPlay in the first place.

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Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hands the keys to CarPlay and Android Auto

Hyundai hasn't been slow to embrace either CarPlay or Android Auto, but Apple and Google's infotainment systems look set to become even more central to the car firm's dashboards in 2015. A new Display Audio head-unit set to eventually become Hyundai's volume option across all entry-level cars will ditch the CD player and onboard navigation in favor of offloading it to the driver's iPhone or Android device, in what the company claims will save cash for drivers already committed to their smartphones and not bothered by duplicating functionality with expensive in-dash upgrades.

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