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TIDAL gets Apple CarPlay support: here are your other options

TIDAL gets Apple CarPlay support: here are your other options

High-quality audio streaming service TIDAL has just added support for Apple CarPlay, giving subscribers the option of streaming their favorite music directly through Apple's automotive platform. It's a welcomed addition to the list of apps that support CarPlay, though it's not your only audio streaming option for the platform.

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Alpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wireless

Alpine iLX-107 CarPlay review: Siri goes wireless

CarPlay isn’t new. Introduced in 2014, it was Apple’s first foray into the automotive space. It might be the precursor to Titan, or a standalone product meant as a stopgap for the time we’re in, where Apple’s own automated vehicle platform is still just a beta project. Either way, it’s here. It’s a tangible, working product. And for the first time, you don’t need to wire your iPhone to the car to experience it. To test that, we took the Alpine iLX-107 for a spin. Literally.

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2018 Honda Gold Wing: Now even your bike has CarPlay

2018 Honda Gold Wing: Now even your bike has CarPlay

People who love big touring bikes love Honda's Gold Wing, and now the automaker believes it has the new model which will help break out of just existing fans. The 2018 Honda Gold Wing and Gold Wing Tour were revealed this week, completely redesigned for greater agility on the road, more comfortable long-distance riding, and lashings of new technology.

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Sony XAV-AX200 car audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support

Sony XAV-AX200 car audio system includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support

The focus these days on self-driving smart cars and built-in Apple CarPlay or Android Auto may seem to make more focused and dedicated in-car audio systems obsolete. Sony’s latest announcement reminds car owners and lovers that there’s always room for both. In particular, the new XAV-AX200 receiver supports both infotainment platforms, just like its predecessor, the XAV-AX100 pictured above. Sony, however, also throws in a feature that may sound old school by now: a DVD player.

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CarPlay Google Play Music support now available

CarPlay Google Play Music support now available

Google Play Music users can now access the app through Apple's CarPlay, with a new update quietly adding it to the short list of third-party services. The new version of Google's music app joins Amazon, Spotify, and a select few others with CarPlay support, with a much simplified interface promising to be easier and safer to access while on the move. You will, of course, need a CarPlay-compatible vehicle in order to actually use it, mind.

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Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

Tim Cook confirms Apple autonomous car system

This week Apple's CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company was "focusing on autonomous systems" for vehicles. Speaking with Bloomberg Television, Cook suggested that autonomous cars are "a core technology that we view as very important," going on to suggest that it is "probably one of the most difficult AI projects to work on." This is the most plain and public statement Apple has made on autonomous car tech yet.

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Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is updating 2016 SYNC 3 cars with CarPlay and Android Auto

Ford is rolling out Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to its earlier SYNC 3 cars, with a hotly-anticipated update for its model year 2016 vehicles. SYNC 3 version 2.2 will be available both via a dealer-installed update and via a DIY method, with owners able to load the new software onto a USB stick themselves. However, for the first time, Ford will also offer an over-the-air update as a third option, part of its shift to bring some smartphone-style thinking to its infotainment platforms.

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Pioneer 2017 NEX in-dash receivers turn any car into a smartphone

Pioneer 2017 NEX in-dash receivers turn any car into a smartphone

Not everyone needs a hi-tech, and expensive, "smart" car, but almost no one will deny the entertainment and navigation benefits that come with our smartphones. For some car owners, especially those with older models, an upgrade just isn't possible. Thankfully, Pioneer has a new batch of NEX in-dash DIN multimedia receivers that can give any car, even older ones, a taste of the future.

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Amazon Music app now available on Apple CarPlay

Amazon Music app now available on Apple CarPlay

iPhone owners can now listen to music from the Amazon Music app using Apple’s CarPlay, Amazon has announced. The music becomes accessible after connecting the iPhone to a vehicle with CarPlay, as users will be able to select the Amazon Music app as one of the supported audio choices. This joins the support for Android Auto, which similarly allows Android users to access the music on their vehicle’s touchscreen.

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Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Cadillac’s next-gen CUE gets Tesla-style updates, new UI

Ask Cadillac drivers the one thing they wish the luxury car company would update, and you'll probably hear "the CUE infotainment system" most often. CUE, the touchscreen multimedia and navigation software found in cars like the CT6 and XT5, certainly wasn't lacking in ambition, but neither has it been called the most user-friendly system. Now, that's all set to change with a brand new version.

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Learning to love Apple CarPlay

Learning to love Apple CarPlay

If Apple is truly working on a car, as all the rumors suggest, then CarPlay is the visible tip of that iceberg. While I appreciated Apple's aim of distilling the familiar essentials from your iPhone in a way that was both safe and convenient while you're driving, it's taken me some time to appreciate what the fairly barebones interface has to offer. Still, it's more of a Stockholm syndrome relationship than I'd care to admit: I'm warming to CarPlay primarily because most in-car systems are so bad.

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Apple’s latest lawsuit proves you just can’t please everyone

Apple’s latest lawsuit proves you just can’t please everyone

Apple finds itself the subject of a road safety lawsuit, facing demands to lock down the iPhone to prevent drivers from texting or other distractions while on the road. The case, Julio Ceja v. Apple Inc., was filed this week in the Los Angeles County Superior Court, and accuses the Cupertino firm of putting "profit before consumer safety" by continuing to allow the potentially dangerous practice. If it won't change iOS, the lawyers say, Apple should be made to cease sales of the iPhone in California altogether.

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