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Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

Ferrari FF CarPlay hands-on plus Pioneer’s Apple upgrade

CarPlay is coming, and Apple's push to put iOS and Siri in the dashboard could be one of the most significant plays from the Cupertino firm since the iPhone itself. Breaking away from the multitude of different infotainment UIs, CarPlay pushes out a customized iOS interface instead, with familiar apps like Apple Maps, iTunes, and Messages, all controlled by voice. I spent some time in three demo vehicles - Ferrari's eye-widening FF, Chevrolet's latest Spark EV, and a beautiful classic Mustang - to see how CarPlay works.

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Here’s how Apple iOS 8 HomeKit works

Here’s how Apple iOS 8 HomeKit works

Apple has set its sights on the smart home, and HomeKit is how it plans to dominate it, promising a more cohesive automation experience by becoming the glue that holds everything together. HomeKit won’t launch officially until iOS 8 arrives on iPhones and iPads later this year, but developers and accessory manufacturers are already being let into the loop so they can get their software and hardware ready. Read on to find out exactly how it works.

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Siri exploit gives contacts away to anyone who asks for them

Siri exploit gives contacts away to anyone who asks for them

We were all pretty impressed by the Siri exploit a few college freshmen laid out, with their “man in the middle” exploit giving voice control to just about anything via the iPhone. A new hack has some concerned, and potentially offers up your contacts to someone who may have use of your phone, even when locked, allowing them to send messages on your behalf.

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Stephen Hawking is frightened by Johnny Depp’s new movie

Stephen Hawking is frightened by Johnny Depp’s new movie

In the new movie Transcendence, Johnny Depp becomes more machine than man, with the film offering a fresh take on artificial intelligence. Stephen Hawking, notable all-around bright guy, came away from that movie with concerns. According to him, AI might be among the worst things to happen to humans.

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Siri Apple TV update incoming: tipped by iOS 7.1

Siri Apple TV update incoming: tipped by iOS 7.1

This week bit more insight has been dug up on the matter of Apple TV working with voice controls. This means Siri, of course, and it also means that Apple is ready to move forward with their previously smartphone-only system for smart TV.

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iPhone 6 could supercharge Siri

iPhone 6 could supercharge Siri

Apple's iPhone 6 may still be several months out, but that hasn't stopped leaks and rumors about the new iOS smartphone, with the virtual personal assistant Siri likely to be a key feature. Launched on the iPhone 4S back in late 2011, and updated considerably with iOS 7, Siri has come increasingly under fire, first by Android's Google Now, and most recently by Windows Phone's Cortana.

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Siri hacked by four college freshmen, tons of functionality added

Siri hacked by four college freshmen, tons of functionality added

Siri loves to give answers — often snarky — but she doesn’t do much outside of create reminders. The voice assistant for iOS is handy, but lacks a lot of curcial control that some have been wanting. Four fast-talking, enterprising freshman at the University of Pennsylvania successfully hacked Siri, creating an exploit that intercepts your queries and redirects them to apps called GoogolPlex.

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This is Apple CarPlay hands-on in Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata

This is Apple CarPlay hands-on in Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata

Hyundai has brought along its new 2015 Sonata to the New York Auto Show, and it already has one passenger in the shape of Apple's CarPlay to put your iPhone 5s in the dashboard. The new car - now in its seventh generation - introduces more distinctive look than before, tightened up for what Hyundai hopes will be more appealing to younger drivers, but it's CarPlay and how it will take over the 8-inch touchscreen later in the year that got us really intrigued. Read on to see how it works.

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2015 Chevrolet Cruze bakes Siri in the dash

2015 Chevrolet Cruze bakes Siri in the dash

The New York Auto Show kicks off this week, and GM is bringing the new 2015 Chevrolet Cruze along complete with a preloaded passenger in the shape of iPhone's Siri. The updated Cruze gets a facelift on the outside and OnStar 4G LTE baked in, with the Chevy able to share its connection as a WiFi hotspot to up to seven devices.

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Apple acquires Novauris, Siri to benefit

Apple acquires Novauris, Siri to benefit

Supposing you’re a heavy user of Apple’s personal assistant Siri, you’ll be glad to know that the company has just acquired a company that’ll make her a whole lot better. Apple has acquired Novauris Technologies, a group co-founded by Dr James Baker, a founder of Dragon Systems.

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Cadillac signs-up Siri but cold on CarPlay

Cadillac signs-up Siri but cold on CarPlay

Cadillac will add Siri Eyes Free support to its CUE infotainment system later this year, but still shows no signs of jumping on the Apple CarPlay bandwagon, seemingly reluctant to allow iOS a foothold on the dashboard. The new version, which will be offered on 2015 Cadillacs from midway through this year, will also include text-to-speech.

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iOS 7.1 is here: Siri update, CarPlay added, Auto-HDR, more

iOS 7.1 is here: Siri update, CarPlay added, Auto-HDR, more

Apple has begun pushing out iOS 7.1, bringing CarPlay, new Siri features, and fixes to both Touch ID and the soft reset bug some iPhone and iPad users observed. The new software also adds more flexibility to iTunes Radio, Apple's streaming music service, as well as new camera features including an automatic HDR mode.

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