Apple TV: 5 Things That Would Make It Awesome

4th gen Apple TV

Looking at Apple's product lines, the Apple TV stands out as one that has seen little in the way of major features. The user interface has remained the same and the UI design was far from stellar when it was first introduced. From a hardware design perspective, there's not much you can do with a black box. For the most part, it serves its purpose, which is to get lost in a home entertainment center or mounted behind a television. We've seen a continuing stream of new channels and small feature upgrades like being able to hide channels. Having spent extensive time using a Roku, Apple TV and now Amazon Fire TV, it's clear that Apple cannot afford to ship a new model with nothing more than upgraded internals. This might not be the year we get … [Read more...]

Hitman Go Brings Popular Franchise to iOS

Hitman Go

Square Enix Montréal have released an iOS version of their popular gaming franchise. Available today in the App Store, Hitman Go is a turn-based strategy game where you have to navigate to avoid enemies, take out targets and infiltrate well-guarded locations. You take on the role of Agent 47, a hired assassin who relies on causing distractions, using disguises and creating distractions. Of course, what good would any assassin be without being a skilled sniper. … [Read more...]

Yahoo Pitching To Become Default Search Engine on iPhone and iPad

Marissa Mayer

For years, Apple's Safari browser has used Google as the default search when users search on either their iPhone or iPad. Under Marissa Mayer, Yahoo is looking to make an agressive pitch to Apple to change the default mobile search in Safari from Google to Yahoo. According to re/code, Yahoo is looking to display advertising to boost earnings. With mobile search becoming increasingly important, landing the default position in iOS would be a big coup for Mayer and Yahoo. … [Read more...]

Hyundai Sonata Among First To Offer Apple CarPlay Early This Summer

Hyundai CarPlay

Hyundai today announced via Twitter that the new 2015 Hyundai Sonata would be among the first vehicles to offer Apple CarPlay support when it is released early this summer. This news follows a flurry of announcements from car audio manufacturers offering CarPlay aftermarket solutions.Later this year, #NewSonata will be one of the first to offer Apple #CarPlay support. #NYIAS ^rl— Hyundai USA (@Hyundai) April 16, 2014The Sonata will be Hyundai's first of thirteen new products coming this year. Customers will find them in dealerships early this summer. Hyundai was among a large group of auto manufacturers who committed to bring iOS to their cars that also included BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, … [Read more...]

Apple Among Consortium Of Manufacturers, Wireless Carriers Supporting Anti-Theft Commitment

Announced by the CTIA Wireless Association today, Apple is among a large group of smartphone manufacturers and wireless carriers who will support the 'Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment'. The move comes as politicians have started to lobby aggressively for 'kill switch' technology, in an effort to curb smartphone theft. Apple joins a list of manufacturers that includes Google, Samsung, HTC, Motorola and Nokia. U.S. Wireless carriers have also signed on in support include AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, US Cellular and T-Mobile. The move is a victory for customers, who will benefit from a downloadable anti-theft tool at no additional cost. CTIA outlines capabilities which will be available on any new phones manufactured after July, 2015. … [Read more...]

Google Helpouts for iPhone Puts Expert Video Help At Your Fingertips

Google Helpouts

Google Helpouts is a new iOS app that lets you easily find help experts across a wide variety of topics. If you have every used YouTube to seek out expert advice on a topic, that's exactly what Google aims to do with this new service, but it goes one step further. You'll find teachers, counselors, doctors, home repair specialists, personal trainers, hobby enthusiasts, and more. Helpouts can be either free or paid. The key difference between Google Helpout and other video sharing sites is that you can interact directly with the expert. If you are taking a guitar lessons, the expert can offer real-time one-to-one instruction, something you won't find on YouTube. Google is hoping to lure in experts, who can charge by the minute or by session. … [Read more...]

Pioneer To Offer Aftermarket CarPlay Options This Summer

Pioneer AVIC NEX CarPlay

Pioneer is the second aftermarket car audio manufacturer to pledge support for Apple's CarPlay, which brings iOS in the car, making it easy and safe for iPhone owners to access commonly used features. Pioneer will release a firmware update for five of the 2014 NEX model in-dash receivers. Plans are for the update will get pushed early this summer, allowing consumers a chance to experience CarPlay, without having to purchase a new car. … [Read more...]

Microsoft Offering Lower-Cost Office 365 Personal Subscription

Office 365 subscription

Launched to much fanfare, the suite of Office apps for iPad continue to be among the most downloaded apps in the App Store. Be it curiousity or a genuine interest in having access to the ubiquitous productivity suite, there is no denying the popularity of Excel, Word and PowerPoint becoming available on the iPad. While the free apps are great for viewing, the need for an Office 365 subscription had made for a costly upgrade. Starting today, Microsoft is offering a lower-cost option. The 'Personal Subscription' is just that, perfect for individuals with a single computer and tablet. … [Read more...]