Mercedes-Benz To Offer Aftermarket CarPlay Solutions By Year’s End

Mercedes Benz CarPlay

Apple's CarPlay, re-introduced earlier this week buoyed by a new name and support commitments from 16 auto manufacturers, has showcased at the Geneva Motor Show by Volvo, Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz. The prevailing thought was that in order to get CarPlay, you needed an entirely new automobile. That's slightly more expensive than the bi-yearly smartphone upgrade, but it was presumed that was the price to get iOS in the car. Today we are hearing via 9to5Mac that Mercedes-Benz is looking at offering aftermarket CarPlay options for older vehicles and it could happen as early as this year. … [Read more...]

iTunes Festival App Updated for SXSW

iTunes Festival

Apple has unleashed a completely refreshed iTunes Festival app in time for the SXSW event taking place next week. Though it was rumored to require iOS 7.1, the update started appearing today in the App Store, ahead of the iOS 7.1 release. The new iTunes Festival app features a new iOS 7 inspired design that is compatible with both iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. … [Read more...]

Wello Case Turns iPhone Into Health Monitoring Device

Wello case iPhone

The Wello case from Azoi turns any iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s into a powerful health monitoring device, offering many of the data points that we have been hearing could come with the iWatch and the iOS 8 'Healthbook' app. How it works is pretty simple. You hold the case and hidden sensors begin to scan your vitals. A partner app which will be made available in the App Store receives the data, providing you with daily, weekly and monthly health statistics. … [Read more...]

Alarm Clock Lets You Wake Up To The Sounds and Smell of Bacon

Bacon app

Outside of the smell of fresh brewed coffee in the morning, the sounds and smell of sizzling bacon is a great way to start off any morning. The team at Oscar Mayer, purveyors of pork products, have designed a unique alarm clock app that can fill every morning with the sounds of bacon. Wake Up & Smell the Bacon might very well be the first alarm clock to enduce a mouth watering wakeup. And for a lucky few, the app can be combined with a scent device. Yes, you heard that correctly! A device that attaches to your iPhone, acting as a bacon scented air freshener triggered by an alarm. … [Read more...]

Video Demos Provide Us Best Look Yet At Apple’s CarPlay

Ferrari CarPlay

Announced this week and on display at the Geneva Motor Show, CarPlay is Apple's big push to bring the iPhone experience to cars, a number of which will come off the manufacturing lines later this year. From the announcement we know that sixteen companies have made commitments to Apple including Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp. It would not be surprising to see new companies come on board now that the wraps have been taken off the new infotainment system. Hands-on videos are now available that show us the best look yet at how CarPlay will … [Read more...]

Apple Reportedly Rolling Out Full-Screen Video iAds Later This Year

In the coming months, you might find yourself seeing full-screen video iAds taking over your iPhone and iPad. A report from AdAge says that Apple will start offering new auto-play video ads that some have described as 'interstitials'. Apple's current iAds are standard mobile banners, that require a user click in order to see a video. These new iAds, similar to what we've seen on YouTube videos, will be impossible to ignore. Ads would play within apps, likely at a transition point such as completing a level in a game. … [Read more...]

iOS 7.1 ‘Must’ Ship Before Next Tuesday To Support SXSW iTunes Festival App

iOS 7.1

Apple's iOS 7.1 update, the first major update to its new operating system, will reportedly be released within the next week. According to John Gruber at Daring Fireball, sources indicate that iOS 7.1 is required for devices to stream Apple's iTunes Festival, taking place at SXSW. A dedicated app for iPhones and iPads has yet to be released, due to the requirement of iOS 7.1. … [Read more...]

Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer Retiring in September, Luca Mastri To Assume Responsibilities

Peter Oppenheimer

Apple today announced that CFO Peter Oppenheimer would retire at the end of September. Oppenheimer has been an employee at Apple since 1996, where he started as controller for the Americas and was quickly promoted in 1997 to vice president and Worldwide Sales controller.  Filling the void will be Luca Maestri, Apple's current vice president of Finance and corporate controller. The CFO position has been held by Oppenheimer for the last decade. … [Read more...]

Microsoft Plans To Expand Xbox Live On iOS


Microsoft's Xbox Live plays a key role across the various Windows platforms for gamers, tracking acheivements, friends and more. Games that offer Xbox Live are prominently featured on the Windows Phone platform. Though some iOS games have offered Xbox Live achievements, Microsoft hasn't done much to push their it beyond Windows. According to The Verge, Microsoft is looking to expand Xbox Live on both iOS and Android platforms. Details of the plans were also leaked in a job posting, which has since been removed. … [Read more...]