Engadget goes hands-on with CarPlay and other news from March 4, 2014
Sister site Engadget and other sites are starting to get a hands-on look at Apple's CarPlay system, one of the holdovers from last year's WWDC. As Engadget observes:
The first thing we noticed is how speedy everything is. Apps load quickly, and Siri's contextual algorithms hastily recognized our voice commands and responded appropriately. Apple has also implemented safety features to ensure services do not draw your attention away from the road and push forward its "hands-free" theme. For example, when we sent or received a message from a contact, Siri would only read the message back to us and we never once got the chance to see its contents.
You can see the full video above.
Other news from Tuesday afternoon includes:
- RadioShack plans to close 1,100 of its stores, meaning that for some, they will have to seek elsewhere to get an iPhone.
- Apple has won a patent that is designed to listen to your voicemail as the message is being recorded in an effort to screen calls.
- John Gruber has "heard from a little birdie" that the iTunes Festival app for the US festival requires iOS 7.1, ergo it should drop any time now.
- We at TUAW got to try out TwelveSouth's SurfacePad for the iPhone during Macworld/iWorld 2013, and now there's a version out for the iPad mini. For those holding out for a larger version for the iPad Air, it should be on the way in the spring.
And kick back with these features:
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- Apple Remote Desktop updated with Yosemite support
- OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, iOS 8.1.3 updates now available
- Sports Illustrated 120 SPORTS channel comes to Apple TV
- Logic Pro X update brings AirDrop support, new effects, tools, and more
- Parallels Access 2.5 released, adds file manager, computer-to-computer remote access
- The Google Translate iOS app is about to get a lot smarter