Tesla’s Elon Musk calls Apple Car an ‘open secret’

The Apple Car has its share of skeptics, but there’s at least one person who believes it is coming, and he should know: Tesla founder Elon Musk says it’s an “open secret” that Cupertino is working to become Coupe-rtino. Get it? In an interview with the BBC, Musk said it is “obvious” to everyone watching […]

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Great tech gift ideas for people on the go [Deals]

One of the best parts of modern tech is that you can take it anywhere. Not so great is how much traveling with technology can become complicated by, well, traveling, especially in the car. We’ve rounded up some of the best gift ideas for anyone who likes to get around and stay connected. ‘ExoMount Touch’ […]

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Want USB on your iPhone? There’s an adapter for that

Apple’s Lightning to USB connector has ostensibly been about connecting your iPad to a camera to import images directly to your iPad. Now, with iOS 9.2, it looks like the same adapter can be used on your iPhone to get photos onto your smaller-screened device. There’s even some evidence that the Lightning to USB adapter […]

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Ford Brings Siri Eyes Free Support to 5 Million Vehicles Dating Back to 2011

While many carmakers are starting to roll out support for Apple’s CarPlay in-vehicle functionality, an older Siri Eyes Free feature is also designed to help minimize driver distraction by using Siri voice recognition and spoken responses to allow drivers to interact with an iPhone without needing to look at the screen.

Siri Eyes Free is generally activated through a hardware button on the vehicle’s steering wheel and is available in a number of makes and models, and Ford today is officially announcing the launch of Eyes Free support for over five million vehicles dating back to the 2011 model year via a software update to Ford’s second-generation SYNC infotainment system.

“SYNC, Ford’s entertainment and communications system, was designed to be flexible and updatable, just like other mobile technologies, so our customers are able to get the most out of their smartphones while behind the wheel,” said Sherif Marakby, director, Ford Electronics and Electrical Systems Engineering. “Siri Eyes-Free is another great voice-activated feature that not only adds convenience but helps our customers keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.”

Eyes Free support actually went live two months ago with the launch of version 3.8 of the second-generation SYNC software, but Ford has apparently waited until now to make the rollout official as it has worked to apply the update to new cars coming from the factory and make it available to owners of existing vehicles.

Apple also lists Ford as one of its CarPlay partners, but the automaker has yet to announce specific plans for supporting it in upcoming vehicles. The most recent information from Ford indicates CarPlay support will be arriving „relatively soon.“

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Take the pain out of hopping on a plane with these travel-ready lifehacks [Deals]

Getflix: Lifetime Subscription – 88% off Traveling shouldn’t mean leaving your favorite TV shows and movies behind. While Netflix, Hulu and other streaming services are shut off to anyone traveling outside the US without a tricky VPN or server masking arrangement, Getflix strategically channels traffic using Smart DNS in order to unblock 100 streaming channels. […]

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Apple Announces New China Clean Energy Programs for Manufacturing Partners

Apple today announced two clean energy programs aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of its manufacturing partners in China. Apple says the programs will avoid over 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution in China between now and 2020, which is equivalent to taking 4 million cars off the road for a year.

“Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose. We believe passionately in leaving the world better than we found it and hope that many other suppliers, partners and other companies join us in this important effort.”

The first program is aimed at expanding Apple’s clean-energy investments in the country. Apple will build more than 200 megawatts of solar projects in the northern, eastern and southern regions of China. The projects will generate energy equivalent to the amount of energy used by 265,000 Chinese homes in a year. The Cupertino company also says the project will „begin to offset“ the energy used in Apple’s supply chain.

The second program is a new initiative aimed at driving Apple’s manufacturing partners to become more energy efficient. Apple and its suppliers will install more than 2 gigawatts of new clean energy in the next couple of years. Apple will share strategies for procuring clean energy and building high-quality energy projects with its suppliers while also providing energy efficiency audits, regulatory guidance and more.

Apple’s most well-known manufacturing partner, Foxconn, will construct 400 megawatts of solar energy in the Henan Province by 2018, with the manufacturer committing to generate as much clean energy as its Zhengzhou factory consumes in final production of the iPhone.

Finally, Apple announced that it has completed construction on 40 megawatts of solar energy in the Sichuan Province, which means that the company is powering 100 percent of its operations in China and is carbon neutral in the country.



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Tesla electric car can now (almost) drive itself

If you’re one of the lucky owners of Tesla’s super-awesome electric cars, you’re also might be one of the fortunate few that get to experience the future today. Tesla just rolled out an over-the-air update that pushed out a semi-autonomous feature to all of its cars made and sold in the U.S. The roll-out could […]

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This rugged Lightning cable is a bully

Lust List: Scosche StrikeLINE Lightning cable Who needs 3 feet of rugged Lightning cable? Anyone who spends any time at all on the road, that’s who. I was just in Vegas staying at the not-so-awesome Planet Hollywood (I know, I know, don’t ask) and had to spend 20 minutes on my knees searching for an […]

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Bad news: Nexus 4, Nexus 7 (2012) and Nexus 10 won’t be getting Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Google says it will begin rolling out Android 6.0 to many of its Nexus devices next week – but three devices have been left off that list, and are unlikely to receive any further Android OS updates. Read more…

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