Carmakers Begin Showing Off CarPlay Feature in New Model Vehicles

Ferrari CarPlay

Yesterday, Apple officially announced the launch of iOS in the Car under its new name, “CarPlay.” Initially, the feature is scheduled to be ready to drive off the lot in Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo vehicles by the end of this year. All three manufacturers have already been showing off CarPlay in Geneva at the biggest car convention in the world.

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Apple CFO To Leave in September While New CFO Follows Closely in His Footsteps

oppenheimer_hero20110204Apple CFO Peter Oppenheimer may be best known for his role in the quarterly earnings calls. He is always on hand to explain money to investors and let the world know just how good the company is doing, financially. Today, Apple announced that Oppenheimer is retiring at the end of September to be replaced by current corporate controller and VP of Finance, Luca Maestri. This change over has been in the works for at least a year now and the future CFO appears to be following the same path that his predecessor did nearly 20 years ago.

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Apple Increases Engineering and Supply Teams in Taiwan and China

iPad in China

Apple is increasing efforts to hire engineers and other supply chain related employees in China and Taiwan. The Wall Street Journal reported Monday morning that employees are being poached from other tech firms such as HTC in an effort to meet increasingly short product cycle expectations and a wider range of product offerings. There are reportedly over 600 people employed by Apple in China, which is a key market for growth in the tech company’s future.

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For Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Celebration, Oceanhouse Media Launches Huge Sale Until March 6

Oceanhouse Dr. SeussDr. Seuss was born on March 2, 1904. On the celebration of his birth, 110 years later, Oceanhouse Media, creator of more than 50 Dr. Seuss iOS apps, is offering a huge discount on all titles by the children’s book author. The sale lasts until Thursday, March 6.

In addition to reducing the price of many Dr. Seuss books, Oceanhouse Media has also launched a promotional give-away for fans of the Cat in the Hat to win 10 Dr. Seuss digital book apps of their choice by entering either on Facebook or Instagram.

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Apple Pressuring Major Labels for More Exclusive Album Launches Similar to Beyoncé

beyonce_new_albumIn December of 2013, Apple collaborated with Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia Records for exclusive rights to be the first to launch Beyonce’s fifth studio album “Beyoncé” on iTunes. The digital download became the fastest selling album ever on iTunes with more than 825,000 albums sold in the first three days. Apple wants more.

According to Billboard, Apple music chief Robert Kondrk has been “pressuring” major labels to release more exclusive albums on iTunes, leaving services like YouTube and Spotify behind and increasing download sales for the company.

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Hipstamatic’s Oggl Finally available on iPad, Stream Slideshows on Apple TV

Oggl 1Almost a year ago, Hipstamatic launched its own social networking site to compete with Instagram. What makes Oggl different is that it allows users to curate themed photo shoots and asks that contributors use their creative minds to make inspirational images instead of just snapshots of drunk friends at parties.

Until last week, Oggl was only available on the iPhone. With version 2.1, not only can you finally use the app on the iPad, but Oggle now features “SurfMode,” which lets you view slideshows and stream to Apple TV.

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Android Most Popular Tablet Operating System, but iPad Still Number One Device

Gartner MobileOperating System Share 2013Well, it finally happened. By the end of 2013, according to Gartner, Android captured the market share of tablets, surpassing iOS significantly with 61.9 percent versus Apple’s 36 percent. Analysts were claiming that the iPad would loose its crown sometime soon and they were right. Apple still maintains the lead in tablet sales by vendor, although Samsung is nipping at the heels of the iPad’s popularity.

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‘iOS in the Car’ Ready to Launch Soon, Renamed ‘CarPlay’

CarPlayWith the introduction of iOS 7, Apple added a new feature that was still in the works, but has already been talked about extensively in the tech world. The in-car feature, originally dubbed “iOS in the Car,” is an in-dash system only available in select new cars that allows users to connect their iPhone to the vehicle’s built-in controls and display. Apple and car manufacturers are officially rolling out the feature this year under the new nomenclature, “CarPlay.”

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PadGadget’s iPad Tips: How to Close All Tabs at Once in Safari on the iPad

iPad SafariI like to keep things clean on my iPad. I close unused apps in Multitasking every day. I delete apps that I don’t think I’ll use on a regular basis, and I keep my Safari browser tabs to a minimum. However, there are times when I’ve been doing a lot of Web browsing and have a dozen or so tabs open in Safari. Yuck.

Sure, I could tap the “X” button on each, individual page to close tabs one at a time, but thanks to a clever tip from Mac OS X Hints, there is a quicker way to close all tabs at once.

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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Royal Revolt 2

Royal Revolt II 4Strategy games are thriving in the App Store. Traditionally, the genre has been most popular on desktops, but developers are constantly coming up with new titles that are fun, engaging, and great for wasting time on a rainy day. Apple’s Editor’s Choice for this week is a tower defense style strategy sequel. Royal Revolt 2 lets you explore, expand, exploit, and exterminate your neighbors to become the king of all lands.

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